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FIXD Smart Vehicle Sensor Hits Its Funding Goal On Kickstarter With 12 Days To Go

Android Police - 16 min 42 sec ago

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I hate cars. Not the cars themselves, but all the crazy crap that can go wrong with them. Mostly because I know nothing about motor vehicles, nor do I have any desire to learn. What I do want, however, is to know what's going on with my car (to be fair, I drive a van, but you get the point) when it happens. The stupid glowing orange engine-shaped light tells me nothing, just that something is happening and I should go pay a mechanic some large number of moneydollars to tell me what that is.

FIXD Smart Vehicle Sensor Hits Its Funding Goal On Kickstarter With 12 Days To Go was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Pictures and specs for Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact leak before IFA reveal

Android and Me - 18 min 29 sec ago

Just can’t wait to see what Sony has to unveil at this year’s IFA trade show? Don’t worry, you don’t have to. New information on the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact has surfaced today showing what the two devices will look like, as well as what is stuffed inside.

Thanks to a photograph obtained by Sony Xperia Ailesi, we can expect the Xperia Z3 to come with a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display, a 20-megapixel Exmor R camera with 4k video capture, DSEE HX enhanced stereo speakers, a 2.5GHz quad-core MSM8974AC, 3GB of RAM, 16GB expandable memory, 3100mAh battery and everything needed for the device to be dust proof and water proof. While we only see the device pictured in black, it will also come in white and a new copper color.

In a separate leak from Ausdroid, we get to see the full color range for the Xperia Z3 Compact. The pictures show the Compact in white, green, black and orange, with what looks to be a glass or plastic flat back and translucent plastic sides. According to Ausdroid, you can expect the Z3 Compact to come with the same processor and camera as the Xperia Z3, but with a smaller 2600mAh battery and 4.6-inch 720p display.

Sony still has a lot more planned for IFA, but if this is how they start the day’s announcements, we’re in for a darn good showing.

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Leaked Sony QX1 Gadget Is A Mirrorless Lens Mount For Smartphones, Supporting Sony's E-Series Lenses

Android Police - 1 hour 7 min ago

lensSony's QX100 and QX10 lenses are add-on gadgets that purport to give your phone DSLR-quality imaging capabilities. While the concept of those devices is more interesting than their execution, it looks like Sony is set to change the game with its next version. Photos of the "ILCE-QX1" leaked by Sony Alpha Rumors show what's basically an independent E-mount module, which might just support any of the various Sony E-mount lenses already on the market.

Leaked Sony QX1 Gadget Is A Mirrorless Lens Mount For Smartphones, Supporting Sony's E-Series Lenses was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Paranoid Android 4.6 Beta 1 Adds Colorful Dynamic System Bars

Android Police - 1 hour 21 min ago

bubThe first beta of Paranoid Android 4.6 has been made available for download and it includes a feature the team has been working on for some time. Dynamic System Bars (DSB) allows the status and navigation bars to match the action bar color in apps. If you've ever used the Tinted Status bar mod for Xposed, this is a similar idea.

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The developers are careful to point out this feature is still in need of tweaking.

Paranoid Android 4.6 Beta 1 Adds Colorful Dynamic System Bars was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Sony Xperia Z3 And Z3 Compact Supposedly Leaked Ahead Of An IFA Reveal, Photos And Specs Included

Android Police - 1 hour 42 min ago

Xperia-Z3-Compact-inferiorIt's been less than six months since Sony announced the top-of-the-line Xperia Z2 back at Mobile World Congress, but it looks like the company may be ready to release yet another iteration at IFA in Berlin. A Facebook fan page (reported by the reliable XperiaBlog) posted photos of what looks a lot like the next Xperia superphone, the Z3. A sticker on the device includes specifications, though there's no way to confirm them.

Sony Xperia Z3 And Z3 Compact Supposedly Leaked Ahead Of An IFA Reveal, Photos And Specs Included was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



[Deal Alert] Anker 40W 5-Port USB Charging Station Discounted To $19.99 On Amazon With Coupon Code

Android Police - 1 hour 51 min ago

AnkerThumbIf you want to charge all the things in one spot, you're probably going to need more USB ports. Today we've come across an Anker 40W USB charging station rocking five of them. We previously pointed one of these out back at the beginning of this year, and this model is just like that one, only better. Rather than 25W, we're looking at 40.

