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Google Drive Docs, Slides, And Sheets Web Apps Can Now Delete Files Without Leaving The Editor

Google Drive/Google Docs isn't the best online office suite in the world, at least in my experience, but it is a pretty great way to get a competent and instant editor for quick tasks. The only problem is that this tends to leave you with dozens of semi-finished items in your Drive, a bunch of quick paragraphs and hastily-formatted emails that need to be deleted one-by-one in the list view. Today Google Drive has solved this minor annoyance, if only on the web.

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Google Play Movies & TV Gets Bumped To Version 3.2.25, Adds Wishlist Content To 'Watch Now' [APK Download]

Update Wednesday held at least one more treat this week - a bump to Google Play Movies & TV, bringing the app up to version 3.2.25. Google hasn't published an official change log yet, but so far the only user-facing change we've found is the presence of applicable wishlist content (from your Play Store wishlist) inside the app, both on the "Watch Now" screen, and in the slide-out navigation bar.

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Google's Stock Email App Finds Its Way Onto The Play Store [APK Download]

Google, in a continued effort to break stock Android apps out of Android, has just added Email to the Play Store. It's the Email app you know and love from Android, but with a few added features. For the initial Play Store debut, Google has beefed up security (in unspecified ways) for Gmail accounts, improved the account setup flow, added printing to the app, and fixed "other bugs."

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Google Drive App Gets An Update With More Colorful Refresh Animation, Tweaked Multi-User Menu, And More [APK Download]

With all that excitement (sort of) around the announcement of the Fire Phone, you might have forgotten it was update Wednesday. Well Google didn't forget. Google never forgets anything... ever. The Drive app is hitting version 1.3.222.29 today with a few little UI tweaks of note.

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What’s New
  • Google-colored refresh animation (was plain blue before)
  • Multi-user switcher now expands in-line instead of opens a drop-down
  • Doc creation shortcuts at the bottom of the screen in floating bar
  • Settings now links Program Policies

That's what we've got so far.

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Google Announces Play Books Availability In 12 New Countries Including Guatemala, Ecuador, And Costa Rica [Update: Okay, Now It's Live]

Google has not only posted that Play Books is now available in 12 more nations, but it also took the opportunity to test our knowledge of geography. Rather than simply list the countries, the Google Play G+ account posted an image of 13 flags (Norway actually went live the other day, hence 12 new ones). Thanks, guys.

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Google Preparing Expansion Of App Discoverability With Listings On Official Chromecast Site [Update]

Since the Chromecast debuted, Google has had partnered apps featured at chromecast.com/apps. According to a tip we received this evening, and a post by Leon Nicholls to the Google Cast Developers community, it looks like Google might be ready to show off third-party apps at the same URL.

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The Google Cast Developer console has been updated, allowing users to enter details about their apps for inclusion on the Chromecast site.

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Ars Technica's Ron Amadeo Posts Epic 40,000 Word "History Of Android"

Android Police alum and current Ars Technica editor Ron Amadeo has been hard at work on something that might be of interest to you. Head on over to Ars and you can read Ron's 40,000 word history of Android. Yes, 40,000 words – for reference, the classic novella Animal Farm is about 10k words shorter. I can only hope Ron's bosses will unchain him from his desk and allow him to sleep now.

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Google Indeed Prepping Google Play Fitness For Release Via New Version Of Play Services

We have heard tell (from Forbes) that Google is preparing a new service called Google Fit, supposedly for debut at I/O, where the company is expected to also announce partnerships with certain wearables manufacturers. The report says that Google Fit will provide developers with APIs to plug into the service, and that the overall goal is a second take at the quantified health data space.

With Apple recently unveiling HealthKit, the iron is hot.

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Google Is Apparently Testing 480p And 1080p In YouTube For Android, Options Randomly Show Up For Some Users

Version 5.7 of the YouTube Android app introduced the ability to select precisely which quality level you want to stream a video in, as long as that level was 720p or lower. Even then, the options skipped from 360p to 720p. Since that release, users have apparently started to see 480p appear in between the two. Not only that, 1080p has shown up as well.

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We haven't been able to get the settings to load on our devices, but some of you have reported having better luck.

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CyanogenMod's Trebuchet Launcher Includes A Google Now Panel In Latest Nightlies Just Like Google Now Launcher

Google's own launcher lacks many customization features you'd get with third-party options, but it has that cool Google Now panel that makes it that much easier to see your cards. Because that's part of the closed-source Google Search app, other launchers have thus far been unable to implement it. However, the newest 0613 nightlies of CyanogenMod 11 include this feature in the default Trebuchet launcher. Well, mostly.

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