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Accessory of the Day: Make any car stereo wireless with this Bluetooth adapter $76.22

Android Guys - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:47am
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Sick of fussing around with an auxiliary cable? Want to just get in the car and have your music and podcasts play without wires? TuneLink Auto is your ticket. Crystal clear sound quality with auto-pair functionality makes this a great option for drivers who want to cut the cord. Bring your car up to date for under $100 (Prime eligible) and enjoy the world of wireless audio.


 

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Google Play Movies & TV Shows updated to version 3.4.23 [APK Download]

Android Guys - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:53am
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The next app to get the material design treatment is Google Play Movies & TV, bringing the version to 3.4.23.

You’ll notice, like many other apps, that the updated Google Play Movies & TV has a new icon, as well as a new splash screen that appears when content is being sent to a Chromecast.

For some reason, the slide-out hamburger menu hasn’t been updated in-line with the same look we’ve been seeing across the other material design apps, since it seems to cover the top part of the title car, using a larger part of the screen. Perhaps this could be to do with using the app on Android TV and the necessary scaling.

Can’t wait to get Google Play Movies & TV version 3.4.23? Download the APK here.

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Check Out Gmail 5.0 For Android And Google's Plan To Handle All Your Email Accounts In One App

Android Police - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:41am

gmGoogle's been updating apps left and right recently to fall in line with its new material design philosophy, and the results have been impressive. There are a few apps it appears Google's saving for the final Lollipop release though - Gmail 5.0 among them.

While we won't be distributing the updated Gmail app until the official update is released, we will be sharing a goody from the new onboarding process, which shows some of the new awesomeness coming to the app in its overhaul.

Check Out Gmail 5.0 For Android And Google's Plan To Handle All Your Email Accounts In One App was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Twitter Client Talon (Classic) Reaches Its Token Limit, Unpublished From Play Store And Going Open Source

Android Police - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:20pm

tThe latest Twitter client to fall victim to Twitter's token limits is the classic version of Talon, which is rather fitting seeing as the new Android 5.0 version of Talon was just released this weekend. In response, the developer has pulled the app from the Play Store so no one else will buy the app and be unable to use it. Maybe now the reasoning for the separate Talon Plus version is starting to make more sense.

Twitter Client Talon (Classic) Reaches Its Token Limit, Unpublished From Play Store And Going Open Source was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Google Adds Optional Rating Filter To Play Store Searches That Limits Results To Apps With 4 Stars Or More

Android Police - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 9:51pm

topic_google_playSearching for an app in the Play Store can be a bit of crap shoot, which is odd when it's run by a search company. Google just added a new filter to the web Play Store that lets you restrict results to only those apps with 4 or more stars. That should clear out a lot of the junk.

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The new filter is in a dropdown at the top of the screen when you limit searches to apps only (I mean apps generally, so games too).

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Android 5.0 Lollipop’s “kill switch” only maims, not kill

Android Guys - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 3:59pm
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It’s fairly safe to say that we’ve all got smartphones now. Perhaps more accurately, we can say that if you are reading this, it is very likely you own a smartphone. Though many of us cycle through mobile phones more often than we change wardrobes, we like to be the one to decide when we change phones. There are few things more annoying than being forced into a new phone because of breakage or theft.

Because more and more of our life data is kept on our phones now, thieves are working harder than ever to obtain our precious data. Software developers, phone manufacturers, and carriers should set ‘protecting user data’ near the top of their priority list.

One of the ways in which phones are protected is through the use of a ‘kill switch.’ Kill switches would basically give a phone owner the ability to either brick their phone (completely wipe the data), or lock down their phone at the press of a button. Locking it down would protect the user’s data, but not delete it, in the hopes the phone could be located and retrieved.

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Users have been able to encrypt the data on their phones for some time. After going through a fairly lengthy encryption process, the data was protected, but only if a thief turned the phone off. When the phone was turned back on, the thief would need to know the password in order to complete the boot-up process. It’s a great feature, but not very many people turn their phones off before they get stolen, and thieves would just be sure to keep their stolen phones powered-up so they could wipe, reset, and resell them. Yeah, I know you set a 4-digit pass-code on your phone, but really, that’s as easy to crack as your glass screen.

Android 5.0 Lollipop introduced a couple features that will help in the case of theft, but there are some wholes that still need to be filled to protect user data.

  1. Encryption – As mentioned above, you’ve been able to encrypt your android phone for a while, but it’s been a manual process through the Security settings. With Android 5.0 Lollipop, encryption is turned on by default.
  2. Kill switch – Android 5.0 Lollipop introduces ‘Factory Reset Protection’ which is supposed to make stolen phones unusable. In this scenario, it would require a unique password (different than your 4-digit pass-code) to unlock the phone. Your data would still be on the phone, but thieves wouldn’t be able to access it, or perform a factory reset.

