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Android 'L' shows off all new 'Material Design'

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 10:10 AM PDT






As part of the first look at the Android 'L' Developer Preview at Google I/O 2014, Google's Matias Duarte, introduced the brand new "Material Design" that we'll see when we fire it up for the very first time. It isn't just skin deep though immediately you see the flatter look and all new geometric on screen buttons. But Material Design goes beyond this, with a content focused approach and a bunch of new things app developers can do with it.





















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Google pitches Android One as Google Play edition for emerging markets

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 10:10 AM PDT






Google had announced Android One as a reference platform to make it easier for hardware manufacturers to build Android smartphones in emerging markets. The solution is designed as a turn-key solution where Google pre-selects core components and qualify vendors so that phone manufacturers can make hardware at more affordable costs.





















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Google announces Android 'L Preview'

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 10:10 AM PDT






At the Google I/O keynote presentation in San Francisco today, Android chief Sundar Pichai and Matias Duarte have revealed the next version of the mobile OS. Say hello to the new version of Android, known right now as simply the "L Preview."


The Android L Preview is based on the design idea of "Material Design" — the idea that pixels and interface elements react to your touch in an intuitive way, like you'd expect materials to in the real world. Developers can define depth and motion in their apps to respond the way they want them to when users interact with the interface.


The interface of the L Preview is flatter overall in individual elements, but the interface as a whole shows off more depth, bringing important elements "forward" to the front of the interface, with other less-important elements fading to the back. Buttons have more subtle animations and uses of bold colors to give a "fresh user experience."


Matias Duarte says that the new release of Android will include over 5000 new APIs, and will be available for attendees of Google I/O to use on development devices later today.





















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Android tablet market share now up to 62%

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 10:10 AM PDT






In the early stages of the Google I/O 2014 keynote, Google's Sundar Pichai, updated us on a few facts and figures on how well Android devices are doing around the world. Of particular note, Android tablets continue to be on the up-and-up and now account for 62% of the total tablet marketshare.





















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There are over 1 billion monthly active Android users

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 10:10 AM PDT






We're live in the Google I/O 2014 keynote, where head of Android and Chrome Sundar Pichai just dropped the fact that there are over 1 billion monthly active Android users. Straying a bit from total activation numbers that were shown before, Google has moved to showing active users over a 30-day period. That number has jumped now to over 1 billion, up a dramatic amount from the just over 500 million this time last year.


Pichai went on to say that there are over 20 billion text messages sent by Android users, 93 million selfies taken and 1.5 trillion steps tracked. Those are some pretty crazy numbers to be tied to just one smartphone platform.





















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Google introduces Android One to bring Android smartphones to developing markets

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 10:07 AM PDT

At Google I/O 2014, Google introduced its new initiative called Android One. Android One is a set of reference designs for OEMs to use to create high quality, low cost smartphones for emerging markets. Android One smartphones will run stock Android and receive automatic updates straight from Google. This will allow for a quality experience across Android One devices.


The program will launch in India, with other countries following. Google showed off an Android One device from Micromax, which features a 4.5-inch display, dual-SIM support, microSD card slot, and FM Radio. Android lead Sundar Pichai has been using the device and said that it's a pleasure to use. The best part? The device costs less than $100 making it extremely affordable for developing markets. Alongside Micromax, Karbonn and Spice will also be creating Android One devices in India.





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Google officially announces Android L release

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 10:04 AM PDT

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As expected, Google has now given us a first look as the so called Android "L release", which is said to make its way to consumers in the fall. For developers, however, L release will be available as a developer preview starting today! In order to get in on the update you'l need a Nexus device and, of course, you'll need to be part of Google's developer program. That said, it's only a matter of time before this "leaks" out to the modding community as well.


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So what's new here? In a word: plenty! According to Google the design provides a consistent vision for mobile, desktop and beyond. There's also a new universal "Material Design" language (previously known as Quantum Paper), which we'll talk more about in another post. There's also over 5000 new APIs coming to L release, as well as enhanced lockscreen notifications, new navigation buttons and so much more.


