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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.

Google Search can tell you if a venue or store is packed

Google has definitely changed how we live our lives today. What started as a search engine, the company is now a tech giant that offers hundreds of products and services for those who want to be in the know all the time. We can't list every contribution of Google but we're really happy with Android, the apps, devices, Android Wear, Google Drive, Now cards, YouTube, and even Android Auto.

Send hands-free messages to Viber, WeChat by OK Googling

Sometimes it’s due to laziness, but sometimes it’s also because of necessity. Sending messages to colleagues or loved ones without necessarily typing something out has become not just a luxury, but almost a requirement. With the power of two words, “Ok Google” we are now able to send messages, even without lifting a finger. You can use this messaging option on some of the most popular apps like Vibe, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc.

Startup Nextbit to “reboot” as a new smartphone maker

We haven't heard from Nextbit recently but the startup is about to change its direction. Why, the software group is believed to be turning into a smartphone company now. From software to hardware, the group plans to bring in some of the best people in the mobile industryy including the original Android 1.0 team of developers plus one designer from HTC.

Google teases details of new boot verification system, possible Android M feature

We have a few things we know about Android M, the mobile operating system that will come out of Google’s production line pretty soon. But what we have here are some new warning messages that Google posted on its Nexus support site, and because we haven’t seen this on the current crop of Android devices yet, something tells us we should watch out for this on the next iteration of Android.

Changes afoot in Google+ profiles, YouTube comments 

As Google continues to figure out what to do with Google+, they are slowly making changes to the “social network” and admitting that they may have made several mistakes along the way. Today, they shared some tweaks they are doing, just a few days after they announced how Google+ Photos and Google Photos will be different as well as changing the private management aspect of the former. YouTube is also undergoing a few minor changes, specifically in how creators can manage comments.

Android devices vulnerable to “Stagefright” infection through MMS

Do you remember when the Heartbleed virus scared the heck out of computer owners last year? And then iPhone owners were also vulnerable to hacking through text message earlier this year? Well, it is the turn of Android users to be paranoid as a cybersecurity company goes public with a detected flaw in the heart of the platform’s system called Stagefright. Around 95% of Android smartphones is vulnerable to hacking through a picture message that can be sent through MMS.
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