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Twitter Fabric App Provides Android Developers With Active Metrics, Alerts, And A General Idea How To Fix Stuff That Breaks

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 02:18 PM PDT

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Maintaining an app has some similarities with keeping a website up and running. One day everything is fine. The next day, an update goes out that leaves thousands of people unable to do anything. Now they're ranting on Twitter, leaving poor reviews on Google Play, and giving you a massive dose of negativity and rage to encounter when you sit down at your computer.

The best thing for everyone would be if you had heads up as soon as possible.

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Twitter Fabric App Provides Android Developers With Active Metrics, Alerts, And A General Idea How To Fix Stuff That Breaks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Screen Filter App f.lux Is Now Available In The Play Store (Root Required)

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 01:37 PM PDT

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A few weeks ago, the makers of the popular desktop screen filter f.lux started testing an Android version in private beta. Now, the app is live in the Play Store for everyone. You will need to be rooted, but the app is completely free.

The premise of apps like this is that blue light can interfere with your sleep cycle, so it's best to filter it out in the evening. There are a few Android apps that do that like CF.lumen and Twilight, although the latter uses a non-root red overlay that may or may not work as well as the root methods.

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Screen Filter App f.lux Is Now Available In The Play Store (Root Required) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Get the All-About-Android Coding Bundle free for a limited time [Deal]

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 01:09 PM PDT

all-about-androidIf you're desperate to learn Android development but don't know where to start, Cult of Android Deals has you covered. For a limited time only, you can get the All-About-Android Coding Bundle absolutely free. This bundle contains over 23 hours of learning across five courses, including: Create an Android Game from Scratch Using AndEngine — $49

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YouTube Is Experimenting With Putting Related Cards At The Top Of Searches

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 12:50 PM PDT

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You can browse through channels and recommended videos on the YouTube app's homescreen, but chances are, your experience starts with performing a search. To help you find what you're looking for, YouTube has started putting cards at the top of searches that point users toward related search terms.

These cards suggest related terms that Google figures may help you get to what you're really after. These are the words other people have looked for.

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YouTube Is Experimenting With Putting Related Cards At The Top Of Searches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android N lets you adjust display calibration yourself

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 12:38 PM PDT

Color calibration Android NVery few Android devices let you adjust your own display calibration to your liking, but that could change with Android N. Google is baking this ability into its next update for Nexus users to enjoy, but you'll have to dig around to find it. BlackBerry, HTC, and OnePlus are some of the manufacturers that let you

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Federal Aviation Administration Releases B4UFLY App For Android Users With Drones And Model Planes

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 12:17 PM PDT

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A small plane is still a plane, and here in the US, that leaves them under the jurisdiction of the Federal Aviation Administration. Someone flying a drone or model plane in restricted airspace can find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Or worse, they can cause real problems for larger aircraft transporting people.

To make things better for everyone, the FAA has released a mobile app, B4UFLY, that shows if there are any restrictions or requirements in your area.

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Federal Aviation Administration Releases B4UFLY App For Android Users With Drones And Model Planes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Chrome for Android update lets you pause and resume downloads

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 12:05 PM PDT

ChromeThe latest Google Chrome release for Android, version 50, has a new download manager baked-in that allows users to pause and resume their downloads. This means you can finally put file transfers on hold when you leave the house without abandoning what you've downloaded so far. Chrome for Android downloads files in one of two

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Free trials will give Android fans sneak peeks at new games

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 10:59 AM PDT

Google's dedicating more to gaming right now with free trials. Photo: GoogleLooks like Google's figured it out: free trials for games from the Google Play Store will soon grace your Android handset. Announced at Google Developer Day, the new service will be called "Search Trial Run Ads" and launch in a few weeks. It will let you stream a game right from the search results page

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Google Maps Navigation Bubbles Containing Street And Exit Names Are Rolling Out To More People

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 10:54 AM PDT

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A recent Google Maps update introduced a feature that makes upcoming turns and exits easier to follow. Rather than leaving you trying to reconcile the street names at the top of the screen with the direction of the blue path below, Maps has started to insert bubbles onto the map that mark the location for you while also showing you which road you're on.

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Left: Our previous look, at night; Right: A reader submitted image, during the day

Downloading the latest APK, which we covered in early February, was not enough to trigger the change.

