Google updates Hangouts extension with support for desktop notifications

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Google has just updated its Hangouts app for both the Chrome and Windows operating systems. This upgrade brings users the facility to receive desktop notifications, as well as the ability to place voice calls via the newly-implemented phone tab. If you have a Google Voice number, you can also send SMS messages to your contacts directly from the desktop app.


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Google releases infographic about the top apps, games, and media of 2014 on Google Play [Infographic]

google-play-logoWith 2014 winding to a close, Google is recapping everything that’s happened on Google Play over the year. They’ve posted up an infographic detailing the top apps, games, and media that we’ve been downloading for the past 12 months, and some of the info might surprise you.

It’s not hard to guess that Facebook was the most downloaded social app on the Play Store, and it makes sense that health and fitness apps saw the most growth thanks to the surge in wearable fitness trackers and software from major OEMs promoting an active lifestyle. Some things might surprise you, though. For the full graphic, hit the link below and let us know what you think about what we were downloading in 2014.

source: Official Android Blog

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Your friends can now stream to your Chromecast without using your Wi-Fi

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Google has just flipped a switch on the server side of its Chromecast mobile application, which now furnishes your family and friends with the ability to easily cast videos to your streaming dongle by way of the new “guest mode” feature. This latest functionality allows anyone in the room with an Android device to access your Chromecast — even if they’re not connected to your Wi-Fi network.


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Chromecast app now sports Material Design, Android 4.4.2+ devices get Cast Screen beta

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On Wednesday, Google had itself a very busy day. Hangouts and Android Wear were both updated with new features and looks. Far less attention was given to the update rolling out to the Chromecast app. The obvious change is that the app follows Material Design. On the features side of things, Cast Screen is in beta for devices running at least Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Google warns that “your experience may vary” when using the beta version of Cast Screen. Expected issues include lag and force close errors.

Hit the break for download links.


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Android 5.0.1 OTA update for Nexus 6 now available to download, here’s how to install it

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Earlier today, Google started pushing the Android 5.0.1 update to the Nexus 4 and Nexus 6. Of course, it’s likely to take a few weeks for all devices to receive the over-the-air (OTA) update.

We have good news for those that just can’t wait a minute more. You can download the OTA Zip file and manually update your Nexus 6 without losing any of your data.

Just follow our step-by-step guide. If you already know what you’re doing, we have the download link below.

Nexus 6 (shamu) From LRX21O to LRX22C (5.0.1)

Google getting serious with Cardboard

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Whatever it started as, Google’s virtual reality viewer originally released as a “device” made out of a cardboard box has proven so successful that Google is investing even more in the platform. According to Google, they count more than half a million Cardboard viewers in use and with numbers like that, they have released a new round of updates for users, developers and makers of the device.
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Android 5.0.1 factory images for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 6 now available

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Google began the roll out of Android 5.0.1 for devices like the Nexus 7 (WiFi), Nexus 9 and the Nexus 10 exactly a week ago. And the company has now officially hinted at the update’s arrival for the Nexus 4 and the recently launched Nexus 6. Google has posted factory images of the update for the two smartphones on its official download pages, letting interested users manually flash it on their devices. The GPe HTC One M8 and the One M7 have already received the Android 5.0.1 update, which is slightly odd as Nexus devices are usually the first to get the updates.
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