Android gamers can once again grab a bunch of cool games for a very low amount of money in the new Humble Mobile Bundle 7. The seventh version of the "pay what you want" collection offers six games, with the promise of more to be added later.
HTC has today made their lock screen app available via Google Play. The Sense 6 lock screen app is available for newer HTC devices and will allow for much easier updates, the first of which will keep users from "unintentionally triggering factory reset." The lock screen allows you to swipe right for BlinkFeed, left for Widget Home or up to previously used app.
The Big Android BBQ has announced that Googlers Reto Meier and Timothy Jordan will deliver the keynote address at this year's BBQ. They'll talk about the evolution of Android. Meier manages the Scalable Developer Advocacy team at Google, while Jordan works as a Senior Developer Advocate for Google Glass.
A new report claims HTC is still planning to launch a smartwatch product, based on Android Wear, sometime in early 2015, and that it will stand out from the already crowded number of smartwatches from other companies.
Itching for some Spidey action? Wait no longer, as Spider-Man Unlimited is now available for Android. The endless runner is based on the comics, so there are plenty of villains for you to combat. This is the first free Spider-Man game from Gameloft, and the studio has indicated that new characters will be released in a timely fashion.
Two Android Wear smartwatches, both alike in dignity. And shape. And from the first time we saw the Moto 360 compared to its square brethren, well, a good many of us knew that round was where it's at. But it turns out the Moto 360 isn't the only player in this space — LG's second Android Wear smartwatch — the LG G Watch R — also brings a round face, and a few other surprises.
It's no secret that Samsung can get marketing just right, but often enough the tech giant has simply flopped in the past when it came to releasing promotional material for its products. The company has just released a batch of new adverts for the Galaxy Note 4, poking fun at Apple's recently announced iPhone 6 and Apple Watch. Nothing new here, but it's the cringe-worthy content that's contained within said adverts where everything changes.
After it was reported that a list containing as many as 5 million usernames and passwords from Google's Gmail users was leaked online, Google is responding by saying that its servers would have blocked suspicious log-in attempts. Noting that only 2 percent of the password and username combos would work, Google says it has protected affected accounts.
LG was there from the beginning of Android Wear with its original G Watch as a launch device for the platform, but now it already has a second smartwatch — the G Watch R — to show off. We've had the opportunity to completely review the original G Watch and have a great hands-on with the G Watch R, but how do they look right next to each other? We're going to show you.
The new Hangouts is beautiful, and more than a little confusing now that it can integrate with Google Voice
Google Hangouts is getting a pretty major refresh, and it now integrates with Google Voice. And there's a new Hangouts Dialer to contend with if you want to use both together. If it's all just a wee bit confusing, we understand. Google Voice has never been much of a mainstream product, never mind that it's damned useful. And Hangouts as a means of mobile messaging sort of started as one of those Google+ features we were were force-fed at the beginning, again, never mind just how good it actually is.
And now it's all coming together. But it also can be more than a little confusing.
Here's the deal, as we understand it, in plain English.
If you try to force a strap that's too thick onto your Moto 360, you're gonna have a bad time
Yikes. What you see up there is my absolute favorite padded ostrich watch strap. It's the right size to fit the Moto 360 (that'd be 22mm, same as the LG G Watch), and I've been thinking of how good it would look once I got it on there. I figured I could squeeze it under the circular lip when I saw it was just too thick. The leather backing did not agree with me ...
The strap on the Moto 360 is easy enough to change. You do it like any other watch, whether it be Android Wear, or Pebble, or Timex. It uses the same spring bars many of us are familiar with, and the process is fairly simple. But you will need to make sure the strap you want to use is thin enough to fit under the little lip on the circular back cover.
Just in time for the next version, KitKat hits 25 percent
Google has released the latest platform version numbers today. The biggest news is that devices running KitKat have finally reached the one-quarter mark, just a few weeks away from an expected release of yet another new version. While this doesn't matter nearly as much as some folks make it out to — thanks Google Play Services — numbers are numbers and this pretty much looks like any open-source project would look when everyone is doing their own thing with the code.
For the period ending September 9, 2014, all the devices that have pinged Google Play in the last month break down like this:
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