Google adds Nexus 9 factory image for LRX21R update

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The Nexus 9 is getting another update (LRX21R), which should clean up some bugs. As usual, it will take at least a week to hit all devices, so the impatient types can download and install the factory image, which Google posted earlier today.

If you need help flashing it, you can check out our full instructions here. Alternatively, you can opt to manually install the over-the-air (OTA) update, which will keep your data, assuming your Nexus 9 isn’t unlocked. Click here for those very extensive instructions.

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Google releases Android Auto APIs for developers

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Earlier this year, Google announced Android Auto (a version of Android designed to bring the Android platform into cars), and today the search engine giant has granted developers access to its APIs for this service. According to the company, this will enable mobile apps to “be extended to the car in a way that is optimized for the driving experience.”


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Google working on image recognition that can describe scenes and objects

google image recognitionGoogle is cconstantly working on improving their image search and recognition algorithms, and the latest research shows some really impressive results. Thanks to some recent advances in translation technology, Google’s image recognition can actually see a photo and describe what’s going on in the picture, like you can see above.

Not only is the algorithm able to recognize individual objects, but it can describe scenes and phrases. This could potentially help users to search for images based on a very specific phrase, or on the opposite end, help users see understand a picture when they can’t see the image, like when a slow data connection can’t manage it.
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Google encourages developers to use the newer Saved Games feature (Snapshots) instead of AppState

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Back in 2013, Google Play Games launched giving developers the ability to implement game saves using the AppState API. The API made it easier for developers in that they didn’t need their own server for the saves. However, it was limited to only 4 slots of 256k of data, which wasn’t enough for some games.

Google followed up with a new Saved Games feature that used Google Drive and gave developers 3 MB per game and unlimited slots. This was introduced a few months ago at Google I/O, but the older AppState continued to exist.


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Google Play Services version 6.5 updates Maps, Drive, Wallet, and Fit [Updated with APK Download]

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An update is rolling out now to Google Play Services, bringing new features to a slew of the company’s products. Maps, Drive, Wallet, and Fit are all involved in the version 6.5 update. On top of all of this, developers are being handed more control over the APIs utilized by an app.


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Google Keep gets new Material Design facelift and note sharing capabilities

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Google is currently in the process of pushing out an update for its official Keep application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings the ability to share notes with others, together with a makeover that falls in line with the search engine giant’s Material Design guidelines.

Hit the break for the full changelog.


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New York City adds Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks as “official” tools

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In a new post on the Google for Work blog, Hal Friedlander is given a guest spot to discuss the New York City Department of Education’s decision to add some Google tools to their official list of solutions available for teachers and students. Friedlander is the Chief Information Officer for the school system. The NYC Department of Education recently gave official approval to the use of Google Apps for Education and for the deployment of Chromebooks for use in the system.
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