Android Wear is receiving a major update that begins rollout today. Alongside the update, developers are being given full access to the Watch Face API, which means that we will all soon enjoy legitimate watch face apps instead of the janky work-around solutions we have dealt with since the beginning of Android Wear. Outside of the new API, a list of new features and UI tweaks are here to improve the experience. (more…)
In September, Google settled with the FTC over their in-app purchase policies to the tune of $19 million. The basics are this – kids used to be able to complete in-app purchases without much getting in their way and parents weren’t exactly thrilled to see those charges rack up without their consent. So, Google (along with a head nod from the government) decided that it would issue refunds to those who suffered the wrath of a kid playing Candy Crush without authorization. (more…)
Hangouts for Android is receiving a solid update today that introduces stickers, smart suggestions in conversations, timestamps, and more. Announced in the early hours of the day, the Hangouts team mentioned that the update will begin rolling out at some point later day, along with a few extras they want us to discover on our own. One of those unmentioned features must be an app makeover, which you can clearly see in the action bar in the screenshots above. (more…)
According to Ilya Grigorik, a developer advocate at Google, when you tap on a Google Search result after performing a mobile search, the page will now load 100-150 milliseconds faster in Chrome for Android. Thanks to a “reactive prefetch,” browsers (currently only Chrome for Android) begin fetching not only the destination pages that are being accessed, but they also are told of other critical resources that need to be fetched in parallel “to speed up rendering.” (more…)
To make developing for Android even easier, and a bit more pretty, Google released Android Studio 1.0 this morning, giving developers all of the tools, and then some, to create the most stunning applications.
With built-in templates, access to Google Cloud Services, and instant performance analysis, you will go from creating easy Kitty apps to building the next masterpiece for everyone to enjoy. Getting started is easy, as Studio 1.0 makes sure your SDK is always up to date, as well as having plenty of guides built in to make sure you never miss a line of code. (more…)
Thanks to the introduction of the world’s first 15 Watt Qi-compliant wireless charging solution by Freescale, ultra fast wireless charging of tablets and big-screened phones will soon be a thing. Most traditional wireless charging units deliver at 5 Watts, but that low power delivery typically means that it takes hours to fully charge a device with a large battery. In fact, I don’t know that anyone who uses wireless charging on a regular basis would even attempt to call it “speedy.” With Freescale’s new solution, we could see a time where a 4,000mAh tablet could be charged in just a couple of hours. (more…)
After an upcoming update to Chrome OS, owners of a Chromebook who also run an Android device with the latest version of the OS (Lollipop), will be able to unlock their laptops without needing to punch in any passwords. Thanks to a feature called Smart Lock, you can set up your Android device as a wireless key to your Chromebook, meaning no more time wasted trying to log in to your device. (more…)
YouTube is the latest in Google’s suite of apps to be blessed with a Material Design makeover. The app was updated this afternoon with a fresh coat of intensely red paint, improved navigation panel, and updated colors throughout. We haven’t found much new in terms of functionality, so this may just be the update to bring the look of YouTube in line with the rest of Google’s apps (outside of Hangouts).
The app is slowly rolling out through Google Play, as is the case with most Google apps these days, so if you don’t see it in your My Apps section with an update available, feel free to sideload it using the link below.