T-Mobile is currently pushing out an over-the-air update to its version of HTC's flagship phone that bumps the software up to Android 4.4.4. Interestingly enough, getting the latest version of KitKat isn't the highlight of this release. This OTA also comes with the suite of features bundled together as the HTC Eye Experience, which the manufacturer detailed in a selfie-themed event where it unveiled the Desire EYE.
The Eye Experience, which we've previously detailed more in-depth, introduces numerous features that range from useful to just plain gimmicky.
T-Mobile HTC One M8 Receives OTA Update With Android 4.4.4 And Eye Experience was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Remember when Google purchased Songza, the company, service, and app that was hitherto a minor player in the streaming music marketplace? Today Songza's primary differentiating feature, playlists that are matched to a "mood" or situation, is being integrated into Google Play Music's subscription service.
[Update: APK Download] Google Throws Songza Contextual Playlists Into Play Music's Material Design Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Nexus 9′s retail debut is still a few weeks out, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait that long to watch the first hands-on video of Google’s latest Nexus tablet. S Channel managed to spend some quality time with the Nexus 9 and put together a three and a half minute video that shows off the tablets design and what Android 5.0 Lollipop looks like on an 8.9-inch device.
We know quite a few of you are bummed that Google isn’t putting out a new 7-inch tablet this year, but we feel the Nexus 9 may be the perfect size now that the average smartphone isn’t much smaller than a 7-inch device.
App developers will want to get their hands on the latest collection of icons Google just open-sourced. Below is a download link to a pack of 750 different icons for use in apps, the mobile web and, well, whatever else you can think of. Many of the icons are featured throughout Android 5.0 Lollipop as part of Google’s Material Design makeover so your apps won’t look out of place when trying to keep up with the Joneses.
Here’s a quick list of what to expect from this huge pack of icons:
And below you’ll find a quick preview of some of the many icons available for use:
Looking quite good to me. Be sure to give it a download and use them in your apps and websites as soon as you can, because it won’t be long before the first Android 5.0 devices hit the market.
JuiceSSH has hit the big 2.0, and to celebrate this occasion, developer Sonelli packed in a few extra changes and perks to get this party pumpin' (okay, that's probably not exactly the way the developmental process progressed, but this version of events just sounds juicier). This release brings in a vibrant UI redesign, one that gives terminal users transparent system bars. Folks can switch the color of this new layout by changing the theme, which they no longer need to be a pro user to do.
JuiceSSH 2.0 Update Brings Big UI Overhaul, Transparent System Bars, PIN Unlock, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Yetserday, I had an opportunity to meet with Oculus VR at one of the company's numerous offices in Irvine, CA to discuss the company's partnership with Samsung on a piece of hardware you're likely away of by now: Gear VR Innovator Edition.
Gear VR is, for all intents and purposes, the first consumer product to ever bear the Oculus name. The company's various developer kits have never been marketed to consumers (even if some consumers do buy them), and even this new Samsung gizmo isn't going to be heavily distributed or broadly-targeted.
A Sit-Down With Oculus And Samsung Gear VR - An Unlikely Match That May Just Work was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
With the Nexus 9 tablet set for its retail debut on November 3, Amazon has geared up to offer quite a few accessories along side it. The HTC Keyboard Folio case is certainly the most interesting (and expensive) of the the bunch, offering an NFC-paired Bluetooth keyboard with five months of battery life on a single charge. If you’re not really the productive type, you might want to check out the Nexus 9 Magic Cover, which magnetically connects to the front or back of the tablet and allows it to be propped up in two different angles. The Magic Cover also enables screen wakeup and sleep when the cover is removed from the front of the tablet, and it can even automatically launch the camera app when the flap over the camera is folded down.
If you want something a little cheaper or more traditional, there are also a few third-party accessories for the Nexus 9 listed on Amazon that might better fit your needs.Official Nexus 9 table accessories
You know what the Galaxy S5 needs? More Power! Well, maybe it doesn't need more power, but it's getting more. The company has posted a product page for the Galaxy S5 Plus, a variant of the current flagship that includes a Snapdragon 805 in place of the 801 that powers most current variants.
Samsung Posts Product Page For Snapdragon 805-Powered Galaxy S5 Plus was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Verizon has reported their Q3 2014 financial results, and things seem to be as they should be. There weren’t any new records broken this go ’round like Verizon seems to do every quarter, but they did enjoy steady growth in a couple of different areas. One of those areas is the addition of 1.53 million new retail connections, 1.52 million of which were postpaid accounts.
Phones accounted for just 457,000 of that, while tablets saw huge growth at 1.1 million additions. In all, smartphones accounted for 77% of Verizon’s connections which is no small feat. That brings Verizon’s total up to 106.2 million, with the only other carrier being able to come remotely close being AT&T.
Verizon also recorded an uptick in revenue of 4.3% to $31.6 billion compared to the same quarter a year ago. Wireless was responsible for $21.8 billion of that, and it enjoyed growth of 7%.
The numbers aren’t eye-popping by Verizon’s standards, but good enough to confirm that they’re doing enough right to keep the arrow pointing upward (even if most of that “right” is in sheer network quality opposed to value and customer service).
Google's two-factor authentication system is a great way to keep your email and other accounts safe, especially if you've always got a smartphone (or even a dumb phone) around. Today Google is adding even more options beyond the current phone call, text message, email, and app-based verification. The latest update to the desktop version of Chrome lets you use a USB key as your two-factor security token, ensuring access via both your physical presence and your login password.
Google Adds FIDO U2F Security Key Compatibility To The Two-Factor Login System In Chrome was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Yesterday we reported on the appearance of several redesigned emoji in the keyboard Google's rolling out with Android 5.0. In the piece, I concentrated on the improved consistency brought in by the tweaks. As it turns out, there was one more change hidden in plain sight among the others, and its importance shadows all others. Google has quietly addressed a bug report that has lingered for years.
