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OnePlus releases fancy USB Type-C cable

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 02:17 PM PDT

If you're looking for a nice USB Type-C cable for your new OnePlus 2 or for your future Nexus 5X and 6P, OnePlus has you covered. The company has just released a USB Type-C cable that not only has the standard reversible Type C end, but also has a fully reversible end that goes into your computer.

On top of that, it's also flat, has a nice tie attached to it for rolling it up, and features anti-flammable materials. Unfortunately, it's only available in red, but you can get it in 100cm and 150cm lengths, in case you need a cable that's a bit longer. They go for $5.49 and $6.99 respectively, so they're fairly priced, too. Will you be picking one up?

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[Real Men Of Genius] Bud Light Salutes The Bud-E Smart Fridge

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 02:12 PM PDT


Bud Light presents Real Men of Genius.

Real Men of Genius!

Today we salute you, Mr. Bud-E smart fridge.*

Mr. Bud-E smart fridge!

Like any other so-called smart device, you think you're better than regular fridges.

You make ice, so what?

What makes you smart, buddy? A companion app. Like we haven't seen one of those before.

Your companion does the thinking.

You sync up to my team's schedule and send out notifications whenever beer is running low.

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[Real Men Of Genius] Bud Light Salutes The Bud-E Smart Fridge was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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19 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (9/22/15 - 10/5/15)

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 02:12 PM PDT

roundup_icon_largeWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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OnePlus Mini specs leak, include NFC

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 01:41 PM PDT

The rumored OnePlus Mini is gaining some steam, with a few leaks about the hardware specifications of the device popping up. The latest leak gives some pretty impressive specs for the $250 price point, but OnePlus fans might be pretty upset by the inclusion of NFC.

The device could be powered by either a Snapdragon 801 or a MediaTek Helio X10 SoC, with the latest info leaning towards the latter. And allegedly, MediaTek will release the kernel source. There will also be 2GB of RAM, 32GB of memory with a microSD card, a 5-inch IPS 1080p display, a 13MP rear camera with dual tone flash, a 5MP front wide angle camera, a 3000-3100 mAh battery, a USB Type-C port, an IR blaster, a front facing speaker, and of course, NFC.

There will also be IP67 dust and water resistance, which is a nice touch for a budget phone. And it'll have MediaTek MiraVision, which allows the processor to render games at 720p and upscale it to 1080p to get around the low-end GPU's limitations.

The lack of NFC in the latest OnePlus 2, a device more expensive than the Mini, was a disappointment. OnePlus claims that sacrifices had to be made to achieve that price point, so it's a bit of a slap to the face for OnePlus 2 owners if the Mini comes out with NFC. Otherwise, the device seems very solid.

Are you interested in the OnePlus Mini? It should launch late this year if you are. And if you're a OnePlus 2 owner, would you be mad if the Mini featured NFC? Leave a comment!

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: PixPass, Dim Light

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 01:03 PM PDT

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven't appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. Shine Launcher 3D

Shine Launcher 3D

App info:  Shine redefines 3D Launcher interface for android 3d. Shine 3D Launcher uses ultra smooth, unique with 3D effects surprisingly, the ability to interact with the user great


2. DAEMON Sync


App info: Introducing the first truly private cloud solution! Backup, sync, share and browse your photos or videos within the local wireless network. No internet access required! You don't need to register anywhere, don't need to enter your email or create login and password!


3. Dim Light

Dim Light

App info: Can you be the one to escape from this pitch-black madness? Horror adventure game, "Dim Light" Featured in Busan Indie Connect(BIC) Festival


4. Need for Speed No Limits

NFS No Limits

App info: Race for dominance in the first white-knuckle edition of Need for Speed made just for mobile – from the developer that brought you Real Racing 3.


5. PixPass


App info: PixPass is an attempt to break the monotony of remembering passwords. PixPass unlocks the power of your images to generate cryptographically strong passwords. Best of all, PixPass is also a keyboard, so you can pull it up whenever you need it, without fumbling through your phone.


Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.

