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Google to announce the next version of Android at Google I/O tomorrow

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 01:06 PM PDT

We're thoroughly expecting tomorrow's Google I/O opening keynote to be packed to the brim with major announcements. According to Bloomberg Businessweek and an interview with Android lead Sundar Pichai, one of those major announcements will in fact be the unveiling of the next version of Android.

For months now we've seen rumor after rumor saying that Google is working on something big for the next release of Android. Tomorrow, we may just finally get our first real look at exactly what all those rumors mean. In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Sundar Pichai has revealed that Google wants, "the world to understand what we are doing sooner." An early Android preview would give not just consumers, but manufacturers a closer look at the next version of Android before releasing it to the world this fall. Exactly what this means for manufacturers developing updates, the Nexus program or Android Silver we don't know yet, but we're sure to find out more tomorrow.

As for what else we expect to see from Google tomorrow, everything from Android Wear to Android TV is a possibility. Keep it locked to Android and Me as we work to cover Google I/O over the coming week. It's going to get crazy.

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Minuum designs circular keyboard for Android Wear

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 01:06 PM PDT

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The smartwatch concept is still finding its place in the world. With each new prototype or model released, unique features will be released to either improve upon or completely change what currently exists. These changes, of course, are for the better, and help answer questions surrounding an ever-evolving idea.

One of these questions, of course, is how people will use these uber-small screens to type. (Or will we not even need keyboards in the future? Will we eventually become accustomed to voice searching for everything?)

For circular screens in particular, this presents a unique problem.

But Minuum, a keyboard developer, has come up with a new idea, seen above. We'll see how this ends up coming to fruition. ETA is unknown for now, but we'll most likely have a good idea when similar third-party apps will start being available when Android Wear is fully explained at Google I/O this week.

Via: PocketNow

Source: Minuum

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Google Adds A Ton Of Glassware Just Before I/O, Including Duolingo, Zombies Run, Shazam, And Livestream

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 12:35 PM PDT

glassthumb Admit it, Glass owners, half the reason you're going to Google I/O is that you want to chat with other Glass people about how cool Glass is (hashtag throughglass). Google has given you plenty to chat about: they've just thrown a dozen new apps into the Glassware gallery, all of them from notable sources. Probably the most interesting is Livestream, the official app for Livestream.com, which was previously available as a side-load install.

Google Adds A Ton Of Glassware Just Before I/O, Including Duolingo, Zombies Run, Shazam, And Livestream was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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The best sleep apps for Android

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 12:28 PM PDT

Healthy living begins with healthy sleep patterns

Insomnia is a horrible, but often preventable and usually treatable condition. I would know, as I've been suffering since I was about 12 years old. Some folks who suffer from chronic insomnia need to see a physician to get some extra help, but for most of us healthy sleep habits are fairly easy to achieve. The great thing about living in this modern age is that we can use our Android to help us get there.

Or maybe it's easy for you to get to sleep, but you don't seem to be able to sleep well or get to bed on time. This is just as bad, and a good way to make yourself feel bad. Nobody likes to feel bad.

If you've tried everything — including apps like these — and still can't get any rest we suggest you talk to your doctor. If you just need a little help or encouragement, this list is for you!

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Google offers a $150 refund to LTE Chromebook Pixel owners stung by Verizon

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 12:12 PM PDT

Google is trying to make things right with the owners of Chromebook Pixels on Verizon that are seeing their included data come to an unexpected end. When the LTE Chromebook Pixel launched on Verizon a year ago, it came with 100MB a month of free 4G data for two years. Verizon has apparently decided that deal no longer needs to stand, so they're ending it. Knowing that the handful of people that bought an LTE Pixel would be understandably upset, Google's offering to make it up with $150.

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What is the Motorola Victara for Verizon?

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 12:03 PM PDT

motorola victara

A new Motorola phone seems to have been leaked for release on Verizon. A product guide for an accessory for the device is calling it the "Motorola Victara," though we don't learn much about the device itself (because, you know, it's meant to sell the case).

At first glance we can tell it most likely isn't going to be a "blow your mind" device. The lack of an LED flash and the compact-looking frame all scream entry-level. The device does curiously have what appear to be dual stereo speakers on the front which is something we haven't really seen Motorola do before.

We're not sure if this is to be considered a variant of the Moto G 4G LTE or something entirely different, but whatever it is we assume it will go just as easy on your pockets. Let's hope we hear more in due time.

