YEE-HAW AND HOWDY pardners. In the week when it began to rain Lollipops in earnest, it's time to hit the trail for the Google Round-Up.
Nexus devices have started to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, but it hasn't been plain sailing as many users found their tablets sluggish to the point of unusable afterwards.
The Nvidia Shield tablet became the first non-Nexus tablet to get the nudge, and we found ours was right as rain once it had a couple of reboots.
Note-taking app Google Keep gets a long-awaited update this week which allows collaboration and sharing on notes. The upshot will be that you can now share the shopping list or the chore wheel or hilarious meme in a joint folder.
Google Play Services has received a big jump to version 6.5. The app is not one you'll see in the app drawer, but your phone is too dumb without it as it contains many of the bits of API hocus-pocus that allow everything else to work.
As a result, Google Maps now has an API that will allow users to click through from a location in another app straight through to directions in Google Maps.
Drive has had some work done to make it a bit more battery-friendly, partly through allowing syncing based on battery state and charge level.
Google Wallet now has a 'donate' function for anyone wanting to support a charity or add a 'thanks' button to their site.
Google Fit continues to grow, with added support for multiple sports sessions and more sympathetic recording of when you just have to take a break.
As well as the app specific stuff, Google now allows granular dependencies in order to make apps a bit leaner, as they now need to rely only on parts of a given API, not the whole flippin' lot.
Away from Google Play Services, the big news in Chrome is that version 39 is out, stable and offering a 64-bit experience to Mac users for the first time.
The OS X version is ready for prime time, and at the same time Google patched 42 vulnerabilities, coughing up a cool $41,500 in bug bounties. We've come a long way since Yahoo's bug bounty purple duck.
Finally, the rather gorgeous and long overdue 'Stars' revamp of bookmarks has become standard in Chrome Beta after rolling out as an extension last month.
The improvements are very noticeable. We especially like the fact that the rather drably named 'Bookmark Manager' can now organise your links into categories all by itself if you want it to. µ
Might need to come up with a better name though
There's an app for *that*
American as Apple Spy