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Google Adds Private Channel Apps to the Managed Play Store

Towards the end of last year, Google rebranded their Google Apps for Work platform into G Suite. Google recently announced App Maker for their G Suite customers, acquired a company to help improve the audio quality of their Hangouts users, and this week they've announced a change to the managed Play Store. Google allows companies that pay...

Google Acquires Limes Audio to Improve Online Voice Quality

Voice has been at the forefront of interpersonal communication in the digital age since traditional mobile phones, and now video is growing even further through services like Hangouts, Skype and Facetime. Our reliance on video and voice will only grow stronger through the proliferation of faster and more reliable internet connections. Google realizes the importance of...

Google Assistant is Coming to Android TV, Android Wear 2.0 and More Devices

Google Assistant has been somewhat of a replacement for Google Now for those who have compatible devices. Many are still waiting for Google to bring the new service to their device, and they're now making some progress with this. Sadly, we still aren't seeing official support for it on non-Pixel Android smartphones, but Google has announced...

Google will launch two flagship smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 next year

In an exclusive interview with The Verge, Jeff Chang, product manager of Android Wear at Google, states that the company will launch two new flagship smartwatches in the first quarter of 2017. Furthermore, these two smartwatches will be the first devices to run Android Wear 2.0. We learned of the existence of these two smartwatches earlier this...

Google Employee Suing Google for its Confidentiality Policies

An anonymous Google employee has filed a lawsuit in the California Superior Court in San Francisco claiming that Google's confidentiality policies are essentially a "spying program". The man behind the lawsuit believes these policies violate the state of California's own labor laws, and they're trying to get something done about it. It's possible that this is the same employee who...

A New Router Experience: Google Wifi Is a Surprisingly Polished and Underrated Google Product

This October's multi-Google-device launch brought us a better glimpse at the now-released Google Assistant, arguably the most talked-about Google project of the year. Months later and with the release of the Pixels and Google Home, discussion on Google’s new ecosystem has only grown louder. All the buzz surrounding Google’s AI works, smarthome developments and incursion into virtual reality overshadowed...

Material Design Guideline Update Talks About App Shortcut Icons and More

It's been a few months since Google updated their Material Design guidelines, but they were able to sneak one in before the end of the year. This update adds three new sections to the spec, and then makes some significant changes to three other sections. Many were wondering what design was ideal for icons of...

Google Publishes Changes in the Android Support Library v25.1.0

The Android Support Library is an invaluable resource for application developers. The library offers features that are not built into the Android framework, and also includes backwards-compatible versions of new features as well (such as the Snackbar, the Floating Action Button (FAB), tab support, and more). The library is there for developers who want useful UI elements...

Google announces updates to its Internet of Things (IoT) Platform

Fascination with technological advancements is a facet that we all likely share here at XDA. With each new generation of Android devices, most companies push incremental changes to their hardware line-up. Some, however, take a leap of faith and introduce new devices that test our imaginations to their very limits. One innovation that has captured the...

Makers of the CoWatch Have Been Acquired by Google

Cronologics was founded in 2014 by Lan Rcohe, Leor Stern, and John Lagerling. All three of these people had previously worked at Google in business development, but then decided to leave the company. They formed this new company and for the past two years have been working on a way to build “compelling wearable hardware”. Then, in...

Google Launches Website for Android’s Enterprise Presence

We already know how flexible Android is, mainly because the base platform is open source. This means it can be adapted for a wide number of different use cases and one of those is how Android is used in businesses. Not many people understand the type of impact Android can have in the enterprise, and...