Google Hopes to Replace Gmail With Inbox



Gmail isn’t the only Email client that Google has in its arsenal. A few months ago, the Inbox project was launched, and since then Google developers have been working hard on feature implementation. Inbox by Gmail is a totally new approach to Email, aiming to be more user-friendly and powerful than regular Gmail service.

Three of the people who created Inbox took part in Reddit AMA session, in which they answered questions regarding features, requests and overall future of the project. According to lead designer Jason Cromwell, Inbox is prepared to replace Gmail in the very long term. Google is planning to add more features to its Email client, giving Inbox room for improvement.

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Latest Android Platform Stats: Lollipop under 0.1%, KitKat on a Third of Devices

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In the last few weeks, numerous devices received Lollipop updates both in official and unofficial capacity. Despite its popularity here on XDA, Lollipop is still a very new operating system and OEMs need some time to port it to their devices. As we typically see at the start of every month, Google has released their latest Android platform statistics showing OS and hardware fragmentation on the platform.

1Last month, we saw Android 2.x (Gingerbread and Froyo) finally fall under 10% install base. The number of 2.x users is still decreasing, and now comes in at 9.6% of active users connected to Google Play during the last week. Ice Cream Sandwich also dropped a bit in popularity, and it sits now at just 7.8% of de. . . READ ON »

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Latest Android Platform Stats: KitKat Hits 30%, 2.x Falls to 10%!

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As is the case at the start of every month, Google has once again updated its Android Developer Dashboard website with the latest Android Platform Distribution Stats. These numbers show the degree of platform fragmentation and few other interesting things that can be very useful especially for developers looking to better target their applications’ UI and required API level.

This month is a pretty significant one for Android 4.x KitKat. For the first time in its lifetime, the OS revision has finally reached 30% of active Android devices that have connected to Google Play in the last week. This leaves leaving Jelly Bean 4.1.x in second place at just under 23% and 4.2.x in third place with little over 20%. . . . READ ON »

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Google Inbox Given Small Visual Update


Not too long ago, Google launched an invite-only beta program for its new Email client, Inbox by Gmail. This new service has already gotten to be quite popular in just a few weeks, and many of us are seeing a stream of invitation requests on our G+ and Facebook news feeds. And now that users are routinely receiving three invites every few days, the community is ever expanding.

After a week of extensive testing, Google decided that it’s time to tweak its mobile application a little by making the Material Design UI a more consistent. Of course, this update isn’t quite the ‘Pimp My App – Google Edition’ that we’ve seen recently in other Google Apps, but one thing is worth being . . . READ ON »

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Sony AOSP Updated for Xperia Z3, Google Play Store Updated for Wearable Sensor Permissions – XDA TV

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Sony Extends its AOSP Project to include the Xperia Z3! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement of a small wearable based update to Google Play and be sure the check out the article talking about Google allowing searches to interact with apps! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer Jordan does a Review of the Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses. XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx released a video sort of reviewing AOKP. Be sure to check out Ethan Yonker’s (XDA Senior Recognized . . . READ ON »

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Google Allows Search Queries To Interact With Apps


Android 5.0 Lollipop brings lots of new features that are quite useful for end users and developers. In the interview with Google execs we talked about earlier, they talked about making integration with Ok Google a bit easier. As promised, Google has now provided a method to use the search with external applications.

The solution comes in just six lines of code that can be added to the AndroidManifest.xml file in your app. After adding it, users will be able to say, for example “Ok Google. Search for pizza on Eat24.” This command will search for the term pizza in the Eat24 application. Here’s the required code:

<activity android:name=".SearchableActivity">
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Lenovo Officially Owns Motorola, Following ~$3 Billion Deal


Google is now officially no longer the owner of 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 acquisitio. . . 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


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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