Google Play Store downloads beat out iOS App Store downloads in volume by 60%

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According to the latest numbers about app store downloads, Google’s Play Store sees about 60% more volume for downloads than Apple’s App Store. There were roughly 160 million downloads in Q3 on the Play Store, while the App Store only saw about 100 million. Both are impressive numbers however you slice, but Android’s enormous market share globally is really showing through here.
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Google teases Android L in latest YouTube video

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Google has just published a short, “Sweeeeet” video on its official YouTube channel teasing the release of the next big update of its mobile operating system. Although the specific dessert name is still tightly under wraps, the search engine giant did confirm that “L” will be “Android 5.0″ and gave us the names of a few contestants who auditioned for the role — Lemon Meringue Pie, Lava Cake, Lady Finger, Lemon Drop and Oreo. But, of course, they’re wasn’t a Lollipop in sight.

Hit the break below for the full teaser.


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Google developer posts Android L screenshot, hints at “Lollipop”

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There is much speculation as to what Google will be calling Android L. Some of the possible names are Licorice, Lemon Meringue Pie, Lava Cake, and Lemon Drop. Today, the selected name has seemingly been revealed. A developer on the Chromium issue tracker posted a screenshot from a device running Android L (seen above). In the status bar, you will see a tasty treat. What is it? A lollipop.

While we do not know the exact version number Google is going with, it is a safe bet that Android Lollipop is coming soon.

Source: Chromium
Via: Myce

Second source claims Google to launch Nexus 9 running Android L on October 15th

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An unnamed source described as “close” to Google indicates the company plans to officially announce the Nexus 9 tablet and a new Nexus smartphone on Wednesday, October 15th. The source says Google will make the announcement via a blog post instead of doing it via a big, splashy event. The source indicates the reason for the lack of a “big reveal” was to give programmers more time to iron out some final tweaks in Android L. It is worth noting though that Apple has an event scheduled for Thursday when it is thought updates to their tablet lineup will be revealed, so Google may be trying to get a jump on the press and make sure consumers have something to compare any new iPad devices against.
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Teenagers use voice commands most often and really want to order pizza

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Teenagers use voice commands a lot and they really want to order pizza. That is just some of what Google found from its Mobile Voice Study. Google looked at 1,400 smartphone users and how they use voice commands from Google Search, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana. Teenagers (ages 13-18) use voice commands every day while adults are more inclined to “feel tech savvy” because of it.

Here are some notes from the Mobile Voice Study:

  • 55% of teenagers in the United States use voice commands every day
  • 45% of adults feel geeky when using voice commands
  • 89% of teenagers and 85% of adults believe that voice commands will be “very common” in the future
  • 22% of teenagers use voice commands in the bathroom
  • 45% of teenagers selected “send me pizza” when told to “pick one thing you wish you could ask your phone to do for you”
  • Northeasterners are the most active group to use voice commands — 50% use it at least once per day


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Google Shopping Express shortens name and launches in three more cities with more retailers

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Today Google announced that Google Express (formerly known as Google Shopping Express) has launced in Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. bringing a ton of new retailers with it. For those unfamiliar with the service, it is a same-day delivery service that lets you order from multiple local retailers and have the products delivered by Google themselves. The service does not mark-up any of the products but does require a membership fee of $95/year or $10/month. There is also a $4.99 per-order pay-as-you-go option, and a three-month trial for new users. 
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Google releases animated ads showing off the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9

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If you happened to watch last night’s Walking Dead episode online, you might have noticed a few new ads from Google. Yup, they quietly released these because they like having fun with us.

There are three 30 second ads in all with the first one revealing the Nexus 6 with Android L navigation buttons and a new ringtone, while the second one shows the Nexus 9. You will also notice the “Be Together, Not The Same” theme here implying that the Nexus 6 is very big and might not be for everyone. The third ad continues this theme, but doesn’t reveal any of the devices.


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Former Google executive hired by Xiaomi for push into India

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The future of Xiaomi is not found in its homeland China. The company is looking at new markets for expansion. It is one of the reasons that Hugo Barra made the jump from Google to Xiaomi. Now, another former Googler is heading out to join Barra. Xiaomi has hired Jai Mani, who worked on Google Play and other items from 2009 until 2013, to lead the Chinese company into India. Barra and Mani do have a history of working with one another at Google.

Here is some of what Hugo Barra had to say about Mani’s hiring:

“The first person we hired is someone who’s going to be the glue between our users in India, product feedback that we receive, and the engineering team we have in Beijing as well as the engineering team that we are going to be building fairly soon in India.”

Via: Digits (The Wall Street Journal)