Revamped Android Pay will be announced at Google I/O

google_wallet_softcard_picture1With Apple Pay off to a solid start and Samsung working on a better competitor to the service, it would make sense for Google to push their own mobile payment system front and center to stay competitive, and some rumors are pointing at that happening at I/O later this year.

This new service, called Android Pay, will actually be separate from Google Wallet. Android Pay will supposedly allow vendors to integrate the service into their Android apps so customers can quickly buy things without having to put in their debit or credit card information over and over. On top of that, retailers will also be able to set up tap-to-pay transactions in physical locations using Android Pay. 
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Search apps, including Siri, Cortana, and Google Now may be saving recordings of your commands

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A user on reddit has posted about his experience as a new employee with a company that has access to voice recordings that he claims are commands given to mobile devices. According to this individual, some of the recordings specifically refer to Siri, Apple’s voice-activated search and command app. The reddit poster also implicates Microsoft’s solution, Cortana, and other posters have pointed out that Google is also saving Google Now commands. Although this user has access to the recordings, the employer is none of these major companies.
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Google Glass 2 prototypes already in the hands of select partners

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I know many people think Google Glass is dead, but trust me it isn’t. The closing of the Explorer Program and shuffling of key people is just a normal step of the evolution process. Explain to me how they could transition from a $1,500 Explorer Program version of Glass to a more consumer-friendly version that is much cheaper. The only way is to put things on hold and then re-launch it which is exactly what they will do.


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Android One Devices in India begin receiving Lollipop Update in weekly roll-out

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Android One users in India may have felt that they were being left out in the cold as of late. Android One launched in Indonesia and the Philippines with Android 5.1 Lollipop in tow, but it seems India has not been forgotten after all. According to a Google Plus post by Ceasar Sengupta, the Product Management Director at Google, Android One phones in India have already started receiving the Android 5.1 update.


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Google confirms that a Chromebook Pixel successor is “coming out soon”

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Consumers preparing to purchase a new laptop may want to wait a bit longer as a formidable Chrome OS device is on its way to the market. At the Team Work 2015 event, Renee Niemi of Google confirmed that the Chromebook Pixel will see a successor. Niemi, who works on the productivity teams for Android and Chrome, noted that the new Chromebook Pixel would launch soon. She did clarify that a limited amount of units will be produced as it is a proof of concept. Employees within the company and developers working with Google receive about 85% of units produced.


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Google makes deal to bring Wallet to major wireless carriers, buys out portion of Softcard

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Google has signed a deal that will lead to the distribution of their Google Wallet app pre-installed on devices sold by by Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T starting later this year. As part of the deal, Google is also buying some technology from Softcard, a mobile payment solution that had been developed by those same carriers.

According to Softcard, the app will continue to work for users that want to make mobile payments – for now. However, this could change as Google starts to rollout their solution on carrier devices. Since Soundcard is selling some of their intellectual property related to the app to Google, it seem unlikely future development will continue. Reports indicate there are no Softcard employees joining Google as part of the agreement, which could be bad news on the horizon for Softcard employees.
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Google launches new YouTube Kids app

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YouTube’s a pretty awesome service for people of all ages, but it’s hard to restrict what age groups have access to suitable content. Sure, there’s integrated parental controls, but they can be disabled with a mere click of a button — so many parents end up banning their children from using the website purely for this reason.

Obviously, Google isn’t too happy with this decision as it means they’re getting less views, and parents aren’t too keen on the idea of preventing their children from using the service either as it hosts loads of great content geared towards helping their little ones learn.

In an effort to solve this issue, Google has today launched a brand new YouTube Kids app on both the App Store and Play Store.


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