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It’s about time… Google finally adds rich text formatting to Gmail app!

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 03:29 PM PST

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I had a rant article sitting in my queue for over a year now of features I would love to see the Gmail app be improved with. Rich text formatting topped the list. Google has finally added the feature for rich text formatting plus instant RSVP to calendar. With the update you can add bold, italic, underlined, colored... View Article

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Verizon will offer a free Gear VR or Gear S2 with Galaxy S7

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 02:29 PM PST

While we know that Samsung is generously offering a free Gear VR with any pre-order of the Galaxy S7, Verizon has a potentially even more compelling offer for would-be Galaxy S7 and S7 edge buyers.

If you purchase either of the Galaxy S7 variants through vzw.com, you will have the option to receive either a Gear VR or the Tizen-powered Gear S2 for free with your new smartphone. As the Gear S2 goes for around $299 in most places, that is quite the offer.

In-store purchases qualify for a slightly different version of this deal, with the Gear VR still free, but no option to receive the Gear S2 instead. What you are eligible for is a $100 discount on the Gear S2 in addition to the Gear VR.

Both offers include the six-game bundle from Oculus that is valued at around $50.

There are plenty of incentives to make sure the Galaxy S7 gets off to a great start in 2016. Are any of these offers swaying you toward making a purchase?


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Microsoft Confirms Android-To-Windows Tool 'Project Astoria' Is Dead

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 02:10 PM PST

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Microsoft has had trouble getting developers to make apps for the Windows Store, so at last year's Build conference, it announced four ways to port apps from other platforms to Windows 10. Three of them are still available to developers—Web (Westminster), Win32 (Centennial), and iOS (Islandwood). The Android-to-Windows Project Astroia, however, is officially dead.

Microsoft pulled Astoria from builds of Windows 10 late last year, saying at the time it wasn't ready.

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HTC claims next flagship will have a ‘very, very compelling camera experience’

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 02:00 PM PST

Samsung and LG, two of the biggest players in the Android smartphone game, have announced their new flagships for the year at Mobile World Congress. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 look to be strong contenders, and both devices place a focus on camera performance

The Samsung Galaxy S7 camera has already been shown off, and it's absolutely fantastic in low-light. Meanwhile, LG is adding a camera grip and physical camera controls as an accessory to the G5. HTC has two strong acts to follow when the company announces its next flagship, especially after the less-than-stellar camera quality of the One M9.

But HTC Chief Financial Officer Chialin Chang says that things will be different this time around:

We can confidently say that HTC will have a very, very compelling camera experience. We're making this comment after we've seen what's going on in the market.Chialin ChangHTC

Even after seeing what Samsung and LG are putting on the market, HTC seems confident that it cam provide a competing camera experience. And why shouldn't they? HTC has a history of amazing cameras with the UltraPixel sensors. They produced fairly low-resolution shots, but the quality was pretty amazing.

Let's hope that confidence really does result in a great product. We still have hope in HTC.


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Top 10 new Android games this week: iSlash Heroes, Parallax

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 02:00 PM PST

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Snowboarding The Fourth Phase

DescriptionRide like a pro! Recreate your favorite tricks through intuitive controls designed for touch screens. Stomp your tricks in the backcountry and explore epic lines down insane mountainsides!

 

Juggernaught Wars

Description:  Juggernaut Wars is a new captivating Action RPG MOBA game. Dozens of astounding heroes, beautiful arenas and thousands of upgrade possibilities are waiting for you!

 

Patchwork The Game

DescriptionIn this award-winning board game for two, quilting has never been more competitive! In the long-awaited digital adaptation of Uwe Rosenberg's Patchwork, players patch their way to victory using fabric pieces of assorted sizes, colors, and buttons.

 

The Walking Dead: Michonne

DescriptionThe Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries stars the iconic, blade-wielding character from Robert Kirkman's best-selling comic books. Haunted by her past, and coping with unimaginable loss and regret, the story explores Michonne's absence between issues #126 and #139 of the comic book.

 

iSlash Heroes

DescriptionTune up your ninja senses, sharpen your slashing skill! The #1 slashing puzzle iSlash is back with new deadly gameplay elements, fearless bosses, stunning graphics and lots of challenging levels!

 

Futurama: Game of Drones

Description: NOT SURE IF MATCH 3, OR… – This isn't Slurm Soda Crush Epic! You gotta match 4, dummy. YOU'RE SPECIAL – Use your special delivery boy superpowers, like, erm… oh never mind. EXPLORE THE FUTURAMA UNIVERSE – And teach colorful aliens how to lurve.

