New leaked image of Android L shows possible UI refinements

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A new image of a device running what appears to be a new build of Android L reveals some minor tweaks to the user interface.  The photo is of a Nexus 5 running a version of Android with build number LRW66E which appears to have been created on September 4th. Along with the information gleaned from the shot of the screen on the Nexus 5, information in Google’s bug tracker shows the name of the phone including this bit – “LMP.” Could that be a reference to “Lemon Meringue Pie” suggesting the “Lion” information that has surfaced is just to throw people off the scent?
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Nike+ running app to come pre-loaded on Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch

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Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S smartwatch is now official, so it’s up to the company and third-party developers now to begin making apps available for the device.

Samsung recently announced a new partnership with Nike in a press release — Gear S owners will be able to download the Nike+ Running app, which utilizes the device’s GPS and 3G connectivity to track fitness data.

The app comes pre-loaded on the device and can track their runs and record data all while their phone remains at home.

The features appear to be the same as the usual Nike+ Running App, except this is optimized for the Gear S.

Source: Samsung

New ‘Swing Copters’ update makes gameplay easier, less frustrating for users

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Flappy Bird creator Dong Nyugen hasn’t yet added his hit game back to the Play Store, but his new game, Swing Copters, has been getting a ton of popularity in the past few weeks.

However, the game has received reviews asking him to make it easier, as many have said that it’s been too difficult to rack up even one point while playing.

In an update released today (now version 1.1), Swing Copters has been improved so users can better predict the character’s movement, thus making it easier to play the game. There are also unspecified bug fixes.

If you deleted the game on its first go-around, now may be a good time to pick it back up (if you’re into this kind of stuff). Hit the break for the link to the game in the Play Store.


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Chrome ADB server released for Nexus 5

ChromeADBIf you’re interested in tinkering with your phone, you know how using ADB requires installing the SDK or using a toolkit (my personal method of action). However, thanks to Koushik Dutta, a prolific Android developer and creator of many apps, there is a public version of an ADB server for Chrome, released today. Unfortunately, it only works with the Nexus 5 at the moment, but we can expect him to add more devices in the future, most likely starting with the rest of the current Nexus devices.
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Google Fit now available to developers as a preview SDK

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Google announced Google Fit at Google I/O, which will gives developers the tools to build amazing fitness apps. The set of APIs can store and access data from fitness apps and sensors on Android devices or other wearables. With the user’s permission, apps will now be able to access fitness history data allowing for detailed insights, personalized coaching, recommendations, and more.


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Team Win Recovery Project adds support for Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch

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Team Win posted its official custom recovery for both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch today, giving users the ability to add customer ROMs to the devices.

Once you’re in custom recovery, the options on the screen are a bit small for a smartwatch screen, so an upcoming interface update will most likely resize the buttons. Otherwise, everything works fine. Of course you’ll need an unlocked bootloader before you do anything.


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LG G Watch gets toolkit for rooting, unlocking, flashing and restoring capabilities

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The Nexus Root Toolkit from Wugfresh has become insanely popular since the interest in unlocking bootloaders and rooting devices has expanded to “normal” consumers.

Now, those with an LG G Watch will be able to root and unlock the device just as easily as Wugfresh’s Nexus solution provides.


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Samsung announces next Developers Conference

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Samsung has been building it’s own ecosystem for a while now, and it can’t continue without developer support. They hosted their first Developers Conference last October, so it’s no surprise they are going to do it all over again this year. With the introduction of the Samsung Mobile SDK and the S Health SDK, how can they not?

It’s going to be in San Francisco again this year and the dates are November 11 – 13th. For more information, check out the source link below.

sources: samsungdevcon / Samsung Tomorrow