Google IO 2016 Coverage

Spotify Offers A Special Holiday Treat – Three Months of Spotify Premium for 99 Cents


Unless you’re aching to have Taylor Swift write your name in that blank space, Spotify has offered up a pretty sweet deal for first-time users. Now through December 31st, new users of Spotify Premium can enjoy three months of ad-free music and higher bitrates for the very low price of 99 cents. Total. That’s a $29 savings.

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[APK Download] Google Messenger update lets you assign colors to individual chats


Google is currently pushing out a much-anticipated compatibility update for its official Messenger application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings users the ability to assign colors to individual chats, as well as support for emojis, a new search feature and a handful of bug fixes and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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New Features Being Developed By Gmail Team’s Inbox App


Do you wish that Inbox by Gmail had a more solid unification with your Gmail account?  Are you irritated that Google Apps isn’t supported by Inbox?  What about some of your favorite Gmail Lab options being annoyingly absent, like “undo send”?

Well, good news, email enthusiasts, the team working on Inbox has heard your laments!  On Wednesday, the team conducted a Q&A with fans on Reddit.

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Google Gives Its News And Weather App A Dark Theme


For many years, Google’s News And Weather app was relegated to almost abandonware status.  Horrific aesthetics, a clumsy interface, and a lack of real purpose made News And Weather a real blemish on Google’s otherwise magnificent portfolio of well-designed apps.

Then, when the developer preview for Android L was crescendoing, Google unveiled its apps’ new material design makeover.  News And Weather was one of these apps to get a fashion fix, which came as quite a bit of surprise to some as it seemed that Google had all but ditched it.

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Samsung to permanently discontinue WatchON in several markets


Samsung first introduced the WatchON service with the Galaxy S4 last year allowing customers to use it as a remote or a TV guide for Samsung TVs or set top boxes. But now, some users of the app are receiving notifications informing them of the platform’s demise. It is said that WatchON will cease to function after December 31, 2014 in all markets except the U.S. and South Korea. Read more

T-Mobile postpones Nexus 9 launch

Nexus_9_343434T-Mobile appears to be having a rough go of things when it comes to launching this year’s Nexus devices. First, T-Mobile didn’t receive their shipment of Nexus 6 phablets from Motorola and the company was forced to push back its launch by a week. Next, T-Mobile’s delivery of the 64GB model has been less than stellar. Finally, as of today, the company appears to be pushing back the launch of the Nexus 9.

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Nexus 6 is now available in the UK via O2

motorola_nexus_6Good news for those of you in the UK who have been interested in picking up Google’s new phablet. O2 finally has the Lollipop filled Nexus 6 moving through its sales channels. Through the company’s Refresh tariff — the program that allows customers to upgrade their devices whenever they want — the company has a special offer on the table where you get the device, unlimited minutes, texts and 2GB of data. You’ll get this special offer for £38 per month.

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Specs of HTC’s upcoming “Hima” flagship leak out


It’s no secret that HTC is prepping the launch of the One M9 in its research labs as we speak. And now, a new leak courtesy of @upleaks has revealed the alleged hardware specs of the smartphone codenamed HTC Hima. According to the source, the smartphone will pack a 5 inch 1080p display along with a 20.7-megapixel rear camera (possibly from Sony) and a 13-megapixel or 4-megapixel front camera. Read more