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Google Earth major update: 3D rendering, access to KML files

When was the last time you opened Google Earth on your Android device? Last week, two months ago, maybe never? Google is now giving you several reasons to open and use this often-neglected app as they are introducing 3D rendering technology and giving map-making users easier access to their KML files. While Google Maps is constantly updated with new features, it's been 10 years since there has been a major overhaul for their less-loved but supposedly more awesome-looking sibling.

Inbox by Gmail gives you another way to look at email

There are some that would have us believe that email is passé and is due an overhaul, if not a replacement, and perhaps to some extent they might be right. But for those who live in their virtual inboxes, that isn't even an option, Luckily for them, Google, whose business happens to be beholden to email, is a staunch ally. It has come up with a new app simply called Inbox that turns the age old email into something more dynamic, more personal, and even more productive.

Excited for Android TV? Try it unofficially on the OUYA

The promise of Android on TVs has been a long and almost unreachable dream but that journey may now be at an end with Google's formal Android TV push. But while we are still waiting for the Nexus Player, the first Android TV device that isn't actually a TV, to ship, many are excited, if not curious, what this new "lean back" living room experience offers on the table. If you have an OUYA gaming console, however, you might not need to wait that long, provided you're willing to jump through hoops to get to your destination.

Google steps up 2-step security with USB Security Key

With the security situation these days, a password, especially a simple, easy to guess, and reused one, just no longer cuts it. To help users who may or may not have migrated to stronger passwords, some sites and services have implemented two-step authentication that takes advantage of the smartphone that we almost always have with us nearby. Taking that to a somewhat more convenient but more limited level, Google is introducing Security Key, which uses a USB flash drive to implement that very same security feature.

Nexus Player back on pre-order, Nexus 6 starts October 29

It is definitely busy weeks for Google, especially for those in charge of the sales of its Nexus devices. After a short and amusing fiasco involving FCC requirements, the Nexus Player is now "back in stock", meaning it is once again available for pre-order. But the Google Play Store Devices section has another surprise waiting. The Nexus 6 has finally appeared in the pages but don't get your hopes up just yet as the smartphone isn't going to be available for pre-order until October 29.

Google’s My Tracks: Android Wear support, Drive sharing

The latest update for Google's tracking app My Tracks has brought with it a few major changes and improvements, particularly in the support for Android Wear smartwatches as well as the way you share your tracks with relevant people. Now your wearables running on Android's platform for smartwatches can use the app to track how many steps you've made during the day or the distance you've run during your early morning workout.

Google Glass, Android Wear notifications can’t run simultaneously

Having a pair of Google Glass could be the coolest thing today for geeks. It’s probably the best wearable tech device right now but since it is a first release, the Glass has limited features. A recent update to the MyGlass app brought bug fixes and notifications can now be sent from the phone to show on the Google Glass display screen. While the latter is a helpful feature, it disabled notifications on an Android Wear device. This means you cannot use Android Wear and Glass for notifications at the same time.

Google’s Nexus Player now approved by FCC, no pre-orders yet

At first there was that awkward moment when the Nexus Player – a breakthrough product being the Google’s first set-top box – was hastily taken down from the Google Play Store because it was lacking FCC approval. Now the FCC has finally given its thumbs up for the product, but the Nexus Player is still unavailable for pre-orders at this point.

Google updates Material Design resources for Android 5 release

Google initially released its Material Design guidelines in July and designed it as a feedback mechanism from developers to refine the initial aesthetic and look of Android 5.0 when it was unveiled in February. Today, it has updated these resources and guidelines as the release date nears.

Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK now out for devs to test apps

Google I/O seems so far away now, but it was really only back in June this year when the mothership presented its spanking new Android OS version – dubbed Android L at that point – but has now been revealed as Android 5.0 Lollipop. Now that the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 are nearing their ship dates, Android Developers is making available the Android 5.0 SDK so that developers can now start testing their apps for compatibility.