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Play Store gets Material Design update

Published by on Oct 13th, 2014, No Comments

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Google is calling the design language that we will be seeing with the advent of Android L, Material Design. They have already started updating some of their stock apps to carry this same design even before Android L is released (which is likely to be this month). (more…)

Google used a camel to capture the Liwa Desert for Street View

Published by on Oct 9th, 2014, No Comments

Google Camel Liwa Desert

What better way to showcase the beautiful, desolate Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi than by capturing it on the back of a camel.

Google has done just that, and has brought us stunning images form the most beautiful desert in United Arab Emirates in the most authentic way possible – on the back of a Arabian camel.

To bring us the most detailed Street View of the Liwa Desert, the team at Google strapped the Google Street View Trekker to the back of the camel while it walked across the desert, accompanied by its handler.

The Trekker is image capturing contraption, that is specially designed to capture images of places around the world that can not be accessed by Google’s Street View cars, trolleys or snowmobiles – you’ll be surprised at how many different vehicles Google has to capture street view images!

The Trekker is basically a backpack that is fitted with a special, intricate camera system on top. The camera is able to capture 360-degree images and is especially portable.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android L (video)

Published by on Oct 3rd, 2014, 1 Comment

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Do you have a Samsung Galaxy S5 and wondered what changes the new version of Android would look like on your beloved smartphone? Well, the folks over at SamMobile have received an alpha copy of the upgraded TouchWiz interface, and this is what you can expect.

Obviously this isn’t the final version of the software, so things may change somewhat from what you see in the video below. (more…)

Google reveals possible Andriod L names

Published by on Sep 30th, 2014, 2 Comments

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We are very close to the public release of Android L – or at least, we are pretty darn sure we are – but strangely we still don’t have confirmation from Google as to what it will be called. We have heard multiple whispers from so-called “sources”, ranging from Android Lemon Meringue Pie, to Android Lion.

Now we get some concrete evidence that we can expect it to be called either Android Lollipop or Android Layer Cake (yeah, we know). (more…)

You can swap out Project Ara’s modules without turning off the phone

Published by on Sep 30th, 2014, No Comments

project-ara-9A month ago we reported that Project Ara is becoming more and more of a reality. Throughout 2014 we have also seen different functions and features of Project Ara come to light. In April this year the Model Developers Kit revealed that the phone’ battery will be hot swappable, enabling the user to replace it without switching off the device. What is even more incredible is that this hot swappable feature will extend beyond only the battery component. (more…)

HTC to return to tablets with Google’s Nexus 9

Published by on Sep 23rd, 2014, 1 Comment

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HTC has been rumoured to be partnering with Google on the next Nexus tablet for a while now, and today we’re hearing more confirmation on that front. It has actually been three full years since the last time we saw a tablet from HTC, and they haven’t made a Nexus device since 2010!

The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter, claims that Google has selected HTC over other manufacturers for its upcoming tablet, with HTC executives flying to Google’s Mountain View headquarters to work on the project. (more…)

Huawei boss says Tizen won’t be successful (Updated)

Published by on Sep 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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Although few and far between, there are some people out there who are fans of anything other than Android or iOS. Many were happy to hear Tizen would add more flavour to the mobile operating system market, but unfortunately it has seen a rocky start to get off the ground.

In an interview, Richard Yu (who heads up the company’s consumer business group) spoke about the company’s plans regarding Tizen, Windows Phone and a long-rumoured homegrown OS, and basically said they were all doomed. (more…)

Google Play extends refund period to 2 hours

Published by on Sep 12th, 2014, No Comments

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Something that many people aren’t even aware of, the Google Play store has a refund policy where any application you bought can be refunded. This policy has now been changed and the time period has been extended to two hours. (more…)

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