 

The East New World

DescriptionThe East New World is a retro-inspired action platformer game with the high quality pixel art style. Any screenshot in the game is a wonderful picture.

 

Retro Shot

DescriptionRetro cities of neon lights filled with explosions and lasers await you as you take on the machine in an 80's arcade flashback. Blast along to an original synthwave soundtrack as you tackle 60 stages of arcade madness.

 

OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood

DescriptionDrop in to Olliwood and prepare for finger-flippin' mayhem in this follow up to cult skateboarding smash OlliOlli. The iconic skater is going all green-screen with a stunning new look, plucking you from the street and dropping you squarely in the middle of the big screen's most bodacious cinematic locations.

 

Parallax

DescriptionOptimzed for NVIDIA SHIELD, Parallax is a first-person puzzle game with two overlapping worlds. Weave back and forth between black and white as you try to be in the right place, in the right dimension, at the right time.

 


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MicFlip reversible micro USB cable review

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 02:00 PM PST

Micro USB cables are a hassle. While many don't think much of it, you have to check if you're inserting the cable the right way every time you plug your phone in. If you're not looking attentively (and let's be fair, both sides look almost identical), you're shoving a round peg into a square hole.

For most of us, that's not a big deal. But for the everyday person, imagine how many damaged charging ports this results in. There's a reason Apple went with the Lighting cable for the iPhone; it just works better. But all hope is not lost. While we wait for USB Type C to become standardized (even the newly announced Galaxy S7 features an old micro USB port), the MicFlip can make life a bit easier.

Overview


Reversible micro USB end
Aluminum plug housings
3 foot braided cable
Gold coated contacts
$19.99
Where to buy: Winnergear

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The MicFlip is a very simple cable. One end is a regular USB plug, and the other is a reversible micro USB plug. This reversible plug has both the angles on the sides as well as the prongs that keep the plug in your device. Plugging it in either way works the same.

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But the cable is also very premium feeling. The contacts are gold plated, the housings for each plug are made of aluminum, and the cable is braided and tangle free. It's constructed extremely well, and I especially like the aluminum and very slim plugs. It both looks and feels great.

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When it comes to plugging it into your device, you don't have to bother checking which way you hold it. It just plugs right in. The fitment was a little more snug than the average cable at first (though I've seen some reglar cables fit much more snugly), over the course of a week it loosened up a bit. Since then, the resistance hasn't changed, and it's been a snug and reassuring fit.

Unfortunately, the other end isn't reversible. This has been done by other companies, so it wasn't impossible, but that's likely the end you rarely unplug anyway.

Overall, the cable is expensive but worth it. It really does feel nice not having to care which way you plug your phone in at night, and even better not having to flip it over when you get it wrong. Plus, it'll last a long time and look great doing the job. I'd say this is a must have, at least until USB Type C becomes common. And that might not be for another year or two.


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YouTube desktop editor can now blur moving objects

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 01:43 PM PST

Sometimes you'll upload a YouTube video and notice something that shouldn't be there. Whether that's a person's face, a license plate, or anything else, YouTube's editor will now allow you to blur it out from your desktop.

The best part about this new feature is that it's not just a blur feature, but it'll follow whatever you have it set to blur. You don't have to worry about having the blurred part stay on your subject, YouTube will take care of it automatically. When saving the video, it'll allow you to either save over the original or create a new video and delete the original (you know, in case the comments are full of whatever you wanted to hide).

If you want to find out more about this feature, hit the source link. I think it's an amazing feature and takes so much effort out of blurring moving subjects out of your videos. Let us know what you think of it in the comments!


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Android N will feature a navigation drawer in Settings

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 01:43 PM PST

Android 6.0 Marshmallow still seems fresh and new, but that doesn't mean that future versions of Android aren't in the works. Android Police has done some digging and found a couple of screenshots that show Android N and a change that looks to be on the way.

Within a post on the Android Developer Blog, there are a few screenshots showing the Bluetooth section within Android N. The revealing piece is the inclusion of a hamburger button in the upper left hand corner. This indicates that Android N will add a navigation drawer within the settings. Within different sections, users can simply open the navigation drawer to find a new section, rather than going back to the main Settings screen and scrolling through to find their desired section.

