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More Android Wear smartwatches to hit the market before 2015 ends

The smartwatch era may still be in its early stages but its obvious that Google is ahead of Apple in the game--that is, if we are to look at the features and not the numbers. Android Wear as a wearable platform is quickly becoming the standard in smartwatches simply because it's Android and there are more compatibles devices that can be supported. Samsung may have the Tizen OS but once more Android Wear watches hit the market, the numbers might change.

Amazon releases updated shopping app, now calls it Underground

Amazon has recently introduced a new shopping app for Android. Amazon Underground lets you do your shopping for apps and games for free. By free we mean the apps offered are complete with all the premium features. No need to pay extra for in-app items because the titles included are free versions of popular paid apps like 'Goat Simulator', 'OfficeSuite Professional 8', 'PhotoSuite 4', 'Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions', 'Frozen Free Fall', 'Looney Tunes Dash!', and 'Angry Birds Slingshot' among others.

45 more countries now have Google Map Maker back

Three months after Google decided to temporarily shut down their Map Maker tool because of some users that abused the features, the tech giant has finally announced that they are bringing it back online in 45 more countries, including the US. Two weeks ago, 6 countries were given back this privilege and after some fine-tuning, Google is now opening up Map Maker, but with a few changes to try and ensure the incidents don’t happen again.

Calendar automatically adds events, travel for Google Apps users

For people who constantly travel or are always getting invited and going to events, adding information to their calendars can be a vexing task, either for the individual or whoever is handling their calendar. If you’re a Google Apps user for work or for your organization, then you’ll be happy to know that your life will become a bit easier as anything pertaining to a trip or event that is received by your Gmail will then be added to your Google Calendar.

Apple slide-to-unlock patent invalid in Germany, says high court

Patent wars among big tech companies won't have an end. There will only be more lawsuits to be filed and more abuses to be made by any party who wants to make it big in the mobile industry. All these firms will find more ways to slap each other with cases that sometimes don't really make any sense or can be considered a waste of our time.

Google testing out food picture-taking feature for Maps

Google may have scraped their supposed foodie photo app Tablescape for some reason or another, but that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on getting something running to satisfy the frustrated food stylist/photographer in all of us. They did promise us that some elements or influence of the closed experiment may make its way to some other future apps. Well, it’s not a future app, but it looks Google Maps is the one they’re integrating it with.

Android Pay may launch on Aug 26, as per unofficial McDonalds memo

We’ve been eagerly anticipating when Android Pay will officially launch in retail partner stores, especially as it has been almost 3 months since Google announced their new payment gateway. But until now, we still haven’t had a clear word from them as to when stores will actually start accepting it as a mode of payment. But now it seems that McDonalds has released an internal memo saying that they will start letting customers pay with Android Pay by August 26.

Google Maps updated with easy Street View access

Google Maps is no doubt one of Google's best projects ever since it actually began. It has changed the mapping and navigation industries big time. More enhancements have been made when the Android version was released because more people are no longer at risk of getting lost. Having a digital map on mobile device can be really helpful especially if you're going to or already in a new place you are not familiar with.

Turn back time with new Google Photos memory feature

Timehop started it all. Facebook’s On This Day feature followed suit. #ThrowbackThursday is a regular feature on social networks every, well, Thursday. Now, Google Photos is doing its part to bring you nostalgic feels by giving you a trip down memory lane. The opt-in feature will show you photos taken from a year ago, two years before that, and even as long as ten years back, as long as they are backed up on the app.

Google Translate on Android Wear now available, covers 44 languages

Thank heavens for Google Translate because it allows us to "read" content in different languages and understand them after translation. According to the Internet giant, there are over 500 million users every month taking advantage of the service. And everyday, Google translates about 100 billion words all over the web. It's such an important part of our everyday lives that Google decided to bring Google Translate to Android Wear.
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