beta Stories June 10, 2016

GOOG: 719.41

-9.17
Messaging apps are among the most important — and indeed most used — by millions and millions of users every day, so it is only logical for them to implement new features as they evolve.

WhatsApp, despite being used by over a billion users, has remained a fairly simplistic chat app over the years, but things seem to be changing…

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beta Stories May 19, 2016

GOOG: 700.32

-6.31

The Play Store is adding a few features for both developers and users. Betas are now easier to find and join from the Play Store with Google even highlighting beta apps in a new Early Access section. The store also has new smart collections for tasks that require a combination of apps.

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

beta Stories April 11, 2016

GOOG: 736.10

-3.05

After first planning to launch the app during Google I/O 2015 and changing its mind at the last minute, Google has finally launched Voice Access in beta, a new accessibility app that allows users to control their phone using their voice. With Voice Access, you can use a wide variety of voice commands like “open Chrome” to bring up the browser or “go home” to go to the home screen…

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beta Stories April 4, 2016

GOOG: 745.29

-4.62

Latest Nova Launcher beta introduces ‘Night Mode’, more search bar choices

Nova Launcher is easily one of the best launchers available for Android right now. That’s mostly thanks to the fact that you can change virtually any part of the Android user interface. Whether you want to download custom icon packs, change their size, change the home screen, folder or app drawer layout, it can do virtually anything. And the latest beta version adds a couple of new, welcome additions.

beta Stories March 28, 2016

GOOG: 733.53

-1.77

Google is today showing off redesigned apps for its AdWords advertising service that it says bring a completely reimagined experience based on user feedback.

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beta Stories March 24, 2016

GOOG: 735.30

-2.76

First look at gameplay from the upcoming Pokémon Go Android game

After announcing a deal in September to produce a Pokémon Go games with Nintendo and Alphabet-owned Niantic, the Pokémon people are today showing a little more about how gameplay will work and giving us a first look at the title coming to both Android and iOS devices.

The game uses augmented reality features to blend real world objects and locations with the gameplay, and the company today gave the run down and a look at how exactly that will work:

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