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Mobile

More than 600 Android-running phone models were launched this past year

Taking the banner of branding empowerment, Google took the stage on Google I/O and presented very pretty numbers. Be it phone models, app usage, or ridiculous numbers of selfies, the firm had a lot to brag about.
Mobile

Houzz takes the crown as the Best App at the Google Play Awards

Google live-streamed the first-ever Google Play Awards yesterday at Google I/O. The company picked 10 winners across varying categories, ranging from most innovative, to best standout startup.
Mobile

Here’s Larry Page defending Google against a $9 billion lawsuit

The Oracle vs. Google court case continues to drag on. Most recently, Alphabet CEO Larry Page testified, arguing that Java was open source when it was created. Google could face a $9 billion fine if it loses.
Computing

Microsoft dishing out $500 bonuses to some developers who port Buildbox games to Windows 10

Microsoft and Vungle have teamed up with Buildbox to dish out $500 to developers who port their Buildbox-based games to Windows 10. However, there are a few rules, such as choosing Vungle as the sole in-app advertiser, generating…
Mobile

Google Play devs getting better pre-launch reports, so they can fix bugs early

Google is updating Google Play services for developers, offering better beta tests and pre-launch reports, as well as a slew of other new features aimed at developers. The features should help cut down on bugs in apps.
Computing

Cortana for Android syncs notifications, lets you leave your phone in your pocket

The Cortana app for Android adds new notification settings that, when enabled, mirror messages about incoming phone calls, texts, and more on your PC. The features are live for Windows Insiders right now, with a broader launch expected in…
Mobile

Android Pay gains ATM cash withdrawal, better web support, and more

Google introduced a bevy of new features to its Android Pay platform at the company's I/O 2016 developer conference in San Francisco. One particularly nifty one? The ability to withdraw cash from ATMs.
Mobile

Google is finally letting families share paid apps on multiple devices

Google is finally set to allow families to share apps across multiple devices. The feature, called Family Library, essentially means that an app will only need to be purchased once within a family to be used by all family members.
Mobile

Recapping day one at Google I/O 2016

Google I/O is almost upon us, and you can be sure to see more details on the upcoming version of Android N, Android VR, an Amazon Echo competitor, and more. The keynote begins at 10 a.m. P.T. on May 18 and will feature CEO Sundar Pichai.
Mobile

Android Instant Apps wants to clear your phone of useless apps

Android Instant Apps will allow you to visit the app version of websites, if it exists, without ever having to install the app. Now you'll be able to get the app experience for those apps you don't want to have installed on your device.
Wearables

Android Wear 2.0 brings handwriting recognition and smarter watch faces

Your Android Wear device is about to get a major update! Google has taken the wraps off of Android Wear 2.0, an update to Android Wear that brings features like handwriting recognition and smarter watch faces.
Mobile

Google Assistant wants to be your one-stop shop for everything

Google has announced Assistant, a chatbot-like digital assistant that will be integrated into other services and products, like Google Home, and Allo, a new messaging app from the search giant.