That's just a small look at what Android L Release is bringing to the table, but stay tuned to this post as we'll be sure to keep updating!


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Material Design brings massive UI overhaul for Android L

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 10:04 AM PDT


Google has just released the details on the new look and feel that it has in mind for Android L, named Material Design.


Material Design will completely overhaul the user interface in the next version of Android, but will also unify the look and feel of all Google's software over a range of devices, including laptops and tablets.


The story is developing right now at Google I/O, and we'll update you on all the details shortly.




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Google has 1 billion active 30-day Android users

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 10:04 AM PDT

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Google I/O's keynote is in full swing, and as expected, one of the first things that Sundar Pichai talked about was the number of Android activations and other related stats.


The biggest news is taht are now over one billion 30-day active users on the Android platform. Pichai further reveals that 20 billion texts are sent each day on Android, 93 million selfies are taken and 1.4 trillion steps are taken. Folks also check their phones 100 billion times a day combined.


Another important stat is that Android now makes up 62% of the tablet market, up from 46% last year. This is just the beginning, however, as Google has also introduced a new iniative for bringing in more users in developing markets and beyond, called Android One — which we'll have more details about in another post.


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1 billion active users on Android, tablet presence impresses

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 10:04 AM PDT

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How active users are roaming the world with the Android platform? 1 billion. That same figure sat around 500 million over one year ago. He was quick to point out that tablets are a big part of Android's growth and user base.


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Last year, Android tablets consumed 46% of the global market share for that form factor. This year, that number has exceeded expectations and reached 62%. These numbers do not account for devices with forked versions of Android such as Amazon's Kindle Fire line.


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And Android tablet users are installing applications at a very quick pace. Compared to 2013, Android tablet application installs has skyrocketed 236%.


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Google announces Android One project for low-cost smartphones

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 09:51 AM PDT

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Google has announced a new project at I/O called Android One that's aiming to capture more users in emerging markets. The project involves a reference smartphone that's made of affordable components that manufacturers can model cheaper smartphones out of. As an example, a Cromax Android phone was shown off with dual SIM card slots, an SD card slot, a 4.5-inch screen, and FM radio baked in. The design definitely shares some similarities of the Nexus line, too. Aside from Cromax, Google has a few other Indian manufacturers lined up to create some of these Android One devices.


These devices are slated for launch in India this fall, and Google wants to get them in other parts of the world soon after that. We didn't get any specifics on pricing or specs, but I don't think it's too much of a stretch to see these reference devices hit a few different price points, similar to Motorola's Moto G and Moto E. The entire point of Android One is to finally capture those billions of non-smartphone users, after all.


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Plants Vs Zombies 2 Dark Ages Update Delivers Nocturnal Plants, A Medieval Theme, And A Whole New World

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 09:39 AM PDT

PvZ2-Thumb Plants vs Zombies 2 launched last year with three worlds, and an update followed months later that added a fourth one with a sci-fi theme. Now Electronic Arts has rolled out another expansion of content that introduces more plants, zombies, and stages to occupy players' time. And this one is decidedly darker.



The biggest change, as the 'Dark Ages' name would suggest, is the addition of nocturnal stages. Sun power won't fall from the sky, and rather than sunflowers, players will need sun shrooms to harness light in the dark of night.





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LiftMaster's MyQ app will work with Nest to help with energy use

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 09:26 AM PDT






Garage door maker LiftMaster has announced a new partnership with Google subsidiary Nest that will enable the company's MyQ app to work with the thermostat so it can better regulate heating and cooling use in the home.





















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Google Play is now Google’s biggest cash maker after advertising

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 09:00 AM PDT

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It's only been two years since Android Market was officially replaced with the re-branded Google Play store, and it's been a wild ride for the company and its app store. With Android kicking butt and taking names, it was only a matter of time before Google Play became one of Google's most successful business ventures.


