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Hangouts Dialer Update Brings Dialer Recognition To Links

Posted by wicked December - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

hangouts_dialer_update_picture1Today’s update to Google’s Hangouts Dialer app now let’s you select the app to place a call when you click on phone number links inside of other apps, like Google Maps or Search. You can choose to use the option once or make it your default dialer app.

Another feature of this update will allow you to add people or places to your contacts from your Hangouts Dialer call history.

Both of these are worthy additions to the app, which was notably lacking in integration. Check out the Play Store link below or, if wish to side-load the update, check out the APK Mirror link below that.

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How to download Android APK files from the Google Play Store

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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There might be various reasons that you would want to download an APK directly from the Play Store. One might be that an app (especially Google apps) is showing that it has been updated, but you can’t push it to your device. By downloading the APK directly, you can simply sideload it on your device and get the updated version that much quicker. You also might be a tinkerer in that you want to sideload an APK to your Android TV device (or some other device) to see how it works.

Now you can find various sites that host APK files, but they might not have the latest versions, not to mention they could be altered with malware. Grabbing it directly from the Play Store is the safest way, but how do you go about doing that? It’s actually pretty simple, so hit the break to get started.

1) Assuming you are using the Chrome Browser on your desktop, download and install APK Downloader from the Chrome Web Store.

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2) Once added to Chrome, just open any app page in Google Play and you will now see a Download APK option right next to install.

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3) Click on it, and a popup will appear asking you for additional information. You will need your email address and the device ID of your phone.

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4) For the Device ID, you can download the Device ID app from the Play Store or you can enter *#*#8255#*#* on your device’s Phone App (no need to press send) and look for a bunch of numbers and letters after either JID, Device ID, or aid. Mine was after aid and was at the top. Honestly, just download the Device ID app, it’s the easiest way.

5) You now need to enter your Gmail address that you use for your Play Store account. You will also have to enter your password. I know this might seem scary to some of you, but the information isn’t stored. Even though you won’t always be downloading paid apps, it’s the only way to ensure that no one is able to download something they didn’t pay for. Another reason is that Google tracks downloads for each app by Gmail address.

From the developer….

“The extension only stores email, device id and Google Play cookie in browser’s local storage, on your computer. To be able to get Google Play cookie, it needs your email and password to login at https://www.google.com/accounts/ClientLogin . After it’s done, password is not stored, email is stored to display on Options page, Device ID and Cookie are stored for later requests. I do not send those information to another sites.”

6) After you have entered all your information, click on Login, and close the window. You are now good to go, and you won’t have to enter your information again. Now when you click on Download APK, it will immediately be downloaded to your desktop. This will work for every app in Google Play, but if it’s a paid app, you won’t be able to unless you have previously purchased it using the Gmail account you logged in with.

I should also note that you can simply use APKMirror for high profile apps. You won’t have to login or use your credentials. However APKMirror doesn’t include all the apps that are available in the Play Store. I find the method I outlined above more useful since all I need to do is find the app in the Play Store, and Boom….I can click Download APK, and I am done.

I hope this guide helped you. If I missed anything, please let me know.

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Android Lollipop keyboard installable APK for all

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

This actually happened already, back when the first developer SDK for Android 5.0 Lollipop – then known as the cryptic Android L – came out. A bunch of features were then grabbed, de-odexed, and released as installable APKs for other phones not having the Nexus brand. It’s happening again, as Google has released what should be the final developer SDK before Android Lollipop is launched.

What has happened is that the Lollipop keyboard has now been grabbed by XDA member “Shaftamie” and released as an installable APK for almost all Android phones – starting from 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or better. Also, no root access is needed for you to install the keyboard.

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What is it, really? It’s the Google keyboard, now packed with Material Design goodness. That should make everybody at least want to try it. There is a downside to it, though. Early jumpers have noticed that the keyboard tends to force close on non-Google apps when changing to landscape mode. The thread starter has since promised to look into the issue.

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If you don’t mind the glitch, there’s some heavy Material Design love within the keyboard. This is probably the most clean and minimalist keyboard that you can use out there. Check out the download link for the APK within the official XDA thread at the source link. Tell us if you get to try this.

