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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...

Google, Samsung, Sony and More Form a VR Association

VR used to be an enthusiast's dream, but we're getting closer to the point where it's going to become mainstream. There are still some hurdles that need to be fixed, but companies like Google and Samsung are making VR accessible to more people than ever before. With it being such an early stage for VR though,...

Google Launches a New Application: Trusted Contacts

Google unwrapped a new application yesterday called Trusted Contacts, that's somewhat similar to other services like Google+ Location Sharing and Google Latitude. The idea behind it is to offer a solution for those who need to know the location of a friend or loved one. Trusted Contacts isn't tied to a specific service though (like...

New Shooting Modes in Google Camera

Google Camera received an update that added new shooting modes. These modes will adjust your camera for the appropriate lighting situations. This update will push to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL. I tried installing the APK on other devices with no success. Check out the video to see how the different shooting...

Sailfish OS Receives Certification for Government and Corporate Use in Russia

Jolla's Sailfish mobile OS platform hasn't had the best of luck over the years. The company's first flagship device was first shown off back in 2013, and later that year they announced Android owners would soon be able to install the Sailfish OS on select smartphones. The company announced the Jolla tablet in late 2014, which would...

Google, Bertelsmann, & Udacity to Offer 10,000 Android Scholarships for EU Developers

Out of this group of developers, a recent report claims that just under half (42 percent) are self taught. As such, Google has recognized the need to reach out to these self-taught developers in order to foster independent development on Android. Therefore, Google has recently announced an initiative to fund 10,000 Android Developer training scholarships for...

Google Suspends Hundreds of Accounts Involved in a Pixel Resale Scheme

This week, hundreds of people found out their account was suspended for violating Google's terms of service agreement. It wasn't clear exactly what these people did at the time, but this was revealed as more comments came in through various forums on the internet. It turns out they were involved in a reseller scheme that took...

Google Launches A.I. Experiments to Showcase Machine Learning Projects

Diving into something like coding can be a daunting task at first, but having small projects made for specific tasks can help ease someone into making something of their own. Google recognizes this and they launched a website to showcase Android Experiments just last year. We've watched as Google has integrated their machine learning technology...

Huawei Executive Confirms Lack of Branding as Reason for Declining Pixel Production

The HTC-made Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL are fiercely marketed under the "Phone By Google" campaign. Since Google did exert a heavy influence on the design and continues to put forth large budgets on marketing and advertising the Pixels, mores so than it did for any Nexus so far, we would not blame the...

Prototype for the Canceled Project ARA Modular Smartphone Revealed

Modular smartphones have long been regarded as the pinnacle of futuristic smartphone technology. A video simply titled 'Phonebloks' was published towards the end of 2013 that illustrated one man's vision for the future of smartphones. That video currently has over 21 million views and at the time caught the attention of the entire tech industry....