Google launches Places API so we can finally share locations by name instead of coordinates

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Doesn’t it make sense that when sharing your location with someone, you actually share the name of the place that you’re at rather than the latitude and longitude? In other words, if I am at Joe’s Bar and Grill, it’s easier to understand that I am Joe’s Bar and Grill vs 26.78545419, -75.15212959.

Google’s Places API will solve this issue by bringing Google’s global database of 100 million places into your app. The Places API is not only released on Android, but Google also released a beta version for iOS.


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Google releases extended version of Wear What You Want (Party On) Android Wear commercial

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Last week, Google released a short commercial promoting Android Wear and how you can” Wear What You Want”, as in circular or round. That spot was only about 15 seconds long, but today they are treating us with the full 60 second spot.

The theme is exactly the same, but you get a few more dances and you get to hear a little more of “On The Regular” by Shamir. Check out the full video after the break.


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Android 5.1 with VoLTE rolling out now to T-Mobile’s Nexus 6

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Purchased the carrier variant of the Nexus 6 through T-Mobile? Then prepare for a software update to appear any minute. On Twitter, T-Mobile’s Desmond Smith announced that the rollout of Android 5.1 for the Nexus 6 has begun. Included with this software update is the activation of VoLTE for high quality calls.

Let us know in the comments how you’re liking the update.

Source: @AskDes (Twitter)

Android Auto is finally here, official app is now available in Google Play

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After nearly a year from it’s official introduction, Android Auto is finally available. Last week brought the first 3rd party head unit from Pioneer Electronics, but with no official app, it was unusable.

Today, Google released the Android Auto app which is necessary in order to bring Auto compatible apps to your dash. All developers needs to do is add the necessary code to their apps, and they can be viewed and controlled from your car’s dash. Now that the app is official, we should start seeing more apps get integrated over the new few weeks. We will also see more head units available from Kenwood and Parrot, as well as other car manufacturers like Audi and Volkswagen.


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Acer announces new C910 Chromebook with Intel Core i5 processor

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Earlier today, Acer took the wraps off the third variant of its C910 Chromebook. Unlike previous models, that ship with either an Intel Core i3-5005U or Intel Celeron 3205U processor, this latest version features the brand new Intel Core i5-5200U chip, which the company claims delivers the “fastest performance in a commercial Chromebook to date.”


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TAG Heuer officially announces Android Wear powered device on the way

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TAG Heuer made it official today, after word leaked out yesterday, that they have entered into a partnership with Google and Intel to launch “a Swiss smartwatch” powered by Android Wear. According to the press release issued today as part of the Baselworld event,

“Swiss watchmaking and Silicon Valley is a marriage of technological innovation with watchmaking credibility. Our collaboration provides a rich host of synergies, forming a win-win partnership, and the potential for our three companies is enormous”


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Google Docs for Android update hides the editing icons to allow full page review

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If you’ve ever used the Google Docs app, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of seeing the editing tools getting in the way of viewing a document whilst scrolling through, making it difficult to view everything you need to without those pesky icons obscuring information. Luckily, the Google Docs app is receiving an update that will solve this irksome problem. More info and the Apk download link after the break.
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