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SDK Manager lists Android 5.1.1

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 03:07 PM PDT

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It has only been a few weeks since Android 5.1 was introduced to the public and pushed to select devices, but software updates wait for nothing. There is always something to be fixed, changed, or added. The next version of Android, 5.1.1, could be released soon as it has been spotted in the Android SDK Manager. It has not yet been added to AOSP, so hold off on continuously checking for a software update.


We will let you know when Android 5.1.1 starts hitting Nexus devices.


Via: Android Police




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Skype 5.3 Brings Chat Bubble Layout And Oversized, Animated Emoticons—Meanwhile Qik 1.5 Introduces New Video Effects

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 03:05 PM PDT

Skype-Thumb Emoticons are nothing new for Skype or any other instant messaging client. Why, then, are they worth mentioning in version 5.3's changelog? Because now they're big. If you send a message containing only an emoticon, Skype will display a large version, complete with animation. Expressions appended to the end of a sentence, on the other hand, will continue to show up tiny.


While you're checking out these screenshots, also note the app's bubble style chat layout, which has now made its way over from other platforms to Android.



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Skype 5.3 Brings Chat Bubble Layout And Oversized, Animated Emoticons—Meanwhile Qik 1.5 Introduces New Video Effects was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Introduce Kids to Programming With Scratch Jr for Android

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 02:59 PM PDT

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scratchjr The popular Scratch programming environment is now available for students to use on their Android tablets. Scratch Jr has been available on iPads for over a year and now it is available on Android too. (Thanks to Danny Nicholson for the news).


On Scratch Jr for Android studetns can program multimedia stories and games. To program a story or game on Scratch Jr students select background settings for each frame. Then in each frame students select the actions that they want their characters to take. Students snap programming pieces together to make characters move and talk in their stories and games.


Check out the ScratchED community for great examples of teachers using Scratch in their classrooms. The video below was published when Scratch Jr came to the iPad. The concepts in it apply to the Android version as well.





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Reminder: 15 of you are going to win an ASUS ZenFone 2, and there's still time to enter!

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 02:52 PM PDT




There's still plenty of time to get your video submitted to win an ASUS ZenFone 2!



A quick reminder, folks, that we've got a ZenFone 2 to give away, and for you to get an early look at right alongside us. And actually, we have 30 of them to give away. And while 15 are already claimed, we've got 15 more that are still up for grabs.


That's right. A total of 30 free phones. And not just any phone. The ZenFone 2.


If you haven't entered to win yet, there's still time. And it's still easy. Here's what you need to do.





















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Google News and Weather updated, adds new “suggested for you” feature

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 02:43 PM PDT

Review: MailWise is a clutter-free email client

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 02:22 PM PDT

Email. We all have to deal with it and we all wish we didn't. I spend all day in and out of my mobile and desktop email clients and know the importance of finding one that makes handling email easier and more pleasurable.


MailWise is described by its developers as providing you with "your inbox as it should be". The free email app prides itself on its clean and clear interface, taking the clutter out of the email experience. It's not the only email app out there trying to improve upon and simplify the email experience — Mailbox and Inbox by Google being the obvious candidates — but it does hold some advantages.


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Setting up an account in MailWise is easy. The app supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail, Live.com, Outlook, MSN, Gmail, GMX and IMAP accounts and you are able to manage more than one account within Mail Wise. Unfortunately, there's no POP3 support but for most people using purely webmail services, this won't be much of a hinderance.


Once you've added your accounts, you can set up your update intervals (the more frequent the bigger the impact on battery life), notifications, the name of your accounts and other settings. You'll also be shown a brief but informative tutorial that talks you through MailWise's interface and main features.



MailWise is all about simplifying email and focusing on the content you need. You can view your mail by individual account or in a unified view. Emails are automatically grouped into conversation threads, much more reminiscent of SMS and IM apps. Email conversations are much easier to follow in this format with none of the lengthy email back-and-forth with multiple quote levels to trawl through in order to find the part you are after. Instead, each participant's replies are clear and chronological.


