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Google Play Music bumps upload limit to 50,000

We've got another reason to love Google as Google Play Music now allows saving of up to 50,000 tracks online to be accessed anytime and anywhere. Uploading music files to Play Music has always been possible but there was a 20,000 song limit. The company has recently doubled storage space up to 50K. The new song upload limit makes audiophiles like me very happy. No need to pay for extra storage because Google is offering this for free. How generous of Google!

Google Calendar for Android gets updated

As usual, Google has been busy working on its native Android apps, improving them with Android 5.0 Lollipop and Material Design elements in mind. Next to be updated is the Google Calendar app with more improvements and new features like viewing more events at a glance, pinch-to-zoom, 7-day week view, and adding of Google Drive files to events. There's also a new calendar option to show week numbers in settings.

Android Pay tipped for Google I/O unveiling

Sources have again surfaced, and they bring with them whispers of an upcoming "Android Pay" announcement at Google's I/O conference early this summer. Android Pay, should it come to fruition, will work exactly as you'd expect: it'll be used to accept payments in apps, and to pay for items in stores with a tap-to-pay arrangement and support for Android Pay. According to sources, Android Pay will likewise be built from the ground-up for Android devs, and will be, by the looks of things, a direct competitor to Apple Pay.

Android for Work launches, keeps your business separated

As we saw yesterday via IDC's numbers, Android is on a lot of smartphones, and many of those phones travel with their owners to work everyday. Google wants to put them to good use, and as such it has announced the official launch of Android for Work, which we previously heard about last summer. Android for Work keeps your worlds apart and your work tasks secure, and does it all in a way that is simple enough for anyone familiar with Android to use.

IDC says Android dominated the market in 2014

The newest IDC numbers are in, and they show that the mobile world has been swept up by Android and iOS, with the former of those two being able to boast as last year's mobile platform victor. Both Android and iOS have nearly consumed the entire digital world, claiming a place on 96.3-percent of the world's smartphones (Windows Phone takes up most of the remaining percentage). Android was clearly the champ among them all, with over a billion units shipped over the course of the year and the majority of the market share.

Microsoft Health updated with MapMyFitness, HealthVault integration

Microsoft's very own Health app is available not only on Windows Phone but also for iOS and Android. The software giant prefers to work on this app that helps people track data and statistics on health and fitness. The app works well with the Microsoft Band, another wearable device that aims to get you and me to start thinking about fitness. It's actually a $200 wrist band from Microsoft that works with a smartphone to track your workout and health progress.

Google Wallet partners with Softcard and other mobile carriers

Ever since the tap and pay feature for Google Wallet was introduced almost four years ago, mobile payments and e-commerce have improved immensely. With the Google Wallet app on Android device, anyone can make e-payments by simply tapping the phone as long as NFC payment is allowed. Samsung may be ready to take on Google Wallet by acquiring LoopPay but the Mountain View company continues to also improve its system by partnering with the biggest innovators in the mobile industry.

Nexus 6 now on Amazon, Moto E soon with Verizon (maybe)

Motorola has been on a smartphone roll of late, being the OEM of choice for Google's Nexus 6, and receiving good reviews for their newer handsets, including the mid-range Moto E. The main problem has been availability though, as they usually run out of stock and people have to search far and wide (well, on their computers at least) if they want to get a unit, specifically for the Nexus 6. But now Motorola is widening their reach, with both confirmed and rumored news.

YouTube Kids app now available for Android devices (US only)

Most kids nowadays, particularly those who have Internet access and gadget-toting parents/guardians, have been watching TV shows not on an actual TV anymore but through YouTube. And while the video channel does have filters in place, we all know that "inappropriate" videos slip in every once in a while (okay, a lot of times) when you're not looking or supervising their viewing time. Google has now finally come up with their first app that is built specifically for children: the YouTube Kids app.

Chromebook Pixel slated for (modest) refresh

The sleek Chromebook Pixel, source of more than a bit of squabbling when it first came out a couple years ago, will be getting a refresh in the near future, it has been confirmed. The upgrade will be a modest one by the looks of it, though all the details on what, exactly, can be expected haven't yet been revealed. What we do know points toward the need for reasonable expectations: Google makes it clear this is more or less a "proof of concept" device, and it won't be available on the mass level.
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