Android TV is still in its infancy, but now Google has a way to tweak the UI easily without a system update. The Android TV launcher is now in the Play Store, and it apparently comes with some bug fixes.
It would be nice to imagine that we all manage to keep perfect tabs on our staff and never end up wandering around hunting for our keys, purse, wallet, or bag, but for most of us that is just not reality.
There is all too often some kind of distraction and that can be enough for something vital to go missing. Enter Tile to help you find those things in no time flat. Tile is a compact Bluetooth LE device that can be attached to almost anything and then tethered to your phone. When your stuff goes missing you open the Tile app and you find it using a “hot and cold” tracking method on your phone and then trigger an audible alarm on the Tile if you wish.
The app is free, but the Tiles themselves cost $25 each or you can get 4 for $70, 8 for $130 or 12 for $180.
Your phone can be paired with up to 8 Tiles at once, which should hopefully cover pretty much anything you are likely to misplace. As it is dependent on the Bluetooth connection to locate the Tile the operating range is about 100 feet. If you do lose something out of range of Bluetooth then you can check the Tile app to see a map of where your phone was last in contact with your Tile. There is also a feature called “Community Find” that harnesses the power of all the other Tile users to help find your lost item. If anyone running the app passes within range of your Tile when you are searching for it then you will be pinged with the updated location.
Tile isn’t the only competitor in the Bluetooth locator space by any means, we’ve seen two products along these lines from Motorola alone this year. TrackR was another popular crowdfunded locator and there are dozens more on the market now. One feature that Tile lacks compared to some of these competitors is the ability to trigger your phone from the Tile in case you’ve lost your phone nearby. With that said Tile has been widely praised for its reliability overall, which is particularly critical with a device like this that you are relying on when you are paying to save yourself time and hassle.
Have any of you tried a Bluetooth locator yet or picked one up for the holidays?
Do you like side-scrolling? Do you like running? Do you hate the Amazon Appstore? If you answered yes to the preceding questions, get ready to get happy. Halfbrick Studios has released Monster Dash in the Play Store after first debuting it on the Appstore last week. It's got running, shooting, and tons of monsters.
Monster Dash Hits The Play Store After Haunting The Amazon Appstore Last Week was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Although I'm not a to-do list kind of person, I have had to change my habits ever since I became a small business owner and had to manage multiple orders, payments, and responsibilities throughout the day. Todoist became my de-facto solution for various reasons that aren't the goal of this post, but the one aspect of the app that kept nagging me a bit was the lack of Android Wear integration.
Todoist Update Adds Android Wear Support With Voice Commands, Better Rich Notifications, And Task List Management was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
YU, the Micromax sub-brand that has been stirring the news lately thanks to its Indian Cyanogen exclusivity deal and OnePlus One legal action, has just officially launched in India its first smartphone: Yureka, and you could say it has a bit of a God complex.
Yureka, "The Zeus Of Phones," Launches In India With A 5.5" 720p Display, 64-Bit Processor, Cyanogen OS 11, And An 8,999 INR Price Tag was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We’ve shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.MSN Money
Description: Know more about your money with financial data and news from the world’s top sources. Grow your finances with handy tools and calculators, anytime and anywhere.(Playboard) | (Play Store)
Description: Pause is a well-curated music periodical and contains the best music stories, reviews, features, interviews, long reads as well as charts, audio and video from some of the leading music authorities on the web including The New York Times, The Fader, Pitchfork, The Guardian, Dummy, Fact, Vulture, XLR8R, Billboard, Grantland, Rookie and many more.(Playboard) | (Play Store)
MSN Health & Fitness
Description: Access a rich set of tools and content for all your health needs. Find 1000+ exercise and workout videos, nutritional and medical references, and a symptom checker to look up conditions and diets to maintain a healthy lifestyle.(Playboard) | (Play Store)
Yelp for Business Owners
Description: The Yelp for Business Owners app allows you to view important business analytics and connect with customers, including those who have written reviews for your business. Millions of people turn to Yelp every day to make spending decisions.(Playboard) | (Play Store)
Description: Here’s to finding your way no matter where you are. Here’s to embracing the world around you and daring to explore new places without fear of getting lost. Here’s to having the confidence to live your life, because you know exactly where you’re going.(Playboard) | (Play Store)
Description: Access over 150+ leagues and thousands of teams, including NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, MLS, PGA, NASCAR, Formula 1, Cricket, Tennis, International Soccer and more. Get the most recent scores, schedules, standings and more.
