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You can now install built-in apps from Android L on older OS versions

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Now that the Android L Developer Preview is out, some enterprising souls have gone ahead and extracted the new apps that it comes with and made them available for everyone to download and try out.

This has happened thanks to a couple of members of the XDA Developers forum, home to all things related to tinkering with Google’s mobile OS. Read more »

Kernel sources for Sony’s Android flagships now available at GitHub

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Sony has decided to be even more friendly towards the Android developer community, by making kernel sources for its Xperia Android devices accessible through GitHub.

This means things will get significantly easier for developers who tinker with Sony’s hardware and create custom ROMs and kernels for its handsets. Read more »

Motorola releases official demo video for the Moto 360

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Back at the Google I/O we got a lot of new information and a proper demonstration of the new Android Wear devices, including the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. Not just that but both devices also went on sale the same day on the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, the one that most people have been waiting for – The Moto 360 – was nowhere to be seen and will only be arriving later this year.

So while you will be having to wait for sometime before you can get your hands on the Moto 360, Motorola has uploaded a demo video to show how the watch looks like in action. Read more »

LG and Google to team up for Project Tango

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Remember Google’s Project Tango?

Well it looks like Google is going to be teaming up with LG to make an actual product that’ll hit the market next year. Read more »

Update to Google Drive makes file management easier

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The Google Drive mobile application is a pretty nifty way of checking all of your cloud storage files on the go, but file management is a bit clumsy.

The latest update looks to fix that, by making file interaction an easier process. Read more »

Buy a cardboard VR kit for $20

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One of the treats offered from Google to developers at the end of the company’s keynote yesterday, along with a free smartwatch, was a VR kit made out of cardboard called, #cardboard.

Well if you’re sitting at your computer, grimacing in envy because you weren’t one such developer at I/O, then you’re in luck, because you can purchase an unofficial kit yourself for $20. Read more »

Jolla Launcher for Android now available for alpha testers to download

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The sign up for alpha testers of the new Jolla Launcher has almost drawn to a close and those who signed up can now download the custom Android homescreen. Jolla wants to give users a taste of the gesture-based interface of Sailfish OS without having to buy the Jolla phone.

This initial version of the Jolla Launcher targets Nexus 4 and 5 owners, but it supports any Android 4.3+ device. You still have a day left to sign up for the alpha test program. Read more »

NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 powered the Android TV and Auto demos yesterday

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Since yesterday Android runs on just about anything – TVs, cars and new 64-bit enabled devices. NVIDIA provided the power for yesterday’s demos, the company revealed that both the Android TV devkit and the Android Auto demo were powered by a Tegra K1 chipset. The Project Tango tablet devkit (which was on the showroom floor) also uses K1 for its advanced computer vision.

Android L has full support for 64-bit processors like the ones inside the Tegra K1. Read more »

Google Search app updated to support ‘Ok Google’ hotword from any screen

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Google has released an update for the Search app on Android (v3.5.14), which brings with it a very useful addition.

Earlier, you had to be in the Google Search app to be able to use the “Ok Google” hotword to invoke voice search. With the latest update, you can now use it on any screen on the phone as long as the screen is on. It also works from the lockscreen even if you have a password set on the device. And if you have the device connected to a charger, the screen doesn’t even have to be on to use voice search. Read more »

Pinterest is now available on Android wear

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Are you an avid pinterester and own a piece of Android wear?

Then you’ll be happy to find that Android wearables will support pinterest, and the app now sports a cool new feature. Read more »

Samsung’s app store is now called Galaxy Apps

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Samsung will change the name of its App Store to Galaxy Apps.

As more and more consumers become familiar with the Galaxy line of phones, Samsung probably thought it was a better way to differentiate its services from other mobile app stores. Read more »

Galaxy Tab S to hit the UK on July 4th

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It might be an American holiday, but on July 4th, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S will hit the UK.

We’ve got a rundown of the Galaxy Tab S’ specs, and it looks like the Korean tech giant is gunning hard to take on the iPad. Read more »

Android Auto launches for select vehicles later in 2014

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Android Auto made its debut at Google I/O and is Google’s attempt to make the car’s infotainment systems suck less.

Android Auto puts a large focus on navigation, audio and messaging, while Google Now takes a center stage into the Auto user experience. The user interface looks the part, too, with large interface elements that are easily glance-able. Read more »

Chromecast to get screen mirroring, other new features

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The upcoming Android TV seemed to threaten the very existence of Chromecast, but Google seems rather attached to it as it announced cool new features for its highly popular HDMI stick. The most important new feature is screen mirroring, which lets you display any app on your phone or tablet on your Chromecast-enabled TV (is this the end of Miracast?).

Chromecast is also easier to set up for casting from your friends’ devices – they no longer need to be connected to your Wi-Fi network. Read more »

Android apps will soon run on Chromebooks, notifications will be shared too

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Google introduced Android on just about any platform you can think of so naturally the company is bringing Android to Chrome OS and the Chromebooks. It’s just the early days, but Android apps will run on Chromebooks with minimal changes from the app developers.

Integration with your phone goes beyond just running apps too, similar to the new Mac OS X Yosemite you’ll receive call and message notifications on your Chromebook. Read more »