What's best about MailWise is how it strips out unneccessary headers and minimizes signatures. Although seemingly minor, in a conversation of twenty-plus emails you can very easily get bored of scrolling past the same same signatures every time! If you need the information in a signature, it's still there — you just tap to expand it.


Newsletters and social notifcation emails are auto-grouped too meaning they won't clog up your inbox.


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Navigating MailWise is just as simple. The UI is clear and consistent — although minimal, I find MailWise to be a very good looking app (not quite Material Design, but not far off). The app makes use of a couple of gestures that you'll be comfortable with if you've tried any other third-party mail client. Swiping left will archive your message by default (although this can be changed) and swiping right will bring up other options for deleting, adding to a folder, marking read/unread or starring.


You can easily search for mail in MailWise. I found the search function to be fast and accurate. It's also possible to view just unread or starred items or just look at emails with attachments, which comes in handy.


If security is your main concern — perhaps if you deal with a lot of confidential or corporate information in your emails — MailWise could also be ideal for you because it has no server side and data is only stored locally on your device.


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In the settings you can customize MailWise and alter things like account signatures, notifications, quiet times, account color, quick responses and more — it's really worth diving into the settings to see how you can fine-tune the experience for your own use case. There's only support for push notificaitons for Exchange accounts with push for IMAP being added in the future. You can, however, set notificaiton intervals to 1 minute for IMAP accounts if you wish.


If you're looking for a simple, easy to use and highly-polished email app, MailWise is definitely worth checking out. There are certainly areas where some minor improvements would be welcome, but the clean, concentrated and clutter-free reading environment and unified inbox should be enough to satisfy most heavy email users.


Take a look at MailWise on Google Play or head to mail-wise.com for more information





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Lollipop OTA will begin rolling out to the T-Mobile LG G3 on April 7th

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 02:20 PM PDT

Disney Releases Nostalgic Game DuckTales: Remastered With a Price Tag Scrooge Wouldn't Like

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 02:02 PM PDT

app cover Saturday mornings during my childhood were all about three things: a couple hours of freedom from parents, sugary cereal, and awesome cartoons. One of the best cartoons was DuckTales, the story of a cranky old duck, Scrooge, who liked to swim in a pool of gold coins and yell at his nephews as they tried to solve a mystery or rewrite history. There were a lot of race cars, lasers, and aeroplanes, along with villains and exotic locales.



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Disney Releases Nostalgic Game DuckTales: Remastered With a Price Tag Scrooge Wouldn't Like was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Google Apps Customers Will Start Getting Google+ Photos In Drive On April 6th, Plus More Details About Functionality

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 02:02 PM PDT

Drive-Thumb Google announced the addition of Google+ Photos to Drive earlier this week, but for once Apps customers aren't left waiting too long. This feature will start hitting those accounts on April 6th. Google has also been kind enough to offer more info on how Photos in drive will work, in case you were wondering.


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Here's what Google has to say about the new feature.






  • All users will see a new menu item in Drive called Google Photos, including those who don't currently use Google+ Photos.




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Google Apps Customers Will Start Getting Google+ Photos In Drive On April 6th, Plus More Details About Functionality was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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DUAL! Embraces Local Multiplayer For An Interesting Take On Shoot-Em-Ups

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 02:02 PM PDT

unnamed (1) Remember when we used to play games with people who were actually in the same room? Rookie Play Store developer Seabaa does. They've created DUAL!, an Android game that positively demands you play it with friends. DUAL is a basically a top-down space shooter in the style of Galaga, but the structure has been modified to allow two people to play across two Wi-Fi connected devices, either competitively or cooperatively.



The primary game mode pits two players against each other.



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DUAL! Embraces Local Multiplayer For An Interesting Take On Shoot-Em-Ups was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Venmo Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Its Mobile Apps And The Web

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 02:02 PM PDT

Venmo-Thumb Mobile payments app Venmo has been around for years now, but without two-factor authentication, security hasn't been as good as it could be. Fortunately the company is now getting around to changing that. Today it announced that it has added two-factor authentication to its mobile apps (Android and iOS) as well as the web.