Users still have the ability to lock or erase their phone remotely using Android Device Manager.

If this isn’t enough to fulfill your security paranoia, there are always Google Play store apps to further protect your precious data.

What features do you think the next version of Android should have to protect user data?

 

 

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[Weekend Poll] What's The Maximum You Would You Be Willing To Pay For A Smartwatch?

Android Police - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 3:17pm

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Android Wear is here, and with it, the second wave of major smartwatches from OEMs are arriving. The G Watch R is the first such device likely to be released, though Sony's Smartwatch 3 will likely be arriving soon as well, as well as ASUS' ZenWatch.

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The general consensus on smartwatch pricing to date from OEMs seems to be around $250 - but how much would you really be willing to pay for a smartwatch that was stylish, functional, and practical?

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Talon For Twitter (Plus) With Material Design UI Now Available For Android 5.0 Devices

Android Police - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:38pm

unnamed (15)Update: the original Talon for Twitter has reached its token limit, making it impossible for new users to sign in. It has been removed from the Play Store and the source code has been published.

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Before we start, let's get something out of the way: Talon For Twitter developer Luke Klinker has elected to separate the Android 5.0 version of the app from the previous version. Owners of Talon won't be getting Talon For Twitter (Plus) unless they pay for it.

Talon For Twitter (Plus) With Material Design UI Now Available For Android 5.0 Devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Stephen Colbert Goes On The Offensive Against Google Search And Fights For Every Inch

Android Police - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 12:05pm

colbertAmerican political satirist and future host of The Late Show Stephen Colbert is five feet, eleven inches tall, ever so slightly taller than the average United States male. Allegedly - we've only got his truthy word for it. So when Colbert Googled himself on the toilet and found that the search engine's automatically-generated answer to the question of his height was a mere 5'10", he became upset. In the way only he can, which is to say, immediately suspecting a conspiracy to bring him down from the lofty height of 71 inches to merely 70.

Stephen Colbert Goes On The Offensive Against Google Search And Fights For Every Inch was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



LG G Watch R First Impressions: Very Good, But Price Will Be Crucial

Android Police - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:28am

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I received my G Watch R on Friday, and after a couple of days, I'm ready to share some of my early impressions.

As the title of this post suggests, we don't know yet just how much LG's newest smartwatch, the G Watch R, will cost. This is a very important question, because so far in my short time with the device, it actually seems pretty good. It isn't without flaws, but LG has probably produced the most serious Android Wear device we've yet seen.

LG G Watch R First Impressions: Very Good, But Price Will Be Crucial was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Verizon’s DROID Turbo appears in yet another leak

Android and Me - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:16am

Motorola’s DROID Turbo has made another appearance in a new image from @evleaks. The DROID Turbo has been the subject of several recent leaks and by now we have a good idea of what to expect. This latest leak confirms the design for us, by giving us a clear picture of the front and the back, as well as both the black and red models that will be available.

We can see that the DROID Turbo is fairly svelte but also large. The black model and the red model appear to have a slightly different back design, with the black model having a section of Kevlar in the center, surrounded by either aluminum or plastic. The red model is covered in wrap-around soft-touch Kevlar.

For a refresher on the specs, the DROID Turbo is reported to have a 5.2-inch QHD (2560×1440) display, 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 21-megapixel rear camera and a 3,900mAh battery. From the looks of it, the Motorola DROID Turbo is going to be a beast of a phone that could set the new standard for flagships in Q4.

Are you looking forward to the DROID Turbo?

[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] The Quick Settings Menu Includes Battery Percentage And A Flashlight Toggle

Android Police - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:10am

batteryA couple of the more popular aftermarket additions to Android have been added in Lollipop's pull-down Quick Settings menu. If you regularly flash a custom ROM or add in a widget from the Play Store for easy access to a battery percentage readout or a flashlight (camera LED) toggle, well, you won't need to in Android 5.0. Both of those functions are available in Quick Settings, as seen on the latest Lollipop Developer Preview on the Nexus 5.

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Google posts fascinating short film about the science behind speech recognition

Android and Me - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:32am

Google started life in 1996 as a search engine that helped us to better explore the Internet with our computers. Fast forward to 2014, and we know Google is pioneering the science behind making it easier to get the information we want in our hands via voice recognition. We don’t communicate with those nearby us by writing or typing, why should we have to type on our devices to get answers to our questions?

In a short film posted by Google on YouTube, the company shares with us many of the challenges they face with speech recognition and language understanding. Our complex brains can automatically perform so many amazing processes that a toddler can learn to understand speech and speak themselves, but it’s a difficult engineering problem to teach a computer to do it. In this very well done video, Google shares with us these challenges and some of the breakthroughs made to improve the technology.

