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1 month ago

Facebook rolls out more granular location sharing in Messenger

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Facebook is rolling out more granular controls for location sharing in Messenger.

Facebook announced that it is enabling more granular controls for users to share locations in Messenger. Whereas users previously only had the option of turning location sharing on and off, the changes rolling out today enable them to share maps of specific locations at their discretion in a separate message.

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1 month ago

Facebook Lite for Android is now official, made for emerging countries with low bandwidth

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Facebook Lite is a smaller version of the social networking app made for developing countries and markets.

After first being tested in a few countries in January, Facebook is now officially launching a new and smaller Android version of its social networking app called Facebook Lite.

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1 month ago

Nokia updates its HERE offline maps data with 'millions' of changes

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Users of Nokia's HERE maps app can now download a big update for its offline maps with "millions" of changes and improvements.

Even as Nokia is reportedly thinking about selling its HERE maps division, the company continues to offer updates to its HERE maps apps. Nokia has released a major new offline maps update for its Windows Phone, iOS and Android apps.

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1 month ago

A quick look at Screencast in Cyanogen OS

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No other commercial version of Android makes it easy to record video from your device.

The ability to take a screenshot on your Android device is one of those things that has been around forever, but became a much bigger deal once Google made it a standard feature that could be done right from the device instead of requiring a connection to a computer. The same could be said of recording a video of what is happening on your device, if Google ever gets around to making it a standard in the operating system.

In the mean time, you have two options that don't involve connecting to your PC: use a third party app that hijacks the Chromecast to Screen function and records that, or use Screencast natively in Cyanogen OS.

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1 month ago

Checking out Doze and App standby on the Android M Developer Preview

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Android M Doze

Google's answer to apps that misbehave when you're not around is a huge step forward for folks whose device isn't constantly in-pocket.

One of the big user-facing changes to come from the Android M announcement at Google I/O this year is Doze, a new set of behaviors for making sure apps aren't sucking your battery life away when you aren't using your phone. More specifically, when you've left your phone on your desk or your tablet on the coffee table, Doze will detect the lack of motion and enter a new kind of deep sleep mode.

While it's not quite finished, and we know nothing about the Android M Developer Preview is set in stone, Google's message here couldn't be more clear. You should expect more from your devices when they are in an inactive state, and here's how they plan to do that.

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1 month ago

Slack update brings Material Design, notification enhancements, and a speed boost

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Slack has released an update to its Android app that aims to make the app not only look better when being used, but perform better as well.

The popular team communication app, Slack has received a large update, bumping it up to version 2.0. Included in this release is an all new Material Design inspired layout, enhancements to notifications, and an overall speed boost.

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1 month ago

New Touch to Search feature appears to be rolling out in Chrome for Android

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Chrome for Android appears to be gaining some new functionality, Touch to Search, in a server-side update.

Some users are noticing the ability to highlight text in Chrome on their Android devices and get access to other search results without leaving the page they are on. The new feature, Touch to Search, appears to be hitting devices thanks to a server-side update from Google, but it isn't appearing on all devices just yet.

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1 month ago

Using the Cyanogen OS lockscreen

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If you're a fan of playing music on your phone, the Cyanogen OS lock screen offers something special for you.

Generally speaking, companies who feel the need to mess with the Android lock screen need to stop. The update to Lollipop this year is a perfect example of how to do a lot of things wrong, from the bizarre way Samsung and LG handle notifications to the variance in how lock screen art is shown, things get messy quick.

The folks behind Cyanogen OS figured out a subtle way to make their lock screen stand out in the crown without messing with the core functionality in this version of Android, and the end result is great. Here's how it works.

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1 month ago

Google will show you how long your journey is likely to take with new real-time transit information

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Google is adding another big feature to Google Maps, real-time transit information, improving the overall experience for those who rely on it while traveling.

Google Maps is gaining real-time transit information, which will not only show you how long you have to wait where you are, but also other options in case you happen to be running late. Relevant journeys will be arranged and summarized in the Google Maps app, making the information easier to view and act on.

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1 month ago

Imgur now has a fully native Android app for all of your Internet meme needs

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Imgur fans now have a native Android app to try out that offers users a better mobile experience for viewing and uploading images.

Imgur a service that lets anyone upload images quickly. In addition, many of its users have become famous, thanks ti the Internet memes they have created with the help of Imgur. Today, the service has relaunched its Android app in the Google Play Store, which finally offers users a truly native mobile app experience.

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1 month ago

Looking at camera features in Cyanogen OS

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Walking the line between simple and powerful is something the Cyanogen OS Camera app does better than most.

Camera apps need to be all about getting the right shot as quickly as possible, which means there's a lot more to these apps than just a shutter button. The mission critical features need to be something you can access quickly, and those camera functions need to not get in the way of the shot being taken. It's something every manufacturer does a little differently, and while there are plenty of alternatives in the Google Play Store it's important for the OEM offerings to get the job done.

Cyanogen OS is a little different from an OEM, since their version of Android exists across multiple manufacturers, but their camera app needs to follow those same basic principles. Let's take a look and see how their version of a digital picture taker works out.

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1 month ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Periscope, FitHub, Adult Swim Virtual Brainload and more

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AC editors apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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2 months ago

Required Reading: The Android M Developer Preview

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Sundar and Android M

If you're looking to get started with Android M, Google has a wealth of information already available. Here's where we'd start.

We've reached another milestone in the lifecycle of Android — welcome Android M to the fold. It's available now in as a preview for developers to start getting their apps ready for the new features, and as flashable images for those of us who don't mind (or, more accurately, live for) beta firmware on our phones.

As always, Google has a slew of documentation to help walk you through the new features and functions that'll eventually make up the next major version of Android. These pages and videos are worth keeping at the ready.

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2 months ago

Here's a quick video walkthrough of the Android M Developer Preview

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Android M

Here it is, Android M in all of its not-yet-finished glory.

There's no shortage of things to be excited about this week, which is to be expected when Google spends half a week showing off what they've got planned for the future. Naturally, the next iteration of Android is the talk of the town. Android M promises to be a leaner, cleaner, and smarter version of what we've got now, and if you've got a Nexus 5, 6, or 9 laying around that you don't need to do anything important you can flash the Developer Preview and take a look at what might be coming this fall.

Since not everyone is able to do this, we've put together a quick video walkthrough of the changes we've found so far.

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2 months ago

Getting acquainted with the new Google Photos on Android and the web

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Google Photos on Android

Google Photos is finally here, and that means we have a new photography tool to play around with on our phones and computers.

After being tied completely to Google+ (woefully) for some time, Photos has finally been broken out into its own apps for Android, iOS and the web. Google Photos, as it's now known, adopts the same icon as the old app (which was really just a stub to the Google+ back end) as well as many of the same features, but is also developing its own identity since gaining independence from Google+.

That means you technically no longer need a Google+ account to use it, and your photos now get a first-class experience with their own apps and website.

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