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Review: Tangram — Task Browser

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 12:44 PM PDT

According to its creators, Tangram is a web browser for professionals that is "built and designed to guarantee efficiency and productivity". Allowing you to complete complex information-based tasks, it is described by developers Lateral SV as "the most efficient mobile browser on Android". These are some big claims in a crowded app market place but also noble aims in our increasingly mobile workplace.

For many people, the vast majority of their web browsing, and increasingly the entirety of their work, is completed on their phone and tablet. Tangram is built for this reason and wants to provide the necessary tools to minimize the time spent browsing and maximize the resultant output when working on a small screen.

When you first open up Tangram, you are greeted with a brief tutorial for how the app works. It's very different to other browsers, so pay attention. One of the main differences is how Tangram deals with tabs or, rather, how it completely does away with them. Instead of the usual tabbed browsing experience you've grown accustomed to, Tangram implements three separate sections within the app for seeking, selecting and storing information on the web, with an omnipresent floating action button for launching a new web page or search.

In the the first section — Web — you can search and quickly browse links. From the list view you can swipe results right to save them, or left to remove them from the list. You can open any link in a full web view and swipe to go back to the results. It's a quick way of searching, previewing and filtering through results.

The second section is called Stack and is where your saved links go. These are intelligently grouped by location, date and source automatically making the list easier to parse. From the stack, they can be swiped right to Bookmark — the third section, where the real organization happens. Saved bookmarks can be manually grouped into folders and subfolders and any screen grabs or images you save from your links will remain associated with that webpage so that they are easily found and any task you have started is stored as you left it, meaning you can easily revisit a page without any progress being lost. These tasks can also be shared with others.

This three section way of accessing the web is unusual and certainly takes some getting used to. For browsing the web for fun or procrastination's sake, I feel it gets in the way a little. But it's not really built for the leisure user, it's for the power user. For using the web for productivity and information gathering, I can see exactly how this organisational structure helps to find, synthesise and structure web resources.

Tangram screens

There is perhaps an argument that there is some crossover between Stack and Bookmark and perhaps the two could be combined, but the process of finding, drilling down and then organising is actually really useful once you get into it. I've been using Tangram for some of my other reviews and found it helpful in discovering, saving and storing important information and materials.

One other feature of Tangram I particularly liked was the way it opened and saved links when set as the default browser. When tapping links in other apps, Twitter for example, a floating widget appears gathering up these webpages and opening them in the background without interrupting your Twitter browsing. When you're ready, you can tap this widget and see all of the links you've opened and make use of Tangram's organisational structure too, making for a great 'read later' style service.

The concept of Tangram is solid, and power users and those who need to use a web browser for efficient data gathering will appreciate its powerful information management tools. Being so different to your usual web browser, it takes some getting used to before you really feel comfortable using it as your main browser, but if efficiency is important to you, it will be worth persevering with.

There are some rough edges, crashes and sluggishness at times but the developers are constantly updating the app — it's still officially in beta and has been update a few times during my testing — so I'd hope any bugs will be squished in good time. There are new features planned for the net few weeks too including the added ability to add notes to saved webpages.

Tangram feels like a browser built by professionals, for professionals. If you find a way to fit it into your workflow, really embrace its organisational structure, and spend some time with it as your default browser, power users will certainly begin to benefit from its efficient ways of browsing the web.

Check out Tangram on Google Play where it is available to download for free.

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Humble Mobile Bundle Eye Candy Offers Deep Under The Sky, Botanicula, Dark Echo, Fearless Fantasy, And Other Pretty Games

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 12:41 PM PDT

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For people looking to gorge themselves on ad-free mobile gaming, offerings don't get much better than those we get from Humble Bundle. Every couple of weeks the organization hands out at least six games that you can tote around in your phone or tablet. All you have to do is pick a price that's over a dollar to walk away with at least three games. Beating the average will get you three more, with others set to appear one week from now.

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Verizon will no longer launch Sony’s Xperia Z4v

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 12:27 PM PDT

In June of this year, Sony made the Xperia Z4v, a slightly upgraded version of its Z4, official for Verizon Wireless. The company announced that it planned on launching the handset for the Big Red carrier sometime in the summer months, marking a pretty big bet on the U.S. with a strong flagship to draw some attention.

