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Headup Games Brings Silhouette-Heavy 2D Platformer 'Toby: The Secret Mine' To Android

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 02:26 PM PDT

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Toby: The Secret Mine is a relatively new indie game inspired by Limbo. The similarity is immediately apparent. Both are 2D platformers. Both embrace heavy use of silhouettes.

But as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and we welcome more admirers making their way into the Play Store.

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Toby: The Secret Mine was born from the mind of developer Lukáš Navrátil. You play as Toby, a brave boy whose friends have been kidnapped.

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Optimize, Develop, and Debug with Vulkan Developer Tools

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 01:56 PM PDT

Posted by Shannon Woods, Technical Program Manager

Today we're pleased to bring you a preview of Android development tools for Vulkan™. Vulkan is a new 3D rendering API which we've helped to develop as a member of Khronos, geared at providing explicit, low-overhead GPU (Graphics Processor Unit) control to developers. Vulkan's reduction of CPU overhead allows some synthetic benchmarks to see as much as 10 times the draw call throughput on a single core as compared to OpenGL ES. Combined with a threading-friendly API design which allows multiple cores to be used in parallel with high efficiency, this offers a significant boost in performance for draw-call heavy applications.

Vulkan support is available now via the Android N Preview on devices which support it, including Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. (Of course, you will still be able to use OpenGL ES as well!)

To help developers start coding quickly, we've put together a set of samples and guides that illustrate how to use Vulkan effectively.

You can see Vulkan in action running on an Android device with Robert Hodgin's Fish Tornado demo, ported by Google's Art, Copy, and Code team:


Optimization: The Vulkan API

There are many similarities between OpenGL ES and Vulkan, but Vulkan offers new features for developers who need to make every millisecond count.


  • Application control of memory allocation. Vulkan provides mechanisms for fine-grained control of how and when memory is allocated on the GPU. This allows developers to use their own allocation and recycling policies to fit their application, ultimately reducing execution and memory overhead and allowing applications to control when expensive allocations occur.
  • Asynchronous command generation. In OpenGL ES, draw calls are issued to the GPU as soon as the application calls them. In Vulkan, the application instead submits draw calls to command buffers, which allows the work of forming and recording the draw call to be separated from the act of issuing it to the GPU. By spreading command generation across several threads, applications can more effectively make use of multiple CPU cores. These command buffers can also be reused, reducing the overhead involved in command creation and issuance.
  • No hidden work. One OpenGL ES pitfall is that some commands may trigger work at points which are not explicitly spelled out in the API specification or made obvious to the developer. Vulkan makes performance more predictable and consistent by specifying which commands will explicitly trigger work and which will not.
  • Multithreaded design, from the ground up. All OpenGL ES applications must issue commands for a context only from a single thread in order to render predictably and correctly. By contrast, Vulkan doesn't have this requirement, allowing applications to do work like command buffer generation in parallel— but at the same time, it doesn't make implicit guarantees about the safety of modifying and reading data from multiple threads at the same time. The power and responsibility of managing thread synchronization is in the hands of the application.
  • Mobile-friendly features. Vulkan includes features particularly helpful for achieving high performance on tiling GPUs, used by many mobile devices. Applications can provide information about the interaction between separate rendering passes, allowing tiling GPUs to make effective use of limited memory bandwidth, and avoid performing off-chip reads.
  • Offline shader compilation. Vulkan mandates support for SPIR-V, an intermediate language for shaders. This allows developers to compile shaders ahead of time, and ship SPIR-V binaries with their applications. These binaries are simpler to parse than high-level languages like GLSL, which means less variance in how drivers perform this parsing. SPIR-V also opens the door for third parties to provide compilers for specialized or cross-platform shading languages.
  • Optional validation. OpenGL ES validates every command you call, checking that arguments are within expected ranges, and objects are in the correct state to be operated upon. Vulkan doesn't perform any of this validation itself. Instead, developers can use optional debug tools to ensure their calls are correct, incurring no run-time overhead in the final product.

