Google confirms plans for two new smartwatches in 2017

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December is turning out to be a busy month on the Android Wear front. Just last week Google released developer preview version 4 of Android 2.0, the company acquired Cronologics to help with development, and we just covered the list of existing smartwatches that should get the Android Wear 2.0 update when it is finally released. Before anyone gets it though, Google says their own smartwatch devices will hit the market running Android Wear 2.0.

Go grab a Christmas-themed sweater for you and your Pixel from Google’s pop-up store in NYC

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We are firmly into the festive period which means that the weather is turning decidedly chillier as winter sets in for the long-haul. If you are in New York City and own or are planning to buy a Pixel, though, you can grab some¬†free goodies for both you and your Pixel at Google’s pop-up store on Mercer Street at Spring in SoHo. Join us after the break to find out how you can ward off the winter chills by grabbing a free Christmas-themed jersey for both you and your Pixel handset.

Google Home gains a whole raft of third-party services

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Just a few days after updating the Google Home with Netflix and Google Photos integration, the search giant has added more than 30 services to the device. These new abilities have come about thanks to Google allowing developers to integrate third-party services with the smart device. Users will now be able to order pizza from Dominos, research health-related questions via WebMD or play music trivia with SongPop. Join us after the break for the full list.

These are the most popular searches on Google in 2016

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It’s likely the world can agree 2016 has been a wild year. We’ve had highs, lows, and everything in-between. Whenever something happened, Google Search became the go-to place for it all. Search results on Google have evolved so much over the years, and they’re more useful than ever with rich information that goes beyond just providing links.

As usual, Google is ending the year by showing everyone what trended throughout the world and in individual countries.

Android users on Rogers in Canada will get RCS support very soon

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Google’s plan for messaging on Android has been convoluted for years, but their latest push has been for RCS in standard messaging applications. You would think they’d want to roll things into Allo, but, you know.

Last month, Google turned on RCS in their Messenger application, starting their plan to standardize rich communication services for the entire world.

Cronologics announces acquisition by Google to help with Android Wear

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After Google decided to drop back and punt on the release Android Wear 2.0, pushing a release date until sometime in 2017, things have been quiet in the world of Android smartwatches. That lack of news coming out of Google regarding their wearables platform does not mean steps are not being taken to ensure the new release is a solid move. The most recent update involves a company called Cronologics, which announced their acquisition by Google to help with Android Wear 2.0 development.

These are the most viewed ads of 2016 on YouTube

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It’s been a wild year full of laughing, shouting, crying, and every other emotion-induced action you can think of. Many of them are noticeable in advertisements. When they click with you, they likely click with millions of others worldwide. That’s why viewership on YouTube for ads is as strong as it is. People from every part of the world can find and watch the ads everyone is talking about.

A list compiled by YouTube shows us the most viewed advertisements of 2016.

Conversational Actions for Google Assistant are now live for third-party services

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It doesn’t matter what kind of platform you’re talking about, pretty much any developer ecosystem is DOA without third-party support. Android needs developers on the Play Store to thrive, just as much as Microsoft needs developers making games for the Xbox brand to survive. The next platform for Android is in the form of Google Assistant, and just like all its competitors, Assistant will only succeed if other developers board the ship.

You can take a VR tour of New York’s department stores thanks to Google

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If you’ve ever wanted to see New York’s fancy department store windows without having to shell out the cash to get there (and deal with the insane crowds this time of year), Google has your back. Their latest VR endeavor puts you right in front of several New York department stores, complete with a high-resolution virtual reality panorama and the sounds of a bustling city street around you.