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Amazon to end Appstore TestDrive Service effective April 15

Amazon AppStore started offering app test drives on computer four years ago. Android users were delighted to try it because they could test new apps using a virtual Android phone. Only 30 minutes of playtime is given per game but that's good enough to see what new apps are coming and what is worthy to be downloaded. About 20 apps were first added to the test drive program in March 2011 but the number since increased.

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop almost ready for Nexus 9, WiFi Nexus 7

You may be excited that your device is finally getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update but others are already getting Android 5.0.1 (Moto E, and Moto 4 with 4G LTE, Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4) and Android 5.0.2 (LG G2 from T-Mobile and AT&T, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Nexus 7, original Moto X). Several mobile devices have even received Android 5.1 already like the Nexus 5Nexus Player, HTC One (M7), Moto G GPE,  LG G Pad 8.3 GPE, and the Sony Z Ultra GPE. And to further burst your bubble, sorry, but Android 5.1.1 is almost ready.

Google scales up Project Loon to bring Internet access to everyone

Google's Project Loon first took flight in August 2013 from California and it has since been flying with colors. This project was first aimed to bring WiFi connectivity to Africa. As we all know, Google is serious about its plans to launch WiFi in emerging markets especially in developing countries. Meanwhile in the United States, Google is expanding Fiber to more cities. There's also that rumor that a cellular service is in the works and some more details about the Google Carrier project being leaked. All these information prove to us one thing: Google wants to bring Internet access to everyone.

Android Wear gets new hands free gestures, phone free usage in update

You feel the hype for smartwatches and wrist-based wearables slowly plateauing, but Google is still very much committed to pushing for the maturity of Android Wear as a platform. As more and more people find it close to normal to access their notifications and messages from their wrist, Android Wear is looking to bring newer features to make this interaction more natural.

Google Wallet to reportedly now has your money FDIC-insured

Unless you're the sort of person that would read all the user agreements before clicking I Accept (which technically we all should do but oftentimes, it's TLDR), then you probably didn't know that the money you store on mobile payment services like Paypal, Venmo, and Google Wallet are not FDIC-insured. This means that if any of those apps or businesses close down, it would take you a whole, long process before you can recover your money. But Google is reportedly changing their policy, making your money with them more secure.

Google testing Workshop, a Nexus phone customization tool

We didn't see this one coming: Google copying the Moto Maker concept of Motorola. Nothing is official yet but the company is rumoured to be releasing more accessories for the Nexus line. What’s more interesting though is a certain “Workshop” that allows Nexus users to design their own protective case plus add some live wallpapers for a more personalized Nexus experience.

Learn more about places with Field Trip’s Android Wear support

If you haven't yet discovered the joys of having the Field Trip app on your smartphones, now you can start receiving info about all the cool facts and tidbits in your area through your wrists. The Google-powered app has now included support for Android Wear, receiving the same features that you receive on your Android smartphone from the app, but optimized for your wearable device.

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.