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Google's Niantic Labs To Launch Its Next Alternative Reality Game Called Endgame: Proving Ground Later This Year

Niantic Labs is mostly known for the game Ingress, and now the Google internal startup has announced its next project. The upcoming Endgame: Proving Ground is another immersive alternative reality experience, but this time it's part of a larger fictional world. This game will take place in the Endgame universe created with the help of author James Frey.

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[Update: Widget Too] Google Messenger Updated To v1.2 With Animated GIF Support And Reorganized Settings [APK Download]

Google is rolling out a new version of Messenger with a few features you might care about. It's a big jump to v1.2 from 1.0, which was the previous Play Store version. There was a v1.1 build floating around, but that was only released on Android One handsets. This one's available to everyone—eventually, or right now if you get the APK below.

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[Mind Blown] YouTube Now Supports 360-Degree Videos, And You Can Watch Them On Android

We spotted some references to 360-degree videos in a YouTube APK Teardown last month, and now it's live. Google has highlighted several channels that have already published the first 360-degree videos, which are essentially moving Photospheres. They work on desktop Chrome and in the Android app. Check out the playlist below.

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Google Code Will Shut Down In January 2016 Because Almost No One Uses It Anymore

Google has announced the end of another service, and this one is a shocker—Google Code is going away on January 25th, 2016. That gives you about ten months to get your code off of Google's servers before it's gone forever. Why is Google breaking your heart like this? According to the company, Google Code simply isn't very popular anymore.

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Google Cooks Up Reference App To Guide Developers Toward Multi-Device Applications

It's no secret that Google advocates developing apps with multiple form factors in mind. While not all the apps in Google's own portfolio are quite up to speed on this front, apps like the ones in Google's Play suite have done a nice job so far in supporting phones and tablets alike.

But since I/O 2014, Google's been working on more than just phones and tablets.

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[Update: Nexus 5, 6 LMY47I] Google Is Posting Android 5.1 Factory Images For Nexus Devices

Google has made Android 5.1 official and that means Nexus updates. Factory images are starting to pop up on the developer page, so you can easily get your device back to stock no matter what unspeakable things you've done to it. Google hasn't push images for all devices yet, but so far we've got the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2012 (WiFi), and the Nexus 10.

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Cyanogen OS Switches To Boxer As Its Email Client — Fresh New Interface And Premium Features Coming To Users In A Few Weeks

In its bid to walk further and further away from Google in its own Android OS, Cyanogen announced a recent partnership with Boxer, the third-party email app. As of Cyanogen OS 12, which will be available in the coming weeks as an update to the OnePlus One and YU Yureka (and will launch on future devices), Boxer will come installed out of the box as the default email client.

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A Single Google Project Loon Balloon Can Provide LTE Coverage To An Area The Size Of Rhode Island

Google's Project Loon isn't on our radar much here in the US because we have expansive high-speed internet access. That's not the case everywhere, though, and it's a problem Project Loon aims to solve. According to Google, a single balloon can apparently provide LTE service to a region the size of Rhode Island.

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Chrome For Android Updated To Version 41 With Pull-To-Refresh Functionality [APK Download]

There's a new version of Chrome Beta available in the Play Store, though it doesn't seem to add a whole lot to the app itself. That means that the features from the last beta graduate to the stable build, which you can get in the Play Store (if you're patient) or at the APK Mirror link below (if you're not).

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Google Launches The Google Store, A New Online Home For All Of Its Hardware Products

Until now if you wanted a Nexus phone, Nest Thermostat, or some other device sold by Google, you'd go to the Play Store device section. Well, not anymore. Google has just launched the Google Store, a hub for all things Google with listings for phones, tablets, smartwatches, Chromebooks, and more. Basically, hardware is in the Google Store, and software is in Google Play.

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