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Google intros Cloud Test Lab to help devs test Android apps

Developing an Android app can be easy for some. There are thousands of app developers all over the world today and they all need to make sure that apps work on different devices. It's different with iOS developers because they only need to worry about a few iPhone and iPad models. But for Android apps, there are lots of models from numerous manufacturers.

Android Wear hits 4000 apps

Google has another reason to celebrate and gather all Android fans at the Google I/O 2015 conference. Why, there are now 4,000 Android Wear apps ready for download from the Google Play Store. This is good news for everyone who owns an Android Wear-powered smartwatch because it means there are more apps to use and there are more ways for customization even if it's only a small screen.

Android Pay hands-on: buying soda with a phone

Put your phone near a vending machine screen and out comes a can of Coke. If that sounds like a scene from a sci-fi show, then we can pretty much say that the future is here. That is exactly the image that Google wants to paint in our minds in demoing two use cases of its newly announced Android Pay mobile payment system. In one instance, we tried the feature earlier described, buying a soda can from an NFC-enabled vending machine. In another, we buy an Android, a collectible, from an Android, a phone, using Android Pay. Inception!

Google Play Services 7.5 to optimize Android devices with new capabilities

Google has announced a lot of new things at the I/O 2015 Conference including Google Play Services 7.5. This one brings several optimizations and new features to Android devices, or those running at least Android 2.3. The new version includes new APIs for Google Cloud Messaging and Google Cast and the Google Maps API on Android Wear devices, Instance ID, and Smart Lock for Passwords among others.

Google improves app discovery, intros “Family star” icon

Admit it or not, searching for a particular app on the Google Play Store can be frustrating at times. You search for "App X" and it won't come up on top of the search results. You think Google should know better but it's not the case as app search isn't a priority and there are too many apps. With now one billion active users every single day and with almost 50 billion installs over the past year, Google wants to improve and help developers be discovered. Announced during the Google I/O 2015 keynote, more tools will be added to help devs like developer profile pages as landing pages.

Google Now On Tap feature works without having to leave an app

Over at the Google I/O 2015, Google's Director of Product Management, Aparna Chennapragada, discussed that Google Now will soon receive an important update. In the next few weeks, expect to see changes in the the feature as the tech giant is set to focus on giving better Context, Answers, and Actions. Google Now has been very useful but the new features can provide immediate answers with the "Now on Tap".

HBO Now will finally be available on Android devices soon

If you've wanted to do away with your cable subscription but couldn't do so because you still want your Game of Thrones fix (legally of course) fret no more because HBO Now will finally be available for Android devices, not just for Chromecast but also for mobile devices. This means you don't have to suffer from HBO envy from the Apple TV and Apple device users as you'll also be able to enjoy their original series and selected movies on your Android.

Google to have offline support for Chrome, Maps, YouTube

While most of us are almost always online whether at home, at the office, at a restaurant, and even while mobile, there are times when your data fails, your WiFi is erratic, or you simply just want to go off the grid (but not totally). However, a lot of the apps and features we use require that we're online always. Well that's about to change, at least for some products. Google announced during its ongoing I/O conference that they will be giving offline support for Chrome, Maps, and YouTube.
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