Description: Test your drawing skills, while your mind will be carried to an ever-changing computer space made from relaxing elements. Impossible Draw was built upon the basic concept that even the world’s most trivial looking symbol can be challenging if you try to draw it accurately.(Playboard) | (Play Store)
HTC Video Chat Enhance
Description: HTC Video Chat Enhance add Face Tracking and Screen Share to your commonly used video chat apps. Video Chat Controls currently works with Hangouts, Line, ooVoo, Skype, Tango and WeChat.(Playboard) | (Play Store)
Description: Discover new campaigns or keep track of your favorites—anytime, anywhere. Whether you’re interested in the latest wearable devices, new up-and-coming gadgets, or independent films, it’s easier than ever to explore and support your favorite Indiegogo campaigns.(Playboard) | (Play Store)
Description: Get the latest weather conditions, whether you’re hitting the slopes, the beach or simply checking the forecast for your commute. See accurate hourly, 5-day, and 10-day forecasts for wherever you’re going or whatever you’re doing.(Playboard) | (Play Store)
At this point, it’s probably safe to say that the Amazon Fire phone isn’t a runaway hit. Heck, it’s probably not even a regular hit. There are some folks that bought the device, though, and tonight we’ve got some good news for those people.
Updates are now rolling out to both the AT&T version of the Amazon Fire phone and the unlocked flavor, bumping them up to Fire OS 3.6.5 and 3.6.8, respectively. The updates contain the same batch of improvements, which is large in the number and in the scope of new features that they add:
Translate text and identify famous artwork with Firefly
Take the perfect picture with Best Shot
Enable or disable SMS / MMS settings
Select additional keyboard languages
Block unwanted phone numbers
Add custom ringtones to your phone
View more information from the lock screen
Write and edit documents with WPS Office
Connect to a virtual private network (VPN) at work
Sync calendars across Amazon devices registered to your Amazon account
Read your Kindle books in one continuous scroll
Improved battery life
Bug fixes and user interface improvements
There are some biggies included in that list, like the ability to block phone numbers and connect to a VPN. Also included are battery like improvements, bug fixes and UI tweaks, which likely aren’t quite as noticeable but are just as major. If you’ve got an Amazon Fire phone and haven’t yet updated, head into Settings > Device > Install System Updates > Check Now to see if you’ve got this new update waiting for you.
It appears Google really doesn't want to leave any stone unturned when it comes to easing its own apps into material design (no matter how long it may take). The latest to get an incremental refresh is Google Opinion Rewards - the app has been updated with a revised launcher icon (seen in the thumbnail for this post), and a new toolbar inside the app. The icon is a bit closer to material, but doesn't carry the exact same use of shadows as Google's other recent updates.
Google Opinion Rewards Gets A Slight Visual Refresh In Latest Update [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Sony is no stranger when it comes to the wearable tech, often times jumping in head first without really testing the waters. They were one of the first out of the gate with a smartwatch, and more recently, we saw their take on the virtual reality headset with Project Morpheus.
Back when Google Glass was just getting off the ground — and people were still excited about the idea of strapping a computer to their faces — we heard rumors that other manufacturers would soon try their hand at an augmented reality headset.
Sony is now putting these rumors to rest with the announcement of their “Single-Lens Display Module,” a wearable computing device that attaches to existing eye wear, giving it “smart” capabilities. Like Google Glass, Sony’s headset uses a tiny “High-Resolution Color OLED Microdisplay” that brings varying types of visual information front and center to its wearer.
Applications are very much the same as Google Glass, with Sony saying they’re more or less targeting entertainment and/or sports enthusiasts, the latter making more sense given physical activity like biking tends to keep your hands tied. They’re already busy preparing an SDK that developers can use to build apps with Sony saying they’re planning for mass production sometime next year.
We can’t help but notice that, while admittedly more versatile than Google’s implementation, Sony’s headset actually makes the already clunky Google Glass look like a svelte piece of science fiction. What do you guys think? Even if they could drop 10 strokes from your golf game, would you wear these things outdoors?
Sony says they’ll be showing these off during CES 2015 in just a few short weeks time and we’ll be sure to bring you a heads-on.
Borderlands is a phenomenally popular sci-fi shooting series from 2K and Gearbox, now on its third installment. The primary games have been released on PC and consoles, and their fast, twitchy action and high-end graphics are probably still beyond mobile hardware for the moment. But TellTale, point-and-click adventure masters and (just recently) prolific Android game publishers, have brought their own take on Borderlands to the Google Play Store.
Tales from the Borderlands is yet another licensed TellTale game, bringing the company's well-trodden adventure mechanics into the campy, occasionally witty, and ultra-violent sci-fi western world of 2K's shooters.
TellTale Games Continues Its Android Rollout With Tales From The Borderlands, Episode 1 Available Now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Yesterday, Google Cardboard revealed that Maps has a pretty awesome easter egg hidden in plain sight - users can take a look at streetview through Cardboard with a simple tap.
