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Nexus 9's Keyboard Folio And Magic Cover Are Now Available For Pre-Order On Amazon

Android Police - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:24am


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.

Android 5.0 Messenger can be installed on Android 4.4.4 [APK]

Android Guys - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:12am
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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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What's New in Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android Developers Blog - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:06am

By Ankur Kotwal, Developer Advocate

Android 5.0 Lollipop is the biggest update of Android to date, introducing an all new visual style, improved performance, and much more. Android 5.0 Lollipop also extends across screens big and small, including phones, tablets, wearables, TVs and cars, to give your users access to information when they need it most.

To get you started on developing and testing on Android 5.0 Lollipop, here are some of the developer highlights with links to related videos and documentation.

User experience
  • Material design for the multiscreen world — Material Design is a new approach for designing apps in today’s multi-device world that takes a comprehensive strategy to visual, motion, and interaction design across a number of platforms and form factors. Android 5.0 brings Material Design to the platform, with a full set of tools for implementing material design in your apps. The system is incredibly flexible, allowing your app to express its individual character and brand with bold colors and a variety of responsive UI patterns and themeable elements.
  • Enhanced notifications — New lockscreen notifications let you surface content, updates, and actions to users at a glance, without needing to unlock their device. Heads-up notifications let you display content and actions in a small floating window managed by the system, no matter which app is in the foreground. Notifications are refreshed for Material Design and you can use accent colors to express your brand.
  • Concurrent documents in Overview — Now you can organize your app by tasks and present these concurrently as individual “documents” on the Overview screen. For example, instant messaging apps could declare each chat as a separate document. Users can flip through these on the Overview screen to find the specific chat they want and jump straight to it.
  • Android Runtime (ART) — Android 5.0 runs exclusively on the ART runtime. ART offers ahead-of-time (AOT) compilation, more efficient garbage collection, and improved development and debugging features. In many cases it improves performance of the device, without you having to change your code.
  • 64-bit support — Support for 64-bit ABIs provides additional address space and improved performance with certain compute workloads. Apps written in the Java language can run immediately on 64-bit architectures with no modifications required. NDK r10c includes 64-bit support, for apps and games using native code.
  • Project Volta — New tools and APIs help you build battery-efficient apps. Battery Historian, a tool included in the SDK, lets you visualize power events over time and understand how your app is using battery. The JobScheduler API lets you set the conditions under which your background tasks and other jobs should run, such as when the device is idle or connected to an unmetered network or to a charger, to minimize battery impact. More in this I/O video.
  • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android Extension Pack — With OpenGL ES 3.1, you get compute shaders, stencil textures, and texture gather for your games. Android Extension Pack (AEP) is a new set of extensions to OpenGL ES that bring desktop-class graphics to Android including tessellation and geometry shaders, and use ASTC texture compression across GPU technologies. More on what's new for game developers in this DevBytes video.
  • WebView updates — We’ve updated WebView to support WebRTC, WebAudio and WebGL will be supported. WebView also includes native support for all of the Web Components specifications: Custom Elements, Shadow DOM, HTML Imports, and Templates. WebView is now unbundled from the system and will be regularly updated through Google Play.
  • Managed provisioning and unified view of apps — to make it easier for employees to have a single device for personal and work use, framework enhancements offer a unified view of apps, notifications & recents across work apps and personal apps. Profile owner APIs, in the workplace context, let administrators create and manage work profiles and defined as part of a new managed provisioning process. More in this I/O video.
  • Advanced camera capabilities — A new camera API gives you new capabilities for advanced image capture and processing. On supported devices, your app can capture uncompressed YUV capture at full 8 megapixel resolution at 30 FPS. You can also capture raw sensor data and control parameters such as exposure time, ISO sensitivity, and frame duration, on a per-frame basis.
  • Audio improvements — The sound architecture has been enhanced, with lower input latency in OpenSL, the addition of multichannel-mixing, and USB digital audio mode support. More in this I/O video.
  • BLE Peripheral Mode — Android devices can now function in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) peripheral mode. Apps can use this capability to broadcast their presence to nearby devices — for example, you can now build apps that let a device function as a beacon and transmit data to another BLE device. More in this I/O video.
  • Multi-networking — Apps can dynamically request networks based on capabilities such as metered or unmetered. This is useful when you want to use a specific network, such as cellular. Apps can also request platform to re-evaluate networks for an internet connection. This is useful when your app sees unusually high latency on a particular network, it can enable the platform to switch to a better network (if available) sooner with a graceful handoff.
Get started!

