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1 week ago

Android 5.0.1 factory images for Nexus 6 and Nexus 4 released

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Google released Android 5.0.1 factory images for the Nexus 9, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 last week, and now images for the updated OS are available for two more devices, the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 4.

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1 week ago

Google's 'Live Channels for Android TV' app will do live channels for TV ... just like Google said it would

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Dave Burke at Google IO

What's new is that that Google's got a dedicated app in Google Play

Peep at Google's own app listings in the Google Play Store today and you'll find a new entry — Live Channels for Android TV. Don't get too excited just yet — you can't install it on any current devices, and chances are it's going to end up in the upcoming crop of sets running Android TV anyway. And seeing as how CES is right around the corner — if you think we went big last year, just wait — that's a pretty solid bet.

And here's the thing: It's exactly what Google's Dave Burke told us about during the Google I/O in June in San Francisco. What's new today is that there's an app in Google Play.

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1 week ago

WinZip for Android picks up Dropbox integration

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WinZip has updated its Android app to version 3.0, which adds support for the Dropbox cloud service to the file compression utility. These features are added if users purchase the $1.99 in-app upgrade to WinZip Premium

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1 week ago

One million photos now shared between Android and iOS devices thanks to FotoSwipe; video sharing coming soon

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Following the recent announcement of FotoSwipe here on AndroidCentral, the developers behind the Android/iOS cross-platform photo sharing service followed up with us today to say THANK YOU. A small tribe of our forum community members were actively involved in beta testing the app — we love to see developers active in our forums — so we were happy to write up the official release of the app.

FotoSwipe let us know that in the short time since it was released, these efforts have helped them pass the milestone of one million photos being shared. There are now over 175,000 users (about a 50/50 split between iOS and Android) using FotoSwipe in 175 countries and the user base is growing fast. Since the initial release, the developers have been quick to listen to user feedback and have already released an update to FotoSwipe. The basic swipe gesture has been greatly improved, and the UI has been revamped as well. With a 4.3-star rating on Google Play and over 3,600 reviews, FotoSwipe is off to a solid start. More features are on the roadmap as well, including faster sharing speeds when on Wifi to Wifi connections and support to share videos by swiping.

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1 week ago

Marvel Contest of Champions battles its way onto Android

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Have you ever thought about what it would be like if Wolverine were to take on the Hulk? Or perhaps Iron Man versus Captain America? Well it looks you can now finally answer those burning questions because "Marvel Contest of Champions" has officially popped up in the Play Store.

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1 week ago

Google Cardboard passes 500,000 shipped cardboard headsets, gets a new SDK

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The fold-your-own Google Cardboard virtual reality headset has hit the half-a-million units shipped mark. And to mark the occasion, there's now an official Cardboard SDK for both Android and Unity. The SDK is designed to make it easier to build apps for Cardboard, taking care of the heaving lifting for things like head-tracking, lens distortion, and side-by-side rendering.

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1 week ago

Muzei 2.0 updates for Lollipop, adds Android Wear watch face

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Muzei

If you're a fan of the Muzei wallpaper app — and you absolutely should be — it's update time.

In addition to a refresh for Android 5.0 Lollipop, Muzei's added an Android Wear Watch face (here's what it looks like) that notifies of new artwork and now has a full detail view, so you can get more info of what you're seeing.

If you haven't checked out Muzei before, now's definitely the time.

  • Saturation slider in advanced settings
  • Option to remove effects on the lock screen
  • An updated look and feel for Android 5.0
  • Improved panning behavior for wide artworks
  • Better support for new art notifications on Android Wear
  • A full-screen artwork detail view on Android Wear
  • A much-needed dose of bug fixes

And for the seriously hard-core fans, there's now a Muzei Google+ community. Join it.

Source: +Roman Nurik

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1 week ago

Third-party Android Wear watch faces have until February to get official

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This is tucked into the announcement of the Android Wear watch face API, but it's an important one given that a good many folks out there with Android Wear smartwatches are using so-called "unofficial" or third-party watch faces.

Now that Google's provided an official API for getting watch faces to your wrist, existing watch face apps have until Feb. 1, 2015, to update.

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1 week ago

Android 5.0 coming to Android Wear over the next week!

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OTA update coming in the next week to existing Android Wear devices

Along with the new API for watch faces on Android Wear, Google today confirmed that Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming to your Android Wear smartwatch in the next week or so as part of the major updates announced today.

Over the next week, the latest release of Android Wear, based on Android 5.0 and implementing API 21, will roll out to users. All Android Wear devices will be updated to Android 5.0 via an over-the air (OTA) update. The update allows users to manage and configure watch faces in the Android Wear app on their phone, and install watch faces from Google Play. Any handheld device running Android 4.3 or later will continue to work with all Android Wear devices.

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1 week ago

Android Wear's massive update: Official watch face API, new display modes, app features and more!

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Android Wear update

Android 5.0 will hit watches in an OTA update

Google today has announced a major update to Android Wear, bringing some long-awaited official functionality to its smartwatches — and a host of new features to go along with them.

Oh, and Android 5.0 is coming soon to your watch.

There's a lot going on here, folks, and updates will arrive in their usual staggered fashion. The big strokes are official support for third-party watch faces, a new Android Wear app, and software all around.

Let's break it down.

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1 week ago

Verizon Note 4 gets software update for Gear VR, other fixes [update: Sprint, too]

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Verizon Note 4

Update: Samsung has reached out to let us know that the Note 4 on Sprint is also getting an update with Gear VR compatibility. The update hasn't been posted to the Sprint support site just yet, but should be arriving shortly.

Original story: Ah ha! And not one day after folks began fretting that their Verizon Galaxy Note 4 wasn't working with the new Samsung Gear VR ... the Verizon Note 4 gets an update to work with the Gear VR. (Among other things.)

Here's the full changelog for software version KTU84P.N910VVRU1ANJ5:

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1 week ago

DeviantArt launches its first smartphone app to help users browse its online gallery

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DeviantArt, the world's largest online art gallery and community, has finally launched its first mobile app. It's now available for Android smartphones via the Google Play Store.

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1 week ago

Transformers: Battle Tactics will launch with turn-based combat in 2015

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The Autobots and Decepticons will continue their long-running war in the upcoming mobile turn-based strategy game Transformers: Battle Tactics. The game is due for release for Android in the Google Play Store sometime in 2015.

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1 week ago

Facebook's Trending feature is now in the Android app

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Facebook Android app users in the US will soon see some new Trending features, after first launching for web browser users earlier in 2014. The new features are designed to offer links to the latest news and events that are currently popular.

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1 week ago

Instagram hits 300 million monthly active users, adds verified accounts

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Instagram has crossed the 300 million active monthly users line and is today adding support for verified users to the square photo social network. That 300 million threshold actually puts Instagram as having a larger monthly audience than Twitter, certainly explaining why Facebook was willing to pay $1 billion for the service.

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