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Google updates mobile app search design

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

google_search_apps_layout_082815Google is updating how searching for apps on mobile will look. If you search for virtually any app and add the word “app”, at the end, you will get to see this new grid layout above the normal layout. The color of the box is determined by the app’s icon. If you click “More apps”, more apps will flow down.

This can be done in the Google Now search bar or you can say “Ok Google, camera apps”, and a list of apps will appear like in the picture. When I tried it, it showed me just one camera app, but once I expanded to show more it looked like the grid picture above.

Right now this is only for Android phones and does not work for Google Search on iOS just yet or possibly ever.

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[TA Deals] Build a foundation for JavaScript with these free lessons

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Programming language JavaScript is used across the web to give webpages their own behavior. So it can actually be pretty useful to have even the slightest bit of knowledge in JavaScript. Through Talk Android Deals, you can get the Zenva ‘Programming for Entrepreneurs’ JavaScript Course and learn how to make interactive web pages and apps.

Here is what the course offers:

  • Jump into 38 lectures spanning over 2.5 hours
  • Master the building blocks of JavaScript code, namely variables, operations, strings & functions
  • Learn to fine-tune your scripts w/ conditional statements & loops
  • Complete live coding exercises to practice your newly acquired skills
  • Consolidate all your knowledge by completing a final app building project
  • Go through lessons at your own pace & on your own schedule

Don’t worry about paying a single penny for this course as it is currently available for free.

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New York City cabs will start using Arro to compete with Uber

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

ArroUber has been rapidly growing, and taxi cabs in major cities have struggled to figure out how to stay competitive. New York City cab drivers are beta testing a new app called Arro that will work pretty similarly to Uber, but it favors traditional cab drivers.

The app tracks your name and location and sends your info to nearby cab drivers when you open it, directing the driver to pick you up. It also saves your credit card info, so it can pay your cab fare, too.

The app is currently being beta tested by about 7000 cab drivers, but it’s expected to see a full rollout in a couple weeks. It’s launching in New York City, but the company wants to expand to many other major cities, too.

If nothing else, it’s good to see Uber get some competition.

source: Arro

via: Engadget

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Google announces Android Auto Desktop for testing out apps

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

android auto desktop unitA platform is only as good as its developers and apps, which has posed a problem for Android Auto up to this point. Developers had no way to really test out Android Auto apps without buying an Android Auto-enabled vehicle or an Android Auto head unit. 

Thankfully, Google has released a new Android Auto Desktop Unit that does exactly what it sounds like; simulates an Android Auto environment on a desktop. Instead of having to use a vehicle to test out apps, the desktop unit runs on a computer so you can fully test out anything without having to leave your house. Pretty useful, and it should definitely make testing and building Android Auto apps a little more accessible.

There a few caveats with this, but they aren’t uncommon for development tools. For starters, your device will have to be connected to your computer via USB, so no wireless connectivity here. You’ll also have to have at least Android 5.0 for the Android Auto app to work. Nothing major, but things to keep in mind if you’re considering jumping into developing an Android Auto app.

source: Android Developers Blog

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You can now pre-order the Huawei Watch through Amazon

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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A product page for the Huawei Watch has finally made its way to Amazon, and it’s available to pre-order right now. In the past, we’ve seen leaked images showing just how premium this upcoming smartwatch will be, but fortunately, there are options for those that want one on the cheap.

There are four different models available, costing as little as $349 or as high as $799, giving consumers a wide array of options.

  • Stainless Steel with Black Suture Leather Strap for $349
  • Black Stainless Steel with Black Stainless Steel Link Band for $449
  • Gold Plated Stainless Steel with Brown Suture Leather Strap for $699
  • Gold Plated Stainless Steel with Gold Plated Stainless Steel for $799

The Amazon page says the smartwatch will be officially available on September 2, so it shouldn’t be long before customers begin to see the Huawei Watch on their doorstep.

Anyone picking one up?

source: Amazon
via: Android Central

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Xperia Z5 promo images posted online, further confirms 23-megapixel camera

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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A series of promotional photos was accidentally posted to Sony’s various social media avenues, and Xperia Blog seems to have gotten their hands on them all. Sony teased its upcoming rumored Xperia Z5 earlier this week, and these new photos are getting us excited as to what’s to come.

The images don’t show anything on the specs side, but they do show how gorgeous this upcoming smartphone is. From the photos, it looks the device could come in gold, white, and a turquoise color.

Past rumors have indicated that the Xperia Z5 will sport a 23-megapixel Exmor RS camera with six-element lens. It’s also said that this particular device will come in many variants, as is the norm for many of Sony’s devices.

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We’ll find out what Sony’s next flagship is all about next week. Are you looking forward to the new Xperia Z5?

source: Xperia Blog
via: Android Central

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You can download the default Moto X Style wallpaper here!

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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If you’re eagerly awaiting the release of the Moto X Style, we have something to whet your appetite. Thanks to a system dump published online earlier today, we were able to extract the official wallpaper that will come pre-loaded on the handset — so now you can download and set it as the background on your current device to tide you over.

Hit the break for the full-sized image.

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LG launches metallic Gold and Titanium Black variants of the G4 in India

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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After a successful launch of the leather and ceramic white variants of the G4 in India earlier this year, LG has today released two metallic colorways of the handset in the region — Gold and Titanium Black.

As you’d expect, the new hues retain the same diamond shaped pattern on the backplate of the device and are manufactured from the same plastic as previous versions.

The internals of the new models remain identical to all other versions of the G4, meaning these handsets pack a 5.5-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 16MP rear-facing camera and a 3,000mAh removable battery.

Pricing of the device hasn’t changed, either — so you’ll be able to pick up either the Gold or Titanium Black G4 for a rather hefty INR 40,000 ($605).

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Verizon launches mid-range Desire 626 for $192

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Verizon has just launched HTC’s latest mid-range smartphone, the Desire 626, in the United States. The handset is available to purchase from the carrier for $192 up front or for $8 per month on a 24-month contact.

For those in need of a quick recap of its specifications, the Desire 626 packs a 5-inch 720p display, a 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 quad-core chipset, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing shooter and a 2,000mAh battery.

The Desire 626 runs the latest build of Android 5.1 Lollipop straight out of the box, skinned with HTC’s Sense 7 custom user interface, which provides users with access to a plethora of exclusive features, including BlinkFeed.

Check out the handset’s promotional images in the gallery below:

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If you’re based in the United States, like the sound of the Desire 626 and would like to pick one up from Verizon — hit the source link below.

Source: Verizon

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Arches announces the Diamond Tab with octa-core CPU and 2K screen

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

archos diamond tabArchos has announced a new high-end tablet set to be shown off at IFA this year, titled the Diamond Tab. The tablet boasts some relatively powerful specs and an aggressive price tag, so it might be something to keep on your radar if you’re in the market. 

The Diamond Tab utilizes an octa-core MediaTek processor with 3 GB of RAM and has a 2K 7.9-inch screen. There’s 32 GB of internal storage, which should be plenty of space for most people, and and a 5 megapixel rear camera. Best of all, the price tag comes in at £179, or about $276. That’s not the cheapest tablet on the market, but it’s pretty decently priced considering the rest of the hardware.

Archos will be showing off more of the Diamond Tab at IFA this year.

source: Archos

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