As the gif below explains, users need only double-tap the "look around" FAB in streetview to trigger a stereoscopic view of the location they've looked up.
Google Maps Has A Cardboard-Compatible Trick Up Its Sleeve was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
In a report released today, security researchers claim to have identified a vulnerability in as many as 24 Coolpad devices. The backdoor, which the researchers at Palo Alto Networks call "CoolReaper," reportedly installs adware without user consent or notification. More problematic is the fact Coolpad built the backdoor into the operating systems themselves. The cherry on top is that Coolpad even had the nefarious app impersonate the Google Play Services framework file to avoid alerting users.
Coolpad's Android Devices Have Factory-Installed Backdoor That Impersonates Google Play Services Framework, Says Security Firm was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Trello for Android, a popular task management app that describes itself as "a whiteboard with super powers," got a big update today, introducing the app's "first foray into material design." The update comes with revamped layouts, new navigation paradigms, and tons of aesthetic improvements.
In a post to the Trello blog, Dan Lew explains that the revamp was "a ton of work," noting that not a single corner of the interface went unnoticed - the entire interface was given close inspection with Google's new design philosophies in mind, but Lew stresses that the core experience remains the same.
Trello For Android Takes 'First Foray Into Material Design' With New Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The next release in the well-known SimCity series is available through the Google Play Store, as of December 8th.
The formula here remains unchanged: you are the mayor of your own city and can shape it at your own will by creating buildings, businesses, residential districts, and so forth. Nonetheless, this is all done in “3D-quality graphics” for mobile devices, making it “the most realistic city builder on mobile.”
EA also states in the description, “Pinch, zoom, and rotate 360 degrees as you manage your city on the go — both online and offline,” as if to reassure fans and potential customers that the company has learned from the infamous, always-online DRM, network-related issues of SimCity (2013 video game). The good reviews seem to echo that assertion so far.SimCity BuildIt (Playboard) | SimCity BuildIt (Play Store)
Source: Google PlayFEATURED POSTS
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Remember the not-so-glory days of home computing, when each and every action taken before your operating system booted up was rendered on-screen in glorious greyscale text? Now you can re-live those days (or I dunno, just install a really useful pre-boot tool) with LiveBoot. This customized boot animation with its own configuration tool comes from prolific developer Chainfire, who released a free version with a Pro upgrade into the Play Store.
Chainfire's LiveBoot, Now On The Play Store, Lets Root Users Watch LogCat Output With A Custom Boot Animation was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Without question, the Moto X (2nd Gen) is one of the best Android devices on the market (see our full review) and today, Verizon is making it hard to resist picking up one of these for the holidays.
Previously $100, you can now pick up a brand new, custom Moto X 2014 straight from Motorola’s site for only $50 with a 2-year contract. When purchasing from Motorola, you can actually custom design your own Moto X with a variety of colors, even down to the trim around the logo and speaker grills.
All in all, the deal isn’t a bad one, but keep in mind this is the bare bones 16GB model. If you’re looking for something a little more premium, a wood-backed model with 32GB will take you right back up to $125 with a 2-year agreement. Still not bad if you’re holing onto an upgrade. The deal ends December 31st, so make haste if you’re interested.
[Buy from Motorola: Custom Moto X (2nd Gen) on Verizon]
There's this company that has created these nifty little Bluetooth-powered tags that you can attach to things to help you find them later on. Say you lose you keys all the time, want to be sure you don't misplace your laptop, or can't risk losing your backpack on a college campus—just slap one of these tags up there and you should be good to go. That's the idea behind Tile, whose little Tiles now work with Android.
Tile Comes To Android So That You Never Lose Your Stuff Again was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Amazon is continuing to fiddle with the Fire Phone's software even after it became apparent that the device isn't selling terribly well. An OTA is going out right now to the AT&T and GSM unlocked devices with a ton of improvements to the camera, battery life, lock screen, and more.
Here's the full changelog. It's a big one.
Amazon Pushes A Big Update To The Fire Phone, But You Probably Still Won't Buy One was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
We’re no strangers to tough speakers. G-Project and many other brands have built speakers that can withstand impacts, drops, and even getting run over by a car. However, something I haven’t gotten the pleasure to test so far is a feature that can save a speaker from the one place I’m afraid to take any technology: the water. The G-Project G-DROP is a rugged little speaker that is waterproof and floats on water to provide entertainment everywhere.
Battery life: 6 hours
Connectivity: Bluetooth, 3.5mm aux
Charging port: Micro USB
Dimensions: 4.61 x 2.76 x 4.61 inches
Weight: 0.74 pounds
Where to buy: G-Project Gear
The front of the speaker is very interesting; it consists of a round face with four pegs sticking out. These pegs serve as both feet and control surfaces, with each corner housing its own button. There’s volume up and down, play/pause, and a track skip button. The track skip button is extra awesome to have, as you’ll be using this speaker in the water where you can’t bring your phone. The rubber covering the button bents in with a press.
