HTTPS now a ranking signal for Google

Google has been talking about the benefits of HTTPS a lot in recent months, and now it is giving webmasters another big reason to use the technology.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition retired, GPe line’s future in doubt

With once-booming rumors of a Nexus family reshuffling or outright extinction officially quashed, the biggest, most difficult-to-answer question regarding Google’s hardware future involves the GPe series. And since Google Play edition devices started disappearing without a trace a little while back, it seems logical to assume the end is near.

Google Now Launcher adds support for more devices

A small update rolled out for the Google Now Launcher last week. The app itself remains largely unchanged, but a couple of interesting modifications to the launcher’s compatibility listings on Google Play have been observed.

Google Nexus 9 is in the air as Play Store slowly runs out of Nexus 7 2013 stock

Could it be bye-bye Nexus 7 2013 at last? In all truthfulness, we’d hate it if the 7-inch budget champ would be discontinued. Sure, it lost a big chunk of the mojo it launched with back in July 2013, but it’s still pretty fly for a $215 tablet.

Google’s barge plans come to a close

After selling an unfinished barge located in Portland, Maine, it appears Google will be leaving its barge ambitions behind.

Half of link removal requests have been granted by Google

Actual numbers are finally being attached to the European “right to be forgotten” ruling that lets regular people ask Google and other search engines to remove links to some search results. Since Google created a form for people to use when requesting that a link be taken down, over 91,000 requests have been made. Some of the requests dealt with multiple links, and so the total number of search links affected by those requests is actually 328,000.

Google X gathers health data, wants to improve lives

Another Google X project is underway and it is completely different than consumer-facing projects like Glass. This time, the Google X team is enlisting the help of scientists to determine what a perfectly healthy human actually looks like, and the team is collecting data from hundreds of people to find that out.

Multiple Google Play edition devices vanish into thin air, Android Silver nigh?

The future of the Nexus family is settled once and for all, despite no N5, N7 or N10 sequels being on the horizon. But Google’s straightforwardness hasn’t extended to the rumored Android Silver program yet. Or to Google Play Edition devices, stuck in limbo for the time being.

Google launches “Smarty Pins” geography game

For people who need to brush up on their geography or simply want to have a little trivia fun, Google has launched Smarty Pins. The Smarty Pins game combines trivia questions with Google Maps, and it asks users to drop a pin on the location that corresponds with a certain factoid. The goal of the game is to move through as many questions as possible before reaching 1000 miles, the total number of miles your pins can be away from the correct location.

MediaTek hops on Android One bus to help make sub-$100 Nexus-like devices real

One of the least publicized but most relevant Google I/O software announcements has seen a program called simply Android One go official, courtesy of which Big G intends to bring stock versions of its OS in a timely fashion to dirt-cheap smartphone users in emerging markets.

Google Drive for business with unlimited storage now costs $10 a month, per user

Google I/O came with a handful of important announcements related Google and its services. It’s not just about the smartwatches running on Android Wear, or the upcoming Android L release, Google also launched Drive for Work, which give businesses some exciting new features, as well as improved security.

Samsung’s first Android Wear smartwatch expected on display at Google I/O

As Google polishes its next (and possibly final) Nexus tablet effort, the developer-focused I/O conference is nearing. And Big G must showcase some exciting new hardware on June 25 and 26. The N9 is but a faint possibility, and so is the N6, while a third-gen N7 or second-gen N10 are even bigger stretches.