Debugging: Validation Layers


As noted above, Vulkan's lack of implicit validation requires developers to make use of tools outside the API in order to validate their code. Vulkan's layer mechanism allows validation code and other developer tools to inspect every API call during development, without incurring any overhead in the shipping version. Our guides show you how to build the validation layers for use with the Android NDK, giving you the tools necessary to build bug-free Vulkan code from start to finish.

Develop: Shader toolchain


The Shaderc collection of tools provides developers with build-time and run-time tools for compiling GLSL into SPIR-V. Shaders can be compiled at build time using glslc, a command-line compiler, for easy integration into existing build systems. Or, for shaders which are generated or edited during execution, developers can use the Shaderc library to compile GLSL shaders to SPIR-V via a C interface. Both tools are built on top of Khronos's reference compiler.

Additional Resources


The Vulkan ecosystem is a broad one, and the resources to get you started don't end here. There is a wealth of material to explore, including:


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New Android N Developer Preview Build Includes 'Clear All' Button In Recent Apps List

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 01:14 PM PDT

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Most major Android OEMs have seen fit to include a button to clear the entire recent apps list, but that's never been a feature of stock Android. Well, until now. In the latest Android N developer preview, Google has added a 'clear all' button to the recent apps list.

Swiping an app away in the recent apps list isn't the same as going in and force closing a process, but it signals to the system that it can kill the process.

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Video Editor 'Replay' Comes To Android Following GoPro Acquisition, But It's Now Called GoPro Quik

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 12:37 PM PDT

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GoPro promised it would bring the popular video editing app Replay to Android when it acquired the developer a few weeks ago, and it's here already. However, it's only available in beta, and it's not called Replay anymore. Say hello to GoPro Quik. The app must have been pretty much ready to go because there's still some Replay branding in the screenshots.

Quik's approach to video editing is that it should be easy to get something fancy looking in a few seconds.

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Google Contacts 1.4.9 Extends Support To Devices Running Android 5.0 [APK Download]

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 12:37 PM PDT

GoogleContacts-ThumbAll smartphones come with an app for managing contacts, but Google Contacts is spiffy. And now you don't need a relatively new device to enjoy the latest release. Google Contacts 1.4.9 is out, and this version will run on any device running Android 5.0 or above.

Many of the past releases were limited to Marshmallow, though Google Contacts version 1.1 worked with Android 5.1. The latest release casts the net even wider.

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Minecraft Realms, Mojang's Always-On Server, Comes To Android As An Opt-In Alpha

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 12:20 PM PDT

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Minecraft is great, but it's even better when playing with others, and better still when played with people you know. To that end Mojang introduced us to Realms in 2013, an always-on server that enables play with friends or family. Since then Realms has been available for Windows and OS X, but Mojang today announced they're bringing it to Android in the form of an opt-in alpha (although support was actually added for Realms back in 2013).

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Google Photos adds manual backup and emoji search

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 12:07 PM PDT

Users of Google Photos have a new update headed their way, and this one includes a couple interesting features. The first, and arguably most important, new few feature is the ability to manually back up photos. In the past, Google Photos has only allowed users to automatically back up photos, making it all or nothing. Not everyone wants to back up all of their photos, so Google is allowing users to now manually backup individual photos.

To utilize this, users simply need to select photos, tap the three dot menu and then press "Back Up Now". With that, only the photos you've selected will be backed up in Google Photos.

Additionally, this update includes the ability to search photos with an emoji. While not the most useful feature in the world, this is a fun way to search for your photos, based on whether or not the app thinks they match an emoji.

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Android N Developer Preview 2 is now available

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 12:07 PM PDT

While we may not know its official name yet, the second Developer Preview of Android N is now available for interested parties. Last month, Google launched the first Developer Preview of Android N, allowing developers and enthusiasts alike to take a look at an early build of the next version of Android. This second build squashes bugs, improves features, and even adds in a few things, so let's take a look at what's changing.

