Microsoft has released an Android version of its Bing Rewards app for US residents, allowing those folks who are also members of that service to not just generate points but to monitor them and exchange those points for prizes.
The Galaxy Note series has always been about productivity, creativity, and functionality. It's about getting things done, about having the power to do so. So the Note line has always tried to maintain top-of-the-line guts to keep up with all of the things it knows you want to do with it. This week, we're getting a few new editions to the Note family. But how well has that legacy held up? We take a look back at the Notes of the past and the newest successor to the Note line.
Well, that didn't last long. After going up for pre-order on the Play Store yesterday, the Nexus Player is now showing out of stock, although it may not just be just a case of the device being sold out. An update on the device's product page suggests that the Android TV box is not yet approved for sale in the US by the FCC.
After stating that the Nexus 6 will be available in the country before the end of the year, Google is set to launch the Nexus 9 in India. The device has been spotted on the Indian Play Store, with both Wi-Fi only and LTE configurations listed as coming soon. The 16 GB Wi-Fi only variant will be available in the country for Rs. 28,900 ($470), while the 32 GB LTE model is listed for Rs. 44,900 ($730).
Lollipop is upon us, kind of. The latest developer preview of Android 5.0 includes a more Material Design-inspired interface all around. It's just the kind of thing we've been waiting for — and sure get developers' creative juices flowing.
There are small changes everywhere — and when combined with some core features and applications that have recieved a serious revamping, we get an entirely new look and feel from the current Lollipop preview compared to previous builds. And when coming from KitKat it's a refreshing change that really *feels* like a new operating system.
Most of the features you love from Android are still there and working just as before, but subtle design changes give everything a fresh new look. Of course, there are some new tricks, and unlike some previous Android iterations the mix of the old and the new has a very consistant feel. Material Design is more than just a few new colors and a flat look, and when everything — down to the smallest icon — adheres to the specifications the whole system feels as if it belongs.
Of course, as Android fans we're pretty impressed. Things aren't perfect, but what we're seeing in the latest Lollipop preview has us excited. We think you'll be equally excited, so check out our montage of the Lollipop experience.
Lollipop will make sharing your phone easier and safer
We've had multi-user accounts on our Android tablets for some time now, but it required a bit of hackery to make it work with your Android phone. Too much hackery for something that should be standard on any phone in our opinion. The good news is that with Lollipop, this has been addressed and proper multiple user accounts and guest accounts are supported in "stock" Android.
If you've used these features on a tablet, the process and setup is mostly the same. If you've not seen it, here's a quick overview of how it works and what you can do with it.
Console gamers everywhere have been enthralled with Shadow of Mordor, an action-heavy game based on the universe created by J.R.R. Tolkien. While we don't have a mobile version of Shadow of Mordor to play, Kabam and Warner Bros. Interactive released a Middle-Earth game of their own – Lord of the Rings: Legends of Middle Earth.
Disney is planning to release a mobile game on November 3rd based on its upcoming animated film, Big Hero 6. Titled Big Hero 6: Bot Fight, the game looks to be a "match 3" style puzzle game that allows players to do battle with enemies by matching similarly colored blocks together.
A brand new look and dramatically improved restore options await you in Lollipop
With the release of new Android 5.0 Lollipop preview images, we're getting a much clearer picture of how the new OS will look and act on devices. After the initial preview images came out with a completely unfinished design, we now have a good look at something closer to a finished product. The first thing you'll notice when booting up a Lollipop device is the new setup process, which has been cleaned up, streamlined and improved coming from KitKat.
It also includes dramatically better controls for restoring data from other devices, which is a welcomed addition for those who switch devices often. We're going to walk through the new design and features of the setup process in Android 5.0 Lollipop — hang on for the ride.
Coming up fashionably late after Nexus 9 pre-orders from Amazon, Google Play now has the new tablet up for your buying enjoyment. The prices are the same, though — $399 for the 16GB tablet in either black or white, with $479 getting you the 32GB model instead. The available models are showing 2-3 week shipping times. The "sand" color is exclusively available in the 32GB Wifi variety, though you can't quite click the buy button on that one just yet. As for LTE, that's black only, and unavailable for pre-order at the $599 price.
Head to Google Play and you'll find two new accessories for your new Nexus 9. One is a folio that features a mechanical keyboard, while the other accessory is a cover that folds into a stand. Both are listed as coming soon, but you'll probably want to bookmark those pages to order once you can.
If you're looking to have a sleek bit of Sony on your wrist, you may be in luck. Google Play has begun listing the Sony SmartWatch 3 as "coming soon" for just 249 of your hard-earned George Washingtons.
Developers, start your engines - but read this first
We all know that the new Android SDK, complete with the goodness-on-a-stick that is Lollipop is ready and waiting for developers like you to download. Please do so, and create some kick-ass applications we can all install and love. But if you're new to developing for Android, this is a reminder that you need to read a few things to make your life easier.
With Lollipop comes two big changes that will affect how your application runs and operates. We're talking about the new Material Design language (of course) and the ART runtime. There are plenty of other changes, but these two might just make or break your app if you don't get a few things straight before you build.
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