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Cortana for Android Leaks Early, Available for Download

Posted by Kellex July - 17 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Microsoft was supposed to release the Android version of Cortana by the end of this month as a companion app to Windows 10 PCs. That may even still be their official plan. However, the app leaked today and is installable on just about every Android device. 

Cortana is a bit like Siri or Google Voice search in that you can ask it about events or to help you find restaurants or how your favorite sports teams are doing. You can also have it track your flights, check the weather, tell you news, and display showtimes for movies at nearby theaters. You can customize many of those categories, as well, by adding in your favorite teams, news categories, food types, and cities.

We’re playing with it now to see if it’s any good. While we do that, feel free to get after it with us. You can grab the .apk file below and sideload it.

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Via:  PocketNow

Cortana for Android Leaks Early, Available for Download is a post from: Droid Life

Maps v9.11 APK now ready, hides UI elements and adds sharing for My Maps

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Google Maps has recently received an update. If it weren’t for an APK download, we won’t notice that some of the elements in the user interface can be dismissed or hidden. You see, there are some items on the screen that are not important or are not always used that we can actually do away with them. In Google Maps app version 9.11, you can now remove elements by simply tapping on the screen.

If you’re a frequent Maps user, you’ll say that a screen is cleaner with the elements hidden. You can hide those stuff you don’t need in most maps views. Unfortunately, you can’t do anything when you are in a turn-by-turn navigation mode.

If you’re simply scrolling through the map, you can easily remove that “explore” function you usually see at the bottom of the screen. It’s a simple change but definitely practical. And if you’ve been wanting to share My Maps right from the app, you can do so now too.

This version features minor changes only but the permission to hide unwanted UI elements can be very useful. This update also includes editing captions of photos in Maps. Some of these photos are also saved on Google Photos and are tagged with location or area in maps.

Download Google Maps APK from APKMirror

VIA: Android Police

Google app update adds more voice commands, ‘Ok, Google’ Offline

Posted by wicked June - 29 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Google has not officially released the Google App v4.8 but a new APK was sighted. The app was updated last Friday but it seems the official version has not yet been posted on Google Play. A recent APK Teardown gives us an idea of the new features and and some updates including new icons, reminders shortcut, local maps, Google Cast, voice commands for brightness and volume, insecure network warning, and “OK, Google” offline.

The said features are interesting but we’re not yet certain about their integration until Google makes an official announcement. Let’s take a look at some information from the APK teardown starting with some miscellaneous icons. You’ll notice a YouTube icon, an attach_money, and the temp icon. The temp icon is actually a thermometer and it could be something related to weather forecasts or might be used with the weather card. The YouTube icon could mean more changes to the app soon while the attach_money icon could be for quick money transactions.

Google Now will be making use of a new Reminders shortcut almost similar to the new shortcuts the Inbox app received a few weeks back. There also seems to be some plans to generate local maps based on a user’s activities because of a new string on the code. The Google Maps icon was also added to the app so it could be something, together with more icons like local_restaurant, local_movies, local_attraction, and local_gas_station.

Google Casting could be expected too so you could make the most of streaming via your Android TV or Chromecast. This could be added to Google Now as shown by the some new strings in the code. There’s also a reference to Volume and Screen Brightness being added as voice commands and as additional settings. Insecure network warnings could also be added but we’re not sure how such will show up or how the user will be notified.

Perhaps the most important is “OK Google” becoming more fluid than before and now available offline. Since a user may lose Internet connectivity, voice commands may usually fail so “OK, Google” Offline could be a solution. An ‘Offline voice tips’ string was sighted with the addition of these items: Turn on WiFi, Play some music, Send a text, and Make a call.

Download Google app from the Google Play Store or get the APK from APK Mirror.

VIA: Android Police

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Google appears to be ready to drop a new version of Google Drive for Android devices taking the app to version 2.2.233 that includes a few features that users will likely appreciate. In recent updates Google has added support for features like drag and drop support for files and Chromecast support. These latest enhancements may not garner headlines like those changes, but they will make the app a lot easier to use for many people. The new Google Drive app has revised the menu when multiple files are selected to make it easy to download or share them. The update also improves the process used to share a file with collaborators.

