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2 weeks ago

Muzei 2.0 updates for Lollipop, adds Android Wear watch face

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Muzei

If you're a fan of the Muzei wallpaper app — and you absolutely should be — it's update time.

In addition to a refresh for Android 5.0 Lollipop, Muzei's added an Android Wear Watch face (here's what it looks like) that notifies of new artwork and now has a full detail view, so you can get more info of what you're seeing.

If you haven't checked out Muzei before, now's definitely the time.

  • Saturation slider in advanced settings
  • Option to remove effects on the lock screen
  • An updated look and feel for Android 5.0
  • Improved panning behavior for wide artworks
  • Better support for new art notifications on Android Wear
  • A full-screen artwork detail view on Android Wear
  • A much-needed dose of bug fixes

And for the seriously hard-core fans, there's now a Muzei Google+ community. Join it.

Source: +Roman Nurik

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2 weeks ago

Third-party Android Wear watch faces have until February to get official

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This is tucked into the announcement of the Android Wear watch face API, but it's an important one given that a good many folks out there with Android Wear smartwatches are using so-called "unofficial" or third-party watch faces.

Now that Google's provided an official API for getting watch faces to your wrist, existing watch face apps have until Feb. 1, 2015, to update.

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2 weeks ago

Android 5.0 coming to Android Wear over the next week!

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OTA update coming in the next week to existing Android Wear devices

Along with the new API for watch faces on Android Wear, Google today confirmed that Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming to your Android Wear smartwatch in the next week or so as part of the major updates announced today.

Over the next week, the latest release of Android Wear, based on Android 5.0 and implementing API 21, will roll out to users. All Android Wear devices will be updated to Android 5.0 via an over-the air (OTA) update. The update allows users to manage and configure watch faces in the Android Wear app on their phone, and install watch faces from Google Play. Any handheld device running Android 4.3 or later will continue to work with all Android Wear devices.

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2 weeks ago

Android Wear's massive update: Official watch face API, new display modes, app features and more!

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Android Wear update

Android 5.0 will hit watches in an OTA update

Google today has announced a major update to Android Wear, bringing some long-awaited official functionality to its smartwatches — and a host of new features to go along with them.

Oh, and Android 5.0 is coming soon to your watch.

There's a lot going on here, folks, and updates will arrive in their usual staggered fashion. The big strokes are official support for third-party watch faces, a new Android Wear app, and software all around.

Let's break it down.

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2 weeks ago

Verizon Note 4 gets software update for Gear VR, other fixes [update: Sprint, too]

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Verizon Note 4

Update: Samsung has reached out to let us know that the Note 4 on Sprint is also getting an update with Gear VR compatibility. The update hasn't been posted to the Sprint support site just yet, but should be arriving shortly.

Original story: Ah ha! And not one day after folks began fretting that their Verizon Galaxy Note 4 wasn't working with the new Samsung Gear VR ... the Verizon Note 4 gets an update to work with the Gear VR. (Among other things.)

Here's the full changelog for software version KTU84P.N910VVRU1ANJ5:

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2 weeks ago

DeviantArt launches its first smartphone app to help users browse its online gallery

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DeviantArt, the world's largest online art gallery and community, has finally launched its first mobile app. It's now available for Android smartphones via the Google Play Store.

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2 weeks ago

Transformers: Battle Tactics will launch with turn-based combat in 2015

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The Autobots and Decepticons will continue their long-running war in the upcoming mobile turn-based strategy game Transformers: Battle Tactics. The game is due for release for Android in the Google Play Store sometime in 2015.

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2 weeks ago

Facebook's Trending feature is now in the Android app

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Facebook Android app users in the US will soon see some new Trending features, after first launching for web browser users earlier in 2014. The new features are designed to offer links to the latest news and events that are currently popular.

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2 weeks ago

Instagram hits 300 million monthly active users, adds verified accounts

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Instagram has crossed the 300 million active monthly users line and is today adding support for verified users to the square photo social network. That 300 million threshold actually puts Instagram as having a larger monthly audience than Twitter, certainly explaining why Facebook was willing to pay $1 billion for the service.

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2 weeks ago

The Best AT&T Prepaid phones

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If you’re looking for the very best phones available on AT&T prepaid (better known as GoPhone), you’ve come to the right place. Going month-to-month can be super convenient for anybody looking for low monthly rates, though it can be pricy getting involved if you don’t already have a compatible phone ready to go. That’s okay though; we’ve got your best options lined up right here.

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2 weeks ago

Shazam 8.2 gets more personal, now plays full playlists with Spotify and Rdio

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Music identification app Shazam has received a major update today to version 8.2. It adds new features to the home screen of the app, a new way to play music, and deeper integration with Spotify and Rdio.

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2 weeks ago

Heroes of Might & Magic III HD Edition coming to Android tablets Jan. 29

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Ubisoft plans to bring a truly classic PC game, Heroes of Might & Magic III, to Android tablets, via the Google Play Store, on January 29. That's when the graphically revamped version of the fantasy turn-based strategy game, Heroes of Might & Magic III HD Edition, will be released.

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2 weeks ago

HERE Maps for Android drives onto Google Play for free

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After tooling around in a beta for a while, Here Maps has arrived in Google Play. The maps app and service, part of the services portion of Nokia left over after the Microsoft acquisition, has been available from the HERE website for a few months already, and now anybody can try out the mapping search and navigation app for free from Google Play.

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2 weeks ago

HTML5 apps coming to Amazon Fire TV

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Amazon is offering developers an outlet to publish their HTML5-based apps to the company's Fire TV set-top box and their Fire TV Stick HDMI dongle. Developers who have already released web apps for Amazon's Fire tablets and its Fire smartphone can also release those same apps for the Fire TV devices.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus gets into the holiday spirit, lets anyone buy the OnePlus One without an invite

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While the OnePlus One is a great device in many ways (as we've noted in our review), availability has always been invite-only, barring a few occasions. That's all changing this holiday season as OnePlus has just announced that customers will be able to pick up the handset without an invite until December 25. The vendor is even promising delivery by Christmas Day.

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