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Material Design was all the hype at Google IO. And of course – it is probably the biggest Android design alteration we have seen in years. The graphic intensive and cleaner look is to be spread across the whole UI, and the Google Play Store is finally taking all these design elements to the streets.

If you thought the previous major update was substantial, you will be blown away by version 4.9.13. The navigation and overall UI is left nearly untouched, the main difference here is in the details. To be more specific, things get a bit whacky once you get to app/content pages. This is not bad, though. The new design looks great, it just happens to have a slight learning curve.

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For example, change logs are now only visible to those who have apps installed, images and trailers are a major focus (they take a huge part of the top area) and app descriptions now go full-screen. In addition, small details like the app’s size and version have been moved out of the way and taken to the app’s description. The +1 and sharing button have also been relocated below the featured reviews.

The focus and general way we shop for applications and other content have definitely been kept in mind with the new design elements. It feels much more… personal, if you wish. Images and videos blend into the background and buttons. The robotic details are taken off the main viewing area. It’s just so much cleaner and simple now.

The new Google Play Store is ready to head out the door and has been reaching devices starting today. We know how impatient you can be, though. If you must try it out now, you can always download the APK file and install it manually. Test it and let us know how it is treating you!

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There are a few games already out there for your Android Wear devices, but unit9.apps has launched what is being touted as the first game built specifically for Android Wear, SWIP3. Get in on the history for $1.69 on the Google Play Store.

SWIP3 is a fairly simple match-three game with the same swipe any direction functionality that you would find on games like 2048. You are presented with a grid of colored squares, swipe up, down, left or right to connect at least three tiles of the same color to eliminate them from the board.

In addition to the game play on your Android Wear device, you can also shoot for your next high score in SWIP3 on your Android phone or tablet. But where’s the fun in that – as the first game built specifically for Android Wear, there is an argument to be made for sticking to your handy LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live for making your cool color matching combos.

Once you’ve got the hang of it, prove your skills by competing with your friends for high scores on the community leaderboard. The details for the app in the Google Play Store include a little challenge for you, how many points can you get in a single swipe?

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When you grab your copy of SWIP3 for $1.69 in the Google Play Store, be sure to follow their install instructions, else face the dreaded black screen that is plaguing users in the reviews. The game is brand new today, so we expect those hiccups to be worked out soon.

Moving forward, we will be very interested to see how this very square app design translates to devices such as the round faced Moto 360. Perhaps it will get a new game layout, or perhaps it will just shrink to fit the screen, either way, the developer has a little bit of time to make that decision, as the Moto 360 is still a month or two away.

There you have it folks, Android Wear devices have been gracing the wrists of users for a couple weeks and the first built for Android Wear game has hit the market. Is this the future of wearable technology that you were hoping for?

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As shown off at Google I/O 2014, the new version of Google Play is beautiful, heavy on the Material Design, and starting to push out now to regular folk like you and me.

While much of the interface is unchanged, when you dive into an application’s page (or a book, or movie, or music) you’ll see the big changes. New animations, new badges, an awesome header of the associated video (if one is included) are just the beginning, and the whole design of the new content pages looks to have been built from scratch with the new design language.

There are some changes to get used to, as well. Content descriptions now are displayed full screen, and this is where you’ll need to look to see any change logs. This is also where you’ll find information like version number, the last update time, or the number of downloads.

It looks very nice and has us pumped to see the next version where more of the design has been updated.

Via: +Kirill Grouchnikov

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Firefox for Android

While most Android/Google fans prefer Chrome, having options is also a privilege we often tout. Firefox Browser for Android is one of the most popular third-party browsers in the Google Play Store, making the latest update to version 31 a topic of interest to many of our readers.

What’s new? To be honest, most of the improvements are hidden away in the background, but you are getting a couple very cool new features. First in the list is the ability to re-order panels in the browser’s home screen, allowing you to further customize your browser to your liking.

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Another addition you will quickly notice is the ability to refresh synced tabs manually. This was done automatically until today, which could prove to be cumbersome if you want to see changes right away. Users can now drag down on the Sync section to refresh. A few locales have also been added, including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Panjabi, Tamil and Telugu.

Other background changes include:

  • Removal of CAPS infrastrutcture
  • WebVTT implemented and enabled
  • CSS3 variables implemented
  • New Array built-in: Array.prototype.fill

Also important to note is that this browser still isn’t optimized for Android L. In fact, those using the Android L Preview will find Firefox is unable to start at all, while running Google’s latest software.

