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Now you can check out Android apps before installing them

Now you can check out a new Android app before installing it as Google is now building Instant Apps into the Play Store, suggest reports. Users can reportedly tap a "Try It Now" button on app pages and find out if an app is their cup of tea without having to download it first. The number of apps explicitly labelled as Instant Apps-ready is expected to grow before long, reports added.

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Google to pay hackers to find flaws in Android apps

Hackers will be rewarded $1,000 under a bug bounty program by Google if they find bugs in top Android apps including Dropbox, Snapchat, and Tinder, the technology giant has reportedly said. They have to submit their findings to the developers before they can turn in a report to get the reward, say reports. Google is probably hoping to raise the quality of apps in the Play store through this program.

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Google unveils Tez, mobile payments app in India

Technology giant Google has reportedly unveiled Tez, a mobile payments app in India. The new mobile wallet will let users link up their phones to their bank accounts to pay for goods securely in physical stores and online, and for person-to-person money transfers. Tez is launched on iOS and Android in the country and will see Google linking up with several major banks in the country by way of Unified Payments Interface, say reports.

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Google sets Pixel 2 launch event for October 4

Technology giant Google has announced that it will launch its Pixel 2 smartphone on October 4. The new smartphone will have a Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM and ‘squeezable’ pressure sensitive sides, say reports. Pixel 2, which will also be water and dust resistant is said to be coming in both a standard and an XL version, reports further added.

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Google likely to buy HTC's smartphone business: Reports

Reports suggest that technology giant Google may buy HTC's smartphone business which has been struggling for the last few quarters. A Chinese media report said Google may “either become a strategic partner, or outright buy the entire smartphone unit”. However, Taiwanese electronics company HTC's virtual reality business is unlikely to be a part of the deal, say reports.

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Google's parent company Alphabet to form new company

Reportedly Google's parent company Alphabet is set to start a new corporation called XXVI Holdings. According to media reports, this company will take care of the equity of each Alphabet's company's holdings. The company allegedly made a statement that it would help them to operate more efficiently.

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Google removes 300 applications from Play Store

Reportedly Google has removed 300 applications from Play Store as they threatened to hijack devices. According to media reports, the applications were secretly hijacking devices to supply traffic and malware that were hidden inside these apps. Google, in a statement, said 70,000 devices in 100 countries had been affected by these applications and they are currently in the process of removing the applications from the affected device.

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Google Maps to show parking spots

Google on Wednesday reportedly announced an update to Google Maps that will help users find good parking spots in crowded malls and other places. Google Maps will show a new ‘Find Parking’ option when they type a destination. The feature is at present limited to 25 cities in the United States. Additionally, Google also announced that it is bringing the parking difficulty icon as well.

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