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Google Testing Extra Reminder Button In Inbox

Posted: 22 Mar 2015 03:35 PM PDT

A few days ago, we noticed a new sight in Inbox by Gmail - another FAB. The new floating action button is blue, and exists only to create reminders. Since then, we've received numerous reports of the FAB popping up for more users. Personally, only one of my two accounts has the new FAB, suggesting that this might be a slow rollout or even an A/B test for the new feature.

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Google Testing Extra Reminder Button In Inbox was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Weekly poll results: which gallery app do you use most?

Posted: 22 Mar 2015 03:22 PM PDT

Gallery apps are one of the many pre-loaded apps that most manufacturer's will give you their own special version of.

Samsung has the Samsung Gallery, Motorola has the Motorola Gallery, and so on. While we call many of the apps that manufacturers load onto our phones bloatware, these galleries are not counted among them. But as we've gone through our latest series on Android photography, we wondered just how many of our readers were indeed content with the standard gallery, and how many had moved on to an app with more functionality, like automatic backup in Photos or the ability to browse through cloud services in QuickPic. So, as we do every week at Android Central, we put it to a vote.

And it was a photo finish... just not for first place.

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How to run a poll on Google+

Posted: 22 Mar 2015 02:22 PM PDT

Polls are a nice, easy ways to gauge opinions.

Politicians are always using polls to assess voter — and donor — opinions. Google Opinion Rewards pays us for answering their short polls. Here at Android Central, our weekly polls are one of the many ways we try to see what you, our readers, think about Android and the burning questions of the day. But what about when you want to get some opinions about which app is better, or what you should do with some old tech? Well, you can run your own poll, right there on Google+. In ye olden days, you ran a poll in Google+ by making a post, commenting on your own post with the answers, and then disabling any more comments. The votes were cast using +1s, but since you could +1 more than one comment and there was no further dialog, things got a bit hectic, and bit boring. Since Google bought and integrated the polling app company Polar into Google+ last year, giving us the ability to conduct our own proper polls at a whim, those days are behind us.

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AC editors' apps of the week: Lampshade.io, Tube Map, Stick Hero and more

Posted: 22 Mar 2015 12:08 PM PDT

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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[Weekend Poll] When's The Last Time You Bought A Paid App Or Game On The Play Store?

Posted: 22 Mar 2015 11:39 AM PDT


This weekend's poll is about your money - and how you spend it. Specifically, on the Play Store. Now, when I ask if you've bough an app or game on the Play Store, I mean an app or game, not music, movies, books, or TV shows - nor any kind of subscription. For the purpose of this poll, purchases of "unlock" IAPs (in-app purchases) that unlock a full, ad-free, or "pro" version of an app or game will count.

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[Weekend Poll] When's The Last Time You Bought A Paid App Or Game On The Play Store? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Nexus Player looks set for official UK release on March 26

Posted: 22 Mar 2015 11:37 AM PDT

Having been officially available in the U.S. for sometime now, the ASUS made Nexus Player looks set to go on sale officially in the UK on March 26. Amazon UK currently has a listing to pre-order the Nexus Player for £79.99 with free shipping around its expected shipping date.

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Check out the Android 5.1 changelog for Motorola’s Moto X (2nd Gen.)

Posted: 22 Mar 2015 11:17 AM PDT

Motorola is known for being pretty quick with its Android OS updates lately, and it looks like that's going to continue with Android 5.1.

The Android 5.1 changelog for the Moto X (2nd Gen.) has been posted to Motorola's website. These release notes are for the XT1095 version, which is the carrier-free Pure Edition of Motorola's current flagship. According to the page, the Android 5.1 update will bring usability improvements for notifications and interruptions, improvements to the Android Runtime (ART) that'll lead to faster app launch times, a bevy of bug fixes, and some other standard Android 5.1 goodies like Device Protection and the ability to change Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth connections from Quick Settings.

Motorola hasn't made any announcements about when this update will actually begin rolling out to us regular folk, but the fact that Moto's posted the changelog to its website suggests that the rollout is getting close and may be undergoing soak testing. Here's to hoping that everything goes well and that the full push begins soon. Until it does, you can find the full Android 5.1 changelog for the Moto X (2nd Gen.) at the link below.

