Lollipop will see big update to Gmail app, will handle non-Gmail accounts too

If you were wondering why Google hasn’t yet introduced an updated version of the Gmail app on Android to match its Material Design guidelines, the answer appears to be that it has something big in store. Gmail 5.0, which will be introduced as part of Android 5.0 Lollipop, will for the first time allow you to access all your email accounts within the same app, Gmail and non-Gmail alike …  Read more

Google’s latest moves to fight pirate sites “will visibly affect rankings of most notorious sites”

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Google has updated its How Google Fights Piracy report with details of its latest moves to remove pirate sites from its search results. A key element is improved automated demotion of sites that have received high numbers of DMCA takedown notices.

In August 2012 we first announced that we would downrank sites for which we received a large number of valid DMCA notices. We’ve now refined the signal in ways we expect to visibly affect the rankings of some of the most notorious sites. This update will roll out globally starting [this week].

The “most notorious sites” are likely to include rapidgator.net, filestube.com and dilandau.eu, each of which has, notes Gizmodo, received at least 11 million individual takedown requests …  Read more

Motorola to drop affiliation with speaker/headphone maker Sol Republic

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Sol Republic, makers of a wide variety of speakers and headphones, announced in August 2013—alongside the announcement of the Moto X—that it would be partnering with Motorola “to redefine the music experience,” and “change the way music fans experience and share music.” 9to5Google has learned, however, this partnership may not have worked out so well. According to people familiar with the partnership, Motorola will soon be dropping its affiliation and contract with Sol Republic.

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HTC Nexus 9 goes up on Amazon for $400 shipped for 16GB, $480 shipped for 32GB

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For those who want to jump into the Nexus 9, nows your chance. Amazon has the order page up a full day early and is accepting orders now. The Nvidia Tegra K1 2.3GHz 8.9 inch tablet with QXGA 2048×1536 display just blew up Geeklab benchmarks pulling it even with Mac Pros from 2012 in some tests. It also features high end 8MP camera on the back and selfies come in at 1.6MP. The whole package weighs in under a pound and  it also includes blistering fast AC wifi with MIMO.

GOOG Q3 2014 earnings a miss, stock down in after hours trading

 

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Google reported Q3 2014 earnings today that didn’t quite meet analyst expectations. Sales rose 20% to $16.52 billion in the quarter. Profit was $6.35 a share. Analysts’ expectations were $16.59 billion and profit of $6.54 a share.

“Google had another strong performance this quarter, with revenue up 20% year on year, at $16.5 billion,” said Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google.  “We continue to be excited about the growth in our advertising and emerging businesses.”

It will be interesting to see what Google has to say for themselves when they talk earnings at 4:30.

The call will be live, above.

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GOOG Watch: What to expect from Google’s third-quarter earnings call

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Google is set to report its third-quarter financial results today after the market closes at 4pm EST. The tech juggernaut has been extremely busy, recently making a few acquisitions, facing regulatory challenges in Europecompeting with Amazon and preparing for new hardware releases. Yep, the internet’s reigning search king definitely had its hands full this past quarter. Hoping to make things a little easier to follow, we’ve put together a quick overview of a few key items that may come up during today’s big call.

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Google finally announces Motorola-made Nexus 6

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Today, Google announced its highly anticipated Nexus 6 smartphone and as anticipated the Motorola-made device will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop. The biggest Nexus phone yet, this purebred Android handset packs a massive 5.96-inch 1,440 x 2,560 display, a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, an Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB of RAM, a 3,220mAh battery, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter.

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Latest Google Glass update allows automatic display of phone notifications

Google has announced that Glass owners will soon be able to immediately view any notification from their Android phone using a new feature, Notification Sync.

Max sent you a WhatsApp message, marycam81 tagged you in a photo, your Lyft has arrived… these are just some of the reasons for pulling out your phone. You want to know about the things that matter to you, but you don’t want to be distracted by your phone when you could be enjoying the moment.

Today we’re launching Notification Sync on Glass, which means you can see your Android phone app notifications at a glance … 

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Google posts Android L casting tease video, “Sweet: Coming Soon” (update: extended video)

Sundar likes sweets. Lollipops too? Tomorrow’s supposed to be the big day, but we can’t avoid some of the hidden gems lurking in this teaser.

Here’s Android Lettuce hoping to get the call. Do you see him?

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Also, gotta love the shot of all the previous Android versions sitting on the table with a batch of Easter eggs set in the mix. Easter eggs by the Easter eggs!

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We’re pulling for a dark horse like Lava Cake or Lady Finger, but those are less likely to happen. One particular editor has his money on Lima Bean, but that guy is just a crazy dreamer. Be sure to let us know what you think Google has planned for Android 5.0.