[via @evleaks]

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LG G3 to begin rolling out on June 27, excluding the US

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 11:49 AM PDT

LG G3 colors

LG has officially announced that the worldwide rollout of their new G3 will begin on June 27. This date unfortunately does not include the US, unless we get surprised by one of the carriers.

According to LG, the next countries in line to get the new device apart from Korea are Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. After that, the rest of Asia, Europe and the Middle East will get the LG flagship.

LG has also said that the G3 sold in Europe and Asia will include wireless charging, but that this feature has been added for convenience and will not be included in all variants. The US will likely never see the device with wireless charging.

Source: LG

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 hits Verizon shelves June 26

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 11:42 AM PDT

Verizon Wireless announced that the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 will be arriving on its 4G LTE network starting June 26. The 8-inch slate will retail for $379.99 in stores and online, but through a limited promotion it will go for $279.99 for those willing to ink a two-year service agreement.

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Minuum shows off Moto 360 round concept keyboard

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 11:39 AM PDT

Android Wear smart watches will undoubtedly become popular. But how will you use them to perform basic actions that require typing? Well, the most logical way would be voice actions, but they're not always convenient. Whether it's noisy, or you're in an environment where it would be rude to speak to your watch, voice typing isn't for everyone.

Moto 360 Minuum gif

That's why Minuum has shown off its keyboard for Android Wear smart watches like the LG G Watch, as well as revealing a concept for the round face of the Moto 360. Minuum is an Android keyboard that basically has one row, where each button is actually three buttons compressed into one. You just tap the button that contains the letters, and it guesses the word for you. This both saves space and makes typing easier.

It's pretty awesome to see what Minuum has in store for Android Wear. While Android Wear may not have full input method integration at launch, we should see it down the line. While typing on a watch doesn't seem so comfortable, it's sure to be a good backup in case something needs to be typed out. Watch the video for a good demonstration and tell us what you think about it!

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Screenshots belonging to Android ‘L’ surface from Chromium Issues Tracker

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 11:35 AM PDT


In less than twenty-four hours, we will be introduced to the next version of Android. It is now completely safe to assume that it will be Android 'L' thanks to the screenshot above that appeared on the Chromium Issues Tracker.

In the status bar, you see an 'L' representing the version of Android. Also, the time typically reflects the version of Android being run. And here we have the time as 5:28, meaning that Android 5.0+ will be given to Android 'L'.

One takeaway that we have is a new pop-up design. It has maintained the same design Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and this fresh design is similar to what we see from Google+ sign-in requests.

Hit the break for an additional screenshot.


Source: Chromium

Via: Pocketnow

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Next version of Android (Lollipop?) to be revealed tomorrow for Google I/O 2014

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 11:33 AM PDT


Android circles is freaking out after a statement made by Android lead Sundar Pichai suggests we could see the next version of Android unveiled (in some capacity) during this weeks' Google I/O developer conference. According to Bloomberg, Google will preview Android L (Lemonhead, Lollipop?) during this year's keynote, with Pichai going on the record as saying:

"I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner."

-Sundar Pichai

While the quote doesn't reveal much, Bloomberg says this is Pichai's new effort for greater transparency. Or perhaps this is Google's way of stealing some of Apple's thunder after they gave the world a preview of their next mobile OS — iOS 8 — during their own WWDC event last month. In the back of our minds, we can't help but hope Google will also provide a limited developer preview of Android L before it officially rolls out to the world with their rumored Android Silver program. Hey, we can dream, right?

Where we didn't expect to see anything more than a Google app redesign at this year's I/O, we suppose the event (and Android) is still too young to pin a specific pattern of announcements or releases. As we all know, when it comes to Google (and Android), you never know what you're gonna get.

As we prepare our bodies and our minds for tomorrow's event, don't forget to check out the full 5-page interview with Sundar Pichai here . It's a great read.

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Pichai confirms next Android to be previewed at I/O! Release in the fall

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 11:21 AM PDT

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As Google I/O marches closer we expect plenty of exciting news, but it was less certain if or when we'd hear about the next version of Android. Earlier today we saw the first possible screenshots of the so-called L release of Android, and yet it was still unclear whether Google I/O would be able to tell us more.

Now in an interview with BusinessWeek, Sundar Pichai has let the cat out of the bag. Yes, the next major Android release will be unveiled at I/O 2014, alongside a formal unveil of Android Wear and so much more! The catch here is that, while it will be shown off, it actually won't arrive until the fall in a similar fashion to how iOS 8 was shown off ahead of its actual release.