Now that you know what Mozilla has for you, downloading Firefox 31 is as simple as always. Go to the Google Play Store to grab your update or download the app!

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This is how to change the streaming quality of YouTube videos on your Android device

There are several reasons you may want to change the streaming quality of YouTube videos. You may want to downgrade the video quality because you want to cut down on the amount of data watching the video consumes. Or you may want to upgrade the video quality because you want to see more detail. Just remember that the video quality will be limited by the quality in which the video is uploaded in the first place.

After you’ve signed in to the video sharing service, let’s talk about changing the streaming quality of YouTube videos. We’ll be using the official YouTube app.



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The Walking Dead franchise is quickly spreading across multiple platforms and media formats. We have the comics, TV show, a couple games and many other products. An upcoming game is in the works, with a dominant focus in mobile. The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land has just been unveiled in the form of a trailer, which you can watch right above.

As you can see, details are scarce and we have no idea how the game will operate. All we get to see is a few characters and a crowd of “walkers”. The game is developed by Next Games, in collaboration with AMC, so we know it will closely follow the popular TV show.

“Our approach is to stay true to the main themes of the TV show: survival strategy, finding safety for your people, balancing between right and wrong and, of course, action when it comes to fighting against the hordes of walkers. We respect the creators of The Walking Dead immensely and want this game to portray the world they have created as closely as possible.”

Of course, this game will feature a parallel storyline in the same world as the show and the other two games. We are not sure how gameplay will work, but it’s put out to be some form of survival/strategy game.

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We can see it being something in between TellTale’s The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. The gamer could get more action than in telltale’s game, but much more strategy and story than in Survival Instinct. Of course, that is only our assumption, so don’t take our word for it.

We can’t wait to learn more about this game. Let’s keep our eyes and ears open for this one. Meanwhile, enjoy the trailer. This game is set to be released along with the mid-season premiere of the TV show’s fifth season. This means we will have to wait until Early 2015 to get gaming on our mobile devices.

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Earlier this month LG announced that the G Pad 10.1 would be landing in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America during the month of July. At the time little was known about what retailers you’d find the tablet at, or for how much. Thankfully, we can now confirm that at least one retailer, Best Buy, is shipping the tablet in US for just $250. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to pick up the tablet from your local brick-and-mortar Best Buy location.

With a Snapdragon 400 CPU and just 1GB of RAM, the G Pad 10.1 is considerably less powerful than the original G Pad 8.3, but it’s also priced rather aggressively making it an interesting choice for those looking for a large-screened tablet without paying top-dollar to get it. Other specs for the tablet include a 10.1-inch display with a not-so-great resolution of 1280×800, 16GB storage, an 8000 mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

With it’s weaker SOC, relatively small amount of RAM and (by today’s standards) paltry display resolution, it’s clear that the device isn’t aimed at Android power users or gamers. Instead, this is an entry-level 10-inch device that you can pick up at a price point that’s more in-line with most mid-range 7-inch tablets.

Bottom-line, if you’re looking for a large display without paying a small fortune, the G Pad 10.1 fit your needs as long as you can overlook its weaknesses.

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If you’re the type that foregoes passcodes on your phone in favor of the convenience of quickly turning on the device and getting to what you need to do, then the digital tattoo created for the Moto X will help to combine convenience and security. This way, you can still lock your phone, but thanks to the NFC coils within the digital tattoo, you can tap your Moto X against the tattoo and your phone will unlock faster than you can utter “open sesame.”



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LG G3 Vs HTC One M8-53

Recently we’ve seen several manufacturers turning to Google Play as a means of updating some of their core apps, as opposed to pushing out these changes through traditional OTA software updates. Some of the best examples include Motorola and Sony, but now it looks like HTC is following suit by pushing the Sense Input keyboard over to the Play store.

Although HTC brought their keyboard to Google Play, there’s not much new here in terms of changes other than support for Google extract view in landscape mode and a few other fixes and improvements. Here’s the full change-log:

  • Support Google extract view in landscape mode.
  • Add the prompt when adding none word into personal dictionary.
  • Show .ru/.ro/.nl on Russian/Romanian/Dutch URL keyboard.
  • Enable Handwriting manual submit mode.
  • Fix Zhuyin “ㄦ” cannot be typed issue.

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For those wondering what devices the HTC Sense keyboard will work on, you’ll need either an HTC One (M7 and M8) or a newer Desire handset. Those with Google Play Edition devices will not be able to download the keyboard, however. If you have a compatible device, the update should hit your device automatically, though you can always fetch it directly by going to Google Play.

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