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SwiftKey Beta updated with text expansion shortcuts, incognito mode, and more

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 04:08 PM PDT

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A big update is rolling out to the SwiftKey Beta channel today. How big? I'm worried Artem might actually explode from the overwhelming joy. SwitfKey Beta now supports incognito mode, so it won't remember you typing private things. There's also support for text expansion, which can save you a whole lot of keystrokes. And that's not all!

Here's the changelog for the latest beta.

New

  • Incognito Mode
  • Shortcuts / Text expansion
  • Switch to Latin layout when in password/email field
  • All arrow keys can be accessed on main layout on tablets
Fixed
  • Red underline issue for some locales and Android N
  • You can now use the virtual keyboard on Android N when connected to a BT/physical keyboard

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Left: Extended mode, Right: Arrow keys enabled in beta

Incognito mode is accessed from the quick settings in the keyboard.

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SwiftKey Beta updated with text expansion shortcuts, incognito mode, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Photos v2.2 comes with more auto-generated highlight cards, prepares to create time-lapses and upgrade the video player [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 04:08 PM PDT

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An update to Google Photos began rolling out yesterday, and alongside it came a promising blog post about new assistant cards highlighting memories and suggesting rotations for sideways photos. Regular users may recognize that some of these aren't totally new, at least not with this version. However, there are some under-the-hood changes that speak to some interesting things for the future. A teardown shows that the video play may be getting an overhaul and Photos might soon auto-generate time-lapse videos for us.

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Google Photos v2.2 comes with more auto-generated highlight cards, prepares to create time-lapses and upgrade the video player [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google adds rotation suggestions and more to Photos service

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 03:43 PM PDT

Google Photos is continuously getting better. Google has just announced a few new features that are sure to please those who use the service. The big one is a card that suggests which photos need to be rotated. You can then tap the photos to rotate them right side up. Sideways photos are definitely a pain, so this is a great tool.

Google Photos will also show you "memories" (read: old photos) of people who are in your new photos if your library spans that far back. It shows recent highlights, too, making small groups of similar photos. And lastly, Photos can now automatically make GIFs from the best parts of your videos, which it finds itself.

If you use Google Photos, check the new features out! They're now available for Android, iOS, and the web, so give them a shot when you have a chance.


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Google releases Daydream Keyboard in the Play Store for VR typing

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 02:53 PM PDT

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You needn't wonder any longer how Google is planning to do text input in Daydream VR mode. There's a new Daydream Keyboard app in the Play Store with some very informative screenshots. You can't use it yet, though.

Google notes that the Daydream Keyboard is designed to work inside Daydream apps, and some of them won't work if you remove the Daydream Keyboard from your device. The keyboard UI looks like the standard Google Keyboard with the alphas in the middle, then a separate panel on the left for numbers and a panel on the right for enter, backspace, and close.

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Google releases Daydream Keyboard in the Play Store for VR typing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google’s smartwatches rumored to be released in Q1 2017

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 02:37 PM PDT

We've heard rumors about Google releasing its own smartwatches before, but now they are getting a rumored release date. The two watches, said to be running Android Wear 2.0 at launch, should launch sometime in Q1 2017.

There isn't much known about these watches at the moment. The last info we got on them was during Google's prototyping of the devices, so a lot might have changed since then. But we do know that the company is planning two watches, one more budget-oriented and one high-end with all the bells and whistles.

It's hard not to be excited when Google releases its own hardware. Maybe they will join the Pixel and Pixel XL under the Pixel brand. We'll have to see, but the announcement may not be far out!


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Australian carrier Telstra ships Pixel pre-orders out early

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 02:37 PM PDT

The Pixel line of devices is set to be released on October 20th, one week from today. But Australian carrier Telstra managed to screw that up, sending devices out to people a full week early. Someone on Reddit has already received the device!

This is the kind of screw up we can get behind, and we're sure a lot of people are envious. Getting to play with Google's new toy a week before anyone else is awesome. The user also uploaded video samples and gave his thoughts on the device. It's looking quite positive.

If you're interested in thoughts on the device hit the source link and check out the Reddit thread. There's quite a bit of good info there. Are you excited to receive your new Pixel?

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Google Clock version 4.6.1 adds support for Nougat, multi-window, and Direct Boot

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 01:48 PM PDT

2016-10-13 20.29.34Google has been slowly improving the stock clock application ever since it landed in the Play Store. It's not as if it's the most amazing clock app ever made, but it's more than capable at this point, includes plenty of extra features, and integrates well with the rest of Android. The latest update helps the Clock app work better with Android 7.0 and some of its core tools, most notably multi-window.

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Google Clock version 4.6.1 adds support for Nougat, multi-window, and Direct Boot was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Another 23 Samsung Galaxy Note 7s overheated in the last month

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 11:37 AM PDT

Late last night, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Samsung officially issued a global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 that includes its replacement units. They've also revealed numbers related to overheating devices.

According to Samsung and the US CPSC, 23 reports of replacement Galaxy Note 7s have come in since the original Note 7 recall on September 15. The CPSC says that they are currently looking into six cases of replacement Galaxy Note 7 units catching fire, but that it is aware there are more reports. Samsung says that it's received 13 reports of phones catching fire and burning people and 47 reports of property damage.

The latest recall of the Galaxy Note 7 means that all 1.9 million units must be sent back. That includes 1 million original Galaxy Note 7 devices, and 900,000 replacement models out there in the wild. In late September, Samsung confirmed that it had received 60 percent of the 1 million original devices, but it's unknown how many devices are still out there.