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An interesting aspect that's pointed out is that the navigation drawer could go against Google's own design guidelines. These state that a drawer must be consistent across all screens, not simply on one screen and not another. If the drawer isn't available from the mains ettings screen, it breaks the guidelines. It could be possible, however, that Google will ditch the main Settings screen, instead offering only sections.

Additionally, this could simply be a feature that's in beta testing on Android N. There's the real possibility that it may not make it to the final version of Android N.

We'll keep you posted on more rumors and reports regarding Android N.


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DisplayMate names Samsung Galaxy S7 display best it’s ever tested

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 01:43 PM PST

Samsung mobile displays have long been considered some of the best around, with the company's flagships being outfitted with AMOLED displays that always push the boundaries of what's available at the time. With the Galaxy S7, Samsung decided to keep both the display size and resolution the same as the previous year's model, which ended up winning it DisplayMate's "best mobile display tested" title.

DisplayMate says that Samsung bumped the brightness by 24% over the Galaxy S6. Colors are also spot-on with customizable color profiles. Samsung introduced Personalized Automatic Brightness Control, as well, which learns your preferred brightness depending on the lighting situation, and DisplayMate claims it works really well.

Overall, the Galaxy S7 display comes out on top in almost every test, coming second in a few to the Galaxy Note 5 that it ends up besting. So if you want an amazing display, you know what device to buy. We're glad to see Samsung improving the display outside of insane resolutions, instead opting to make every other aspect better.


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Google is reportedly partnering with Vizio to put Chromecast tech in TVs

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 12:59 PM PST

When Google created the Chromecast, it gained plenty of attention. But one downside of the Chromecast is that it's still an accessory that you have to plug into your TV. With the rise of smart TVs that have the tech built directly into them, it's becoming slightly antiquated to continue plugging accessories into them.

That could soon change with the Chromecast, however, as Variety is reporting that Google is partnering with Vizio to build Chromecast tech directly into TVs. The TVs won't be smart TVs, but they will feature Google Cast built directly into them, so your other devices will recognize them in the same way that they'd recognize a Chromecast.

Google isn't playing the exclusivity game, though. Variety reports that the tech giant has approached at least one other TV manufacturer in regards to a similar partnership. With Google looking to bring casting functionality directly to TVs, it's also possible that the company could have plans to merge Android TV and casting technology.

Additionally, Vizio may be planning to change the system by using the remote. According to this report, the company could be ditching a traditional remote in exchange for a tablet. This tablet would be pre-loaded with apps for streaming and casting content.

At this point, there's still a lot of speculation surrounding the matter, but with the launch of Vizio's new TVs reportedly coming this spring, it may not be long before we hear official word on the matter.


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[Bad News Everyone] Futurama: Game Of Drones Is The Worst Kind Of Licensed Mobile Game

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 12:55 PM PST

2016-02-25 20.38.46Here at Android Police, we monitor a truly insane amount of sites and developers to bring you the latest apps and games fresh from the Play Store. And in serving that duty, sometimes we come across games that don't deserve any attention. More often than not, in fact, and some of the most depressing are games that exploit a beloved TV, movie, or video game license and use it to try and sling the same homogenized crap as ten thousand copycat game developers looking for a quick buck.

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Interdimensional First-Person Puzzler 'Parallax' Is Now Available For SHIELD Devices

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 12:23 PM PST

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NVIDIA continues to hog some of the most distinctive games on Android for itself with the release of Parallax for SHIELD devices. It's a little like Portal, but when you go through a "portal" you're in a different dimension where black is white (literally). There are 32 levels of this, and it looks very neat.

Parallax spreads the buttons and switches you need to manipulate across both universes, so you'll have to be in the right place at the right time.

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Street View Now Shows You The Inside Of Sports Arenas And Stadiums

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 12:23 PM PST

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Browsing streets may be one of the more mundane things you can do with Street View. Google's service lets you visit exotic destinations all over the world, even going so far as to let you ride a zip line through the Amazon. Now you can fire up Maps to get a good look at the inside of your favorite sports stadiums.

The feature is not limited to any one sport.

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[International Giveaway] We Have 50 Codes For Podcast Addict To Give Away

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 12:23 PM PST

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You know what's cool? Podcasts are cool. They've been around for what seems like an eternity now, and they're still just as relevant as ever — maybe even more. And in case you were wondering, the Android Police Podcast might actually be the coolest podcast of all time. It's so good.

To add to the cool factor here, there are also a ton of podcast apps to choose from. Some suck, others do not.

