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Project Volta to test out Android L’s battery use

Hearing the name Project Volta brings to mind a hardcore metal band or a top-secret effect on the battery life defense project by the US Military. But the reality is much simpler, but also that important. It’s the codename for the Google team’s exhaustive project to test the upcoming Android L’s effect on the batteries of Android devices and ensure that it will not cause too much drainage.

Android Wear companion app is up, Apps collection revealed

Just a few days shy of Android Wear smartwatches finally shipping to consumers, Google has published the Android Wear companion app on Google Play Store. But while you won't be able to use that app yet to its full potential, some popular app developers like Trello, IFTTT, Duolingo, Evernote, and even Fly Delta, have already rallied behind Google's wearable platform.

Google acquires music streaming service Songza

To add even more to its already burgeoning acquisition profile, Google has announced they have bought music streaming service Songza. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Google announced that the main features of the service, particularly its expertly curated playlists, will remain the same. Further integrations into other Google products like Google Play Music will be explored in the next few months.

CyanogenMod team talks Android L and the wait for final code

Google did something new at I/O this year. They released the next version of Android as a developer preview. As many are familiar with, that release is called Android L, and so far there has only been speculation in terms of what the next Android dessert will be. Some have referred to it as lollipop, and it looks like the Cyanogen team is currently calling it Later.