Google Updates Play Games, Wallet, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Google+, and Camera

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While we haven’t really had much in the way of consistent “Google Update Wednesdays” in the past few months, Google sure knows how to get back in the groove of things when they want to. Throughout the day yesterday, Google unleashed a massive wave of updates to a good deal of its first party Android apps, including Google Play Games, Wallet, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Google+, and Camera. So what’s new in all of these Google updates and how can you get in on the action a bit early? Read on to find out.

First up, we have Google Play Games. Yesterday’s update brings a rather substantial user interface update that finally makes the app Material Design compliant. The app dons new ani. . . READ ON »

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Google Execs Talk to Ars About Android 5.0 Lollipop

Lollipop Forest

Android 5.0 Lollipop is right around the corner, and it’s expected to hit AOSP shelves on November 3. This release is one of the most significant in Android’s relatively long history, so we are pretty excited to see this bad boy in action. The folks over at Ars Technica had the pleasure to speak with Android’s head honchos: VP of engineering for the Android platform and Nexus devices Dave Burke, VP of product management Brian Rakowski, and Android team group product manager Gabe Cohen. The Ars team learned some new tidbits and behind the scenes info about this release, which we will now share with you.

As you might have read already in our previous features recap, WebView is now unbundled f. . . READ ON »

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UX Design in Apps and ROMs w/ Kevin Bruckert – BABBQ2014


This year’s Big Android BBQ has come and gone. While the whole event was buzzing from the Android 5.0 Lollipop announcement and its discussion during the Opening Keynote, there were still other great sessions going on. One such session was put on by Kevin Bruckert, technical lead for the user interface area of the NVIDIA SHIELD line of products.

In Kevin’s presentation, we learned about UI design and the often overlooked part of Android development, user experience. It doesn’t matter if you are making a ROM, an app, or the next big game; having a good user interface is only part of the whole user experience equation.  So if you wanted to learn more about user experience, check out the video below!. . . READ ON »

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Bring Material Design Goodness to Your App with Support Library

Material Design Support Library

At Google I/O 2014, the next iteration of Android was announced and disseminated to the world in preview form. Despite the impressive API additions, Android L, or Lollipop as it was later revealed, quickly became famous for its refreshed user interface design language. Google has moved on from Holo UI and embraced the new “Material Design,” which is comprised of virtual paper and ink metaphors, rich and meaningful animations, as well bold and intentional graphics.

While Material Design apps were restricted to Android Lollipop at first, Google went on to launch an official support library that allows developers to backport the Material Theme to older platforms. The support library brings Th. . . READ ON »

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How to Unlock, Root, and Restore Your Moto 360 – XDA TV


The Moto 360 is Motorola’s latest and roundest release in wearable smartwatch market. Of course as we like to do here on XDA, we want to unlock and root this device. However, given its wireless sync and charging features, doing so is not as simple as it sounds. Luckily, a way has been found!

In today’s videos, XDA TV Producer and Recognized Contributor RootJunky shows of his Moto 360 Super Tool! This tool can be found on the XDA Forums and combines and simplifies many operations you may want to do on your Moto 360. RootJunky shows you how to unlock your bootloader, gain root access, and how to restore your Moto 360 to stock. All these processes require a special data cable, the video on how to make one can b. . . READ ON »

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Track Your Exercise Progress with Google Fit


Without a doubts, Google has essentially become somewhat of a spy, as the Mountain View company seemingly wants to know what you are doing at any given moment. To help us all stay in (relatively decent) shape, Google announced Android Fit, a basic activity tracker that tells you how many steps you have taken, miles cycled, and so on. Android Wear, which was formally announced at Google I/O, promised to bring full Fit support with Lollipop.

Just a few hours ago, an application went live that allows you to see how many calories have been burned during your daily jogs and exercise sessions. Here’s what Google Fit can do:

Reach your fitness goals

  • Set goals based on either duration or steps and see your progress th
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Motorola Droid Turbo Officially Announced by Verizon


A short marriage with Google made Motorola quite the successful OEM. The subsequent Lenovo acquisition only made things better. The producer of the popular Moto X, Moto G, and of course Nexus 6 has came up with yet another device, the Motorola Droid Turbo–and it’s definitely an eye-catcher.

The Motorola Droid Turbo gets some of its best parts from the new Moto X. It features a 5.2” screen with a high resolution Quad-HD, Super AMOLED panel. It will be powered by the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU, backed by 3 GB of RAM and 32 gigs of internal storage. This beast will also last on a single charge for a really long time thanks to its 3,900 mAh battery, which is protected by a back featuring Kevlar or . . . READ ON »

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Google Makes One Minute Hangouts Calls Free Until 2015


Google Hangouts is a convenient way of staying in touch with your family and friends. With this communicator app, you can send text messages and now even make phone calls. The latter function is not that popular, so Google is trying to advertise the service a little bit. As a result, users from 25 countries will now have a chance to talk for one minute without charge.

The offer lasts until the end of our current year. In other words, from now until the start of 2015, you will be able to make minute-long phone calls for free through Hangouts in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Dominican Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Poland
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Sideload Applications to Android TV Thanks to Chainfire


Android TV played quite a major roles at this year’s Google I/O’s keynote. We didn’t have to wait long to see the first Android devices designed specifically to work with TVs. One of the most exciting Android TV devices is the recently launched Google Nexus Player, which was introduced alongside Lollipop and other Nexus devices.

Google added a requirement that every existing application that is to work on Android TV must be declared as compatible by the app’s developer(s). Such a situation is far from perfect, because users often can’t use their favorite applications or games even if they actually work with Android TV but aren’t officially tested. Luckily, there are . . . READ ON »

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