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Google has added several new languages to Google Translate spanning Africa, Asia, and New Zealand. There are 5 languages from Africa, 3 from Asia, and the Maori language from New Zealand for a total of 9 new additions. This puts Google Translate total at 80 languages which covers a pretty good chunk of the Earth’s population.
If you’re making a trip to Asia, Africa, or New Zealand anytime soon, you might find this addition pretty handy.
source: Google Translate
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You know what cane great about December? Kids who celebrate the holidays are unendingly concerned about Santa. Is he watching? Is the elf on the shelf really telling Santa what we do? If your kids ever start cracking wise and call your bluff, have Santa send them a voicemail.
It doesn’t have to be Christmas related, either! Google’s Santa Tracker voicemail service has all the winter holidays listed. It also doesn’t have to be kids, but we’re all kids at heart this time of year anyway, so send messages to everyone! Parents, friends, co-workers — anyone who calls you out about Santa dropping by this season, send them a message.
It’s really easy, too. All you have to do is answer a few questions via the website, and the message pops up pretty instantly. It seems as though Santa has pre-recorded some greetings, so we can get creative with our chosen voicemail. Once completed, we have the ability to share just about any way we like, too!
If you’re pals have less-than-average names, don’t worry. Santa Tracker has all kinds of failsafe greetings and other little tweaks designed to make the voicemail happen. It’s also pretty quick, taking about five minutes per message. The website compiles the message as you answer questions, so it’s ready to send out right after you complete the questions for Santa. If anyone tries that whole “Santa doesn’t even exist” thing this year, now you have an ace in the hole.
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There’s a good chance you’ve already gotten Android Device Manager as an OTA update or checked it out via the web version, but for the rest of you, the device-tracking app hit the Play store today. Using the app, you can find your devices on a Google Map, ring to locate or add a lock screen or system reset for dire circumstances. Peep the source link below for the download.
Like the black Nexus 7, only white
The white Nexus 7 is upon us, having been announced just yesterday alongside the two new Google Play edition devices. Today we've got our hands on the freshened-up version of Google and ASUS' 7-inch slate, which on the inside is the same tablet we've been using since the summer — a 1920×1200 display, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage on this particular model. And yes, it's still running pure, unadulterated Android 4.4 KitKat.
On the outside things are just a little different. It's white, not black, with a slightly glossier, more reflective finish — most likely to prevent the device from picking up scuffs and marks. The difference is similar to the contrast between the white and black Nexus 5s — a different look and glossier texture on the white model. (And like that device, the front bezel around the screen remains black.)
We've got a hands-on photo gallery waiting after the break.
The Sony Z Ultra loses the Xperia tag, but gains the 'Google experience'
A big phone or a small tablet? Neither? Both? It's the same Z Ultra we've seen before, with a little more Google in it. Big, bold, and waterproof, it's one we all were surprised to see when Google announced it.
For fans of big phones — or small tablets with a phone on board — there is a lot to like here. As we saw with previous Google Play experience devices, you have Google's version of Android, with a few essential OEM customizations added on top. Additions like the X-Reality display software are great additions, and the combination makes for the best experience.
You've got everything Google as well. The Google applications we're used to seeing — minus the AOSP Gallery app, which has been fully replaced with Photos — including things like Google Earth and Google Currents are on board. The same goes for Google Wallet and the tap and pay function. The back of the Z Ultra says Sony, but you'll know you're holding a Google device in your hands.
Like the web interface, the new app lets you remotely track and lock down your other Android devices
Google has launched a new Android app allowing users of the Android Device Manager feature to remotely track, ring, lock down or wipe their other devices. Not to be confused with the Google Play Services feature that launched a few months ago, the ADM app duplicates the functionality of the web interface, meaning you can track or control one phone or tablet using another — provided you've first enabled this feature in the Google Settings app.
If you've not yet set up remote locate or remote wipe on your target handset, you can send a notification to it through the Android Device Manager app on the second device. (Fun fact: select the device you're using the app on and it marks its location as "in your hand.")
To get started, grab the new Android Device Manager app from Google Play at the link above.
