Google updates the Chromecast to Play and Pause content via your TV Remote


It’s great being able to stream the latest episode of House of Cards on your TV via your Chromecast isn’t it? Although it can be really frustrating having to grab your smartphone when you want to pause the program in a hurry, sometimes it’s just quicker pressing a physical button on the TV remote. Thankfully, Google has updated the Chromecast to allow you to pause and unpause videos with the infra-red remote that came with your TV. Read more

Google is working on an open API for Google Now that developers can bake in to their apps


So, Google Now is a pretty handy app, isn’t it? With its ability to turn our search and location data into useful facts, bringing us the latest scores from our favourite sports teams (or not), reminding us of appointments and even showing us gas stations on the route you are driving, it’s getting more difficult to imagine life before Google Now. With that, we have news that Google Now is set to become even more useful thanks to the planned release of an open API that any app developer will be able to bake into their apps. More details after the break. Read more

Google releases reference sample to show how apps can work on multiple devices


Since last summer, we have seen Android makes its way to new form factors. The operating system now works with phones, tablets, wearables, and vehicles. With so many form factors now supported, it makes sense that Google wants apps to have seamless experiences. The company has introduced a sample multi-device application called Universal Music Player that offers a continuous experience across Android, Android Wear, Android Auto, and Google Cast devices.

Hit the break for looks at the mult-device approach in action.

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Stock Android could be getting its own mult-window feature


Various Samsung and LG devices have a feature that allow two applications to run simultaneously on the same screen. It eliminates the need to jump between apps, something that is especially tedious when the two apps are needed at the same time. Samsung calls the feature Multi Window while LG uses the term Dual Window. Soon, Google could be getting into the enhanced multitasking game. The term “multiwindows” was listed within the code for stock Android.

There were not any details included with the term, but it does show that Google’s attention to what the hardware manufacturers are doing. We should find out more later this year at Google I/O 2015.

Source: Google
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If you’ve ever wished you could go on a big shopping spree at Amazon, there’s a chance your wish might actually come true. That’s right, Amazon is giving you the chance to win $25,000 in gift cards to spend on its site, all you have to do is download an app to your Android device via the Amazon Appstore. For our international readers, it should be noted that this is a US only competition, sorry!

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Samsung Norway halts buggy Lollipop update for Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 handsets


When you have an Android smartphone, receiving a notification saying that there is an OS update available is a great feeling, even more so when it means your handset will soon be running Android 5.0 Lollipop. That feeling quickly turns sour though when the much-anticipated update ends up breaking things, as Galaxy S4 and S5 owners have experienced in Norway to such an extent that the Norwegian arm of Samsung has decided to halt the Lollipop rollout. Samsung Norway halts buggy Lollipop update for Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5

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