Android phones and tablets have had the “Back up my data” option for some time now, but it’s actually a lot more useful now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is upon us.
Upon setting up a new device with Lollipop, you are given the opportunity to install apps from an older device. You can do it with Tap & Go, which uses NFC to pair the older device with the newer one, but you won’t have a choice as to which apps you want to install on the new device. It’s all or nothing. The second option allows you to select from one of your existing devices, and you can hand pick the apps you want to be restored. The caveat is that the older device needs to be set to back up to Google Servers, which is the “Back up my data” option.
Android 5.0 Lollipop has a very cool new feature that will make it so much easier to setup a new phone or tablet. You can now restore all or some of the apps from a particular device. No more will you have to type and search for every app that you want to download and install because Google will automatically download and install all the apps that were installed on your older phone or tablet.
The developers for Tempo-Motion have been teasing their app for a couple of months now, and they finally released it over the weekend. It’s another app in which you can download and store various watch faces for your Android Wear smartwatch.
The one difference with Tempo-Motion as opposed to apps like Facer is that there is no customizing and other users cannot share any creations. That’s a bit of a downer, but they do offer a lot of watch faces that are both free and paid. Some of them are very cool in that they include really nice looking sweeping second hands. It’s just another example that one app can’t suit all your needs and it’s good to have a few installed for more choices.
Yup, this week was a little crazy, but a good crazy. Google announced the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player (Android TV) and kicked off the “Be together. Not the same.” campaign. That wasn’t it as Android L was officially named Android Lollipop and given 5.0 for the version. The OTA update won’t take place till next month, but the developer preview is already live. We reviewed the Galaxy Note 4 and were quite impressed. Nearby multiplayer hits Google Play Games and more Google apps adopt Material Design. The DROID Turbo gets a launch date, and so much more. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the Android world.
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As promised, the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player are both up for pre-order in the Google Play Store.
The Nexus 9 is going for $399 (16 GB) or $479 (32 GB) and you have your choice of black or white for now. The LTE option or the Sand color isn’t available yet. Assuming you order today, you can expect it to leave the warehouse within 2 to 3 weeks. Shipping is also extra, which could be around $9.99 (3-5 days) depending on where you live. Launch day is supposed to be November 3, so you will also find it at participating retailers then.
Unboxings are pretty boring, so that’s why I like this one of the Nexus 6. It’s a short Vine, but what’s most interesting is the packaging. It’s all new and the emphasis is on the number. I wonder what they will do with the Nexus Player?
Hit the break for the quick, and I mean very quick, Vine video.
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The HTC-made Nexus 9 goes up for pre-order tomorrow on Google Play, but Amazon already started the party. Pricing is exactly the same as what Google will offer it for out of the Play Store. It’s $399 for the 16 GB version or $479 for the 32 GB version. You will of course have your choice of either black or white.
With the latest Google Play Services update, Google has rolled out the ability to find nearby players in multiplayer games. This would work for both real-time multiplayer games as well as turn-based multiplayer games.
Developers are encouraged to hit up the source link below to learn more how multiplayer works.
source: Google Developers / +AndroidDevelopers