In an interview with Jamie Rosenberg, Google's VP of Digital Content, the Wall Street Journal talked with the exec a little about Google Play's success and the direction its heading. One of the biggest take-away is that Google Play is now considered the largest Google business outside of its advertising efforts.


How big has the business become? For starters, Google Play has not only surpassed Apple's AppStore in downloads, it now offers 1.5 million apps versus the 1.2 million in the AppStore — at least according to App Annie. Of course big in apps and downloads doesn't always translate to being big on revenue for developers involved with the store. While revenue generated from app sales quadrupled in 2013 when compared to 2012, Apple still generates more than twice as much revenue.


Rosenberg notes that this remains a priority for Google and part of the strategy includes expanding the availability of premium apps and payments to new countries and giving existing customers new payment options such as the recent addition of Paypal support in 13 countries.


The bottom-line is that Google Play has grown rapidly and isn't slowing down. We expect more great things from the Play store into the future, and could very likely receive at least a few announcements related to Google Play's future later today after Google I/O 2014 kicks off. For those interested in the full interview with Rosenberg, you can read it over at the Wall Street Journal.




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Zombie Gunship Reality announced, will use Project Tango technology

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 08:58 AM PDT






Developer Limbic, creators of the hit mobile action game Zombie Gunship, have announced a partnership with Google that will see a new version of the game, Zombie Gunship Reality, released that will use the technology developed for the Project Tango smartphone and tablet.





















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Supreme court rules police need a warrant to search cell phones

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 08:58 AM PDT






The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that police must have a warrant to search the content inside a cell phone of a person who has been arrested.





















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Supreme Court's Ruling In Favor Of Broadcasters May Be A Death Blow To Aereo Mobile TV Service

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 08:50 AM PDT

nexusae0_unnamed_thumb2 Well, it was fun while it lasted. In a conclusion to court cases that have been going around the country ever since the service started in 2012, the US Supreme Court ruled this morning that Aereo TV is in active violation of copyright law. The decision in favor of television and cable broadcasters and their corporate backers will effectively cripple the web and mobile streaming TV service, and may destroy the company altogether.





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Wednesday App And Game Sales: Ticket To Ride, Franco.Kernel Updater, Ground Effect Pro, And More

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 08:50 AM PDT

thumbnail Google I/O is about to kick off – can you feel the excitement? It's going to be a big day, so try to relax and check out these sales to take your mind off things. C'mon, cheap stuff!


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Apps

franco.Kernel updater – $3.99 from $5.50


Knock²+ V2 – $1.21 from $2.05


My Movies Pro – $3.99 from $5.99


G-Stomper Studio – $3.99 from $7.99


Games

Ticket to Ride – $3.49 from $6.99


Zombocalypse Now – $0.99 from $2.99


Hex Boyfriends – $0.99 from $1.99


Vampire Boyfriends – $0.99 from $1.99


Spider Solitaire Pro – Free from $0.99 (Amazon)


Ground Effect Pro – $0.99 from $3.99


Hard Lines – $0.99 from $2.99


Little Stars for Little Wars 2 – $0.99 from $1.99





Wednesday App And Game Sales: Ticket To Ride, Franco.Kernel Updater, Ground Effect Pro, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Spotify update lets you add whole albums to your playlists

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 07:43 AM PDT

Spotify-Nexus-5 Spotify has today rolled out a nice new update to its Android app today, finally giving users the ability to add whole albums to existing playlists. The release also introduces a confirmation dialogue that prevents you from adding tracks to playlists twice accidentally, and fixes an issue that caused the app to crash on devices



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[New Game] SNK Wants You To Dance To The Beat-Down In Rhythm Of Fighters

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 07:36 AM PDT

unnamed (1) I don't think I've seen such a strange combination of traditional 2D fighting games and music-rhythm gameplay since the vastly underrated Slap-Happy Rhythm Busters. In The Rhythm of Fighters, you take SNK-Playmore's classic cast of King of Fighters characters (and a few others) and have them beat the crap out of each other. But instead of over-the-top button combinations and super moves, this game tasks you with tapping and sliding in time with the chiptune music, which will correspond with your fighter's moves.





