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No, Android phone makers don't pay Google licensing fees to use Google apps

But Android's subtle shift away from open-source is still a touchy subject.

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Beats Music doubles trial period after first week sign-up snags

The new mobile-focused music subscription service wasn't quite ready for its popularity out of the gate.

Google adds pop-up website bios to search results

A new feature dishes out details about major sites before you follow that link.

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Here's what Windows Phone's rumored digital assistant needs to win you over

Odds are, you're not using Windows Phone. If the forthcoming voice assistant is good enough, maybe you will.

Google taps YouTube to rate ISP video quality performance

Is your streaming video chugging because your router sucks or your ISP sucks? Google wants to answer that very question.

on pcworld.com

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I talked with 5 diabetics and they want Google's smart contact lenses, STAT!

There's no question about it: Diabetics are excited about the prospect of a tiny little contact lens simplifying their lives.

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Tech patent leader remains IBM, but Google accelerates

IBM acquired more U.S. patents than any other company for the 21st year in a row. But Google has quickened its patent pace and climbed to No. 11 in the rankings.

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New API will simplify Google Drive integration with Android apps, says Google

Developers can now test a preview of the Java-based Drive Android API.

on pcworld.com

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Code suggests more fitness tracking features headed to Android

Code for an unannounced Android Fitness API suggests that Google is looking to jump on the activity-tracking trend sweeping tech.

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Googly eyes: Smart contact lens would test glucose in diabetics' tears

Google Projects just announced a new breakthrough in medical tech: A smart contact lens that monitors diabetics' glucose levels without painful finger-pricks.