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Google announces Android M Developer Preview, full release in Q3 2015

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Android M Developer Preview

Google came out to a hot start in its I/O keynote, talking about the next version of Android.

The new version of Android is just "M" for now, of course, and is coming out in via a Developer Preview at first. Android M is all about "product excellence" that lands in six main categories, including a few smart features but also cleaning up code and squashing bugs.

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1 day ago

SwiftKey update for Android adds a Carbon default theme and a new settings interface

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SwiftKey users will be able to download the latest Android update from the Google Play Store today, which offers a new Carbon default theme and the debut of the SwiftKey Hub.

The SwiftKey virtual keyboard is a popular choice for Android smartphones, and today it's rolling out a big update in the Google Play Store with a number of new features and additions, including a new default theme and a revamped settings section.

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1 day ago

Using the Cyanogen OS Gallery

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Like many other third party Gallery apps, the Cyanogen OS offering is all about offering a single destination for all of your photos.

It's reasonably safe to say that most smartphone camera users fall into two categories. Your photos are either meticulously organized into folders and you only keep the ones you like, or your photo galley is a dumpster that only gets cleaned out when you wipe the device or run out of storage. The prevalence of cloud backup services has made this divide fairly easy to accomplish, and because there are so many of them nowadays there's been a unique push for the local Gallery app to be the central hub to connect cloud and local photo storage.

The Cyanogen OS Gallery is a decent example of this experience, and whether your photo collection resembles a teenager's bedroom floor or a well organized closet the app has you covered. Here's how it works.

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1 day ago

Official Pebble Time Watch app released ahead of smartwatch launch

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Pebble has released an companion official app for Android to connect to the second generation of the company's wearable tech.

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1 day ago

OneDrive for Android brings photos to your wrist with Android Wear watch face

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Microsoft has started rolling out an update to OneDrive for Android with support for Android Wear.

Microsoft has announced an update to its OneDrive app for Android today that adds support for Android Wear with a watch face that scrolls through your photos.

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2 days ago

Google Spotlight Stories is now available in Google Play, compatible with select devices

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Google Spotlight Stories has made its way to Google Play, but to start the app only works on select devices.

Google has released a new app that transforms your phone into a mobile movie theater by using a variety of video techniques to bring a unique experience. In Google Spotlight Stories, engineers and filmmakers are bringing stories to life using 2D and 3D animation, along with 360 degree cinema-quality video, and full-sphere surround sound.

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2 days ago

Latest Chrome for Android update brings faster online checkouts, touch to search

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Google announced the rollout of Chrome 43 for Android today, which brings faster online checkouts and more.

Google says that Chrome 43 will begin rolling out on Google Play over the next few days, bringing with it a faster checkout process when shopping online, along with a new touch to search feature.

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2 days ago

Facebook Messenger expands its direct payment feature, rolls out in New York City

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People who can use the direct payment features in the Facebook Messenger app now have some new options to check out.

In March, Facebook began its slow rollout of its new direct payment features inside its Messenger app. Today, it is adding some more options to those features, along with expanding its reach to include more people.

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2 days ago

Microsoft brings its Office Lens document scanner app to Android

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Microsoft's Office Lens app, which lets people can documents and other items and convert them with multiple file formats, has launched officially for Android.

Microsoft continues to expand its Android support with today's official launch of its Office Lens app. The app was previously released for Windows Phone and the iPhone.

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2 days ago

Fleksy adds millions of stickers with its new Imoji keyboard partnership

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The popular Flesky keyboard got a big update today, adding the new Imoji Sticker Keyboard, which lets users communicate using millions of stickers.

If you love stickers, then you are really going to go nuts with the update to the Fleksy. It adds the Imoji Sticker Keyboard, which brings millions of new stickers to Fleksy.

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2 days ago

Cyanogen OS Privacy Guard — keeping apps from seeing your data

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Cyanogen OS Privacy Guard

One of the best features in Cyanogen OS lets you have your cake and eat it too

Personal security, especially when it comes to privacy on mobile devices, is all about the balance between convenience and usefulness. We use dozens of apps every day, each of which ask for access to an enormous amount of personal information in order to function. For many, it's an imperceptibly small sacrifice to make for access to the services provided by the app, especially when the alternative is not using the app at all.

Cyanogen OS includes a feature that acts as a reasonable middle ground, called Privacy Guard. Instead of having to choose between not using the app and offering your data as payment, Privacy Guard lets you deny the app certain kinds of information without interfering with functionality. Here's how it works.

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3 days ago

Using Cyanogen OS AudioFX, and whether you should bother

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AudioFX

One of the many software partnerships baked into Cyanogen OS is Audio FX, which is designed to help you get the best sound possible when listening through your phone. It's up to you to decide if it's worth the work though.

Generally speaking, audio enhancement apps and services for Android phones and tablets have a complicated relationship with their users. Someone with a reasonable understanding of how audio works can use an audio enhancement service to great effect, but these services need to cater to everyone else as well. The end result typically is a series of presets that are almost good and a series of toggles so you can turn the feature on and off depending on what you're listening to, but if you get one on your device that works well it can be a big deal.

Cyanogen OS includes one of these services in the form of a partnership with MaxxAudio, called AudioFX. Here's what you need to know in order to effectively navigate the app, should you decide your audio could use a little tweaking.

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3 days ago

Opera Max update should allow Android users to enjoy a faster Wi-Fi experience

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Want a faster data experience on your Android phone on a shared Wi-Fi network? The latest Opera Max update might be for you with a new data compression feature.

Opera Software, best known for their mobile web browser, has updated their Opera Max app management tool for Android with a new feature that should allow users on public Wi-Fi networks to have a faster experience.

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3 days ago

Twitter brings Periscope to Android, now available in Google Play

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Periscope has finally made its way to Google Play to let you live stream your heart out right from your Android device.

Previously Periscope was only available on the iPhone, but Twitter has now released an Android app as well. Earlier this month Meerkat moved out of beta on Google Play, so it was just a matter of time before we saw Periscope arrive.

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3 days ago

Cortana is coming to Android, but it won't have all of its Windows Phone features

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Microsoft is bringing its Cortana digital assistant to the massive audience of Android users later this summer.

Microsoft says it will bring its Cortana digital assistant that was originally developed for Windows Phone 8.1, and later for Windows 10, to Android device sometime in June

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