You can get started developing and testing on Android 5.0 right away by downloading the Android 5.0 Platform (API level 21), as well as the SDK Tools, Platform Tools, and Support Package from the Android SDK Manager.

Check out the DevByte video below for more of what’s new in Lollipop!

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Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 shown off in comparison video

Phandroid - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:04pm

Nexus 6 vs Galaxy Note 4 video Carphone Warehouse 2

After giving us the world’s first underwater unboxing, the folks at UK’s Carphone Warehouse are back again, this time with an early hands-on with the phone everyone’s talking about: Motorola and Google’s Nexus 6. More of a quick comparison video, Carphone Warehouse pits the device against the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in a quick spec roundup, another Android phablet looking to give Motorola a run for their money.

Nexus 6 vs Galaxy Note 4 video Carphone Warehouse 1

This actually marks one of the few times we’ve gotten to see the Nexus 6 outside of blurry photo leaks and press renders. What we found interesting was how much noticeably larger the Nexus 6 was in comparison to the Galaxy Note 4. If you’re a phablet lover looking to challenge the constrains of your pockets, then this will be the device for you.

Nexus 6 vs Galaxy Note 4 video Carphone Warehouse 3

While it can be argued that having a stock Android experience is more “beneficial” than a manufacturer UI like TouchWiz, keep in mind that often times stock Android trails behind OEM skins in terms of features. And anyone who’s ever experienced a Samsung device knows there’s certainly no shortage of features (overkill even). Check out the comparison video down below for an early look at the Nexus 6.


Thanks, James!

A Quick Look At The Next Step Toward Material For Google Play Books On Android Lollipop

Android Police - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:48pm


Have you gotten tired of these app walkthroughs yet? Well, we have one more for right now - Google Play Books. The update to Google Play Books that we're looking at here is - like everything else - pre-release, meaning things could change a little or a lot before the app is actually released. But what we're seeing so far is a minor nudge for the app, bringing it into line with the rest of Google's apps.

A Quick Look At The Next Step Toward Material For Google Play Books On Android Lollipop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google's Calendar Refresh Offers A Sparse Interface And Smart Imagery

Android Police - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:48pm


Next up on our tour of (yet unreleased) Google app redesigns is Google Calendar. We actually got a glimpse of this redesign way back in April when Geek.com originally leaked the app as it was then. Since then, it seems that not a ton has changed, but we can get a more complete look at the app as it stands now.

Google wants its calendar app to be all about smartness.

Google's Calendar Refresh Offers A Sparse Interface And Smart Imagery was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Leaked Android 5.0 Lollipop apps: new Messenger, Google Play Music, Google Fit, and more [DOWNLOAD]

Phandroid - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:18pm

Android 5.0 Lollipop Screenshot

Earlier today a leaked — and much more closer to final — Android 5.0 Lollipop system dump has been making the rounds, popping up all over the net. It seems this build had a few additional Google apps that didn’t make it to the 2nd Developer Preview (which we gave you a look at on Saturday), with updated Material versions of Google Play Music, Calendar, Messenger (formerly Messaging), Gmail, and more locked inside.

It didn’t take long for someone to extract all these apps, and while most wont work by simple sideloading, we did find 2 — Messenger, Google Play Music — installed just fine on our Nexus 5 running Android 5.0 Lollipop Developer Preview (although we’ve heard others having luck on KitKat ROMs). Just make sure you uninstall the originals before giving these new apps a try.

The rest? Well, most will require root access and you placing them inside the /system/lib folder on your device. Might wanna perform a backup just in case.


Android 5.0 Lollipop Messenger 1

Say hello to Messenger, Google’s new SMS/MMS app replacing the aging stock Messages app. As you can see, the app has a fresh new Material design and doesn’t really weigh too heavy with the features. It’s pretty much your standard SMS affair. The familiar “+” button is always present in list view, with the ability to long press to select or swipe-to-archive conversations.

When in conversation view, adding attachments is straight forward. You simply snap a photo using the in-app viewfinder (you can make it bigger by swiping up), add photos from your gallery, or record a (very low quality) voice message. Each conversation view has its own color which we admit, will take a little getting used to.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Messenger

Google Play Music

Google Play Music Lollipop leak

Google Play Music was another app we got up and running on our Nexus 5 and although it’s not the drastically overhauled version we saw from Google’s Material Design page back in June, the UI has been updated enough that it can scrape by with calling itself “Material.”