SOURCE: XDA

Nokia HERE Maps for Android leaks

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Although Microsoft is killing off Android on their Nokia smartphones, one bit of software appears to continue to have some life in the Android ecosystem. That would be Nokia’s HERE Maps application, their version of a map and navigation tool similar to Google Maps. HERE Maps was originally designed for Samsung’s Tizen powered Gear devices so pedestrians could use it. Subsequent to that, Nokia and Samsung agreed to make it available on other Samsung devices running Android with a projected release date in October. The exclusivity for Samsung may be short-lived though after an APK of a beta version was leaked today.

Although the apk file is for a beta version, indications are that all features are working well. This includes some of the features that may set it ahead of competing products, like full support for offline use using downloaded map data. The offline capabilities include navigation, something Google Maps does not currently provide with their offline maps feature.

If you want to give HERE Maps a try, use the download link below to grab the apk and then sideload it. HERE Maps does require Android 4.0 or higher. The leaked file does not appear to include any code to verify it is running on a Samsung device.

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Google Play Music received an update today to v5.6.1616, which is pretty minor considering the previous public build was v5.6.1609. The update does include two new goodies, though, a re-skinned 4×1 widget, plus another 1×1 widget that gives you instant access to “I’m feeling lucky” radio.

The new 1×1 widget allows you to single-tap, roll a die, and start listening to music that Google Music thinks you will enjoy. It’s super handy if you ever need a quick mix and don’t feel like even opening the app itself. 

If there are other changes, we aren’t seeing them yet. Feel free to drop additional changes in the comments as you see them.

Update:  We are seeing a “Manage downloads” section that allows you to see what has been downloaded and how much space you have available. You can finally undo songs that have been swiped away. Finally, you can long-press on songs to move them around in playlists or the queue.

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Cheers @huntken!

Google Music Updated to v5.6.1616 – Adds “I’m Feeling Lucky” 1×1 Widget, Re-Skins Other Widget is a post from: Droid Life

Chrome Beta Update Introduces Material Design Styling

Posted by Kellex July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Chrome Beta on Android just received an update that introduces a new icon and Material Design styling. If you aren’t seeing the update through Google Play, feel free to grab the .apk file from below and sideload it.

The update jumps Chrome Beta up to build 37.0.2062.39.

Outside of the Material Design makeover, the update also introduces a simplified sign-in that keeps you signed into Google services on the web. This also works for multiple accounts, which is awesome, and can be seen in the screenshots below.

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And that hot new scrolling, search animation:

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Cheers Suicide_Note!

Chrome Beta Update Introduces Material Design Styling is a post from: Droid Life

Leaked list of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 APK files suggest new features on the way

Posted by wicked July - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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We’ve got our hands on a list of APK files included in Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 4 — some of which reveal some interesting information regarding the OEM’s next flagship.

While “VoiceNote4t” and “SamsungMusic_20″ are pretty self explanatory, but others peak our interest a bit more.

“SStudio_WQHD” suggests that the device will have a QHD display (which was already previously rumored), ”SHealth3_5″ means that Samsung will continue to offer its health and fitness tracking software in its high end devices, while ”OutOfFocusViewer.” “PhotoStudio,” and “SmartSelfShot” show that the company will continue improving its camera software.

“VRSVC” will most likely support Samsung’s upcoming virtual reality headset.

Release date for the device isn’t known yet, but we would bet that with all of these recent leaks, it’s coming soon.

Source: @evleaks

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Google Maps 8.2 features voice action, biking elevation

Posted by wicked July - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

It was at the end of May this year when we saw that last significant update of Google Maps, bringing back Terrain View to the app – but today we’re seeing a bunch of new stuff being rolled out by the mothership to its primary maps software. Version 8.2 of Google Maps carries some nifty updates that should make outdoor ad biking enthusiasts happy, as well as some voice actions added into the app while in navigation.

The APK is available at the source link (bottom of the post) if you want to go ahead and install the new version. Don’t worry, the MD5 hash is digitally signed by Google and the APK will just update the Google Maps software in your device. The official rollout will most likely take days to get to you, so if you don’t want to endure the wait, go ahead and grab the APK.