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Google’s amazing neural network tells you where any photo was taken

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 11:53 AM PST

PlaNet neural networkGoogle's neural network continues to amaze. With a new deep-learning machine called PlaNet, which has been trained by 126 million images and their accompanying EXIF data, it has picked up the "superhuman" ability to pinpoint the location of almost any photo. A team led by Tobias Weyand, a computer vision specialist at Google, created PlaNet by

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Huawei and Leica announce long-term partnership

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 11:53 AM PST

With the rise of smartphone photography, manufacturers have worked tirelessly to continue to innovate and prove smartphone cameras. We saw the trend continuing at Mobile World Congress, with Samsung placing a large emphasis on Galaxy S7′s camera and LG offering a modular camera grip for the G5. Now Huawei is getting in on the action as part of a new partnership with revered camera maker Leica.

Leica is well known in the professional photography world as one of the oldest and most admired camera manufacturers. The company is based out of Germany and is known for its high-quality lenses and classic cameras. Leica has garnered a reputation for being old-fashioned, focusing on the image quality and classic design rather than moving forward into the digital age.

The partnership with Huawei has great potential. Huawei has extensive experience with mobile devices and software, while Leica has spent years perfecting hardware, particularly in regards to lenses. It's not unlikely that we could see a dual-branded phone from the companies that incorporates Leica lens technology. Think something in the style of Nokia's Lumia 1020, which was a dual-branded phone with Carl Zeiss.

We could also see an Android-powered camera from the two companies. Samsung attempted this with the Galaxy Camera, which never found much success. Other companies have taken similar approaches, but again, no dice. With Leica and Huawei, however, the two companies could create a very interesting camera option, though it would likely be geared at career professionals, given Leica's pricey history.

Check out the full press release below for more info.

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LONDON, February 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ –

Leaders in the smartphone and photographic worlds come together to create a premium visual world renaissance

Today Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) and Leica Camera AG are delighted to announce the start of a strategic partnership, a co-operation with shared premium ambitions and spirit, which will see both technology and photography brands combining their shared ethos in a long-term commitment to the art of craftsmanship, meticulous engineering and the spirit of winning collaboration, to create a powerhouse in the reinvention of smartphone photography.

In 2012, Huawei became the world's third-largest smartphone manufacturer and was the first Chinese company to sell more than 100 million mobile phones in one year in 2015. The first Chinese brand to appear on the prestigious Interbrand Best Global Brands list in 2014, Huawei soared to number 88 in 2015 whilst launching the globally critically acclaimed Huawei Watch and Huawei P8. In 2016, Huawei looks to build on its success with Leica Camera: a mutually beneficial collaboration with the most iconic name in the photographic world to bring joint superior excellence to consumers.

For over 100 years, premium iconic camera manufacturer Leica Camera has been creating lightweight cameras favoured by street photographer pioneers and world-class optical lenses, fulfilling the passions of its community. With ingenious optical engineering and formidable craftsmanship, Leica cameras, recognisable by their 'red dot' branding, are German engineering at its best, and continue to attract new generations of consumers who aspire to achieve "the Leica look" and own these masterpieces of design. In addition to making precision-crafted masterpieces, Leica supports prominent photographers and emerging new talent around the world.

Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei Consumer BG said: "We choose our partners carefully, and with this extraordinary collaboration we are offering our wide customer base and consumers the best elements of two expert brands in harmony: combining innovation and design, enhancing the user experience and continuing to inspire amazing advancement in human technology through exceptional premium imaging quality. Leica is a legend in the world of photography; we believe no other manufacturer has revolutionised the industry as much as them. We, Huawei, take the utmost pride in exceptional quality and Leica is in a class of its own in its sector."

Oliver Kaltner, CEO of Leica Camera AG said: "The strategic alliance between Huawei and Leica Camera demonstrates the desire of two rapidly growing and globally active brands to continuously push the envelope of the technologically possible. In addition to innovative strength and premium standards, our two companies are united by the commitment to uncompromising quality. The technology partnership with Huawei offers Leica Camera an excellent opportunity to introduce its proven optical expertise into a new product segment and to unlock exciting business areas in the field of mobile devices. Smartphones make a very important contribution to the world of photography and open an important door for Leica to new target groups and fields of application."

"The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of innovation, highest precision and craftsmanship. I'm pleased and convinced that the traditional German medium-sized company Leica Camera will bring its values and comprehensive expertise in optical engineering to the long-term partnership with Huawei in order to achieve the best possible imaging results in the field of smartphone photography – and to take it to the next level of quality", emphasizes Dr Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the supervisory board of Leica Camera AG.

