Developers only need a few lines of code to add their apps to Google Voice Search

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We saw glimpses of this at Google I/O, and developers can now make their apps searchable through Google Voice Search. It only takes a few lines of code. Once added, apps can receive the SEARCH_ACTION intent containing the SearchManager.QUERYextra with the search expression.

Examples of such searches might be Ok Google, search pizza on Eat24” or Ok Google, search for hotels in Maui on TripAdvisor.” Imagine the possibilities.


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Xiaomi takes 3rd place for world’s largest smartphone manufacturer

xiaomi-pageXiaomi has been aggressively selling phones since the company was founded just three years ago, and according to the latest shipment metrics, they’ve finally got something to show for it. The company moved about 19 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2014, which officially makes them the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. That puts it above other large companies like Lenovo and LG.
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Samsung website hints at Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet refresh for 2015

samsung_galaxy_note_101_2014_whiteLast year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet alongside the Note 3. This time around, though, the Note 4 was unveiled next to a few other devices, but no new Note tablet showed up. Since Samsung has a larger 12-inch Note tablet and the relatively new Galaxy Tab S lineup, it seemed possible that the 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1 would be the last of its kind. According to some info on Samsung’s website, however, it looks like we may see another 10-inch Note tab sooner rather than later.
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Despite iOS sales success, Android continues to expand lead in U.S.

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When Apple launched the latest versions of the iPhone in September, we all saw the typical crush of Apple fans clamoring for an updated device and we have seen the news about the large numbers of devices sold. None of this is surprising as we expect Apple to get a bump as part of their release cycle that counters the increases Android claims during the rest of the year when manufacturers release their latest flagship devices. True to form, Kantar Worldpanel’s latest numbers for market share through September show the effect of the release. What may be surprising though is that in the U.S. market, where Apple enjoys its biggest success, Android actually gained ground while iOS lost ground.
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Google Play Movies & TV update brings Info Cards & Material Design makeover

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Google is in the process of rolling out a rather appealing update for its Play Movies & TV application via the Play Store. This upgrade brings the standard Material Design makeover that the search engine giant has been distributing to its full suite of Android apps over the course of the past few weeks, in addition to a new interactive menu that’s displayed on either a smartphone or tablet when casting content.


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Samsung likely to launch A Series in China to compete with mid-range competitors

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The Chinese market favors competitively priced, high-quality smartphones, and for that reason Samsung has been losing ground for a long time. The Korean tech giant is hoping that changes with the launch of the A series (Galaxy A3, A5 and A7), mid-range devices with premium build quality that are rumored to be priced around 500,00 Won ($475). 
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Samsung launches Verizon-exclusive Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition for $699

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As previously announced, Samsung have launched the Verizon-exclusive Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition for purchase off-contract. Aside from an unlockable bootloader, the Developer Edition of the Note 4 is identical in every way to Samsung’s recently released phablet. The Developer Edition Note 4 will set you back $699 and can be purchased from Samsung’s website. What ROMs are you most excited to see make their way to the Note 4? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Samsung
Via: Android Central

YouTube WatchMe for Android project brings YouTube live streaming to Android apps

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YouTube announced the WatchMe for Android project that allows developers to integrate YouTube live streaming into their Android apps. It’s already being utilized by HTC with the Re and Sony with the Live on YouTube app.

It’s an open-source project that uses the YouTube Data API v3, YouTube Live Streaming API, Google Play Services, and Plus API. It’s available on Github and can be customized. It’s still experimental, but you can make sure to keep up with the progress if you subscribe to the YouTube for Developers channel.


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New Project Ara prototype shown off along with dates for upcoming conferences

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Next year could bring the birth of the modular smartphone with Project Ara, which is developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team. The latest working prototype, the Spiral One, is being built by a team at NK Labs in Boston, and Phonebloks put together a video showing us the device along with the background from the development team.

One thing to note is that the Spiral One uses off-the-shelf chips, so developer functionality is limited. The Spiral Two will feature custom chips made by Toshiba, thus improving developer function. That device will be shown in January at the next Project Ara developer conferences. They will take place in the U.S. and Europe on January 14th and in the Asia Pacific on January 21st.

The video after the break not only shows you the phone, but a decent amount of the development background with NK labs.


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A global version of the DROID Turbo is on the way

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After yesterday’s DROID Turbo unveiling, many people felt left out in the cold since it’s not only exclusive to the U.S. but it’s also on one carrier, Verizon Wireless. Have no fear because it looks like Motorola will release a variant of the phone for the global market.

Turns out Motorola is sending invites for an event in Brazil on November 5. Taking a look at the back of the phone in the invite, it looks just like the same ballistic nylon that the DROID Turbo sports.


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