Google Fit launches in the Play Store with seamless device syncing

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There is another option when it comes activity tracking. Google Fit is now live in the Play Store for anyone with a device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above. It operates with phones, tablets, the web, and Android Wear devices. This means that Google Fit really goes with you everywhere. The app takes advantage of existing sensors within your device to track activity.

Google Fit does go beyond just activity tracking. Users build a profile, based on things like gender and height/weight, with goals being uniquely made. Google does not mind if you use other services for activity tracking. Apps including Strava, Withings, Runtastic, Runkeeper, and Noom Coach can all work with Google Fit to sync with your profile. Google Fit will be a hub for everything to work together.

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Hands on with the DROID Turbo

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The DROID Turbo was officially launched today in New York City, and it’s shaping up to be the best DROID yet. With it’s 5.2-inch Quad HD display, 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 21 MP rear camera with dual LED flash, and 48 hour battery life, it’s one beast to be reckoned with. The fact that it’s priced at $199 for 32 GB of internal storage ($249 for 64 GB) makes this very intriguing for Verizon Wireless customers. The only question I have, since it’s made by Motorola, is how good is the camera? I will have to wait until I spend more time with it before I can answer that question, but for now, check out our hands on video after the break.


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Pushbullet releases Material Design treatment for app

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Although we are still waiting for the final, official release of Android Lollipop to be unwrapped along with the full implementation of Google’s new Material Design guidelines, we have benefited from Google’s prep work to get several of their own apps ready for the new platform. Now we have a third-party developer releasing an overhaul of their app to take advantage of Material Design. Pushbullet has announced the new version of their app that makes use of all the new design elements to improve the user experience.
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Verizon and Motorola officially launch the DROID Turbo

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As expected, at a press event this morning Verizon and Motorola have officially launched the DROID Turbo, a Motorola manufactured device exclusively available through Verizon. With all of the rumors and leaks, there may not be much in the way of surprises about the specifications for this newest addition to the DROID line of devices, but we’ll touch on them after the break.
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YouTube may launch music service with ad-supported and paid versions

YouTube_music_service_concept_logoYouTube’s music service has become the topic of many rumors lately, with some sources claiming the service is very close to launching. We still haven’t heard anything concrete, but YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki discussed what’s happening with the service with Re/code to shed some light on what we’ve been hearing.

According to Wojcicki, the service is still in the early stages, which means it might not be available as quickly as we’d thought. YouTube is still exploring how to best create a music service to compete with other subscription models like Spotify or Pandora. One of the options she mentioned was an ad-free service, similar to Google’s own All-Access.
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Google talks screen size of Nexus 6, thinks people want giant phones

Nexus-6-splashWhen Google announced the Nexus 6, there were two details that raised eyebrows. The biggest shock was definitely the pricing, since most of us have gotten used to the incredibly cheap phones and tablets in Google’s Nexus lineup. However, the size of the phone has also become a hot topic for debate.

The Nexus 6 sports a 5.9-inch screen, which is considerably bigger than the 5-inch screen offered on the Nexus 5 from last year and still slightly bigger than even the largest phablets on the markets today. It’s clear that Google wanted an absolute top-of-the-line device with the Nexus 6, but there are still questions about whether or not customers will want something that big. Google thinks they do.
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