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Google search app for Android TV arrives at Play Store

Because Google would really like you to use their search app – or maybe because of a totally unrelated and unspecified reason which we will probably never know – the mothership has chosen not to bundle a search function with Android TV’s interface. That function belongs to a separate Google app that is now up for downloading via the Google Play Store – even if most of us don’t have an Android TV device yet.

Garfield Kart: Fast and Furry now available on Android

If you love to see the irascible feline Garfield battling it out on the race track while using different antics to distract his opponent, then you just had your Christmas wish granted a little bit earlier. Garfeld Kart: Fast and Furry is now available for Android devices, so you can enjoy racing around the track while at the same time, see characters from the comics strip that you've grown to love (or even hate).

Award-winning Banner Saga comes to Android

If you like role playing games and Norse mythology, you've probably heard of The Banner Saga, a hugely popular video game that rated 82 out of 100 on Metacritic when it first came out. It is now making its way to your smartphone or tablet with the launch of its Android version and from the looks of it, it will just be as excellent as the original PC version.

Google to pay you for giving money through Google Wallet

What Google Wallet is still alive? You can be forgiven for asking that question as this particular product stagnated for some time now. But now that Apple Pay is (trying to) make waves in the payment through NFC market,then Google is reviving the product and is even willing to pay you when you use the service to give money to other people. What they're really after is to increase number of users, so if you're reluctant to give your information to Google in exchange for a little cash, then maybe this isn't for you.

Google’s Project Loon coming to Australia for test flights

Project Loon – if you haven’t heard about it – is Google’s ambitious plan to share the Internet to the other 2/3 of the world that is not connected using balloons, hence the name of the project. The simple explanation for the process is that Google’s balloons can fly above remote places to provide Internet connectivity, and Australia has enough remote places without connectivity for the test.

Nokia not returning to handset business

Nokia still has remaining businesses but its mobile division is no more. Its CEO Rajeev Suri made it clear that it’s not going back to manufacturing handsets. Instead, the company will focus more on its Technologies business, the HERE mapping subsidiary, and the Networks unit.

Developers starting to doubt Google Glass future

While Google maintains that it is still committed to the much-hyped video device, the future is starting to look a bit wobbly for Google Glass – essentially a video camera, a processor, and a cool VR-like screen on the edge of your glasses. The entry price to get what was then an uber-cool gadget was USD$1,500, but Google Glasses no sell for half the price over Ebay. What’s more, app developers and some key personnel have actually left the project.