The first addition is Vulkan, which is a new 3D rendering API. Vulkan offers more GPU utilization for developers and can significantly increase performance in apps which depend on draw-call. Also new are launcher shortcuts, which allow apps to define shortcuts that contain an intent into specific points within an app. These shortcuts can be placed in the launcher and can be used for purposes such as quickly sending a message to a specified contact or navigating home with just a single tap.

Also notable is the new support for the emoji unicode 9. This new design offers more human-looking emoji and also includes skin tone variations and some new emoji, such as a selfie emoji.

Per usual, this new build also contains plenty of bug fixes and API changes that should generally help to create a smoother and more stable OS. That being said, this is a developer preview and is not intended as a daily driver. For more info and details on downloading the preview, follow the source link below.


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BlackBerry begins rolling out its Marshmallow beta for Priv

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 11:48 AM PDT

Marshmallow comes to the Priv... in beta. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidBlackBerry has started rolling out its first phase of Marshmallow beta releases for the Priv. Those who were first to signup for the beta earlier this month can expect to receive a software update over-the-air — but only if they've followed BlackBerry's instructions first. Gaining access to BlackBerry's early Marshmallow release is actually pretty exhausting. Once

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Samsung brings display scaling to Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 11:11 AM PDT

Thank you, Samsung! Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidSamsung has gotten a lot better at optimizing its TouchWiz software for its large, high-resolution displays in recent years, and now it's giving users the ability to change it themselves with display scaling on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Having a large smartphone display is mostly pointless if everything on that display appears larger,

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Not ready for Android Wear? Save 20% on Pebble Time [Deals]

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 10:54 AM PDT

a916110511707816f3e02b3fb83ad1c9565938a3_main_hero_imagePebble Time packs everything you want in a smartwatch into a sleek, modern package. With its unique timeline interface, Pebble displays everything you care about (notifications, calendar events, weather, sports scores, news & more) in any easy-to-view timeline. Track your activity and sleep, wear it in the shower—and be left wondering… what can't the Pebble do?

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Android N Developer Preview 2, out today!

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 10:43 AM PDT

Posted by Dave Burke, VP of Engineering

Last month, we released the first Developer Preview of Android N, to give you a sneak peek at our next platform. The feedback you've shared to-date has helped us catch bugs and improve features. Today, the second release in our series of Developer Previews is ready for you to continue testing against your apps.

This latest preview of Android N fixes a few bugs you helped us identify, such as not being able to connect to hidden Wi-Fi networks (AOSP 203116), Multiwindow pauses (AOSP 203424), and Direct Reply closing an open activity (AOSP 204411), to name just a few. We're still on the hunt for more; please continue to share feedback, either in the N Developer Preview issue tracker or in the N preview community.

What's new:

Last month's Developer Preview introduced a host of new features, like Multi-window, bundled notifications and more. This preview builds on those and includes a few new ones:

  • Vulkan: Vulkan is a new 3D rendering API which we've helped to develop as a member of Khronos, geared at providing explicit, low-overhead GPU (Graphics Processor Unit) control to developers and offers a significant boost in performance for draw-call heavy applications. Vulkan's reduction of CPU overhead allows some synthetic benchmarks to see as much as 10 times the draw-call throughput on a single core as compared to OpenGL ES. Combined with a threading-friendly API design which allows multiple cores to be used in parallel with high efficiency, this offers a significant boost in performance for draw-call heavy applications. With Android N, we've made Vulkan a part of the platform; you can try it out on supported devices running Developer Preview 2. Read more here.

  • Launcher shortcuts: Now, apps can define shortcuts which users can expose in the launcher to help them perform actions quicker. These shortcuts contain an Intent into specific points within your app (like sending a message to your best friend, navigating home in a mapping app, or playing the next episode of a TV show in a media app).

