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Android One to develop smartphones for emerging markets

At the ongoing Google I/O 2014, the tech giant shared with developers their new program called Android One, which aims to reach the emerging markets outside of the US where smartphones are very much a need but cannot be afforded by everyone. They will be focusing on creating low-budget and low-spec phones that will answer connectivity issues in these regions.

Slides app added to Google Drive; Docs, Sheets updated

Among Google’s many announcements on the first day of its I/O conference, one of the things that got people (well, at least those who are productivity addicts) buzzing is the introduction of Google Slides, the newest addition to the Google Drive Office Suite. Just like with Docs and Sheets, Slides lets you create, edit and collaborate, this time, it’s all about presentations.

Android Wear: what you need to know

Android Wear is here, but is there anything we don’t know about it? The overall aim of Google’s wearable ambitions was laid out months ago, but we did get a few glimpses of some cool new tricks. From hardware to some software interactions, we’ve piked up a few tidbits of info about Android Wear.

What you need to know about Android “L”

Android “L” is coming later this year, and on-stage at Gogole I/O, we got a preview of what the newest version was bringing us. Though it’s far from finished, the sneak-peak is meant to give Developers an idea of what they will be able to do with the release. The new release is not a massive upgrade, but here are some key points to take away from the sneak preview.

Pebble, Google get into more World Cup action

The group stages of the World Cup are all but over but the footballing action is just heating up as the knockout stage promises to bring even more drama, surprises and yes, even controversy. Brands are all over themselves to get in on all the fun and to provide their customers with the most creative ways to follow the happenings in Brazil. Pebble and Google are just two of those who have updated their features to satisfy users’ World Cup fix.

Notifications, Lockscreen security changing in Android “L” release

With Android “L” release — which still doesn’t have a name — notifications are getting a pretty neat upgrade. We’ll now get a richer experience when using our phones with what Google calls “Enhanced Notifications”. I additions to advanced notifications, we’ll get a nice new method for unlocking our phones.

We’re here at Google I/O 2014!

We’re here at Google I/O, ready and waiting for the keynote to begin! After recently learning we’d see a new version of Android introduced today, we’re excited to see just what the new release will bring us. There are also a few other Android twists and turns we’re expecting, but will we get all that we’re hoping for?

BeyondPod version 4.0 update released in beta

The latest BeyondPod app update has been detailed. This release brings the app to version 4.0 and perhaps more important is how it also brings new features and an overall new look and feel. The BeyondPod 4.0 app is currently available to download and begin using, however it remains a beta release for now.

Chillingo goes retro with a Spy vs Spy remake

Chillingo has more than a few games available for download in the Play Store -- and it looks like they have recently released one more. This latest goes retro and will be familiar to those who may have been playing games on a Atari or Commodore computer. This game will also be familiar to those who were fans of MAD Magazine.