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Google Is Sending Out Rewards To Users Who Found All The Pokémon In The April Fools Map Hunt [Update]

Leave it to Google to make April Fools fun long after the day is done. Users who successfully completed the Maps quest and found all the Pokémon (plus the secret Mew) are being pinged by the search giant with a link to register for a surprise gift. What is it? Well, that's what surprise means.

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Report: More Sources Claim Google's "Android Silver" Premium Phone Hardware Plan Is Underway

Earlier this month Android Police reported on Android Silver, a possible upcoming push into premium hardware from Google and its partners. Android Silver would see Google selecting high-end Android phones with standardized software to promote both itself and through conventional retail channels. According to a new report from Amir Efrati at The Information, the Silver program is still well underway and aimed to take on the iPhone at the top of the phone market.

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YouTube Mix Has Been Enabled On Android

One of the biggest uses for YouTube is listening to music, and it's getting a bit more convenient to do that on Android today. YouTube Mix came to the desktop last year, but someone just threw the switch to enable it on Android. Simply search for an artists and rock out.

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YouTube Mix is essentially an auto-generated playlist of an artist's most popular videos on YouTube. It seems to be mostly pulling up Vevo content for established acts, but the videos can be pulled from any account.

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Google Is Testing A Mobile UI Redesign Called LEGO With Super-Smooth Animations In Search Results (Video Demo)

Google is always trying new things, and one of those new things has been left where we can play with it. Yay! The LEGO redesign is an experimental sandbox for mobile search results. The overall look is a little different than the current one, but it's the animations in the results that set it apart. Check out the video below for a demo – left tab is LEGO and right is standard.

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Google+ Head Honcho Vic Gundotra Has Announced His Departure From Google [Update: VP Of Engineering Dave Besbris Taking Over G+]

Vic Gundotra came to Google eight years ago after a stint at Microsoft, but today he has announced the end of his tenure at the company. While he didn't cite any specific plans, Gundotra had nothing but kind words for Google and its management. CEO Larry Page even took the time to comment on Gundotra's Google+ post to wish him well.

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Google Maps Adds Transit Directions For Brazil In Preparation For The 2014 World Cup

In two months, hundreds of thousands of people will be flocking to cities all over Brazil for the 20th FIFA World Cup. Since getting around in an unfamiliar metropolis can be a bit of a hassle (looking at you, Barcelona), Google has expanded its public transit information for the relevant Brazilian cities. When World Cup fans get to Brazil, they'll be able to look up bus and train info for all twelve cities with scheduled games.

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Google Glass Store Is Now Open To All – Get Your Own Face Computer For $1500 [Update: Or Not]

Update: Google Says the link to purchase Glass is supposed to be for Explorers who were already waiting from last week when the device was out of stock. Still a bit odd that a public link was the best way Google could think of to do that. (Thanks, +Rafael Morales)

Apparently that one-day Glass event earlier this month was just a trial run for something much bigger – Google Glass is now public.

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Leaked Screenshot Shows Alleged Android 4.4.3 Dialer Redesign

Some interesting screenshots have just appeared on XDA that purport to show a new look for the Google Dialer in Android 4.4.3. The contacts are arranged in a series of cards with contact photos instead of a traditional list. It's quite a departure from the current look.

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Google Begins Selling The Nest Thermostat In Google Play For $249, Will Plant A Tree For Every Nest Sold Today

Google bought Nest and its smart thermostat a few months ago, and now it's integrating the product into its ecosystem more completely on Earth Day. The Nest Learning Thermostat is now available in the Play Store. It's selling for $249 and Google will plant a tree for every unit sold today, presumably because of Earth Day. Yay, Earth!

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APK Teardown: Hangouts 2.1 Hides Hints Of Google Voice, SMS/MMS Backup, And More

Today's Hangouts update was a bit of a surprise. Besides landing on Monday, the update was a fairly large one. Users of the latest version of Hangouts are already enjoying merged SMS/Hangouts threads, improved status markers, a new home screen widget, new sound effects, the ability to share contact cards, and other touches. But - as with any Google update - it's worth looking a little deeper in the app to see what may be hiding in the code.

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