Google Camera gets another update with Photo Sphere improvements

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Google released an update to the Google Camera on the Play Store just a few days ago that brought some Android Wear functionality. Also part of that update isn’t quite as big, but it does fix a lot of issues that users had with Photo Sphere and related modes.

Photo Sphere has been improved so it has a larger target area, which is extremely helpful in bright sunlight. This change should make creating Photo Spheres much, much easier. Aside from that small tweak, Photo Spheres should use less memory during the stitching process, which will supposedly cut down on crashes in the camera app. That performance change should also affect related camera modes, including Fish Eye, Panorama, and Wide Angle.

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Nova Launcher gets Android L-style visual tweaks

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Nova Launcher is one of the best third-party launchers available, and today’s update makes it even better. The latest stable update brings some visual flair from the Android L developer preview, including different animations and theme tweaks.

There’s a new animation option for opening and leaving apps called slide up, which causes apps to appear from the bottom of the screen like they do in Android L. Many of the default theme elements have adopted the same aesthetic, including the Google search bar and the app drawer icon. The folder icon previews can now use Android L style grouping, too. » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 11, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

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HTC Dot View app becomes manageable with themes and settings

Android Wear

[New Wear App] Find and open apps a lot quicker on Android Wear with Wear Mini Launcher

Wunderlist gets updated with Android Wear support

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[New Wear App] Find and open apps a lot quicker on Android Wear with Wear Mini Launcher

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The Android Wear interface is simple, which is a good thing, but opening apps is a little convoluted. If you want to use your voice, it’s not too bad, but if you want to navigate with your finger, forget it.

Wear Mini Launcher aims to make things a lot easier, and it does. Once the app is installed, just place your finger at the top left corner and swipe to the right. An opaque drawer will open with all of your apps.  Six app icons can appear at the same time, but you can scroll down revealing more.

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Microsoft opening beta program for OneNote users on Android

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Microsoft is opening a beta-testing program for its OneNote app on Android — any user can join, all you have to do is sign up with Microsoft’s new beta program.

After you sign up, Microsoft will push out an update to you for OneNote. You’ll get a whole bunch of new features — just make sure to give some feedback!

Microsoft will even accept suggestions from users for ways to improve the app in the future.

 

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Photos of Sony’s Xperia Z3 leak on Digi-Wo and Weibo

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Photos of what are probably Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z3 flagship have leaked on Chinese sites Digi-Wo and Weibo, with the Chinese model number of the device, L55t.

Rumored specs include a Qualcomm 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, and Adreno 330 GPU. Based on the pictures in the gallery after the break, it will also ship with Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

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Galaxy S 4 Active battles lawnmower, comes out scathed but working

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galaxy-s4-active-4If you’re the proud owner of a Galaxy S 4 Active you’ll be happy to know that if it ever meets up with a moving lawnmower, it will come out the other end still working, at least, according to a lucky reddit user. However, even though it survived the beating the lawnmower gave it, it came out far from unscathed. As you can see the screen is decently shattered up top, but even so, the device is still in working condition. According to the redditer the phone, that was playing music at the time, never missed a beat and was still fully functional.

So if you’re sitting there wondering if your Active will still work after coming face-to-face with a lawnmower blade, wonder no more. Although, we don’t recommend you try this at home.

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NASCAR pushing for viewer engagement during races with second screen experience

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You may not be watching NASCAR races on television, but there are millions of people that do. The sport that has quietly remained relevant in recent years and is working on a way to keep viewers as engaged as possible, even if they cannot attend a race. Speaking with VentureBeat, the sport’s managing director of digital platforms Colin Smith expressed his feeling that television cannot give viewers everything needed at once. Smith explains that viewers’ traffic on race days are 65% rooted from mobile devices.

With the new NASCAR app, the sport is ready to immerse viewers into a total experience. With the app, users can get dynamic views of tracks and drivers. But if they are a fan of a particular driver, they can focus on that person. So no matter what the television broadcast does, users of the app can have a tailored view of the race and a custom feed of news.

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Sony SmartWatch 2 update includes option for custom wallpapers

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The latest update that Sony is rolling out to its SmartWatch 2 includes the option to apply your own custom wallpaper. Take that owners of Android Wear devices! Through the settings menu of the SmartWatch 2 app, users can choose whatever wallpaper they would like and have it reflected onto the SmartWatch 2. Aside from this being the major part of the update, Sony is now allowing the device to have language support identical to what your smartphone has. Finally, usual performance boosters are included with this updated.

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