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Google Patents Radial Menu Similar to PIE Controls–And That’s Actually a Good Thing

The world was first introduced to the concept of a touch-driven radial menu through an experimental "Labs" feature in Google's AOSP browser in Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Affectionately known as PIE Controls, this radial menu allowed users to perform various browser navigation tasks easily and efficiently---all while saving valuable screen real estate in the process.Since the...

[APK] Google Wallet v2 Brings Order Tracking, Translate 3.0.5 with 13 More Handwriting Recognition Languages, and Chrome Beta Gets Crash Fixes

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means: It's time for another round of Google first-party Android updates. Last Wednesday, we were happy to report about major updates to Chrome Beta, Google TTS, and Google Play Games. And this week, the updates are for a pair of applications that don't always receive the most update...

AT&T Galaxy S4 Gets KitKat, Google Now Launcher in Play Store, Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Incoming – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4 has been released! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that the United Stated House has passed the Consumer Cell Phone Unlocking Bill and the...

Google+ 4.3 Update Brings Multi-Device, Nondestructive Photo Editing, Snapseed-Like Editing Interface, Improved Auto Backup, and More!

It's become quite a routine occurrence to have at least one of Google's major first-party Android apps updated per week. This time, the latest "victim" is Google+, which received its update to version 4.3---and with it, a plethora of new photo-related options for your shutterbug pleasure.The most significant update is in the new photo editing...

XDA Xposed Tuesday: Google Experience Launcher (GEL) Settings – XDA Developer TV

If you are a frequent visitor here at XDA, you more than likely enjoy Android, and probably “stock Android” without all the crap OEMs or carriers like to add. On their “stock Android" Nexus 5, Google launched the Google Experience Launcher. But to some, the experience is similar to OEM experience because you can’t fine...

Google Acquires SlickLogin, Sound-based Login Coming to Android?

Google has been on a roll with a few high profile acquisitions and sales in the past month. Not too long ago, we talked about how the company had acquired the smart thermostat and carbon monoxide detector manufacturer Nest for $3.2 billion, and how this could signal the coming of future home automation products from the...

Google Search Now Offers Relationship-Based Voice Recognition and Calling!

Google Search has grown into quite a wonderful tool. Over the course of dozens of application updates and quite a few back-end improvements, Google's virtual assistant has evolved into a solution that simply outclasses Apple's Siri in the vast majority of cases.Despite Google Search's general superiority, there are a few situations here and there where...

Google to Acquire Artificial Intelligence Startup DeepMind for a Rumored $400M USD

Just under two weeks ago, we talked about one of Google's latest acquisitions, the smart thermostat and carbon monoxide detector manufacturer Nest. Now, news has just gotten out about another Google acquisition in progress. And this time, the implications are potentially more far reaching than streamlining your home automation.The startup in question is the London-based...

Google Acquires Nest for $3.2 Billion, One Step Closer to Fully Conquering Your Home

Ever since Google first teased its Project Tungsten back at Google I/O 2011, we knew that Google wanted to make a splash in the home automation space. We then saw the release of the Android Accessory Development Kit, which was aimed at ushering in a wave of Android-connected appliances and accessories. But unfortunately, 2011 came to an...

Has Technology Become a Disposable Commodity?

I am, and have always been, an early adopter of a lot of things, particularly when it comes to technology. My cell phone voyage started back in the year 2000 with a Nokia 5110. Back then, only a handful of people had phones, and seeing someone on the street with one was a somewhat rare...

Shock and Awe: OEMs Cause Android Security Issues

It should come as no surprise that here at XDA, we are always calling on the OEMs to do a better job of removing the bloat of their custom UIs (Samsung - we're looking at you and your now insane TouchWiz size) and improving the overall user experience. What may come as a shock to some,...

Google Patent Trolled by Rockstar

31st of October. It's a date millions of young boys and girls will remember as a fun-filled occasion of candies and sweets, ghosts and ghouls, and jack-o'-lanterns. On the other hand, Google and Co. will remember it as the eventful day when they were massively trolled.Much like the history of Halloween, the developments leading towards...