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Android 'L' preview's Easter egg is 'Webdriver Torso'

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 11:10 AM PDT

In a nod to the recent Webdriver Torso mystery that perplexed YouTube for several months — before turning out to be a simple YouTube quality testing endeavor, Google's hidden a rather unusual Easter egg in the new Android L developer preview.

Tap on the Android version number a bunch of times and you'll see not a desert platter like in KitKat, but that same selection of seemingly random red and blue rectangles that mystified the web earlier this year. Oh Google, you card.

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Want an early taste of Android L? Here are the factory images. (Nexus 5 / Nexus 7 – 2013)

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 11:10 AM PDT

Android L

Well folks, it's finally here.

Want to grab the Android L developer preview factory images? Just hit the break. (For the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7.)

But first, heed this warning from Google.

The Android preview system image is not a stable release, and may contain errors and defects that can result in damage to your computer systems, devices, and data. The preview Android system image is not subject to the same testing as the factory OS and can cause your phone and installed services and applications to stop working.

Grab the download link in the source, and as always be careful.

Source: Developer.Android.com

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Here are the L developer preview factory images

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:59 AM PDT

This part is important:

The Android preview system image is not a stable release, and may contain errors and defects that can result in damage to your computer systems, devices, and data. The preview Android system image is not subject to the same testing as the factory OS and can cause your phone and installed services and applications to stop working. 82

Have fun. Be careful.

Get the factory images for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 here.

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Factory images for Android L Developer Preview now available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013)

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:48 AM PDT

Android L developer preview factory images

And just like that, Google has officially released the factory images for both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi). For those with knowledge in these things, these factory images can be flashed to your device where you'll be running the Android L Developer Preview in no time. Download links provided at the source below. Have fun!

[Android L Developer Preview Factory Images ]

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Android 'L' preview SDK now available

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:30 AM PDT

SDK tools for Android preview release and Android Wear now rolling out

As promised during the Google I/O keynote yesterday, Google has released the SDK (software development kit) preview for Android L, along with the final SDK for Android Wear — the latter having been released as a preview some months ago. We're still waiting on the Android L preview factory images for Nexus 5 and 7, also slated to arrive today, but the really important files for developers are already available to download.

To get stuck in, devs can fire up the Android SDK Manager and pull the files in the usual way. Hopefully we won't have too much longer to wait for the factory images for Nexus 5 and 7, which will give is a feel for how the new version of Android runs on real-world hardware.

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Samsung Gear Live (demo unit) first look

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:28 AM PDT

During yesterday's Google I/O keynote we learned that Samsung would be entering the Android Wear game right away, and since then the Gear Live has already become available for pre-order on Google Play.

Want a better look at the device? Honestly, you need look no further than the Gear Neo, since that's essentially what the Gear Live is, albeit with the removal of Tizen and the addition of the Android Wear platform. But as Josh Vergara found out when playing around with the demo unit yesterday, there is at least one welcome change to the outerlook of the device: the clasp/band has been changed out for a design more in line with what was found with the Gear Fit.

Keep in mind, that this is a demo unit, so Josh was unable to divulge too many details related to Android Wear OS performance on the device, but we imagine the hardware behind the Gear Live should be more than enough to provide a solid experience.

For those looking for a closer look at the actual UI, Josh has since picked up his LG G Watch and will be bringing us a more in-depth look at Android Wear later today.

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PSA: talk about all the latest Android Wear smartwatches at AndroidForums.com

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:20 AM PDT

Android Forums

If you're looking for a place to talk about Google's first batch of Android Wear smartwatches — including the LG G Watch, the Motorola Moto 360 and the newly-announced Samsung Gear Live — look no further. We have sections for the LG G Watch and Moto 360 already chock full of healthy discussion at AndroidForums.com, and the shiny new Samsung Gear Live section is live for those of you interested in that piece of wrist-bound tech.

Here are just a few choice threads you might want to dig into once you make your way over there:

Looking for even more coverage? Don't forget we've gone hands-on with the Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live at Google I/O yesterday, and you can expect more coverage from the LG G Watch later on today. Get buzzing!

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SDKs for Android L preview and Android Wear go live, factory images can’t be far behind

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:20 AM PDT

Android Developers

As promised, Google has officially made both the Android L preview and Android Wear SDKs available to developers. The necessary files are now available via the Android SDK Manger, and should give developers all the tools they need to start building apps for Android L and Android Wear.

Keep in mind that for us normal folk, there isn't much here. We anticipate the Android L preview factory images will be released very soon for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (WiFi), so hang tight. Ah, feels like Christmas morning, doesn't it?

