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4 months ago

Google Keep update lets you pin notes


Google Keep is a minimalist note-taking app that comes with a slew of features. The app is very straightforward to use, allowing you to easily create collaborative to-do lists, voice notes, and so much more. Keep seamlessly syncs between the web client, Android and iOS apps, and there's even a Chrome extension that lets you quickly jot down a note.

An update rolling out to the service now lets you pin notes at the top, giving you quick access to your important notes. Pinning a note is easy: just long press anywhere on a note to access the menu options, and tap the pin icon. All pinned notes show up in a separate section at the top of the screen.

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4 months ago

Google announces the 2016 Material Design Award winners


Google recognizes best-in-class apps design and the people who develop them with the 2016 Material Design Awards.

Google introduced the Material Design Award in 2015 to showcase applications that embrace and embody Android's design principles better than any others. At Google I/O 2016, the app Robinhood won the Google Play Award for Best Use of Material Design, and today they are announcing the category winners for 2016.

The awards are broken into categories that highlight how developers can build apps that are not only great to use but perfectly express their brand using the application design guidelines provided by Google. Material Design first debuted in 2014 and over several iterations of Android has been refined into what we see today. These award-winning apps have taken the design language and style to new heights and deserve the accolades and awards they are being given.

The apps and the folks who developed them will be honored at the SPAN 2016 conference in Los Angeles in late October. Meanwhile, here are the winners in each category.

If you're looking for an app that is functionally beautiful, this list would be a great place to start. Android Central congratulates all the winners and we look forward to seeing what's in store for 2017 and beyond — great work, everyone!

You can read more about each category and why the winners were chosen at Google's Material Design Awards 2016 site.

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4 months ago

Google releases Pixel's awesome Wallpaper app for all Android devices


Well, that's one less Pixel-exclusive feature.

Google has released a new app to the Play Store for all Android users running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and above. The app, simply called Wallpaper, offers almost the same functionality as the built-in wallpaper switcher on the Google Pixel, minus the array of interesting and unique Live Wallpapers that we covered in our review.

The upside is that now everyone has access to dozens of beautiful wallpapers curated by Google from Google Earth, Google+, and 500px's extensive selection of photos taken in the following categories:

  • Earth
  • Landscape
  • Cityscapes
  • Life
  • Textures

Each of these has what I would consider the most interesting feature of the app itself: a Daily wallpaper toggle that downloads a new image every 24 hours. Many of the pre-loaded options are stunning high-resolution shots of everyday things, elevated to a new form thanks to professional post-processing and framing.

Those running Android 7.0 Nougat can also choose to apply a single wallpaper to both the lock screen and home screen at the same time, or apply two different images separately. Those running Jelly Bean to Marshmallow only have the option of changing the home screen through the app.

What do you think of the new Wallpaper app? Will it replace Muzei or another third-party option you're currently using? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 months ago

Chrome's bleeding edge Canary channel makes its way to Android


Chrome is available in four builds: the Stable channel is the main public client, the Beta channel has a few bugs but gets new features roughly a month before the Stable build, and the Dev channel is for developers looking to test out the latest features. Then there's the Canary channel, an untested build that gets updated every weekday with the latest codebase as soon as it's built.

The Canary channel was limited to desktop versions of Chrome on Windows and Mac, but is now making its way to Android. Considering the nature of the build, the Canary channel uses a separate profile and can be installed alongside the stable build.

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4 months ago

You can now book an Uber directly from Google search results


Google Maps picked up integration for ride-hailing services earlier this year, allowing customers to see fare estimates and pickup times for Uber, myTaxi, Ola, Gett, and other services from within the Maps interface.

The company is now rolling out the feature to its search results. Just enter your intended destination in the Google Search app or in Chrome, and you'll see fare estimates and pickup times for ride services within the search results.

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4 months ago

Wikileaf app helps you find the (legal) herb you're looking for


Apps that help save time and money while you're shopping are awesome. Buying weed shouldn't be any different.

Buying weed can be a chore. No matter if you're a medical patient or a recreational user, finding the right weed at the right price is one of those things that depends on luck or some other karmic superpower stuff. The new Wikileaf app can help change that.

OK, we know that marijuana isn't legal everywhere. We're not condoning or advising anyone to go looking for a street dealer and buying something that's illegal. We're talking strictly about states and places in the U.S. where medical or recreational cannabis is available for adults. We're not here to fuel any arguments about the morality or the details of marijuana legalization, we're only here to talk about an Android app that makes it easier for folks to buy weed where it's legal to do so.

The Wikileaf app has a couple different features, each broken into its own section. You can find information about various strains of marijuana and learn about the effects each may have, as well as a recommendation about the best time of day to use it. Nobody wants to be up all night from some spicy Vietnamese Sativa because they had no idea that it would have that effect. Willie Nelson seems like a chill guy so who could have guessed, right? Wikileaf can help take the guessing out of the equation.

The app is location-aware (or you can manually search a location if you would rather) and also gives you information about the dispensaries and shops around you. Because marijuana isn't available legally everywhere, you'll find listings for dispensaries and shops for cities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington. I quickly noticed that Washington, DC wasn't on the list but a quick search of the Wikileaf website let me know that this is because of the weird restrictions for recreational sales forced by an inactive federal government.

Willie Nelson seems like a chill guy, right?

Disillusion from a non-functional legislative body aside, one of the best features of the Wikileaf app is the at-a-glace price map. Pull up a Google map of the area you're searching, and you can see a pin for each business in the right spot labeled with the lowest priced goods they're offering. You can search prices this way by the gram, eighth ounce, quarter ounce, half ounce or ounce. A quick tap on any of the pins opens a pop-up that you can use to give the business a call, write a review, get directions or open a page with a full list of what they're selling and information or photos from both the business and other Wikileaf users.

