Android Experiments winners include an autonomous tracking robot, notification cards game and 3D controller

A couple of months ago, Google launched an Android Experiments competition. Three winners would win a trip to this year’s Google I/O conference, including a ,000 budget towards lodging and food, while five runners-up would each receive a Nexus 6P. Google has now announced who those winners are, and updated its Experiments page with the winning projects…

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Samsung patent hints at updated Gear VR headset with position tracking and eye tracking

Even though Google’s new Daydream VR platform has impressed us, there’s still no doubt that Samsung’s Gear VR headset is one of the best on the market today, even if it only works with Samsung’s devices. However, it still faces many of the same issues that all other mobile VR platforms face, most notably the lack of position & facial tracking. However, now it seems that Samsung is working on adding that functionality to an updated version of its headset.

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Google+ adds new Insights feature for quickly tracking overall reach & influence on the platform

Google’s Daniel Raynaud today announced a new quick dashboard for Google+ Web that makes it easier to track your follows, post views, comments, +1s, and more. The feature, dubbed Insights, is available to everyone starting this evening.

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Former Google X company Verily’s health tracking watch is now a real, working prototype

While Google is rumored to be prepping up to two new in-house made Android Wear smartwatches — which may or may not be featured in next week’s event — a spinoff of Alphabet‘s former Google X named Verily is still actively working on its health-tracking watch (via MIT Technology Review), which is slowly advancing towards being a finished product…

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Longtime Google search head Amit Singhal joins board of smart fitness tracking startup

While still in retirement, Google’s former head of search Amit Singhal is joining the board of GOQii, a smart fitness startup that has already launched in India. Unlike other fitness competitors, GOQii is more focused on selling a personal coaching service than actual hardware.

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Google makes its expanded ad tracking opt-in, launches new ‘My Activity’ site

By default, ads shown on Google sites are tailored based on previous searches, watched YouTube videos, and more Google-related history. Now, Google is rolling out (via Wired) a new opt-in setting that will apply the same personalization to ads seen on third-party sites. Additionally, a new My Activity tool shows a combined timeline of previously visited websites, voice searches, and more.

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