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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

Chrome Beta 39

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

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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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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New Hangouts for Google Chrome Brings Chatheads, Refreshed UI

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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 neat as you can see in the video below:

The application is now launched from Google’s Chrome app launcher. This is another change, as until now, Hangouts was always docked in the notification area . . . READ ON »

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Screenshot Reveals Google Now’s Material Design Future

Google Now Material Design

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 app that to date has been left out of the Material Design fun? Google Now. Now thanks to a presumably inadvertent slip, we may have our first glimpse at what Google Now will . . . 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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Google Wanted to Buy Cyanogen, Inc.

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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. However, the most likely scenario was to buy the company and shut it down right after. It brings up quite a few question as to . . . READ ON »

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Google+ 4.6 Update Brings Additional Material Design Flair

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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 first apps to receive a makeover was Google+. In fact, the Google+ app actually received its current overall UI style well before Android L and Material Design w. . . READ ON »

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