As engineer myself, I find it fascinating to learn about the history, science and progress made with speech recognition. I use speech recognition all the time with my Android Wear watch and Google Now. I really appreciate the technology in how it is making information transfer easier and even safer in some situations. Do you use speech recognition often? Do you find the science behind it as fascinating as I do? Am I just a huge nerd? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] WebView Is Now Unbundled From Android And Free To Auto-Update From Google Play

Android Police - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:30am

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Not all of the changes to Android 5.0 Lollipop are meant to be seen by regular users, but that doesn't make them any less important. One of the core components of the operating system is about to break free from the shackles of firmware updates and join the Play Store and Google Play services in receiving automatic updates directly from Google. As of Android 5.0, the WebView component will be a distinct apk, allowing it to be upgraded separately from the OS.

[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] WebView Is Now Unbundled From Android And Free To Auto-Update From Google Play was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



The FCC's Testing Report On The Nexus Player Is Finished, But It's Still Not Available For Pre-Order

Android Police - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 9:55am

unnamedIn the United States, all electronic devices that use certain wireless radio transmissions, including cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other standards and frequencies, must be approved by the Federal Communications Commission. It's technically illegal for retailers to sell devices that haven't been approved, which is probably why Google had to rapidly remove the Nexus Player pre-order status from the Play Store on Friday. But now the results of the FCC's tests on the Player have been posted to the Commission website.

The FCC's Testing Report On The Nexus Player Is Finished, But It's Still Not Available For Pre-Order was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

Android Developers Blog - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 12:12am

Two more weeks!

By Jamal Eason, Product Manager, Android

At Google I/O last June, we gave you an early version of Android 5.0 with the L Developer Preview, running on Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Android TV. Over the course of the L Developer Preview program, you’ve given us great feedback and we appreciate the engagement from you, our developer community. Thanks!

This week, we announced Android 5.0 Lollipop. Starting today, you can download the full release of the Android 5.0 SDK, along with updated developer images for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), ADT-1, and the Android emulator.

The first set of devices to run this new version of Android -- Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player -- will be available in early November. In the same timeframe, we'll also roll out the Android 5.0 update worldwide to Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2012 & 2013), and 10 devices, as well as to Google Play edition devices.

Therefore, now is the time to test your apps on the new platform. You have two more weeks to get ready!

What’s in Lollipop?

Android 5.0 Lollipop introduces a host of new APIs and features including:

There's much more, so check out the Android 5.0 platform highlights for a complete overview.

What’s in the Android 5.0 SDK?

The Android 5.0 SDK includes updated tools and new developer system images for testing. You can develop against the latest Android platform using API level 21 and take advantage of the updated support library to implement Material Design as well as the leanback user interface for TV apps.

You can download these components through the Android SDK Manager and develop your app in Android Studio:

  • Android 5.0 SDK Platform & Tools
  • Android 5.0 Emulator System Image - 32-bit & 64-bit (x86)
  • Android 5.0 Emulator System Image for Android TV (32-bit)
  • Android v7 appcompat Support Library for Material Design theme backwards capability
  • Android v17 leanback library for Android TV app support

For developers using the Android NDK for native C/C++ Android apps we have:

For developers on Android TV devices we have:

  • Android 5.0 system image over the air (OTA) update for ADT-1 Developer Kit. OTA updates will appear over the next few days.

Similar to our previous release of the preview, we are also providing updated system image downloads for Nexus 5 & Nexus 7 (2013) devices to help with your testing as well. These images support the Android 5.0 SDK, but only have the minimal apps pre-installed in order to enable developer testing:

  • Nexus 5 (GSM/LTE) “hammerhead” Device System Image
  • Nexus 7 (2013) - (Wifi) “razor” Device System Image

For the developer preview versions, there will not be an over the air (OTA) update. You will need to wipe and reflash your developer device to use the latest developer preview versions. If you want to receive the official consumer OTA update in November and any other official updates, you will have to have a factory image on your Nexus device.

Validate your apps with the Android 5.0 SDK

With the consumer availability of Android 5.0 and the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player right around the corner, here are a few things you should do to prepare:

  1. Get the emulator system images through the SDK Manager or download the Nexus device system images.
  2. Recompile your apps against Android 5.0 SDK, especially if you used any preview APIs. Note: APIs have changed between the preview SDK and the final SDK.
  3. Validate that your current Android apps run on the new API 21 level with ART enabled. And if you use the NDK for your C/C++ Android apps, validate against the 64-bit emulator. ART is enabled by default on API 21 & new Android devices with Android 5.0.

Once you validate your current app, explore the new APIs and features for Android 5.0.

