Nokia’s HERE Maps now available on all Android devices

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Well that exclusive was short lived. About 2 weeks ago, Nokia’s HERE maps made its debut on Android, but only for Samsung devices through the Samsung Apps Store. I’m not sure I ever understood the exclusive, but I definitely don’t understand the fact that it only lasted 2 weeks.

Nokia has made the HERE Beta app available to the rest of Android. Unfortunately it’s not in the Play Store. You will have to hit the source link below to grab the APK and manually install it yourself.


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Shots of Google Calendar material design overhaul surface

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The calendar app on a smartphone may not be the most interesting app users access, but it is typically one of the core functions of our mobile devices. Although they may not be “sexy,” calendars play an important role and people are interested in attempts to make the data contained within their calendars easy to access. With the updates rolling out for a host of Google apps to implement their new material design guidelines and appear as part of Android Lollipop, the calendar app is on the list. Some new screenshots of the updated app have been obtained that reveal some of the work Google has done to refresh the calendar.
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PPLNOTIFY sends Android notifications straight to your web browser on another device

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Sometimes there can be too many devices in front of you. You are working on your computer and then have to check your phone for a notification. It is just way too messy and, more importantly, distracting. With PPLNOTIFY, it all goes to one place. The app, from PPLCONNECT, sends Android notifications to the user’s browser without the need for a desktop extension or plug-in.

With the PPLNOTIFY app installed on an Android device, you just need to login to the app’s website on a browser. Then, in real-time, notifications will be forwarded to you. A pop-up window appears with anything from SMS to incoming calls and battery updates. PPLNOTIFY works with both computer and tablet browsers.

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Google Play Music gets Material Design, benefits from Songza

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Google has released an update to Google Play Music that bring both their new Material Design to the app as well as functions modeled after features found in Songza, in particular the Concierge option. The update to incorporate Material Design is no surprise and we even saw a port of it get out over the weekend. This update starting to rollout today makes the new look official though. Besides the benefits of Material Design, Google is also working on making the service more useful for listeners with the new features that have been added no doubt thanks to their acquisition of Songza.
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Google publishes guide for switching from iOS to Android

Logo of Google outside their headquarters building in Mountainview, California.With a handful of new devices right around the corner and a major Android update coming up, there are going to be many people that decide to test out Android for the first time and leave iOS. Switching over from a different ecosystem can be a pain when you don’t know how to move contacts, photos, and other information, so Google has posted a very useful guide to help users get started on transferring their stuff over to a brand new Android device.

Most of the guide is common sense for more experienced and tech savvy users, but it still has some helpful info, including showing you how to turn on Google+ auto-backup, how to set up email accounts on an Android device, and there’s even a reminder to turn off iMessage so you don’t get hit with Apple’s infamous iMessage bug.
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Gmail 5.0 will make the stock Email app obsolete by including Exchange support

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Yesterday we reported that the Gmail app in Android 5.0 Lollipop would also be able to handle Outlook and Yahoo accounts natively. We now know that on top of support for those clients, Gmail will also support Exchange mail, removing the need for the AOSP Email app. In fact, when opening the Email application in Lollipop, users will be prompted to use the Gmail app instead.
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Google Fit app gets exposed prior to official launch

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The next version of Android will include the brand new Google Fit application. Not much of the app has been seen; however, Android Police was able to take it for a spin through a leaked Nexus 6 dump. Even though nothing is at this point, the current state of the Google Fit app shows things are pretty smooth with Material Design being present. The design makes Google Fit unique because otherwise it just acts as any other fitness tracking app would.


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Lollipop’s keyboard can now be installed on any Android device without root

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If you’re hankering for a taste of Android L but don’t have a Nexus device to install the SDK on, you could always check out its new keyboard, which is now available for almost any Android-powered device running Ice Cream Sandwich or later.

A third-party developer has extracted the keyboard APK from an official Android L developer preview build and made it available to download from a secure file sharing website. It’s free, has no ads, and does not require root access.

Hit the break for the download link and instructions on how to install the file on your smartphone/tablet.


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