    An application can publish shortcuts with ShortcutManager.setDynamicShortcuts(List) and ShortcutManager.addDynamicShortcut(ShortcutInfo), and launchers can be expected to show 3-5 shortcuts for a given app.


  • Emoji Unicode 9 support: We are introducing a new emoji design for people emoji that moves away from our generic look in favor of a more human-looking design. If you're a keyboard or messaging app developer, you should start incorporating these emoji into your apps. The update also introduces support for skin tone variations and Unicode 9 glyphs, like the bacon, selfie and face palm. You can dynamically check for the new emoji characters using Paint.hasGlyph().
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  • API changes: This update includes API changes as we continue to refine features such as multi-window support (you can now specify a separate minimum height and minimum width for an activity), notifications, and others. For details, take a look at the diff reports available in the downloadable API reference package.

  • Bug fixes: We've resolved a number of issues throughout the system, including these fixes for issues that you've reported through the public issue tracker. Please continue to let us know what you find and follow along with the known issues here.

How to get the update:

The easiest way to get this and later preview updates is by enrolling your devices in the Android Beta Program. Just visit g.co/androidbeta and opt-in your eligible Android phone or tablet -- you'll soon receive this (and later) preview updates over-the-air. If you've already enrolled your device, you'll receive the update shortly, no action is needed on your part. You can also download and flash this update manually. Developer Preview 2 is intended for developers and not as a daily driver; this build is not yet optimized for performance and battery life.

The N Developer Preview is currently available for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices, as well as General Mobile 4G [Android One] devices. For Nexus Player, the update to Developer Preview 2 will follow the other devices by several days.

To build and test apps with Developer Preview 2, you need to use Android Studio 2.1 -- the same version that was required for Developer Preview 1. You'll need to check for SDK components updates (including build tools and emulator system images) for Developer Preview 2 -- see here for details.

Thanks so much for all of your feedback so far. Please continue to share feedback, either in the N Developer Preview issue tracker or in the N preview community. The sooner we're able to get your feedback, the more of of it we will be able to incorporate in the next release of Android.


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No excuses! Google Calendar now finds time for self-improvement

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 10:16 AM PDT

Google Calendar gets smarter. Photo: GoogleFinding time in your busy schedule to hit the gym, get through a new book, or start a new hobby can be a task in itself. But now Google Calendar has the power to do it for you. The new Goals feature lets you tell Google Calendar exactly what you want to do, and it will go

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Waze Adds A Shaquille O'Neal Navigation Voice Option To Celebrate The NBA Playoffs

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 10:11 AM PDT

imageIn the Venn diagram of mobile users, the circle marked "rabid Shaq fans" and the one marked "active Waze users" must have a pretty tiny crossover section. But if you do happen to use Waze on a regular basis and you have the special extended DVD edition of both Kazaam and Steel boldly displayed on your shelf, today is your day. Waze has announced that the company is celebrating the start of the NBA Playoffs later this week by adding official Shaquille O'Neal voice narration to the map app's navigation service.

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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 09:39 AM PDT

New apps need lovin' too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We've shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

Teamviewer Host

Teamviewer Host

Description: Mirror your Android devices to any computer from anywhere, at any time! Permanently access your unattended Android devices (smartphones, tablets, POS, set-top boxes, displays, and much more).

 

Slidebox

Slidebox

DescriptionScroll through your photos in fullscreen and swipe up to delete unwanted photos or pick an album to sort into. Compare similar/duplicate photos and quickly and delete them with a swipe. It's that easy.

 

Quote – Feedly Reader

Quote

DescriptionQuote is a clean and modern news reader for your Feedly and Inoreader accounts. Features: Full screen reading experience, Painless navigation with simple gestures, Dark and light themes, and Readability support.

 

Samsung Milk VR

Samsung Milk VR

DescriptionNow access Samsung Milk VR's amazing library of 360 degree, immersive videos even when you don't have your Samsung Gear VR nearby. The Samsung Milk VR mobile app allows you to discover, search, download, and play 360 video content on your Samsung phone anytime and anywhere. 

