At the I/O Developers Conference, Google took the opportunity to unearth several new products, and among them was Android L, the next major release of the company’s flagship mobile OS. Much was made at the time, and since, of the so-called ‘Material Design’ that would see the the interface overhauled from the ground up with layering and other effects helping to make the operating system feel more alive and active. The UI, it was also said, would be a lot more clean, and below, you can catch a pretty decent glimpse of how some of the search company’s own apps like apps like YouTube, Gmail and Maps may eventually look.

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Ingress, Google’s intriguing augmented reality title for Android, has just made its début on the iTunes App Store, allowing iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to get a piece of the action. It’s free of charge, and below, we’ve got the details and download link so be sure to join us right after the break!

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If you’re a user of Google’s very efficient, feature-rich Gmail service, you mightn’t know that, in actual fact, you have two different email addresses through which you can be reached. This ideal if, say, you wish to make two accounts for a specific site or service, but want all notifications and correspondence to be sent to the same inbox, and although many of you will already be aware of this little tip, it’s still a useful one to know.

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Google is renowned the world over as the foremost search company, but it’s also an advertising juggernaut that accounts for a large portion of the ad revenue across the Web. Its AdWords service pulls in billions of dollars per year in revenue, whilst also allowing companies, blogs and sites to advertise, and in a continued attempt to cater to iOS as well as its own Android platform in terms of apps, has just dropped AdWords Express for iPhone and iPad. In addition, the Big G also rolled out YouTube Creator Studio for its iOS-rocking contingency.

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Being able to interact with the world in a different way through touch and audible gestures feels like you’ve been catapulted into a futuristic, science-fiction movie. But what if there was a way to remove the limitations associated with having to bark out voice commands in public and use nothing more than a little brainpower to get things done with Glass? The future is here thanks to London-based company This Place and its new Glass compatible technology.

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Google Now is still very much a work in progress, and even though it has evolved significantly since its introduction a couple of years ago, it’s always going to have its imperfections. One such case is when, rather irritatingly, the voice recognition feature cannot properly comprehend what you’re saying, and if you’re asking a long question, having to repeat the entire speech becomes cumbersome even at the second time of asking. Now, though, thanks to an update, you can correct just the word that Google Now has failed to latch onto by using a simple command, and although it’s rare for the polished service to mishear anything anyway, it’s a good little tip to know.

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Although many of Google’s big announcements over the past year or so have related to Project Glass, this year’s I/O developers conference was all about Android, Android Wear, and the Chromecast, with the search giant also rolling out some new products and services for the home and auto markets. Chromecast, which first hit the scene last year, is not only incredibly cheap, but also highly functional, and at the aforementioned I/O in June, we learned that the Big G was about to add Android Mirroring to the HDMI dongle’s repertoire. Today, the company has delivered on that promise, and now, Android-wielding Chromecast users can beam the contents of their display onto their HDTVs.

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There are literally hundreds of reasons why a particular device may appeal to one person and not another, but when you strip that away we’re all concerned with the privacy and integrity of the data that passes through that device. If your smartphone of choice resides on the Android side of the fence then it could be time to rethink how sensitive data is wiped from memory after a new research has suggested that data removed using Android’s native wipe feature can be restored.

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Android’s open-source nature is a bit of a double-edged sword in many respects, for although it’s customizable to the nth degree, it’s also much more susceptible to malicious intrusion when compared with the likes of Apple’s iOS. On a regular basis, we hear of new, cunning schemes designed to attack smartphones and tablets running on Google’s flagship mobile OS, and today, we’ve encountered a particularly alarming security hole that could potentially help a hacker relieve you of vast mounds of cash.

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Having visually compared Android L with KitKat, we found out that Google is pushing hard to take Android one step further from where it stands right now. But how does it compare to its fiercest upcoming rival, iOS 8? That’s exactly what we’re going to find out, by comparing Android L preview with iOS 8 beta, visually.

