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[APK Download + Micro-Teardown] Android Device Manager Updated To v1.3.8, Adds Convenient Callback Button To Remotely Locked Phones

One last app came rolling in at the tail end of update Wednesday. This time, we've got a relatively small update to Android Device Manager, Google's answer for lost or stolen phones. The changelog hasn't been posted on the Play Store, but a quick teardown told us everything we needed to know. There's a new callback feature that makes contacting the owner a one-touch operation.

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Google Buys Smart Messaging Client Emu, Might Be Used To Teach Hangouts Some New Tricks

Google buys a lot of companies, and the deals don't always make a lot of sense from the outside. However, the acquisition of messaging client Emu totally jives with Google's priorities lately. Emu uses context clues in your messages to automate actions—sound familiar?

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Google Just Rickrolled Me Via An APK Teardown, And I'm Not Even Mad

Last night, YouTube received what looked like a substantial update v5.9, and, of course, I rushed to start digging through the APK in hopes of finding all sorts of under-the-hood changes. Imagine my excitement when I saw the following new string buried, among other things, inside res/strings.xml:

<string name="music_pass_onboarding_tutorial_uri">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ</string>

Music Pass! Onboarding! Tutorial! Video!!one1 Of course, I clicked it. Did you?

Wait, don't. Because you'll get rickrolled, just like I did.

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Google Hands-Free Shows Up Again, This Time In Google Search

Quite a while ago, we wrote about an upcoming hands-free (and eyes-free) interface code-named KITT. The interface - intended for use in the car or in other places where looking at your phone isn't wise - would be stripped down, displaying a black screen and large iconography, and would have the ability to read notifications aloud, among other things. More recently, an icon for an app called Google Hands-Free showed up in a promotional gif posted to Google's Google+ page, hinting that the service was still under development.

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Google Now Launcher Updated In Play Store, Now Available On All Devices Running Android 4.1 Or Later

It's been a number of months since the Google Now Launcher debuted in the Play Store as an exclusive for Nexus and Google Play Experience devices, but today that changes. The newest update has opened up official access to all devices running Android 4.1 or higher.

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Exclusive: Google Exploring 'Google Workshop' To Take Customized Smartphone Cases To A New Level

Google hasn't exactly had a great track record when it comes to official Nexus accessories. Accessories have been teased or shown off only to arrive months later or not at all (remember that Nexus 10 dock?).

Recently, though, Google has done a much better job - there are a bevy of case options available for both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) in a variety of colors, catering to almost all tastes (though at times the quality may not be ideal).

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Most Versions Of The 2013 Nexus 7 Are Out Of Stock In The US Play Store

ZOMG! Volantis? Is it time for Volantis? You know you were thinking that, but we just don't know what's going on. All we can say for certain is that Google's Play Store in the US has no stock of the WiFi N7 or the LTE versions with AT&T or T-Mobile SIMs. The only version you can get is the "GSM Networks" LTE tablet.

 2014-07-31 09_27_47-Nexus 7 (16GB, Black, Wi-Fi only) - Devices on Google Play

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Source Code Released For Google I/O 2014 App, Demonstrates Best Practices And Design Goals For Android Developers

Google I/O 2014 has come and gone, but that doesn't mean great stuff from the conference isn't still coming out. The companion app used by thousands of attendees -and hundreds of thousands of fans and followers- has been open sourced! Code for the I/O app is meant to serve as an example of best practices for Android developers, providing fully functioning implementations of the latest design principles, UI controls, networking code, and more.

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Google Gets Hangouts Video Service More Ready For Work With Multiple Business-Related Improvements

Hangouts may be fun, but it's not all fun and games. It should come as no surprise that in this day and age, many people turn to Google's video chats as a means of getting work done. So the company is rolling out a number of business-related improvements to the service.

For starters, the company is now covering Hangouts under the same terms of service as other Google Apps for Business products.

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Rumor: Motorola Is Working With Google On Shamu, A Possible Nexus Phone With A 5.9" Display

There's been a lot of confusion lately over the fate of Google's Nexus program. Rumors swirled, after LG's planned Nexus was canceled (and later denied entirely), that the program was dead in favor of an upcoming Android Silver initiative. With the revelation that HTC is working on a 9" tablet device (code named Volantis), it seemed the Nexus program had at least one more device in store - expected to launch with Android's L release this fall.

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