It should go without saying at this point: Return your Galaxy Note 7 if you haven't already.


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Facebook adds support for casting videos from your phone or desktop

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 11:18 AM PDT

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Google's casting platform has been around for a few years now, and Facebook has thus far ignored it. That changes today; after a small test of the feature earlier this year, Facebook has announced official support for casting videos from your phone or desktop. It looks a little different than you may be used to, though.

To cast a video, tap the TV button in the corner of the video frame.

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Facebook adds support for casting videos from your phone or desktop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Tips to help you stay on the right side of Google Play policy

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 09:08 AM PDT

Posted by Lily Sheringham, Google Play team

Today we have released a new video '10 tips to stay on the right side of Google Play policy'. The video provides 10 best practices to help you develop and launch apps and games which follow Google Play's Developer Program Policies.

It accompanies the recently published News video series and is part of our 10 tips for success on Google Play video series.

Watch the video to learn how to review your app, to ensure you have appropriate content and the rights to use it, how to handle user data, and more. Also, find out how to stay up to date with policy updates and get support from our policy team.

You can also find more resources on Google Play policies in the Developer Policy Center, and also get the new Playbook for Developers app to learn more best practices to find success on Google Play.


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Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Faily Rider, Spingun

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 08:42 AM PDT

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.

AirJamz Music

DescriptionAirJamz Music is the official app for AirJamz — The App-Enabled Music Toy. Play Air Guitar and Make Real Music with Your Motion! Just connect your AirJamz by Bluetooth to the app on your mobile device – Then pick a song and strum along or use any moves you want to create music!

 

FIFA Mobile

DescriptionPlaying soccer has never been more exciting than in the new FIFA Mobile! Build and manage your team, go head to head, and keep coming back for daily content.

 

Juggernaut Champions

DescriptionMAYDAY! MAYDAY! We were attacked by boarback raiders, towering infernal samurai and ninjas with snakes in place of arms! We NEED HELP! I command the JUGGERNAUT CHAMPIONS to assemble! Juggernaut Champions is a next generation game in a revolutionary RPG Clicker genre. 

 

Crap! I'm Broke: Out of Pocket

Description: Set in a Cubist-style world, Crap! I'm Broke: Out of Pocket is a hectic life management game. Do mini-game style jobs (like scrubbing dishes and flip burgers) to avoid eviction and keep starvation at bay. Dodge Death… And Debt!

 


Shuffle Cats

DescriptionPlay the traditional card game rummy with a multiplayer twist for mobile. Set over the rooftops of 1920's London and hosted by a group of cats, we want you to join our club and play the world at cards! Make your way through the card clubs of Lucky Lane and play against opponents from all over the world, in this brand new live player versus player game!

 

Faily Rider

Description: Poor Phil Faily has had a lot of bad luck with cars… now he has a Motorbike! While doing some sightseeing on a motorbike in the Nevada desert, Phil is forced off the road, plunging him over the edge of a steep embankment and into a world of dangerous hazards and obstacles.

 

Spingun

DescriptionFly and steer with either single button, or press both buttons at once to fire your ship's powerful blaster gun. Grab powerups to launch missiles, plasma balls, and flames at your foes. Blast em to bits quick to repair your ship. How long can you fight them off?

 

Arctic Truck Simulator

DescriptionArctic Trucker Simulator – officially endorsed by Alex Debogorski – takes you down the world's iciest and most dangerous roads!Do it like Alex Debogorski – the most popular Ice Road Trucker ever: Get in your truck, start the engine and transport massive cargos over the snowy transport routes of the Arctic.

 

Mafia III: Rivals

DescriptionSteal, seize, and slaughter for control of New Bordeaux in Mafia III: Rivals, a brand new battle RPG set in the violent and gritty universe of Mafia III. Be the boss and assemble your crime family. Outfit your characters with brutal weapons, items, vehicles, and stake your claim over local businesses. 

 

Agent Aliens

DescriptionJump and shoot your way to freedom as you search for your fellow Aliens and break free from captivity. It will take teamwork and dexterous fingers to survive this close encounter with humankind. Our new arcade style run and gun game. Returning fire, aiming, and cooldowns are taken care of by our squad of feisty aliens. Players will be focusing on dodging and weaving through enemy fire.

 


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Google Search widget showing Now card info in Google Now Launcher for some

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 04:37 PM PDT

In an effort to display more useful info for those who may not always use Google Now, Google is rolling out a new feature for its Google Now Launcher that shows an info card underneath the search bar on the homescreen.

Not everyone is getting this feature so far, but some people who have the Google app beta are already seeing it. The mini cards will take you to the card in Google Now when tapped, and can be dismissed by hitting the small "X."

The feature definitely seems useful, as it puts necessary information right on your homescreen rather than in your notification shade. We're curious how it will work with the Pixel's new search widget though. Hopefully the feature will roll out to everyone soon, but let us know when you see it!


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Flychat adds chat head-like bubbles to Hangouts, Telegram, WhatsApp, and more

Posted: 12 Oct 2016 04:08 PM PDT

1Google's improved quick reply notifications in Android 7.0 can make replying to messages easier, but it's still tedious to manage multiple simultaneous chats. That's doubly true of they're taking place in different apps. Flychat aims to make it easier by bundling all (or at least most) of your messaging apps into floating bubbles. They're chat heads, basically.

Setup is quick—all you have to do is allow the app to access your notifications.

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Flychat adds chat head-like bubbles to Hangouts, Telegram, WhatsApp, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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