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Google Maps Navigation Bubbles Containing Street And Exit Names Are Rolling Out To More People was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Grow your games business on Google Play: Game parameters management, video recording, streaming ads, and more

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 10:14 AM PDT

Posted by Morgan Dollard, Product Manager of Google Play Games

With mobile gamers across 190 countries, Google Play Games is made up of a vibrant and diverse gaming community. And these players are more engaged than ever. Over the past year, the number of games reaching over 1 million installs grew by 50 percent.

Today, at our annual Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference, we announced new platform and ads tools for developers, of all sizes reach, to reach this global audience and accelerate the growth of their games business. Check out below the full range of features that will help game developers build their apps, grow their user base, and earn more revenue.

Making Google Play Games better for players

In February, we introduced Gamer IDs so that anyone could create a gaming persona. We also simplified the sign-in process for Google Play Games so players could pick up playing their game more quickly. We're also working on product enhancements to make Play Games a little more social and fun, which will mean more engaged players who're playing your game for longer. One example is the launch of Gamer friends (coming soon!), where your players can add and interact with their friends from within the Google Play Games app (without needing a Google+ account).

We're also launching the Indie Corner, a new collection on Google Play, that will highlight amazing games built by indie developers. You can nominate your awesome indie game for inclusion at http://ift.tt/1ppO8sr. We'll pick the best games to showcase based on the quality of the experience and exemplary use of Google Play game services.

Grow your game with powerful new features from Google Play game services

In January, we added features to Player Analytics, the free reporting tool of Google Play game services, which helps you understand how players are progressing, spending and churning. Today, we previewed some upcoming new tools that would be available in the coming months, including:

  • Game parameters management: With game parameters management, you will be able to update gameplay and game economy parameters without the need for APK changes or resubmitting your app. You'll be able to optimize virtual goods and currencies from the Developer Console or the Google Play Developer API.
Game parameters management in the Google Play Developer Console
  • Video Recording API: You will be able to easily add video recording to your app and let users share their videos with their friends and on YouTube in a few simple steps. We are also adding live streaming functionality to allow your fans to broadcast their gameplay experiences in real time on YouTube.
  • Predictive Analytics: The Player Stats API now has Predictive Analytics to help you identify which groups of players are likely to spend or churn, and we are adding new predictions for how much a player is likely to spend within 30 days and the probability that a player is a high spender. This allows you to tailor experiences for these players to try to increase their spend or engagement. Learn more about the
    Player Stats API.
"Not showing ads to users that were probable to spend increased number of IAP transactions by 15%." – Avetis Zakharyan, CEO Underwater Apps

New ad formats and targeting to find, keep and monetize high-quality gamers

Promoting your game and growing your audience is important, but it's just as important to reach the right audience for your game, the players who want to open the game again and again. That's why today we've unveiled new features that make it simpler to reach the right audience at scale.

  • Search Trial Run Ads: In the next few weeks, we'll launch a new way for users to try your game out when they do a search for games on Google through a new ad format, Search Trial Run Ads. After tapping "Try now", an individual can play your game for up to 10 minutes, and then download the game in full if they choose. These ads will appear to smartphone users on WiFi. Using this format, you can drive qualified users who are likely to stay engaged with your game after install.
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  • Portrait Video Ads: More than 80% of video ad views in mobile apps on the Google Display Network are from devices held vertically, but often these videos are created for landscape viewing. Over the next few weeks, we're launching Portrait Video Ads for a full-screen, immersive portrait video experience. Developers have seen significant improvement in both click-through and conversion rates, resulting in lower cost per install and more installs.
  • Active User Targeting for Games: In the coming weeks, we're rolling out a new type of targeting for Android apps that allows you to show ads to users who have spent more than 30 minutes playing games, or who have played a Google Play Games integrated game, in the last 30 days.

Earn more revenue in your game with AdMob

AdMob helps game developers around the world maximize revenue through in-app advertising. At GDC, we also announced a new way to help you earn more through AdMob Mediation. Rewarded advertising is a popular form of game monetization -- users are given the choice to engage with ads in exchange for an in-app reward. AdMob Mediation will enable you to easily monetize your apps with rewarded video ads from a number of ad providers. Supported networks and platforms include AdColony, AppLovin, Chartboost, Fyber, Upsight and Vungle, with more being added all the time.

