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Tapet generates random wallpapers for your mobile device

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Some people change wallpapers on their mobile devices as often as they change clothes (some even more than that!). But there comes a time when you’ll run out of ideas on what to use or you’ve already exhausted your wallpaper app. Here is where the Tapet app comes in, as it can generate a random wallpaper for you daily or even hourly if you really wanted.

The word Tapet is actually an old European word that means wallpaper, and it basically encompasses what the app does. With its exhaustive “database” of decorative wallpapers, it can help your device look nicer by generating a different one depending on what interval option you set, starting from every 15 minutes to every week. You don’t even need to resize them to fit your device; it automatically creates wallpapers depending on your gadget’s resolution at the highest quality. In fact, it can even have a parallax effect on your screen. The developer promises that new wallpapers will be added for every update, so there is almost no chance of a wallpaper repeating itself when you choose the random mode.

As soon as you install the app, you can already start looking at the wallpapers and choosing your first one. You just need to swipe left, right or down to browse through them, and if you want to go back to the previous one, you just need to swipe up. Once you’ve found what you want, just click on the check button and it will change your wallpaper with something that fits your screen. If you’re bored, you can even start a slideshow of the available wallpapers by double tapping the screen. The app also now lets you save the wallpapers that you like or even share it on your social networks.

If all this sounds like it would be too heavy for your device, it is not a live wallpaper app, so it will not affect your CPU or memory consumption. However, it is still in beta version so there is no guarantee yet that everything should work perfectly. But if you’d like to try it out, you can download Tapet from the Google Play Store for free.

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Google Play Store 4.9 Brings New, Image-Rich UI with a Hint of Material Design

Posted by Will Verduzco July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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It’s not Wednesday yet, but we’ve got a great Google first party Android app update to share. Rather than an app update in the traditional sense, today’s update is actually to the Google Play Store–and this new version packs quite a nice visual makeover that features a new and image-rich UI, as well as a hint of Material Design.

Today’s update to the Google Play Store brings the virtual storefront to version 4.9.13, up from version 4.8.22 that we shared just six days ago. And as you can expect from a relatively significant version number change, 4.9 brings a few very noticeable visual changes. For starters, when you access any particular Play Store entry–be it audio, video, apps, or written content–you are given a new image-rich listing page. This new style, which is seen in the leftmost screenshot, makes it easier to get a sense of your potential app purchase, as well as allow developers to create more enticing listings. In addition, Play Store listings now feature a floating action bar menu that fades into place when scrolling down any entry. This, along with a new and more prominent Google+ section can be seen in the middle screenshot. Finally, an updated “What’s New” section can be seen in the rightmost screenshot. This can be summoned by tapping on the section and dismissed by either clicking the “x” or scrolling up past the content.

The update isn’t complete in its visual transformation, however. When first launching the app, users won’t see any readily apparent changes. At this time, only the listing pages appear to be changed. That said, the update is a good move in the right direction, and we can’t wait to see the rest of the app’s visual makeover–perhaps in time for Android L and Material Design in the Fall.

While Play Store 4.9 has already begun rolling out, it will naturally be some time before everyone receives the update. As such, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APK  for your sideloading pleasure.

[Many thanks to XDA Recognized Developer febycv for the APK!]

The post Google Play Store 4.9 Brings New, Image-Rich UI with a Hint of Material Design appeared first on xda-developers.

OnePlus unleashes an even bigger Blizzard of Invites

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

After a storm, what do you get? Well, apparently for OnePlus, a blizzard. Since it just announced the availability of Bamboo StyleSwap covers for their first and only smartphone, it is only reasonable that they are now trying to reel in more buyers. This time around, they have doubled the stakes, offering invites to buy the OnePlus One to 5,000 lucky people.

The OnePlus One owners group is pretty much an exclusive club of lucky raffle winners and people with the right connections. As a small startup, OnePlus tried to go the indie route and cut out the middlemen of retailers and distributors. Sounds good until you realize that OnePlus itself becomes the bottleneck of the distribution process, without the manpower to sell the phone in markets themselves. As of the moment, the only way you can get into this club is either by winning a contest or by being invited by someone who already owns one.

There have been a few waves of invitations sent out, but perhaps even fewer waves of actual shipments. The last one was in June, when they held the “Storm of Invites” contest, putting up 2,500 invites up for grabs. This time, the number is 5,000 but the mechanics are still the same. You sign up via Rafflecopter and pretty much peform menial social networking tasks until the day of the draw. At the moment, there are already around 165,000, which means more than 41,000 participants, each allowed 4 entries, all vying for only 5,000 tickets.

