Google has its fingers in just about every corner of our lives these days, and that has never been more evident as in the world of productivity. Gmail is synonymous with email at this point, and Google Calendar houses appointments and the like for a huge number of people around the globe. If you’re an iPhone user then you have had an official Gmail app for some time, and while you can tie Google Calendar into third-party calendar apps and even Apple’s own, a real Google Calendar app from the team in Mountain View has been sorely lacking.

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Android 5.1 Lollipop download for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 is now available. More details on the changelog and direct download links can be found right here.

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Back in January, we learned that Google was plotting to launch its own brand of carrier, and while it wouldn’t be building the infrastructure up from scratch, its pricing models would throw down the gauntlet to current providers. Since Google already manages the most ubiquitous smartphone platform of them all – Android – it’s a move that doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, and now, we’re learning that it could be ready for prime time in a matter of weeks. Initially, it’ll only launch on the company’s Motorola-built Nexus 6 smartphone, and although there’s no word on when or indeed if the network will support further handsets in the short-term, it’s likely that Google will expand pending a successful introduction.

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Google’s Gmail app for iOS has been updated today, bringing with it a host of new iOS 8-based features. More details and download link can be found right here after the break.

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Hackers and security experts make a living from sourcing bugs and vulnerabilities with our everyday software, but while the aim of the game is to find and patch these bugs as swiftly as possible, some lie dormant for many years before being discovered. Case in point: a long-standing flaw affecting both Google and Apple software has just been highlighted, leaving users vulnerable to attack when visiting a number of apparently secure websites including Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov.

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Google is offering half a dozen live recorded songs as free downloads to celebrate the recent BRIT Awards. You can get your hands on them right now by visiting the Google Play Store.

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Google first announced Android for Work at last year’s I/O developer gathering, and after a fair amount of delay, the search giant has now considered it ready for prime time. Catch the low-down after the jump.

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The mobile payment space got a big lift when Apple launched Apple Pay late last year, and even though it was unrelated, Google saw an increase in Google Wallet usage as a result. According to a new report, which cites unnamed sources, Google is set to re-enter the mobile payment market with renewed vigor come this year’s Google I/O developer event.

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New numbers show Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are steadily taking market share away from Android devices. It’s believed the two new iPhones are the reason for iOS growing significantly faster than Google’s Android, with the latter even seeing a reduction in market share during quarter four of 2014 according to new figures from an analytic firm.

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Google has finally launched the rumored YouTube Kids app for its younger audience, and the piece of software is currently available for both the Android and iOS platforms. Details and download links to follow right after the jump.

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Apple Pay is plodding along rather nicely following its roll-out alongside the iOS 8.1 update late last year, and with Apple Watch about to further broaden the horizons of the contactless payment infrastructure, Google is apparently poised to counter with the second-coming of its seemingly forgotten Wallet. The forthcoming I/O developer gathering, which has already been confirmed with the Big G taking registrations from the middle of next month, will play host to this revival of Google Wallet, and with Apple Pay gaining quite a bit of traction, the Android maker knows that it’ll need to move quickly in order to keep up.

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Since the 2007 introduction of the original iPhone, Apple has continued to go from strength to strength, with the sales of, and general response to, its wider product range having improved annually. Now, for the eight time in a row, the Cupertino-based outfit has topped the list of World’s Most Admired Companies, and with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus having made as much of an impression on the sales charts as popular culture, just edged out Google in second place.

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Could Google be making the jump from Android 5.0 to 5.2 for the latest Android devices, including the recent Nexus lineup? According to a recent spotting, a Nexus 5 has just been seen running Android 5.2 Lollipop. Head over the jump for further details on this development.

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The first camera modules for Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone have just been revealed by Toshiba. Details and video of the modules in action to follow right after the break.

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If you can remember some of those ancient products that entertained us long before the age of the smartphone, you’ll no doubt recall the View-Master. An iconic, binocular-like device, you would hold it up against your eyes and scroll through a set of enchanting frames, giving the impression of virtual reality. Times have changed dramatically in the last couple of years, though, with a number of companies dabbling in the field of head-mounted tech, and after carrying the flag for so long with Glass, Google will team up with Mattel while using its innovative Cardboard VR tech to re-create a modern-day View-Master.

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In an effort to expand its dominance in the desktop Web browser market, Google is experimenting with a number of under-the-hood changes that dramatically improve the zooming experience currently offered in its Chrome browser. The current publicly available build of Google Chrome for Mac already offers a less than polished pinch-to-zoom type functionality, which ultimately gets the necessary job done but suffers from the fact that it only allows noticeably jerky 10% incremental zooms. Google’s latest build of Chrome Canary for Mac takes things to the next level by introducing a polished Apple Safari-esque zooming experience.

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Here’s how you can add all Cricket World Cup 2015 match fixtures / schedule to Google Calendar and view them on your smartphone, tablet or computer. More details on how to do so can be found here.

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Google I/O 2015 developer conference dates and ticket registration details have been officially announced. For more details, head past the jump.

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Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get 2GB of free Google Drive storage space. More details can be found right here.

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Google’s Chromecast took the entertainment market by storm when it launched all the way back in 2013. The HDMI dongle mightn’t have been a set-top in the traditional sense, but it did prompt vendors of set-top boxes (read: Apple) into concerted expansion of services. One of the most enticing aspects of the Chromecast, besides the fact that it integrates with mobile devices and brought on-demand streaming services like Netflix to non-smart TV sets, is the price. At $35, it has been something of a revelation, but as if that price point wasn’t reasonable enough, the Big G is now throwing in a digital gift to the value of six bucks to its highly valued army of Chromecast users. Check below for details on how you can claim yours!

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