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One of the founders of Android, Andy Rubin, has official announced his departure from the company. It is said that after leaving Google, he will focus on developing and helping out tech startups in the industry. Having been part of Android since 2005 and more recently with the robotics division at Google, this marks a significant exit for the company. He hasn’t detailed his roadmap for the future, but it is believed that Rubin will start his own company which will aid startups, probably related to robotics which has been a fascination...

Most customers in the U.S. who tried to pre-order the Nexus 6 yesterday might have experienced plenty of trouble in trying to get the handset. And within a matter of few minutes, the device was mentioned as out of inventory and the Play Store listing reflected the changes asking users to check back shortly. While this has been very frustrating for hopeful buyers, there might be a reason for this ordeal. First and foremost, the Nexus 6 will soon be available through all major carriers of the U.S, which is a first for a Nexus handset....

The Google Hangouts app is now receiving the ability to make free one minute voice calls to 25 countries. Hangouts currently lets users make domestic voice calls for free, but customers needed credit on their account to make overseas calls. Keeping that in mind, Google’s decision to allow 1 minute voice calls abroad at no cost is certainly going to be well received. While this won’t necessarily let you have an actual conversation with your loved ones, it’s long enough to convey short messages. It is said that Google...

Google has finally taken the wraps off Google Fit, which lets you track your fitness data conveniently. Although Fit was officially shown back during the I/O event in June, it has taken until now for Google to officially bring it to devices. The app also works with Android Wear smartwatches. However, some users are claiming that the app resets the step counter on your Android Wear device after syncing, so be wary of that. Apart from that, the app is pretty neat and lets you add your height, weight and other data manually to properly...

Recently Apple launched their mobile payments platform, Apple Pay. Like Google Wallet and Softcard, it uses NFC at retailers with the units to allow users to purchase items from a variety of retailers. Unfortunately, some of those retailers are now blocking NFC payments entirely. Some chains including 7-11, Rite Aid, Walmart, Best Buy, and many others are developing a competing system called CurrentC. It uses an app with a QR code to make a purchase. It gets around credit card fees by using your bank account, which is why the retailers...

Project Ara is scheduled to break cover sometime next year with a working prototype expected to break cover in December at the Ara developer conference. The lead of Project Ara, Paul Eremenko has now shared some details on how these modules will be sold during launch. According to him, Google could be looking to sell Project Ara devices and modules directly from the Play Store, thus making it easier for customers to get them at one convenient place. Customers will also be able to review them in order to provide feedback on the product...

Google is expected to begin selling the Nexus 9 tablets starting November 3. And now the company has officially confirmed that it will begin the rollout of Android 5.0 to a select few devices on the same day. The revelation was made by a reminder message posted by Google to remind developers that they have to port and modify their apps accordingly before the big unveiling on Nov 3. It is said that WiFi only Nexus tablets such as the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 will be receiving the update first followed by smartphones and cellular variants...

A few months ago Google announced that they were purchasing Songza, the service that curated different music playlists depending on your activity. For that time, Google was not doing much in the user-facing area. Now, along with a Material Design update, Songza is now integrated into the Play Music app. This is only available for All Access subscribers, so if you just use the free portion of Play Music, it isn’t available. But if you do have it, you’ll be offered the ability to play music during a certain time of day, mood,...