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Invite-only Google Springboard lets Apps for Work users search through everything

Posted: 16 Jul 2016 01:04 PM PDT

springboardIf your company uses Google apps to manage email, contacts, cloud storage, and all the other stuff that Google Apps for Work does, then you'll want the latest app in the collection post haste. Springboard is a sort of universal search tool for all the stuff that accumulates in Google Apps, plus a handy agenda view that shows everything new on the company account. Unfortunately it's in an invite-only stage right now, so even if you use Google Apps for Work, it may still be inaccessible.

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Invite-only Google Springboard lets Apps for Work users search through everything was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Comic book favorites Dog Mendonça and Pizzaboy get their own adventure game

Posted: 16 Jul 2016 12:34 PM PDT

mendoncaUnless you're a dedicated aficionado of rare and indie comic books, you might not have heard of The Adventures of Dog Mendonça & Pizzaboy. It's a much-loved little series that combines mixes a sarcastic version of noir storytelling with urban fantasy - think Harry Dresden meets Monkey Island, and you're about there. Originally published in Portugal before getting an English release via Dark Horse, the series spans three volumes and a short story.

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Comic book favorites Dog Mendonça and Pizzaboy get their own adventure game was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Mobile Passport app now works at airports in San Jose and Minneapolis-St. Paul

Posted: 16 Jul 2016 11:49 AM PDT

image (4)The US Customs and Border Patrol's mobile passport app has been out for a little over a year. Lately they've been adding the streamlined customs process to approximately one airport a month, which means that every passenger airport in the country should get official support in the next few decades. Maybe by then the country's air travel system won't be a farcical crap-fest of corporate greed and government incompetence. But in the meantime, the mobile passport app is getting two new locations: San Jose and Minneapolis-St.

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Mobile Passport app now works at airports in San Jose and Minneapolis-St. Paul was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Still no Japan] Pokémon GO official in 26 new European countries

Posted: 16 Jul 2016 04:34 AM PDT

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Pokémon GO's worldwide phenomenon is spreading fast and now, if you live in Europe, odds are you'll have more chance of seeing people huddled up acting weird staring at their screens and trying to play with imaginary creatures. Why? Because while we, lucky Android geeks, have been able to manually grab the APK and install it on our phones regardless of where Niantic has officially released the game, many regular Android users didn't know how to do it and almost all iPhone users simply couldn't.

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[Still no Japan] Pokémon GO official in 26 new European countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google said to have cancelled plans for high-end standalone VR headset

Posted: 15 Jul 2016 07:38 PM PDT

Google has been placing a big focus on virtual reality lately, with its existing Cardboard offerings, its upcoming Daydream platform, and a rumored standalone headset. According to a new report, though, Google is streamlining its VR plans.

Google has cancelled its standalone virtual reality project, say sources speaking to Recode. The headset was purportedly a high-end device that would compete against the likes of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and the headset would've run an operating system separate from Android. It's said that there were around 50 people working on the project.

Google is already pretty busy with virtual reality. Not only does it have its Cardboard platform, it announced its more advanced Daydream platform at I/O, and we know that Google is planning to launch its own Daydream VR headset. With that in mind, we can see why Google would want to streamline its VR plans a bit, especially considering how young VR still is.

Do you have any interest in virtual reality?


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Google Keyboard update rolling out with new themes and more

Posted: 15 Jul 2016 06:38 PM PDT

Heads up, Google Keyboard users, because a noteworthy update is now rolling out.

The new Google Keyboard update is version 5.1.23, and it includes many more themes than previous versions. Before today's update, Google Keyboard users could only choose between light and dark themes, but now there are several colorful options that include red, green, blue, and purple. Google Keyboard will also let you use one of your own photos as a keyboard background.

In addition to an expanded theme selection, this Google Keyboard update adds gesture typing and suggestions in several languages, support for recent emoji in the suggestion strip, and more. Below is Google's full changelog for the update:

  • Themes: Customize keyboard with favorite photos or colors
  • Gesture typing & suggestions in: Albanian, Arabic, Basque, Bosnian, English (Australia), English (India), Esperanto, Irish, Javanese, Mongolian, Montenegrin (Cyrillic, Latin), Nepali, Portuguese (Africa), Sudanese, Tajik, Tatar, Zulu
  • Layout support: Burmese, Southern Sotho, Turkmen, Urdu, Welsh, Xhosa
  • Add recent emoji to suggestion strip
  • Bug fixes, including passwords with Talkback and missing key labels
  • Support Android N

These features have been available to folks on the Android N Developer Preview for a couple of months now, but today's update makes themes available to all of us not brave enough to run beta software on our phones. If you haven't yet gotten this Google Keyboard update, keep an eye out for it in the coming days.


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