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Did the Google lawn sculpture artist tease Android L official name?

It's either he's the most obvious "teaser" out there or he's giving us another red herring. Google lawn artist (yes, there's such a thing!) Giovanni Calabrese has been leaving licorice hints all over his G+ page, just ahead of his visit to the Google HQ in San Francisco. He is now working on retouching and refurbishing the lawn sculptures, probably in preparation for the official announcement of the latest Android version and the probable unveiling of the new Nexus phone, rumored to be later this month.

Google Now ahead of Siri, Bing in search result accuracy

Smartphone, smartphone in my hand, who's the fairest of them all? Aside from our bad rhyming skills, the answer to that question must be fairly obvious, but in the interest of those who want actual numbers and statistics, a study conducted by SEO consulting firm Stone Temple showed a clear winner in the battle of the digital assistants. A test conducted on the built-in search assistants from Google, Apple and Microsoft showed that, of course, the search giant was miles away in terms of accuracy of results, although it might be lacking in the fun department.

Google testing video checkup with doctors

Google knows everything. That’s what most people say. You want to know something or stalk someone, Google the term and you’ll see hundreds to thousands of search results. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll learn. If you start searching for symptoms of an illness, more often than not, you get scared because there’s a tendency for you to self-diagnose after reading a lot of websites that are not really reliable.

Sennheiser releases special edition Ingress Momentum headphones

Are you part of the Enlightened or the Resistance? No, we're not asking you which side you're on in any political debate, but rather, which faction you're playing for in Ingress, the MMORPG which integrates augmented reality and GPS in its gameplay created by Google's Niantic Labs. It will also determine what color headphones you will buy as Sennheiser will be releasing special edition Momentum On-Ear headphones that will be tied-in with Ingress, for players to show their support for their team.

WSJ says Nexus 6 coming out this month

In case you were wondering – and we know many of you are – the Wall Street Journal has got it on good sources that the whale-sized phone (geddit?) we all are waiting for would indeed be launching this October. We are talking about the new Nexus 6 made by Motorola, of course – more popularly known as “Shamu” or “Free Willy” or whatever whale joke-slash-name you would have for it.

Google Play Store updated, more Material Design and tweaks

This is a developing story, but it seems that Google has updated the Play Store app, and there are very obvious changes to this new iteration of our favorite app marketplace. The app has changed aesthetics closer to what we might expect from a movement towards Google’s Android L launch (soon, we hope). And there are some tweaks within the app itself that would be good to look at.

Enable ‘Guest Mode’ on your Chromecast, needs rooted device

As far back as Google I/O 2014, the mothership was already talking about enabling “Guest Mode” on Chromecast devices – that is, enabling users on other WiFi networks to stream media to Google’s casting dongle-slash-device. Well, four months hence and a number of updates have come and gone for the Chromecast companion app and we still haven’t seen this mode enabled.

Chrome 38 comes out in Android with bug fixes, improvements

As the date for Android L (what it stands for is still a guessing game but it will surely be delicious) draws near, most of Google's apps have slowly been updated design-wise with the material design that will be implemented by the major update. That is precisely one of the things that Chrome for Android has updated with version 38. And while the changes aren't that strikingly obvious, it's always a good idea to update your mobile browser to fix bugs and security updates.

Google adds ‘Backdrop’ feature to Chromecast

A beautiful backdrop as screensaver is nothing new but Chromecast didn’t arrive with it. There really is no need but some Chromecast users have requested such feature on their TVs. Google has finally released this backdrop feature allowing anyone to customize a TV screen by displaying a favorite photo album from Google+, artwork from museums and galleries via the Google Cultural Institute, or satellite images from Google Earth.

Google working on Android app trial before download

Downloading an app on your smartphone or tablet is easy over-the-air. No need to connect your mobile device to a computer just to get the apps you want to use. For Android users, go to the Google Play Store, search for apps under different categories, then click on install. While downloading and then deleting an app you don’t like or won’t use is easy, it can take so much of your data and battery---even time! If only we could test an app before actually downloading, life would be so much better.
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