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Sources say Google are developing Android for VR

Considering all the attention being given to virtual reality (VR) these days, it’s not at all surprising that rumors are beginning to surface that the almighty Google will be targeting expansion of Android towards that market soon. Also in hindsight, maybe The Lawnmower Man (remember that movie) started a hype on VR that was 20 odd years too early. But we digress.

Have a cocktail party right on Google Search

It's Friday night and you decided to have an impromptu end-of-the-week-let's-get-drunk-as-heck party at your crib. You sent out the e-vites (yeah, we know, so year 2000). You've bought the snacks. You made an emergency clean-up at your place. You've gathered all the alcohol and ingredients you can afford. Suddenly, you realized, none of you know how to "bartend" and you're not in the mood to just drink beer. Panic no more as it's now as simple as doing a quick Google search.

Google Wireless will probably only work with Nexus 6

While Google SVP Sundar Pichai confirmed rumors that they are indeed planning a wireless service, not much details are known about it, like which carriers are involved, what devices will run it, when it will be available, etc. But now sources are saying that the tech giant is looking at a launch by the end of March (which is just a few weeks away!) and that the only devices that will be able to enjoy this are the latest Nexus devices, starting with the Nexus 6.

Google Compare for Car Insurance launched in the US

Google will never stop coming up with great ideas for new programs and services. Google Compare is one service that lets consumers compare products, companies, and providers. At present, the search giant is offering this comparison-review feature for those who are looking for travel insurance, credit cards, and mortgage deals but it recently introduced the Google Compare for Car Insurance in the United States--available only in California for now. With the information given by Google Compare, consumers and potentials clients could identify the best deal that could give them more savings.

Acer upgrades Chromebox CXI with 4th-gen IntelCore i3 chip

August of last year, Acer launched the Chromebox CXI that supports TPM 1.2 and a small footprint. Half a year later, the Taiwanese company updates the CXI lineup by adding a model that runs the 4th-gen IntelCore i3 4030U dual-core processor and supports 4k and 2K displays. Chromebox is now easier to manage and deploy, thanks to the Google Management Console, a web-based console that lets anyone control a set of Chrome OS-powered computers.

Waze could be pre-installed on Android smartphones

Waze could be pre-installed on your next Android smartphone. Right out of the box, you might see the GPS maps & traffic social app as Google is adding Waze as a pre-installed software option on Android phones. This means carriers and OEM partners can choose to have the service available by default. So when consumers turn on their phones for the first time, the Waze app is already there and ready for immediate use.

Google releases preview of Contacts update

While other Google products like Gmail, Maps, Hangouts, have been constantly updated with new features or even just bug fixes, some like Google Contacts have been sorely neglected. It's funny because it's one of the most basic things that we use, whether you're on an Android device or you're highly reliant on the whole Google eco-system. Well, they've finally heard our gripes as Google has released a preview of what the Contacts update will now look like.

Google issues statement on Android encryption by default

Yesterday, we learned that Google is no longer requiring full-disk encryption on Lollipop despite being so excited about telling the world that Android L (Android 5.0) would have it by default last year. However, some smartphones experienced storage performance issues with the Android 5.0 encryption according to tech website AnandTech after running a benchmark test. It was an unfortunate move but Google had to back away from its earlier decision for the benefit of most Android users.

Google no longer requires full-disk encryption on Lollipop by default

We were certain that Google would be adding encryption as default to the then upcoming Android L (now Android 5.0). A few months later, we discovered through a benchmark test by tech website AnandTech that Android 5.0 encryption was bringing storage performance issues to most smartphones already running Lollipop. Google seemed to be serious about requiring full-disk encryption on new phones but right now, the Internet giant is quietly backing away from its decision.
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