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Google slowly rolling out “On-Body Detection” mode to Android users

Don't you just hate it when you suddenly leave your smartphone unlocked on a table and people start posting unwanted stuff on your social media just to annoy or embarrass you? Or worse, when people have the nerve to steal your unlocked device left somewhere out there? Well, if Google does roll out this new feature to all Android devices, then your problems may be partly solved. They can't help you if you're too forgetful and leave your phone a lot.

Nexus Player now ready for pre-order in the UK via Amazon [UPDATE]

The Nexus Player may have been announced five months ago but it's only now that those in the UK can avail of digital media set-top box player co-manufactured by Google and Asus. It's a set-top box alright but it's actually a not so boxy circle as we noted before. It's a sort of Android TV which was quickly approved by FCC soon after it was launched. In the United States, it was also immediately listed for pre-order and was made available in November together with an Asus gamepad. Soon enough, compatible games were lined up and sports content were added.

Android 5.1 also pushing to Nexus Player, reboot option available

The latest and greatest version of Android Lollipop at this point is Android 5.1, and it is steadily pushing out to all the Nexus devices – which is a great advantage of being Google’s premier line of devices, as you are always first in line to get the newest version of the OS. Even the Nexus Player – Google’s round-shaped digital HD TV output box which also leads a double-life as an Android casual gaming console – is getting its own version of Android 5.1.

Google announces Chromecast promo offers

Chromecast isn't going anywhere. The mini digital media player dongle is less than two-years old but it has proven itself successful in the industry getting so many copycats and followers. The HDMI dongle remains supreme especially in the United States where Google is always announcing great deals and promos. In fact, there are new available promotional offers recently announced by the company for Chromecast. If you've been planing to get one for some time, now is the best time to shop because of the additional offers for the device.

Quickoffice updated but only to move you to Docs, Sheets, Slides

It's been 9 months since it has been updated and not it looks like QuickOffice is finally being truly pushed out of the picture by Google. A new "update" to the app has not really changed things, but instead informs users that this app isn't being supported anymore and instead they should move on to Docs, Sheets, and Slides. We don't get why they don't just disable the app, but okay, a handful of people still use it, so there.

Apps to connect with Android Auto using Lollipop devices

Android Auto is still a relatively new platform but smart cars have certainly a big potential. The platform now runs in some vehicles but with limited functions and features only. Not anyone can use their apps with Android Auto but Google has just announced some new developments. The Internet giant has recently allowed apps to run on Android Auto using their Android 5.0+ devices. This means you can take your apps for a drive on several aftermarket units and compatabible cars (but please, don't play games while driving).

Google brings Android Device Manager support for Android Wear

Since the Android Device Manager was introduced more than two years ago, this feature has been very useful in helping millions of Android device owners become more productive than ever. This simple management tool allows the owner to secure and locate Android devices that are missing. The past few years, the Android Device Manager has been updated with improved security and guest mode among others for a better experience.

Tag Heuer to enter smartwatch market with Intel, Google

With so many players entering the smartwatch market, aside from the already established OEMs, do we really need another one to join the fray? If it's a well-known and respected Swiss watchmaker, partnered with two of the leading names in tech, then maybe the answer is a resounding yes. Tag Heuer has confirmed rumors that it will be coming out with a luxury smartwatch and they will be partnering with Intel and Google.

Google Docs app for Android updated for easier viewing, editing

Google Docs on mobile has always been limited. And since the mobile market is demanding for more mobile functions, features, and services these days, Google has decided to update the app by allowing users to easily view and edit a document. Even when you're on the go, you can edit a document you've been working on whether for school or work. The app has been useful for reading and reviewing a document but editing has not always been easy. This time, you can edit the document by tapping twice the blue pencil icon you see on the bottom right of the page.