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[What Apple Watch Event?] Google Releases Catchy 17-Second Android Wear Ad

Apple has a big event scheduled to kick off whenever the hour, with folks looking forward to learning more about upcoming MacBooks and the Apple Watch. The latter will be a first-generation device, Apple's long-awaited debut into the wearables market.

But forget about that product for a moment and remember that, whatever the headlines, Apple's watch will hardly be the only decent smartwatch in town. Google has just released a short commercial showing consumers that Android Wear is a thing and that its watches are cool.

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Groupon Gets Material-Inspired Refresh In Latest Update

Adoption of material design appears to be on an upward trend. It seems that every few days we hear news about another app refreshing its design with some inspiration from Google's new aesthetic, with some apps using the design language at launch. This is great for users who have been hungry for a more unified, cohesive design language on Android.

Continuing the trend, Groupon has introduced its update to version 15.2, heavily inspired by material design.

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[APK Teardown] Drive 2.2 Prepares To Replace Google+ For Photo Backup And Introduce Chromecast Support For Audio And Video

A couple of days ago, Google Drive made news with an update that introduced a new, intuitive Drag & Drop implementation for easier file management. While that appeared to be the only significant change, a look under the hood revealed not only that the Drive team is about to fulfill one of the most often requested features, but it also answered one of the many questions about the fate of Google+ Photos after the split.

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Google Opinion Rewards Gets A Minor Update With Reliability And UI Improvements [APK Download]

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Google Calendar 5.1 Hotfix Update Fixes The 'Unable To Launch Event' Error When Downloading APKs And Other Files [APK Download]

When Google updated Calendar to version 5.1 last week, it introduced a bug that hit users with an "unable to launch event" message whenever they tried to launch an APK downloaded using Chrome or the stock Android browser. Now the company has pushed out a hotfix update intended to do away with the problem.

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This bug prevented some users from launching the apps they downloaded in our APK download posts, but we were able to get around this issue by rolling out a server tweak for APK Mirror.

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Google Releases New Creative Preview App That Lets You Test Ads On Your Android Device [APK Download]

Google has released a new app by the name of Creative Preview, and despite the captivating name, most of us won't find the software particularly exciting.

You see, Creative Preview serves a singular purpose. It allows users to preview ads using the Google Mobile Ads SDK without having to traffic a real one. You can push creatives, as these ads are called, from DoubleClick Studio to your Android device and preview them on the smaller screen.

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Former Googler And Motorola Boss Punit Soni Lands At Indian Retailer Flipkart

You probably know Punit Soni best from his brief run as VP for product management at Motorola Mobility when it was owned by Google. After leaving Google in September, Soni has now announced that he's found his next gig. He'll be spending the next few years in India as the chief product officer of Flipkart.

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Google Releases Standalone PDF Viewer App Primarily Aimed At Android For Work

There's a new Google app in the Play Store today—the Google PDF Viewer. You may be wondering why that exists seeing as Google Drive already opens PDFs. It's that same basic thing, but you don't need Drive. This app is intended mainly for Android for Work, but anyone can install it.

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Google Releases Preview Of The New Google Contacts Web Interface

Anyone who has used Android and Google services long enough will probably notice how much junk has accumulated in their contacts. There's a new version of Google Contacts in the works to fix that, and you can try a preview of it right now. Unless you have a Google Apps account. Duh.

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Chrome v42 Will Be The Last Release For Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was a sweet frozen treat when it came out in 2011, but now something else is freezing—Chrome for ICS. Google has announced that Chrome v42 will be the final build available on Android 4.0. It's a sad day for any remaining ICS users... well, more sad than a regular day of being stuck on ICS already is.

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