Google has announced today that it is rolling out Google Play services version 7.0 which brings developers some new tools for leveraging place information, fitness data, the recently-announced Nearby Connections API, and more.
Popular dating app Tinder has officially launched its premium service called Tinder Plus today after a potential March launch was first hinted at early last month. The premium subscription adds an option to undo previous swipes, as well as a new way for users to meet matches in other parts of the world.
Including two per package, these Galaxy Note 4 anti-glare screen protectors are simple to apply and leave absolutely no sticky residue when removed. They're made of a tough, self-adhesive polymer that stand up to common enemies such as keys, dirt and other debris.
Much has been said about the new HTC One M9. And we've got a few thoughts as well. Here they are, in moving pictures.
While the jury's still out on the HTC One M9 — and likely will be for a little while now — it's probably a good idea to take a couple extra minutes and give our initial preview a gander. We spent a solid 36 hours with the M9 here in Barcelona, Spain. It's perhaps an imperfect device (what isn't, really), but still addresses a number of issues we had with 2014's HTC One M8.
The question is how does it stand up to more through use. We'll find out soon enough, to be sure. For now, enjoy.
The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are very much official now, and through all of the news and our own coverage we completely understand if you happened to miss our comprehensive hands-on preview video. Well that's okay, because we wanted to show it off once again — we're pretty darn proud of it, and we think you'll enjoy it too.
Give it a watch, and when you're done you can circle back and get all of the GS6 info you can handle right here.
Sony has released a tool to allow for easy creation of Xperia themes for Androids running their version of the operating system. This application installs on your computer, and when used in conjunction with an image editor (Photoshop is recommended and well-supported) allows you to customize over 300 different assets. Using custom icons, buttons and backgrounds it's now pretty easy to create your very own theme for Xperia phones and tablets.
The March numbers for Android version distribution are out today, and Android 5.0 Lollipop saw a slight bump to 3.3 percent device coverage compared to 1.6 percent when it first landed on the chart last month.
Epic Games has announced that it is getting rid of its $19 monthly fee for developers who want to make games using Unreal Engine 4. Epic will still take 5% of any gross revenue generated by an Unreal Engine 4-based app or game every quarter after it reaches $3,000 in revenue.
Google wants Android TV to be your hub, and your smartphone/tablet to be the controller.
We're no strangers to Second Screen apps here, especially as they apply to video games. The big thing that pushed Second Screen apps forward in the current generation of apps has been the application of a centralized platform, which is something Microsoft capitalized on with their SmartGlass platform for the Xbox. While this setup works well when you are at home by yourself, or in very specific situations with someone willing to act as your wingman, we don't often see Second Screen apps focused toward multiple users in front of a television that they don't necessarily own. Google has chosen the Game Developers Conference to launch several new tools to help developers improve their games, and included in that list is the Nearby Connections API.
Any suspicion that Motorola had already begun influencing Lenovo's product lineup has been completely dismissed.
Lenovo has no shortage of new products to show off at Mobile World Congress this year, and it's clear their focus for this generation is split between maintaining their current product lines and exploring new categories. While their Android lineup still includes traditional smartphone and tablet experiences that show a clear evolution of their current hardware lineup, there's a new "pro-level" camera and a Micracast friendly projector that are all about extending the Android experience, which is a cool direction for Lenovo to be heading in.
Once synonymous with portable music, Walkman has been one of Sony's most iconic brands. From classic cassette-based offerings of the early 1980s to the wackier, Android-based versions of 2015, the purpose of a Walkman product is clear — it's all about music on the go. So it wasn't surprising to see Walkman name used in Sony's own music app, which is preloaded on all the manufacturer's Android smartphones. Renders of new Xperia phones would give valuable screen realestate to the purple Walkman icon, and it'd also be preloaded on the default home screen.
But not anymore. As Sony unveiled its first 2015 Xperia products, the Xperia Z4 Tablet and Xperia M4 Aqua, the familiar Walkman icon and name are no more, the app having been renamed to the more generic "Music."
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