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Google introduces ‘Inbox’, an alternative to Gmail that works for you

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Google just unveiled “Inbox,” which sounds a lot like our earlier story on Bigtop. It’s a completely separate app from Gmail, which aims to be a better alternative for those that find they are overburdened with email. When Email started, it was a simple way to pass messages, and it made you more efficient. However, as email as grown over the years, it’s gotten so distracting that it sometimes is hard to actually get things done. One could argue that it no longer makes us efficient.

According to Google, Inbox works for you and helps you get to the important information quicker. This is all done by new features such as Bundles, Highlights, Reminders, Assists, and Snoozing.

Bundles groups similar emails together just like the categories feature that was introduced last year. So now all your purchase receipts and bank statements will be grouped together for quick review. Want certain emails grouped together? Inbox will learn from your habits.

Highlights makes it easier to spot those important emails, which could be for events or emails that include photos or documents. Inbox is also smart enough to display any other important information from the web that might not even be in the original email. That could include flight status information or even package tracking information.

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Inbox also lets you set Reminders such as picking up milk on the way home or giving someone a call. Assists will add information to both reminders and emails. So for example, let’s say you set a reminder to stop at Target. Assist will provide you the phone number and even tell you if the store is even open. Let’s say you booked a reservation at a restaurant. Assist will add a map to the confirmation email. The last feature we need to mention will come in handy for those times you see an email, and say to yourself, “I will deal with that later.”  You know what happens then right? You completely forget about it. Instead of leaving it in your inbox, only to move down lower and lower, you can just Snooze it. It will come back to the top when you want it to so you can take care of it and not forget about it. Of course, Snoozing works with Reminders as well.

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You can check out this short video showing some of the features…..

Click here to view the embedded video.

So when can you try Inbox? Well a little bit of bad news. Right now it’s invite only, with the first round of invitations going out today. The good news is that new users will be able to invite their friends, and you can request an invite by sending an email to [email protected]. That should get you on their radar a little more effectively than sitting around waiting for one.

As I mentioned, Inbox is completely separate from Gmail. Those that want to continue using Gmail as it is today can continue to do so.

source: Gmail Blog

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Just how big is the Nexus 6?

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Nexus 6 isn’t for everyone because of it’s enormous 6-inch (5.96) display, but how does it stack up against its predecessors? Thanks to Phone Arena, we have images of the Nexus 6 next to each Nexus phone ever released.  Some of these images my scare you, but what was a large phone in 2010 is not a large phone today. Hit the break for all the images and let us know what you think of the Nexus 6. Too big? Just right? Or dare I say, too small?

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source: Phone Arena

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Google adds Material Design to Google Drive App

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

nexus2cee_Screenshot_2014-10-20-22-10-09Most of Google’s apps will be receiving a design update within the next month to match up with Lollipop’s general look and feel called material design. 

The first thing you’ll notice upon opening the new app will be new images to represent the functions of the app. You’ll also notice some of the new material style, much like the other app design updates. One of the biggest updates is the removal of the bar formerly at the bottom of the app and the replacement with a red FAB that controls the document creation process.

All in all, not too much has changed in the way of usability, so there shouldn’t be a learning curve to the new update. After you’ve tried out the new design, leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Source: Android Police

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Users of Chrome OS and Android 5.0 reporting Easy Unlock feature is operable

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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In April, we learned that Google would be implementing a way for an Android phone to unlock a Chrome OS device. That feature is reportedly operable for some users with Android 5.0 Lollipop. It is called Easy Unlock and just asks Chrome OS users to hit a single button to login when their phone is nearby, forgoing the need to manually enter a password. It all works through Bluetooth Low Energy.

Have you found the Easy Unlock feature to be available yet? Let us know in the comments.

Via: OMG! Chrome!

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Nexus 6 pre-ordering starts October 29 on Google Play

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Head over to your calendar and make a note for October 29. While the Nexus 9 is already available in the Play Store, the Nexus 6 and Nexus Player have remained on hold. The Nexus 6, though, will be ready to go in the Play Store next week. The pricing is steep even with the base 32GB storage option at $649. Relying upon Google for excellent pricing is not an option. This year, it seems that going with a carrier to get a Nexus device is the way to go.

