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Google Translate update for Android brings Word Lens

It can be difficult to visit a foreign land if you don't speak the language. Not only can you not talk to the locals to ask for directions, but you can’t read the street signs to figure out where you are and find where you are going. Google has updated the Translate app for Android users with a new feature called Word Lens.

Google Glass app brings augmented reality to Tesco grocery stores

The Google Glass wearable released in the UK back in June of 2014. There are groups who believe in the wearable as a strong product and has been trying to develop softwares for it. One of those groups is Tesco, a general UK grocer and retailer, who released their Google Glass Shopping App today.

Nexus 9 released in sand color

Earlier this morning Google and HTC rolled out a unique sand color option for the Nexus 9. During the initial launch, the colors offered were black and white. The black rear soft touch panel picks up fingerprint residue quickly, switching out to a white or sand could be better in terms of cleanliness and appearance.

Two Samsung Galaxy S6 variants, round smartwatch to be unveiled at MWC

The latest highly-anticipated Android phone is the Samsung Galaxy S6. So far, we've heard of rumors that it will come with a curved display. Now we're hearing reports that Samsung will release two new models of the Galaxy S6 similar to the Galaxy Note 4. This is a new thing from the South Korean giant releasing the flagship phone in to two different flavors. We're expecting the Galaxy S6 to be unveiled officially at the Mobile World Congress this coming March.

Project Ara releases new MDK ahead of second developers conference

Our favorite modular phone guys, Project Ara, has just made public the second version of their Module Developers Kit (MDK) – which basically contains all you need to know if you want to create a module for Project Ara based on the Spiral 2 prototype. This was done ahead of the Ara Developers Conference slated on February 14 – we guess that the contents of the MDK will be big talking points on the conference itself.

Android distribution for January is still missing a Lollipop

Google has just released its monthly chart for Android coverage and most of it is what you'd expect, with older versions shrinking and latter ones getting stronger. What is somewhat surprising, though just a wee bit expected, is that Android 5.0 Lollipop is still missing from the picture, hinting at the rather slow adoption of the latest Android version, despite Google's more aggressive push in order to combat that notorious image fragmentation that has beset the platform.

Google TV dead, mothership to push Android TV, Chromecast

When Google TV came out, it was the new kid on the block and it was immediately liked for being the “different one”. Sadly, the ecosystem for the device – the app development, the OEM support, the hardware maturity – stagnated, especially when Chromecast came out and immediately proved the wireless streaming was the way to go. And so it comes as no surprise that Google has decided to pull the plug on Google TV development.

Mad Catz L.Y.N.X hybrid controller hands-on

CES 2015 is bringing us loads of new technology content and Mad Catz was sitting safely tucked away from the competition. Making the trip out to their suite made the feeling that their content was a little bit more exclusive and that if you really wanted to check out their CES line, you’d make the effort. I was not disappointed as I was able to get hands-on with their latest mobile remote control announced this morning, the L.Y.N.X.

Google Cast for audio announced

No doubt Chromecast became one of the most in demand streaming media devices in the the market today. From the US, Google has brought it to more countries around the globe. The Internet giant made Chromecast now ready in 27 countries and with more to be added this year. As proof, per device usage of the Chromecast increased by 60% compared to than when it first launched. Thanks to the new features and apps that have been added to the streaming media stick during the past year.