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Google Will Soon Take 'Mobile-Friendly' Search Rankings Boost Away From Sites That Prompt Users To Download An App Before Accessing Content

Remember Mobilegeddon? This was Google's search ranking change for searches done on smartphones that placed pages that are "mobile-friendly" higher. For people who don't run non-mobile-friendly websites, this was a relatively non-controversial change.

Of course, it is up to Google to decide what does and does not make a good website for the small screen. Today, they announced that a big prompt—also known as an interstitial—telling you to install an app makes a website not worthy of the "mobile-friendly" label and the benefits that come with it.

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HERE Maps For Android Update Brings New Contextual Menu

When HERE Maps launched a new beta program back in July, the first major feature was a new contextual menu. Whenever you long-pressed anywhere on a map, four bubbles would pop up that offered information on the location, the option to share, the ability to pull up directions, and the choice to immediately start navigation.

Now that feature has hit the stable version of HERE Maps.

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Source: LG's Upcoming Android Wear Device Will Have Three Buttons, Revised Styling, May Be Announced End Of September

Two trusted sources have divulged information about an upcoming LG Android Wear smartwatch to us. Unfortunately, we don't have a name, and we don't have any images we can share. But we do have a very good idea what the watch will look like, and I'll do my best to describe it to you. We also know that the device may be announced as early as the end of this month (September). So, here's what we know.

First: the screen is still circular. It's not clear if it's the same size as the G Watch R and Watch Urbane, though. The most immediately recognizable change on this unnamed LG watch coming from the Watch Urbane is the addition of two more buttons on the body.

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Google Forms Alliance For Open Media Along With Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, And Others

Amidst news that Google has adopted a new logo (and everything that comes along with that), Sundar Pichai let slip that Google is joining the likes of Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and others to form the Alliance for Open Media (AOM). The organization's goal is to collaborate on open and royalty-free digital formats for "next-generation ultra high definition media." In other words, it will develop new image, audio, and video codecs and container formats that are totally free for non-commercial and commercial use.

The Alliance’s initial focus is to deliver a next-generation video format that is:

  • Interoperable and open;
  • Optimized for the web;
  • Scalable to any modern device at any bandwidth;
  • Designed with a low computational footprint and optimized for hardware;
  • Capable of consistent, highest-quality, real-time video delivery; and
  • Flexible for both commercial and non-commercial content, including user-generated content.
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[Update: Google App Too] Google Rolling Out App Updates With New Logo And Icons, Starting With Maps And Translate [APK Download]

Google's new branding is already starting to worm its way into all corners of the company's design. The web interface is already being updated with new icons based on the sans-serif G, and now app updates have started to show up. No need to wait for update Wednesday this time. So far we've got Maps and Translate.

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[Deal Alert] Get The Very Best Of R&B Singer Ciara For Free On Google Play Music

Playlist: The Very Best of Ciara is currently available for free on Google Play. The album contains fourteen tracks of contemporary R&B from the 2000s, all by—you guessed it—Ciara.

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ES File Explorer Expands Its Material Design Interface To The Play Store Version After Beta Testing

Hey, remember those many moons ago when ES File Explorer, one of the more popular file managers on Android, released a Material Design user interface update? You should, because it was exactly one moon ago, back at the beginning of August. After a relatively quick closed beta session (which Android Police apparently spoiled by writing a story about a pre-release version uploaded to APK Mirror - sorry), the update is now live in the Play Store as app version 4.0.2. Go download it.

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