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Google Play Services 6.1.71 Updates Icon, 6.1 Rolled Out

Google Play Services 6.1.71

A little under a month ago, we wrote about how Google Play Services had begun receiving a version bump to 6.1. Chief among the enhancements brought forth by the new version are added e-commerce analytics support through Google Tag Manager and improved APIs for Google Fit and Google Drive, including a new Material Design compliant file picker for the latter. With this update’s improved tag support, developers were then able to better understand how various user acquisition campaigns perform at a granular level. Now according to the Android Developers Blog, the rollout has finished making its way to all devices connected to Google Play, which means that developers can now feel free to use these updated . . . READ ON »

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QuickEdit, a Sleek and Quick Text Editor

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If you’ve worked on a development/design project in the past, you likely found yourself wanting to edit a source file you’ve been working on, or create a quick one for an idea you’ve just had. There aren’t many text editors on Android that excel at this, but QuickEdit Text Editor by XDA Forum Member rhmsoft might be one of them. It combines many needed features for code editing with a neat interface, and then adds some more tricks.

QuickEdit Text Editor comes with all the options you’d expect from an advanced text editor: syntax highlighting for languages you’re likely to work with, line numbering, indentation, undo/redo support and more. A dark theme is also available (. . . READ ON »

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Sync Files on Multiple Devices with Syncthing

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Syncthing is an open-source file synchronization client, written in Go language. The authors decided to create their own equally free Block Exchange Protocol that can successfully replace Dropbox or BitTorrent Sync on your home network.

The application is available for all major desktop operating systems like Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Syncthing recently debuted on Android, thanks to XDA Forum Member Nutomic who prepared a mobile version of the client. With this application, you will be able to keep your files up-to-date and easily synchronize things downloaded on your Android devices with your PC.

Syncthing is a brilliant solution for all of you that have a big collections of photos or other rather h. . . READ ON »

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Google Play Store 5 Brings Added Material Design, New Icon

Google Play Store 5

This past week and a half has sure been busy for first party Google Android application updates. Just a little over a week ago, we started off with a Google Play Newsstand update that brought a complete Material Design makeover. Then just one day later, Google followed up with a Google+ update that brought some additional Material Design goodness to the first application to sport the UI style in the first place. Then two days ago, we were given updates to the Chromecast companion app and Chrome Stable. But if you thought that Google was all done with updates for the week, you were wrong. There’s (at least) one more in store, and it’s a doozy: Google Play Store 5.

Today’s update to the Google Pl. . . READ ON »

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Android App Review: Multitask with Ease with C Floating

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In the past we have shown you C Locker and C Widget. Those applications allow you to customize your lockscreen and your weather widget, respectively. Well, from the same mind that gave you those apps, now you can customize your multitasking shortcuts.

XDA Recognized Developer astoncheah offers up a customizable, powerful application that allows you to multitask and switch apps fast. In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews C Floating.  TK shows off the application, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the application. Check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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Chromecast 1.8 Custom Wallpapers, Chrome Updated to 38

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Last Friday, we saw the release of Google+ version 4.6, which brought Google’s Facebook competitor a bit more inline with the latest Material Design UI guidelines. Now just a few days later, Google is gracing our Android devices with two new updates, Chromecast 1.8 and Chrome Stable v38.

First up, we have an update to the Chromecast companion app, bringing us to version 1.8.22. The Google Chromecast has always been lauded for its aesthetically appealing backgrounds. But now with today’s update, users are finally allowed to personalize their Chromecast devices with custom backgrounds. You can also enable weather updates, satellite images, and news headlines, just like what was mentioned ba. . . READ ON »

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Battery Utility Helps Preserve Your Device’s Battery Life

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In the last few years, Android devices have really made some great strides when it comes to overall speed and device power. Our tiny (or not so tiny) smartphones now pack so much processing power that it’s not entirely unheard of for certain users to be able to use them as their primary computing devices–at least when on the go. One area where we haven’t seen such great advancements, however, is battery life. Perhaps due to consumer demand for thinner devices, there simply isn’t much space for a gigantic battery. And because we all want as many high power cores as possible, lower power designs aren’t favored. So what are we to do?

XDA Senior Member Theworld2020 created Battery U. . . READ ON »

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Check the Forecast and Learn to Code with Tiny Weather

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App development on Android  is definitely a challenging, but fun task. You need to learn how to code in Java and familiarize yourself with the whole ecosystem before starting to work on a project. There are some resources available in various places that make the process a tad easier than hitting the books.

Not too long ago, we presented two handy video tutorials about launcher and live wallpaper development by XDA Senior Member sylsau. Both projects were rather easy to complete, so sylsau decided to show something a bit more difficult. Tiny Weather is a weather forecast application that can show you the conditions for the next 16 days. It has an elegant theme and simple, aesthetic UI. The application can als. . . READ ON »

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ProtectedApps Keeps Your Private Apps and Data Safe

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As much as we would all like, our mobile devices aren’t always quite as private as we would assume. It’s often difficult to prevent others from getting a bit too comfortable with the content stored on our smartphones and tablets when we hand them over for entirely unrelated purposes. After all, it’s likely that most readers will have been in a situation where you needed to hand your device to somebody else to let them take a picture or make a phone call, only to find them browsing your saved pictures or call log afterward.

Luckily, you have quite a few tools at your disposal to prevent casual user snooping. There are various app lockers that we’ve covered here on the XDA Portal, and a new offe. . . READ ON »

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