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Google Maps and API for Android Wear updated, more travel apps integrated

The Android Wear wearable platform by Google is expected to get bigger and better this year as the Internet giant continues to introduce new features and develop new functions. There's always something new to explore and if you have an Android Wear device, you can get all the information you need even if you are in an unfamiliar area. Why, Google has updated the API for Android Wear and Google Maps app recently to bring data you need in a timely manner.

Android Studio 1.3 released with improved testing, C++ debugging support

As an ordinary Android user or gamer, you may not care about how developers and Google work together. The Android community is one big family that comes together with one aim: to safeguard and optimize the platform. We all know Google has quite a number of continuing efforts to secure and improve on Android. But because there just too many really smart people out there--some geniuses and geeks are still able to hack into Android, devices, and apps. With Android Studio, the Internet giant hopes to provide an integrated development environment (IDE) as they develop on the platform.

Google Play Movies, Newsstand (paid) rolls out in more countries

While all countries where Android devices are present have Google Play Store available as well, paid content is not accessible to all these countries. But Google is doing their best to slowly expand their reach, working out the kinks and issues that prevent them from making paid content like Music, Movies, Books, etc available in all territories. Yesterday, they announced that three more countries are getting Google Play Movies while four new countries will be able to buy paid content on Google Newsstand.

Google’s new features help developers manage search ads on Play Store

Discoverability on the Google Play Store can sometimes be a pain, especially if your app is similar to or in competition with a lot of other apps. A few months ago, Google gave several developers and app makers the ability to run ads on the search results page in the Play Store itself. And now, they are expanding this with the new Search Ads on Google Play program that will allow more developers and advertisers to run ad campaigns on the store itself and the search results.

Google Play Developer Console enhanced with more beta testing options

Google wants you and me to not just enjoy the millions of apps and games available on Google Play Store. The Internet giant wants us to be more involved in a community where the goal is to make stuff that are both fun and useful. For Android developers, beta testing of apps has certainly helped them improved on their work. It has become part of their development process that getting comments and feedback on the first versions of their work is important.

Google brings Internet to Sri Lanka through balloons with Loon 

A lot of us constantly complain that their Internet service provider is too slow or that they’re not getting their money’s worth with their mobile dat plan. While we are not saying we can’t complain (and we should of course, if they’re not giving what they promised), but we should also remember that there are people or countries who do not have Internet, let alone decent Internet, at all. Google now has a new project called Loon, and the first country that they’re bringing these Internet-laden balloons is Sri Lanka.

Google Translate update brings 20 more languages to visual translator 

It’s not exactly a secret, but not a lot of people know the secret weapon of the Google Translate app. Most users just type in text in the app that they would like to be translated to another language or copy paste something from a website and translate it to their native language. But you can also use its visual translator for images in a language other than your own and it will translate it to your own. The latest update brings 20 more languages into the visual fold.

Protect Android devices from Stagefright by disabling MMS auto-fetch

Android users had a rude awakening earlier this week when news of the Stagefright vulnerability spread like wildfire across online news outlets. And unlike previous hoaxes or paranoid false alarms, this one is actually legit and should cause worry for those running Froyo up to Lollipop, which is basically 95% of devices now. But while Google still hasn’t given a patch fix to carriers and OEMs, we need to start protecting our devices from this devious hack. Lookout has one easy suggestion: disable your device’s MMS auto-fetch.
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