[Android Developers]

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Google makes it easy to check your phone for compatibility with Android Wear

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:20 AM PDT


With the release of the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live yesterday and the Moto 360 coming soon, all powered by Android Wear, you may be ready to drop your money on one of these new smart watches. Before you do though, it might be worth the time to verify that your smartphone will work with Android Wear. According to Google all it takes is a phone running Android 4.3, so most new devices should be okay.

If you are not sure whether your specific phone is running Android 4.3 or is otherwise compatible, Google is making it easy to figure it out. Just fire up your browser on your smartphone and surf over to http://g.co/WearCheck. I will note that this only seemed to work with the stock browser on my phone and not the Chrome browser.

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NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chip showcased in several Google I/O announcements

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:04 AM PDT


During Google's keynote presentation for Google I/O 2014 yesterday, one of the demo videos shown to the audience highlighted some of the new graphics properties that will be available to developers in Android L. The video shared a little rivalry that put on display the graphic tools that will be available via the Android Extension Pack. To help highlight the potential, Google enlisted the aid of Epic games and their Unreal Engine 4 and NVIDIA with their Tegra K1 processor which is a 64-bit processor. Be sure to check out the video below to see how close Android will be getting to matching desktop level DirectX 11 graphics.

Gaming and graphics are not the only areas that will see the benefit of the combination of Android L's support for 64-bit processor and a 64-bit processor like the Tegra K1. NVIDIA's top end chip is also helping power the new Android TV platform, an Android Auto solution, and it is a key part of Project Tango. For the Android TV platform, NVIDIA has developed an Android reference design based on the Tegra K1 and Google is handing out Tegra devkits for those that want to start working on set top boxes or TVs based on Android TV.

For the work Google is doing with the Open Automotive Alliance on Android Auto, NVIDIA has developed a Tegra visual computing module (VCM) that automakers can slide right into their existing models as a sort of turnkey solution to deploy Android Auto. NVIDIA also points out that the VCM software is updateable, so new features can be added in the future.

Another devkit that Google is making available to developers is a Tegra K1 powered Project Tango tablet kit. Besides powering the tablets, the Tegra K1 brings some 3D and Computer Vision power to the table.

Check out the videos below to get an idea of how the Tegra K1 will help power some of the new technologies Google announced yesterday. Be sure to watch for more coverage from TalkAndroid on Google I/O 2014.

Unreal Engine 4 "Rivalry" Demo

Click here to view the embedded video.

Project Tango Opens Doors to 3D Computer Vision

Click here to view the embedded video.

sources: NVIDIA – Tegra K1 at Google I/O, NVIDIA and Android Auto, NVIDIA PC Class Gaming, NVIDIA and Android TV

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More like Moto 320, right?

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 09:57 AM PDT

Android Wear is certainly interesting and it's great to see several different variations from several different vendors like Samsung and LG. Motorola is probably the most interesting because, instead of a rectangular display, they went with a circle. Well, almost. While they call it the Moto 360, it looks a lot more like a Moto 320. (Moto 324 if we're getting the compasses out.) While the top and sides of the display are decidedly circular, the bottom is cut off. It's a concession to the current limits of technology and design. Would a bigger bezel, thicker body, or extruded strap element have been a better choice? I don't know. All I do know is that the chunk missing from the Moto 360 is like a splinter in my eye. I can never not see it.

What do you think? Was cutting off the bottom of an otherwise perfectly round display the right choice for the Moto 360 to make?

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Yellow Nexus 5 tipped by official Google web page

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 09:36 AM PDT

Not feeling the black, white or red versions of the Nexus 5 that Google currently offers? No worries, friend, because another color may soon be available.

Over on Google's official "Android Phones & Tablets" web page, there's a section that highlights the Nexus 5 and its various specs. At the end of the description, Google says that the Nexus 5 is available in "black, white, red, and yellow."

While a yellow Nexus 5 is still very much unofficial, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see such a device introduced. Google has launched white versions of several previous Nexus devices after the black model originally launched, and with the Nexus 5 it added a red variant several months after the N5's debut in late 2013.

The combination of the Android L Developer Preview and a yellow Nexus 5 could reinvigorate interest in Google's current flagship smartphone, so it might not be a bad idea for El Goog to introduce a new flavor of the device. Here's to hoping that this web page mention means that the launch of a yellow Nexus 5 isn't too far off.

Would you buy a yellow Nexus 5?

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Google brightens things up with yellow Nexus 5

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 09:18 AM PDT


Over at the Google web site for all things Android, in the Phones & Tablets section you may notice a new option for the Nexus 5. According to the description, the device is available in four colors. Black, white and red have all been available, but a new choice – yellow – is now listed in the block of text. If you are interested in a yellow Nexus 5, it looks like you will need to be patient for a while longer though. Following the link to the Google Play store to place an order shows yellow missing from the choices offered to buyers.

