Google now showing Google Play Movies purchases in YouTube app

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To access your purchased Google Play Movies content, you previously had to go to the Google Play Movies & TV application.

But today, Google has updated its YouTube app to now integrate Google Play Movies & TV, allowing you to access your purchased videos straight from YouTube.

Check out the “Purchases” screen after the break.

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Google Play Music gets updated with UI tweaks and Android TV support

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Google’s Play Music app is getting an update with a handful of small tweaks, bringing it up to version 5.6. It’s not a complete material design update, but it does include some new UI changes that bring it closer to Android L’s design language. You’ll see a new toggle in the sidebar for viewing downloaded music, as well as the circular account switcher that we’re seeing in plenty of newer Android apps. » Read the rest

Google allowing users to make app requests for Chrome OS availability

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At Google I/O last week, Google announced that Chromebooks would soon be able to run Android apps — which ones? Well, according to Google, that’ll be up to you.

While we can’t expect Google and developers to make all of our favorite apps available on both platforms, we can certainly ask.

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Android L based theme available for Cyanogenmod 11

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If you have a device running Cyanogenmod 11 and want to at least get the look of the new Android L Material Design on your device, a new theme has been put together that will let you install it using the CM11 Theme engine. The theme comes with Google’s new boot animation for Android L, the new font, wallpapers, system bars, ringtones, icons, the transparent SystemUI, a new themed calculator, and new colors in a variety of apps. The theme was put together by XDA member OP. » Read the rest

Android L keyboard surfaces on Google Play

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Since the Android L developer preview was made available by Google, developers have been busy at working breaking it down and extracting code to be used on current Android platforms while we wait for the official release of the next version of Android based on L. One of the most noticeable changes in Android L is the keyboard which uses the new Material design framework. Developers had already pulled the apk for the keyboard out of Android L, but installation on other devices required root and some work with custom recoveries and flashing zip files. Now a couple developers have posted a version of the keyboard on Google Play that does not require root and only needs Android 4.0 or higher to work. » Read the rest

Get an eye on new notifications style in Android L with Heads Up! app

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One of the new features that Google showed off in Android L last week was a new way of displaying notifications in a floating window that will pop up over running apps. If you want to get an idea of how this may work without installing Android L and you have a device running Android 4.3 or 4.4, you may want to check out the new Heads Up! app fro XDA member Dr.Alexander_Breen. » Read the rest

Android L’s new camera API will come with several new features

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Google is overhauling a ton of things in Android L, one of which will be the camera API. Fortunately, this means you can expect to see several new features and improvements to the standard Android camera application, which has honestly been lacking up to this point.

The biggest thing to come from this new camera API will be pure performance. Thanks to better synchronization between the physical camera and the software, devices should be able to capture better images as well as 30 FPS videos at full resolution. The Nexus 5 on Android L, for instance, can capture a 30 FPS, 8 megapixel video, which is a big improvement over what it could do on previous versions of Android.  » Read the rest

Google Maps updated to include Android Wear support

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If you were at Google I/O and got your hands on an Android Wear device already (Gear Live, G Watch, or perhaps even a Moto 360 if you’re lucky), you may have noticed that navigation commands to Android Wear devices didn’t work.

Until now…

Google was clearly aware of this, and just updated Google Maps to version 8.1.1, bringing support for Android Wear.

If you don’t yet see the update on Google Play, just be patient as it may be rolling out to devices in waves. Once updated, you can search for a location, start navigating, view directions and more, all from your smart watch. Hit the break for the Play Store download link and QR code.

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Google+ Photos introduces new World Cup face paint after-effects

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The knockout phase of the World Cup is here, and Google+ will be helping us celebrate.

The platform has introduced a new Auto Awesome feature which lets users upload pictures of their faces, and have country-colored face paint automatically applied to the picture. All you have to do is add the hashtag “#PaintUSA” (or any other country) to a photo when you share it, and the effects will be added after a few minutes.

The feature works with up to four people in the picture, so grab some buds and start uploading!

Source: Google+ Photos