If weed is legal where you are and you're partaking, having an app that makes shopping easier only makes sense. Wikileaf isn't the first app of its kind in Google Play, and it won't be the last, but it looks like a great option that will be able to help you save time and money. Those are two things everyone can appreciate.

Download: Wikileaf (free)

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4 months ago

3 exercises to get your fitness app in shape!


This guest post was written by Mary Liz McCurdy, Health & Fitness Lead at Google Play.

It's an exciting time to be a health and fitness app developer. With people shelling out on fitness more than ever before, we're seeing record high levels of gym memberships and attendance, the rise of boutique fitness, and an emphasis on connected devices.

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4 months ago

Amazon launches Music Unlimited: New streaming service is cheaper for Prime members


And there's a super-cheap Echo-only plan too.

As rumored, Amazon has finally unveiled its new streaming service, dubbed Amazon Music Unlimited. Like rival services, the regular price is $9.99 per month, but if you're an Amazon Prime member you'll only pay $7.99 per month (or $79.99 annually.) Subscribers get access to "tens of millions of songs," a step up from the more limited selection offered through Amazon Music to Prime members.

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4 months ago

Digital Offers: Get the Ultimate CompTIA Core Certification Bundle for only $49!


It's tough to find work these days that doesn't require some pretty impressive computer skills. We're not just talking about proficiency with some basic office software or keyboarding skills, either; some of the most in-demand IT jobs require you to be an expert in security, Cloud software, Linux,networking, and more. How on Earth do you get these under your belt? When do you have the time to study, or the money for tuition?

The online education experts at iCollege have the solution you've been hoping for with the Ultimate CompTIA Core Certification Bundle. By studying online, at your own pace, and at a much lower cost than you'd expect, you'll get all the training you'll need to pass the professional certification IT exams that will finally get you the job you've been wanting, or move your IT career to the next level.

The Ultimate CompTIA Core Certification Bundle is available right now through Android Central Digital Offers for only $49, a 95% savings on a three-course bundle that would normally cost you over $1000! Over a 12 month period, you'll learn from the very best and cover all of the essential IT topics, and you'll be able to:

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4 months ago

Amazon's latest perk for Prime members includes free e-books and magazines


Amazon Prime members already get free two-day shipping, access to Prime Video, Prime Music, Audible, and unlimited photo storage with Amazon Drive. Amazon is now adding another perk to the program called Prime Reading that lets customers read from a rotating list of over a thousand titles that feature best-selling books, current magazines, comics, and more.

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4 months ago

Pokémon Go: A beginner's guide


Pokémon Go is here and we've got all the details to get you started.

If you haven't already heard, Pokémon Go is already the most popular mobile game of all time. It allows you to wander the world catching adorable pocket-sized monsters and finding awesome new landmarks around your city as you do so. There's a lot going on with this game, but we've put together a guide to get you started.

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4 months ago

Nexus 6 finally receives Android 7.0 Nougat OTA, factory images also posted


Better late than never — Nougat is here.

Ah, our (somewhat) beloved Shamu — the Nexus 6. Seemingly forgotten with the launch of Nougat to other Nexuses over five weeks ago, owners of the two-year-old Nexus 6 have been waiting for an update. Not only has Google posted an Android 7.0 Nougat factory image and a flashable OTA file, but we've received plenty of notes saying that Nexus 6s are receiving OTA updates now as well.

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4 months ago

Digital Offers: Grab the ultimate computer security bundle for $29

A large majority of our life resides in our computers these days. From personal files to pictures, bank statements and much more, so you should be paying attention to how secure all of it is. Unfortunately, it isn't always easy to ensure your computer is safe, or know that you are doing the most you can to protect yourself, and learning how can be expensive.

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    • Earn the internationally recognized CISSP security certification for information security professionals
    • Gain a career distinction w/ enhanced credibility & marketability
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    • Gain the knowledge & skills to create, secure & monitor a Voice over IP (VoIP)
    • Learn to use Metasplot, Nmap, Viproy, Nessus, Hping & other tools
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    • Learn the fundamentals of Ethical Hacking from a professional & become a certified hacker
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    • Use the Java Cryptography Architecture to implement document hashing & secure password hashing into Java applications
    • Learn how to use salt & iteration count for secure password hashing under PBKDF2 from PKCS#5 security standards
  • Part 5: Become a Master of the Applied Encryption & Its Terminology (4 Hours)
    • Explore the common terminology & technical background of encryption technologies
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    • Understand the processes & functions by which data is transferred
    • Learn how TCP performance is impacted & how to rectify common issues w/ TCP connections
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    • Practice hands-on exercises designed to hack mobile apps in a legal environment
    • Learn how to assess a mobile app's security & gain a valuable, employable skill

Priced at just $29 you get quite a lot for your money. With lifetime access to the more than 30 hours of courses, you'll be able to learn more about computer security and have access to the information even while out and about.

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4 months ago

Action Launcher 3 update adds Android 7.1's launcher shortcut feature


New "Quickcuts" capability rounds out the list of Pixel Launcher features in the popular app.

Ready to try out some of the features from the Google Pixel's home screen launcher (without sideloading a leaked APK that doesn't quite work right)? Action Launcher has just been updated with a new "Quickcuts" feature, which recreates the launcher shortcuts feature from the unannounced Android 7.1 Nougat release. Spotted in certain Google apps by enterprising hackers, these shortcuts let you perform a gesture on an icon to access shortcuts to different areas of that app — similar to 3D Touch on the iPhone.

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5 months ago

Google Play Music finally launches in India!


Google Play Music is here, and it's everything you've been waiting for.

After several false starts, the moment we've all been waiting for is here. Google Play Music is finally available in India, and at an initial glance, it looks like the entire catalog is available for customers in the country.

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