Since this model spits out more juice, the price is slightly higher.

[Deal Alert] Anker 40W 5-Port USB Charging Station Discounted To $19.99 On Amazon With Coupon Code was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Save Up To 85% On Over 1,000 Educational Books With Today's Amazon Goldbox Deal

Android Police - 1 hour 54 min ago

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Look, educational books can be expensive. When you decide to learn something new – either on your own or in school – you have to dig in, which oftentimes means buying books on the subject. Amazon wants to ease the pain for both students and self-teachers with today's Goldbox Deal, where you'll find upwards of a thousand different titles in a variety of topics. It's worth noting that these are Kindle editions, so if you're a physical book kind of person, you're out of luck.

Save Up To 85% On Over 1,000 Educational Books With Today's Amazon Goldbox Deal was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Facebook Becomes First Non-Google App To Hit 1 Billion Installs In Play Store

Android Police - 1 hour 57 min ago

fThe Facebook Android app is hugely popular whether you like it or not (I'm assuming you don't). The social network is already the largest online community in the world, but now Zuckerberg and company can add another feather in their collective hat—Facebook for Android is the first non-Google app to reach 1 billion downloads in Google Play. Are the end times at hand?

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Facebook is even outpacing several of Google's own apps like Chrome, Hangouts, and Google Search (I don't even know how that's possible).

Facebook Becomes First Non-Google App To Hit 1 Billion Installs In Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Google plans to update Android Wear watches early and often; first roadmap of features outlined

Phandroid - 2 hours 22 min ago

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One of Google’s visions with Android Wear was to provide a platform that would allow everyone to get timely updates no matter which device they bought. They’ve gone as far as mandating a block on deep customization by OEMs, effectively eliminating the possibility of OEMs using custom skins that might hold updates back.

All of that is because Google obviously wants to grow the Android Wear platform fast in its infancy. Engineering director David Singleton spoke to CNet about future upgrade plans, noting that they want the updates to be both plentiful and fast. Going into detail, Google mentioned one of the first things they wanted to implement is support for GPS without the need to pair to an Android phone. This is certainly an important factor for the horde of smart watches with 3G radios we’ll eventually see.

Google also mentioned adding support for pairing a Bluetooth headset directly with a smart watch, so you can listen to tunes that are loaded up on the smart watch itself or from a streaming app. Rounding the list of things they want to do is an API for custom watch faces. For the more immediate future, Google says an incoming update this week will improve voice commands and the navigation experience.

Google didn’t go into grave detail about much else, though we’re sure they have many more features lined up to help push Android Wear to the next level in a few short months. Let us know what you’d eventually like to see in the comments below.

BSkyB NOW TV Media Streaming App Gets Chromecast Support

Android Police - 2 hours 27 min ago

NowTVThumbBSkyB is more than happy to offer TV shows, movies, and sports to people living in the United Kingdom and Ireland who are willing to pay. Now the company has bundled Chromecast support into the latest version of its mobile apps. This way customers can take the content they were used to watching on their TVs before switching over to phones or tablets and put it right back on their TVs.

BSkyB NOW TV Media Streaming App Gets Chromecast Support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Google Engineer: Support For GPS Hardware And Bluetooth Headphones Is Coming To Android Wear

Android Police - 2 hours 40 min ago

LG-G-WatchAs a platform, Android Wear is in its infancy. Even Google itself is still figuring out some of the applications and limits of Android in a wrist watch form factor. But that's not stopping them from adding in a bunch of goodies, even at this early stage. Google's Director of Engineering for Android Wear David Singleton spoke with Cnet on the subject, and let loose a few snippets that should excite Wear fans.

Google Engineer: Support For GPS Hardware And Bluetooth Headphones Is Coming To Android Wear was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



LAST CHANCE! Spigen Galaxy S5 Tough Armor Bundle $49% OFF (Deal of Day)

Android Guys - 2 hours 47 min ago
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If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy S5 and are looking for a great deal, jump on this one. The limited time bundle pricing expires September 4!

Looking to protect your Samsung Galaxy S5 but don’t wanna smash your piggy bank in the process? Swing by deals.androidguys.com and pick up the Spigen Tough Armor Bundle! Priced only $37.99 right now, it’s just about half off the normal price and it’s got everything you’ll need.

The new Air Cushion Technology corners reduce the thickness of the case while providing optimal protection for your device from those rough drops and scratches that usually sends a phone straight to the graveyard.

