Google Glass is an exciting and developing product, but it does have its fair share of naysayers. One of the common critiques of the Big G’s face computer is that it’s ugly, and while you may disagree with this assessment, it’s fair to say that in a style-conscious society, Google will need to smarten up the current design. Having signed up a deal with Luxottica Group, the company behind Ray-Ban and Oakley, late last month, the search giant has outlined its intention to blend fashion with technology, and the concept below gives a very appealing, albeit idealistic idea of what said specs could look like.

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You can now download the latest version 4.6.16 of Google Play Store APK which brings with it a bunch of small changes and bug fixes that users have been facing for quite a while.

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Google has just announced via the official Android blog that it is in the process of rolling out some additional security mechanisms to the world’s most popular mobile operating system. The blog post, which was written and published by an Android security engineer by the name of Rich Cannings, gives a brief overview on some of Android’s existing security based positives before continuing to announce that the newly added features will boost the already existing Verify Apps functionality in the going fight against malicious content.

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As well as trying to make significant inroads in the field of wearable technology with Project Glass, Google has also demonstrated how it intends to shake-up the smartphone world with Project Ara. In case you happened to miss the previous coverage, the Project Ara team is currently working on the development of modular smartphones, consisting of a skeletal backbone that can be upgraded by means of interchangeable modules. The product, which will likely be intended for the lower-end markets to start with, could eventually challenge the modern day smartphone as we know it, and today, some new images have emerged of the development process in full flow.

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Google’s Android 4.4.3 update may well be on the way for select devices, but while this rudimentary bump could be rolled out in the next couple of weeks, something much more significant is said to be on the horizon. Currently referred to as ‘Project Hera,’ the future implementation will aim to bring an aligned, synchronized experience across Android, Chrome and Web apps, with users able to carry out tasks in a seamless manner throughout the range of Google platforms.

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Even though the Play Store is moderated to ensure that dodgy, malicious apps don’t make it through the gates and onto people’s devices, it’s not a completely foolproof system. Virus Shield, a relatively new app that claimed to protect users from viruses and other such non-niceties, has scammed many folks out of their money because, at $3.99 a pop, it didn’t actually provide any speakable anti-virus features. Although it has since been ousted by the search giant after being exposed, it remains to be seen whether the 10,000+ customers that parted with the substantial sum will see any kind of refund.

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A set of internal documents has revealed that Google is all set to make an assault on the soon-to-be bloated set-top TV device industry. The internal Google documents reveal that the Internet services company is deriving inspiration from existing products such as the Roku, Apple TV and Amazon’s new Fire TV to introduce an intelligent set-top box known as Android TV that will hopefully serve as a powerful alternative to the existing solutions on the market.

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Android’s biggest weakness may be the huge numbers in which smartphones running the software have sold, but it’s fairly safe to say at this point that phones and tablets running various flavors of Android are less than secure. In fact, the hacking of Android-powered devices is such a problem that it’s been the beneficiary of plenty of attention from the security fraternity.

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The Motorola / Google connection may have been relatively short lived and not exactly a perfect match, but it clearly gave Google a thirst for innovative hardware. That thirst is still being quenched today thanks to Project Ara and we can now get an additional insight of those involved with building the block based smartphone thanks to a new Phonebloks video.

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Independently of the forthcoming Android 4.4.3 update, which should begin to trickle out to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 in the very near future, Google plans to add some useful new features to the native camera app of its mobile operating system. According to a newly emerged report, the standalone app will be given a complete makeover, delivering a revamped UI, improved panorama and more.

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It’s that time of the year again at which point the really funny folks come out to play. Google is always game for a joke or two on April 1st, and has begun the tomfoolery with a little adjustment to its famed Maps app. Essentially, it brings a Pokémon Challenge element to the revered navigation tool, and since it’s now April Fools’ day in many parts of the world already, the Big G has already delivered its prank to tech fans.

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We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors pertaining to an Android 4.4.3 update, with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 reportedly in line as the very first recipients of the supposedly imminent release. Even though much of the information thus far has been sketchy at best, we’re led to believe that the forthcoming KitKat 4.4.3 update will contain nothing more than performance enhancements, and a newly-leaked ‘change log’ appears to corroborate this notion.

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Google Glass has been at the forefront of tech coverage over the past year or so, with fans completely fascinated by its progress from concept to current beta state. But the Explorer Edition that the search giant began rolling out last year wasn’t the first version modeled, rather the result of a painstaking process of running through numerous prototypes before coming up with a form factor fit for the public eye. Via Google+, the Big G has shown a timeline of Glass’ evolution over the course of two years, including images, and the change, when contextualized in this way, is quite stark.

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Currently, the latest version of Google’s Android is 4.4.2 KitKat, but it looks now like an Android 4.4.3 update is on the horizon. There have been plenty of leaks to corroborate this, and having trawled through endless Chromium code, Android 4.4.3 running on both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 have been discovered.

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Yesterday, Google announced Android Wear, a modified version of its famed operating system tailored specifically for wearable devices. Having pushed out a Developer Preview of the Android Wear SDK, folks have already been checking out the beta Android Wear software therein, and one in particular – Android enthusiast Dom Esposito – has given us a video walkthrough of the smartwatch-ready OS. Check it out right after the leap!

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With Samsung having already announced the Gear 2 and Gear Fit smartwatches at Mobile World Congress, it was only going to be a matter of time before the other big names in tech joined the fray, and amid ongoing rumors that Apple will drop its elusive ‘iWatch’ product later this year, Google has gone ahead and released the Developer Preview of its ‘Android Wear’ SDK. As the name implies, this particular flavor of the search giant’s open-source platform is designed specifically for wearables, and the Big G also took the opportunity to reel off a bunch of manufacturers, including Motorola and HTC, that will begin releasing wearable products using the software later on this year.

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Apple and Game Center has long since facilitated multiplayer gaming for those running iOS devices, and thanks to a recent update, Google Play Game Services will offer something similar to those rocking iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. What’s more, as well as allowing gamers to compete against each other on iOS, developers integrating Google Play Game Services into their titles will enable players to compete cross-platform with users on Android, outlining the search giant’s intention to expand and improve the online capabilities of the Play Store.

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2014 is shaping up quite nicely as The Year of the Smartwatch, and with Samsung already having announced the Gear 2 and Gear Fit at last month’s Mobile World Congress, we’re expecting at least two of the mobile industry’s other big names to follow suit in the coming months. As well as the Apple ‘iWatch,’ which has been referenced in numerous leaks and concepts running back a few years now, Google also rumored to be developing a smartwatch of its own. Today, for the first time, we’ve an insight into its purported specifications.

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A new Remote Administration Tool for Google’s Android platform has become available in the darkest corners of the Internet. This particular type of tool is bundled into a malware package that has the ability to claim control of the devices of those who use an app that has been infected, effectively turning the unwitting smartphone or tablet into a spyware zombie.

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Google Now, the search giant’s refined, context-based personal assistant is, a great way to keep up with the sports news, scores and fixtures wherever you are. Add your favorite NFL team, your favorite NBA team, or almost any soccer team from around the world, and Google Now will keep you up-to-date with scores as and when the matches are being played. While the service covers a wide range of sports, cricket fans have hitherto been left out in the cold, but now, the national sport of England as well as many West Indian countries, has finally been shown some love by Google Now.

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