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3 days ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop: Material Design in pictures and video

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Lollipop

Lollipop is upon us, kind of. The latest developer preview of Android 5.0 includes a more Material Design-inspired interface all around. It's just the kind of thing we've been waiting for — and sure get developers' creative juices flowing.

There are small changes everywhere — and when combined with some core features and applications that have recieved a serious revamping, we get an entirely new look and feel from the current Lollipop preview compared to previous builds. And when coming from KitKat it's a refreshing change that really *feels* like a new operating system.

Most of the features you love from Android are still there and working just as before, but subtle design changes give everything a fresh new look. Of course, there are some new tricks, and unlike some previous Android iterations the mix of the old and the new has a very consistant feel. Material Design is more than just a few new colors and a flat look, and when everything — down to the smallest icon — adheres to the specifications the whole system feels as if it belongs.

Of course, as Android fans we're pretty impressed. Things aren't perfect, but what we're seeing in the latest Lollipop preview has us excited. We think you'll be equally excited, so check out our montage of the Lollipop experience.

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3 days ago

Want a Nexus Player from Amazon? How about a nice Fire TV instead?

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Galaxy Player on Amazon

Jeff Bezos didn't get rich by being dumb. Smart move from Amazon.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 days ago

Lollipop brings proper multi-user accounts to your phone

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Troll Jerry sees you

Lollipop will make sharing your phone easier and safer

We've had multi-user accounts on our Android tablets for some time now, but it required a bit of hackery to make it work with your Android phone. Too much hackery for something that should be standard on any phone in our opinion. The good news is that with Lollipop, this has been addressed and proper multiple user accounts and guest accounts are supported in "stock" Android.

If you've used these features on a tablet, the process and setup is mostly the same. If you've not seen it, here's a quick overview of how it works and what you can do with it.

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4 days ago

Collect heroes to battle in Lord of the Rings: Legends of Middle-Earth

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Console gamers everywhere have been enthralled with Shadow of Mordor, an action-heavy game based on the universe created by J.R.R. Tolkien. While we don't have a mobile version of Shadow of Mordor to play, Kabam and Warner Bros. Interactive released a Middle-Earth game of their own – Lord of the Rings: Legends of Middle Earth.

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4 days ago

Disney releasing mobile game based on 'Big Hero 6' on November 3rd

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Disney is planning to release a mobile game on November 3rd based on its upcoming animated film, Big Hero 6. Titled Big Hero 6: Bot Fight, the game looks to be a "match 3" style puzzle game that allows players to do battle with enemies by matching similarly colored blocks together.

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4 days ago

This is the new automatic setup assistant in Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Nexus 7 Tap & Go setup on Lollipop

A brand new look and dramatically improved restore options await you in Lollipop

With the release of new Android 5.0 Lollipop preview images, we're getting a much clearer picture of how the new OS will look and act on devices. After the initial preview images came out with a completely unfinished design, we now have a good look at something closer to a finished product. The first thing you'll notice when booting up a Lollipop device is the new setup process, which has been cleaned up, streamlined and improved coming from KitKat.

It also includes dramatically better controls for restoring data from other devices, which is a welcomed addition for those who switch devices often. We're going to walk through the new design and features of the setup process in Android 5.0 Lollipop — hang on for the ride.

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4 days ago

Nexus 6, 9 and Player arrive in Google Play, orders live for 9 and Player

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HTC Nexus 9

Coming up fashionably late after Nexus 9 pre-orders from Amazon, Google Play now has the new tablet up for your buying enjoyment. The prices are the same, though — $399 for the 16GB tablet in either black or white, with $479 getting you the 32GB model instead. The available models are showing 2-3 week shipping times. The "sand" color is exclusively available in the 32GB Wifi variety, though you can't quite click the buy button on that one just yet. As for LTE, that's black only, and unavailable for pre-order at the $599 price.

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4 days ago

Two new Nexus 9 accessories pop up on Google Play

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Head to Google Play and you'll find two new accessories for your new Nexus 9. One is a folio that features a mechanical keyboard, while the other accessory is a cover that folds into a stand. Both are listed as coming soon, but you'll probably want to bookmark those pages to order once you can.

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4 days ago

Sony's SmartWatch 3 lands in Google Play as 'coming soon' for $249

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If you're looking to have a sleek bit of Sony on your wrist, you may be in luck. Google Play has begun listing the Sony SmartWatch 3 as "coming soon" for just 249 of your hard-earned George Washingtons.

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4 days ago

The Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK documentation is a must read for developers

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Lollipop

Developers, start your engines - but read this first

We all know that the new Android SDK, complete with the goodness-on-a-stick that is Lollipop is ready and waiting for developers like you to download. Please do so, and create some kick-ass applications we can all install and love. But if you're new to developing for Android, this is a reminder that you need to read a few things to make your life easier.

With Lollipop comes two big changes that will affect how your application runs and operates. We're talking about the new Material Design language (of course) and the ART runtime. There are plenty of other changes, but these two might just make or break your app if you don't get a few things straight before you build.

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4 days ago

Expansys USA offering refurbished Nexus 4 starting at $149

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Expansys USA is offering a deal on factory-refurbished versions of the Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 comes in 8GB and 16GB configurations, and is available from Expansys for $149.99 and $169.99, respectively. The Nexus 4 from Expansys comes with either a black or white bumper case.

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4 days ago

Qualcomm shows off WiGig with prototype tablets on Snapdragon 810 processors

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The Sony Xperia Z3, the new Moto X, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G3, OnePlus One and several other smartphones have something in common. They are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors. In a demo station from a Qualcomm party last night in New York City, we got a glimpse of the power of WiGig. It's a wireless technology that will be integrated with Snapdragon 810 processors next year that support transfers up to 7 Gbps.

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4 days ago

Check out the new wallpapers from Lollipop

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These are the wallpapers of Lollipop

With Android 5.0 Lollipop we got a whole new design for Android, and that means that we're getting a whole new set of wallpapers. Google's gone for a more natural look for a lot of the selection, but there's some abstract stuff in there too.

Check them out in the Android Central Forums

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4 days ago

Google updates Material Design guidelines

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Material Design Guidelines

Along with the new Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and preview images — again, folks, preview — Google today has updated its Material Design guidelines, the roadmap for making everything look snazzy in this new version of Android. App developers definitely will want to take a look at this one, as a good bit's changed since it was first introduced this summer.

New in this update — and Google's clearly calling this a "living document," so expect more changes at some point — are sticker sheets in formats for Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Sketch, an new icon library, new color swatches, new whiteframe downloads, new system icons and more.

If you're getting your apps updated with the new guidelines, check this out first, for sure.

Source: Google

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4 days ago

Nexus 9 now up for pre-order at HTC and Best Buy

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The Nexus 9 tablet is now available for pre-order from Best Buy, as well as HTC. It's available in both Lunar White and Indigo Black, and comes in both Wi-Fi-only and LTE-capable configurations. Pricing starts at $399.99 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only configuration.

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