 

The Included S5 GLAS.t Nano screen protector has rounded edges for better durability and a hard coated screen for extreme scratch resistance (8H-9H) that will have absolutely zero touchscreen interference.

You’ll not only have a solid protective case for the outside shell you will also get a screen protector and a cleaning kit.

  • One (1) Metal Slate Tough Armor Case
  • One (1) GLAS.t NANO SLIM Tempered Glass Screen Cover
  • One (1) LCD Cleaner Set – Includes Liquid Spray LCD Cleaner, Microfiber Cloth & Squeegee

Make sure to bookmark the deals page as there is new stuff added on an almost daily basis!

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Have you seen today's Deal of the Day? It's insane!

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Bring! Shopping List Comes To Android, Complete With Wear Support

Android Police - 2 hours 59 min ago

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One of the biggest issues my wife and I have is remembering what to get at the grocery store. We've tried shared spreadsheets, various list applications, and jotting stuff down on paper. Nothing sticks. We either forget to do it or just don't want to deal with hassle (thus is the case with most apps). Bring! may change that. Hopefully, anyway.

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Basically, it's a super simple, and seemingly intuitive shopping list app.

Bring! Shopping List Comes To Android, Complete With Wear Support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Ouya May Be Throwing In The Towel As It Reportedly Begins Acquisition Talks With Chinese And US Firms

Android Police - 3 hours 13 min ago

nexusae0_Ot_thumb1_thumbThe low-cost Ouya game console got a big start a few years back when it raised more than $8 million on Kickstarter. When the console actually came out in mid-2013, the results were less than impressive. Ouya has gone through a number of changes since then, but now Recode is reporting that it has entered acquisition talks with a number of companies in the US and China.

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Ouya reportedly feels cashing out is a better option than raising additional money to continue on its own.

Ouya May Be Throwing In The Towel As It Reportedly Begins Acquisition Talks With Chinese And US Firms was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



The Beautiful Design Summer 2014 Collection on Google Play

Android Developers Blog - 3 hours 37 min ago
Posted by Marco Paglia, Android Design Team

It’s that time again! Last summer, we published the first Beautiful Design collection on Google Play, and updated it in the winter with a fresh set of beautifully crafted apps.

Since then, developers have been hard at work updating their existing apps with new design ideas, and many new apps targeted to phones and tablets have launched on Google Play sporting exquisite detail in their UIs. Some apps are even starting to incorporate elements from material design, which is great to see. We’re on the lookout for even more material design concepts applied across the Google Play ecosystem!

Today, we're refreshing the Beautiful Design collection with our latest favorite specimens of delightful design from Google Play. As a reminder, the goal of this collection is to highlight beautiful apps with masterfully crafted design details such as beautiful presentation of photos, crisp and meaningful layout and typography, and delightful yet intuitive gestures and transitions.

The newly updated Beautiful Design Summer 2014 collection includes:

Flight Track 5, whose gorgeously detailed flight info, full of maps and interactive charts, stylishly keeps you in the know.

Oyster, a book-reading app whose clean, focused reading experience and delightful discovery makes it a joy to take your library with you, wherever you go.

Gogobot, an app whose bright colors and big images make exploring your next city delightful and fun.

Lumosity, Vivino, FIFA, Duolingo, SeriesGuide, Spotify, Runtastic, Yahoo News Digest… each with delightful design details.

Airbnb, a veteran of the collection from this past winter, remains as they continue to finesse their app.

If you’re an Android designer or developer, make sure to play with some of these apps to get a sense for the types of design details that can separate good apps from great ones. And remember to review the material design spec for ideas on how to design your next beautiful Android app!.


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The Meizu MX4 Flagship Has A 5.36-Inch Screen From Sharp, A 20.7MP Camera From Sony, And An OS That's Totally Not From Apple

Android Police - 3 hours 41 min ago

$_57Chinese manufacturer Meizu has unveiled its latest flagship device, the MX4. It's a high-end, 5.36-inch phone that spares no expense in some components, but seems to go a little down market in others. The 4th-generation MX4 will be available later this month in China starting at 1800 Yuan (about $290) for the 16GB version, with the 32GB and 64GB versions going for 2000 and 2400 Yuan, respectively. eBay and other official import shops are pre-selling the 16GB model for $449.99.

