Unified Inbox in Gmail for Android

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Gmail’s app for Android is actually a mail client and it lets you add all your email accounts, including those from Yahoo Mail and Outlook.com. The main benefits of integrating the stock Email app are that it can now be updated faster and you only need to use a single app instead of two apps. The latest version of the Gmail app for Android brings a lot of new features: unified inbox, conversation view for non-Gmail accounts, better search suggestions, larger attachment previews and more.

The “all inboxes” section shows the messages from all your accounts, so you can quickly read them and write replies without having to switch between your accounts. Threaded conversations are no longer limited to Gmail accounts: conversation view is available for all your email accounts.

“Today’s update also includes more responsive animations (like when you open and close a conversation), larger attachment previews to help you see what’s inside, and the ability to save to Drive with a single tap,” informs Google.

March 31st 2015 Android

Microsoft Signs 11 Agreements With OEMs To Bring Office To More Android Handsets And Tablets

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Microsoft Office 365 logo Microsoft has broadened a previously announced agreement with Samsung to preinstall its software on the latter firm’s hardware it announced today, and landed nearly a dozen separate, similar arrangements with other OEMs including Dell. As a company, Microsoft is pursuing an increasingly cross-platform software strategy, one in which it is content to ensure that its applications are… Read More

March 24th 2015 Android, microsoft, Mobile

Google Brings Ads to the Google Play Store

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Google thinks it has found a new way for app developers to get noticed in the Google Play store, while boosting the tech giant's own revenue in the process.

The upcoming launch of sponsored search results in the Google Play store is being positioned as a way for 1 billion Android users to discover new apps they may not have come across before.

"We are always looking for new ways to help you get your apps in front of potential new users," the company said in a blog post. "That's why, in the next few weeks, we will begin piloting sponsored search results on Google Play, bringing our unique expertise in search ads to the store."

Once the ads are active, searching Google Play for terms like "travel" or "shopping" will bring up the usual listings, topped by the new sponsored result—clearly labeled with the yellow "Ad" label.

Ads will start rolling out to a small set of Android users over the next few weeks. Initially, the program will only be available to advertisers already running Google search campaigns.

The company noted in its blog post that it paid out over $7 billion to developers with apps in Google Play over the past year. Apple, on the other hand, which doesn't run paid search ads in the App Store, dished out $10 billion in the past year, according to Re/code.






February 27th 2015 Android, Technology

7-Day Week View in Google Calendar for Android

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The latest update to the Google Calendar app for Android brings a lot of new features. You can see more events with the new 7-day week view and pinch-to-zoom, add Google Drive files to events, hide Google+ birthdays from the settings, show week numbers and import .ics files from other apps. The new version is gradually rolling out over the next few days.

The feature that lets you hide Google+ birthdays will also be added to the web interface next week. All the other features are already available in the desktop site.

February 27th 2015 Android

You Can Now Build Apps For Band, Microsoft’s Fitness Wearable

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microsoftband Microsoft is updating the Band fitness wearable today, building out its on-device feature set, launching a web portal so that users can better interact with their collected data, and releasing an SDK to allow developers to build apps for the gadget. Application updates are rolling out for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Read More

February 24th 2015 Android, microsoft

Own A Chromecast? Google Wants To Give You $6

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chrome-1 The Chromecast is already a damned great little device. Pretty much the only thing that would make it better is if Google randomly gave you free money for owning one.
What do you know! That’s what they’re doing today. Read More

February 7th 2015 Android, Google

13 Questions With Matt Rogers

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rogers-13q Welcome to 13 Questions, a series aimed at bringing a human face to notable figures in the world of startups, hardware, and tech. Ever wonder how your favorite designer learned to love tech? Curious what’s on your favorite VC’s bucket list? Want to see the person behind the media hype? 13 Questions is here.
Matt Rogers is the co-founder and VP of Engineering of Nest Labs. Before… Read More

February 7th 2015 Android, apple

Google Uses Hangouts As A Virtual Genius Bar To Sell Google Devices

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Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 14.59.58 In 2013, Google expanded its Hangouts video conferencing service into a commerce platform called Helpouts, where people buy and sell services like cooking or technical advice via live video. Now Google is transplanting a free version of that into its own business to help with sales of its products. It is now running a live video chat service for would-be buyers of Google smartphones,… Read More

February 7th 2015 Android, Google

New Adware Found In Google Play Apps With Millions Of Downloads

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mobile-malware A new report from security firm Avast out this morning reveals the discovery of a new form of malware on the Google Play store, which begins to display advertisements disguised as warning messages to end users when they unlock their Android smartphone. What’s interesting about this malware – or adware, as it’s better known – is that some of the applications where it… Read More

February 4th 2015 Android, malware, Mobile, security

Social Shopping App Depop Raises $8M, Hires Ex-Reddit GM To Break Into US Market

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Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 19.26.10 While eBay tries to get more social and local, and Pinterest deepens is position in e-commerce, a new mobile app out of London is building out a platform that combines all of those experiences together natively. Depop, a mobile app for iOS and Android that is part Instagram-style social network and part eBay marketplace, has raised an $8 million Series A round led by Balderton Capital… Read More

January 30th 2015 Android