WhatsApp Decides to Protect Your Data


When Facebook bought WhatsApp for the absurdly large sum of $19bn back in February, they took the tech world by storm. $19bn for a FREE messaging app? A messaging app? Really? Soon afterwards, speculation began to grow about the real reason Facebook, a content marketing company at its core, bought the company and it’s pretty clear: They wanted the wealth of personal information stored about the service subscribers. As it turns out, they weren’t the only ones, as WhatsApp has been the subject of many suspicions of (and attempts at) hackers getting users’ private information.

With the abundance of concerns, Facebook has evidently been listening as they have taken steps to secure your mess. . . READ ON »

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Google Maps, My Maps, YouTube, Androidify, Slides, Music Updated–Here’s What’s New


In the last few weeks, Google has been one of the busiest company in tech world. In addition to the floating Android revision releases popping up every couple of days, the developers from Mountain View have also focused on providing updates to proprietary applications commonly known as GApps. You, however, may not be familiar with some of these applications because they aren’t shipped with latest factory images.

The list of updated applications isn’t too long and contains six main entries. Let’s take a closer look on what have changed since the last release.

Androidify :

  • Translated into 13 more languages.
  • Bug fixes
  • Now you can share your Android character with a QR code.

Google Maps:

  • New M
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Android App Review: Get Amaze with Material Design – XDA TV


Material Design is all the buzz in the Android world right now. Android 5.0 Lollipop’s user interface has introduced the topics of material design.  All apps are going to material design, even boring old file managers.  Those standard apps that allow you to browse the file system of your phone, and today’s app does it in material design.

XDA Senior Member arpitkh96 offers up a Material Design-themed file manager. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews Amaze File Manager.  TK shows off the application and gives his thouights, so check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Overview for Nexus Devices – XDA TV


We’ve showed you how to install Google factory images on your Nexus devices before. Now the latest factory images are of the new Android 5.0 Lollipop. A lot of excitement have been buzzin around Lollipop. With its Material Design and other great improvements. Continuous improvement is a good thing. What if you are not ready to flash the last Lollipop image to your device? We won’t judge you, we promise. But let us show you what you are missing.

In this episode of XDA TV Producer rirozizo shows you what Lollipop looks like using his Nexus 4. He shows of the user interfact changes. He shows you the new notification panel. He talks about ambient display. If you wanted to see Lollipop in action, check out t. . . READ ON »

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Toggle Cell Radio 5.0 Micromanages Your Lollipop Connectivity

Toggle Cell Radio 5.0

Not too long ago, we took a look at a handy little widget by XDA Senior Member cygery that let you control your WiFi connectivity status right from your home screen on Android 5.0 Lollipop. While ordinarily not too big of a deal, the previous offering filled a certain void that was created when Lollipop came about since most of the existing data connectivity widgets stopped working with the update.

Unfortunately, the same situation holds true for cell radio connectivity widgets, so cygery got back to work and created an similar Cell Radio connectivity widget for Android 5.0. Users can now freely control their data settings like in past Android versions. And when used in conjunction with the previously . . . READ ON »

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Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet! – XDA TV


Not too long ago, Nvidia announced the successor to the Nvidia Shield, which got redubbed the SHIELD Portable. The successor was the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. In the past, XDA TV Producer Jordan has done a SHIELD (Portable) unboxingreview, and a played a couple games, including streaming games from his PC to his SHIELD. Also, he showed you how you can play two hot PC games on the SHIELD natively, Half Life 2 and Portal.

Check out this video to watch Jordan talk about the Android 5.0 Lollipop release for the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet, which he reviewed not to long ago. Check out the material design user interface update. Additionally, Nvidia has released the Nvidia GRID On-Demand Gaming Service. Previously this wa. . . READ ON »

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Google Keep 3 Brings Material Design, Sharing Options


Google has begun rolling out an update to one of its lesser known (but still amazing) apps: Google Keep. It was fairly easy to predict that the newest version of the note taking app would be re-designed to meet the new Material Design UI instructions, and sure enough, it was.

In addition to the visual changes, Google Keep received a long list of under-the-hood changes. New in version 3.0, users can finally share their notes. This useful feature lets you share items like shopping lists, for example. A note can be shared with multiple people, so this is a nice way to orchestrate collaboration.

Searching notes is also much simpler, as you can now filter the notes by color or status (shared, etc.). The list of changes is q. . . READ ON »

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Nokia N1 is a $249 Android-Powered Tablet


It’s been a few months since Microsoft successfully acquired Nokia’s mobile technology division. As a result, we’ve seen a cut of 15% of Nokia’s global workforce of 18 thousand. More recently, Microsoft decided to cut the ties with the Nokia heritage by releasing the self-branded Microsoft Lumia 535.

If you thought that Nokia was but a ghost company, we’re pleased to announce that you are wrong. Nokia–the real one based in Finland–has announced a new device. This new device is a tablet that can favorably compare with the latest Nexus 9. The Nokia N1 tablet will be powered by Android and licensed by Google. This means that we will likely see Google apps pre-inst. . . READ ON »

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Download Status on the Notification Bar – XDA Xposed Tuesday


If you’ve ever had to download something on your phone, you know that big files can take a while. Depending on your data coverage, small files might also take a while. So to kill time during a download, you go do other things on your phone. It would be nice if you didn’t have to pull open your notification tray to check the status of your download.

In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday, XDA TV Producer TK reviews an Xposed Module that shows a visual download completion indicator on your notification bar. XDA Recognized Contributor C3C076 created the Statusbar Download Progress module. TK shows off the modules and gives his thoughts, so check out this Xposed Tuesday video.. . . READ ON »

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