LG plans to bring G3′s UX to future entry-level and midrange phones and tablets

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The UX design and features found on LG’s G3 flagship will reportedly be brought to future LG entry-level and midrange smartphones and tablets, a company release said today.

The standardization of the UX features from the G3 is part of an effort to make its less-premium hardware feel more high-end compared to competing devices from other OEMs.

Some specific features brought over to other devices include Touch and Shoot, Gesture Shot, Clean View, Smart Keyboard and more. Hit the break for LG’s full release.


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Google promotes Android Wear with four new videos

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Now that we know the Moto 360 (and some other new Motorola products) will be launched September 4, Google will look to kick their marketing for Android Wear into full gear.

Four new promotional videos for the wearable-OS have popped up online — the videos mostly show off the voice command capabilities of the devices. Hit the break for the four videos.


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Google Now adds alternate flights after delays and cancellations

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It’s pretty annoying when your flight gets delayed, or even cancelled. It’s even more annoying trying to find an alternate flight to get to where you’re going.

But now, you won’t have to worry about it.

Google Now has added an “alternate flights” view after your flight has been delayed or cancelled, which is a pretty convenient addition to the service.

Source: Engadget

 

Google announces Android distribution numbers for August

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It’s that time of month again: Google revealed the current distribution of Android software on devices around the world. Unlike in the past, where Gingerbread was the king ahead of a lagging Jelly Bean, the latest OS has been sufficiently spreading the love to everyone. According to the pie graph, one out of every five devices is running KitKat, and a little over one half of devices is running Jelly Bean.
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Xiaomi apologizes for uploading Address data without permission

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Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra has apologized to users who were concerned with the fact that contact data was collected from address books without permission. The issue arose from a cloud messaging service from Xiaomi similar to iMessage. The specific problem was the service uploading phone numbers to servers without asking for permission (like other Android applications). Xiaomi has added an OTA update as an opt-in for the service and has promised to encrypt numbers as well. 
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Google+ app gets ability to cast your stream to Chromecast

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Google+ for Android received an update today — in addition to the usual bug fixes, you’ll now have the ability to cast your Google+ stream to Chromecast.

You’ll be able to manually flip through posts on the stream or you can automatically play through the stream. The posts fill up the whole screen, but it looks like GIF-support is not included for now.

The update is pushing out now, so be patient. If you’d rather not wait, head on over to the source link and grab the download files.

Source: Android Police

 

OnePlus One receives Android 4.4.4 update

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Today, the OnePlus One began to receive the Android 4.4.4 update, which comes full of fixes for all of the bugs you may have been experiencing. The update brings a fix to the camera called Clear Image. According to OnePlus, “Once you switch on the new Clear Image mode in the Camera app, nothing but awesomeness will be captured.” All pictures should have more detail, and low light shots will be clearer with less noise. To solve the yellow tinting of the screen, the update brings a cooler calibration of the screen.

With the help of the proximity sensor, the phone will no longer switch displays once in your pocket. The touch keys are more illuminated and the device should be much more stable. The issue that prevented vibrations from being deactivated during quiet hours has been fixed too, and now song info will be updated on the lock screen. 
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Rovio releases teaser trailer for Angry Birds Stella, will be released September 4

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Rovio’s next installment of the Angry Birds craze, Angry Birds Stella, has been announced for a September 4 launch on all major mobile platforms.

The company has released a new trailer to create some buzz before the game is released. Check it out after the break. Rovio is also rumored to be working on Angry Birds Transformers, which will come out some point later this year or possibly next year.
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