GPe Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 ditch 'Gallery' in favor of G+ 'Photos' app
We suspected it was coming ever since we powered on the Nexus 5 to find both "Gallery" and "Photos" occupying the app drawer. And now the inevitable has come to pass — the stock Android "Gallery" app has been phased out in the new Google Play edition Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3, having been completely replaced by the new Google+-based Photos app.
It's a curious move given that the Nexus 5 shipped with a new Gallery app just over a month ago, and that Google highlighted a bunch of new editing features in that app as part of the 4.4 release. That said, the writing was clearly on the wall when Nexus Camera app was integrated with "Photos," not "Gallery" in the recent Android 4.4.1 update. The move also raises the possibility that future Nexus devices will follow this lead, though precedent suggests that "Gallery" will remain on devices that currently have it.
The elimination of "Gallery" means the new Google Play edition devices will have to make do without the comprehensive photo editing features found in the app. "Photos" offers some editing options, such as filters and frames, but nothing as full-featured as its rival. We're willing to bet these capabilities — including exposure, contrast and curves sliders, among many others — will be patched into "Photos" at some point in the near future, completing the transition from Gallery to Photos.
In any case, it's another example of the expanding reach of Google+ across all the various Google properties. And that could be seen as a good or a bad thing depending on your opinion of Google's social network.
A New Version Of Google Sheets Is Now Available With Offline Support, Speed Improvements, And Many New Features
Google has rebuilt Sheets, the spreadsheet-related portion of its online office suite, and is making the new version available immediately. None of these changes directly affect the Android version of the app, but given that this is the desktop browser-based companion to what Google would consider the platform’s best spreadsheet editor, it may be time to give the service another go if you aren’t already a committed user. The new version of Sheets comes with a range of new features, including offline support.
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A New Version Of Google Sheets Is Now Available With Offline Support, Speed Improvements, And Many New Features was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google rolled out the Android Device Manager a few months ago, but for whatever reason, there was no matching Android app. That changes today as Google has finally gotten around to releasing one. The app contains all the functionality from the website in a mobile-friendly package and it is, of course, free.
The Android Device Manager lets you track, lock, ring, and wipe any of the Android devices on your account.
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[New App] Google Releases Android Device Manager App In Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
App Ops showed up in Android 4.3 and made it possible to revoke permissions on a per-app basis. It wasn’t exposed in the main system settings, but it was easy to access. Then Android 4.4 made it quite a bit harder to get to, and now it appears to be completely missing in 4.4.2. What gives? Well, Android engineer Dianne Hackborn has indicated App Ops was never meant to be a user-facing feature in the first place.
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Googler: App Ops Was Never Meant For End Users, Used For Internal Testing And Debugging Only was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
YouTube’s commenting system was a mess prior to Google+. When Google stepped in to involve their social platform, it took a drastic step toward ending the misogyny and blind hate. Google+, by nature, gives moderators better tools for weeding out those who want to be rude. It didn’t sit well with some YouTubers, drawing petitions for Google to revert back, even causing the founder of YouTube to lash out.
Bradley Horowitz, Google’s VP of Product Management for Google+, was at LeWeb conference in Paris this week when he spoke candidly about the new direction. Admitting the rollout was bumpy, Horowitz said “Out of the gate, we weren’t doing so well and a lot of that had to do with ranking and how we were in a bit of an arms race around spam and abuse”. He went on to note that thy understood it would probably take a few swipes before getting the slate clean, as no first-run really ever goes so smoothly.
When launched, it was clear Google was trying to clean things up on YouTube. Through high profile tirades and support, Google stayed the course, offering to bolster the system with blanket moderation tools in the future. Though the initial release was shocking and rough, Horowitz said it took Google “a matter of days” to fix issues, and said “I think most people are now having that experience you are, which are things are dramatically better…” in a chat with LeWeb founder Loic Le Meur.
Both sides have salient points in this debate, but Google is clearly not going to budge off its position with YouTube comments. Their continued efforts to create a friendlier environment are pushing forward, and Horowitz’s comments only signal that Google was keenly aware of what YouTube was. It also speaks volumes about what Google thinks it should be, or rather what they will make it.
