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Google to loosen restrictions on Android Wear

Android Wear has been quite an interesting release, as manufacturers have shown their own take on the hardware of a smartwatch. What has not been very flexible up until this point though is the software of Android Wear, with manufacturers only loading a handful of watch faces. It seems that starting with the Asus Zenwatch,… Read more »

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We’ve had multi-user accounts on our Android tablets for some time now, but it required a bit of hackery to make it work with your Android phone. Too much hackery for something that should be standard on any phone in our opinion. The good news is that with Lollipop, this has been addressed and proper multiple user accounts and guest accounts are supported in “stock” Android.

If you’ve used these features on a tablet, the process  [Read More...]

Console gamers everywhere have been enthralled with EA’s Shadow of Mordor, an action-heavy game based on the universe created by J.R.R. Tolkien. While we don’t have a mobile version of Shadow of Mordor to play, Kabam and Warner Bros. Interactive released a Middle-Earth game of their own – Lord of the Rings: Legends of Middle Earth.

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A brand new look and dramatically improved restore options await you in Lollipop

With the release of new Android 5.0 Lollipop preview images, we’re getting a much clearer picture of how the new OS will look and act on devices. After the initial preview images came out with a completely unfinished design, we now have a good look at something closer to a finished product. The first thing you’ll notice when booting up a Lollipop device  [Read More...]

sony xperia z4

The Sony Xperia Z3 is one nice device, bringing all the goodies of the Z2 and giving it a nice hardware and software bump. While the Z3 is just now getting into the market, Sony is bust prepping their next flagship, the Sony Xperia Z4.

According to AndroidOrigin, they have obtained a leak from a reliable source (the same source they received another leak  [Read More...]

Coming up fashionably late after Nexus 9 pre-orders from Amazon, Google Play now has the new tablet up for your buying enjoyment. The prices are the same, though — $ 399 for the 16GB tablet in either black or white, with $ 479 getting you the 32GB model instead. The available models are showing 2-3 week shipping times. The “sand” color is exclusively available in the 32GB Wifi variety, though you can’t quite click the buy  [Read More...]


The Google Play Store was only just recently updated to bring more Material Design aspects to the app, and now we see the version receive a small update bringing the Google Play Store to version 5.0.32.

As you can imagine by the minor bump from version 5.0.31, the update is extremely small and appears to just be minor bug fixes with nothing that will stick out  [Read More...]

Google updates Material Design guidelines

Along with the new Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and preview images — again, folks, preview — Google today has updated its Material Design guidelines, the roadmap for making everything look snazzy in this new version of Android. App developers definitely will want to take a look at this one, as a good bit’s changed since it was first introduced this summer.

New in this update — and Google’s clearly calling this a “living document,” so expect more changes  [Read More...]

Android Lollipop contains Flappy Bird Easter egg!

With each new version of Android comes a new “Easter egg” animation hidden away in the Settings app. In KitKat it was the dessert tray animation. In the Android L preview it was a reference to the obscure “webdriver torso” YouTube mystery. For the latest version of Lollipop (or at least as we see it in the latest October developer preview) Google’s taken things a step further. There’s a fully-featured clone of the Flappy Bird game  [Read More...]

Android fans of the SwiftKey virtual keyboard can get into the “spirit” of the Halloween season with two new themes that are currently on sale in the in-app SwiftKey Store.