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3 weeks ago

Amazon giving away 30 Android apps today and Saturday

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Amazon has today announced that covering both today (27th) and tomorrow (28th), the online retailer will be holding a substantial giveaway of 30 most popular paid apps on its appstore, worth over $150. The deal appears to be available in multiple regions, including India, US, UK and Australia, though we're sure there are possibly other markets we've missed that are able to take advantage of this giveaway. Not only are games covered, but also some top-selling apps to boot.

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3 weeks ago

Fotolia for Android helps you make some cash from your photos

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Fotolia, a stock merchant for photos covering a wide variety of categories, has just launched an official app for Android. The service enables those who require images to purchase one and have the rights to use said image elsewhere, providing a monetary contribution to the original submitter. Having the Fotolia Android app installed allows smartphone owners to upload and sell photos they capture while on the move.

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3 weeks ago

Android L preview: Notifications and lockscreen

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Android L Lockscreen

Android L takes the design of this operating system in a different direction, and nowhere is that more apparent right when you start using it than in the lockscreen and notification area. The now-familiar Google Now card paradigm is alive and well throughout the interface of Android L, taken to the next level with the new ideas and colors present in the Material Design language that the software is built on.

At the same time as the big visual redesign, the notification pane and lockscreen have both received functionality changes that bring the most important information forward to you and make accessing your phone's controls a little easier. While what we have available now in the Android L Developer Preview likely only scratches the surface of what we'll see in a final release, we're excited to take a walk through notifications and the lockscreen in Android L.

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3 weeks ago

YouTube Creator Studio app is live, lets you control your channel on the go

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Google a few moons back promised its YouTube creators — basically anyone and everyone who's got a channel to worry about on YouTube — a new app for managing said channel. Today, that app is live.

YouTube Creator Studio gives you an easy app from which you can see your analytics, edit video information and descriptions, and reply to comments. (Seriously, though, stay out of the YouTube comments.) You'll also get push notifications by default.

If you run a YouTube channel, you're going to want this app. Snag it here or at the link above. And while you're at it, be sure to subscribe to our channel!

Thanks, Kris!

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3 weeks ago

In pictures: Android L

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Android L

The Android L developer preview is out, and we've brought you our first impressions of the next iteration of Google's mobile OS in our hands-on video. But if you want to take a closer look at the new version of Android launching later this year, you'll want to check out our extensive screenshot gallery below — we've got shots from the phone UI on the Nexus 5 and tablet UI on the Nexus 7.

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3 weeks ago

Android L developer preview hands-on

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Android L

Google surprised us yesterday with not just a new version of Android, dubbed Android L, but also the announcement of early preview builds to let developers get to grips with the new OS. Today, on the second day of Google I/O, we've finally gotten our hands on the Android L preview for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 and taken it for a spin. And while everything's not quite in place yet — as we'd expect given that we're dealing with pre-release software — it's a promising start for the next version of the OS.

Take a look in our hands-on video after the break.

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3 weeks ago

Google Search update lets you activate Now from any screen

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Google Search has been updated, adding the ability to activate Google Now from any screen or app on your device. This includes the lockscreen, which will now listen for your "Ok Google" command.

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3 weeks ago

Top ten things you need to know about Android 'L'

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Android L

Android's biggest update yet is brimming with exciting new stuff

Phew. Today's been a huge day for Android news, with the Google I/O keynote presentation and the assortment of announcements that followed. For Android followers, the biggest news of the day was the announcement of a next version of Android after KitKat, named simply "Android L." We don't know what the "L" stands for just yet, but we do know that Android L will bring sweeping changes to Android's UI, important performance and security enhancements and a boatload of new user-facing features.

Read on to learn more about the top ten features coming in the next version of Android.

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3 weeks ago

Google Maps update brings better search and terrain view

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Shortly after the Google I/O keynote ended, Google pushed out an update to Google Maps to bring some new features to the free turn-by-turn navigation service. The change log this time is rather short, but the update does make it easier for you to search for places and know where to go.

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3 weeks ago

Android TV Remote Control app lands on Play store ahead of Android TV

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Excited for Android TV? Then you should get ready by downloading and installing the Android TV Remote Control app for Android. The app will allow you to use your Android phone or tablet as an Android TV remote.

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