This is great news for developers. Google has updated the popular AppCompat library to version 21, and introduced a new Toolbar widget that will allow for a more Material Design look and feel in apps built for devices running older firmware. This update is exactly what we're all seeing in recent updates for Google Apps like the Play Store or Play Newsstand, and is how we can have the new design language on the majority of Androids, even if they aren't running Lollipop.
Can Google's new Inbox change the way we fail at email? Quite possibly, but it's early yet.
Google today announced Inbox, a sort of Gmail with training wheels. That is, it tries to make your email experience easier by automatically grouping emails together into categories. It's not unlike what Gmail already does with its tabbed inbox — primary, social, promotions, updates and forums sections — but Inbox makes it look good, far less clinical than Gmail proper.
Inbox is invite-only for now. (No, we don't have any to give out yet. But thank you for asking.) And while it's available on Android and iOS, it's currently only available in web form on the Chrome browser. (Which really means it's not yet available in web form, but we digress.)
This is the sort of thing that takes a little time — and email — to really get a sense of, but I've got a few random thoughts.
This custom hybrid case is designed to guard your Galaxy Note 3 against impacts with a inner TPU core underneath a durable polycarbonate exterior. The shell features a glossy UV coating that prevents color fading and wear. You can even separate the skin from the shell if you want to swap colors on the fly. Get yours in black, blue, red, slate or white today for just $17.95!
AT&T has just shared their earnings report for the third quarter. The company was able to gain two million new customers, but missed their earnings estimate. Shares of AT&T are down in after-hours trading following the earnings report.
Google Now is getting more and more useful by the day. The latest addition to the assistant in your pocket is the inclusion of police alerts. Thanks to a tipster, we've gotten a look at an example of these new cards which allow users to track criminal activity in their area.
Google will create a store, complete with reviews and recommendations, to sell various modules and components for its modular phone project known as Project Ara. In an interview at Purdue University, Google's Paul Eremenko said that Google would be following the software model of the Play Store in creating a hardware store to sell modules for the Project Ara phone.
Yahoo has updated its Mail application to now bring reminders for events and flight information. With a Google Now-like card layout, the Yahoo Mail app update now displays flight information along with top restaurant recommendations from Yelp once you land at your destination. Additionally, similar cards for events will give you at-a-glance information for Evite, Eventbrite, and Ticketmaster events.
This one's pretty self-explanatory — we're looking for the best picture you can take this week that represents the word "fast." There are a thousand different ways you can go with this one, so we're hoping to see some creative shots that set you apart from the crowd. We can't wait to see what you come up with.
Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (October 28) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.
It looks like Camouflaj's stealth-action game République is now available on the Amazon App Store and on Google's Play Store. The game is listed at $4.99 on both stores, but Amazon is running a promotion on the title bringing down the price to just $1.99. République is set against the Internet age where users will explore the perils of government surveillance.
Humble Bundle has begun yet another sale exclusively for Android devices today. Called the "Humble Mo-boo!-ile Bundle," the sale is a roundup of spooky games just in time for the Halloween season, even including one for free!
Our fun little Lollipop-themed photo contest has come to an end, and we have three winners that are going home with prizes for their entries this week. The entries definitely got our sweet tooth looking for one (or many) treats — read along and see the winners.
Twitter has just rolled out a new service for developers to integrate into their apps called Digits, which should make it more secure for consumers to sign into apps and services. Rather than complex usernames and passwords, Digits hopes to simplify the sign in process by using your phone number and an SMS verification to allow you to log in.
Gmail's trying something new, something that is a rather fundamental change to the Gmail experience, and it's called 'Inbox'. The new app for Android introduces a number of new features that aim to make it easier to manage the every-increasing flow of email we see every day, including bundling similar emails, highlighting important info, and making it easier to add reminders from your inbox.
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