As previously reported, Google has followed up their official release of Android 5.0 Lollipop earlier this week with the announcement that the full Android 5.0 SDK is now ready for developers to download. Along with the new SDK, the team is also making available updated developer images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), ADT-1, and the Android emulator. On their Android Developers Blog, Google indicates the first consumer devices to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop will be the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player starting on November 3rd with the Nexus 9. They indicate other Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4, 5, 7 (both the 2012 and 2013 versions), 10, and Google Play Edition devices, will receive an OTA update for Android 5.0 Lollipop “in the same timeframe.”
Popular 3rd-party keyboard Swiftkey has released a couple of spooky new themes to their store just in time for Halloween. The themes (Graveyard and Jack O’Lantern) are perfect for the impending festivities and are worth the $0.99 they each cost. Any users out there planning on grabbing these? Let us know in the comments and once you are done dressing up your keyboard, let us know what your costume is this year!
Twitter has been updating and adding features like crazy, and usually before they roll out new features they experiment by rolling them out to select users and observing the outcome. One such experiment involved inserting “suggested” tweets into the timeline to make Twitter more relevant to users. While this may distress long-time users of the service, the social media site claims that most people seemed to enjoy the extra tweets during initial experiments and is now rolling the feature out to all subscribers. Could this help the service grow at the rate they hope or could this ruin the experience? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
One of the most popular (and enduring) games on the Play Store is the blissfully-simple Fruit Ninja. Earlier this month, Fruit Ninja developers Half Brick gave the game a complete overhaul adding new game modes and updated graphics. Yesterday the developers updated the app again for Halloween with a bunch of Ghostbusters-themed features. Hit the break for a full feature list and a trailer for the special update.
Mozilla is in the midst of pushing out a rather hefty software update to its official Firefox for Android Beta application. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade transports tab mirroring support for Chromecast, integrated Wikipedia search, the ability to change search defaults and much, much more.
Hit the break below for the full changelog.
Twitter has announced the addition of a new option to their mobile client to make it easier for users to access audio content. With a single click on a link provided in a tweet, users will be able to launch the Twitter Audio Card. The Audio Card will pop up a display with information about the linked music like album art and other info and it will start to play the content. The Audio Card can be left maximized or it can be minimized so users can continue to browse their Twitter timeline while listening to the audio content.
CBS has announced an All Access subscription that allows on demand access to full seasons and episodes of many of their television shows, plus access to a live stream of CBS if you live in a supported market. This comes just a day after HBO revealed they were working on a subscription package that would let customers purchase programming without a cable subscription.
The service officially launched today and is available on the web and mobile apps for $5.99 per month. That’s a little cheaper than Netflix, but the catalog isn’t enough to completely replace Netflix. It offers full seasons and next day access to current shows, plus a hefty back catalog that totals about 6500 episodes. If you like seeing your favorite shows as soon as possible, it might be worth looking into. And six bucks a month isn’t terrible, either.
The ninth edition of the Humble Mobile Bundle launched just over one week ago. It included at the time Syberia, Neuroshima Hex, Bardbarian: Golden Axe Edition, Leo’s Fortune, Out there, and First Strike. The final three mentioned were given only to donors exceeding the average. Now, two additional games are up for those donors. For exceeding the current (and rapidly changing) $3.38 donation amount, you get So Long, Oregon! and Mountain.
This is definitely one of the best Humble Mobile Bundle’s ever launched. The games, especially Leo’s Fortune, are of very high quality. So if you are feeling extra charitable today, go right ahead and get giving!
Source: Humble Bundle
When Beats Music finally launched their own streaming music service, playing off the name recognition of their line of headphones, AT&T managed to strike a special deal for their customers. AT&T subscribers were able to get the Beats Music service for a 90-day free trial, much longer than the standard 2-week trial period. In addition, AT&T subscribers could buy a Beats Music subscription for $14.99 per month, $5 more than the normal price, but could share their subscription with other users and devices. This special package is no longer available to AT&T customers although they can still order the standard $9.99 per month Beats Music service.
Great news for all you satellite imagery fanatics out there. Google has today released ‘Earth View,’ a brand new Chrome extension that changes your wallpaper to a “beautiful and unique satellite image from Google Maps each time you open a new tab or window.