When you attempt to sign into Venmo from a new phone, the service will send you a 6-digit code that you will need in order to get inside.



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Venmo Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Its Mobile Apps And The Web was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Android malware installs decreased by nearly 50% in 2014, says Google

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 01:42 PM PDT

HTC Sense Home brings themes, intelligent widget, and more to the One M8,

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 01:33 PM PDT

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It's not Sense 7, but HTC is bringing HTC One M8 owners a taste of some of the new features touted in the HTC One M9. By updating their BlinkFeed app in the Google Play Store — now officially renamed "HTC Sense Home" — HTC is giving One M8 users the ability to apply a handful of themes we took a look at on the One M9.


Not every theme is available, as some require Sense 7 to function, but there's enough here that it should wet your appetite until a future software update arrives. But you can get started building your own themes, even publishing your favorites for others to download, or following your favorite designers.


Aside from themes, HTC's Sense Home Widget has also been added. Sense Home Widget is a little folder that intelligently delivers commonly used applications based on your location. It even offers suggestions for apps you haven't downloaded yet.


HTC BlinkFeed has also been updated, now pulling in Tumblr feeds if you'd like. The lock screen has also received some small, Sense 7 like UI tweaks with a different font style and weather widget that mirrors the HTC One M9.


All in all a pretty substantial update, one we didn't see coming. This, foks, is why HTC thew their system apps on the Play Store — no need to wait around for a full system update to enjoy great new software features. You can update via the Google Play Store linked down below.






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Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge review

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 01:22 PM PDT





Samsung outdid itself with the hardware and camera on the Galaxy S6, but there are a few compromises in other areas.


Bottom Line


The Galaxy S6 finally offers the hardware that we've long desired, and it's included a wonderful camera. That's going to cost a pretty penny, especially since the software experience and battery life just aren't up to speed.





















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T-Mobile to begin over-the-air Lollipop LG G3 update April 7

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 01:07 PM PDT




T-Mobile is set to roll out the over-the-air Lollipop update for its version of the LG L3 on Tuesday, April 7, after first launching the same update via their mobile support tool.


That version of the update became available earlier this week, but now official T-Mobile rep "Des" confirmed the OTA launch for the LG G3 on his Twitter account:





















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Hands-on: Aukey 10000mAh External Battery Quick Charger

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 12:52 PM PDT





This new backup battery rocks a sleek design and Quick Charge 2.0.


We finally have our hands on one of Aukey's most popular external batteries, and first impressions are better than we expected. This battery seems to have it all: attractive design, moderate size, and the ability to rapidly juice up devices using Quick Charge 2.0. We'll dive a little deeper and check out how it works and if it's a respectable accessory to go with current Quick Charge compatible devices.





















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Microsoft Releases Beta Of 'Office Lens' Document Scanning App For Android

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 12:51 PM PDT

unnamed Office Lens is an app that lets you capture notes, business cards, reciepts, and any other scrap of paper as a digital file. Microsoft released a version of Office Lens for Windows Phone last year, and now it's coming to Android as a beta. It's free, but you need to do the usual beta program song and dance.




To save a slip of paper as an image, simply open the app and point the camera at your target.



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Microsoft Releases Beta Of 'Office Lens' Document Scanning App For Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Amazon's Echo Voice Controlled Speaker Gains Pandora Support Plus MLB And MLS Scores In The Latest Update

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 12:51 PM PDT

DeviceHeroImg The Amazon Echo, as a sort of physical embodiment of the functionality that voice-controlled services like Google Now offer, is an interesting idea. But without a screen or much in the way of direct input, its utility is limited by the number of services that it ties into. For example, before today the Echo could only access music from iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and Amazon's own cloud music service. The latest software update enables much-needed support for Pandora.



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Amazon's Echo Voice Controlled Speaker Gains Pandora Support Plus MLB And MLS Scores In The Latest Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.