When selecting multiple files in Drive, users will find a floating menu opens near the bottom of the screen. Currently this menu gives users the ability to star, pin or trash files while the overflow allows the user to cancel the selection. The new version moves the star and trash options to the overflow menu along with the “move to…” option. In their place, users will find buttons to download the selected items or to “send” the selected which opens a screen for users to choose what app to use for sending the files.

Google also cleaned up the sharing options to make it a little easier to add people. Using the share button opens the Add People interface. Typing in a name and selecting them adds their name and icon from your contacts, similar to how the Gmail “To” line works. A drop down button to the right provides access to what editing rights are being granted. It should be noted that it appears whatever editing rights are granted will apply to all of the users being added – you do not set these on a per user basis like the desktop interface permits.

If you do not want to wait for the update to be officially released and roll out to your device, you can download the APK below.

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source: Android Police

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Play Music Update is Live With New Navigation Drawer, Free Streaming

Posted by Kellex June - 23 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

This morning, Google announced that Play Music would be receiving an update (v6.0.1942S) that introduced free, ad-supported radio for those who aren’t paying $10 a month for All Access. That update is rolling out now and we have the .apk should you want to update today. 

In the update, not only do you have the option to listen for free to curated playlists, but Google is also tweaking the layout of things a bit. The biggest change you will see is in the slideout navigation drawer that includes options of Listen Now, Top Charts, New Releases, My Library, and Browse Stations. What’s different there? Well, Playlists has been moved under My Library, Radio sort of became Browse Stations, and Explore is broken out into two categories of Top Charts and New Releases.

Browse Stations should probably just still be “Radio,” but who am I to decide such things? In that new section, though, you do get more of a “browsing” like experience. In the the former Radio section, you used to see your stations, along with recommendations, but that’s now all under My Library.

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Also, if you were wondering what the ad-support radio looks like, we have images below. Not only will you get video ads before starting up some radio stations, but you will see ads in the app on radio pages. You also only get a limited number of skips in playlists, just like other free streaming services.

Update:  Google also added more controls over what albums and playlists are sent to your Android Wear device.

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Play Music Update is Live With New Navigation Drawer, Free Streaming is a post from: Droid Life

Raccoon APK downloader gets a new release, UI tweaks

Posted by wicked May - 18 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The Google Play Store, as much as some will hate to admit it, makes it easier for Android users to search for apps and install them – because that’s what it’s for. Some people may argue to a point on which apps appear first on any given search string, but truth be told, the Google Play Store does what it should be doing. But for people who need to download the individual installers – APK files – for one reason or another, there’s Raccoon APK downloader, and it’s getting a new release.

Who could possibly need to download Android installer APKs on another platform? Why, we’re glad you asked. A lot of people, actually. Some may prefer to not use their precious data limits on downloading apps, so they wait until they get home on their desktop PCs and laptops to download them, and Raccoon allows them to do just that. They can also choose to download the APKs and “sideload” the apps on a separate platform – like a Linux or Chrome platform.

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So that is what Raccoon is useful for. The new release, version 3.4, basically resolves a useragent issue that causes “App not found” errors on the program. That’s fixed now. The developer has also added a feedback dialog, for cases when you need to report bugs. Plus, the new version has some minor UI tweaks.

So if you were ever wondering if you could download only the installer files off a Google Play app listing, the answer is yes, and Raccoon APK download will do that for you. You might want to give this a try.

SOURCE: Reddit

Amazon disables Sony TV Amazon Instant Video app on other devices

Posted by wicked May - 17 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Earlier this week we reported on efforts to take the version of the Amazon Instant Video app for Sony TV devices and port it over to other Android TV devices like the Nexus Player. New reports indicate that Amazon has rendered the app inoperable on non-Sony TV devices.

Users were interested in the Sony version of the Instant Video app because it was a better user experience than the version Amazon was officially deploying through the Google Play Store. Installation did require sideloading the APK.

