Google Now Is Now More Powerful With Custom Voice Actions

Google Now is already really powerful. You can use it to set reminders, control parts of your smart home, check the weather and more. Now it’s about to get a heck of a lot more powerful, thanks for third party support for custom voice actions. Custom voice actions allow you to say commands like “OK Google, watch trailer for Inception on Flixster,” or “scan my receipt on Wal-Mart,” Google explained in a blog post. We’re not sure how the latter command actually works, but the ability to launch specific tasks…

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Google’s Next Social Network Is Targeted At Foodies

Google isn’t particularly adept at social network The search giant offers Google+, among other unpopular services, but if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again (as the saying goes). A number of images originating out of El Androide Libre suggest El Goog is hard at work on a social network focused on food? You post food pictures on your Instagram anyway, so why not do that on a social network dedicated entirely to the topic? Tentatively known as Tablescape, Google’s new project is designed around a community “to make, share and…

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Google Glass Will Get A Complete Redesign

Nest founder Tony Fadell may be taking over Google Glass design, but don’t expect a new version of the wearable device to arrive anytime soon. The New York Timesreports that Google is starting from scratch, and won’t reveal the redesigned product until it’s completely finished. “There will be no public experimentation,” an anonymous adviser to Fadell told The New York Times. “Tony is a product guy and he’s not going to release something until it’s perfect.” That doesn’t mean the lessons learned through Google’s Explorer Program will be thrown out the window. Fadell says…

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Glow Smart Headphones: A novel project

In this era of smart devices the latest addition to the club is smart headphones. Yes , smart headphones which pulses laser in sync with your music , movement and even heartbeat. This is a very innovative Kickstarter project and has already raised over $290,000 in funds. This smart headphones features glow-in-the-dark cords that pulsate vibrant laser light by syncing with music, movement and possibly even heartbeat, all of which is controllable via the Glow app. Zi Wang, a product marketing manager at Google noticed that the 98% of audio accessories were catered for…

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Report Says 1 Billion Android Smartphones Shipped In 2014

New research from Strategy Analytics suggests that more than one billion Android smartphones were shipped in 2014, marking the biggest year for the operating system ever. The firm said that Android had a massive 81 percent share of all smartphone shipments in 2014, which totaled 1.3 billion units. Android was followed by Apple which, according to the data, shipped 192.7 million smartphones during 2014, earning it a 15 percent slice of all smartphone shipments. Microsoft’s Windows Phone followed with a 3 percent share of all shipments, or 38.8 million units shipped…

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Nexus 9 Gets Beautiful Hands-On Video Ahead of Release

Today’s news may have been dominated by Apple’s New iPad Air 2, but Google’s Nexus 9, which was announced on 15th October, is muscling its way back into the fray. We are really, really excited to give the new Tegra K1-equipped device a spin, but until it officially launches, some lucky folks overseas got their hands-on the slick new tablet. Now I want it even more. If you weren’t excited for the Nexus 9 by now, this video should really help drive the point home: this is definitely going to be one…

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Google Backtracks on SMS-Hangouts Integration with Nexus 6

When Google released the Nexus 5 last year it came with Hangouts as the default texting app, but it looks like the company is taking a different strategy with this its latest stock Android phone. The Nexus 6 features a new stand-alone messenger app that’s strictly for texting, though of course you can always swap in Hangouts or any third-party alternative as your default for SMS. The new app, which Google is calling Messenger, appears to offer a pretty simple design. Based on what we’ve seen so far it’s a minimalist take on…

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Google’s Plans for Multi-Window Android Update Leak Out

Smartphones keep getting bigger, and at a certain point the fullscreen app view we’ve come to accept will stop making sense. Samsung already has its own multi-window solution, while Apple introduced tweaks to iOS 8 for the iPhone 6 Plus, but it looks like Google could take things a step further with its own take on mobile multi-tasking. A new report from Android Police offers a detailed look at some of Google’s plans for a new multi-window Android update, though the site notes that there’s no guarantee we’ll see any of these features launch…

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Nexus 6 Photographed in the Wild

We’ve already seen a few alleged photos of the Nexus 6 leaked out in the past few weeks, but a new image obtained by Android Police appears to show the Motorola-designed smartphone out in the wild. It’s tough to say anything for sure, but all evidence suggests this is our best look yet at the upcoming Nexus 6. The device in the photo above is clearly in some type of case, but there are still a few reasons to believe this really is the Nexus 6. It definitely resembles the Moto X, but the volume rocker…

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