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When Google launched the Android Device Manager, many users rejoiced. Finally, a built-in solution for finding, locking and securing lost devices. It was great, but the fact that you had to head to a web browser to do anything with it was a bit of a turn-off. A simple bookmark to the device manager site had us techies on our way, but your average Joe probably didn’t care to find and remember the URL.
That should all change with the release of a new app today. Google has released an Android Device Manager app in the Play Store, giving folks a clean, fast and easy interface for locating, wiping, and locking their device from afar. This will likely only be useful to those who use multiple devices (such as the typical smartphone + tablet combo), but we’re glad to have the option.
Simply login with the account associated with the lost device, and you’ll be able to perform the following actions:
- Locate Android devices associated with your Google account
- Reset your device’s screen lock PIN
- Erase all data on the phone
Sold yet? Hit the Google Play Store for the download, and hope that you’ll never have reason to use the app for as long as you have your devices.
Mobile hunters can get a real taste of action thanks to Cabela’s launching the official Big Game Hunter to Google Play this morning. In Big Game Hunter, you take on North America’s biggest prizes, such as mountain lions, massive bears, deadly moose during mating season, and other various white-tailed deer and birds. All weapons in the game, including rifles and shotguns are upgradable, and before you ask, yes there are in-app purchases available to help you rank up faster.
Cabela’s also threw in special powers for the hunter, which are gained by hitting targets perfectly. Powers include X-Ray vision, added time for your hunt, slowed down time, and an increase in shooting accuracy.
If you are a fan of Deer Hunter 2014, then you better go download this game.
When Google first announced Android Device Manager to help Android users find our lost phones, we were pretty excited. The one downside to the service was that part of it was a hard-to-find setting baked into Android itself, while the actual interface piece required you to open a web browser. Today, Google announced that Device Manager is being moved to its own application in your app drawer for ease of use.
Until this update, if you wanted to access Device Manager from your device, you had to access it from the web to track devices or lock them. After downloading it from the Play Store, it is there in your app drawer, allowing you to find any Android device registered to your Google account from that device, lock it, erase it, or tell it to make a loud sound.
The app is live in Google Play now, so hit the link below for the installation.
This is both expected, yet odd. The Stock Android Gallery app, seen on Nexus devices, the Moto X, and the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 and Google Play Edition HTC One is no more with the new Google Play devices introduced yesterday. The new devices, specifically, are the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition and the Google Play Edition LG G Pad 8.3.
The stock Gallery app, seen on every other device, is no more. This is surprising, since Google added some new editing features to the Gallery app on the Nexus 5. However, the Photos app was bundled with the device and with Android 4.4.1 the Camera app took you to Photos instead of to the Gallery.
It’s unknown if the Gallery app will stick around with older devices or if it will be phased out completely. If Google updates the Photos app with the same editing features that Gallery is currently capable of, then I wouldn’t be surprised if it does go away in a future system update.
Source: Android Central
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A few months ago, Google introduced one of the most requested features to Android: the ability to track lost devices and wipe them if necessary. The feature was introduced as Android Device Manager in Google’s Google Settings app, which is installed on every Android device running on Android 2.2 or later, but to actually use it, users were required to open a webpage to access the relevant functionality.
Well, that’s changing today, as Google has launched the Android Device Manager app on the Play Store for free. As with the website, you can ring your devices to locate them, track their location on a map, lock them remotely, and also erase all content, all with a few simple clicks. Naturally, the mobile app is useful only if you have two or more devices, but if you meet that criteria, Android Device Manager can be your best friend if you misplace one of your devices, either at home or elsewhere.
Android Device Manager supports multiple Google accounts, and has both a phone and tablet version with a beautiful Holo UI. It’s available on the Play Store now, so go give it a try at the source link.
