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The Google I/O 2016 Schedule Is Up

Google has just published the official schedule for I/O 2016 - you can see it right here. This year's I/O is at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, near Google's own headquarters. Day one kicks off with a 10AM keynote that will go a full two hours (!), but there are lots of other interesting sessions, here are a few.

  • 6 Degree of Freedom Gaming in Android with Project Tango
  • What's new in Android (our favorite)
  • Introducing Project Tango Area Learning
  • Android battery and memory optimizations (new battery optimizations in N, supposedly)
  • Android Auto for everyone
  • What's New with Project Tango
  • VR & Cinema
  • Google's Vision for VR
  • Android high-performance audio

Seven sessions feature "VR" as one of the tags, so I would not be surprised if more VR-related sessions (and hopefully, news) are added as we get close to the conference.

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Google Play Music Gifts Come To Brazil, Mexico, And Switzerland

Of all the countries that get to enjoy Google Play Music access, only a select few have support for Play Music gifts. That means that there's a limited number of users who can send each other the gift of music, but that number is getting a bit larger now: Brazil, Mexico, and Switzerland have been added to the list of countries with access to Music gifts.

They join Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States in letting users purchase music subscriptions for their friends, family members, or maybe distant acquaintances (we won't judge). Prices are the same for a gifted subscription as a personally purchased one, but at least you can now get others hooked on the service even if they were reticent to try it out in the first place.

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Google Celebrates Chrome 50 Release, Boasts 1 Billion Active Users, Unveils Material Design On Chrome OS

Chrome 50 landed this week (though it's still in beta on Android), and Google is celebrating.

How? By highlighting 1 billion active users on mobile, 771 billion pages loaded, 2 million gigabytes of data saved, and other favorable metrics. All of them have been neatly compiled in this lengthy infographic.

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Google Keep Now Shares Links As New Notes, Creates Labels Using Hashtags, Gains An Official Chrome Extension, And More [APK Download]

Keep may not be the simplest form of digital note-taking, but it's pretty close. Today Google has announced a few additions that make the service quicker to access.

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Inbox Gets Support For Streamlined Events, Glanceable Newsletters, And Saved Links

Google is rolling out some big features for Inbox today aimed at making it easier to stay on top of the deluge of email you probably deal with. That's really the idea behind Inbox itself, so this all goes to the heart of what makes Inbox preferable to boring old Gmail for some. This app is getting three new experiences including better event overviews, newsletter link previews, and a "save to Inbox" feature with its own Chrome extension.

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You Can Now Search For & Play Podcasts Directly Through The Google App On Android (Feature Available Worldwide)

A couple of days ago we told you that Google added podcasts to Google Play Music. Today, Google is making it even easier to listen to your favorite podcasts. All you have to do is search for a show in the Google app and you'll be greeted by a short description of the podcast, a list of the three most recent episodes, and the option see more episodes.

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Hit the play button next to any of the episode titles and the podcast will play immediately from within the Google app. If you leave the app, the podcast will continue to play in the background (even if your screen is off) and controls will automatically appear in the notification shade.

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EU Files Antitrust Charges Against Google's Use Of Android Contracts And Agreements To Stop Rivals From Competing

The European Union today filed charges against Google, relating to the search giant's use of Android contracts and agreements to stop rival manufacturers from creating Android forks, and hindering them building applications and services that could topple Google's dominant position in the European mobile market.

This isn't totally new: the EU has been probing Google and the Android operating system for some time, trying to establish whether Google's dominant position at the pointy end of the market has caused it to breach the antitrust regulations, which are in place in order to halt any company from stopping other companies from competing with them.

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Android Security Report: 6 Billion Apps And 400 Million Devices Scanned Every Day

Google has released its second Android Security Annual report, and it's full of big, impressive numbers. The full report is 49 pages long and covers the state of Android security in detail, but the basics are covered in Google's latest blog post. The gist is, Google scans all the things to keep Android users safe. We're talking about billions of apps; the Verify Apps service sure is working overtime.

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[Update: Tiny Planet Mode Returns] Android N Dev Preview 2 Introduces New Camera UI, Lets You Take Photos While Shooting Video Again, And More [APK Download]

In the latest taste of Android N, we've seen changes to emoji, wallpapers, fast app switching, and other aspects of the Android interface. Now we're highlighting what's new in the camera.

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