The left side houses the waterproof door that covers the line in jack and the charging port. The door isn’t easy to get open and closed, but that’s probably a good thing because water won’t get in there. On the left top corner, there is a power button, a Bluetooth button, and an EQ button.
On top there is a hook that you can use with a carabiner to clip this speaker onto your backpack or bag, handy for travel.
The best part about the design is its versatility in positioning. When it stands on its feet, it will direct sound out the front. But it’s also designed to lay on its back, spreading sound in all directions. It’s actually pretty useful to have it on its back in many situations. Plus, with the big buttons on the front, it’s very easy to control.Build quality
This speaker screams G-Project build style. It’s a mostly plastic speaker with rubber over the edges, like the four corners and around the speaker grill. This rubber makes it very easy to grip even when wet and makes for a durable finish, instead of plastic that can scratch or crack. It is a rugged speaker, after all.
The plastic that is exposed is also of a high quality, being very lightweight but strong. G-Project has always used a very nice plastic that doesn’t creak or budge. And the plastic door on the side feels incredibly solid, which is a big plus for something that will be used a lot.
But the biggest draw of this speaker is its waterproof nature. This speaker is IPX7-certified, so it can last for 30 minutes under a meter of water and still play. But considering that it was designed to float, you won’t have to worry about it drowning. A drowning waterproof speaker would suck, wouldn’t it?
This little speaker takes water just as well as it should, playing through drips, splashes, and water pouring all over it. Even water going straight through the grill doesn’t faze it, though the sound obviously changes it. A quick shake dislodges water and brings the audio quality back up. And since it’s designed to be on its back, having it float in a pool is an awesome feature.
It can also withstand dust and sand, which is a big plus. This means you can take it pretty much everywhere. With an operating temp of -24 to 122 degrees, it’ll survive even heavy use. Unfortunately, the rubber does make it hard to keep looking great.Audio quality
For $50 and full waterproofing, you generally don’t expect great audio quality. Outdoor speakers in general tend to trade audio quality for volume. But in classic G-Project fashion, this speaker puts out surprisingly fantastic sound. It gets really loud, enough to fill a room, but stays completely clear until you get to the highest volume. And even then, distortion is minimal.
Since this speaker is made for the outdoors, it gets pretty dang loud. This does come at the cost of a bit of distortion, but the audio stays surprisingly clear even then. And the speaker produces very surprising amount of lows with strong-hitting bass. It won’t shake the surface it’s on, but the lows are deep and pleasant.
For the price, I’m very surprised. It’s a fantastic-sounding speaker.Battery life
The battery life is rated at 6 hours, which is pretty average for a Bluetooth speaker these days. Thankfully, G-Project speakers tend to overshoot their estimates every single time. The G-DROP gave me fantastic battery life given the estimate, so I was very impressed.
However, I’ve been a bit spoiled by speakers lasting 10 hours these days. Most speakers last 10 hours or more, which is awfully useful for someone who uses Bluetooth speakers often. I do understand that weight and price were a big consideration though, so the current battery life is still very good.Other features
The G-DROP has a speakerphone feature, like many modern Bluetooth speakers. Calls are automatically routed through the speaker, and you’ll have to speak through the built in mic. Calls sound great coming in, but the audio going in isn’t very good at all. The mic is apparently not of a very high quality, as people had trouble understanding me unless I spoke up. It might be due to the waterproof aspect.G-Project G-DROP9.5 / 10
The G-Project G-DROP is a fantastic value. Not only do you get a fully waterproof and submersible speaker, but it’s tough in general. And it sounds fantastic given the low price tag. For $50, it simply can’t be beat. I haven’t had the pleasure of using a better $50 speaker than this.
I do wish the battery life was a little better, and the built in mic can stand to be a lot better, but it’s still an amazing speaker. Definitely check it out when you have a chance!
Since the Galaxy S5 LTE-A’s update to Android 5.0.1 was successful, Samsung is going to be updating two of its premier phablets and skipping Android 5.0 altogether. Yes according to a press release from Samsung, The Galaxy Note 4 and its brother The Galaxy Edge will receive the later upgraded version of Lollipop.
When will it happen? There’s been no word about a timeframe when this will happen. It would be a nice Christmas present if we received it next week, or best way to ring in the New Years. We can probably guesstimate it to somewhere within the first quarter of 2015. As a Note 4 user, I am quite excited about it. But until that update happens, enjoy this short video that shows a Note 4 with Lollipop!
Source – Sammobile
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