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Google enters battery race, looks to improve current tech

Looks like everybody who’s everybody in the mobile device industry is looking at better, badder, more kick-butt batteries – that is, without the hyperbole, a battery that will last longer and will fit into smaller spaces than the current lithium-ion standard. Google is the latest name to get into the game of who will produce what is considered the “holy grail” right now in mobile devices – a longer lasting, thinner, and probably flexible battery.

Snapseed (finally) gets an update: more editing tools, more options

In the world of apps, not getting an update for two years is almost like a death sentence. Well, not really, (especially if you're owned by Google), but it also means that you might not get any new downloaders, or that people already using your app might find some other alternative, one that brings new features every few months or so. So it's with a sigh of relief that finally, after two years, Snapseed has received an update, bringing with it new tools and more options to use.

Google Play for Education program comes to Canada

Google has yet to launch Chrome for Work but the Internet giant has done a lot for education already. There's the Drive for Education made free for students and educators October last year. Even before school started in September, Google Play for Education has added support for tablet sharing between five students. Soon after, it became official on Chromebooks. Google values education. It's not just about work, entertainment, or games. After it went live in 2013, the Google Play for Education program has been helping a lot of people, mostly the education sector not only in the United States but especially in other developing countries.

Google App update adds Nicknames, Thrusted Voice

You may not usually notice your main Google App because there are too many other things you can do on your Android phone but the app has just received a fresh new update. This isn't a major update but you can now add Nicknames. This feature was made available to some users but it's only now that Google is rolling out the version for everyone. If you think it's too minor that you can ignore this particular update, maybe the Trusted Voice feature coming to the app might attract you.

More colorful straps, watch faces for Android Wear added

By now, you've probably decided that you like Android Wear, that you want a wearable, and that you're finally getting a smartwatch. There are several models from different manufacturers already you might have a hard time choosing only one. Personally, I like the Huawei watch and the customizable Moto 360 and maybe in future, that Tag Heuer smartwatch. The smartwatch game appeals to me because there's so much you can do with such a small device and wear it around your wrist.

YouTube to reportedly have monthly ad-free subscription service soon

With the popularity of video streaming services as an alternative to watching TV shows on an actual TV, it looks like the way we consume media has been changing over the past few years. One major reason, aside from having videos on demand, is that these are ad-free platforms, and as analysts say, consumers are "learning to avoid advertising" and some are even willing to pay to do it. This is what YouTube is currently looking at, and reports say they will soon offer a monthly subscription service for users.

Google Calendar update brings back month view in new update

It's been two months since its latest update, so you know that the folks over at Google are dying to tweak something again with their Calendar app. For their latest update that will be rolling out soon for Android devices, they listened once again to what their users have been asking for, bringing back the month view and seeing more events at just one glance on your smartphone or tablet.

Things are moving slowly in the monthly Android Distribution

Things seems to have slowed to almost a standstill in the Android world, at least as far as version adoption is concerned. After an initial growth burst for Android 5.0 Lollipop, things seem to be business as usual, with OEMs getting some of their devices up to date on the more recent Android versions. There are, however, some that seem unwilling to give up the ghost and to go silently into the 0.1 percent night of the Android Distribution chart, lingering around as long as they can.
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