First 100 beta testers for Project Ara announced

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Although 90,000 people signed up to assist with the progress of Project Ara, only the most active Ara scouts were selected as beta testers. That number was capped at 100 and the new beta testers come from various parts of the United States and overseas in other countries. The beta testers will receive a Project Ara phone in return for their hard work as scouts.

For everyone else, a Project Ara device is slated for availability early next year.

Source: dscout
Via: Gigaom

Google Play Services 5.0 rollout now complete, Android Wear apps should start showing soon

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It usually takes a couple of weeks for each Play Services update to fully rollout, but Google has announced that Play Services 5.0 has “rolled out to devices worldwide.” One of the biggest features of Play Services 5.0 is Android Wear services. Developers have been asked to hold off releasing Android Wear apps in the Play Store until July 7, but with the rollout completed, hopefully we will see some apps sooner.

Google Play Services 5.0 also provides a dynamic security provider, which is a replacement of the secure networking APIs. This will allow Google to update security patches more rapidly. Also, Google Play Games will get Quests, which will reward players without the need to update the game, and users will also get the ability save game progress.

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Google posts Android L preview source code for various Nexus devices

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The preview of Android L can now be tried on additional Nexus devices. Last week at Google I/O, the source code was made available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) while others were left out. Google has added the Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10, and Nexus 4 to the Android L preview. Older Nexus devices like the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S are obviously being left behind due to age.

Hit the break for individual links to each device. Read more

Additional Samsung Galaxy S 5 Google Play Edition press render leaks, this time without onscreen buttons

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Earlier in the day, an image of the Galaxy S 5 Google Play Edition leaked. And a little while after that the image above surfaced. The difference between the two is that this one lacks the onscreen buttons that were present earlier. Other than that, this is the exact same press render. And it is still the same Samsung device in terms of hardware, just running stock Android on the inside.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

Google announces the end of packaged apps in move to Chrome Apps

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Last year for the fifth anniversary of the Chrome browser, Google announced a “new breed of apps” known as Chrome apps. The new apps function much like a traditional program when launched on a computer, appearing in its own window and capable of being used when offline amongst other features. When launched, Google’s intent was for these Chrome apps to be the next generation of apps replacing the “packaged apps” that they first introduced in 2010. Google has now announced their end of life plans for “packaged apps” including an immediate halt to the ability for developers to submit them to the Chrome Web Store. Read more

Google now showing Google Play Movies purchases in YouTube app

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To access your purchased Google Play Movies content, you previously had to go to the Google Play Movies & TV application.

But today, Google has updated its YouTube app to now integrate Google Play Movies & TV, allowing you to access your purchased videos straight from YouTube.

Check out the “Purchases” screen after the break.

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