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The next major version of Android, dubbed as ‘L’ (Lollipop?) was announced by Google at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco. Android L brought with it a ton of new changes, most of which are for developers. But the user-facing end got a neat facelift too, and as ever, we took the latest OS from the search giant for a spin on a Nexus 5, and couldn’t help comparing it with last year’s offering, Android KitKat.

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With as much technology infiltration as we have in our daily lives today, it becomes quite a challenge to truly protect and maintain your privacy and data security. It’s not just the inherent risk with technology and software bugs, either; we willingly expose our personal identification information to a number of parties in order to use their services. Take the newest discovery, for instance, where it has been found out that an Android phone that has its screen turned off and is connected to Wi-Fi network, can actually be actively browsing the user’s location history to anyone who’s interested in listening.

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Google Glass may have managed to notch up legions of fans thanks to its technical capabilities, but could we about to see the fashion conscious adopt the wearable technology as a statement of style? It may sound a little far-fetched as the product isn’t exactly the most aesthetically pleasing piece of kit we’ve ever come across. However, in an effort to stand apart from other providers of prescription lenses for Glass, Rochester Optical has started offering a line of stylish sunglass lenses that are compatible with Google’s eyewear.

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This year’s Google I/O was undeniably one of the more interesting and fruitful Google gatherings that we’ve seen for some time. In the middle of the plethora of announcements made during the keynote we managed to get an insight into Project Volta, Google’s latest internal crack at singling out a weakness within its Android platform and fixing it. Last year it was Project Butter that stole the limelight by attempting to make animations within Android run at 60 frames-per-second. This time around the Volta team will concentrate attention on various aspects of Android in an attempt to improve battery life. The good news? Early investigations into Android L suggests that the hard work is proving fruitful.

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We know that Android Wear, like most smartwatch ecosystems, will rely heavily on a smartphone for a great deal of its functionality. Given that they’re designed, in essence, to supplement our handsets, this isn’t too much of a surprise, but with some standalone Android Wear apps having just cropped up on Google Play, it’s clear that the likes of the Moto 360, and LG’s G Watch will have minds of their own, too. The first batch of Android Wear apps untethered by any post-installation smartphone interaction have begun appearing on the Play Store, and although, naturally, we’re talking bare basics in terms of functionality, it sets a very encouraging precedent.

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Google’s Orkut social network, which has been edging towards the graveyard for quite a while now, is about to be killed off for the greater good, with Google stepping out and confirming that the service would be on September 30th. The site, which has remained somewhat popular in Brazil, has faded amid the emergence of Facebook and Google+, and the Big G has stressed that it would rather pool its efforts into expanding its more established networks like YouTube, Blogger, and the aforementioned G+.

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Google mightn’t yet have expanded the beta Explorer program of its Glass project across the world just yet, but in an announcement outlining its intention to do broaden Glass’s horizons in the future, the search giant also confirmed its roll-out to folks in the United Kingdom. With the Explorer Edition now officially on sale in the UK at a cost of £1,000, though, cinemas are stepping out to to ban moviegoers from wearing them while watching the latest box-office smash, for fear that they may record and subsequently pirate films.

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Google’s new Android Wear, TV and Auto ventures were front and center during Google I/O, and as the dust settles on all the biggest announcements to come out of the developer event, we’re now starting to find out the more interesting details about what Google will be working on this year.

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As promised, Google rolled out the Android L SDK on Thursday, and for those looking to flash the developer preview software onto their Nexus 7 (2013, Wi-Fi) or Nexus 5, the process isn’t actually all that arduous. Below, we’ve outlined all of the steps in one easy-to-follow, concise tutorial, so if you want to take a sneak peek at what Google’s been working on, join us after the fold.

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If you’re all ready to flex your credit card and order a brand new Android Wear smartwatch, then you might want to just take a second to make sure it’s compatible with your smartphone, because unless you’re running Android 4.3 or above, you’re out of luck, just like over 75% of Android owners.

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