Source: Google Play Store
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Just in time for the holidays, Google is announcing a new update for Gmail that introduces a handful of much requested features to the Android app. All new for version 4.7 (941620) is the ability to finally send any file as an attachment in Gmail (previously, “pictures” and “videos” were the only options available). The nicest part about sending any kind of file stored on your device is it seems to have finally lead to downloading of ZIP files in Gmail — something that’s been absent for far too long.
Speaking of absences, if you’re heading away on a trip this holiday, you can now set a vacation responder to auto-respond to emails while you’re away (something that would have come in handy while I was away in Jamaica last week). KitKat printing has also been introduced, as well as better app performance for lower memory devices, something that should come in handy for those with older Androids. Gotta love that Project Svelte! You can wait for the update to hit your device any minute now, or simply download the updated Gmail via 3rd party link below. Enjoy!
Download: Gmail 4.7 (941620)
Download/update on Google Play: Gmail 4.7 (941620)
Google quietly added a few new devices to the Play Store lineup yesterday. We saw the Nexus 7 arrive in white as well as the addition of two new Google Play edition (GPe) devices. These two included a tablet and phablet — the LG G Pad 8.3 and the Sony Z Ultra. We have already shared some first impressions of the G Pad, so next up is the Sony Z Ultra which sports a massive display.
Sony has the Z Ultra living up to the ultra in the name. The device is nearly tablet sized and to keep with how big this is, it almost makes the HTC One max seem to be on the small side. That being said, the Z Ultra has a 6.4-inch display with a ppi of 342 and a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The handset is then powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 processor with 2GB of RAM.
Those considering a purchase would also find 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 3000 mAh battery, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with Exmor RS. As one would expect given the size, the phone is not light — this one weighs in at 212 grams.
Otherwise, there is also Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS. The design is clean and also waterproof and dustproof. With that in mind, you will note the flap over the USB port. There are a few up close shots of the handset sitting in the gallery below.
The Sony Z Ultra is not the cheapest handset around. This one is priced at $650, but one of the perks that you get is a clean Android installation. In this case we are looking at Android 4.4 Kit Kat. And to clarify, a stock Kit Kat installation. We grabbed a screenshot of the app drawer and as you can see — this is just the essentials.
Or in other words, this handset should be good for those who are fans of Sony hardware, but not fans of all the add-ons and customizations they offer on their devices. The other perk with GPe devices are the updates. While we haven’t seen them updated quite as fast as Nexus devices in the past, they are certainly faster than carrier branded models.
While we do plan on putting the Sony Z Ultra through some further testing, we did grab a quick set of benchmarks using Quadrant. In this case the handset clocked in with a score of 8850. Anyway, make sure to hit up the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe first-impressions post and keep an eye out for a full review of both devices in the not to distant future.
A new kind of smart glasses may be coming to the market very soon as a crowdfunded project over at Indiegogo has already reached its goal. Pivothead SMART shares a couple of similarities with Google Glass however it has some distinct features of its own. One notable feature is its modular capability that lets users bring new functionality to the device.
Pivothead SMART launched its campaign at Indiegogo last month and has since then surpassed its goal of raising $100,000 with 32 days still left. As of this writing $110,002 has already been raised and this amount could still rise.
If you are willing to support this project the minimum amount that you can pledge that will net you an early adopter Pivothead SMART glasses is $229. Only 100 backers will be able to avail of this with 21 slots already taken.
What sets this device apart from other similar devices is its modular approach. While you won’t be able to add any hardware support to Google Glass this can easily be done with the Pivothead SMART glasses through its Mods which are attached at the ends of the glass.
Here are just some of the Mods available for consumers to choose from.
