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Nexus 6 runs on full quad-core after Android 5.1 update

Android programmer and Kernel hacker Francisco Franco has shared on his Google+ page that the device now runs on full quad-core mode all the time. This change has resulted to a faster and smooth operation of the Google Nexus 6 on Android 5.1. This is apart from the various Framework optimizations, code being cleaned, and the several ART improvements. This also means the unit will no longer 'hang' because according to Franco, the Kernel task scheduler now distributes workload through all the cores.

Cyanogen OS 12 ‘L’ out next week, picks up Boxer email app

Cyanogen Inc, the startup, has not kept it a secret that it wants to out-Google Google when it comes to growing up the Android platform. But to be able to really compete with head to head with Google's version of Android, Cyanogen must also be able to replace some of the core functionality and services that the search giant has to offer. Some of the pieces may be already in place, like the Nextbit Baton partnership last year, and Cyanogen is now adding one more: Boxer's email app.

Google to stop selling Nexus 5 on its Google Store

As Google prepares to release the highly-anticipated Nexus 6, what will become of its predecessor, the Nexus 5? Well apparently, it will slowly go away and sink into oblivion until it is eventually forgotten. Okay, nothing as dramatic as that, we promise, but it is indeed the end of the line for the smartphone as Google will reportedly stop selling the Nexus 5.

Google releases original watchfaces with Street Art app

There are a lot of great watchfaces out there for your Android Wear smartwatch no matter what brand you're wearing. But people have been expecting Google to come out with their original stuff, and fanboys know that when they do, they'll come out with a bang. Now if you're a fan of street art and Google Art Project artists, you'll be very happy to know that the tech giant has collaborated once again with the art community to enter the watch face market.

Chrome for Android updated, pull down to refresh feature added

Google's Chrome Team has just updated the Chrome app for Android. The mobile web browser has received a bit of changes that if you're not observant, you won't actually notice. The Internet giant updated the app last January and added updates in line with the Material Design elements and Android 5.0 Lollipop. This time, the development team added the "pull down to refresh" function on Chrome. It's something we've seen in other Google apps already but it's only now that Chrome for Android is getting the feature.

Google Play Store Devices is dead, long live Google Store!

Along with the introduction of the new Chromebook Pixel, Google is also introducing a new way to get that ultrabook along with the rest of its hardware and physical products. Google is now creating a more formal divide between its digital and non-digital items, banishing the latter from its its Google Play Store website. Now, those interested in getting Nexus, Chromebooks, smartwatches, or even Nest will have to go through a new "Google Store" portal made especially for these things.

Google’s new Chromebook Pixel touts USB-C ports

As expected, Google has come out with a revamped Chromebook Pixel to add to its growing army of Chrome OS ultrabooks. And as expected, the Pixel still bore the same high resolution screen that made it so interesting 2013. Sadly, it actually is still the same 12.85-inch 2560x1700 touch-sensitive screen with the 3:2 aspect ratio and not even slightly higher. One interesting tidbit about the new model though is that it bears not one but two USB-C ports, hinting at a positive future for the new reversible plug standard.

The Google Shop to open in London

Google is set to open its first shop under its own name in London. In the past, Google had Chromezone shops inside some Dixons locations around the UK. The new shops are different and will be the first opened under the Google brand; they will be called The Google Shop.

App Annie adds more countries to Google Play Top Charts

San Francisco-based analyst firm`and business intelligence company App Annie recently started to track the top ranking apps across more markets and regions. The company has been tracking the app ecosystem but the mobile industry continues to grow not only in the US but also in other countries. Emerging markets today are showing drastic changes and rapid increase in app downloads.

Will the new Google Drive replace Google+ photo back up?

With the confirmation last week that Bradley Horowitz is now heading Google+, taking over from Vic Gondutra, people have been speculating about the fate of Google's social network. The first big change is that it is now divided into two products, Photos and Streams, although no one knows exactly what that means. A leaked file for an upcoming update to Google Drive may give a clue as to its fate, at least with the Photos part of Google+.
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