Migrate Your Existing App to Material Design

Android 5.0 Lollipop introduces Material Design, which enables your apps to adopt a bold, colorful, and flexible design, while remaining true to a small set of key principles that guide user interaction across multiple screens and devices.

After making sure your current apps work with Android 5.0, now is the time to enable the Material theme in your app with the AppCompat support library. For quick tips & recommendations for making your app shine with Material Design, check out our Material Design guidelines and tablet optimization tips. For those of you new to Material Design, check out our Getting Started guide.

Get your apps ready for Google Play!

Starting today, you can publish your apps that are targeting Android 5.0 Lollipop to Google Play. In your app manifest, update android:targetSdkVersion to "21", test your app, and upload it to the Google Play Developer Console.

Starting November 3rd, Nexus 9 will be the first device available to consumers that will run Android 5.0. Therefore, it is a great time to publish on Google Play, once you've updated and tested your app. Even if your apps target earlier versions of Android, take a few moments to test them on the Android 5.0 system images, and publish any updates needed in advance of the Android 5.0 rollout.

Stay tuned for more details on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices, and how to make sure your apps look their best on them.

Next up, Android TV!

We also announced the first consumer Android TV device, Nexus Player. It’s a streaming media player for movies, music and videos, and also a first-of-its-kind Android gaming device. Users can play games on their HDTVs with a gamepad, then keep playing on their phones while they’re on the road. The device is also Google Cast-enabled, so users can cast your app from their phones or tablets to their TV.

If you’re developing for Android TV, watch for more information on November 3rd about how to distribute your apps to Android TV users through the Google Play Developer Console. You can start getting your app ready by making sure it meets all of the TV Quality Guidelines.

Get started with Android 5.0 Lollipop platform

If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at this new version of Android yet, download the SDK and get started today. You can learn more about what’s new in the Android 5.0 platform highlights and get all the details on new APIs and changed behaviors in the API Overview. You can also check out the latest DevBytes videos to learn more about Android 5.0 features.

Enjoy this new release of Android!

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[Bonus Round] Card Dungeon, Ace Ferrara & The Dino Menace, iPollute, The Bot Squad: Puzzle Battles, Joinz, And Candy Please

Android Police - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 7:08pm

nexusae0_bonusicon_thumbWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got an interesting roguelike card game, a slightly insane space fighter, a Very Special adventure game, a much more interesting adventure game, a Ubisoft tower defense title, and a new take on Tetris puzzles.

[Bonus Round] Card Dungeon, Ace Ferrara & The Dino Menace, iPollute, The Bot Squad: Puzzle Battles, Joinz, And Candy Please was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Google Play Games Version 2.1.10 (Android TV) Shifts To Material Design And Adds A Few Other UI Tweaks [APK Download]

Android Police - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:30pm

ap_resizeJust like the new version of Google Play Movies & TV, the Google Play Games app sourced from the recent ADT-1 Android TV device update works fine on recent phones and tablets. There doesn't appear to be any huge functionality improvement in this release, it's merely a shiny new coat of paint. That being the case, it might be best to wait for the official phone/tablet update. If you don't want to wait that long, then have at it with the update below.

Google Play Games Version 2.1.10 (Android TV) Shifts To Material Design And Adds A Few Other UI Tweaks [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



Google Play Movies & TV Shows 3.4.23 (Android TV) Adds Material Design UI, Live Actor Information Cards For Chromecast Users [APK Download]

Android Police - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 5:52pm

ic_launcher_videosWe've been digging into some of the apps that come with the latest update for the ADT-1 Android TV device. Interestingly enough, some of these apps work just fine when side-loaded onto standard phones or tablets - it looks like they contain all the standard resources and layouts for both versions of Android. You can check out the changes for Google Play Movies & TV below - there are some notable ones for Chromecast users.

Google Play Movies & TV Shows 3.4.23 (Android TV) Adds Material Design UI, Live Actor Information Cards For Chromecast Users [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] Android Now Defaults To Mobile Data When Wi-Fi Has No Internet Access, Signal Icon Adds A '!' For No Connection

Android Police - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 4:51pm

mgsStaying in a hotel with crappy Wi-Fi is frustrating, but not half so frustrating as finding this out by starting up your phone, connecting, realizing there's no Internet access, then manually disabling Wi-Fi to make sure it goes back to 3G or LTE. In Lollipop, Android 5.0 will do that for you: when the system sees no connection to the Internet (or more probably Google servers) via a Wi-Fi connection on a device with a cellular radio, it will automatically default to mobile data to keep an active connection.

[Lollipop Feature Spotlight] Android Now Defaults To Mobile Data When Wi-Fi Has No Internet Access, Signal Icon Adds A '!' For No Connection was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



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