In July, Sony appeared to confirm that the Xperia Z4v would launch on Verizon beginning August 13. For anyone that was excited to get their hands on the device, a date had been circled…and subsequently missed. Now entrenched in October, Verizon has announced that it will no longer launch the Xperia Z4v. As far as the reasoning, it's been whittled down to "technical difficulties" in bringing the handset to retail.

Unfortunately, no other information was provided.

For its part, Verizon does say that it will continue to work with Sony moving forward, and that the company is a strategic partner for the wireless carrier. It just won't support it with the Xperia Z4v:

"Verizon will no longer be launching Xperia Z4v, however we are committed to supporting Sony Mobile's product portfolio and will support existing products. Sony is a strategic partner as we continue having ongoing discussions together as part of our future portfolio."

Were you looking forward to the Xperia Z4v?

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Google’s Nat & Lo Unveil The Android’s Easter Egg History

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 12:09 PM PDT

Google's Nat & Lo have been producing a bunch of YouTube videos over the past few months that give us a behind the scenes look at Google.  Their last Android related video gave us a behind the scenes look at the Marshmallow statue unveiling which was pretty fun to watch.  Well the duo is back with another video showcasing another fun element of Android, the Android Easter Egg's.

As many of you know, Google has been hiding a little Easter Egg in the settings menu of Android since Gingerbread and with each new iteration of Android we get a fun new Easter Egg.  In the video, Nat & Lo uncover the history of the Easter Egg's and their evolution over the years.  Although they wouldn't unveil what Easter Egg was packed into Marshmallow, we already know that they re-hashed the Flappy Bird clone but with Marshmallow's rather than Lollipops.  Kind of disappointing that they didn't go a brand new route this but the game is said to be easier this time around (I was lucky to get past the first Lollipop in the old version).




Google's Nat & Lo Unveil The Android's Easter Egg History is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Google slips up and mentions Verizon DROID MAXX 2 on support page

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 11:47 AM PDT

For weeks, we've heard about a Motorola DROID MAXX 2 headed to Verizon. The device will reportedly also be sold outside of the US as the Moto X Play. While the phone is all but confirmed, there's now another little leak that adds further validation to the rumors. On its Chromecast Help page regarding screen casting, Google has listed the DROID MAXX 2 as an optimized device. It even noted that it's the DROID MAXX 2 on Verizon and will be known as the Moto X Play in other markets.

The DROID MAXX 2 will feature a tweaked design with a little more industrial look than the Moto X. It'll also come equipped with the whole host of DROID software features, such as DROID Zap. As for specs, rumors have pegged it as packing a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 21-megapixel camera and a 3,630 mAh battery. Pricing has said to be similar to the Moto X, so expect a base price between $300 and $400.

We'll keep you posted on more leaks and news.

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Get the Android Mobile Hacker Bundle free for a limited time [Deal]

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 11:12 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 18.38.16So you want to learn Android app development? There's no better place to start than with the Android Mobile Hacker Bundle, which is totally free for a limited time — down from $126 — thanks to Cult of Android Deals. The Android Mobile Hacker Bundle includes five essential app development course, including: iOS & Android HTML5

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Asus Releases a Custom Watch Face Designer App For Its ZenWatch Devices

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 10:48 AM PDT

imageOne of the best things about smartwatches is that they finally give the fashion-inclined the ability to switch out watch faces without buying another $300 bit of wrist jewelry. There have been attempts to create systems whereby end users could easily create their own digital watch faces ever since the original Pebble, with varrying degrees of success. Now Asus, which has already released dozens of custom watch faces for its ZenWatch and ZenWatch 2 customers, has created its own custom watch face maker app.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images now available for Nexus devices

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 10:46 AM PDT

Marshmallow has arrived. Photo: GoogleGoogle's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images are now available for Nexus devices, giving users the opportunity to update manually rather than wait for the over-the-air release. The update comes with build number MRA58K, and you can download it right now for Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. These images must

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Android 6.0 Factory Images Are Now Live!

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 09:54 AM PDT

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The age of Marshmallow has officially begun!  As promised, Google's Android factory images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus Player are all live today and can be downloaded directly from Google.