So why this major change in strategy? According to Pichai, in part its about a shift towards greater transparency. I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner," says the Google exec. We also imagine that with Quantum Paper, Hera, extended Google Now support and the dozens of other changes anticipated with Android 5.0 (or 4.5?), it's important for Google to adjust us to some of these changes ahead of time. Bottom-line, Android is about to make a massive leap forward this year and we couldn't be more thrilled.

With this new announcement we also find it pretty likely that the claims of a fall release for the rumored HTC 8.9-inch tablet could be correct, and that this new tablet will likely be the launching platform for a whole new direction for Android.

For the full interview article you'll want to head on over to BusinessWeek. Excited yet? We are!

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Gold HTC One M8 launches on Rogers as Canadian exclusive

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 11:12 AM PDT

Rogers has just released the gold version of the HTC One M8, and they're the only ones who will have it in Canada for the foreseeable future. In addition to the exclusive amber gold, Rogers still has the glacial silver and gunmetal grey editions that the HTC One M8 launched with back in March.

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Sundar Pichai to reveal next version of Android at Google I/O this week

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 10:57 AM PDT

Though it seemed to most of us that Google I/O 2014 would be too early in the year to reveal the next version of Android, according to an interview with Android and Chrome head Sundar Pichai this week will be the time we hear about Android's "L" release. The interview, done with Bloomberg Businessweek, reveals Pichai's intentions to talk intensively about the next version of Android at Google's yearly developer conference.

This year, Pichai will preview the next release (Lollipop? Lemonhead?) for the first time at I/O rather than waiting until the fall. It's a significant shift toward greater transparency. "I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner," he says.

The interview also explains that Pichai only really started planning his I/O 2014 schedule earlier this month, noting that he often goes down to the last minute when deciding what products will or won't be announced at events. Well, now we know we're set to hear at least something official on the L release — we can't wait.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

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Analysis finds the Galaxy Tab S has the best ever tablet display

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 10:57 AM PDT

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets are proving to be our favorite new Android tablets, and the excellent display is part of the reason why. The analytical folks at DisplayMate did their analysis thing with both the 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch flavors of the Super AMOLED display tablets and they came away mighty impressed, enough so to declare them the best tablet displays they've ever tested.

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Huawei Honor 6 announced: 5-inch display and Kirin 920 octa-core SoC

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 10:48 AM PDT


It might only be heading to China, but Huawei has announced a very impressive device. The Honor 6 was unveiled earlier today, featuring a 5-inch 1080p display. Although it runs Android 4.4.2 at its core, the Honor 6 is covered with Huawei's custom user interface. The impressive part about the Honor 6 is its inside components. Four A15 and four A7 cores make up the Kirin 920 octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. Along with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, there is a microSD slot.

Huawei also focused on the look and feel of the device. The Honor 6 sports an aluminum construction. The aluminum construction was chosen with a purpose, too, in order to keep the device cool by spreading the heat. In addition to this construction, Huawei made sure the Honor 6 looks appealing from the front by slimming the bezel on the sides. The display takes up 75.7% of the front.

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Minuum Keyboard for Moto 360 revealed

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 10:18 AM PDT

minuum keyboard moto 360

We expected to see minimal keyboards such as Minuum for smart watches with square dsplays, but what about smartwatches like the Moto 360 that has a circular display? Thankfully you guys have not been forgotten as Minuum has just revealed the first keyboard for circular smartwatches.

While we don't get a full video demo of it in action, they did drop a handy GIF of the how the keyboard will look whenever you use it. There's one important thing to remember: the keyboard is technically useless right now considering Android Wear does not yet have text input elements built in without the use of voice.

Minuum has likely been testing their keyboard on a custom build. But should Google ever get around to implementing the functionality down the line then Minuum will be ready to deliver the keyboard fit perfectly for your display. If you're skeptical as to the accuracy of a keyboard on such a small display you can watch some of their earlier demo videos in the YouTube embed below.

[via Minuum]

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Elemental Kingdoms review – Collect cards to save a kingdom on Android

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 10:12 AM PDT

Collectible card games are a great fit for mobile devices. You can play them in small doses, and the quest to find more cards will keep you coming back from day to day. One such game that has kept me hooked lately is Elemental Kingdoms from Perfect World Entertainment and Time 2 Play Studio.

