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Google Play Games Logo Appears In Play Store Listings To Indicate Supported Games

Posted: 27 Feb 2016 10:26 AM PST

gpgamesThe adoption of Google's Play Games collection of APIs and tools has been rapid, and very welcome among Android gamers - it's one of the first things that gets requested when a new title on the Play Store omits it. Now it's a little easier to tell which games support Play Games tools and which ones don't, without having to download them first. Users, including those of us here at Android Police, are starting to see a Play Games logo appear prominently in the Play Store app description of those apps that support the system.

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Google Play Games Logo Appears In Play Store Listings To Indicate Supported Games was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google App v5.10 Adds Option To Open Links In Chrome Custom Tabs

Posted: 27 Feb 2016 07:26 AM PST

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The Google App's version 5.10 update rolled out to the beta channel yesterday with a new waiting animation, but one change that was lurking behind is the option to open links from search results and Now cards in Chrome Custom Tabs instead of redirecting to the full Chrome browser (or your other default browser).

The option was first discovered by Cody in the APK teardown of version 5.5, but it appears to have just been activated now in the app.

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Google App v5.10 Adds Option To Open Links In Chrome Custom Tabs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google is looking to build a Chromecast TV

Posted: 27 Feb 2016 07:15 AM PST

Google and Vizio might be teaming up on Chromecast. Photo: SpotifySo far, Google hasn't had much luck infiltrating the living room. Android TV was a huge bust, making the Chromecast Google's biggest success when it comes to television so far. It looks like Google's planning on doubling-down on Chromecast. A new report suggests that the search giant is looking to bake the Chromecast's streaming functionalities

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Microsoft Surface Book serious construction problem

Posted: 27 Feb 2016 06:59 AM PST

I've been testing Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book since some time and recently I noticed that among many software related problems there is also one, serious in my opinion, design problem that actually can't be fixed until Surface Book 2 is out.

Microsoft is very proud of the hinge mechanism introduced in the Surface Book. They call it "dynamic fulcrum hinge". Indeed, it works and looks great. On a side note, I wish it would allow to rate the screen 360 degree like the Lenovo Yoga series, instead of being "forced" to unplug the screen, rotate it manually and plug back in opposite position.

Anyway, when designing that spectacular hinge, Microsoft missed the fact that the rubber strap underneath the device, that is meant to 1) protect the bottom part from scratches and 2) avoid device from slipping on the desk, is actually useless, because the hinge extends lower than the rubber strap. Just see it yourself.



Result? The surface of the MS Surface Book is made of magnesium painted in silver colour. It's not the same as the anodized aluminium that Apple is using for years already, and it's very, very susceptible to scratches. After just few days of using the Surface Book you might discover that your $2.000,00 laptop has a lot of scratches on the bottom side of the hinge.

Of course, some might don't care, but still I consider this to be quite serious design flaw that Microsoft should be ashamed of. And considering all the software related problems on the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, Microsoft should seriously re-think their marketing strategy.

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ASUS Releases New Android 6.0 Marshmallow Timeline For ZenFone Series

Posted: 26 Feb 2016 10:30 PM PST

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For quite some time, ASUS was very quiet on its Android 6.0 Marshmallow rollout for its ZenFone 2 variants, until now.

ASUS has posted an announcement on its ZenTalk forum regarding its Marshmallow rollout. The ZenFone 2 and all its variants are now expected to get the update by Q2 2016 (April to June). The phones getting this update are as follows:

PadFone S (PF500KL)
ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML, ZE551ML)
ZenFone 2 Deluxe (ZE551ML)
ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition (ZE551ML)
ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE500KG, ZE500KL, ZE550KL, ZE551KL, ZE600KL, ZE601KL)
ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL)
ZenFone Max (ZC550KL)
ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML)

The company has also announced the removal of three ASUS apps in favour of Google's. "Google Messenger, Calendar, and Gmail apps will automatically be included… these apps will replace three ZenUI apps—ASUS Messenger, ASUS Mail and ASUS Calendar".

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