Awaken your Light or Dark side as Google plays Jedi mind tricks with your favourite apps

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So. Star Wars. The new film (The Force Awakens) is being released next month, and the excitement is ramping up quite nicely. As I was never a fan of George Lucas’s sequel prequels, I can’t wait to see the old (and I do mean old) gang back together. There’s tons of merchandising available already, along with games on all sorts of platforms (check out Brad’s review of Star Wars: Uprising here), and now Google is getting in on the act allowing fans to choose the light, or go over to the dark side.

Mozilla’s Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview app is now available to test on your smartphone

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One of the great things about Android is the ability to customize it to your heart’s content with third-party icon packs and launchers. You can even test out other mobile operating systems, such as Mozilla’s Firefox OS version 2.5 Developer Preview, which is now available to download as an app and will work similarly to other third-party launchers.

[TA Deals] Save 87% on the Android Marshmallow Mobile Developer Course

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If you have a great idea for a smartphone or smartwatch app, but you don’t know how to bring it to life, then this course may be just what you need. The Android Marshmallow Mobile Developer Course on offer from Talk Android Deals will help you learn how to code, developing impressive new apps for both smartphones and wearables from scratch along the way. Best of all, the course is now discounted to just $24.99, a whopping 87% saving!

[TA Deals] Save 87% on the Android Marshmallow Mobile Developer Course to make smartphone and wearable apps

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So, you have an idea for a fantastic new app for your smartphone or wearable device, but you aren’t a developer and the idea of coding sends shivers down your spine because it’s the great unknown. No worries. Why not take a look at the Android Marshmallow Mobile Developer Course on offer from Talk Android Deals, where you can learn to develop impressive new apps for both smartphones and wearables from scratch.

Chris Lacy’s Link Bubble gets an update to v1.5 along with a change of ownership

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Link Bubble users will be happy to note that the app has received a substantial update to version 1.5, with features such as drop down elements, domain redirects as well as a Material Design overhaul making an appearance. Link Bubble’s creator, Chris Lacy, has also taken the opportunity to announce that Link Bubble and another of his apps, Tap Path, along with all related assets, have been sold to an as yet unnamed buyer. Join us after the break for the update’s changelog as well as more information on the change in ownership.

Google shows off Android M’s Auto Backup for Apps function in video

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One of the great things about flashing a custom Rom on your Android device is being able to backup and restore your apps via the custom recovery or by using an app such as Titanium Backup, it’s especially helpful if you’ve had to factory reset your device or if you’ve swapped over to a new device. Now it seems like un-rooted users will also be able to automatically backup and restore their apps thanks to a feature called ‘Auto Backup for Apps’ that is present in the latest Android M Preview.

Motorola may expand the Moto Maker club to include the upcoming Moto G (2015)

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One of the great things about the Android operating system is being able to customize the software to our hearts content. There is absolutely no reason the layout on any two phones should appear the same unless it’s by design. Motorola offered even more freedom of choice when it released its Moto Maker customization tool allowing Moto X owners to customize their phones on the outside as well. Now it seems that Motorola is getting ready to expand Moto Maker to cover the upcoming Moto G (2015 edition).  

Facebook Lite for emerging markets now official, begins rolling out

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Facebook’s solution for mobile users in emerging markets, “Facebook Lite,” is now rolling out in select regions.

The app is designed to work efficiently on slow networks with minimal bandwidth capacity. The download is only a 1MB file, so you could imagine there are quick install and load times. Features in the app include core Facebook functions, including status updates, News Feed, photos, notifications, etc.

Asia’s first on the list to receive the app — next up is Latin America, Africa and Europe.

Source: Facebook Newsroom