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Aviate launcher now available on the Play Store

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Yahoo! owned Aviate launcher for Android has been around for some time now but so far it was in the beta stage and more importantly, was only available through invites. The launcher is now available on the Play Store for free for anyone with a supported device to download.

The Aviate launcher has a different appearance than most other Android launchers that mimic the look of the stock launcher. There are no multiple blank homescreens for you to fill with icons or widgets. There are three screens, the leftmost showing your Today view (by default), the middle one showing five of your most used apps (that you chose) and the right one showing other apps that are grouped in different categories. Read more »

HTC USA hits the Samsung Galaxy S5 where it hurts

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HTC is feeling funny today. The Taiwanese company’s arm in the US has just used its official Twitter account to post the image you can see below.

So HTC apparently isn’t above rehashing that old “it looks like a band-aid” joke that started making the rounds back when the Samsung Galaxy S5 got announced. Read more »

You can now pick up Google Glass in the UK for 1,000 quid

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If you’re on the other side of the pond and wanted to pick up a pair of Google Glasses, well now you’re going to get your chance.

Google is willing to sell you a pair of their beta tech-spectacles, but it’ll cost you £1,000. Read more »

Civilization Revolution 2 lands on iOS on July 2, is also on its way to Android

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There’s a sequel to Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution game from 2008 coming very soon – and it will be exclusive to mobile platforms.

Civilization Revolution 2 will make its debut on iOS on July 2, and an Android version has been promised too (though without an actual release date to speak of). Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 nightly builds bring Heads Up notifications

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The CyanogenMod team (one of the most popular custom Android ROM) has shared its most interesting new additions to the nightly builds this week. Flashing enthusiasts will be happy to know that Trebuchet GEL and CMHome have been updated to allow more protection to hidden apps.

Those apps can now be further protected from prying eyes with the addition of a pattern lock. Furthermore, users can group hidden apps into a folder, which would mean less work if you access hidden apps often. Read more »

Facebook goes to Africa, comes back with leaner Android app

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Facebook’s put some work into its Android application, which should make the software run more efficiently. If you’ve noticed that the app’s performance has improved, then you can thank a recent company trip to Africa for that.

What inspired Zuckerberg’s squad to buckle down and streamline the company’s Facebook Android app? Lower-end phones. Read more »

‘Talk’ is Path’s new standalone messaging app

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Some of you may be aware of the social network called Path. The service was meant to connect you to your closest people and only allowed up to 150 contacts per person but the service never really saw much use in the light of much bigger and popular services.

Now, the company has released a new messaging app called Talk for the iPhone and Android. The Talk app has some interesting features, that set it apart from its peers. For one, the messages you send are only stored on the server for 24 hours, after which they are automatically erased. Read more »

Weekend poll: LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

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After our last weekend poll and hot off the heels of our extensive comparison review, we’re ready to hear what you have to say about the latest pair of Android flagships out of Korea: the LG G3 vs. the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Make your voice heard and cast your vote on which is better in five distinct categories: design, screen, user interface, still photo and video image quality. Vote now! Read more »

Weekend poll results: Sony Xperia Z2 owns the HTC One (M8)

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The results of our last week’s poll are in. Back then, we asked you to cast your votes and choose the winner between the Sony Xperia Z2 and the HTC One (M8) in a number of different areas.

And so you did! The Sony Xperia Z2 is enjoying quite the fan base and it effortlessly tackled the HTC One (M8) in a few of the polls. In fact, all of the polls were won by Sony’s flagship, but some of the wins didn’t come as easily. Let’s see what happened in detail. Read more »

Google Now links to music apps

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Google Now’s service is constantly evolving to make your Android experience a more personalized one by providing you easier access to the applications and services you use most.

Now, you’re able to click on links to music services for the bands that you search for on Google Now. Read more »

Google’s Introduction to Android Wear video hypes everyone up ahead of I/O 2014

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Google has launched an Introduction to Android Wear video, further hyping everyone a week before Google I/O 2014 kicks off. The video shows the Android Wear look and feel and goes on to shed some light on the developer side of things.

In the video, Google Developers evangelist Timothy Jordan also talks about the problem with most smartwatch user interfaces. According to Google, the UI of Android Wear is better, as it is centered around context and this helps users have all relevant information at a glance. Read more »

Z Launcher: an Android launcher developed by Nokia

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Before Nokia announced that its future smartphones would be powered by the Windows Phone OS, there was a lot of speculation as to whether or not the Finnish manufacturer would make the move over to Android.

Nokia has technically, released an Android handset with the Nokia X, but it is hardly a flagship phone. A portion of the Nokia team that did not transfer to Microsoft as part of the deal has decided to work in the Android sphere after all, by creating the Z Launcher. Read more »

ART will replace Dalvik in the next version of Android

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The Android Runtime (ART) which Google introduced for testing purposes with its release of KitKat last year has now fully replaced the Dalvik virtual machine in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code.

This means you should expect the next version of Android (which could get official as soon as next week) to come with ART and only ART – Dalvik is essentially dead from this point on. Read more »

Stock Android Email app goes to the Play Store

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The stock Email app that has been part of Android for a long time is now available to download in the Play Store. The app is also updated with a few new visual additions that reflect the latest look and feel of Google’s apps.

As part of the changelog, the Email client now sports increased security for Gmail accounts as well as easier account setup flow (not that it was difficult to start with). Read more »

Motorola is letting you choose one winner for Moto 360 watch face contest

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Motorola was accepting submissions for watch faces for its upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch. After going through 1300 submissions, the company has whittled down to just 10 and is now letting the people choose the one they would want to see on the Moto 360.

The top 10 watch faces have significantly different designs, with some being overly simplistic and others cramming quite a lot of information on the screen at once. I personally didn’t find any one design particularly great (which makes me wonder about the other 1290 that were discarded) but there are a few that do look quite decent while conveying the necessary information. Read more »