Now these images can be flashed by following the instructions on the Nexus page (see link below) but going this route will indeed wipe your device of all its content.  If manually flashing images isn't for you, the OTA's should be just around the corner.  I'll be checking up on my Nexus 5 pretty regularly until I see that wonderful notification and I'll be sure to let you know once I receive the update!

If you happen to get the update sometime today be sure to leave a comment below to pass on the good news!


Android 6.0 Factory Images Are Now Live! is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Google now rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow, factory images available as well

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 09:53 AM PDT

Not too long ago, Google said that it would be sending out the official release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to supported devices. Right on schedule, the newest version of Android is now making its way out to Nexus-branded devices, which should make plenty of owners happy.

Google has announced that Android 6.0 is now rolling out to the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), the Nexus 9, and, finally, the Nexus Player. As is par for the course with these types of over-the-air (OTA) updates, the software will be rolling out in availability, so if your Nexus device doesn't receive the update right away, just keep an eye out for it. It should show up soon.

On top of that, Google has also released the factory images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), the Nexus 9, and the Nexus Player. It's worth noting that devices that offer a Wi-Fi-only and cellular option are both getting updated, and both have factory images available to download. That means both the cellular-equipped Nexus 7 (2013) and its Wi-Fi-only sibling both have factory images available right out of the gate.

Of course, it's worth noting that installing a factory image on your device will wipe it. So if you simply just can't wait to get your hands on the newest software and want to install the factory image, keep in mind you'll need to wipe it.

There are instructions on how to install the factory images in this link, though, if that's something you'd like to do this time around.

Are you looking forward to the Android 6.0 update?

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Mass List Of Devices To Get Marshmallow Leaks

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 09:39 AM PDT

Marshmallow List

We've seen several manufacturers provide a list of devices that will get Marshmallow down the road but today we get the mother load of lists.  The list was leaked via Chinese site mydrivers.com and unlike lists we've seen thus far, this one encompasses multiple manufacturers.

The first column lists devices that are allegedly a lock to get the update while the second column lists devices that will either get Marshmallow at a later date or devices that manufacturers are on the fence on.  For the most part, manufacturers seem to be committed to current and previous generation devices while anything older than that remains a question mark.

As with all leaks of this nature, take things with a grain of salt.  While nothing on the list seems out of place, official lists from manufacturers are much more reliable.



Mass List Of Devices To Get Marshmallow Leaks is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Get ready for the sweet taste of Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 09:29 AM PDT

Today we're starting to roll out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Nexus users. Of course, the new Nexus 5X and 6P will ship with Android 6.0, straight from the factory. Android Marshmallow is the sweetest, smartest Android version yet: Now on Tap serves up assistance when you need it, battery-smart features keep your device going longer, and new app permissions give you even more control.

Assistance in the moment
Get help with what you need no matter which app you're in. Now on Tap — a feature unique to Android Marshmallow — stays on task alongside you, instantly pulling up relevant info and helping you get more done. Say you receive an email about meeting a friend at the Central Park Zoo. Just tap and hold on the home button, and Now on Tap will assist you by providing links to information about the zoo, shortcuts to relevant apps and even suggest a calendar entry for the date, time and location.

A longer lasting device thanks to a smarter, more efficient battery
Improving battery life isn't just about building a bigger battery. It's also about improving the way your device uses the charge it has. With Android Marshmallow, we've added two new features which dramatically decrease your device's thirst for power.

With Doze, Android recognizes when your device is idle and automatically goes into a deep sleep state to conserve power. To see how well it works, we took a bunch of Nexus 5s and Nexus 6s, put Lollipop on half of them and Marshmallow on the other half, and measured standby battery life. The screen-off time of these devices running Marshmallow lasted 30%* longer on average!  So even if you forget to plug in your phone before bed, your phone's alarm clock will still ring. The other new battery-conserving feature is called App Standby. This puts your seldom used apps into a reduced activity state to conserve battery for the apps you use more frequently.

More choice and control to protect your privacy
Android Marshmallow gives you the ability to customize and control which capabilities you give apps. With the new app permissions model, you pick and choose which permissions to grant apps at the time of use. Apps designed for Android Marshmallow only ask for a permission at the time it's needed to use a feature. You can deny any permission and still continue to use the app. In addition, we've added new settings for permissions that allow you to turn on and off any permission, for any app, at any time.