- 1000 mAh Battery Pack: triples battery life, hot-swappable
- LED Charge Indicator: remaining charge status
- Micro USB Charging Port: convenient to charge from any device
- Charge Anything: use to charge your glasses or even other mobile devices
Live Mod: Provides users with the ability to share what they are seeing instantly
- LIVE Stream: Full HD RTSP / NTSC / PAL live stream to web, mobile apps & more with SDK
- Stream To: Pivothead LIVE web, mobile, or desktop apps : SDK
- Stream On: stream for hours or days with Fuel Mods
- Indicator LEDs: power level : charging progress
Air Mod: Runs Google’s Android OS to allow developers to create apps for the device
- Android OS: deploy an Android app directly on the Air Mod
- Processor: Dual Core ARM Cortex A7 1.3Ghz
- Bluetooth 4.0
- LIVE Stream
- Sensors: 9 axis gyro/accelerometer/magnetometer : GPS : NFC
- Micro SD Card Slot: SDHC (up to 32 GB) : hot-swappable
- Audio: stereo audio in/out jack
- Indicator LEDs
- Microphone: 3.5mm audio in for external microphones
Pivothead Smart Technical Specifications
- Processor: 2x ARM Cortex A7 (w/ Mod)
- RAM: 4GB
- Native Memory: 16GB (15.5 usable)
- Expandable Memory: Up to 32GB with Micro SD (with Mods)
- connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 L, WiFi (with Mods), Micro USB / OTG, Live Stream, Audio out, Voice input,
- Camera: Sony 8MP CMOS (3264 x 2448 pixels)
- Maximum Video Resolution: 1080p @ 30fps
- Water Resistant
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Google Play Books has been great, but there are still a few minor annoyances some users have to put up with. One of those annoyances was an easy way to upload PDF and ePub files for viewing from their device — you’d typically have to find a PC to do that. But a recent upgrade changes all of that for the better.
Google Play Books will now recognize when you download ePub and PDF files, and will offer to upload them once they’re finished downloading. From there, you can read them just as you would any Play Books compatible content. That alone would have been great, but there is a lot more to like here:
- Books open more quickly and smoothly.
- Improved look and feel of highlights and notes.
- Lower brightness settings, for better reading in low light.
- Read any book in landscape view.
- Dismiss recommended books in Read Now.
- Additional improvements in performance, stability and accessibility.
So grab your reading glasses, load up your favorite material and head to the Google Play Store for the update.
In what was a bit of a surprise yesterday, Google rolled out a few new GPE devices. One of those, the Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad, seems to be Android’s answer to the iPad mini. Roughly the same size as its iOS counterpart, it disrupts the status quo for Nexus tablet sizing. It’s also the first official GPE tablet, paving the way for more like it, we hope.
The LG G Pad GPE (we are having a lot of fun with that name, for some reason) sports an 8.3-inch full HD display at 1920 x 1200, bringing us a pip of 273. It has a Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor clocking in at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, and 16GB memory. We see a 5/1.3MP camera ensemble (rear and front, respectively), and dual speakers around the back. There is, happily, a MicroSD card slot on top near the audio jack, with the power button and volume rocker on the top right when viewing in portrait mode proper. Also, a massive 4,600 mAh battery should keep us going for days on end.
Like any other GPE device, this one is pretty stock. With it, we lose LG’s Q Pair (or Q anything, for that matter), which is LG’s proprietary way of bridging the device gaps when using multiple offerings. We also lose LG’s Android skin, which is — like any OEM skin — a “love it or hate it” proposition. What you lose is not nearly as impressive as what you gain, which is choice.
For bone stock Android fans (of which I am one), this is a welcome addition to the family. At 8.3-inches, it gives users the middle ground between the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 many had longed for. The Nexus 7 is a bit too small for some, while the Nexus 10 remains cumbersome. Though we still caution that this is not a Nexus tablet, but is a GPE device, the G Pad GPE offers little interruption for the stock Android faithful.
We’ll be getting our hands dirty with this one soon, but for now, we’re impressed. The (mostly) aluminum back feels solid, and the device is endlessly light for one of its size. A little thinner than the Nexus 7, it feels just as solid, but a little hollow. Not to say it’s compromised in any way, it is just surprisingly light for a tablet at this size.
Many workers are about to leave on holiday trips, and Google is more than willing to help them avoid the office with an updated Gmail app for Android. The new release includes a vacation responder that will let fellow employees know that you’re off the clock. If you’re running Android 4.4 KitKat, you can also print email to avoid checking your phone during family gatherings. And if you simply must deal with that company report right away, you’ll be glad to know that Gmail now supports file attachments of all types. The new app is gradually rolling out as of this writing, so don’t be disappointed if you have to wait a little while for an upgrade.