Really, it’s not too different from the version you’re probably looking at on your device but don’t get too upset. We’re sure this is only an early version (it was leaked after all) and the final will have all those wonderful animations Google is already previewing on their Android.com page.

Google Fit

Google Fit leak Android 5.0 Lollipop

While we couldn’t get Fit installed on our device, Prashant Gahlot on Google+ didn’t have much trouble getting it up and running on his Nexus 4. Judging from the screenshots, it seems Fit will be geared more to the casual fitness enthusiast, tracking your goals and allowing the user to setup timed activities and goals.

Should you guys get any more of these leaked apps up and running on your device, feel free to post a screenshot or let us know how they’re working for you.

Google Books

Google Calendar

Google Drive

Google Fit


Google Keep

Google Messenger

Google Play Music

[via Google+]

Thanks, Josh!

Chainfire Explains His Root Method For The Latest Lollipop Developer Preview, Modified Kernels May Become A Requirement

Android Police - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:15pm


The final round of Developer Preview images released on Friday left a number of users without root access on their devices, but a lightning fast quick-fix by Chainfire had them back in business the following day. Yesterday, he took to Google+ with a follow-up of how it works and the issues that are making it more difficult to acquire root on the latest version of Android.

Due to increasingly effective security measures and stricter enforcement of SELinux, it seems that many, or possibly all of the available methods for initializing the SuperSU daemon at startup have been rendered ineffective.

Chainfire Explains His Root Method For The Latest Lollipop Developer Preview, Modified Kernels May Become A Requirement was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Use TimeTune to help organize your life

Android Guys - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:09pm

There are tons of daily planners and organization apps out there, but not many seem to get it right. TimeTune is a new app that aims to help increase your productivity while improving your daily routine. all while offering a beautifully-designed interface.

Most of our days are based around routines, and that’s really when the most work gets done. TimeTune organizes your days and weeks into sections, or routines, to help you stay on task. Here are some of the main features the app has to offer:

  • Activity and time management based on routines and suitable for everyone who values their time
  • Routines can be daily, weekly or use any number of days up until 15
  • Creation of attractive custom tags to quickly identify the activities in your schedule at a glance
  • Full customization for each notification independently (vibrations, sound, personal message, wake-up screen and even voice)
  • Routine statistics to analyze and improve your distribution of time and so being able to do everything in your schedule and detect time leaks
  • Simplified data introduction: no need to enter calendar dates or duration for the activities in your schedule, the app works it out for you
  • Widget with a completely customizable look so that you can examine the activities in your schedule the way you like

TimeTune can be your task reminder, activity manager, schedule optimizer, or daily planner, and can even replace your calendar. If you’d like to check out TimeTune for yourself, head to the Play Store link below. The app is free, but you’ll need to pay $1.99 to get rid of those pesky ads.

Have you used TimeTune? Let us know in the comments!

TimeTune, To-Do Scheduler (Playboard) | TimeTune, To-Do Scheduler (Play Store)  

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The Nexus 6′s Ambient Display shows notifications when they arrive

Android and Me - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:50pm

Google has included a new feature on the Nexus 6 called Ambient Display that displays notifications on your screen as they arrive. With its similarities to the Moto X, it’s no surprise to see that the Nexus 6 has inherited a feature akin to the popular Moto Display. Ambient Display can be found in the settings of the Nexus 6, and it turns out that it’s a tweaked version of Moto Display that allows you to see your notifications as they arrive. Ambient Display

With Ambient Display on, the Nexus 6 will turn the screen on to display notifications as they arrive. Unlike Moto Display, which only showed an icon for the type of notification, Ambient Display shows you the content of the notification as well. It can also be used to turn the display on when you pick the device up. You can see it in action in the photo to the right, where it’s been enabled on a Nexus 4 loaded with a system dump from the Nexus 6.

We saw reference to this in the Nexus 6 spec sheet from Google, but weren’t entirely sure what it was. Now it makes more sense, as battery life has a stat for Ambient Display being on and one for it being off. It looks like standby time of the phone will be reduced from about 330 hours to 250 hours when Ambient Display is on. Not a major issue, and the convenience of Ambient Display will likely outweigh any impact that it might have.

Have you ever used a device with Moto Display? Did you enjoy it?

