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First working Project Ara prototype in December with Android L

You remember Phonebloks, right? Of course you do. Most of you tech savvy people will have heard of the move towards modular elements for a smartphone. Google has retained lead on the project when Motorola was sold to Lenovo. Paul Emerenko announced some news regarding the modular project speaking at Linaro Connect USA 2014 in California, mainly that there should be a working prototype soon.

Google shows possible 3rd party app UI for Android Auto

Along with hyping the newfangled Android L operating system, the mothership had made noises during Google I/O that it was expanding Android OS to other platforms that could be improved by connectivity – such as home appliances and cars. For the latter, Google has now put out a developer document for Android Auto (as in “automobile”) that shows how 3rd party apps would look like in the OS.

LEAKED: Back of Motorola’s Nexus phone shown?

So right up front, you have to take this picture with a grain of salt. One look at the comments section at the source link shows how easy it is to Photoshop images like these. And when we’re starving for data on what is supposedly Motorola’s effort on a new Nexus phone, anything can be real. And so this image claims to be the device they name-coded “Shamu”, also known as “Free Willy” and “Whale Wars.”

Google Now adds card to track lowest flight fares

You’ve been wanting to go to London for some time now, but just checking plane fares is a daunting and scary task. But you keep googling different airlines just to see if there will be any sudden lowering of fares to the other side of the pond. Google Now is making it easier for you by tracking the lowest rates, and giving you a card alert in the digital assistant when a lower cost flight becomes available.

Google Play Music now available in Brazil, Uruguay

Google Play Music is now accessible in Uruguay and Brazil. The two have been added to the long list of countries getting the service. This means audiophiles who live in the south of Equator can now back up their music album to Google’s servers and access them from any mobile device or web browser.

Chrome Apps for Mobile: Chromium Webview, more Google services

Lately you've heard of Google's, as well as third party developers', efforts to bring Android apps to Chrome, or to Chrome OS to be exact. Now Google is turning the tables around with an update to its Chrome Apps for Mobile tool that adds access to more Google Play services as well as the latest Chromium-based Webview for Chrome web apps that want to have a presence on both Android and iOS as well.

Google working with Airtel as payment gateway for digital purchases

While having a credit card is like having a company ID in the US, not all countries have that kind of relationship with that plastic rectangle that makes you buy stuff. In India, for example, most smartphone owners don't own a credit card, making it a bit difficult to make digital purchases. Google is trying to solve this problem by working with the country's largest mobile operator, Airtel, to enable these users to buy books, movies and music online through the service provider.
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