G Suite Managers can now administer Android Wear devices for devices using Android Wear 2.0 and later.

As strange as it may sound, a wearable device is a great match in many industries. Being able to see notifications while your hands are full or dirty may sound trivial, but in practice, it makes a smartwatch worth whatever other headaches are involved. Google apparently agrees, because now G Suite managers can manage Android Wear 2.0 devices.

Ausdroid reports that IT managers will be able to use Google’s Mobile Management tool to remotely wipe watches (you know, for all the Privacy Act data you keep synchronized to your watch) and to force employees to use a PIN for unlocking the watch. Managers will also be able to install corporate applications on all the company’s watches.

Administrators will also be able to ensure the OS and all applications running on all corporate watches will be up to date, and users will be prompted to install the Google Apps Device Policy application onto the watch when a corporate account is added to a watch. The new tools and features should be fully rolled out over the next few days.

Do you think your organization would benefit from the new administration tools? Let us know down below!

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The latest version of Google Maps makes Oreo’s PiP actually usable and adds other news features.

While Google Maps added support for Android Oreo’s Picture-in-Picture mode a few weeks ago, it wasn’t actually any good. Users reported rendering issues and application crashes, prohibiting the PIP experience. That has been fixed with the latest update to Google Maps.

Android Police reports that Google Maps 9.60 has fixed the previous issues with PIP, meaning all Android Oreo users will now be able to take advantage of the feature. Update: kolyan2k in the comments section has pointed out the feature appears to be tied to a server-side roll out.

Also spotted in the update file were references to a new “personal notes” feature. This would presumably allow users to jot down specific information for a location, such as a gate code, that you wouldn’t want to share with the general public or save in a permanent Google Keep note. Another feature will allow business owners to publish events through the smartphone app. Owners can already put events information in Maps via the website, but being able to publish events through the app would be great for adding or changing events quickly.

The one (possible) feature that I’ll be most excited for is shortcut support. Rather than dig through the hamburger menu every time one opens the Maps application, users would be able to pin shortcuts to a specific location in the interface to save a few seconds. Another cool feature will allow for restaurant goers to add photos and reviews of their food dishes, with a basic rating system consisting of a thumbs up. Hopefully, Google fleshes that out before launch, with a 1 to 5 scale to let users know about “meh” food offerings. Google Maps 9.60 is rolling out to users now.

Have you received the latest Google Maps update? Let us know down below!




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Do you need a Viveport Subscription in your life?

Instead of buying every VR game with a cool description, HTC is now making it possible to try out a bunch of games at once through a Viveport Subscription. There’s a lot to like about being able to play more VR games, but there are some big questions that need answers before you dive in and get playing. Here’s everything you need to know about Viveport subscriptions before clicking that sign up button.

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Google is making it easier to find phones that are certified to run the Play Store.

Google has always had a certification process for manufacturers in order to bundle its services, collectively called Google Mobile Services — which include the Play Store, Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Photos, Maps, and Drive. The company is now rolling out a new initiative called “certified Android devices,” which as the name suggests highlights all the manufacturers that are certified by Google to bundle apps like the Play Store on their devices.

Devices certified by Google will now carry the Play Protect branding on the retail box. Play Protect is Google’s new security suite, and it leverages machine learning to weed out malicious apps by regularly scanning and verifying apps on customers’ phones. The feature itself has been present since the Jelly Bean era as verify apps, but with Play Protect Google is making the information more consumer-friendly.

By rolling out the Play Protect branding, Google is making it easier for customers to find devices that have been certified by the company. This isn’t a problem in Western markets, but in developing countries like India, it’s harder to determine if a device by a particular company is certified by Google or if it’s running a forked version of Android.

To that effect, Google is making its list of device partners and ODMs available in Hindi. Google is also advocating the benefits of Play Protect in Hindi to better inform customers that such a feature exists:

Google provides certification for Android devices to make sure users receive secure and stable experiences. We work with manufacturers across the globe to run hundreds of compatibility tests that ensure devices adhere to the Android security and permissions model. These tests also verify that the Google apps pre-installed on devices are authentic, and that apps from the Play Store can work as intended.

Certified devices also come with Google Play Protect (हिंदी में) out-of-the-box, providing users with a suite of security features that include automatic device scanning for malware. This provides baseline protection against malware, privacy hacks and more.

Unsure if your phone is certified by Google? Head to the Play Store -> Settings -> scroll down to the Device certification status to find out.




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Having access to your favorite content is now as simple as using a USB stick.

Littlstar VR isn’t a new app to enter the PlayStation VR sphere. It’s been here for months already, delivering some awesome videos. Now the developers have gone above and beyond to bring you the type of features that are pretty exciting. They’ve increased their versatility in which videos can be played from within the app, along with adding USB support. You read that right, you can now load up your favorite VR movies on a USB stick, and then open and watch them from inside Littlstar VR.

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