Google announces Android Pay is now available in the UK

Google have announced that Android Pay is now officially available in the UK.  This allows users of Android smartphones to make contactless payments much in a similar way to iPhone users. The UK is the first country besides the US that can currently use this method of contactless payment via a smartphone.  Jimmy McLoughlin, The Institute of Directors lead on the Digital Economy has stated that: ” The arrival of […]

Shazam background listening is now on Android

Shazam has long had a very useful feature on the iPhone version of it’s app for a long while now and for some reason it never offered the feature to Android users of Shazam. For two and half years now the iPhone version of Shazam has always had a auto listening feature which makes finding out what that song is just a little easier and now after many requests Shazam […]

Google is now offering more money for finding Android bugs

Google has been offering security rewards for finding security bugs  in Android for around a year now and since then the company has paid out more than $550,000 to users for finding major security issues in the Android operating system, until now the average amount of money that Google paid out was $2,200 per reward and then $6,700 per researcher. Now Google is offering people who send in reports more money […]

Google discontinues the Nexus Player

Google first introduced the Nexus Player back in 2014, when Android TV was still in its infancy. I think it was intended more of a quicker way for consumers to get into the newly introduced platform before TV manufacturers took time to implement it into their TV sets. Fast forward a few years and it seems that the Nexus Player hasn’t been as popular as Google were hoping, as now […]

Google announces Google Home, a competitor to Amazon Echo

Google is getting into a lot of home related products lately, a few months back the company launched Google OnHub, a smart WiFi router which strips away all the technicalities and complications usually associated with routers and the latest product is called Google Home. Revealed at Google I/O earlier today it’s a WiFi connected speaker with a integrated voice assistant, similar in operation to Amazon Echo. Google Home, like Echo will […]

Google creates iOS keyboard, included built in Google search

Google famously supports the iOS platform really well and ironically a lot of the apps are much better than the versions on Android. But now Google have released a keyboard app for the iPhone and iPad which allows you to search the internet, look for GIFs and grab quick weather reports too. It’s called Gboard and it can find anything online from your keyboard. The Principal Enginner at Google, Rajan […]

Android TV remote app now out on iOS

Google has certainly dabbled with the TV experience in the last few years, first it was Google TV – which was a huge flop and that was quickly abandoned, then in 2012 Google brought out the Nexus Q which only lasted a matter of weeks after it was introduced at the Google Developers conference that year, one because it cost $299 and it didn’t do that much. Following that in 2013, […]

Netflix on Android can now be charged to Google Play

Similar to how the payments system works on iOS, Google also allows third-party developers to utilise users payment details from their Google Play account to make purchases for subscriptions and various things within the app. Now Netflix is one of the latest apps to use Google Play Billing, Netflix has said that this will be slowly rolling out over the next few weeks. This feature on iOS and Android just makes […]

Verizon is giving users 2GB extra data for trying Android Pay

Verizon has a new deal out with Google and ties in with Android Pay, Google’s competitor to Apple Pay. Verizon may be one of the more pricier carriers in the US, but from time to time they do give out some freebies and this latest one is geared around Android Pay, Verizon will be giving up to 2GB extra on your data plan if you try it out a few times, […]

Android Auto is now available in 18 more countries

As CarPlay is expanding week by week, Google is also focusing on making Android Auto available in more countries and in more cars. Just this week, Google has expanded the in-car-infotainment to 18 more countries. Android Auto is now available these countries and more Austria Brazil Colombia Switzerland India Russia Puerto Rico