[Smile, Santa] Google Resolves Issue #41827, The Most Jarring Issue In The Android Bug Tracker For The Past Two Years was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Do you have what it takes to make the next Flappy Bird? If you’re on the brink of greatness with your game idea but need a nudge to get over the creative hump, this deal is tailored to fit your needs. The Name Your Own Price Game Design Bundle will help you learn the ropes, design stimulating games, and put you on a path to achieving your goals.
The Name Your Own Price concept is simple: You decide what you want to pay for an individual course and if you pay more than the average price, you’ll unlock the bundle and receive all 4 courses! These programs are put together by world class instructors and have been curated to help you accomplish your development dreams. We’re talking hundreds of lectures and countless hours of quality content. You’ll learn everything you need to craft your masterpiece from scripting and sound design to 3D drawing and gamification. The best part is that you’ll also be helping a good cause. You get to choose between three charities (Child’s Play Charity, World Wildlife Fund, and Creative Commons) that will receive 10% of your purchase price as a donation. There’s no reason not to grab this bundle, develop your game, and make a difference!
Check this deal out, and many others at deals.androidguys.com!
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You’ve already pre-ordered your Nexus 9, so why not pre-order the accessories to go with it? Amazon is now listing the keyboard folio case for the tablet that we’ve seen so much of. It’s a little on the pricey side at $129.99, but considering it’s a fully mechanical keyboard, has wireless pairing and looks to be built quite well (it attaches itself to the Nexus 9 using magnets) we imagine it might be well worth it for some of you. The case promises to live for 5 months on a single charge so you won’t have to hook it up to the wall very often. The case also folds to two different angles.
The cheaper case option is the $39.99 Magic Cover, a magnetic slab that can go on the front or rear of the device. It, too, uses magnets, and features smart cover features for automatically waking the display when removed from the front, or automatically launching the camera when the flap covering the camera sensor is removed when attached to the rear. The case folds at 5 different points — one at each corner and straight through the middle — to give you two different viewing angles and to provide for a sturdy prop whenever you are watching video or typing.
The keyboard folio case comes in your standard black, while the Magic Cover can be had in black, coral amethyst, lime stone, and mint indigo. Both are set to ship November 3rd, which is about the same time Nexus 9 units are expected to leave warehouses for those who’ve pre0rdered one. Head to the Amazon links below to order if you’re interested.
If you’re looking for a low-profile case for your Galaxy S5 and don’t want to break the bank, this Jelly Case from Reiko is worth a look. Designed to protect against damage and shock, this Reiko is custom tailored for a perfect fit. For only $5.91 (Prime eligible), this is a nice option for folks looking for a softer slim cover.
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One week after the Eye Experience update started rolling out to unlocked versions of the HTC One (M8), T-Mobile USA has released the update for its version of HTC flagship Android phone. Packed inside the 255MB update, which is version 3.32.531.2, are a plethora of new camera features wrapped around Android 4.4.4. The update takes only we few minutes to download over WiFi or LTE, but be ready to wait a good 10-15 minutes for it to install on your One (M8).
If you have not yet received an update notification on your T-Mobile HTC One (M8), go to Settings > About Phone > Software updates > Check now and you should be prompted to download the update. Let us know how the update process goes and which new Eye Experience features you enjoy the most.HTC Eye Experience
Back in September, we heard Google's official plans to update Android Wear and add more functionality to the platform and its watches. The first update promised to bring GPS and offline music playback capabilities, so that Wear watches could be used without a phone to track activities and listen to tunes via Bluetooth. The second update is supposed to add native support for watch faces. And it looks like LG's G Watch is the first Android Wear device to start benefiting from these additions.
With the upcoming releases of the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google thought it wise to create a nice, simple guide for those compelled to switch from iPhone to Android. It’s no doubt a hard counter to Apple’s similar move when introducing their new bigger iPhones (because bigger iPhones means folks will leave Android in droves, mirite?).
The guide isn’t terribly in-depth, but it does touch on four of the most important things you might want to get situated upon first moving to your new platform. Here’s what it’ll show you:
Of course, there is much more to learn in the vast world of Android and all the greatness that exists within Google Play, but if you aren’t sure where to begin then this wouldn’t be a bad resource to use. We have a feeling you won’t be needing Apple’s guide once you get a taste of what Android has to offer.
Google has been churning out material designed apps pretty regularly since earlier this year. One app that has been left out of the mix has been Gmail, but now we are getting a glimpse of the new Gmail 5.0 to be delivered with Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Gmail 5.0 promises all the Gmail goodness you’ve fallen in love with over the years, plus loads of great new features. One of those features is the ability to handle multiple email accounts. This means you can access your Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, and Exchange email directly from the Gmail 5.0 app. And furthermore Susan, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to learn that all four of them are easily accessed from within the new app.
Check out the onboarding video below for a teaser.
via [Android Police]
We're no strangers to the Nexus 9's Keyboard Folio accessory. After posting an exclusive look at its technical drawings, then seeing it pass by the NCC, we were treated to a few renders along with the Nexus 9's announcement and then spotted it in the flesh in Vietnam. However, if you went to the Play Store expecting to pre-order an HTC Nexus 9 and its case, you must have been disappointed to find out that the latter is still marked as "coming soon".
Nexus 9's Keyboard Folio And Magic Cover Are Now Available For Pre-Order On Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
We recently saw the Google Play Movies and TV app get the material design love and provided a download for those early adopters, and now you can download the Android 5.0 messenger too.
The APK for Android 5.0 Messenger works on Android 4.4.4 and requires no root, so simply download the APK from here, install it, and there you go.
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