Where would the world be without Google Translate? It’s a seemingly simple service, but in reality exists as a triumph of complex algorithms and human guidance. And now, Google has added 10 new languages to the fold, bringing the total languages offered to 90.
With 2014 winding to a close, Google is recapping everything that’s happened on Google Play over the year. They’ve posted up an infographic detailing the top apps, games, and media that we’ve been downloading for the past 12 months, and some of the info might surprise you.
It’s not hard to guess that Facebook was the most downloaded social app on the Play Store, and it makes sense that health and fitness apps saw the most growth thanks to the surge in wearable fitness trackers and software from major OEMs promoting an active lifestyle. Some things might surprise you, though. For the full graphic, hit the link below and let us know what you think about what we were downloading in 2014.
Google has just flipped a switch on the server side of its Chromecast mobile application, which now furnishes your family and friends with the ability to easily cast videos to your streaming dongle by way of the new “guest mode” feature. This latest functionality allows anyone in the room with an Android device to access your Chromecast — even if they’re not connected to your Wi-Fi network.
It’s barely over a year old, but it appears the Nexus 5 is already slowly being put out to pasture. Customers looking for 2013′s Nexus flagship can still find the original black variant in the Play Store, but the red and white models have disappeared.
On Wednesday, Google had itself a very busy day. Hangouts and Android Wear were both updated with new features and looks. Far less attention was given to the update rolling out to the Chromecast app. The obvious change is that the app follows Material Design. On the features side of things, Cast Screen is in beta for devices running at least Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Google warns that “your experience may vary” when using the beta version of Cast Screen. Expected issues include lag and force close errors.
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Earlier today, Google started pushing the Android 5.0.1 update to the Nexus 4 and Nexus 6. Of course, it’s likely to take a few weeks for all devices to receive the over-the-air (OTA) update.
We have good news for those that just can’t wait a minute more. You can download the OTA Zip file and manually update your Nexus 6 without losing any of your data.
Just follow our step-by-step guide. If you already know what you’re doing, we have the download link below.
Nexus 6 (shamu) From LRX21O to LRX22C (5.0.1)
Whatever it started as, Google’s virtual reality viewer originally released as a “device” made out of a cardboard box has proven so successful that Google is investing even more in the platform. According to Google, they count more than half a million Cardboard viewers in use and with numbers like that, they have released a new round of updates for users, developers and makers of the device.
Did you hear about the new version of Android Wear? It includes new features and a new companion app. Even better is the arrival of the Watch Face API that allows developers to make their very own watch faces harnessing the power of Android. Android Wear devices are no longer limited to the watch faces that came out of the box. Right now in the Play Store, there are a decent amount of apps that have already been updated with support for new watch faces. Some are fun while others are classy and they support the square and circular designs of current devices.
Today, Android Wear is taking a massive step forward. Google announced updates for both the platform itself and the Android Wear companion app. The theme of the update is “Wear What You Want” because of the personalized features that have arrived. Now, no two Android Wear devices are likely to be the same. It is all about catering the experience to each and every user.
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