You can learn more about this, and all our ads announcements on the Inside AdWords blog.

This is just the start of what we've got planned for 2016. We hope you can make use of these tools to improve your game, engage your audience, and grow your business and revenue.


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OnePlus rolls out its first Gallery app for OxygenOS

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 09:36 AM PDT

OnePlus Gallery appOnePlus' own OxygenOS platform now has its very own Gallery app. It's currently available on the OnePlus 2 and coming soon to other devices, and it promises to provide a "no-fuss" experience that's completely free and ideal for offline browsing. The OnePlus One, which shipped with CyanogenMod pre-installed, had its own Gallery app — but

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Netflix Gets A Beta Channel With Mobile Data Saver And Google Play Billing (Soon)

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 08:56 AM PDT

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There's a new version of Netflix in the Play Store, but it's not rolling out to everyone. You'll only get the latest v5.1 build if you join the new Netflix Play Store beta. Netflix is kicking off its beta with some cool features including a mobile data saver.

A single TV episode can eat up a few hundred megabytes of mobile data, which is one of the reasons T-Mobile is pushing its Binge On service.

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Netflix Gets A Beta Channel With Mobile Data Saver And Google Play Billing (Soon) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google, Facebook, and others following Apple’s lead on encryption

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 08:44 AM PDT

Live Photos to appear on new Samsung's? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of AndroidGoogle, Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp and other tech giants are reportedly working on their own increased privacy measures, as Apple continues to win over the general public during its encryption standoff with the FBI. A report from U.K. newspaper The Guardian provides a few limited details about what the companies have planned. WhatsApp is reported to

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Mozilla Releases Firefox for Android Beta v46 With The Ability To Display Cached Webpages While Offline And Other Refinements

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 05:28 AM PDT

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Much like Chrome releases, Mozilla's updates for Firefox are rarely mindblowing. Instead, we get a constant stream of smaller changes that slowly but surely upgrade all aspects of the user experience. The latest beta release for Firefox, v46, falls right in line with this pattern. The highlight of the update is that the browser will display recently visited webpages even when you are offline, using data stored in cache.

You don't need to do anything in particular to get the offline webpage feature going; if Firefox has it cached, it will display instead of the typical error messages you get when trying to browse offline.

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Mozilla Releases Firefox for Android Beta v46 With The Ability To Display Cached Webpages While Offline And Other Refinements was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Chrome 50's Built-In Downloader Lets You Pause And Cancel Downloads

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 04:43 AM PDT

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Did you know that Chrome on Android can handle downloads in two different methods? Before we got this tip, I sure didn't and it took a little investigative work to get to the bottom of this difference. See, there are two ways you can trigger a download in Chrome. One is by clicking on a link that opens the bottom pop-up asking you if you want to save a file (think APK Mirror) and the other is by long tapping on any embedded content (usually media) and selecting save.

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Chrome 50's Built-In Downloader Lets You Pause And Cancel Downloads was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android N Feature Spotlight: The Download Manager's Notification Gets A Quickly Accessible Cancel Button

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 03:13 AM PDT

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If you often download files and apps on Android, you must have noticed that the Downloads app (or the Download Manager) doesn't really do much. Whether you're triggering a download from Gmail, Chrome, or any other app, you simply get a notification that shows you the progress and nothing else. That's slightly changing in Android N with the addition of a Cancel button that lets you quickly, well, cancel the download.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: The Download Manager's Notification Gets A Quickly Accessible Cancel Button was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Telegram 3.7 Brings Updates To Supergroups With Support For 5000 Members, Pinned Posts, And More

Posted: 14 Mar 2016 01:58 AM PDT

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Telegram's Supergroups were introduced back in November to let group admins bump up the member limit of regular groups from just 200 users to 1000. Surely, there's no way anyone would ever need to make a group larger than that, right? Wrong — at least according to Telegram's developers: version 3.7 now supports groups up to a whopping 5000 members. "That's 5 times as good," and it's hard to argue with that logic.

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Telegram 3.7 Brings Updates To Supergroups With Support For 5000 Members, Pinned Posts, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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