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Facebook’s New ‘Riff’ App Now Available for Download in Google Play

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 12:47 PM PDT

Facebook launched a new app called Riff the other day and basically what it allows you to do is film a video, which then lets your friends add to the video and so forth, to make some very interesting videos.


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Here's how it works:

• Log in with Facebook to see videos by friends on Riff

• Start a video you want people to add to

• Browse Riff for videos you want to add your own clip to

• Get inspired by checking out videos the Riff team has featured

• Share the videos you start, add to, or find on Riff with friends!


Click here to download Facebook Riff in Google Play–let us know how you like it.


Facebook's New 'Riff' App Now Available for Download in Google Play is a post from: Android in Canada Blog


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Skype 5.3 for Android Released with Redesigned Chat Bubbles, Emoji Support

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 12:47 PM PDT

Skype today has released a new update for its Android app to support some visual changes in chats and also to note support for emoji. Also, if you are connected to Android Auto, Skype now supports speech to text.


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Here's what's also new:



  • Catching up on an active conversation is now easier; chat will no longer auto-scroll to the latest as new messages come in.

  • Now you can change and view avatars for all of your group chats; just use the "Participants" option in a group chat to get started.

  • After signing out, you will now need to re-enter user name and password to sign in again. This will make it easier on those of you who use multiple accounts.


Click here to download Skype from Google Play.


Skype 5.3 for Android Released with Redesigned Chat Bubbles, Emoji Support is a post from: Android in Canada Blog


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ZeroLemon battery is solar-powered and packing 10,000mAh of power [Deal]

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 12:32 PM PDT

d2aaff94548390b60999dc2bdb9284c09a03dc56_main_hero_image Power up your gadgets in the most unexpected places with the extremely compact SolarJuice battery pack, which packs 10,000mAh of power into a pocket-sized package you can take anywhere. SolarJuice charges up at home like your average battery pack, but also lets you add extra juice on-the-go using its built-in solar panel — so you'll



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T-Mobile LG G3 Lollipop OTA update arriving April 7

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 12:31 PM PDT

LG G3 owners on the Uncarrier were already able to make the leap to Lollipop this week via the LG Mobile Support Tool if they had a PC available to install it on. For the rest of you, the wait for the OTA just got that much harder.


Fortunately, Des has stepped in with the news you were waiting for:




So sometime next Tuesday, you should receive the notification that your Lollipop OTA is available and you can finally join your PC-owning LG G3 brethren in Lollipop bliss.





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DeNA’s Marvel Mighty Heroes fights its way to the Google Play Store

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 12:13 PM PDT

WSJ: The EU is preparing to file antitrust charges against Google

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 07:32 AM PDT

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According to new report published by the The Wall Street Journal, the European Commission is preparing to file antitrust charges against Google.



The Journal writes that "The European Commission, the European Union's top antitrust authority, has been asking companies that filed complaints against Google for permission to publish some information they previously submitted confidentially."


At this precise moment in time, exact details are a little thin, but we'll have much more information if the European Commission decides to proceed — so be sure to check back for more information.


Source: WSJ




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Hints of Android 5.1.1 start popping up in Android SDK manager

Posted: 02 Apr 2015 07:18 AM PDT

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Don't look now, but Google is working on a bug fixer for the bug fixer. Android 5.1 — which mostly introduced a sea of squashed bugs and just a couple of new user-facing features — seems to be getting a follow-up.


One Google+ user noticed that Android 5.1.1 started showing up in his Android Studio SDK manager this morning. We're seeing the very same goods in our own installations of the SDK manager.


We've heard murmurings from trusted sources in previous weeks that Google was prepping 5.1.1 and that devices with the supposed firmware were visiting their apps and websites. So what's new?


We can't really tell just yet. This is a .1 incremental release, after all, which typically serve as nothing but minor bug fixers. It's likely there isn't much new to be had on the surface, though we haven't had a chance to get our hands fully dirty just yet. We'll get digging, but in the meantime we'll be on the lookout for any announcements from Google later today, as well as possible factory images for Nexus devices should Google look to start a rollout in the near future. Stay tuned!


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