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Works with Google Cardboard program launched, expect better VR experience

If you’re not willing to buy the Samsung Gear VR or the Oculus Rift but still want to experience virtual reality, Google Cardboard can be your more affordable option. I don’t think Google will discontinue this product soon (like the Google Glass) but it certainly has more room for improvement. That’s why the tech giant’s decision to open source the Cardboard viewer is good. There are a number of virtual reality tools already and the community of developers and manufacturers are working together to make virtual reality with Google Cardboard better.

App Indexing shows apps not yet installed on search results, more installs for devs

Don't you find it annoying that searching for apps on the Play Store can be sometimes frustrating? The app you're looking for won't always come up on top of search results, you'd think Google should have known better. And if you're a developer, it can also be frustrating because you know your app is great but people can't find it. App Indexing is trying to change all that by improving on app indexing so more people can find and discover how cool your app is.

AT&T, Verizon, update Samsung devices to Android Lollipop

And the Lollipops keep on coming. Two more US carriers announced that they are bringing the latest Android update to several Samsung devices. AT&T said that the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active and the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will start receiving their updates starting today. Meanwhile, Verizon also announced that they are bringing Android 5.0 to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 after rolling it out to other OEM's devices the past few weeks.

Microsoft, Cyanogen solidify “strategic partnership” for Android devices

It looks like Cyanogen is really hitting Google where it hurts most (well, as much as you can hurt this tech giant) as they announced a "strategic partnership" with Microsoft. This is also part of Microsoft's strategy to go beyond their own platform and expand their reach to other rivals, something they wouldn't have done years ago. But they have had to adjust to an environment they used to dominate, and partnerships like this one with Cyanogen is solidifying their strategy.

Google rolls out new Android for Work app

Google has finally rolled out the Android for Work app on the Google Play Store. The search giant seems to be really serious in bringing reliable solutions to the business and enterprise. Just the other day, Google announced there will be a Chrome Live Event this April 23 focusing on the Chrome for Work. And now, the Android for Work is expected to help empower the workforce with more productivity and business tools to get your job done.

Google Search on desktop can now help you find your missing device

The Case of the Missing Phone. Where did that phone go again? If it's not the remote control or car keys, it's your smartphone getting lost somewhere in your living room or bedroom again. You know it's just there but still can't seem to remember and find it. Mom isn't around to tell you where it is so what are you going to do? Google it. Search Google? Just ask Google to find your Android phone. It can be done just like any regular Google search in a web browser. No need to go to a specific website to locate your phone.

Google Handwriting Input believes in the beauty of your penmanship

We're already living in a digital world where things can be typed on a physical keyboard, on-screen keyboard, touchscreen, touch display, or whatever surface. Some mobile devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 feature handwriting features. while others even come with a special stylus like the Neo Smartpen N2. For those who have ordinary tablets or phones, there are several mobile apps that bring handwriting input.

Google Drive, Google Docs for Android receive updates

It's Wednesday, so you know that one or two (or all!) of your Google products will probably receive an update today. This week, among the new goodies that they've given us is some enhanced features for Google Drive and Google Docs. Working from your Android mobile device is a reality that a lot of us are living with now, and we often need functions that are just available for desktop versions. But the newest update has brought these to these work-related apps.

EU files antitrust case against Google, also looking into Android

The rumors have been officially confirmed, as the European Union has filed antitrust charges against Google with regards to their search practices and business dealings. The formal complaint says that the tech giant has been “systematically favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages”. The commission has said they may also be opening an investigation into Google's other business, Android, as they may also be infringing antitrust rules in their business dealings with other OEMs.

Google launches Designed for Families program for kid-friendly apps

One of the best things that have come up with the rise of the apps is that digital education, and education in general, has become more fun for a whole new generation of digital natives. Google recognizes that there are developers out there that are focused on creating apps that will cater to children and families and they want to give them tools to inspire them more and to help market them as well.
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