Google IO 2017 Coverage

Microsoft Office preview now available for Lollipop users and tablets powered by Intel/x86 chips

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Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint became available in Google Play for Android tablets in January, but they weren’t compatible with Android 5.0+ Lollipop, nor any tablet that sported an Intel/x86 chip.

Microsoft announced yesterday via a Yammer post that a preview has been released that take care of both of these issues. These apps are beta, so you have to jump through a couple of very simple hoops in order to try them out.

You must first join the Microsoft Office for Android Tablets Preview community on Google+. Once you do that, you need to become a tester for each app (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) that you’re interested in trying. The links are below…..

Now you will have to ability to download the preview apps from Google Play. The below links might not be available to you for at least 10 minutes and as much as 2 hours. Google Play has to replicate the permissions.

Also be sure to provide feedback in the Google+ community. The faster everyone reports bugs, the faster Microsoft can fix them, which means the faster it exits the preview stage and will be available to everyone.

You will need a qualifying Office 365 subscription in order to get the most out of these apps. You can still use them without a subscription, but you will only be able to make core edits for free, assuming your tablet is between 7-inches and 10.1-inches. If you want extra features like the ability to track changes or insert page breaks in Word, you need to go with a subscription. Subscriptions start at $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.If your tablet is greater than 10.1-inches, you will need an Office 365 subscription regardless.

 

 

Android Wear companion app updated with support for Wi-Fi, multiple watches, and more [APK Download]

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A couple of days ago, Google announced that Android_Wear_Update_Screenshot_Accept_CloudSyncAndroid_Wear_Update_Screenshot_Turn_On_Cloud_Sync

The main screen is also different in that it gives you a chance to watch a video showing you the features of your watch. You will also find sections for “Jump into action with watch apps” and “Try out watch notifications.”

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Another new feature is the ability to pair more than one watch and easily switch between them without having to re-pair them. I am not sure how many people own multiple Android Wear watches, but it’s a nice feature to have.

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The Settings have also changed in that there are now two settings screens. The first page is more general and includes a new option for Calendar settings in which you can select what types of events will show on the watch itself. You can tap on the device to open a second page of settings that include the usual stuff like “Tilt to wake” and “Card Previews.”

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This update is rolling out slowly so you might not see it in Google Play as available to you for several days, but we have the APK download link for you if you’re impatient and want to sideload now.

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source: Android Police

Themes can be designed with no prior software development experience using Samsung’s Theme Editor

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Theming your phone is nothing new, but companies like HTC and Samsung are making it easier than ever with their new Theming apps. After spending time with both the One M9 and the Galaxy S6, it’s clear that HTC has an early lead since it’s so easy to create your own themes on the phone itself.

Samsung, on the other hand, is pushing for developers to create themes. However, it appears that you really don’t need any prior development experience to create themes for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

Republic Wireless will pay you for your unused cellular data

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I don’t know about you, but it seems like one of the U.S. carriers is offering a new promotion every day. It’s impossible to keep up with all of them, and I guess you have to thank T-Mobile for starting this trend.

Republic Wireless dropped a doozy yesterday by announcing they will pay customers for their unused cellular data. Most carriers sell data per month in 1 GB increments or 500 MB for entry level programs, but nobody uses exactly the data they purchased. There is always some left on the table at the end of the month.

Humble Bundle teams up with Tin Man Games for latest mobile bundle

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Gamers listen up because Humble Bundle has a new mobile bundle that might be one of their best ever. They teamed up with Tin Man games for a chance at not only an amazing deal on 10 games, but a chance to grab some merchandise as well.

This bundle works like any other bundle in that you can pay what you want and receive a few games. Those games include An Assassin in Orlandes, Siege of the Necromancer, Slaves of Rema, and Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106. But you know there’s always more right? Just pay more than the average price ($6.19 at the time of this post), and receive 4 more games: Sultans of Rema, Fighting Fantasy: Caverns of the Snow Witch, Curse of the Assassin, and Trial of the Clone.

AT&T to offer the LG G Flex 2 starting April 24

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The LG G Flex 2 has been only available at Sprint here in the U.S., but there will be another option soon. AT&T will carry the curved device in select AT&T stores and online on April 24. So far, they only plan on carrying the Platinum Silver version.

Pricing will be $299 with a two year contract or you can opt for a payment plan on AT&T Next with $0 down. You can go for the 30 month plan, which will be $23.64 per month or the 24 month plan, which is $29.55 per month, and finally, the 20 month plan, which is $35.45 per month. This brings the full retail no commitment price to $708.99.

Android Wear gets major update with Wi-Fi support, always-on apps, emojis and more

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All Android Wear watches will be receiving a major update over the next few weeks, and there are a lot of goodies.

The first one, which was already expected is the support for Wi-Fi. There are often times when you might forget your phone at home or you walk too far away from it within your own house. Now with Wi-Fi support, your watch will always have a connection so you don’t have to worry about missing any notifications.

The OnePlus One is now available without an invite forever, 75% off accessories for 24 hours

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It was just about one year ago to the day (actually 4/23) when the OnePlus was announced to the world. It has been a crazy ride for sure with interesting marketing promotions and such. Probably the craziest thing has been the invite system, but that is no more starting today. The OnePlus is now available globally every day of the week, and you don’t need an invite. This isn’t for a limited time either, it’s forever.

Samsung Galaxy S6 review: Knocking on the door of perfection

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Samsung has been the leader when it comes to sales of Android devices, but they haven’t always been the favorite. They have often been criticized for the quality of their build and the overall software experience. Although they still lead all other Android manufacturers in 2014, it was a dismal year for Samsung. They missed their targets and consumers got bored with the fact that the Galaxy S5 really didn’t offer anything new. At the same time, lower priced handsets were taking a bite out of Samsung’s market share.

Get double the 4G LTE data with Walmart Family Mobile starting April 18

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Walmart Family Mobile, which is powered by T-Mobile, just announced that customers will get double the data starting tomorrow. Even better news is that existing customers will enjoy the extra data too!!

The double data refers to the lower priced offering, which is $29.88 per month. That includes unlimited talk, text and data with up to 1 GB of 4G LTE data. That used to be 500 MB, so the data is now doubled.

Google improves presentation of URLs in mobile search results

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The next time you search for something on your smartphone or tablet, you might notice a small change in the search results. Instead of displaying long URL names, Google will now display the real-world name of the site and the actual URL will be in a breadcrumbs-like format.

This is obviously more simplified, but it also helps users understand websites better. You can see the before (left) and after (right) in the image above.

Google Drive adds new sharing feature to Android notification panel and 23 new languages

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Google Drive has been updated with performance improvements and a couple of notable new features. The first is that when you upload a file from your smartphone, the notification that you get when the upload is finished will have a new option. You will now be able to quickly share the file with other people right from the notification.

Google also added 23 new languages, which include Armenian, Basque, Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Georgian, Khmer, Malayalam, and many more.

The update is rolling now so you might not see it in the Play Store right away.

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source: +Google Drive