Here is a breakdown of the choices:

  • Nexus 6 (32GB, Midnight Blue) — $649
  • Nexus 6 (32GB, Cloud White) — $649
  • Nexus 6 (64GB, Midnight Blue) — $699
  • Nexus 6 (64GB, Cloud White) — $699

[Nexus 6 Play Store Link]

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Google’s Nexus 6 gets compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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This fall, two massive devices will be on the market and consumers will have a very difficult choice to make. Should they go with Google and the Nexus 6 or Samsung and its Galaxy Note 4? Fortunately, you can take a look at a video comparing the two. Carphone Warehouse has both devices on hand for a really good breakdown. Unsurprisgly, the Nexus 6 is a lot bigger than the Galaxy Note 4. After all, the Google device does have a 5.96-inch display compared to its foe’s 5.7 inches.

There is a common ground for the two. The resolution of the displays both equal 2560×1440 and are AMOLED. Inside, Google and Samsung opted for a Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM and 3220mAh batteries. They also have 32GB of internal storage; however, Samsung follows its tradition by including a microSD card slot.

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Source: TechnoBuffalo

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Google Fit app gets exposed prior to official launch

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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The next version of Android will include the brand new Google Fit application. Not much of the app has been seen; however, Android Police was able to take it for a spin through a leaked Nexus 6 dump. Even though nothing is at this point, the current state of the Google Fit app shows things are pretty smooth with Material Design being present. The design makes Google Fit unique because otherwise it just acts as any other fitness tracking app would.

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The GIF above shows the app’s refresh animation on the main screen. Pull down and your statistics will update accordingly. Below that, users can view charts breaking down activities based on time and other measurements.

There is a manual input option for when the device running Google Fit is unable to communicate. The user just has to put the time, activity, and duration. Google Fit asks users to compose their profile. This includes gender, height, weight, and goals.

Source: Android Police

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[APK Download] Play Movies & TV joins the fun with Material Design update

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Alongside Play Games, the Play Movies & TV app is getting a new look. The app has been flattened and there are now large graphics for content. The icon has been altered and the red color found throughout the app is brighter with the update. Rather than waiting for the update with Material Design in the Play Store, you can download the file yourself.

Source: AndroidSPIN [APK Download Link]

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[APK Download] Play Games gets the Material Design treatment

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

 

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A fair amount of updates are expected over the coming weeks as Android 5.0 Lollipop revamps the recommended design for applications. Of course, Google leads the way by updating its stock apps first. Here we have Play Games getting an update that brings the brand new Material Design look. When Google rolls out updates to its apps, it can take a very long time for it to reach everyone; therefore, you can go ahead and grab the file and do take care of everything yourself. That way you can enjoy the new flatter, more animated look of Play Games as quickly as possible.

Source: AndroidSPIN [APK Download Link]

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Android TV Developer Kit able to sideload Android 5.0 Lollipop

Posted by wicked October - 18 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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There are not many out there, but the ADT-1 does exist. It was the Android TV device given to select Google I/O attendees in June. Today, owners of the set-top box can sideload the latest version of Android. It is Android 5.0, version LPX13D. It is rolling out as an over-the-air software update, but the sideload option is for the impatient people.

We should tell you that the update does bring the overall temperature of the ADT-1 down. The device does not run at scalding hot levels anymore. On the software side, the home screen, Play Store, Movies, Play Games, and settings have been altered. Basically, these areas have been given some more details or visual fixes. The entire user interface is now closer to what you would see on another Android device.

Here are the instructions provided by the folks from Android Police:

  1. Download the update zip from Google (link).
  2. Boot your ADT-1 into Recovery mode. This can be done in two different ways:
    • Hold down the button the back while powering on the ADT-1. This will load up the bootloader. Now short-press the button until you’ve selected the Recovery kernel option, then long-press the button to activate it.
    • Or, enable adb debugging on the ADT-1 through developer options and run this command from a terminal: ‘adb reboot recovery
  3. Once you’re in Recovery mode, you’ll see the Android maintenance logo. Long-press the button for a couple of seconds to reveal the recovery menu.
  4. Short-press the button until you’ve selected the option to apply an update from ADB. Long-press to select it.
  5. Enter this command from a terminal: adb sideload 92b93576d67d8e41850996813de09757666c347a.signed-molly-LPX13D-from-LPW39.92b93576.zip
  6. Wait for the update to finish. It takes a few minutes.

Via: Android Police

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