Members of the XDA community are currently looking through the code in hopes of figuring out how Amazon may be determining the installs are not on Sony TV devices.

source: reddit

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New Apktool v2.0.0 released, now ready for download

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

After almost two years, the latest Android APKTool, the Apktool v2.0.0, has just been released. The last update was rolled out last August 2013 with user friendly changes and some over haul under the hood. It hasn’t really been that long since beta versions have been released the past two years or so.

According to our source Connor Tumbleson, this v2.0.0 of the Apktool will adopt and will add support for Android 5.1 and BCP-47 tags. Several changes can be noted as well including fixes on issues like double escaping of & and <, unknown files not respecting compression method, decoding .spi files as 9 patch images, apktool branding apks with platformBuildName, multiple dex files skipped when using -s, and @string references in attributes.

Don’t be too overwhelmed with all the codes and the symbols you see though. If you’re a developer, you’d probably be delighted to learn this good news. Tumbleson has provided a comprehensive Instruction Guide for downloading the Apktool v2.0.0.

The fixed issues listed above were mentioned by other developers who already tested the v2.0.0. Apktool. Feel free to download this release and be prepared for migration especially if this is your first ever v2.x release. After downloading the file, make sure you rename to apktool.jar and follow the guide. Good luck!

VIA: Connor Tumbleson

New App Runs Android Apps In Chrome

Posted by wicked April - 2 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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The Chrome app store has never quite had the same levels of attention as its Android counterpart. In an effort to end this, Google is supporting users of the new app ARC Welder, which using Google’s App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) allows you to run .apks in the Chrome browser.

 

 

Arc Welder is designed to give app developers the ability to test their apps on Chrome or for regular users to take their favorite apps to desktop. Setting it all up is simple, you can download the app from here, select your .apk, specify orientation and form factor and it should bring up your app in a new window.

We ran several apps on Chrome OS, but AW is said to run on any PC, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook running Chrome Version 40+. As can be expected, Google Play Services does not currently work on all apps, however as this is a beta Google assures us that more support is on the way. It was also quickly discovered that input was limited to that of a mouse or trackpad, meaning apps that require multiple finger gestures are currently out ofScreenshot 2015-04-01 at 15.52.13 the question. Apps we found to be working included our own XDA forums app, IMDB and BBC News. We could not get Twitter to start which crashed upon opening.

Previous attempts to make app emulation a reality have never been widespread enough to make it past the point of power users and developers, however this new attempt supported by Google could be what is needed to populate the chrome app store with more and popular apps. These previous attempts include ARChon Runtime for Chrome which can be found on their SubReddit which along with guides also provides a spreadsheet for apps that will/won’t work.

Support for ARC Welder can be found in the developers section of the chrome site, where they give directions for setting up and running the app, enabling Play Services, as well as best practices for testing your apk. Whilst we certainly hope many developers will bring their apps across to the Chrome store, for many apps it could be seen as redundant. Apps that do not have browser equivalents will surely have a larger uptake, however on the other hand we could see the store fill with apps such as the complete works of King, the developers behind Candy Crush Saga, which whilst not being the kind of apps we hope to see will no doubt raise awareness and profile of the store which can only be a good thing.

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Will this bring the chrome app store the attention it deserves? What Android apps would you like to see on Chrome? Leave a comment below!

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Google has released the next version of the Play Store, version 5.2, that is mainly about squashing bugs.

There are a few extras included in the APK that does seem to indicate that 5.2 is setting the stage for a much larger, future update.

In looking at the details of the APK, you’ll notice the Google store is adding some things to its Enterprise services. This is mainly centered around companies having the ability to host private apps that only employees can see. Now companies will be able to not only restrict who can see the apps, but what networks they are downloadable on or are able to be updated on.

Additionally, Talk Android reported on the quickly posted and removed Chrome for Work app a few weeks ago. It may be possible these types of apps will be making their debut when Google launches a real refresh to the Play Store.

There’s also a curious bit about vouchers. It appears that Google will be rolling out a program soon that would allow the giving of vouchers in specific sections of the Play Store, like Movies or Newsstand.

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