Apple may have created Live Photos, but Google just made them way better

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Google yesterday released a new iOS app called Motion Stills, in hope of making live photos on the iPhone even better than Apple did. This new app takes your existing live photos, made with an iOS device, and stabilizes them so that your live photos look like they’ve been created using high-end stabilization equipment. The end result is an extremely fluid, and easily sharable, GIF or short video.

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Google may not be giving up on Android TV just yet, refreshed Nexus Player may be in store

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The majority of us here at Talk Android believe that Android TV has seen its better days, and Google Cast will seemingly take over. Google doesn’t seem committed to Android TV like they were when the first introduced the platform. With that said, along with the recent removing of the Nexus Player from the Google Store, many of us thought the end for the Android TV platform was near. However, a new report caught us by surprise suggesting the release of a successor to the Nexus Player we all know.

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Interested in testing out beta versions of Google Maps on Android?

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Google has toyed with beta apps on the Play Store for a while, but now they’re finally getting in on the action themselves. Google Maps has been opened up for anyone to join the beta, which means you’ll get prerelease builds of the app that may or may not be 100% functional in exchange for helping Google squash bugs so the newer versions can go live for the rest of us. Read more

Google’s latest open-source software makes it easy to create huge, interactive displays

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Google has announced some new software called AnyPixel.js that’s designed to make it easy for anyone to create a large, interactive display. kind of like a really cool, really big Lite Brite. The idea came after trying to figure out what to put in Google’s New York office where the company pieced together 6,000 light-up buttons with a web page controller. Read more

Google Now may soon have ‘character’ with a backstory

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Not long ago, Google changed the voice tone of its Google Search assistant. At Google I/O, the tech giant announced ‘Google Assistant,’ which will soon answer one’s follow-up questions, be able to play mini games, and provide users with more accurate and detailed information. A new report from yesterday suggests Google Now will soon have ‘character,’ meaning it will have a personality and a background story.

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Sundar Pichai sits down with Walt Mossberg at the Code Conference

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai sat down with Walt Mossberg of The Verge on Wednesday morning at Recode‘s Code Conference. Topics covered in the half hour-long conversation were the future of the Nexus line, Google’s play with artificial intelligence, the launch of Google Home and its duel with Amazon, his hope that everyone (including Apple) could work on messaging together, Samsung being Android’s biggest partner, and a lot more.

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Google adding Google Cast to Google Fiber TV boxes

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Although Google Chromecast devices are immensely helpful to content viewers who have existing hardware that need the support, Google is making the technology, Google Cast, that drives their dongles available outside of those devices. We are seeing more support for Google Cast built directly into televisions. Now Google is adding one of their own, in-house products, by making Google Cast available via their Fiber TV set top boxes. Read more