Thus far, Google has not released any information regarding this new yellow version of the Nexus 5 or when it may actually be available to order. It is not clear what shade of yellow the device may come in, but Google does sell a bright yellow bumper case for the Nexus 5 as shown below. That could be the shade they go for.


source: Android Official Web Site

via: TuttoAndroid

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An up close look at the Moto 360 from Google I/O

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 09:11 AM PDT

While we got to see new Android Wear devices like the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live during Google I/O, on device that we didn't see too much of was the long-awaited Moto 360. Both the G Watch and Gear Live are now available for purchase, but the Moto 360 still isn't ready for prime time. Thusly, Motorola has posted up a quick two-minute video that gives an up close and personal look at their upcoming smartwatch.

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[New Game] Cartoon Network's Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake Arrives In The Play Store

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 08:56 AM PDT

m Oh those monsters, always stealing baked goods. This time they're not getting away with it. Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake is a wacky RPG wherein you must journey across Gogapoe Island in search of Niko's birthday cake.

The game bears a bit of a resemblance to the classic Zelda games with a top-down view and lots of outdoor hedge mazes. Puzzles? You bet there are puzzles. Through the course of your journey, you will gain the favor of various monsters with unique and wonderful powers...

[New Game] Cartoon Network's Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake Arrives In The Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Keep 2.3 Update Adds Support For Android Wear [APK Download]

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 08:56 AM PDT

unnamed (14) Just one day after Google's expanded introduction of Android Wear at I/O, one of the apps demonstrated in the keynote is being updated to support it. Most of us can't get our hands on the LG G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live until July, but for those who actually attended I/O, and who have one or the other as some awesome swag, the latest update to Google's Keep notation and reminder app will be a welcome one.

Google Keep 2.3 Update Adds Support For Android Wear [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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How to check if your phone is compatible with Android Wear

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 08:20 AM PDT

Wear Check

One of the many things Google talked about yesterday was Android Wear. They gave us a demo of the software, and announced two smartwatches that can be purchased right now. One thing that they didn't talk a lot about is what devices are compatible with Android Wear. Luckily there is a very simple way to check if your phone will work with a Wear device.

  1. Go to g.co/WearCheck on your Android device

  2. Read the results.

The site will detect your phone and let you know if it's compatible. If you get the nice big green check marks, like on the Nexus 5 above, you are good to go. Here's a little cheat if you don't feel like checking a website: Android Wear only works with devices running Android 4.3 or higher. Most newer devices will be fine, but if your phone is a little on the older end it may not. iPhones are also not compatible.

So, did your phone make the cut? Are you getting an Android Wear device?

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Razer announces gaming micro-console powered by Android TV, coming this fall

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 08:07 AM PDT

Now that we've all had a day to relax and recuperate after Google's onslaught of announcements at Google I/O, it's time to look at some of the smaller things. Razer has announced that it'll be taking full advantage of one of Google's newest inventions, Android TV. Razer has a micro-console coming this fall that will be powered by Android TV. Unsurprisingly for Razer, the set-top box will be focused on gaming, both casual and intense, although it will of course be able to do everything else that can be done with Android TV.

Razer is keeping the specs close to the chest, but the above picture shows a simple black box with neon green lighting, a signature of Razer. The micro-console can be controlled either by voice or through your Android device. We'd also assume that the UI could be navigated entirely through the gaming controller that should come with the device. Pricing wasn't specific, but Razer says that it will be "affordable." In any case, we're looking forward to giving it a test come fall.

Would you rather have an Android TV set-top box or have it built directly into your TV?

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Check out a visual comparison of Android L versus Android KitKat

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 07:37 AM PDT

android material design 2 I don't know about anyone else, but I needed a moment after the amount of stuff Google dropped on developers, bloggers and the rest of the world, yesterday. One of the most prominent debuts to come out of Google I/O, day one was Android L. The completely overhauled next version of Android is both enticing and beautiful, but how does it stack up visually with Android in its current form — KitKat? Well the folks at phoneArena put together a nice side-by-side comparison for the world to see.

We have the gallery for you after the break. One thing's for sure, the attention to detail is extreme. Even so, it's the most visually appealing Android to date. What do you guys think? As always, keep it locked here for more Android and Google I/O 2014 news.

