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Google mobile search groups content into carousels

It used to be that when you search for anything on Google, whether you're on the desktop or the mobile app, it will just give you a straightforward listing of relevant websites for what you're looking for. But as the search giant began to understand what we actually wanted from the results (or what they think we want), they've begun to tweak the search features, update after update.

Inbox by Gmail update: tablet-ready, more browsers added

If you've been waiting for Google to make more features and updates for their Inbox for Gmail app, then the wait is now over. And if you're still confused as to why they had to create a different email app when the Gmail one was already pretty good, then this is your time to try it out (after asking a friend for an invite of course). The latest update now brings the app to your Android tablets, as well as to browsers other than Chrome.

Google intros official AdWords Android app, Canada only

I don't know why it took Google a long time to release an Android app for the AdWords but glad the service is now ready for businesses. AdWords app for Android is available initially in Canada but will be launched worldwide very soon. This app is the perfect tool for those who are managing ad campaigns. No need to use a web browser as you can access your account right on the Google AdWords app.

Google receives antitrust probe complaint by Russian competitor

Google is always the target of major antitrust probe and looks like it will face another investigation, this time in Russia, as Yandex asked the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia to look into the search giant's practices. The Russia-based search engine that Google is in violation of some Russian antitrust law. The complaint is focused on Google integrating the search and other services with the Android OS.

12 more countries can now sell paid apps on Google Play Store

As Google continues to extend their digital domain through various products and through the Android platform, they have been opening their doors to more than just North America and Europe. In fact, a lot of their programs and updates have been looking towards to developing markets like Asia, Africa, and South America. Now Google has announced that 12 more countries have been added to their list and app developers here can now sell paid apps to their market.

Leak: VLC update will (finally) have Chromecast support

It's been a long-time coming (well, 7 months, but in tech world that's forever) but it looks like your favorite jack-of-all-trades video player will finally be able to support Google's streaming dongle. If the changelog in the Git repo is to be believed, the next update to VLC will finally feature support for Chromecast, something that a lot of people are excited about, even though this was something "promised" (well, sort of) June of last year.

Toshiba builds, demos first working Project ARA camera module

Toshiba can be very happy with its Project ARA work so far. The Japan-based company has contributed a lot to the framework and structure that will hold the modules of the Project ARA smartphone together – which if didn’t know is a modular smartphone project now spearheaded by Google. Toshiba has just recently showed off its camera modules for the project – one of, if not the first, camera module tested as working on the Project ARA framework.

Google to deprecate Talk, asks users to switch to Hangouts

If you're one of those who are still desperately holding on to Google Talk and refusing to switch to the more updated Hangouts, then the latest news from product manager Mayur Kamat will make you a little bit sad. By February 23, Google is already deprecating Talk for Windows users, encouraging them to switch to Hangouts, which has been their main messaging app for the past few years.

Your venerable View-Master, resurrected using smartphones

Mattel and Google want to bring back your childhood memories by dragging that old school favorite – the View-Master – straight to the 21st century. By collaborating with Google Cardboard, the toy company is banking on the emotional and nostalgic appeal of the old toy and producing a modern version of it. Of course, this time you need a smartphone to go with it.

Google Helpouts video assistance service to shut down by April 20

Wait, what is Google Helpouts? If that is your reaction to the service that Google will effectually shut down by April this year, then you've probably stumbled on to the reason why it's going away in the first place. The video tutorial service did not catch on as quickly as they expected, despite having several "engaged and loyal contributors" and despite sporting the Google brand.