More details on the culmination of Huawei and Leica's partnership, which will span research and development, design, co-engineering, user experience, marketing and retail distribution, will be shared as the partnership continues.


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Save 25% on the stunning ilumi smart bulbs [Deal]

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 11:22 AM PST

ilumiBreathe new life into drab rooms with a stunning ilumi smart buld. These color-changing LED lights, which now come in small and large options, are fully controllable and energy-efficient, and for a limited time only, you can get yours with 25% off through Cult of Android Deals. Using the free app, you can adjust the

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New tools for ratings & reviews on Google Play to engage and understand your users

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 10:52 AM PST

Posted by Fergus Hurley, Product Manager, Google Play

Millions of users rate and review your apps every day on Google Play. From feature requests to technical issues, ratings and reviews offer a wealth of information about what people like and dislike. Since 2013, you've been able to reply to reviews on Google Play, giving you a direct communication channel with your most engaged users. You've told us you value having this channel because it helps you iterate on user feedback faster on Android than other platforms. In the last few months, we've made a number of improvements in the Google Play Developer Console to help you better analyze and manage ratings and reviews so that you can improve your app experience and boost its rating.

Improvements to ratings and reviews

We recently revamped ratings and reviews with features you can now find on dedicated pages in the Developer Console:


The new ratings page in the Google Play Developer Console

  • See ratings over time: See how your rating changes daily, weekly, and monthly and easily spot any changes when you release a new version of your app.
  • Ratings breakdown: Break down your rating by country, language, device, app version, or Android version.

The new reviews page in the Google Play Developer Console

  • Review highlights: See common themes from what users say in reviews of your app – these are the same highlights that users see on the Play Store. Review highlights are shown when you have a high enough volume of reviews and are updated regularly to reflect the latest user experiences with your app.
  • Device metadata: See certain device data such as RAM, CPU, and screen size so you can more easily identify problems users are mentioning in user reviews and debug such issues.
  • Search review text: Search inside reviews to see what people are saying about a particular topic or keyword.
  • Replies & updates to reviews: When you reply to reviews, the user receives an email. Now, you can also opt-in to be emailed if the user updates their review or rating.

Learn from other developers on how to make the most of ratings and reviews

Photo Editor by Aviary is a photo editing app with a strong focus on simplicity and intuitive use. Ratings and reviews and other Android features allow Aviary to iterate on builds two to three times faster compared to other platforms while being in a regular dialogue with their users.


Glu Mobile is a mobile gaming company known for Racing Rivals, Cooking Dash 2016 and its upcoming Taylor Swift game. Ratings and reviews features help Glu engage their audience, gather feedback, and manage user satisfaction. "Google's review highlights allow us to see a snapshot of game features users like or dislike at a glance. We monitor review trends, watch out for notifications, and respond to reviews for our games," says Niccolo de Masi, Glu Mobile CEO. Here are some tips Glu is using to master ratings and reviews in the Developer Console:

  1. Reply to reviews: Reply to user reviews of your game in the Google Play Developer Console. Help them with their issues or let them know that you're considering their feature suggestions. A positive experience could result in the user increasing their rating.
  2. Use search: You can now search within all reviews and apply search filters for rating, language, app version, device and more. Use this feature to find specific user feedback, for example, on new content you've added.
  3. Take action: Now, you can be notified when a user answers you or updates their review. You can immediately start working on improvements if you learned about an issue. If the feedback is positive, engage with your community and turn satisfied users into fans.
  4. Analyze over time: Analyze ratings over time to learn more about how user satisfaction improves as you update your game. This allows you to understand if your latest feature update or bug fix results in higher user satisfaction.
  5. Identify key themes: Google Play automatically surfaces review highlights that users are mentioning about your game. This makes it quick for you to analyze reviews and understand user feedback.

We hope these tools help you better engage with your audience and improve your app. Visit the Developer Console Help Center to find out more about seeing and managing ratings and reviews. For more tools and best practices to help you grow a successful business, download The Secrets to App Success on Google Play.