A-new-settings-menu Adding-calendar-events App-settings Gallery-1 Gallery-2 Gallery-3 Google-Hangouts-new-chat Google-Hangouts-settings Google-Keep-1 Google-Maps-1 Google-Maps-2 New-Docs-or-Drive-vs-old-Drive-item-creation Play-Music Radio-buttons-too Same-goes-for-the-Gmail-app-1 Same-goes-for-the-Gmail-app-2 Same-goes-for-the-Gmail-app-3 Search-is-also-more-simplistic-and-cleaner-looking Sliders-across-the-board-have-also-been-redesigned The-calendar-is-more-attractive-too The-People-contacts-app-has-also-seen-some-changes-1 The-People-contacts-app-has-also-seen-some-changes-2 The-People-contacts-app-has-also-seen-some-changes-3 The-stock-Android-Email-app-has-seen-some-changes

source: phoneArena

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Stickman Soccer 2014 1.4 APK

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 07:28 AM PDT

Stickman Soccer 2014

Djinnworks updates Stickman Soccer 2014 android game with various gameplay adjustments and compatibility fixes for older devices. Stickman soccer was improved really nice than the old version. The gameplay like a real game you just need to move your player and goal. If you played stick man soccer, you'd love this game. Stickman Soccer 2014 is compatible as it has very less memory compared to EA FIFA world cup but has a wonderful gameplay it's worth playing this game.

Stickman Soccer 2014 is way better than the regular game. More teams, more excitement, more featuring, more textures. Features with new game modes including World Cup, America Cup, Europe Cup and more you have to choose your national soccer team and rank up while playing various seasons, cups or world cups in spectacular stadiums, or simple dominate in street or beach soccer style matches. Stickman Soccer 2014 also features with new teams, more countries that you can choose your favorite national soccer team from more than 40 different skilled teams and lead them to glory. You are able to win cups and win short and long seasons too.

Stickman Soccer is probably an excellent game for an android phone and time pass, the best android based football game ever. From the graphics, sound and additional content that will last you a very long time, this game is the finest soccer slim you will ever come across. The best thing is you don't have to show off realism and boast over 1gb of space like some other titles to impress, all it takes is some love, dedication and a lot of heart to create pure magic. A must download!

Previous versions:

Requires Android: 2.2+

Download File: 27MB (Stickman Soccer 2014 APK)

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Here's how to check if your phone is compatible with Android Wear

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 07:28 AM PDT

Many of you will soon be picking up new Android Wear devices like the G Watch, Gear Live or Moto 360, but there are a few things you'll need to get out of the way first — like whether or not they'll will work with your phone. Android Wear is compatible with with any Android phone running 4.3 or higher, so if you have a newer device you should be good to go. If you're not sure however, Google has an easy way for you to check.

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Just get Android Wear? These are the first 10 things you need to know!

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 07:14 AM PDT

Thousands of eager Android fans are picking up a LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live today at Google I/O. And thousands more are awaiting theirs to arrive in just a couple short weeks after being ordered on Google Play.

It's Android all right, but it's a different kind of Android, designed to work on the small scale, with minimal touch input, all on your wrist. Android Wear also is still in its infancy. And while we're mostly impressed with what we see thus far, there's always some room for improvement. We've got some quality time with Android Wear under our belts already, and we're hear to help you on your way. First and foremost is that you'll need the updated Google Play Services 5.0 app, as well as the Android Wear app, which you'll use to set up the connection between your phone and your watch. (It's not unlike any of the other smartwatches in that respect, really).

That's the easy stuff. We'll help you through some more. (And check out this post if you need some help setting up your Android Wear.) If you're just getting your Android Wear device, we've worked up a list of the top 10 things you need to know right this second.

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How to set up your Android Wear watch

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 07:14 AM PDT

Before you can really start doing anything with your Android Wear watch, you have to get the software sorted and set up. Luckily, that's not very difficult at all. You'll need the companion application and the new version of Google Play Services, which should install itself automatically once you've begun.

The good news is that none of this is hard, and it's basically an app just like any other app. Anyone who tried out a Galaxy Gear from Samsung last year is familiar how this goes. For everyone else, read on!

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App indexing in Google Search is live, and it's spectacular

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 07:01 AM PDT

Google Play news never quite seems to get the love it deserves at Google I/O keynotes, but there was one nugget of news I was pretty stoked to see yesterday. App indexing, previously available to a select few, is now available for anyone who wants it.

Here's how it works: You'll add a little extra code in your app to tell it how to handle all this stuff, and then you add deep links to your website, and tell Google they're there. The result is what you see above. When someone searches on their phone or tablet for an item that's been properly indexed with these deep links, the results will turn up with an option to open in your app. Or if you're using the search bar, you'll see deep links that way, too. It's pretty cool, and it's a must-have for anyone with a kick-ass website and app.

Our app indexing is now live. Enjoy.

More: App indexing for Google Search

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Deal of the Day: Seidio SURFACE Case for HTC One (M8)

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 07:01 AM PDT

The SURFACE Case is the ultimate low-profile HTC One (M8) hard case; combining a super-slim design with a protective outer shell. The exterior features a custom soft coating that provides additional grip to help prevent accidental drops. Colors include black, blue, red, purple and gold.

The Seidio SURFACE Case is available for just $16.95, 43% off today only. Grab yours today!

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