Sony SmartWatch 3 now listed in Google Play Store (as coming soon)

Android Guys - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:48pm

We’re drawing ever closer to the launch of the Sony SmartWatch 3, which is Sony’s first foray into the Android Wear space. Head to the Google Play Store now and you’ll find the device and all its specs, images, and details. What’s more, you’ll also see the watch listed as “coming soon”. Pricing is shown… Read more »

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Gmail 5.0 Will Support Exchange, Obviate The Stock Email App In Android Lollipop

Android Police - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:40pm


Early this morning, we took a quick look at the onboarding video/process for Google's impending update to Gmail 5.0. The critical feature shown off in the video was the ability to handle all your email providers in one app, meaning users could access Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, and others all from Google's singular Gmail app.

We've since learned that - besides handling the providers above - Gmail will support Exchange mail, and it appears Gmail will obviate the stock Email app entirely, prompting users to go directly to the Gmail app instead of dealing with a separate solution.

Gmail 5.0 Will Support Exchange, Obviate The Stock Email App In Android Lollipop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Unlocked AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 (Open Box) For $419.99 With Free Shipping, Tax Only in NY

Android Police - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:32pm

$_12The Galaxy S5 has been out for a few months at this point, but while everyone is fawning over the Note 4, you can snag a good deal on the GS5. An unlocked AT&T-branded Galaxy S5 is for sale on eBay Daily Deals right now for $419.99. It's an open box, but that's still a killer value.

2014-10-20 15_20_35-Samsung Galaxy S5 SM G900A 4G Unlocked Black White Gold A _ eBay

An open box device is simply one that was purchased and returned to a retailer or carrier.

[Deal Alert] Unlocked AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 (Open Box) For $419.99 With Free Shipping, Tax Only in NY was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Hey Android Devs: $75 gets you a month-long sponsorship on Phandroid.com!

Phandroid - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:15pm


It can be tough for a developer to get the word out about their apps and games. Google Play is big, so much so that good apps often get lost in a sea of digital mayhem. The bad news is it won’t be getting any smaller anytime soon. It’d be a shame to let all the hard work and time put into development go unseen. Advertisements work, but many independent developers don’t have very large marketing budgets. The good news? Phandroid understands.

That’s why we’re offering affordable sponsorship slots for apps and games right on Phandroid.com! For just $300, your app will get 30 days of prominent placement in our apps and games widget that shows up on desktop and the mobile web throughout the entire site. That will get your app an estimated 1 million+ impressions for every month you’re signed up, and turning even just a few of those impressions into downloads could do wonders for the growth of your app.

So what exactly are you getting for your money? Let’s take a look:

  • One of 25 spots for your app or game icon (50 x 50 pixels) throughout Phandroid.com linking directly to your download.
  • A post on Phandroid.com at the end of each month mentioning and thanking all of our great sponsors, including you!

A couple of other things to note: when submitting your request for sponsorship, your creative must be that of an app icon in the aforementioned dimensions of 50 pixels by 50 pixels, and it must link directly to your app on Google Play.

We also want to stress that we want this to be an opportunity for serious, respected (and respectable) developers looking to advertise legitimate apps and games. In other words, if your app is more along the lines of a shameless Flappy Bird clone or something of the same ilk we reserve the right to deny it based on our own discretion.

To top all that off, there’d be no better time to sign up than right now as we’re offering 75% off the usual price to the first 20 developers who sign up by Friday, October 24th — that brings the cost of your first month to just $75! Simply use the promo code phandev at checkout to receive your discount.

This is a great opportunity to get your app or game off the ground and into the phones and tablets of the millions of Android users around the world. Be sure to take a look at this and many other great advertising opportunities available on Phandroid right here, and we’d love to hear from you so don’t hesitate to drop us a line if you have any questions!

Android 5.0 Lollipop brings ‘Ambient display’ mode to the Nexus 6, other devices too

Phandroid - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:13pm

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You wont find it in the new Android 5.0 Lollipop Developer Preview (which we gave you guys a hands-on with over the weekend), but thanks to a freshly leaked full Android 5.0 ROM, we now have some info on a new Motorola-like feature coming inside Lollipop. Dubbed “Ambient display,” the feature was quickly mentioned on the official Android.com Lollipop page saying,”Where supported by the hardware, your device will wake up as soon as you pick it up or tap the screen twice.”

