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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The movie ‘Big,’ starring Tom Hanks, has just gone free over at the Google Play Store, and although it doesn’t appear to be related to the Google Play Store’s 2nd birthday celebrations earlier on in the week, it’s great to see such a classic movie running as a free download.

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Google’s Nexus smartphone and tablet range has proven time and again to be a huge hit with Android users, and following the successful launch of the Nexus 5 late last year, details are beginning to emerge of its would-be successor. The Nexus 6, which looks set once again to be manufactured by Korean outfit LG, will be revealed later on this year alongside Google’s very first smartwatch, according to a report over at Gizmodo.

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If you’re a fan of cheap notebooks running Google’s bare-bones ChromeOS and enveloped in Samsung’s famed faux-leather, then you might be in luck, for a duo of Twitter photos via Evleaks suggests that a new Samsung Chromebook is on the way, sporting that polarizing finish. The teaser photos, which doesn’t show anything more than the rear of the device, and a Chrome logo atop that Galaxy Note 3-like material, doesn’t take Inspector Clouseau to piece the clues together, and with the Korean company having delivered some moderately attractive Chromebooks already, the Galaxy maker looks to be stepping things up a gear.

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It seems that Google may have just fallen foul of one of the pitfalls of having engineers running the company rather than people that are more adept at giving a politician’s answer to some tough questions. Google’s head honcho of Android, Sundar Pichai, has been in attendance at this week’s Mobile World Congress, and it seems he’s given a very interesting answer to a mildly interesting question.

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Google is always looking to innovate, and with the likes of Project Glass well established and Project Tango looking promising indeed, it now looks like the company’s Project Ara range of smartphones could arrive to the market early next year. With prices touted as low as $50, Project Ara, which is looking to forge something of a build-your-own-smartphone market with devices comprised of interchangeable bits of hardware, is weeks away from its first functional prototype, and sales may begin as soon as Q1 2015.

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Google has a history of taking parts of its own build of Android available for everyone, and when the Google Now Launcher made an appearance on the latest Nexus 5 smartphone everyone began hoping that it would make the leap to the Play Store sooner rather than later. Today, that’s exactly what has happened. Unfortunately though, it’s not quite available for everyone.

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The Advanced Technologies and Projects (ATAP) team over at Google has today unveiled Project Tango, an innovative new piece of smartphone technology that offers genuine 3D motion tracking to mobile devices. The ambitious development, which project lead Johnny Chung Lee describes as being part of a goal “to give mobile devices a human scale understanding of space and motion,” looks very exciting indeed, and with seemingly no boundaries as to where this technology could go and how it may eventually be used, a prototype kit has already been prepped for intrigued developers. Further details, including a demonstration video, can be seen after the fold.

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Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp for $19 billion has taught us a lot of things, and while the focus has been mainly upon the breathtaking sums of money involved in this particular transaction, WhatsApp’s swift 5-year rise, and the dogged, determined nature of one Brian Acton, the acquisition has made apparent the fact that Facebook is up there with the big boys when it comes to spending. Indeed, hitherto, it has been Google stumping up the cash to acquire large firms such as Motorola, and intriguingly, Fortune is reporting that the search giant once placed $10 billion on the table in an offer to buy WhatsApp out.

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Google’s I/O conference is one that many technology fans like to keep an eye out for. Similar to Apple’s WWDC, Google I/O is where the search giant and Android maker shows off what it has been working on and sets forth its plans for where it expects its products to go during the proceeding twelve months. It also offers a chance for developers to get together and trade war stories while getting the skinny from Google’s in-house engineering teams.

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Google Glass is still very much in its infancy, but that hasn’t stopped plenty of people from getting excited about the first wearable technology that lives on your face. Google Glass Explorers were the first to get the opportunity to buy Glass, and with that program constantly opening up to more and more people, there has inevitably been one or two flash-points in which those donning Google’s eyewear have found themselves singled out. Google’s set about making sure Glass wearers don’t make themselves easy targets for such things, and it’s posted a handy list of Do’s and Don’ts for people to follow.

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Google Glass is likely to find itself living in some pretty niche situations rather than being something we all wear while walking down the street, and one of the places we’d expect to see Glass take the driving seat is in the medical world. Surgeons in operating theaters are particularly keen on leveraging the power and features of Google’s wearable technology so that they can improve the level of care they give to their patients.

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Samsung is one of the most prolific carriers of Google’s Android. Save a couple of half-hearted Windows Phone efforts over the past couple of years, the Korean company has consistently churned out swathes of smartphones running the ubiquitous software, and considering how many hundreds of millions of handsets out there are on Android, the $50 million Google paid to acquire Android nearly a decade ago looks a shrewd bit of business. But it has now emerged that in actual fact, Andy Rubin, one of the founding members of the Android team, actually pitched the product to the Galaxy maker out in Seoul, a proposition that Samsung unequivocally – and perhaps, regrettably – baulked at.

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Flappy Bird was recently pulled from the App Store and Google Play Store at the height of its popularity by developer Dong Nguyen, and although his reasons for removing the app appear to have been well-intended, folks have sought to cash in on the title’s fame in a variety of ways.

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Virgin Atlantic check-in clerks at London’s Heathrow Airport have been given the opportunity to utilize the powers of Google Glass at work on a six-week trial basis. It is hoped that the wearable tech may help make the process of checking in more streamlined for both customers and agents alike, with various information regarding flights, delays, weather and gate changes available to attendants at-a-glance.

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The Google Admin app, which offers easy management of Google Apps domains in one place, has been available on Android for over nine months, with no real sign of a version for iOS. Today, however, the search giant has come through with the corresponding edition for iPhone, iPad and touch users, packing most of the same features right off the bat. Details, as well as the direct download link for the app, can be found after the break.

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