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Google Now allows sending Hangouts messages by voice commands

Most of my sci-fi dreams include touchscreens and voice commands. Just by talking to a surface, device, or a hologram, something will happen. Looks like that will become a reality soon as Google finally allowed Google Now to send messages on Hangouts. Yep, this means you can communicate with your family, friends, or colleagues more easily by simply launching Google Now and saying "send a Hangouts message".

Google to have app ratings based on age, region

In an effort to better serve both developers and users, Google announced that they will be implementing a new app rating system that will be based on age and region, and not a universal standard. "Appropriate" content varies from country/region and age group, and so you cannot hold just one standard for everything, is what Google is saying, and in the next few weeks, this will reflect in all the existing apps in the Google Play Store.

Google Maps is part of Become A Kingsman interactive game

If you enjoyed the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service and would like to become a cool super spy like Colin Firth, you better have Google Maps installed in your smartphone to be able to get the chance to go on an interactive adventure. Your smartphone will not just be your constant companion, but it can actually turn into a "multi-purpose superspy gadget" as you try to finish the tasks set for you in order to Become A Kingsman.

Google adds interactive cards to YouTube Creator

Google Now cards are slowly becoming one of the standards in notifications. This special feature is used by several apps and services to bring quick and relevant information to a user at a single glance on his phone. Right on the lockscreen or notifications screen, you can view content and some suggestions to the information you need. For example, while watching a TV show, a Google Now interactive card can provide you information about the show including the cast, director, etc. Interactive cards have become so useful that Google decided to make them available for YouTube creators.

Chromecast, TV remote control can now function together

Getting a Chromecast was perhaps the best geeky decision I made recently. I wasn't an early adopter but I still find it useful especially whenever I need a "babysitter". What I didn't like though was the fact that you couldn't use your TV's remote control with it. Sure, using your smartphone or tablet as control is pretty cool but sometimes you just want your trusty old remote control to function as it should. Good thing Google updated the streaming stick to allow pause and resume playback Chromecast videos with any TV remote control.

Ready, Set, Google! I/O registration opens 17 March

This is your friendly Android Community public service announcement. If you're in any way interested in attending Google I/O in person, better get your fingers ready, both for typing and for crossing them. Google has updated its I/O 2015 page to include details of the registration process. Those who want to be physically present can try their luck and fill in the registration form within the period starting March 17 at 9:00 AM PDT all the way up to March 19 at 5:00 PM PDT.

Google to provide open API for apps to use Google Now

Google is looking at some changes in the way Google Now – that funky search project from the mothership – interacts with apps. They are looking at opening up an API so that app developers can work Google Now into their code and have Google Now access data from apps and app usage as well.

Google Play adds more carrier billing partners in Europe, Asia

Not everyone who wants to buy apps or content on the Internet have credit cards, for one reason or another. Online retail giants have to find a way to reach that segment of the market as well, because they can be profitable as well. Google introduced carrier billing a few years back for their Play Store, and now they are adding a few more countries in Europe and Asia that can let users charge their purchases to their respective participating carriers.

Google may be working on VPN for Android

For some of us, having VPN (virtual private network) capabilities is not a big deal, nor is it a deal-breaker when you purchase your Android device. But for some people who either live in locations where internet connections are heavily restricted, or those who want to browse and work on the internet securely, a VPN connection is of utmost importance. It looks like, at the very least, Google is planning to introduce some sort of VPN capability on Android, though this might not be working as of the moment.

YouTube announces support for 360-degree videos

Ever heard of those eccentric new video cameras that take 360-degree videos? Well, it looks like we will be seeing a lot of those soon on YouTube as the Google-owned video hosting site has announced that it will be supporting these specific uploads. If you haven’t seen one, we’ll show you one below, but suffice it to say it is a totally different experience when you are able to see all the way around.
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