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Enable ‘Guest Mode’ on your Chromecast, needs rooted device

As far back as Google I/O 2014, the mothership was already talking about enabling “Guest Mode” on Chromecast devices – that is, enabling users on other WiFi networks to stream media to Google’s casting dongle-slash-device. Well, four months hence and a number of updates have come and gone for the Chromecast companion app and we still haven’t seen this mode enabled.

Chrome 38 comes out in Android with bug fixes, improvements

As the date for Android L (what it stands for is still a guessing game but it will surely be delicious) draws near, most of Google's apps have slowly been updated design-wise with the material design that will be implemented by the major update. That is precisely one of the things that Chrome for Android has updated with version 38. And while the changes aren't that strikingly obvious, it's always a good idea to update your mobile browser to fix bugs and security updates.

Google adds ‘Backdrop’ feature to Chromecast

A beautiful backdrop as screensaver is nothing new but Chromecast didn’t arrive with it. There really is no need but some Chromecast users have requested such feature on their TVs. Google has finally released this backdrop feature allowing anyone to customize a TV screen by displaying a favorite photo album from Google+, artwork from museums and galleries via the Google Cultural Institute, or satellite images from Google Earth.

Google working on Android app trial before download

Downloading an app on your smartphone or tablet is easy over-the-air. No need to connect your mobile device to a computer just to get the apps you want to use. For Android users, go to the Google Play Store, search for apps under different categories, then click on install. While downloading and then deleting an app you don’t like or won’t use is easy, it can take so much of your data and battery---even time! If only we could test an app before actually downloading, life would be so much better.

Chrome OS update for Stable Channel released with MTP

Chrome OS’ Stable Channel has recently been updated for all Chrome OS-powered, Chromeboxes excluded. The 38.0.2125.101 update is released for Stable Channel and is expected to roll out in most Chrome devices the next few days.

Google working on multi-window function for Android

Multitasking may be a useful feature of any mobile device but multi-window is better once Android officially launches it. For now, Google’s Android team is working on multi-window functionality for tablets and smartphones. No official announcement from Google yet but it was confirmed last March that the search giant is indeed working on it.

Get Google to remind you to pay your bills

No matter how much you try to organize your life, there are some things that might slip through the cracks. But there are some things you cannot afford to (literally) get past you and those are bill payments. Google has now added a very crucial prompt that will tell you what you need to pay, how much you need to pay and when you need to pay them. And all you need is just to have these information on your Gmail and for you to use your best "Ok Google" voice.

Google Voice MMS expands in North America

There are numerous instant messaging apps on the Play Store today but old school MMS via Google Voice is still available. Google Voice MMS only works over mobile carriers with MMS support. Unfortunately, not a lot of carriers are getting MMS support that's why some messages are missed. But Google is changing all that as Alex Wiesen of the Google Voice team recently made this announcement on his Google+ page that the MMS support is expanding in North America.

Google Play Music might have removed deauthorization limit

Just a couple of months after they clarified issues regarding the deauthorization rules and device limits on its Play Music, it seems that Google might have backtracked once again. Several users have reported that they have been able to deauthorize their devices beyond the limit set by Google just last August. No word yet if this is a "final ruling" or if they are just experimenting with regards to the limits set on devices that are authorized or deauthorized to use Play Music.

Probable Nexus 9 sighting as new HTC tablet passes thru FCC

A lot of people are hyped about the new Nexus tablet that Google is producing with HTC – quite possibly the Nexus 9. The tablet has been rumored to launch around mid-October, and those dates are just a few days away, so we expect the rumor mill to be buzzing with a lot of Nexus 9-related stuff. First up is this new HTC tablet that appeared at the FCC which carries the model number 0P82100 – which people say should be the Nexus 9.
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