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Material Design Toolkit

Posted by wicked March - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Material Design Toolkit

Most prototyping tools are geared towards desktop platforms, and are unable to replicate the mobile experience perfectly. Material Design Toolkit does things differently, allowing you to prototype and preview Material Design on your Android device itself.

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Google Announces Plans for Projects Titan, Loon and Link

Posted by wicked March - 2 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Once a year, top players in the mobile sphere gather for MWC, to show off what they’ve been working on and collectively set the standard for the year to come. Yesterday was a big day with the launch of HTC and Samsung’s flagships, alongside numerous other announcements, and today it was Google’s turn to take the stage. SVP Sundar Pichai took the stage in Barcelona to speak about Google’s network initiatives, Project Link and Project Loon, as well as to announce a new initiative called Project Titan.

Project LinkSundar began by talking about how most of the world remained offline or on low-speed networks, which led to the inception of Google Fiber. Last year, Project Link was undertaken, an offspring of Fiber which aimed to connect Uganda to long distance fiber lines to serve entire cities while giving providers a platform on which to build innovative new services and creating a foundation for growth to help people get online. Project Link has seen overwhelming success, and will expand to other countries in Africa this year.

 

project-loon-3-100042459-galleryFour years ago, Project Loon began as an experimental idea to being balloon powered networks and LTE connectivity to many rural areas. When testing began in New Zealand two years ago, these balloons were not able to stay up for more than 5 days, when the viable duration was three months. However, Sundar announced that in the time since then, the balloons have evolved and are now able to stay up for six months at a time. In lieu of this, the project aims to go commercial soon, via tie-ups with Vodafone and Telstra in Australia.

 

Project TitanGoing forward, Google is undertaking a new initiative called Project Titan. Sundar announced that “Titan is where Loon was two years ago.” The project aim is somewhat similar to that of Project Loon but relies on lightweight solar airplanes rather than balloons to act as flying towers. The combined mesh of planes and balloons will work together to bring high-speed connectivity to remote and rural areas.

Did Google’s kicking it up a notch put them in the driving seat of network connectivity? Are you excited for plane and balloon powered networks? Let us know in the comments below!

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Get S6 Edge’s Notifications with Edge Color Notification

Posted by wicked March - 2 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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The S6 Edge’s form factor allows a unique take on notifications, with edges glowing with a color based on the notification, allowing quick and glanceable data to be derived from it. Edge Color Notifications is an app that brings this feature to all phones, curved or otherwise.

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New Cyanogen Inc. Brand Identity, Qualcomm Partnership

Posted by wicked March - 2 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Since the formation of Cyanogen Inc. back in 2013, the company has seen a turbulent state of affairs – from breakthrough innovations and new hardware collaborators to controversial partnerships and falling outs – and the past year and a half has served to strengthen its foothold in the market. Starting out as a software provider for the OnePlus One and expanding into India with Yu Yureka, nothing has hindered the team’s drive and vision, and today at MWC, Cyanogen has announced a few of their plans going forward.

When the company formed, the team was quick to announce a brand identity that reflected Cyanogen over the years, with bold cyan at its core and a hexagonal logo to match. Today’s announcement changes that, and going forward, Cyanogen will be embrace a futuristic style based on the openness of Android, with thin fonts and geometric shapes defining it and a new typographic logo representing the brand. The refresh is definitely a step forward, and the Cyngn website has already been refreshed with the new visual language.

 

Cyanogen IncThe second and more important announcement today is Cyanogen’s partnership with Qualcomm, which brings Cyanogen OS features and UI elements to an upcoming release of the Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD). While this may not mean much to the average user, the partnership paves the way for OEMs to implement Cyanogen OS easily on certain Snapdragon chips, specifically, the 200, 400 and 600 series. The current agreement serves to bring the custom flavor of Android to a larger number of mid-range devices, but in future it will also offer developers additional functionality on Cyanogen OS devices. While the partnership gives a significant boost to their adoption rates, Cyanogen Inc. states that this does not influence the company’s initial plans to make flagship Cyanogen OS devices like the OnePlus One.

What do you think about Cyanogen’s new look and their partnership? Would you buy a Cyanogen OS device now that they’re gradually going mainstream? Let us know in the comments below!

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Firefox OS: 17 Smartphones & 40+ Markets In 2015

Posted by wicked March - 2 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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With today’s announcements from Mozilla, Orange, KDDI, LG U+, Telefonica and Verizon Wireless, phones running Firefox OS will be available on top-tier carriers in more than 40 markets this year, including many countries across Africa and the Middle East. Check out Mozilla’s detailed blog post for more info.

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Latest Greenify Beta Brings Lollipop Support and More

Posted by wicked February - 28 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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When the popular Xposed Framework made its way onto the ART runtime and Android Lollipop, some modules worked out of the box but some required added tweaks. Greenify was one such module until earlier today, when v2.6 Beta 1 started rolling out bringing Lollipop support and some new features.

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Cardboard Apps Suite Expands with Three New Additions

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Google’s cheaper take on a VR, platform Cardboard, has seen tremendous adoption rates, but the number of apps for it remain severely limited. Today however, is a good day for Cardboard enthusiasts as three new VR apps have made their way to the Play Store: Seene, Titans of Space and WAA!

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ChromeOS Replaces Launcher Icon with Search Icon

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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The latest ChromeOS build on the dev channel brings an unusual change to the dock, with the traditional launcher icon being replaced by a search icon. One of the Chromium developers states that the change is to reflect the experimental app launcher more focused on search, and can be reverted by disabling the flag.

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VLC Beta Testing Goes Live, Material Design Build Appears

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Videolabs, the company behind the popular video player, VLC, has started beta testing builds of the Android VLC app through a Google+ community, with the first beta version already packing a Material Design overhaul and other UI tweaks such as pull-to-refresh in place of the refresh button.

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FCC Votes For Strong Net Neutrality Rules

Posted by wicked February - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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The Federal Communications Commission just voted 3-2 to reclassify fixed and mobile broadband providers under Title II, banning paid fast lanes, and strengthening Net Neutrality rules. Check out the analysis from Ars Technica to see what this means for the future of ISPs and the open internet.

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