Google Now to start showing updates and notifications from 40 apps

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Google Now is quite limited as far as notifications are concerned. While it can manage sports scores, weather, stocks, flight timings etc, it had no third party app support. That changes today with Google officially bringing support for 40 new applications such as Pandora, Trip Advisor, Zillow, eBay, Shazam, Ford, Instacart, Airbnb and a whole lot more.


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Chromecast now available for purchase on Play Store in India

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Covered by Talk Android’s Josh Levenson last month (link here), India got its first ability to purchase the Chromecast from Snapdeal during Google’s annual Great Online Shopping Festival. Rajan Anandan, Head of Google India, had made the announcement but gave no indication on when we might see the Chromecast grace India’s Google Play Store.

Starting today, our sisters & brothers on the other side of the globe can get the Chromecast from the Play Store now! It’ll run you a small 2999 (Rs).
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Sponge on the Run: Nickelodeon releases game on Play Store ahead of Spongebob movie

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Between my love for the USA channel’s Psych and Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, it could be said that I like pineapples. That being said, our porous friend is starring in a new game released onto the Play Store today that can get you your kiddos hyped for the upcoming movie set to hit theatres on February 6th.

SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run will let you take Mr. SquarePants on a race with Plankton to find the missing Krabby Patty formula. There are three zones you can race through (Bikini Bottom, Apocalyptic Bikini Bottom, and the human beach) and you can even transform into Super SpongeBob should the waters get too choppy. Oh, and there’s a Mermaid Man costume you can put SpongeBob in, which is awesome!
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Google adds Work Chrome to Play Store, pulls it just as quickly

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Earlier today, Google tipped its hand at a new app it’s working on called Work Chrome. It appears to be part of the Android Work program, which is promoted as an enterprise solution for companies wanting to use Android for business purposes. The app or apps could appear on personal devices with company profile log-ins or with business provided Android devices.

Just as mysteriously as the app’s arrival to the Play Store, Work Chrome was pulled by Google shortly after.

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Google’s Play Store eclipses Apple’s App Store in number of apps and developers for first time

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Given the differing business models being employed by Google and Apple in getting their mobile operating systems into the hands of consumers, it should be no surprise that despite a jump start by Apple, Google is ahead in many measures. Even in areas where Apple has a lead, Google is steadily marching toward dominance. An example of this occurred in 2014 according to app metrics tracking firm AppFigures whose latest numbers show Google’s Play Store has surpassed Apple’s store in terms of both number of apps and developers.
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