Simplified security with your fingerprint
For fingerprint sensor enabled devices, Android Marshmallow gives you a new way to protect your device. On Marshmallow, your fingerprint is the gatekeeper to unlocking your device, authorizing transactions in the Google Play Store, signing into 3rd party apps, and zipping through checkout with Android Pay.

Set up your new device lickety-split
On Lollipop, Android made it easier to set up your new phone from your old one, migrating your apps and app data. With Android Marshmallow, you can breeze through setup on your Android TV or tablet too. Say "OK Google, set up my device" from your phone and you'll quickly be up and running. For TV, we'll even transfer over your Wi-Fi passwords.

Coming to a device near you, starting today
Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus Player will get an over the air software update** to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. In addition to the new Nexus 5X and 6P, keep your eyes peeled for other new devices shipping with Android 6.0. Finally, we know many of you take your devices to work. To learn more about security and other work features in Android Marshmallow, register for the Android for Work Live online event on Nov. 4th. This is just a taste of Marshmallow but you can learn s'more on http://ift.tt/1FGeEEu!

Posted by Brian Rakowski, VP of Product Management, Android

*Actual battery performance will vary and depends on many factors including signal strength, network configuration, battery age, operating temperature, features selected, device settings, and voice, data, and other application usage patterns.

**The Nexus update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow occurs in stages and some carriers will receive the update later than others.

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Existing subscribers won’t get free Play Music plans with a new Nexus

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 09:11 AM PDT

Play Music credit isn't available to all. Photo: GoogleOne of the many perks that come with buying Google's new Nexus smartphones — alongside great specifications at an affordable price, pure Android software, and instant updates — is a free Play Music subscription for 90 days. Anyone who buys a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P can enjoy it — unless they're an existing subscriber.

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Android 5.0 – After a Year it Still Has its Share of Bugs

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 09:04 AM PDT

Before its release almost a year ago, Android 5.0 (Lollipop) looked like an answer to a host of problems smartphone and tablet users were having. It promised extended battery life, better use of resources and generally a better performance. It has kept its promise, but not to all the users. While the majority were happy... View Article

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HTC comes up short in Q3 with more than $135 million in losses

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 08:47 AM PDT

HTC's revenue for the third quarter took a nose dive, resulting in a loss of NT$4.48 billion (US$138 million). The company's revenue from the quarter fell to NT$21.4 billion from NT$41.9 billion last year. HTC's decline in the market has been slowly playing out over the past three years and isn't showing any true signs of improvement.

HTC managed to stabilize its position in the smartphone world in 2013 and 2014 with the HTC One and HTC One M8, but all that work seemingly vaporized in the first half of 2015 with the launch of the HTC One M9. While the phone isn't bad, it doesn't have the wow factor it needs to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. HTC has also failed to back the phone up with a global promotional campaign, leaving the hardware to fend for itself in a sea of similarly-spec'd phones.

At this pace, HTC will burn through its cash reserves within the next two years unless it finds a way to reverse the tides. The upcoming HTC One A9 isn't expected to be the silver bullet that HTC so desperately needs, but the stylish new mid-range phone could actually help HTC into a new rhythm. The phone will likely be sold in dozens of markets across the globe and may even be accompanied by a decent marketing campaign.

If you could change one thing at HTC, what would it be?

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Inside Android’s Easter Egg Tradition

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 08:21 AM PDT

Posted by, Natalie Hammel, ½ of Nat & Lo's 20% Project

A bit more than five years ago, I got my first smartphone. It was the Nexus One. And I didn't know it at the time, but it was hiding a zombie gingerbread painting inside it. The first (of now many) Android "platform" easter eggs.

Android actually has a long, rich history of various mysterious and silly things tucked away inside its code for developers to enjoy. But its "platform" or "version number" easter eggs are probably the most elaborate and well-known.

Earlier this summer, my friend at work Lo and I started this project to go find out about different Google stuff we're curious about. And one of the things we wanted to know more about was how the Android lawn sculptures get made. Which lead to us also finding out about why Android names its releases after tasty treats, and making this video.

