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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 29, 2014

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 25, 2014

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

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 18, 2014

Google’s Big Android BBQ Opening Keynote – XDA TV

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,...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 15, 2014

Androidify Receives a Major Update

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...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 15, 2014

Chrome Beta 39 Brings Reader Mode and Limited Windowed Mode

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...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 11, 2014

Google Play Services 6.1.71 Updates Icon, 6.1 Rolled Out

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...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 10, 2014

Google Play Store 5 Brings Added Material Design, New Icon

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 9, 2014

New Hangouts for Google Chrome Brings Chatheads, Refreshed UI

Hangouts is an application that needs no introduction. Google's instant messenger and texting app is perhaps the most popular way to communicate on Android. Just a few hours ago, the desktop client of Hangouts received a major overhaul that changed practically everything we have seen in the app thus far. The new version of Hangouts introduces a concept similar to chat heads on Facebook for Android. Conversations with certain people or groups can be moved freely on the screen. This looks incredibly...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 9, 2014

Screenshot Reveals Google Now’s Material Design Future

Over the past several months, we've seen quite a few Google applications receive a Material Design makeover. This new UI paradigm first began showing its head far before its official unveiling alongside Android L in June of this year, starting with the Google+ application. Since then, we've seen several other Google apps such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides receive Material Design makeovers. And in this past week, we even saw Material Design updates to Chrome Stable and Google+. What's one extremely prominent Google...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 8, 2014

Chromecast 1.8 Custom Wallpapers, Chrome Updated to 38

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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 3, 2014

Google Wanted to Buy Cyanogen, Inc.

Google has reportedly tried to acquire Cyanogen, Inc., maker of one of the most popular multi-device custom ROMs, CyanogenMod. According to a report prepared by The Information, Google's SVP Sundar Pichai had a meeting with Cyanogen's CEO Kirt McMaster, but the interest from the Android and Google Chrome head honcho was shrugged off with no further notice. It's unclear why Google wanted to buy Cyanogen. Perhaps they wanted to have an in-house Android distribution and a team of skilled engineer capable of bringing Android to another level....

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Will Verduzco · Oct 3, 2014

Google+ 4.6 Update Brings Additional Material Design Flair

Just yesterday, we talked about a rather significant update to the Google Play Newsstand app. Perhaps the most noticeable change in yesterday's update wasn't exactly a new feature, but rather a nearly complete Material Design UI overhaul. Today, Google is rolling out an update to the Google+ app to bring even more Material Design flair to the already Material-compliant app. While quite a few first party Google applications have now received the Material Design goodness, many of you will undoubtedly recall that one of the...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 2, 2014

Google Play Newsstand 3.3 Brings Material Design Makeover

In a clear break from the previous practice of delivering nearly weekly Google Update Wednesdays, it's been quite a while since we see a significant update to one of Google's core Android apps. While today's not Wednesday, Google has detailed a rather large overhaul to one of its most popular news content consumption apps, Google Play Newsstand. Today's update brings Google Play Newsstand up to version 3.3. And chief among the changes found in the latest version, is a complete UI...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 23, 2014

Google Play Store to Show Price Ranges for In-App Purchases

Google recently announced a change to Google Play Store policy that requires developers to provide a physical address if they want to sell their applications in Play Store. This change was pretty significant for the app developer community, but it's not the only interesting modification that Google has in store for us. Another big change is waiting right around the corner, as Google decided to put information about in-app purchase prices on the application installation screen. Users will now see how much they...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 18, 2014

Paid Android App Developers Will Soon Have to Provide Physical Address

Google has now changed its policies regarding paid app developers. Every developer who opened the developer console today was greeted with a message stating that a physical address must be added in account settings. The change will influence primarily developers who distribute paid apps or allow in-app-purchases. Developers were shown the following message stating the required changes: Add a physical contact address Beginning September 30, 2014, you need to add a physical address to your Settings page. After you've added...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 11, 2014

Latest Android Platform Stats: KitKat Nearly 25%, 2.x Down to 12%

As we've by now become accustomed, the beginning of the month marks when Google updates its Android Developer Dashboard website with updated Platform Distribution Stats. These numbers, which show the current state of Android ecosystem fragmentation both in terms of version/API adoption and graphics capabilities, become an incredibly valuable resource for Android application developers looking to better target their development efforts. When we took a look at the Android Platform Stats back in August, we were pleased to see that KitKat was...

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Faiz Malkani · Sep 10, 2014

Hangouts 2.3 Brings Free Voice Calls and a Refreshed UI

When Google launched Hangouts last year, it was marketed as a messaging and a video calling service, which allowed you to quickly send a message anywhere in the world or start a group video call at no cost. The service caught on quickly, complemented by its ease of use and the growth of Google+. And since then, it has accumulated a large user base as it stands. Over time, it went on to integrate SMS functionality as well, a step closer to...

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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 5, 2014

Samsung vs Google: A New War in Mobile?

It appears that the long standing marriage between Samsung and Google may be coming to an end. According to Forbes, the Galaxy line creators will allow its users to download a beta version of Nokia Here Maps in October 2014, when the rounded Samsung Galaxy Gear S hits store shelves, and this might be the beginning of the end for Google's OS on Samsung devices. Samsung is pushing hard to replace Android with Tizen, their own, Linux-based operating system, which is as much Google-free...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 4, 2014

[APK] Chrome 37 Brings Material Design Makeover, Camera Gets Minor Update

Another Wednesday has come, and in most parts of the world gone. As is more often than not the case, the day was marked with a few Google first party Android app updates. Today's updates come in the form of a massive visual makeover for Chrome (Stable), bringing it to major version parity with July's Chrome Beta update, as well as a minor update for Google Camera. Although today's updates aren't too numerous, they're still certainly exciting. Starting off today's updates,...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 27, 2014

[APK] Google News and Weather Gets Material Design Makeover, Minor Maps Updates

Although Google has somewhat gotten out of the habit of their previously unrelenting Update Wednesday sessions, the middle of the week is still prime time for first party Android application updates. Today, we have been graced by not one, but two updates. And surprisingly, one of the two is for an app that hasn't received a formal app update in... well... ever. The first update, which actually started making its way out to devices yesterday afternoon, is for Google News and Weather. For those...

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