Via: Gmail (Google+)
Source: Google Play
No sooner than we got 4.4.1 with camera fixes galore, 4.4.2 started hitting Nexus devices. While most should have already received the update, factory images are now available for download directly from Google. They’re not alone in this rollout, as the binaries are also available if you need that sort of thing.
Hit the links below to grab the downloads.
- Google Posts Android 4.2.1 JOP40D Factory Images And Binaries For Multiple Devices (Nexus 4, 7, Galaxy Nexus)
- Nexus Driver Binaries And Factory Images JSS15Q (2013 Nexus 7) And JWR66Y (All Others) Now Available For Download
- Google Posts Additional Android 4.1.2 Nexus Images, Binaries, And The Nexus Q’s First Factory Image
- Nexus 4, 7, And 10 KitKat Factory Images And Proprietary Binaries Will Be Released ‘In The Coming Weeks’ Following Respective OTAs
4.4.2 Factory Images And Binaries Are Now Available For All Relevant Nexus Devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Chrome App Launcher is an easy shortcut to all your Chrome apps
You've probably heard talk about Chrome desktop apps. It's something Google is trying that allows some Chrome apps or extensions to be used stand-alone in their own sandbox that run like any other desktop application would. The jury is still out on how effective or popular this will be, but it's something worth having a look at if you're a Chrome user on any platform.
To facilitate things — running stand-alone apps, but having to launch them from the browser defeats the purpose — Google has made the Chrome App Launcher available. On a Windows computer we can find it in the system tray, but on the Mac it will plop itself right into your dock. Once there, you can treat it like any other dock shortcut. You can dismiss it if you hate it, or set it to open automagically at login if you love it. Move it around, mistreat and abuse it. Just like any other app shortcut.
When you click on it, you'll see a list of all your chrome apps. Some of them, like Google play or Google+ will open in a regular browser window. Others, like Keep or Pocket, will open in their own window that can be minimized.
Getting things set-up is easy enough. Just point your Chrome browser at the "For your desktop" collection in the Chrome Web Store, and installing any of the apps will place the launcher in your dock. From there, it's all up to you.
There are plenty of people who already have everything, or more likely, have everything that they want. What do you get them? Why, a gift card, of course! So Google is making life easier for Android fans across the world by releasing Google Play gift cards in more countries. The latest one to make the list is the land of the rising sun.
Just as Google Play gift cards are available in the US carrying $10, $25, and $50, Japanese versions are available in ¥1500, ¥5000, and ¥15000 increments.
- Google Launches Play Store Gift Cards In Germany And France
- The Google Play Store Now Allows You To Buy Play Store Credit Directly From The Web
- Images Of Google Play Gift Cards Show Up Online In $10 And $25 Increments
- Google Play Store Promo Codes And Gift Cards Coming To Australia Soon, Play Store Support Page Updated
Google Play Gift Cards Are Now Available In Japan From Multiple Retailers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The 2013 Nexus 7 as only sold in Black by Google. But that changed yesterday with a new white variant of the popular budget tablet being launched. This variant has now been spotted in the UK with the same price tag as the black variant, so the customers have one new variant to choose from. The tablet costs £239.99, so nothing’s changed in that regard.
Unfortunately, Google is only offering the 32GB Wi-Fi only variant in white right now while the entry level 16GB model and the 32GB LTE variant are only available in Black. Not surprisingly, this is the case with the American Play Store as well, so it is possible that Google is offering the White Nexus 7 only with the 32GB Wi-Fi configuration. Google is offering free ground shipping in the UK for a short period to make the deal even sweeter for potential buyers. Adding a new color variant is certainly a welcome addition, although the lack of options could be a deal breaker for a few out there.