Nexus 6 Android 5.0 Lollipop Ambient Display edit

Screenshot taken from a leaked full Lollipop build

You may remember Motorola’s “Actively Display” feature (now known as Moto Display), which activates your phone’s display when you pick it up (or approach it with the new Moto X 2014). Seems Lollipop will have something similar — well, only if you’re hardware supports it. We’re sure this has something to do with the processor/sensors found in most higher end Android devices, so in all likelihood, most of us should be good.

The ambient display setting is now yet another great idea Android is adopting from manufacturer UIs and joins the ranks of the new Setup Wizard app, Battery saver, and Priority notifications.

[Prashant Gahlot Google+]

[Animation Bonanza] Android 5.0 Lollipop In GIFs

Android Police - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:03pm

thAndroid 5.0 has a lot of really useful features, which we've been covering in detail as part of the Lollipop Feature Spotlight series. You know what else it has, though? Animations. Many, many lovely animations. If you follow Artem on Google+, you've probably seen him post some GIFs of Lollipop looking hot, but we've pulled together all those GIFs along with some new ones to give you a quick tour of Google's latest and greatest.

[Animation Bonanza] Android 5.0 Lollipop In GIFs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Card Dungeon, Snowball Beta

Android and Me - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:52pm

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the 5 most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven’t appeared in the Top 5 list more than 3 times.

1. RollerCoaster Tycoon® 4 Mobile


App info: We are thrilled to announce RollerCoaster Tycoon® 4 Mobile™ including Queue Lines! Enjoy a whole new level of customization, watch your peeps line up and wait for rides while increasing the BUZZ each one produces.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


2. Snowball Beta


App info: Snowball shows messages from all your favorite social apps in ONE place. It’s the fastest way to talk to your friends!

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


3. Notif Widget Notifications


App info: NotifWidget is a widget that let’s you interact with your notifications on your lock screen, home screen and Daydream screen saver.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


4. Card Dungeon

Card Dungeon

App info: Take control of Crusader and free the lands from the hordes of the Nethermist in this turn based strategy rogue. Card Dungeon is a completely unique and handcrafted board / card /rogue-like game experience unlike anything you have played before.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


5. Autodesk SketchBook


App info: Autodesk® SketchBook® is a professional-grade painting and drawing application designed for all your mobile devices. 

(Playboard) | (Play Store)


Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks and will place it in our Android and Me App Hall of Fame. We will post this Hall of Fame list in a dedicated series. Any app with * next to the title indicates it will now be added to our Hall of Fame list and will no longer be listed in this article.

Google Play Music's March Toward Material Design In Screenshots From Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android Police - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:45pm


Continuing our journey through the new Google apps from Android 5.0 Lollipop, let's make a quick stop at Google Play Music. The update to this app has been anxiously awaited since it was demonstrated at Google I/O. And indeed, even Google's own product page for the Nexus 6 shows off some of the animations we've been salivating over for months.

The Google Play Music app found in a leaked dump of the Nexus 6 doesn't contain those animations, sadly, but it does continue the app's march toward compliance with Google's new design spec with bolder colors, new iconography, and a few touches that will set the stage for future awesomeness.

Google Play Music's March Toward Material Design In Screenshots From Android 5.0 Lollipop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nexus 6 pre-orders to begin October 29

Android Guys - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 1:23pm

Details surrounding the ordering status of the Nexus 6 was somewhat of a mystery following the Google event a few days ago, but it seems the Moto X inspired device has finally gotten a pre-order date.

For those wanting to order the Nexus 6, you will be able to do so as of October 29th from the Google Play Store. The 5.96″ 2560 x 1440 QHD device is the next iteration from the hugely popular Nexus 5, featuring a Quad core Krait 450 CPU 2.7 GHz processor and 3GB of RAM, this is definitely a power house.

If you’re on the fence about pre-ordering the Nexus 6, we compared it against the latest Apple iPhone 6 Plus to see how it stacks up.

Will you be pre-ordering the Nexus 6?


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Nexus 6 Will Come With 'Ambient Display,' Its Own Personalized Take On Moto Display

Android Police - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:35pm

Nexus6-ThumbYou can simply look at a Nexus 6 and this year's Moto X to see the strong similarity between the two devices. While it may be somewhat of a disappointment to see the Nexus venture away from the design found in last year's phone and Google's two most recent tablets, there are some good things to come from this turn of events. One such nicety is the inclusion of something akin to Moto Display, formerly known as Active Display, and referred to here as Ambient Display.

Nexus 6 Will Come With 'Ambient Display,' Its Own Personalized Take On Moto Display was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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