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Huawei Watch expected to get Marshmallow on February 29

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 10:52 AM PST

Huawei Watch is still one of the prettiest Wear watches. Photo: HuaweiThe Huawei Watch will get its Marshmallow upgrade on Monday, February 29, according to a new report. The update will bring new navigation gestures, the ability to make and receive calls, and more. Google announced this upgrade on February 4, and some Android Wear watchmakers started rolling it out soon after — but Huawei has

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Pandora Gets A Spiffy New Interface, Looks Like An App You'll Actually Want To Use Now

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 10:48 AM PST

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Before Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, Rdio, or any of those other music services, there was Pandora. I've pretty much been using it since the beginning (albeit off and on), and no matter how many other music streaming/discovery services show up, I always keep coming back to it for all my radio needs. I use it as a supplement to Play Music — when I don't know what to listen to, Pandora is always there to hook me up.

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Google’s Launchpad Accelerator successfully takes off. Apply to join the June class.

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 10:38 AM PST

Posted by Roy Glasberg Global Lead, Launchpad Program & Accelerator

Last month, 24 promising startups from India, Indonesia, and Brazil came to Silicon Valley to participate in Google's Launchpad Accelerator, a new program that provides late-stage startups (mobile apps) with mentoring and resources to successfully scale in their local economies.

During the intensive two-week Accelerator kickoff in our Mountain View headquarters, Google engineers from 11 product areas, as well as experts from other companies, were on hand to provide startups with mentorship on how to scale and monetize their apps, and ultimately, build successful businesses. Now back in their home countries, the teams will continue developing their products with the support of up to $50,000 in equity-free funding, six more months of ongoing mentorship, and a breadth of developer tools from the Launchpad Accelerator program.

So far, many startup participants have already seen an immediate impact. Two weeks after attending the kickoff event, Brazilian mobile game developer UpBeat Games was featured on Google Play and saw a 1,000% increase in app installations in Asia, as well as a 200% overall increase in active users, by leveraging analytics to better understand their users.

According to UpBeat Games founder Vinicius Heimbeck, "By working one-on-one with the mentors, we learned that we needed to be a data-driven company. We now have the right analytics tools to measure the results of our efforts and to learn from them to optimize the user experience. This all directly impacted our huge success once we were featured on Google Play."

eFishery, an Indonesian startup that produces smart automated fish feeders, turned its focus on scaling since attending Launchpad Accelerator. "The mentors gave us great insight about how to build a scalable product and how to engage billions of users," said co-founder and CEO Gibran Chuzaefah Amsi El Farizy. "We received both technical and practical advice on our business, from building back-end technology to embracing failure with the right mindset."

Apply now for Launchpad Accelerator We are also excited to announce the second class for Launchpad Accelerator which will begin in June 2016.

If you are a startup from India, Indonesia, Brazil, or Mexico (a new addition!) and are interested in participating in the next wave, we encourage you to apply here by March 31. We expect to continue adding more countries to the program in the future, so be on the lookout!


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Power Hover – an endless adventure of gravity defying hoverboarding robots

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 10:37 AM PST

Power Hover – an endless adventure of gravity defying hoverboarding robots

Power Hover is an endless adventurous game of gravity defying hoverboarding robots. Explore the cool pseudo-low-poly art style landscape with an ongoing mission to dodge all surprise obstacles that get in your way and collect energy. The game allows you to compete with friends on boss levels too. Note: you can play the first 8 levels free, unlock the rest via... View Article

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Google Maps v9.21 Adds Notifications For User Edits, 'Explore Around You' Comes To Five New Countries [APK Download]

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 10:01 AM PST

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A late-night update to Google Maps on Tuesday brought the version up to 9.21. Despite a moderate bump to the version number, this appears to be a relatively minor release. Of course, knowing the Maps team, we'll end up with an update in a few days with an official changelog that includes at least a couple more interesting additions. In the meantime, there's a new setting to control notifications about responses to your edits.

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Spotify Announces Runkeeper Integration, Coming Soon To Android

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 09:28 AM PST

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Today Spotify announced the ability to track runs using Runkeeper while listening to Spotify. Integration should provide a smoother experience than swapping back and forth between the two apps.

Runners will have continue to have access to their existing music libraries. Spotify's fitness-oriented experience also offers tailored playlists, Running Originals, and music that adjusts to your adrenaline level as you run.

All you will need to do is select Spotify as your source in the Runkeeper app.

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Google’s making it easier to navigate Android N’s settings menu

Posted: 25 Feb 2016 08:46 AM PST

Spot the hamburger menu button. Screenshots: GoogleGoogle is planning to make it easier to navigate Android N's settings menu by adding a new navigation drawer. The change was revealed in screenshots posted on its Android Developers Blog this week, and we should get our first glimpse at it at Google I/O. "This hamburger button does what hamburger buttons do: it opens

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