Google lists the Motorola Turbo Charger as “coming soon” in the Play Store

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Devices like the Nexus 6, Motorola DROID Turbo, and HTC One (M8) are capable of enhanced charging with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The special chargers, when paired with supported devices, powers them much quicker than ordinary chargers. Both Motorola and HTC have released their own Quick Charge 2.0 chargers, but availability has been somewhat limited. The Motorola Turbo Charger will soon be available in the Play Store. When? No one is sure. It is a good sign, however, that its status reads “coming soon.” The price listed is $34.99.

In the meantime, you can purchase the Turbo Charger directly from Motorola.

Source: Google Play

Google adds Work Chrome to Play Store, pulls it just as quickly

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Earlier today, Google tipped its hand at a new app it’s working on called Work Chrome. It appears to be part of the Android Work program, which is promoted as an enterprise solution for companies wanting to use Android for business purposes. The app or apps could appear on personal devices with company profile log-ins or with business provided Android devices.

Just as mysteriously as the app’s arrival to the Play Store, Work Chrome was pulled by Google shortly after.
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Google Play edition devices are no longer available

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Never got around to purchasing a Google Play edition device? Then it is likely safe to say you never will. Slowly but surely, we have seen Google Play edition devices vanish online. A warning was never issued by Google and the company has proceeded to pull the devices from the Play Store. Most recently, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition was removed after months of being out of stock. Then, today, the HTC One (M8) Google Play edition was shown the door. It left the Google Play edition section with nothing to show; therefore, the initiative that pushed a stock Android experience on flagship devices is presumably gone.

Have you ever purchased a Google Play edition device? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Google Play

WhatsApp back again, this time with a web client

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Yesterday WhatsApp hit the news after it was discovered they were banning the use of third-party apps with their platform, going so far as to temporarily ban users who were using other channels to access WhatsApp. While the WhatsApp team may have annoyed some users with that move, today’s news is much better. WhatsApp has finally launched a web client for their messaging platform that works with the desktop Chrome browser. Read more

Google spends more on lobbying than Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Facebook, and Apple

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Google might be buying up a lot of tech companies, but they are also spending a considerable amount of money on lobbying efforts in Washington. According to Consumer Watchdog, Google spent a record $16.83 million to influence regulators in 2014. That’s up from $14.06 million in 2013.

Google bested Comcast, which spent $16.80 million in 2014. They even went ahead of Verizon ($11.22 million) and AT&T ($14.56 million). Apple and Facebook combined didn’t even spend as much as Google, $4.11 and $9.34 million respectively.

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Dead Zebra Series 5 Android mini collectibles coming soon, say hello to Panda and Sk8 Cop

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Dead Zebra will be releasing the fifth installment the Android mini collectible designer series very soon. Designers include regulars, Andrew Bell, Gary Ham, Scott Tolleson and Kong Andri, and a few new ones, Devilrobots, Reactor-88, Jon Paul Kaiser and Lunabee.

Today they have unveiled two figurines from the set: Panda (pictured above) and Sk8 Cop (pictured below). Panda is designed by Google and Sk8 Cop was designed by Gary Ham. Sk8 is extra special since it includes a mini Android skateboard and stickers to slap on the board, himself, or his friends.

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Google will soon offer wireless service through Sprint and T-Mobile

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It has often been rumored that Google will eventually get into the wireless mobile game, and it looks like that dream will come true. As part of something codenamed Nova, Google won’t be starting their own service, but will instead opt to be an MVNO for Sprint and T-Mobile.

If you’re not familiar with what an MVNO is, it’s a mobile virtual network operator, or basically a re-seller of another carrier’s service. For example, Ting is a Sprint MVNO and Straight Talk is the same for both T-Mobile and AT&T. You can now add Google to the mix.

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FreedomPop’s unlimited WiFi hotspot plan went live today, accessible for $5 per month

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Today, FreedomPop introduced a new unlimited WiFi plan that activates almost ten million hotspots in the United States. The company is offering unlimited talk, text, and data over WiFi hotspots for $5 per month. FreedomPop wants to step in front of “high priced LTE data plans” by reducing the amount of data used on carriers’ networks.

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