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Google intros haptic feedback-friendly ‘Games You Can Feel’

A responsive touchscreen display isn't just enough for a more enjoyable and uninterrupted mobile gaming. Soon, geeks and gamers will demand for haptic feedback technology to arrive on their games and gadgets. Going ahead of other names in the industry, Google has just introduced a new category on Google Play for special haptic feedback-friendly games. Once inside the Google Play Store, you'll see a small collection of games of this sort.

Google expected to launch new wireless service tomorrow

As early as 2012, we learned that Google could be working on a wireless service and was rumored to be in partnership with Dish Network. However, the idea was soon debunked or was discontinued early on because according to a Google executive, regulations blocked the company from entering the phone service market. Google Fiber was launched the same year and still no sign of a wireless service until a year later when a similar rumor surfaced. And now, Google's wireless service is finally expected to launch tomorrow, April 23, Thursday.

Nexus Player first to get Android 5.1.1 factory image

Our week started with us sighting an Android Audio Latency info page with some reference to what could possibly be Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for the Nexus 9 and WiFi Nexus 7. These are the first two devices being prepped by Google for the latest software update. Of course, it's expected that a Nexus device will get it first and looks like the version is ready to roll out with the Nexus Player getting it ahead of other Android phones and tablets.

Say bye to old YouTube apps, Data API v2 will no longer be supported

Google is currently updating YouTube and this includes the Data API v3 getting more additions like RSS push notifications, captions, and comments. This new YouTube API supports most features from the Data API v2. Video flagging will be added in the next few days so don't worry if you don't see this feature right now, it will come very soon. Just in case you forget, Google's YouTube team announced that they would be retiring the Data API v2 on April 20, 2015. That day has passed which means some apps will no longer be supported.

New Google algorithm will favor mobile-friendly websites

So it's true. Websites that work well on mobile devices are highly favored. Not yet but with Google's latest update on search algorithms, those sites that show nicely on phones and tablets will rank better. This means responsive websites will be given favor compared to other websites with older designs. This also means that many will fail the Mobile Friendly Test developer tool by Google.

Chrome 42 now allows push notifications, APIs now available

Almost anything can be done or shared on the Internet right now. The web has proved to us time and again its power to bring information to anyone, anywhere, and anytime. If a person or a brand wants to share an idea, one can easily create a website that provides information and offer a rich online experience. More and more people are going mobile now so it's important that websites adapt and adjust by giving a better mobile experience to people.

Your Google Search History is now ready for download (No thanks!)

I don't know about you but the fact that one can now download Google search history is not something I'm excited about. I don't want to remember all the crazy search queries I've done years ago especially when I first gained access to the Internet. Do I really want to know that I searched about so and so on Google? Honestly, I don't want anyone looking up my recent search history either on my computer so I always make sure I clear browsing data so why would I ask for a copy of it?

Google+ brings changes, Material Design to Communities pages

While we're still pretty unsure how Google+ will eventually play out, given the changes that have been happening to a number of Google-related products, that does not stop their developers from making changes and improvements to the app. The latest aspect of the social network to receive a make-over is its Communities pages, bringing the ubiquitous Material Design animation and some other physical changes to the page.

Amazon to end Appstore TestDrive Service effective April 15

Amazon AppStore started offering app test drives on computer four years ago. Android users were delighted to try it because they could test new apps using a virtual Android phone. Only 30 minutes of playtime is given per game but that's good enough to see what new apps are coming and what is worthy to be downloaded. About 20 apps were first added to the test drive program in March 2011 but the number since increased.
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