 

QuickSupport for Samsung

QuickSupport for Samsung

DescriptionGet support for your mobile device from any Windows or Mac computer! You can now receive technical remote support for your mobile devices. Technicians have the ability to chat, transfer files back and forth, view device information, stop processes, push and pull Wi-Fi settings, and much more.

 

Eat This Much

Eat This Much

DescriptionPut your diet on autopilot with Eat This Much, the automatic meal planner. Tell us your diet goals, the foods you like, your budget, and what your schedule looks like, and we'll automatically generate a complete meal plan to meet your requirements. It's like having a personal diet assistant.

 

 LendingRobot

LendingRobot

DescriptionLendingRobot Dashboard lets investors keep an eye on your investments in Peer Lending. Monitor the performance of your portfolio(s), see which notes are paying or getting late and get access to detailed information about each of them.

 

ustwo Face Maker

ustwo Face Maker

DescriptionFace Maker is a new approach to customizable watch faces. Pick Classic or Trio, then personalize them the way that you like from a selection of beautifully designed options including color, hands, and markers.

 

Reddit: The Official App

Reddit Official

DescriptionReddit anywhere with the official app (even from the office restroom). Get the latest news, trends, and memes on the Internet first on Reddit. You get to decide what's worthy: top content rises to the front page thanks to your upvotes.

 

ShakeSpeak

ShakeSpeak

Description***This is a SwiftKey Greenhouse project and intended to be a little fun and not a replacement for your regular SwiftKey Keyboard*** ShakeSpeak adds the full works of William Shakespeare to SwiftKey Keyboard's renowned predictions to help you add a little of the Bard himself to your texts, emails and messages.

 


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Meizu Pro 6 is latest Android to swipe iPhone’s 3D Touch

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 09:20 AM PDT

The Meizu Pro 6 boasts 3D Press technology. Photo: MeizuSamsung didn't adopt the iPhone's pressure-sensitive display for its latest Galaxies as some reports promised it would, but other Android makers are already using it. The latest is Meizu, which today unveiling its incredibly attractive Pro 6 smartphone with "3D Press" technology, plus a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display, a ten-core Helio X25 chipset, and a

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Google Calendar now offers ‘Goals’ to help you reach your next milestone

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 08:07 AM PDT

For the folks out there that lead busy lives but still want to find the right time to reach their next goal, like biking, or running, or working out three times a week, Google Calendar is here to help out.

Google is officially launching "Goals" within its Calendar app. With it, Google Calendar users will be able to input something like "run three times a week" and Calendar will figure out the best possible times for you to achieve that goal, based on the variety of different meetings and important dates on your schedule.

Inputting something as general as "work out more" will have Calendar offer up a few questions, including "how often?" or "best time?" and from there Calendar will figure out the best time slots for you to get the job done. And if you add another event at some point down the road that conflicts with that goal's allotted time, Calendar will automatically find you another time slot that works.

Google says Calendar will get better at scheduling your goals every week the more often you use the feature, so as time goes on it will get more precise and work even better with your schedule.

Goals for Google Calendar is available right now, both for Android and iOS.

What do you think of the Goals feature?


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Play Games v3.7 Finally Enables Gamer ID And Automatic Sign-In For Everybody [APK Download]

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 06:48 AM PDT

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Remember that time Google said it was abandoning sign-in with Google+ accounts for Play Games and introducing a brand new Gamer ID system with automatic sign-in and improved privacy controls? Don't worry if that's not very fresh in your memory, the announcement was almost two months ago. Well, it's finally time to make the switch for real. The latest Play Games update switches users to the new system (for those that weren't already on it) and fully enables the account customization features.

