Rovio’s Bad Piggies reaches 100 million downloads, receives celebratory update

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Most of us have probably played at least one of the games from the popular Angry Birds franchise developed by Rovio, who has just announced that its Bad Piggies game has reached over 100 million downloads. That’s a pretty big number that includes download figures from Google’s Play Store, Amazon’s Appstore and Apple’s App Store. To celebrate, Rovio has updated the game to version 1.6, the details of which are below.


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Android Studio v1.1 is released to the Stable Channel, primarily fixes bugs

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Android Studio left its beta status behind with the release of v1.0 in December of last year, and here we have version 1.1 being released to the stable channel with the primary purpose of fixing bugs. This new release of the Android Studio IDE (Integrated Development Environment) does bring a few new functions with it though, as can be seen in the changelog below.


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Google adds Android Wear to the Device Art Generator

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One of the tools that Google provides to developers is the Device Art Generator. With this tool, developers can get an idea of what their screens will look like on different Google hardware. For instance, a developer may want to get a feel for how their app will look when framed by the relatively large bevels of the Nexus 9 and its 4:3 ratio versus a Nexus 5. Google has now added Android Wear support to the tool.
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Check out Toshiba’s first camera modules for the Project Ara smartphone

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News on Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone has been picking up steam as of later, and we’re starting to see the first developmental modules for the device.

Today, we have pictures and information regarding Toshiba’s camera module for the device, which is still in development.

In these pictures,we can see a 2MP front shooter, as well as a 5MP and 13MP rear cameras. Development is set to be complete in 2016. Hit the break for more.


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Android Developer Days gearing up for 2015 event

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Android Developer Days is back for 2015 and has announced their first few featured speakers for the event to be held in May in Turkey. ADD 2015 is an open conference covering developments in mobile, web, server and software technologies. The organizers are hopeful their efforts will inspire participants to contribute to a better world.

The first five features speakers include:
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Android’s future is with us, not Google, according to Cyanogen CEO

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Many things in our world splinter into a variety of subsects. Some of which are political parties, Protestant denominations, and Linux distributions, which includes Android. They all have something in common with that from which they derive, but all claim superiority in some fashion.

Kirt McMaster (CEO of Cyanogen Inc.) recently spoke to a crowd gathered at The Information’s Next Phase of Android event, to say that a new dawn is coming to the Android distribution and the daybreak will show Cid standing triumphant over Andy.
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Google releases Android 5.0.2 factory images for Nexus 10 and 2013 Nexus 7

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Google has just posted Android 5.0.2 Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 10 and 2013 Nexus 7. Until now, the only images that were available were for the 2012 Nexus 7. The build number on today’s images is the same as last month’s LRX22G. Google hasn’t posted any change log, but we aren’t expecting big changes in the new firmware.

The images are available on Google’s developer site and should begin to rollout over-the-air soon. If you don’t want to wait, however, you can check out our guide on installing factory images here, and download the image via the source link below. 

Source: Google Developers

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A true smart home: Logitech’s Harmony API could change the game

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We’ve seen so many “smart gadgets” as part of the Internet of things movement, but most of them have worked as dedicated ecosystems and haven’t been compatible with one another.

But Logitech thinks it has an answer, and it’s in the form of an API.

The Harmony API creates a vision where a consumer is watching a movie on his or her Samsung flatscreen via Apple TV and the Philips Huelights in the living room dim to the appropriate level.

Logitech says the programming tool will give developers access to over 270,000 smart devices, allowing the kind of expansive control we haven’t gotten from other smart home solutions.

We’ll have to wait a bit before products become fully integrated and the API is fully developed, but this is a promising start.

Source: Logitech