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Redesigned Google Play Store Shown Off!

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play-store-material-3 (1)At Google I/O 2014, we had one major UI overhaul for a not so fancy looking Android KitKat that we know off. With the introduction of Android L 5.0 we had material design that changed the way UI elements interact and animate.

Right off we can see that images now dominate the listings, be it apps or media. Instead of small thumbnails, we have large dramatic icons that results in a screen that looks very clean, organised and clutter free. Yes there will always be frustration because now everything is spread out more. There looks to be more amount of scrolling involved in browsing an app or movie. Also, this is extremely painful on lower resolution devices.

This may very well be a version under testing that may or may not see the light of day. Are you excited about the new look or would you rather stick to the current one?

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July 14th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

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Lumia Running Android? Yes Please!

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LumiaAndroidNokia’s Lumia is a great series when it comes to hardware since it has witnessed some of the most crazy innovations from a 41MP camera to a $99 smartphone. But there has been one consistently unanswered question everyone seems to ask – Android on a Lumia?

There were rumors of a an Android powered Lumia anlongside the 1020 and fast forward to today, we have a similar tip from @evleaks who states that there is an Android powered Lumia in works by “Nokia by Microsoft”. There are no other hardware details and it is expected to be so. This might just be in the conception phase but this is great news for everyone. Lumias are really handsome devices, if they ran Android it would be a compelling package indeed.

What do you’ll think? Which Lumia would you like to have Android on it?

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July 7th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

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New Look For Android On It’s Way?!

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multitask-android-stackIf you have taken out time to observe the new Android 5.0 L, then you’ll know that the buttons have been redesigned and look nothing like before. However, today we see evidence that might lead to a newer build of Android.

The following has been extracted from Google’s own servers. There are subtle changes to the back and home button too, but what my pull any existing Android users attention is the new multitasking button. On close observation one sees that it replicates a stack like design – just like the new multitasking on Android L itself.

But we do not know what Google is planning to do in this particular instance – was it a test build used for internal testing? Is it a new dot update to kitkat that we are yet to see? If Google gave you a choice, would you rather have these or the new ones?

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July 4th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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Install The New Android L Keyboard On Your Phone!

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shen-ye-android-l-keyboardOne of the most compelling changes in the new Android 5.0 L was the new keyboard that now only looks so much better but works so much smoother.

The app is a direct port from Android L, with no modifications to be found. You simply install it through the Play Store, go to Settings, click through Language & Input. The next step is changing the theme to “material” in advanced settings. So go ahead and flaunt that new keyboard.

Here is the link. Kudos to the developer ShenYe.

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June 29th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

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How To Get Android L On Your Nexus!

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20140626-android-l-preview-google-io-001Android announced a big update to Android KitKat as the new Android L. What was great for enthusiasts and developers is that Google announced that anyone would be able to download the system images to make apps or just try the new OS out.

To start off, these images are only available for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 WiFi model. There are over 5000 new APIs incorporated into the new Android log so it’s definitely worth a shot. If you have either of the nexus devices then you should head over here and download the image, necessary drivers and the SDK itself.

The above procedure is detailed on the page and we do not recommend you do this if ou are not confident. We cannot be held accountable to any damage caused. PS : it’s worth the effort, you should try it out.

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June 27th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

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Android One Is Here To Revolutionize Low-End Smartphones!

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37209671Sundar Pichai took over stage at Google I/O and one of the first announcements he made was Android One – A Design reference platform so that all low end hardware for developing countries has a unified standard approach.

So recently mid-range and low-range smartphones have taken over by storm in developing countries in Asia and Brazil. This obviously has caught Google’s attention. Android One will be a platform where Google takes the burden to unify the experience across these devices and keep it updated and stock like.

Companies like Micromax, Spice and Karbon which are famous Indian manufacturers are partners for this programme and Pichai says that he sees tremendous potential in this. All these devices will have will have a 4.5-inch screen, dual sim functionality, microSD card support and FM radio priced under $100. Are you excited for such devices?

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June 26th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

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New Android Update Released By Google!

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header-640x347If you recollect properly, it has hardly been a month since Google started rolling out Android 4.4.3 and now, we already have Android 4.4.4 rolling out. What’s new? Everything is bug fixes and improvements under the hood.

This update has been out only for Sprint as of yet and the changelog says that it is meant to fix a major security issue. Sources say that the security bug was actually a patch to the OpenSSL which would allow a man in the middle attack. If you want to update your phone at the earliest, you will have to deal with a few things, first you will have to visit the official android site where Google has posted factory images so that you can download them and flash them.

The Nexus 4,5 and 7 have gotten this update of yet. Check them here

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June 21st, 2014 at 5:57 pm

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Amazon’s Fire Phone Wants To Catch Your Eyes, Literally!

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gsmarena_002After selling their Kindle Fire line of tablets with a tremendous amount of success, Amazon introduced the Fire TV and now the Fire Phone. So much to make you buy all that you see around yourself, from Amazon?

The Amazon Fire Phone is something that was rumored since a long time, and according to Jeff Bezos, it was highly requested by journalists. The Fire Phone is all about consuming content from the Amazon ecosystem, like movies, songs, etc. There is no access to Google Play services or any of the system apps from Google.

You will be tightly bound to Amazon’s ecosystem of apps. Dynamic Perspective uses those 4 front cameras to track your eyes and give you a in-screen depth effect everytime you move your smartphone. The Fire Phone boasts a 4.7-inch IPS 720p touchscreen with 590 nits of brightness, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with a 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and Adreno 330 GPU, and 2GB of RAM. It has support for 4G LTE.

The unlocked price is $629 and $199 on a contract. Do you think it’s worth it?

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June 19th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

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Google Diving Into Fitness At Google I/O 2014!

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google-glass-fitness-appApple recently announced it’s iOS 8 with a new consolidated fitness tracking app called HealthKit. With other major players trying hard to capture the fitness trackers space, what makes you think Google won’t come down on the field?

Google Fit is the rumored name of the service that would be collecting data from your sensor-filled wearables, probably running Android Wear, and collect and analyze them to serve you in a sophisticated fashion, or to help other apps make use of the available data.

While Apple has their smartwatch or iWatch, under their sleeves quite literally, it’s wise to wait for the I/O happening later this month.

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June 14th, 2014 at 5:19 pm

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Google’s “Nearby” To Provide iOS Like Handoff For Android?!

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nearby-bannerBack in WWDC, Apple announced one of it’s highlight features for iOS and OS X – Handoff. This would allow devices around you to communicate in continuity.

nearby-shotsWe usually have mocks from our source but this time around, what we see is a full blown screen grab. This is happening and coming to Android very soon. Google I/O is just around the corner, and a with a new version of Android may also be headed to the Nexus devices.

Nearby would be essentially tapping inside the devices that are able to sense peer devices inside a particular virtual periphery. Nearby gathers information, and it’s interesting that in addition to GPS-based sensor data, Google’s reaching out to things like Bluetooth and even your phone’s microphone. This information would be then used to verify that the devices are indeed in the same area.

Do you think this is something that is essential for an Operating System to have? Would you want to see something else too?

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June 7th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

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