It should once again be noted that this is a raffle to get invites, not to actually get the phone itself, which would have been too good to be true. Lucky winners will, of course, still have to pay for the 64 GB Sandstone Black model. That costs $349, which isn’t that bad given the features of this still elusive creature. Better hurry if you have any plans on joining. The raffle ends on July 23 at 9:15 a.m. EDT.

SOURCE: OnePlus

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 22, 2014

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Apps

HTC puts the Sense keyboard in the Play Store for easier updates

Twitch for Android sees 3.0 update, bringing new interface and more features

Carriers

Sprint not alone in wanting T-Mobile, Carlos Slim expressing interest

Kyocera Hydro Life coming to T-Mobile’s network later this year

More details surface about ZTE Olympia headed to T-Mobile

Verizon launches “Smart Rewards” program nationwide to reward customers for doing mundane Verizon tasks

Chromecast

Google redesigns the Chromecast site with improved usefulness

Gaming

NVIDIA announces the Shield Tablet and Shield Wireless Controller, pre-orders start now

Twitch for Android sees 3.0 update, bringing new interface and more features

The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land to swarm onto mobile devices in 2015

Google

Siri and Google Now duke it out, which is better?

Google releases updates focused on filters and views for Google Sheets

Phones

Kyocera Hydro Life coming to T-Mobile’s network later this year

Korea’s LG G3 LTE-A finally unveiled, features Snapdragon 805 processor

OnePlus giving out 5000 invites in a “Blizzard of Invites”

OnePlus One bamboo cover coming in August

Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha production may be limited due to metal design

Xiaomi announces what it’s calling the ‘fastest smartphone in the world,’ the Mi4

More details surface about ZTE Olympia headed to T-Mobile

Smartwatches

Kernel source files for LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live released by Google

Tablets

NVIDIA announces the Shield Tablet and Shield Wireless Controller, pre-orders start now

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Google Play Store updated to v4.9.13, introduces Material Design and other improvements

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Material Design was all the hype at Google IO. And of course – it is probably the biggest Android design alteration we have seen in years. The graphic intensive and cleaner look is to be spread across the whole UI, and the Google Play Store is finally taking all these design elements to the streets.

If you thought the previous major update was substantial, you will be blown away by version 4.9.13. The navigation and overall UI is left nearly untouched, the main difference here is in the details. To be more specific, things get a bit whacky once you get to app/content pages. This is not bad, though. The new design looks great, it just happens to have a slight learning curve.

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For example, change logs are now only visible to those who have apps installed, images and trailers are a major focus (they take a huge part of the top area) and app descriptions now go full-screen. In addition, small details like the app’s size and version have been moved out of the way and taken to the app’s description. The +1 and sharing button have also been relocated below the featured reviews.

The focus and general way we shop for applications and other content have definitely been kept in mind with the new design elements. It feels much more… personal, if you wish. Images and videos blend into the background and buttons. The robotic details are taken off the main viewing area. It’s just so much cleaner and simple now.

The new Google Play Store is ready to head out the door and has been reaching devices starting today. We know how impatient you can be, though. If you must try it out now, you can always download the APK file and install it manually. Test it and let us know how it is treating you!

SWIP3 claims ‘first!’ in the games built for Android Wear category [video]

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

There are a few games already out there for your Android Wear devices, but unit9.apps has launched what is being touted as the first game built specifically for Android Wear, SWIP3. Get in on the history for $1.69 on the Google Play Store.

SWIP3 is a fairly simple match-three game with the same swipe any direction functionality that you would find on games like 2048. You are presented with a grid of colored squares, swipe up, down, left or right to connect at least three tiles of the same color to eliminate them from the board.

In addition to the game play on your Android Wear device, you can also shoot for your next high score in SWIP3 on your Android phone or tablet. But where’s the fun in that – as the first game built specifically for Android Wear, there is an argument to be made for sticking to your handy LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live for making your cool color matching combos.

Once you’ve got the hang of it, prove your skills by competing with your friends for high scores on the community leaderboard. The details for the app in the Google Play Store include a little challenge for you, how many points can you get in a single swipe?

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When you grab your copy of SWIP3 for $1.69 in the Google Play Store, be sure to follow their install instructions, else face the dreaded black screen that is plaguing users in the reviews. The game is brand new today, so we expect those hiccups to be worked out soon.