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HTC 10 Lifestyle silently announced for select Asian markets

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 03:51 AM PDT

There's no question that the HTC 10′s spec sheet can compete with that of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5. But all those internal components come at a cost – especially the phone's processor and RAM. This isn't an issue for most people living in Europe or North America, but phone priced at $700 in Asia would be out of reach for nearly all consumers. To fix this issue, HTC has also introduced the HTC 10 Lifestyle which is powered by a cheaper Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor and is paired with only 3GB of RAM. All the other internal components are a 1-to-1 match with what's inside the HTC 10. The HTC 10 Lifestyle still have a 5.2-inch QHD display, 32GB of internal storage, 12MP OIS camera with laser auto-focus on the back, 5MP OIS selfie cam on the front, 3,000 mAh battery, BoomSound speakers and a fingerprint sensor.

Stepping down from a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB or RAM to a Snapdragon 652 with 3GB of RAM isn't as bad as it sounds. Qualcomm's 652 chip is marginally less powerful than the 810 that was used in many of last year's flagship smartphone, but it's noticeably faster than the 808. There's even a chance that the HTC 10 Lifestyle will get better battery life because of the chip swap.

At this time we do not know what the price difference between the HTC 10 and HTC 10 Lifestyle will be. HTC hasn't announced which markets will get the HTC 10 Lifestyle instead of the standard HTC 10, but we've managed to stop listings for the device on HTC's sites for India, China and Singapore already.

Would you be willing to trade off a bit of processing power to save 10-15% on the cost of a flagship phone?


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Nintendo’s Miitomo game said to be making $280,000 every week

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 03:35 AM PDT

MiitomoNintendo fans bemoaned the company's decision not to use Mario or Link or Donkey Kong in its first smartphone game, but it seems Miitomo is doing perfectly well without famous faces. According to new estimates, the social app is currently raking in a whopping $280,000 every single week. We knew Nintendo's first smartphone game would be

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YouTube v11.13 Adds Video Title, Channel, And Total Views To The Player Overlay [APK Download]

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 03:30 AM PDT

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Google seems to be on a rampage of updates with small tweaks and adjustments to a number of apps. I like to think of it as polish. YouTube in particular has been flying through minor version bumps, the latest of which seems to include just a single visual adjustment to the player screen. Tap on the screen while a video is playing and the overlay now contains the current video's title, the channel it's from, and the total number of views it has acquired thus far.

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Samsung Milk VR Lets You Watch Virtual Reality Content On Your Phone Without Any Headset

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 03:30 AM PDT

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Whether you bought a Gear VR headset when it launched, got a free one with your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, or don't have any Gear VR, you probably know about all of that sweet virtual reality content that Samsung is releasing on Milk VR and wishing you could experience it anywhere, regardless of whether you have a headset nearby.

That's what Samsung's latest app on the Play Store aims to do.

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Google+ Adds Stronger Community Content Filters And Anti-Spam Controls

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 02:59 AM PDT

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Spam is the bane of our lives, even moreso now that we're all online and bots can be programmed to abuse any system that allows people to generate content and where other users read and consume said content. So is the case with Google+ communities. If you're starting your own community and you expect it to be popular, you're probably dreading the amount of spam that you'll have to deal with just to keep things rolling like they should.

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Drivemode Updates With Support For Gmail, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp And More

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 01:27 AM PDT

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Using your phone while on the road is extremely dangerous. A safer way to stay connected is to use a hands-free kit. This is great if you want to make calls, but less helpful if you're dependent on the myriad of messaging services currently in use.

Enter Drivemode, which has been kicking around the Google Play Store for some time now. At a very fundamental level, it provides a gesture interface for a number of apps and system functions, essentially allowing you to safely use your phone without even looking at the screen.

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Google Calendar Helps You Stay On Top Of Your Exercise And Skill Goals [APK Download]

Posted: 13 Apr 2016 12:54 AM PDT

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Our lives keep getting busier every day and that's not an understatement. If you've been wanting to learn a new language or practice a new hobby or add some exercise into your daily life, you've probably hit a wall when it came down to scheduling time for it repeatedly every day or week. Google Calendar, which is turning 10 years old today, is here to the rescue in its latest release.

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