The Meizu MX4 Flagship Has A 5.36-Inch Screen From Sharp, A 20.7MP Camera From Sony, And An OS That's Totally Not From Apple was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



ASUS to undercut competition with sub-$199 price point for ZenWatch Android Wear smart watch

Phandroid - 3 hours 50 min ago

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ASUS is often a brand you can count on to deliver lower prices while still offering a good deal of quality. They could be looking to continue that trend with their Android Wear-based ZenWatch smart watch. CEO Jerry Shen confirmed to FocusTaiwan that the company would be looking to target a price tag beneath $199. This would effectively make it the cheapest Android Wear smart watch on the market as the cheapest available right now is Samsung’s Gear Live ($200).

Unfortunately we don’t know much else about the device, though Shen mentioned you could use it by itself or with an Android phone if you so choose. We’re not sure if that’s a tip to possible 3G radios, but the CEO did make it a point to mention that the device would enable the user with more features when paired.

Beyond that, what we’re to see once ASUS takes to Berlin tomorrow is still up in the air. We know the smart watch most certainly won’t be circular if their latest teasers are anything to go by, though whether or not that’ll matter more than its attractive price tag remains to be seen. We’ll be a lot more knowledgeable at some point tomorrow.

[Deal Alert] 'GUI Design For Android Apps' Kindle Edition eBook Currently Free On Amazon ($30 Savings)

Android Police - 4 hours 15 min ago

bookIn addition to the exhilaratingly named "Android Application Development for the Intel Platform" book that we pointed our eyes toward yesterday, the equally catchy "GUI Design for Android Apps" is also available on Amazon right this moment for the low, low price of free. The book generally goes for $29.99, but now it's being offered for less than a cent to anyone who's willing to consume it on some sort of device. The paperback version is still going for $26.99.

[Deal Alert] 'GUI Design For Android Apps' Kindle Edition eBook Currently Free On Amazon ($30 Savings) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Meizu officially launches MX4: 5.36-inch 1080p display, 8-core CPU, 20 megapixel camera and more

Phandroid - 4 hours 17 min ago

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Meizu has officially launched their latest flagship smartphone — the Meizu MX4. The device is absolutely ridiculous in the specs department, and it doesn’t look too bad on the outside either. Here’s what you can look forward to should you buy the $300 wonder (currently available for pre-order from OppoMart):

  • 5.36-inch 1920 x 1152 display
  • 2.2GHz MediaTek MT6595 octo-core processor
  • 20.7 megapixel rear Sony camera, 2.0 megapixel front Sony camera
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with Flyme 4.0
  • 3,100mAh battery
  • 144 x 75.2 x 8.9mm, 147g

That doesn’t sound bad at all for $300, right? The phone is machined with an aluminum alloy material, and also has 2.36mm thin bezels — not quite edge-to-edge, but not so shabby, either.

Uortunately the device is already out of stock (not surprising at that price tag), but OppoMart is sure to be getting more in stock in due time. Meizu’s products might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they won themselves a few new fans with this release. The MX4 is set to ship later this month, so let us know if you’ll be looking to purchase one in the near future.

Samsung introduces Swarovski-encrusted Gear S (because crystals make everything look better)

Phandroid - 5 hours 28 min ago

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Swarovski crystals on a smartphone? Meh. On a smart watch? Why, now you’re talking Samsung! The company has introduced a version of the Samsung Gear S that has Swarovski crystals encrusted on the watch band. The new blingage gives the Gear S an eye-catching look, and looks perfect for anyone concerned with style.

The Gear S didn’t need much help on its own with a curved display design that makes it stand out from other smart watches. Samsung says the device is made with a completely new Swarovski product called Crystal Fine Mesh (obviously not to be confused with fine crystal meth).

In case you didn’t catch the news last week, the Gear S is Samsung’s first smart watch with dedicated 3G radios, meaning you can use data and make calls with the device without having to be paired up to a smartphone via Bluetooth. It doesn’t offer much more than that over their other Tizen-based smart watches, though that might be reason enough for someone to throw hard-earned dollars at it.

Samsung didn’t have any pricing info to share, but we at least know you’ll be able to find it on their website and in one of their few Samsung Experience retail stores starting next month. Samsung also let slip that their next flagship device will also see some Swarovski love, and we’re all but certain they’re talking about the Galaxy Note 4. We should be hearing a LOT more from the South Korean company tomorrow.

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