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Android 5.1 Factory Image For Nexus Player Is Up, OTA Rolling Out

Android 5.1 Factory Image For Nexus Player Is Up, OTA Rolling Out

Those of you who dropped some cash on the Nexus Player might want to take a look at your update menu. The OTA for Android 5.1 is rolling out, but even if you don't have it, there's a factory image posted as well.

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[Bug Watch] Google Now Voice Commands For Setting Reminders Create Alarms Or Calendar Events Instead

[Bug Watch] Google Now Voice Commands For Setting Reminders Create Alarms Or Calendar Events Instead

A variety of users have begun reporting problems with setting reminders using voice controls in the Google Search app, with the end result being an alarm rather than a reminder. This does not occur when entering the same command with the keyboard, so it would seem to be a server-side issue. Either way, you will want to look out for this bug if you tend to use voice commands for this purpose, because you may be in for a rude awakening - literally.

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Haters Still Get The Bird In Extended Version Of Google's 'Wear What You Want' Spot

Haters Still Get The Bird In Extended Version Of Google's 'Wear What You Want' Spot

Just before Apple's "Spring Forward" watch event last week, Google released a quick, fun, 17-second spot to promote its own wearable offerings, keeping with Android's new tagline "be together, not the same" by demonstrating that Android Wear watches already come in all sorts of shapes so you can "wear what you want."

Today, Google has released a full minute-long version of the spot, with even more watches and even more dancing. The video uses Shamir's On the Regular as a soundtrack, and features a ton of talented dancers including Dytto, Brian Smith, and dancers from StatusSilver.

"Whether you tut, pop, rock or robot," there's no denying Google's executed a creative, eye-catching spot that fits really well with Android's new brand message.

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Google Play Music v5.8.1836R Adds YouTube Music Videos In Search Results [APK Download]

Google Play Music v5.8.1836R Adds YouTube Music Videos In Search Results [APK Download]

Play Music's v5.8 rolled out last month with a slew of fixes and improvements to make the app fit better with Material Design's guidelines and provide some added functionality like biography and history for artists, and a previous song button in the collapsed notification. The app has since seen a few incremental changes, but the latest v5.8.1836R got a rare treatment from Google: an official changelog. So it must be something important, right?

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Well, yes and no. If you don't subscribe to Google Play Music All Access (or Unlimited as it's being referred to recently), you may not notice any significant difference in the app.

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Inbox By Gmail Now Rolling Out To Some Google Apps Domains

Inbox By Gmail Now Rolling Out To Some Google Apps Domains

In a simple tweet, Sundar Pichai stirred up some excitement last month by revealing that Inbox would be rolling out to apps customers "imminently." A few days later, Google invited apps administrators to indicate interest by shooting an email to [email protected] Soon after that, surveys began going out to interested admins, and today it looks like some apps customers have been granted access to Inbox for their apps accounts.

The apparent rollout coincides with an update to Inbox 1.4 (which you can of course find over at APK Mirror). While Google doesn't seem to have officially acknowledged the rollout (or emailed many apps admins with the news) we've received several confirmations, and as it turns out Android Police is among the apps domains with newly-granted access.

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[What Could Go Wrong?] Motion Tennis Cast Lets You Use Your Phone Like A Wiimote To Play Tennis On Chromecast

[What Could Go Wrong?] Motion Tennis Cast Lets You Use Your Phone Like A Wiimote To Play Tennis On Chromecast

Perhaps you recall the rash of Wiimote-related accidents seven or eight years ago. See, people got really, super into playing Wii, and sometimes the Wiimote just slipped and crashed into the TV. Motion Tennis Cast is kind of like Wii Sports Tennis, but you're controlling it with your phone. That's two expensive things you can break if the phone slips.

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Google Celebrates St. Patrick's Day With A Few Hangouts Easter Eggs

Google Celebrates St. Patrick's Day With A Few Hangouts Easter Eggs

In what is becoming a tradition of sorts, Google is not letting an American holiday go by without a corresponding Hangouts Easter egg. When messages contain certain trigger words, users are greeted with corresponding animations to add a little spice to the conversation. Since their debut, we've seen the animated emoji people bring in the new year and celebrate Valentine's Day. Add St. Patrick's Day to the list! I've spotted three different versions so far.

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Both sender and recipient should be greeted by these little leprechauns. Don't worry, the recipient won't see the animation until they open the app to read your message.

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[Deal Alert] Google Offers $50 Of Play Store Credit With A New Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Or Android Wear Purchase, Sony SmartWatch 3 Is $50 Off (US Only)

[Deal Alert] Google Offers $50 Of Play Store Credit With A New Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Or Android Wear Purchase, Sony SmartWatch 3 Is $50 Off (US Only)

The Nexus 6 is a pretty fantastic piece of Android hardware. The Nexus 9 is... a tablet that runs Lollipop. And even some hardcore Android fans have yet to be sold on Android Wear. But if you're in the market for any of those devices right now, you want to get them from the new Google Store, at least if you live in the United States. Google is offering $50 of free Play Store credit with a new purchase of the N6, N9, or any Android Wear device.

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But wait, as the salesman says, there's more! The Sony SmartWatch 3, the company's first Android Wear device, is also $50 off of its retail price ($200) at the moment.

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Factory Image For Nexus 6 LMY47E Android 5.1 Build Now Available

Factory Image For Nexus 6 LMY47E Android 5.1 Build Now Available

That mysterious LMY47E build of Android 5.1 for the Nexus 6 has arrived on Google's factory image download page. This build leaked online as an RSD image last week, but it wasn't clear what its purpose was. It's not really clear now either, but you can download and probably flash it.

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Google I/O 2015 Registration Is Open Now

Google I/O 2015 Registration Is Open Now

Right on time, Google has opened up registration for Google I/O 2015. For the chance at a ticket, head over to the registration page below and complete the process. To prevent registration stress, Google is leaving the form open until March 19th at 5:00pm PDT. Presumably, Google will also have a few registration codes hidden across its various web properties just like last year.

Of course if you can't make it to I/O 15 in person, just drop by AP for all the coverage you need or join an I/O extended event.

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