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Lenovo Officially Owns Motorola, Following ~$3 Billion Deal

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Google is now officially no longer the owner American phone manufacturer Motorola. Earlier today, the $2.91 billion deal finally took place, and now the American company is officially owned by Chinese giant Lenovo. The deal has been confirmed by executives of both parties. This means that Lenovo has full rights to Motorola’s product portfolio and acquires all technologies owned by this OEM.

Motorola’s headquarters are set to remain in Chicago. Lenovo will also keep its newly integrated employees working on their existing projects. It’s likely that we will see new phones featuring different branding, such as what we’ve seen with Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition a. . . READ ON »

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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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Track Your Exercise Progress with Google Fit

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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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Android App Review: Google Inbox to Improve Your Life – XDA TV

Google Inbox Review

Recently, Google+ exploded with the announcement of Google Inbox, as revolutionary new way to handle your email. Google is trying to revolutionize the way you deal with email, with features like Snooze for an email, quick reminders and automatic sorting into categories.

In this video XDA TV Producer TK reviews Google Inbox.  TK shows off the application, its uses, functionality and talks about his thoughts of the application. If you want a more in depth review check out TK’s videos on his YouTube Channel. For a quick overview, check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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Google’s Big Android BBQ Opening Keynote – XDA TV

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To kick off the great presentations at this years Big Android BBQ Googlers Reto Meier, Timothy Jordan and Chet Haase talk about Android’s progression from the beginning to now the time of Android’s version 5 release Lollipop – oddly timed to match the fifth Big Android BBQ. The talk starts with a discussion of Android over the years and the drive to keep innovating.

With speakers like Reto Meier, a manager of Google’s Scalable Developer Advocacy team, and Timothy Jordan, a Senior Developer Advocate at Google for Google Glass and Android Wear, you are going to get more than just a marketing talk. This group spoke more specifically about the many facets of Android and the additional fea. . . READ ON »

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Androidify Receives a Major Update

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While most of us are super excited about the Android Lollipop and the new Nexus devices, a few of you might have noticed that Google issued a major update to its Androidify app. This small, yet cool application allows you to create funny avatars that are used by many XDA members such as Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD.

With this latest update, Androidify has become quite a different application. There are a sheer number of sharing tools that can be used to promote your avatar. If you are lucky, your small guy can take part in a Google commercial or be a face on a billboard.

Here’s a full changelog of the app:

  • Pick a move and watch your Android character laugh, dance, cheer, rock out, or all sorts of other m
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Chrome Beta 39 Brings Reader Mode and Limited Windowed Mode

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This past week has certainly been a good one for Google fans. In the span of the last seven days, we’ve seen updates to Chrome Stable, Hangouts for Chrome We even got to see a screenshot showing the Material Design-laden future of Google Now. Now, we’ve got yet another update to share, and this time it’s to the Chrome Beta channel.

Coming in at version 39.0.2171.25, Chrome Beta 39 brings many new feature additions that one would expect from a major version number bump. For starters, there’s a new “Reader Mode,” which can be accessed by pressing menu and clicking the Reader mode option (with a dog paw icon). Once enabled, Reader mode strips webpage formatting to make tex. . . READ ON »

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Google Play Services 6.1.71 Updates Icon, 6.1 Rolled Out

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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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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.

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