Source: Google Play Store
Via: Android Central
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As rumored yesterday, the LG V510 is nothing but the Google Play Edition LG G Pad 8.3. The tablet has finally gone official as it has landed on the Google Play Store with a decent price tag of $349.99 for the 16GB variant. But the limited storage variant shouldn’t concern potential buyers much as the tablet sports a microSD card slot. This is certainly a clever way to boost the sales of the tablet as LG has been historically behind in terms of tablets.
It’s hard to tell if this will affect the sales of the Nexus 7, but considering that it sports better hardware with stock Android and the fact that it’s relatively bigger than the Nexus 7 might seem like a more appealing option to the buyers. The tablet features a 8.3 inch 1920×1200 resolution display, a quad core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB of RAM, a 5MP camera on the back with a 1.3MP front camera, a 4,600 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat with the promise of timely updates as with any GPE device.
The CEO of LG Dr. Jon-seok Park had this to say about the launch – “LG’s working relationship with Google has always been strong and our collaboration on the first-ever Google Play Edition tablet is proof of that commitment. The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is a device with hardware and software that has been optimized for a truly consumer-friendly experience. There’s nothing else like it out there in the marketplace.”
Source: Google Play Store
Via: Phone Arena
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Tasker, AutoVoice, And Xposed Combine Forces To Create Awesome Automation Triggered By Google Voice Searches
Google’s voice search function is undeniably cool, and it’s only getting better since the company has expanded the capabilities of the Android Search/Google Now app. However, there’s one tragic flaw in the execution of voice actions: they can’t make popcorn. But if you add some of Android’s most powerful root-enabled tools, namely Tasker, the Xposed Framework, and the previously-featured AutoVoice, the sky’s the limit. With the right hardware and tinkering, you can start living your Starfleet dreams in jig time.
- [Video] Must-See Home Automation Project Controls Lights And Entertainment Center By Voice, Starfleet Captain’s Chair Still On Backorder
- [New App] The Maker Of The Best Tasker Plugins Is At It Again, Releases AutoLaunch Into The Play Store
- The "OK Google" Hotword Jumps From Mobile To Desktop Chrome With New Google Extension (US Only)
- Google Takes Android Voice Search To The Next Level With Voice Actions
Tasker, AutoVoice, And Xposed Combine Forces To Create Awesome Automation Triggered By Google Voice Searches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Spotify is great. Despite that fact that many of us abandoned it for Google Music All Access when that was announced, Spotify is still one of the best streaming music services available today. And it just got a lot better (and cheaper).
At a press conference today, Spotify founder Daniel Ek announced that service would basically start offering free streaming to mobile phones and tablets. The model will be different for each device category, but the general gist is the same – stream music, and pay nothing for it.
- Spotify App Updates With Radio Support For Mobile Users, Free Radio For All Users
- Review: Spotify For Android (US) – Is It The Music Streaming Service You’ve Been Waiting For?
- Rdio Brings Free Personalized Radio To Mobile App
- PSA: Today’s The Last Day To Take Advantage Of Google Music All Access For $7.99 Per Month
Spotify Will Now Stream Free On Android Phones And Tablets (With A Couple Of Minor Stipulations) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Nestle India Giving KitKat Contest Winners Their Just Desserts, Will Replace The 2012 N7 with 2013 Models
A few days ago we reported on a less-than-ideal situation over in India, where users who won Nexus 7s in Google’s/Nestle’s KitKat contest were receiving the 2012 model instead of the “new Nexus 7″ as advertised. Naturally, users were outraged and insulted by this gesture and spoke out against both companies. Today, Nestle has taken to its KitKat India Facebook page to let users know that it plans on righting this wrong.
- Winners Of KitKat’s Nexus Promo In India Are Getting 2012 Nexus 7 Tablets Instead Of The 2013 Model Like Everyone Else
- Google Announces Android 4.4 KitKat Along With Nexus 7 Giveaway
- Google, Nestle, And Android 4.4 KitKat: Here’s How It All Went Down
- KitKat Provides Free Nexus 7 To Those Willing To ‘Have A Seat’ As Part Of Android Promotion
Nestle India Giving KitKat Contest Winners Their Just Desserts, Will Replace The 2012 N7 with 2013 Models was written by the awesome team at Android Police.