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Vsenn is a Project Ara competitor in modular phones

Modular phones (remember that viral Phonebloks video?) seems to be the holy grail of open source technology today. Just imagine, a smartphone whose parts you can upgrade – and not thinking of a whole other phone to purchase when you grow discontent with what you currently own. It’s a change in the paradigm of the smartphone industry. This is why Google’s Project Ara is a big deal. But it seems they’re not the only ones racing towards a modular smartphone product.

Voice Calls for Google Hangouts land in India

Google has announced something new that users of Google Hangouts in India will like. The Hangouts app on smartphones will now allow Indian users to stay connected by voice with users from around the world. Voice calls to phone numbers outside of India on Android are now supported from the web via Google Hangouts.

Nexus 6 expands to 12 more countries, still not available

Google has just very silently added a dozen more markets that will be receiving the new Nexus 6. That is, at least when the smartphone actually becomes really available. While it is definitely good news to see that Google is expanding initial availability to more than just a single country, the continued absence of the device only serves to increase anxiety, and perhaps even a bit of resentment, which could very well color the public's opinion of Google's first ever phablet.

Google Chromecast coming soon to Mexico (finally!)

For those who are living in Mexico and have been dreaming of trying out Google Chromecast from their own home, Christmas will surely come early. The streaming dongle will finally be available for the US's neighbours, allowing users the capability of streaming supported apps and services from their phone or tablet to thei bigger screens of their TV.

Google Maps makeover: Material Design, better travel features

It's the season for makeovers for a lot of apps, particularly Google products, in preparation for the arrival of Android 5.0 Lollipop and also for the expected glut of new devices during this Christmas season. The next one for Google's design and feature (almost) overhaul is Google Maps, and it's not just in looks that it has changed, but even in how you interact with the places that you search for, even while within the app.

Open files from Google Drive on to your preferred program

The rise (and permanence maybe?) of cloud storage has practically changed the way we use and interact with our files. Google Drive in particular has allowed you to preview and edit files from your browser without having to open the particular program associated with it. But what if you actually wanted to use a program that is not supported by Google Drive, but is necessary for you to work on that file? A new extension is now available for Google Chrome which will give you the option of opening the file to your preferred compatible program.

Android turns 7: Happy Birthday to the little green bot

Seven years. That's how long Android has been in existence. Or technically, the Open Handset Alliance that gave birth to Android. Although we didn't get the very first stable Android release, 1.0 Cupcake, until a year later, November 5, 2007 was the date when the ball started rolling. And that ball has been rolling up and up since then, with no stopping it from dominating the mobile space, from smartphones, to tablets, to watches, to TV, and soon, to cars as well, and probably any other device that can house a mini computer inside.

What Material Design Means for Google

We have yet to actually taste the sweetness of Android 5.0 Lollipop on our current devices but fan boys are getting more excited especially after the Material Design was introduced at the I/O Conference last June. More and more apps are being updated the past few weeks even before the official rollout of the new Android mobile OS.
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