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5 days ago

The Big Android BBQ is making its way to Europe in November

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The Big Android BBQ is heading across the pond this fall, as it heads to Amsterdam for the first time ever. From November 12 to November 14, developers and enthusiasts will be able to gather together for a fun filled Android event. Senior developers and Android thought leaders from around the world will be speaking at a variety of breakout sessions, which are being referred to as tracks.

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5 days ago

Subway Surfers travel down under to Sydney in its latest update

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It's time once again for publisher Kiloo to update its popular endless running game Subway Surfers. This time, the team travels down under to Sydney, Australia in the next leg of its world tour.

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5 days ago

The Wear Mini Launcher makes getting to your apps easier than ever

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Smartwatches have brought the ease and accessibility of modern technology to our wrists, but even with the most recent Android Wear update being able to get to the app you need in a pinch can take longer than you'd prefer. Wear Mini Launcher has been solving this problem since the early days of Android Wear, and has continued to remain relevant as the platform evolves.

Wear Mini Launcher for Android Wear is opened by swiping from the upper left corner of your screen. You'll get a column with all of your currently installed apps in a list, similar to the current stock setup in Wear 5.1. Just tap the one you need and it'll open up for you without any issues. If you swipe from the top left a second time, you'll get access to all of your smartwatch settings. Instead of manually going into the settings you can use the launcher to easily adjust your screen brightness, turn on Wifi, check your phone and smart watch battery life, and more.

Like most things in the Android world, things start getting interesting when you customize the experience to your own preferences. While there aren't any options for customization from your smartwatch, if you open the app on your phone you'll see there is plenty you can tweak to your preferences. There are four tabs — Behavior, Customization, Tools, and Other, and each has it's own array of options. The Behavior tab has options like how you access the Wear Mini Launcher, how apps are organized in the launcher, and whether there are apps you don't want to appear in the launcher at all.

If you were hoping to be able to adjust the color of your background or foreground, then you just need to hop into the Customization tab. This is also where you can edit how many columns your apps appear in within the launcher, and the size of the app icons. Tools lets you adjust notifications if you go out of range of your phone, whether music will be played through your watch, and whether the brightness slider appears when you open the second launcher screen. The Other tab allows you to send anonymous crash info, and check out the app licenses.

With more customization options than you can shake a stick at, along with an easy interface that you can make your own, Wear Mini Launcher is a great addition to your app line up for Android Wear. Whether you use it to get to all of your apps easily, or to tweak and adjust your smart watch settings, this is a solid app with plenty of use in your day to day. Have you used the Wear Mini Launcher, or are you more partial to a different experience? Let us know below!

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5 days ago

Uber teams up with Xiaomi to deliver the Mi Note in Malaysia and Singapore

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Uber is now delivering phones. The company has teamed up with Xiaomi to deliver the Mi Note in Singapore and Malaysia, just as you would order an Uber cab. Ordering the smartphone through the Uber app will see your attached credit card charged, and you'll subsequently be able to track the package as it makes its way through Uber's delivery service.

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5 days ago

Samsung pulls 128GB Galaxy S6 and S6 edge in India

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Samsung removed the microSD card slot in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, offering the phones in three storage variants: 32, 64 and 128GB. However, it looks like the manufacturer has pulled the 128GB model from its Indian store, which is currently listing just the 32 and 64GB versions.

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5 days ago

See how Huawei will package its luxurious Android Wear smartwatch

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Huawei has yet to officially reveal pricing and availability details for the company's upcoming wearable, but that won't stop us from throwing our wallets at the monitor. The Huawei Watch is one of the finest looking smartwatches to-date and now we've got some idea as to what packaging the watch will ship in. It's a luxurious experience, closely resembling that of a traditional time piece.

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5 days ago

Moto Maker customization options for the Moto G (2015) revealed

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Motorola is rumored to unveil the third-generation Moto G (2015) on July 28, with the phone set to be the first in the G series to be customizable via Moto Maker. Today's leak details the color options that will be available with the phone, which include two front housing options (black and white), along with ten colors for the back housing.

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5 days ago

Here's the Moto X (2015) in gold and white

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Yesterday, we looked at some leaked photos of the Moto X 2015, which is set to be announced at next week's Motorola event. Today, we're taking another look at the very same handset, but in gold and white. While the shots of this unique phone do not reveal any new details of the hardware, it's good to see such a luxurious looking option could be made available.

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5 days ago

LG Display invests in new factory to mass-produce flexible OLED displays

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LG Display has announced that it will invest $908 million over the course of two years in setting up a facility in South Korea tailored for the production of plastic OLED displays. Using plastic instead of glass allows the screen to bend, as seen in devices like the LG G Flex 2.

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6 days ago

Poll: What's your favorite Android music player?

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Android Music Player

We talk a lot about streaming music and the services available for our Androids, but this time we want to talk about music player apps.

You have music you have stored on your phone, possibly in a high-quality format, and you need a way to play it. And it's not just folks who don't want to use data to stream music, some of us just want to hear our most favorite of favorites on a nice pair of headphones from a nice-sounding player. My wife calls me a hipster, but that's the only way I want to hear my Emerson Lake and Palmer library. Therefore, hipster I will be. I've been called worse.

Anyhoo, there are plenty of options available for just listening. Chances are one or more came on your phone when you bought it. If not, Google Play has you covered several times over. We gathered the popular choices and tossed them into a poll, and now it's your job to vote. If your favorite isn't listed, be sure to vote "other" and drop a comment so we can be sure to look at it. We're on a mission to find the best music players, and you fine folks can help.

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6 days ago

Connect Ability tech challenge has developers creating applications and hardware for those with special needs

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AT&T and NYU are sponsoring the Connect Ability tech challenge, a global competition for developers and makers to create tech to help those with special needs, and we're seeing a few examples of the great work the enterprising participants have come up with. The winners of the $100,000 prize will be announced July 27, 2015, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

While everyone, participants and users alike, is a winner when bright engineers are working on tech to empower those of us with disabilities, some of the ideas we see today are astounding.

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6 days ago

Pebble Time firmware and Android app updates bring new settings and tweaks

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If you were one of the many who jumped on the Pebble Time bandwagon, you'll be happy to know that Pebble is rolling out a new firmware update to the smartwatch, as well as an update to the companion Android app.

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6 days ago

Hearthstone's next expansion, The Grand Tournament, launches in August

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It looks like Hearthstone, Blizzard Entertainment's insanely popular card battler, is chugging right along with the game's next expansion: The Grand Tournament. Blizzard announced the expansion at an event in San Francisco today, revealing all new cards and more.

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6 days ago

Alleged 2015 Moto X poses for the camera [Updated]

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We're just under a week away from Motorola's July 28 event, where we're expected to get a look at what the manufacturer has coming down the pipeline, but a new image of the front of an alleged third-generation Moto X may give us an early peek at what we can expect.

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6 days ago

Nova Launcher may be the best thing that ever happened for Android

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Nova Launcher

Android is built in a way that allows "core" portions of the operating system to be replaced with applications written by a third party. That is, someone not the manufacturer, or Google itself. Nowhere is this more evident than the various Launcher (or Home) apps you'll find in Google Play. The user-facing portion of the operating system — the home pages, the widgets, the application drawer and the icons — can be replaced in one fell swoop.

This is a good thing because chances are once you get a few Android fans together, you'll likely see a big difference in the way they want their phones and tablets to look, act and feel. Inevitably, Nova Launcher gets mentioned.

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