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Spofity Update Brings The Ability To Add Full Albums To Playlists, Confirm Dialog On Duplicate Songs, And Something About Chicken Soup

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 07:36 AM PDT

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Hey, Spotify users – how's it going? It's about to be going even better, because with the latest update to the music streaming app, you can finally add full albums to playlists (I kind of can't believe this wasn't possible before), and it will also confirm if you try to add the same song to a playlist twice. Both are welcome features, and should improve the playlist experience pretty drastically – it'll definitely make it a lot easier to make playlists from the collected works of a single artist.





Spofity Update Brings The Ability To Add Full Albums To Playlists, Confirm Dialog On Duplicate Songs, And Something About Chicken Soup was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Apex Launcher Adds 'OK Google' Hotword Detection And Dynamic Icon Support For Today Calendar In Version 2.4

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 07:36 AM PDT

unnamed It looks like the "OK, Google" search hotword has now become a standard feature for advanced Android launchers. Nova Launcher added the search function in its 3.0 update earlier this month, and now its biggest competitor, Apex, has followed suit. Users who are on Android 4.4 can enable the voice-activated search function in Apex Launcher 2.4. Earlier versions, sadly, cannot access the functionality - you'll have to search with your fingers like some kind of sad troglodyte.





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Netflix pushes major UI update to its Android app, changes logo, fixes bugs and more

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 07:33 AM PDT

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Taking a break from all the Google I/O 2014 news here, we have some sweet info regarding Netflix's Android app for you.


The video streaming company has pushed a major UI update to its app. There's a completely new design layout and according to the changelog, there's been some bug fixes as well. (You might also notice they've changed their logo!)


The update may be coming in waves, so if you haven't gotten it yet, just be patient.


What are you waiting for? Go check it out! Let us know what you think of the new design in the comments. Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.



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Verizon and Google working to fix things for Chromebook Pixel owners midst data confusion

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 07:20 AM PDT

If you've been following the Chromebook news lately, you may have seen a thing or two about Verizon and Chromebook Pixel owners. What went down was that Chromebook Pixel owners who purchased the LTE model were promised 100MB of free Verizon data every month for 2 years. Well, about a year into things, some Pixel owners began to notice that their free data had disappeared. They went running up in arms to Google about it, and in an attempt to alleviate customers, Google promised Pixel owners a $150 Visa gift card to help make things right.


But it looks as though big, bad Verizon wasn't purposely trying to hurt customers. Rather, it was a system mishap that caused some users to lose their free data. Here's what a Verizon spokesperson had to say on the matter:


We do understand that a very small number of Chromebook Pixel customers may have had a promo end prematurely. We apologize for this, and will work with these customers to address the situation.Debra LewisVerizon Wireless

As it seems now, Verizon is getting in touch with affected owners to fix the issue and get them their 100MB of free data back. What we don't know is if Google will still give out the $150 gift cards to owners who struggled with the issue. We'll have to wait and see how it all pans out. Nonetheless, we're glad to see Verizon and Google both being so proactive in their responses to customers who were hit by the issue.


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Could we see the Moto X+1 at Google I/O today?

Posted: 25 Jun 2014 07:20 AM PDT

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The Moto X+1 has literally been everywhere since the rumors began just a few months ago. It will certainly be Motorola's next flagship, and is definitely coming soon.


More rumors today, naturally.


We have a press images for the device, seen above. There are also rumors of a front-facing speaker on the bottom of the device, something that's worked out quite well for HTC's One M8.


It's also possible that we might get a first glimpse of it at Google I/O today (or some point this week), but it seems unlikely. (But who knows? Anything can happen.)


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