As we were digging deeper into Android traditions, I decided to head up to Cambridge to get the inside scoop about Android's easter eggs tradition from Android Framework Engineer / Easter Egg Painter, Dan Sandler. Which we just made this video about.

We hope you enjoyed, and maybe discovered a thing or two. And if you're still in the mood for more Android video fun, the Android Developers YouTube channel was kind enough to recently compile all of our Android and Nexus videos to date in this playlist. (Take a look if you enjoy phone guts, silly songs, and/or stuffing your face with marshmallows.)

And since our project is ongoing, you can always subscribe to our YouTube channel if you want to check out what new stuff we'll be learning about next.

Thanks for reading, watching, and easter-egging with us!

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Will you buy the new Chromecast or Chromecast Audio?

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 08:13 AM PDT

It's no secret that the original Chromecast is the best-selling gadget Google has ever sold. Since its debut, the Chromecast has sold more than 20 million units, making it one of the most popular media streaming devices on the planet. But now that Google has released an updated Chromecast and the new Chromecast Audio, we're wondering if you'll be ditching your old Chromecast for a new one.

While the design of the 2015 Chromecast is dramatically different from the utilitarian HDMI dongle Google released a few years back, its functionality hasn't changed. The only real difference between the two is the inclusion of 802.11ac and 5GHz WiFi in the new model. If your old Chromecast suffers from poor connectivity or constant buffering, the new model may fix those issue. But we honestly don't see any reason why you should ditch your old Chromecast if you've never had any issues with it.

Chromecast Audio is a whole different beast. While Bluetooth speakers have seemingly take over our homes, I'm definitely intrigued with the concept of Wi-Fi-connected speakers. Google's Chromecast Audio will serve up all your favorite music at a much higher bit rate than Bluetooth, eliminating those annoying notification sounds over your speakers and allowing you to retrofit your 7.1 surround sound home entertainment system rather than relying on that minuscule $200 Bluetooth speaker that promises "superior audio quality."

If you don't own a Chromecast already, I definitely recommend you shell out the $35 and turn your TV into a smart TV. Personally, I'm going to hold on to my original Chromecast, but I am waiting for Chromecast Audio to show up at my door step sometime this week.

What will you be buying?

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Samsung’s super-sized iPad Pro competitor to pack disappointing specs

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 08:02 AM PDT

Samsung's massive tablet could be a massive disappointment. Photo: SamsungSamsung's super-sized iPad Pro competitor will come packing painfully disappointing specifications, according to the latest leak. The slate's 18.5-inch display is to be accompanied by a speedy octa-core Exynos processor — but it's lacking in RAM, cameras, and motion sensors. Recent rumors suggested Samsung's giant tablet, which is to be called the Galaxy View, would be a

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Google Store now offering ASUS ZenWatch 2 for $149.99

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 07:04 AM PDT

Looking to get you hands on the ASUS ZenWatch 2? The company's latest Android Wear smartwatch is now available for purchase from the Google Store, at least in one configuration. The ASUS ZenWatch 2 comes in two size options of 45mm and 49mm, with the respective color options of Navy Blue and Light Aqua. The only configuration currently available from the Google Store is the Navy Blue 49mm option, though the Light Aqua 45mm option is listed as coming soon.

The 49mm variant features a 1.6-inch 320×320 AMOLED display, Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, IP67 dust and water resistance, 400mAh battery and a 22mm quick-release band that can easily be swapped out. Pricing is set at $149.99 for both the 45mm and 49mm models, though remember that only the 49mm model is currently available.

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Adobe Releases Illustrator Draw And Capture CC Apps In The Play Store

Posted: 05 Oct 2015 06:16 AM PDT

unnamedAh, Adobe. You can't turn around without Adobe either discontinuing or releasing another app that fits somehow into its complicated product ecosystem. Today we're getting Android versions of Illustrator Draw and an app called Capture CC. The functionality of this one isn't technically new—it's an amalgamation of three other apps, which are being phased out.

Illustrator Draw is a free-hand drawing tool that plugs into desktop Illustrator CC for layered vector images or Photoshop CC if you just want to export a fattened PNG image.

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