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Google CEO talks Android, Nexus program, Apple, and more in rare interview

Google CEO Larry Page thinks that the Android team has done a pretty god job of keeping its partners happy. Considering this is one of the chief concerns for Google and Co., we’d hope for at least some success in this area.

In a lengthy, and rare, interview with Fortune, Larry Page sheds light on a few facets of the Android and mobile space. Topics range from monetizing Android to the Nexus program with a bit of ‘this and that’ sprinkled in for good measure. Oh, and there’s some talk of Apple.

Google releases new Maps API for Android developers

Google announced an update to the Google Maps API which gives developers a better, more comprehensive set of tools to integrate maps into Android apps. It will be easier than ever to insert vector-based maps into applications, according to Google.

Google’s Niantic Labs releases location-based game Ingress

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Google’s Niantic Labs has launched its latest application, a location-based/augmented-reality game called Ingress. Available as a beta-only game at this time, it is inspired by geocaching and looks to split the world into two factions. See, there’s this strange energy force that is found all over the world and, depending on your view, needs to be stopped or spread. Are you part of the Resistance or the Enlightened?

Video, details, and links after the break!

Will Google and Dish Network disrupt wireless industry?

It could be a few years off, but Google and Dish Network may be looking to disrupt the wireless industry. How so? By partnering to launch their own wireless service that will “rival the networks” of dominant players like Verizon and AT&T.

Europe poised to see Google TV music, movies in coming days

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Google TV owners living in Europe ( U.K., France, and Germany) will soon have the ability to download music and movies from Google Play. A post on Google+ tells us that the the features will enabled on November 13 as it finally gets away from being exclusive to the United States.

Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S Factory Images Released by Google

Google has decided it was time to release the source code for a few of their Nexus devices on Sprint and AT&T. Samsung just recently released source for their Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Tab devices. Now its Google’s turn with source codes released for a few of theirs.

Google’s Upcoming Live Stream Event in NYC

Based on limited information from Google so far, the press have been invited to attend a live streaming “event” in New York on October 29th.

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Google Nexus 7 vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD Comparison

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The argument of who has the best $200 tablet has been easily won by the Google Nexus 7 over the Kindle Fire until now with the release of the Kindle Fire HD. From the start we will go ahead and say we still feel the Nexus 7 is the best low budget tablet even with the release of the new Amazon HD but the race is much closer. In fact its down to what you use it for and personal opinion as of yesterday.
Below we will compare some of the major features of each device, mostly from a hardware and overall software stance.

Facebook Employees Being Forced to Use Android App to Speed Up a Fix

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Facebook has been one of the worst when it comes to app development on any platform although the worst is Android. Facebook is now forcing its employees to use the Android mobile Facebook app in an effort to speed up the process of getting a fast, reliable app developed. Their iOS app was just updated yesterday and seems to at least be tolerable at the moment so it seems their focus is Android.

Is Google’s new app policy just a bunch of lip service?

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Remember early this month when Google advised they would be taking a more proactive approach to removing shoddy or spammy apps? Designed to keep the the Google Play Store a little cleaner and more user friendly, this was to be Google’s way of getting in the way of those apps that violate the new terms of service. Executed properly, it would go a long way toward user satisfaction and keep us from seeing look-alike apps or titles with intrusive ads.

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