Video: Matias Duarte Talks Android Wear, Refuses to Give Us a Sneak Peak in Interview

Matias Duarte, Android’s design guru, sat down last week at the Accel Design Conference with The Verge’s Josh Topolsky to talk what else, about design. In his 37 minutes of time, Duarte covers a range of topics from general, broad design ideas to making better developer tools for Android to the overuse of flat design and the idea that “mobile” should be dead. He also happened to be hiding and Android Wear watch under his jack, which Topolsky tried incessantly to get Duarte to use in front of the crowd.   (more…)

Watch the Project Ara Developer Conference Live!

Project Ara, the Google-run modular phone concept, is hosting its first developer conference this week. The goal of the conference is to focus on a detailed walk-through of existing and planned features for the platform, a briefing on the recently released MDK, and an announcement of a series of prize challenges.

If anything, we’re hoping we see real, working units of Ara. Up until now, all we have seen are non-working concept models and some modules that could, in theory, work on a phone.

The opening keynote has already begun, and you can watch it below. Once this session is over, I’d imagine that we’ll see bits and pieces of sessions throughout the day. Keep it here!  (more…)

Android Now Constantly Verifies Apps to Make Your Device Extra Secure

Back in February, Google announced that it would soon rollout an update to expand the way it scans apps on your Android devices for security purposes. As of this morning, that new layer of protection is now live for all Android users. Google will now continually check your Android devices to make sure that all apps are behaving in a safe manner, even after the initial install.  (more…)

Mailbox Coming to Android for Free Today (Updated: It’s Live!)

Dropbox announced this morning that it is finally bringing Mailbox, an incredibly popular iOS mail application, to Android and the desktop (Mac only). The apps should both arrive today, though the links on Mailbox’s website are not yet live.

For those new to Mailbox, think of it as a new way to attack your inbox, which can at times be very overwhelming. Mailbox lets you quickly swipe items away that you’d like to trash, archive, or get back to at a later date. For items that you have snoozed, you’ll see them automatically appear back in your inbox when the time is right, so that you can focus “on what’s important now.” The goal is to hit “Inbox Zero,” an inbox that hasn’t nothing left in it.  (more…)

Mediafire Offering 1TB of Storage for $5, Drops Upload Limits, Says Native Android Apps Coming

Mediafire – one of the many online storage solutions looking to compete with options like Drive and Dropbox – announced today a new pricing structure along with its new desktop app, has dropped upload limits, and will push out a brand new native Android app over the next few weeks.

The new pricing structure will land you 1TB of data for $5 per month. As a promotional move to celebrate the launch of their brand new desktop app, Mediafire is giving new users a 50% off deal, so you could essentially grab that same 1TB of data for $2.50 per month.  (more…)

App Review: Drive Autosync by ttxapps

I have been a big fan of Dropbox for a long time. It’s a great service to back up and sync documents, photos, videos, and whatever else, but when Google announced the massive price cuts to Google Drive storage plans, I made the switch. After a few days of uploading, I had all of my Dropbox data imported into Google Drive, but I still needed to find an easy way for my wife and I to upload our pictures and videos from our phones to Drive. (more…)

Knock Lock for Android – Lock Your Device by Tapping its Display

A new application released for Android called Knock Lock, allows users to lock their devices by tapping on a designated area of their display. If you currently own an LG G2 or G Flex device, this app may not interest you, as your devices already are capable of such a function. However, not everyone owns an LG or the new HTC One (M8), which also features a function similar to this.  (more…)