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Google takes a new approach to native apps with Instant Apps for Android

Mobile apps often provide a better user experience than browser-based web apps, but you first have to find them, download them, and then try not to forget you installed them. Now, Google wants us to rethink what mobile apps are and how we interact with them. Instant Apps, a new Android feature Google announced at its…

http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/18/google-takes-a-new-approach-to-native-apps-with-instant-apps-for-android/?ncid=rss

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What Will Be Announced At Google I/O 2016? Here’s What We Expect

One day a year, Google gathers all sides of the industry to show off everything the company has been cooking up for the past twelve months. From all new Android to automated automobiles, it’s the day they unveil everything they’ve worked so hard (with varying degrees of success) to keep secret. Tomorrow is that day…

http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/17/what-will-be-announced-at-google-io-2016-heres-what-we-expect/?ncid=rss

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Google is reportedly launching a standalone Android VR headset next week

Google will reportedly be announcing a standalone Android VR headset at next week’s Google I/O event. Tech journalist Peter Rojas has tweeted that Google will launch an untethered Android VR headset next week according to his multiple sources. Android VR will definitely be announced next week, and from what I’ve heard will be less powerful than the Vive or Rift. —… Read More

http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/11/google-is-reportedly-launching-a-standalone-android-vr-headset-next-week/?ncid=rss

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Google now lets you design custom cases for your Nexus phones

Google is launching a new service today that allows you to create $35 custom cases for its Nexus 5X, 6 and 6P phones. You can choose between two variations of these co-called Live Cases. One allows you to pick any photo and print it onto your case. The other lets you design and print a stylized map with the help of Google…

http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/14/google-now-lets-you-design-custom-cases-for-your-nexus-phones/?ncid=rss

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The tablet market is 100 million units smaller than expected. What happened?

Six years after the iPad debut, what’s the future for tablets?

http://recode.net/2016/04/10/tablet-market-ipad-pro-forecast/

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No, Apple Is Not Working to Make It Easier to Switch From iPhone to Android

The company denies a report it is building a tool to take photos, music and contacts over to Android.

http://recode.net/2016/01/11/no-apple-is-not-working-to-make-it-easier-to-switch-from-iphone-to-android/

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Too many Facebook staffers prefer iPhones, company says, forcing many to switch to Android

Facebook’s chief product officer Chris Cox is insisting that an unspecified but substantial number of staff switch from iPhone to Android, in order to have an experience of the service more typical of that in emerging markets, reports Wired. “I am mandating a switch of a whole bunch of my team over to Android, just because […]

http://9to5mac.com/2015/11/02/facebook-iphone-to-android/

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HTC announces One A9 iPhone clone but with some ‘interesting’ differences

Prior to today’s launch event, the HTC One A9 has leaked several times, and each time we’ve noted how similar the phone looks to the iPhone 6. Even now that it’s official, we still feel the same. As does almost anyone who has eyes, and has seen them both. HTC’s new phone has a flat […]

http://9to5mac.com/2015/10/20/htc-announces-one-a9-iphone-clone-but-with-some-interesting-differences/

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Android Auto Has Very Limited Access To Data In GM And Ford Vehicles

GM and Ford released statements to TechCrunch indicating that in their vehicles, Android Auto has very limited access to vehicle information. This comes after claims published by Motor Trend magazine that stated Porsche opted to not include Android Auto over the data collected by Google’s in-car infotainment system.

http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/06/android-auto-has-very-limited-access-to-data-in-gm-and-ford-vehicles/

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Russia to Google: Unbundle Android or Else

Not here, say Russian regulators.

http://recode.net/2015/10/05/russia-to-google-unbundle-android-or-else/