Google Hands-Free app icon appears in company post

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A new standalone application should be on its way if a Google+ post by the company itself is any indication. In the image above (which is a captured still from a GIF), it is on the top right and is seemingly called Google Hands-Free. This is for the Android Eyes-Free setup that Google is working on for device use while driving a vehicle.

The demo Google posted had to do with a user receiving a translation without actually touching the device. Nothing is ready at the moment, but this shows Google is making progress.

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[New Android Wear App] Swipify brings useful tools to Google’s wearable platform

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The simplicity of Android Wear has actually made people feel indifferent about the platform. The idea of a basic interface with little control is appealing; however, hardcore Android fans want features that exist on the phone/tablet version of Android. This includes an app launcher, app switcher, deep settings, and a RAM meter. Swipify is a new Android Wear app that delivers each of those features for such devices.

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Team Win Recovery Project adds support for Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch

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Team Win posted its official custom recovery for both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch today, giving users the ability to add customer ROMs to the devices.

Once you’re in custom recovery, the options on the screen are a bit small for a smartwatch screen, so an upcoming interface update will most likely resize the buttons. Otherwise, everything works fine. Of course you’ll need an unlocked bootloader before you do anything.

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LG G Watch gets toolkit for rooting, unlocking, flashing and restoring capabilities

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The Nexus Root Toolkit from Wugfresh has become insanely popular since the interest in unlocking bootloaders and rooting devices has expanded to “normal” consumers.

Now, those with an LG G Watch will be able to root and unlock the device just as easily as Wugfresh’s Nexus solution provides.

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ChoreMonster brings technology and kids together to reward completion of chores

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Kids love technology, but many of them do not feel the same about chores. It is a form of work that can feel unrewarding and useless. Bringing the two together, though, may be just the trick in order to literally get things done. ChoreMonster, which has already had a presence on a few platforms, is now available for Android and Kindle Fire devices. It is a chore management app that makes chores fun for kids while bringing simplicity to parents. » Read the rest

Shazam update brings full in-app song playback with Rdio integration

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Shazam has updated its app with a new partnership with Rdio that will bring full song playback whenever a user Shazams a song. After listening to a track and identifying it, you’ll be able to play the song within the app if you have an Rdio subscription. While the song is playing, you can continue discovering new music in Shazam.

As an added bonus, you’ll be able to build playlists of songs that you’ve identified. Rdio will get a specific Shazam playlist, but you can specify which of your current playlists you want to add songs to. Pretty handy. » Read the rest

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides now work with any file across mutliple platforms

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At Google I/O 2014, it was announced that new features would be worked into Docs, Sheets, and Slides. The most important one is the ability to use Google’s productivity suite with any type of file and editing it without the need for another program. This means users can now view and edit Microsoft Office files without actually owning that productivity suite’s software. Another feature that has gone live is Suggested Edits. Users can view suggested changes made by others and have them either published or dismissed.

The aforementioned features are available today for all users.

Source: Official Google Enterprise Blog

Rovio releases Angry Birds Transformers teaser trailer

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A little over a month ago, Rovio announced they were working with Hasbro for Angry Birds Transformers. It will not only include the game, but also consumer licensed goods and a new product line from Hasbro called TELEPODS. In celebration for Comic-Con, Rovio is giving us a sneak peak thanks to a teaser trailer.

They do not show any gameplay, but from the looks of it, it is some sort of an endless runner with a lot of missiles. It’s also likely the birds will team up with the piggies to fend off the Transformers. Hit the break for the official video.

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Gmail and Drive get more integration

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The latest Gmail mobile app update has added some much-needed basic functions that are present in the desktop version. For starters, Google Drive is now more efficiently integrated with Gmail, so that you can directly insert files into an email on your mobile device. You can also discern whether or not you’ve selected to share the file with the  email recipient and change the sharing settings before sending it. The latest features are available as an update on the Google Play Store. Links after the break.

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[APK Download] Chrome Beta for Android adds a little Android L Material Design

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A couple of days ago, the Play Store app was updated with Material Design, and now the Chrome Beta app gets a little lovin as well. It’s not full blown because the tabs don’t show up in the Android L recents like we saw at Google I/O, but there are other changes such as the tab switching interface, a bigger omnibar, and an action overflow menu.

You will also get a simplified sign in for multiple accounts along with other bug fixes. The version is 37.0.2063.39 and is rolling now. You can hit one of the Play Store links after the break, but if your device isn’t eligible yet, you can opt for the APK download link from XDA.

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