The new elevation feature is pretty nice for bikers, especially if you’re the type (like me) who will want to avoid the higher elevations. If you’re a biking monster and eat up elevation like chocolate chip cookies, the feature will also be nice for you. You will basically see the elevation in a timeline view of your route, and even get comparisons of multiple routes. Nice, right?

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The voice actions is initiated by that familiar icon, and you can ask familiar questions like “how far to my destination?” and stuff like that. It also understands “what’s my next turn?”, very useful when driving in traffic and unfamiliar areas. So give it a whirl, you might enjoy Google Maps 8.2.

VIA: Android Police

Curious about Sailfish? Check out the Jolla Phone launcher port for Android 4.2 and up

Posted by wicked July - 5 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Customization is one of the stronger points of Android as a platform. However, for some, running a new launcher, installing SMS and calling app replacements, and rooting one’s device is not enough. Android’s open source underpinnings has actually been forked by manufacturers and developers so that they can deliver their own user experience and run their own platform. Take Amazon’s Fire OS, for example, or Nokia’s “X” platform.

In the recent years, another notable mobile OS is Jolla’s Sailfish OS. Jolla is a company formed by former Nokia employees, which was taken by observers as an indication that these folks are likely to be good at creating great hardware, coupled with an interesting user experience. After all, this was how Nokia had been known during the golden days of Symbian. [Update: Sailfish is not based on AOSP, but is rather based on Linux and Mer. Thank you for pointing this out.]

Not everyone is willing to spend for a new device or install a custom ROM just to test out a new user experience, however. Which is why Jolla has earlier announced an alpha program for running its Jolla Phone launcher, which essentially lets Android users try out the Sailfish UI without having to purchase a new phone.

Jolla phone launcher 2Just recently, an XDA Developer member ported the Jolla Phone launcher for use on any device running Android 4.2 and up. Navigation involves swiping from the screen edges to access the app drawer, lock screen and access to previous screens — consistent with the Sailfish OS user experience. Users might notice that Sailfish normally does not come with on-screen navigation buttons, but these are still persistent in this alpha port.

Some users have reported errors and incompatibilities, however. For example, if you’re running on ART, the launcher may not run at all. Some devices will also have issues displaying notifications. Other users have reported the app forced-closing. Again, being in alpha one would expect these issues, especially as the original developers are also working on making their app (and ROM) compatible with as many devices possible.

Links to the APK download are available via XDA Developers, at the sources below. Have you tried out the Jolla Phone launcher? Tell us what you think about the interface in the comments section below.

Android L heads-up notifications feature out in APK format

Posted by wicked June - 30 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

We told you that the Android L Developer Preview would be picked clean of its standout features, and what do you know, here’s another one. Very conspicuous in that Google I/O keynote for Android L was a new slide-down notification area, this feature apparently called “Heads-up notifications.” You will be happy to know that this is now available for non-rooted devices in APK format.

XDA senior member “Dr.Alexander_Breen” (also as “Woodblock Without Co.” at the Google Play Store) has announced on the developer forums that he has backported this new feature ostensibly for non-rooted devices running Android 4.4 Kitkat. If you’re curious about what new features this installer brings, watch the developer’s video below.

The Android L notification tray is very much a new animal for those used to Android 4.x’s styles. The looks and the functions have changed – the slide down pane now looks as if it is floating on top of whatever you have on your screen. It doesn’t reach the full width of your screen or even all the way to the bottom, creating that subtle “floating” effect. The notifications are now shown in white blocks with visibly rounded corners.

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You may be looking for the “Clear notifications” button. You’re right, there isn’t one. We looked for it too. But apart from that, notifications can be dismissed by swiping it to either side of your screen. The apk’s developer seems to have added a “whitelist” feature for the notifications, dictating which ones you would like to have. It is also good to mention that the notifications pane will now be available to you at any time, even within a game. That last feature is really nice. If you would like to support the developer, download the paid app from Google Play. The APK is free to download over at XDA.

SOURCE: XDA

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