New Android One device to be introduced on July 27 in India

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Google introduced the Android One program back at Google I/O in 2014 in attempt to bring reliable, affordable devices to emerging markets. Google’s ultimate goal is to bring Android to more places around the world. The program began in India and has now expanded to many countries. Most recently, Android One arrived Myanmar and Pakistan. Android One is not going away any time soon. The company is proud to announce that today it has added Lava to its list of partners.

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Google celebrates Chromecast’s second birthday with a free movie rental

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On this date two years ago, Chromecast was made available to people around the world. The technology behind it that simply mirrors content from phones, tablets, and computers to your television has been called upon nearly two billion times. Chromecast shows how affordable and simple streaming can be. It could be why the Television Academy opted to give voters their own Chromecast to view nominees for this year’s Emmy Awards. Now, on the dongle’s second birthday, Google is celebrating with a free movie rental from Google Play.

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This November the Big Android BBQ is coming to Amsterdam

bigandroidbbq_logoThe Big Android BBQ is scheduled for October 22nd and 23rd 2015 in Hurst, Texas. However news has broke that The Big Android BBQ is coming to Europe! An announcement at the Big Android BBQ Netherlands website says that they are coming to Amsterdam from the 12th to the 14th of November 2015.

The event will allow senior developers and enthusiasts to all get together for a fun filled event. Read more

Google Drive plug-in distracts you from using Microsoft’s OneDrive with Office

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Google wants you to make documents with Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Microsoft wants you to make documents with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Then, when storing those documents or any other files, the two companies are split between Drive and OneDrive. Among the benefits of sticking with one company’s services is how everything works seamlessly. Google, however, wants Microsoft Office users to enjoy the benefits of Drive despite using a competing service.

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Google shutting down Google+ Photos starting August 1st

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In deference to their new standalone Google Photos platform that was launched in May, Google has announced that they will start the process of shutting down Google+ Photos on August 1st. This is a rather quick move for Google which seems to keep older platforms lingering for a while. However, the Google+ team says this move is meant to “ensure everyone has the best photos experience” that Google can deliver. Read more

YouTube’s upcoming paid video streaming service already has licensing deals with 90% of viewership

YouTube_LogoGoogle is hard at work trying to roll all kinds of content into its YouTube streaming service. We already have Music Key, and a service dedicated to video game streaming is still in the pipeline. There are still rumors of an upcoming paid video streaming service to compete with Netflix and Amazon, though, and some new details have emerged about progress on that service today. Read more