Moving forward, we will be very interested to see how this very square app design translates to devices such as the round faced Moto 360. Perhaps it will get a new game layout, or perhaps it will just shrink to fit the screen, either way, the developer has a little bit of time to make that decision, as the Moto 360 is still a month or two away.

There you have it folks, Android Wear devices have been gracing the wrists of users for a couple weeks and the first built for Android Wear game has hit the market. Is this the future of wearable technology that you were hoping for?

Google Play Store gets a partial Material makeover

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

An inevitable change is coming ever since Google revealed its new Material Design aesthetic at Google I/O 2014 last month. Although the rest of Android 4.4 will remain stuck with the Holo-based design, Google has begun to eat its own dogfood and applied its new design principles on its own apps, starting with Google Play Store.

The changes in the latest 4.9.13 version of Google Play Store isn’t exactly earth shattering and is, in fact, quite incomplete. Google seems to be implementing visual changes piecemeal and in this round has focused on applying it to individual app pages before using it on the entire app interface. That said, the changes are immediately visible and not so subtle and you will quickly see the focus on graphics, flat icons, and paper metaphors that are the hallmarks of Material Design.

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Almost immediately, when you tap on an app, you will be greeted by an app’s banner or video, if it has either one. If not, the usual icon and app name will be at the top. Although each app page is still separated into sections, they are no longer as delineated as in the previous Google Play Store version. You could say that, at least for the main content, they all reside in the same sheet of paper, separated only by thin lines. Individual reviews, in fact, don’t even have line separators and just flow together as a whole. New to this layout is a row of buttons, of course in Material Design fashion, that are shortcuts to various sections like ratings, app category (Tools, News, etc.), Google+ contacts who +1′ed the same app, and Similar apps. Unfortunately, you won’t see any of the paper-like animations and depth levels detailed in Material Design, since that would most likely require Android L‘s theme engine.

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As always, updates to Google apps happen in staggered waves but, unlike common apps, you don’t have to do anything to get this update. However, you can always query the server to check if an update is available, by tapping on the Build Version in Settings, or, if you really want it now, you can download the Google Play Store 4.9.13 APK from the link below.

Download: Google Play Store 4.9.13 (APK)
SOURCE: +Google
VIA: Android Police

Google releases updates focused on filters and views for Google Sheets

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Google Drive team has announced some new features and updates that have been added to the Google Sheets spreadsheet app. The updates focus on filter and view options for spreadsheets. Headlining the changes is the ability to create a “temporary filter view” on spreadsheets for which users only have read access permissions. Using the temporary filter, users can filter and sort data in those spreadsheets.

Google also added some features that will make it easier to share spreadsheet data with other users. First, a specific view can be shared so that recipients don’t have to go through a long list to figure out what it is you are wanting them to look at. This can be achieved just by copying and pasting a URL. Second, Google added the ability tothe range that is used to define a filter view. Previously, to change the range users would have to delete the existing range and then create a new one.

source: +Google Drive

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The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land to swarm onto mobile devices in 2015

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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AMC has announced that they will be releasing an official companion game for their hit series The Walking Dead. The new game, The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land, is being developed for mobile devices by AMC and Next Games. An early look at the game is expected at Comic Con later this month and the title is expected to be released in early 2015 which should coincide with the mid-season premiere for season 5.

According  to a statement that was released,

The game, titled The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land, will allow players to experience the world of the iconic show through gameplay exclusively developed for smartphones and tablet devices. Developed by Next Games in close collaboration with AMC, the game will feature themes familiar to the TV series, where characters fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic, walker-infested world. A recurring theme of choosing the right survival strategy and making the most human choices possible is at the heart the first-of-its-kind game.

If you want to get on the mailing list for updates from the developers, hit the source link for the page that was set up for fans.

Click here to view the embedded video.

source: AMC
via: 9to5Google

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Video: Google Play 4.9.13 Tour!

Posted by Kellex July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

The new version of Google Play is rolling out today as version 4.9.13. Up front, it doesn’t look like a massive overhaul, since the category and main pages haven’t been touched, but individual listings for apps, music, books, and movies have all been given a Material Design-like makeover. In other words, they are now super pretty with new sliding animations, layout changes, big imagery that takes center stage, and lots of white space (if that’s a good thing).

Since there are changes, we took a quick walk-through of them to make sure you aren’t completely confused when loading up Google Play the next time.

You can download v4.9.13 here.

Video: Google Play 4.9.13 Tour! is a post from: Droid Life

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