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[Weekend Poll & Discussion] Is Android TV Yet Another Living Room Flop For Google? Do You Have One?

When Android TV launched, it did so to an attitude that, at best, could be described as lukewarm. Google has attempted to corner the living room for years now, and its most successful attempt  - the Chromecast - has essentially undercut Google's own more ambitious TV products.

Google TV never really had a chance - it was slow, the hardware was never particularly powerful, and the remotes were a nightmare. Google eventually let GTV die by slowly letting it fade into uselessness piece by piece.

Chromecast actually launched before Google TV was really "dead" in any official sense, and its success was immediate.

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Hands-On With YouTube Gaming (Creator Preview)

A couple of months back, rumors that Google was working on a gamer-focused video streaming service first appeared. And so we waited. Now that the appropriately named YouTube Gaming is finally here, it plans to go head to head with Twitch.tv - easily the most popular such service in the world. Google has a tremendous amount of experience in the video streaming space in the form of YouTube, but it has never offered anything that was geared toward gamers. YouTube Gaming is hailed as the brand-new service that aims to fill that gap.

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Currently, YouTube Gaming is only available as a beta program.

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New Image Search Results Layout (With Related Images) Rolling Out After Long Test

Another long design test appears to be drawing to a close for Google. After apparently beginning a wider rollout for the new mobile search UI (in testing since April), it seems that Google is making the revised image results UI final too.

This layout has been popping up since at least May, with a brighter, more crisp interface that offers more iconography, refined typography, and - yes - a section for related images.

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From Now On, YouTube Videos Won't Get Stuck On '301+' Views For An Indefinite Amount Of Time After Getting Popular

Almost anyone who uses YouTube regularly has seen a video with either 301 or 301+ views, according to the player. Why is this? Well, Google automatically checks videos crossing this threshold of views to see if the visitors are legitimate or just bots designed to pump up the number. From now on, they are tweaking the method to count "real" views in real time and only holding off on adding those that YouTube is unsure about.

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Screen capture originally posted at Business Insider.

Stopping at a low-ish number like 301 kept a video with fake views from looking too popular.

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[APK Download] Keep Gets Update Allowing You To Easily Turn Your Notes Into Google Docs

After adding the feature to the web version of Keep in May, Google has updated the Android app to allow users to easily convert their notes into Docs. Sometimes what starts as a stray thought or two that you dump into a note becomes something you want to expand upon. Rather than rewriting or copy and pasting, why not have your notes manager do the heavy lifting for you?

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And by easy, I mean easy. Go to a note and head to the overflow menu. Tap "Copy to Google Doc" and the process begins. Keep tells you when it is finished on the bottom of your screen, giving you an "Open" link.

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Google Announces New Update Policy For Nexus Devices Including Monthly Security Patches For 3 Years And Major OTAs For 2 Years From Release

Google is rolling out the Stagefright patch to Nexus devices as promised, but the bigger news alongside that announcement is a new update policy for Nexus devices. Going forward Google will release security patches for Nexus phones and tablets about once per month, which mirrors Samsung's recently announced Galaxy update program. Google is also making official the length of time you can expect to get Nexus updates.

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Project Tango Development Kit Available Today In South Korea And Canada, Coming August 26th To 10 More Countries

We haven't heard a lot about Project Tango lately, but Google is still working with developers to advance this take on machine vision and sensing technology. As part of its ongoing efforts, the Tango development kit is finally being made available outside the US. It's out today in Canada and South Korea, and will come to ten more countries later this month.

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[Deal Alert] Grab A New Nexus 9 32GB For $350 On Ebay (27% Off Its Original Price)

Did you miss the HTC Hot Deals sale on the Nexus 9 tablet? Well, we've got the next best thing for you. The 32GB version of the tablet is now being sold on eBay for $349.99, down from its original price of $479. This amounts to a 27% discount, which is a little less drool-worthy than the 40% off that HTC was offering (where the tablet plummeted to $287.40), but still a great deal especially if you compare it to Amazon's $395.

The units are new and sold in their original unopened packaging. The seller says there's a limited quantity available, and there are 32 units already gone, so you may have to make a quick decision on this one.

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Google Play Reduces The Minimum App And In-App Purchase Price In India From Rs. 50 To Rs. 10 ($0.156)

India is one of Google and Android's biggest markets both in terms of device sales and Play Store reach, but the country's purchasing power is quite different from the US or Europe's, especially if you simply convert a dollar to rupees (that's approx. Rs. 64).

Previously, the minimum price for apps and in-app purchases on the Play Store in India was Rs. 50 ($0.78), which was quite in-line with the $0.99 minimum in the USA, but still rather expensive for Indian customers. Now it has been dropped to a more affordable Rs. 10 (approx $0.156), the same as Apple's recent price drop for purchases on the Indian App Store.

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[Update: And Singapore] Google Play Movies Now Shows Flicks In Indonesia And Malaysia

Streaming movies from Google Play is rather nice. I sort of scoffed at the feature at first, wondering why I'd want to spend that much money to rent a movie when I could wait and buy a physical copy later. But hey, $3 to $5 really isn't that much compared to watching a film in theaters, and it lets you see a movie much sooner than waiting for the DVD version to drop in price.

The thing is, Play Movies isn't available all over the world.

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