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[APK Download] Google Play Games gets Visual Update

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

androidplaygamesGoogle has started rolling out its latest update for its Google Play Games, and with it comes Game Profile improvements and design changes.

The application is now fully converted over to material design layout, so expect to see new animations, more color, and of course a new icon. Your Game Profile also is now updated to show your specialties and xp earned in each xp category, so you can compare your abilities with those of your friends, and hopefully have something to talk trash over.

The app will be updated automatically within the next few days, but if you’re impatient, you can download it right now below:

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Source: Android Police

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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides all Receive Updates

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

googledocsGoogle has updated its three biggest productivity apps: docs, sheets, and slides. The changeswere not too extreme; even the visual aspects alone were hardly changed. These apps have already been mostly visually updated to be more in-line with Google’s other Material Design apps.

One change was the addition of an incoming section in the sidebar that contains all files being shared with you. The refresh animation has been changed, along with a new sidebar design. Also, hotkeys from a bluetooth keyboard should work more reliably.

The update should be rolling out within the next few days, but once you get it, let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Source: Android Police

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Google launches Bookmark Manager in Chrome Web Store, formerly ‘Google Stars’

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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After undergoing further development since August, Google Stars has launched in the Chrome Web Store. The difference today, though, is its name. Google has renamed the extension Bookmark Manager. The overall design has not changed too much, but Google definitely made alterations to fit its own suggested guidelines. Bookmark Manager saves pages, places them into folders, and can be shared publicly with friends.

Source: Chrome Web Store
Via: OMG! Chrome!

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Google Drive for Android gets improved search, share, and view tools

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The web and mobile experiences for Google Drive are being improved constantly. The latest round of adjustments is for the Google Drive for Android app. Google is improving search, share, and view tools. For the search tool, the Google Drive app will have active results suggested. Start typing and the app displays suggestions with the same set of letters. The new sharing menu now has a text box for users to add a message. The same menu also contains sharing options to make document links public. And for viewing, Google Drive for Android has a PDF viewer so it does not have to redirect users to another app.

The update will start appearing on devices over the next few days.

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Source: Google Drive Blog

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Developers only need a few lines of code to add their apps to Google Voice Search

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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We saw glimpses of this at Google I/O, and developers can now make their apps searchable through Google Voice Search. It only takes a few lines of code. Once added, apps can receive the SEARCH_ACTION intent containing the SearchManager.QUERYextra with the search expression.

Examples of such searches might be Ok Google, search pizza on Eat24” or Ok Google, search for hotels in Maui on TripAdvisor.” Imagine the possibilities.

Also, users now have the ability to enable OK Google hot-word detection from any screen, which gives them access to apps even quicker.

Android devices must be on the English local, running Jelly Bean or higher, and have the Google app version 3.5 or higher.

And now for the code…..

<activity android:name=”.SearchableActivity”>
<intent-filter>
<action android:name=”com.google.android.gms.actions.SEARCH_ACTION”/>
<category android:name=”android.intent.category.DEFAULT”/>
</intent-filter>
</activity>

source: Android Developers

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[APK Download] Material Design heads to Google Wallet in overhaul

Posted by wicked October - 29 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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There is another application from Google getting overhauled. The Material Design overhaul has been brought to Google Wallet. The functionality of the app is pretty much the same, but, as expected, it has a completely different look. And there is no question that Google Wallet looks great with Material Design. The one feature change is the addition to control your Google Wallet card. There are ways to lock or cancel it from within the app. The changes are so dramatic that Google is moving jumping ahead to version 7 with this update when the last update was version 2.

Via: Android Police [APK Download Link]

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Google Play Movies & TV update brings Info Cards & Material Design makeover

Posted by wicked October - 29 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Google is in the process of rolling out a rather appealing update for its Play Movies & TV application via the Play Store. This upgrade brings the standard Material Design makeover that the search engine giant has been distributing to its full suite of Android apps over the course of the past few weeks, in addition to a new interactive menu that’s displayed on either a smartphone or tablet when casting content.

Now when a user casts a movie or show to their TV via Chromecast or the brand new Nexus Player, a series of “cards” will be displayed on their mobile device, presenting them with a whole host of relevant information, including the names of the main actors/actresses appearing in each scene of the film, details on songs that are currently playing, Wikipedia extracts relating to when the film/program was first aired and, lastly, who it was scripted and directed by.

As part of the Material Design makeover, Google has implemented a “Watch Now” tab within the application, which, according to the company, “makes the experience of finding a movie as pleasant as watching the movie itself.”

The update is being rolled out in stages, and you can see if it’s ready for your device by clicking the download link below.

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Camera quality is improved with Android 5.0 Lollipop on all devices

Posted by wicked October - 29 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Cameras for Android devices have come a long way. Some remain hit-or-miss while others perform exceptionally well. With Android 5.0 Lollipop, expect all devices to receive improvements. Changes have been made by Google for Android to support raw image files.

Paul Monckton, a contributor to Forbes, described the benefits of raw image files after taking a look at Lollipop’s new approach:

Raw image files are essentially a dump of all of the image data captured by the camera’s sensor, most of which is lost when converting into the, much smaller, JPEG files we most commonly use. This means the potential for much better image quality from existing camera hardware simply by installing the upcoming Android 5.0 update.

Everyone from serious photographs to casual Instagram users will see improved camera quality. The professionals will use complex software that knows how to interact with raw image files while everyone else can rely upon apps to do the work for them. Developers can update their apps to process the raw image files so users can have better editing tools.

This is all on the software side of Android 5.0 Lollipop, so any device running that version will instantly see improvements. Of course, the components used by the device’s manufacturer will still matter. It is just good to see that Google is doing its part.

Source: Forbes

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Nexus 6 pre-order window closes just as fast as it opens, another one could open soon

Posted by wicked October - 29 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Nexus 6 arrived in the Play Store today just as scheduled. The unfortunate part is that many people were not able to place a pre-order because Google quickly ran out of inventory. The switch from in-stock to being out of inventory was so quick that there is speculation the Nexus 6 was not yet supposed to be available. So keep an eye on the Play Store to see if the Nexus 6 returns to be available at some point today. We will be doing the same and update you accordingly.

The options in the Play Store are as follows:

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YouTube WatchMe for Android project brings YouTube live streaming to Android apps

Posted by wicked October - 29 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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YouTube announced the WatchMe for Android project that allows developers to integrate YouTube live streaming into their Android apps. It’s already being utilized by HTC with the Re and Sony with the Live on YouTube app.

It’s an open-source project that uses the YouTube Data API v3, YouTube Live Streaming API, Google Play Services, and Plus API. It’s available on Github and can be customized. It’s still experimental, but you can make sure to keep up with the progress if you subscribe to the YouTube for Developers channel.

How to start using the app
  1. Sync the Github repo
    1. Enable the Youtube Data API v3 and Google+ API.
    2. Create a client ID for Android, using your SHA1 and package name.
  2. Include cross-platform compiled streaming libraries.
Either
  • libffmpeg.so under src/main/jniLibs/armeabi,
or
  • another streaming library with modifying VideoStreamingInterface

source: YouTube API Blog

 

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