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LG G Flex 2 is targeted for a specific group in Taiwan

Posted: 22 Mar 2015 11:02 AM PDT


While carriers in the United States have yet to release the handset, consumers in other markets have been able to purchase the LG G Flex 2. The unique curved display separates itself from almost every other handset available. It must be targeted at someone, right? An executive from LG Taiwan revealed the consumers targeted with the G Flex 2.

Jee Hyung Lee, CEO and President of LG Taiwan, said that business consumers who are 30-45 years old will make up most of the handset's sales. By the end of this year, the company is expected to sell 20,000 units in Taiwan. That is almost triple the amount of original G Flex's sold in Taiwan last year. Lee did not provide any reasoning for the expectations.

Source: Focus Taiwan

Via: Phone Arena

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Looking back at the HTC One (M8)

Posted: 22 Mar 2015 07:42 AM PDT

This 2-pack of LG G3 screen protectors is on sale for $4.95 today

Posted: 22 Mar 2015 07:22 AM PDT

Shield your LG G3's display from annoying fingerprints and scratches while preventing glare at the same time with these precision cut protectors from Ventev! Including two per package, these protectors are simple to apply and leave absolutely no sticky residue when removed.

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Google files for patent on cancer-killing wearable

Posted: 22 Mar 2015 07:02 AM PDT


Google X, the company's "moon shot" research lab, is known to be involved in a lot of projects in a wide variety of fields. Last fall one of those projects was revealed to be a pill that could be used to detect cancer and other diseases. Now the company is back with a patent application for a wearable device that may be able to capitalize on that pill research to do something about the bad cells that it finds in a person's body.

The pill that was developed uses iron-oxide nanoparticles that can identify cancer cells based on biochemical signals. The nanoparticles will then "paint" the cells and travel through the body with them.

The new device described in the patent application is called a "nanoparticle phoresis" and is described a wrist band wearable device that can transmit energy into a person's body. The energy could be a variety of forms like radio frequencies, magnetic fields, acoustic pulses, or even infrared or visible light.


The idea is that the energy transmitted into a person's body can target cells or other molecules in the blood stream that pass within the path of the wearable. One obvious target would be those cells "painted" with nanoparticles. Since they are iron, a magnetic field could be used to draw them out of the bloodstream.

The target would not have to be limited to those painted with nanoparticles though if medical professionals can figure out ways to identify other target cells. As an example, Google describes certain proteins known to be involved in Parkinson's disease. Energy that targets just those proteins could be used to destroy them, slowing the development of Parkinson's disease.


source: The Telegraph

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Samsung Galaxy S6 international giveaway!

Posted: 21 Mar 2015 09:43 PM PDT

Is thirty-day battery life realistic for a smartwatch? Vector Watch thinks so

Posted: 21 Mar 2015 04:17 PM PDT


Most attention for smartwatches has been split between Google's Android Wear, Apple's Watch, and Pebble's Time. At this year's Baselworld, an annual event held in Switzerland to showcase watches and jewelry, Vector Watch arrived with luxury design and bold claims. When released this summer, it could be sitting alongside the biggest names in the smartwatch business.

The Vector Watch aims to provide users with thirty days of battery life. Yes, you read that correctly. The developers of this device are saying that the Vector Watch will operate for an entire month even when put through "high intense usage" before requiring an outlet to recharge. Interestingly, there are various third party apps and services being integrated that causes us to question the long battery life. Having IFTT, stocks, weather, and sports running constantly is sure to knock down the battery life by a few days or weeks.

Two varieties of the Vector Watch, defined by shape, will be available to consumers. The Meridian, which will cost $199 with a black nylon strap, has a rectangular design. More expensive at $349 is the Luna with the option for a brown leather strap. Then, from there, the pricing climbs as stainless steel straps are selected to finish the premium look.

Compatibility for the Vector Watch will be open to Android, Windows, and iOS devices. No information has been shared regarding the Pre-ordering has opened already with a full release scheduled for the summer.

Source: Vector Watch

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