What Elemental Kingdoms lacks in mechanical complexity it more than makes up for with a lengthy story mode, asynchronous online battles, and tons of special events to keep the game fresh. Learn the ins and outs of the game in our comprehensive review!

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Top app, device and accessory sales for June 24, 2014

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 09:56 AM PDT

There's just a day to go until the start of Google I/O and one of the busiest Android news days of the year. But before the craziness kicks off over in San Francisco, there just time to check out some of the day's top deals on Android apps.

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PBS Kids, Daily Burn, And Deezer Updated With Chromecast Support

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 09:50 AM PDT

nexusae0_unnamed-2_thumb7 A trio of notable apps have been updated with support for Chromecast streaming today, and all of them are free (or free-ish). The apps are in question are PBS Kids, Daily Burn, and Deezer.

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Deezer is a freemium streaming music service with over 30 million tracks, but it's not available in the US. It's free with some ads and limited skips, but now you can cast from it. Daily Burn is free, but it's less fun.

PBS Kids, Daily Burn, And Deezer Updated With Chromecast Support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Huge Light Flow 3.2 Update Overhauls UI, Adds Tasker Control, Compatibility For 100 New Apps, And More

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 09:50 AM PDT

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Everyone's favorite notification LED manager Light Flow received quite a large update today, to version 3.2. The new app features a totally overhauled UI with better support for tablets, quicker access to notification settings, and more. On the substantive side, Light Flow can now allegedly be controlled by apps such as Tasker, and the developer promises documentation for that is forthcoming.

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100 or so new apps have gained Light Flow support, including Blue Mail (which is apparently popular), and new pickers for ringtones and color top off the major UI changes.

Huge Light Flow 3.2 Update Overhauls UI, Adds Tasker Control, Compatibility For 100 New Apps, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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New Glassware apps will help you run, talk, cook, and see the stars

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 09:36 AM PDT

Google today pushed a whole new batch of Glassware apps for Google Glass into MyGlass. The twelve apps span the gamut, and include apps for fitness, travel, translation, news, music, and just in time for the closing days of the 2014 World Cup: a little bit of football.

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EverythingMe contextual launcher available worldwide starting today

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 09:36 AM PDT

Following millions of installs in just a few short months after exiting beta, EverythingMe Launcher is now available worldwide. Though the contextual learning launcher was available in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Spain previously, EverythingMe says that over one-fourth of its traffic was coming from outside of supported countries and it was time to expand officially.

EverythingMe Launcher, like a few different contextual launcher options available today, provides you with customized information available on your phone based on where you are, what time of the day it is and what apps you use most. EverythingMe says that it is on average seeing 50 contextual interactions — up 100 percent since the beta — per user per day, and now that functionality is available for even more people.

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Civilization Revolution 2 confirmed for Android

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 09:34 AM PDT

civ rev

2K Games has announced a sequel to the original Civilization Revolution game that launched for iPad, which can be considered a bad Nintendo DS port (especially compared to the PC and console counterparts). The first part of the big news is that this release is slated for Android at some point! The iOS version is due at some point next week, and 2K promises we should see it in Google Play shortly afterward.

The second piece of good news is that they have completely overhauled the game's controls, graphics and mechanics for this release. We move from 2D to 3D scenery, and the controls have been properly adapted for mobile (the original was a lot more wonky and difficult to use).

Civilization Revolution has you taking the reigns of one of several countries. You start with nothing but a group of eager settlers, and it's your job to take those two people from rags and poverty to riches and prosperity. You'll do so through research and advancing new technologies, building your military, and striving toward science, economic and cultural victories through space exploration, currency and great works.

Diplomatic engagements are aplenty, too, as you'll be trading, waging war, negotiating peace and more with all of the civilizations around you. It's a wonderful turn-based strategy game that should be on everyone's radar, so stay tuned for a release date and more information as we barrel toward release. Need a quick idea of what Civilization is like? Gameplay from the original console and PC version of Civilization Revolution can be found sitting above.

[via GameSpot]

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Minuum building circular keyboard for Moto 360, but why?

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 09:08 AM PDT

Minuum-Moto-360 Minuum's space-saving keyboard is being optimized for the Moto 360 smartwatch, its creators confirmed today. The circular keyboard will allow Moto 360 users to reply to texts and instant messages without pulling their smartphone out of their pocket, but does anyone really want to use a keyboard so small? The Moto 360 is by far

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