Androidify update overhauls with new design, GIFs, and new items

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When Google introduces something new, it seems like everything happens at once. One of the lesser known but certainly fun announcements from today’s Nexus extravaganza is the update to Androidify. The app allows users to create themselves (or anyone else) in the form of an Android-like character. Google has brought a ton of exciting new features to Androidify including character animations, GIFs, new items, and additional language support. Of course, you will notice a new user design with the introduction of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Finally, Google encourages everyone to share characters on the Androidify website for use in a television commercial or YouTube video.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.


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Android 5.0 Lollipop statue arrives at Google headquarters in Mountain View

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There is your first look at the statue representing the latest version of Android. Google has put a statue representing Android 5.0 Lollipop on the lawn of its Mountain View campus. It is the Android bug holding a lollipop that towers over him while giving the peace sign to onlookers. His placement does seem to be a little distanced from the other statues. This could be to represent the next phase for Android.

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Google posts video showing how Lollipop name was decided on

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Google’s Android team has posted a new video describing “The sweet search for L” that takes a humorous approach to all the possible names they could have gone with in naming Android L, which we now know is Lollipop. The video shows several options that may have been considered or perhaps Google just figured out there was some buzz around the name, like Lemon Meringue Pie.
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Nexus 6 to be available on all major U.S. carriers

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With Google’s official release of the Nexus 6 earlier today, buyers may be trying to figure out whether it will be available on their network. The good news for customers on the five major U.S. carriers is that Google is going to make the Nexus 6 available on all of those networks with the initial release. The networks include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless. This is a welcome change in strategy from Google as they try to get the latest Nexus smartphone into the hands of as many users as possible. The biggest impediment could end up being the price, which at $649 off-contract, puts it right up there with other high-end devices. By not backing off on specs and the corresponding cost of the unit, Google is also employing a new strategy compared to previous releases.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop is official, includes full Material Design overhaul and tons of new features

Lollipop ForestWe’ve been eagerly waiting for Google to make Android L official, and it’s finally here. The OS is version 5.0 and will be called Lollipop, so Google is sticking with their dessert naming conventions. The update includes Google’s new Material Design language throughout the operating system, and there are plenty of new features that look like they’ll make Android significantly better to use. This is the biggest update Android has seen in years, and there’s a lot to get excited about.
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Google’s Nexus Player is Google’s first Android TV device

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We had a chance to see Android TV in action back at Google I/O, and now it’s finally going to be available for all. We also didn’t think Google would brand their own set-top box, but they are. The Nexus Player, made by ASUS, is Google’s first Android TV device, and their first set-top box of any kind.

Going with the round shape, it looks a little different from other streaming devices on the market. It packs a 1.8GHz Quad Core, Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, support for 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO), and HDMI out. It’s also Google Cast ready. Surprisingly, it doesn’t have an HDMI input like past Google TV boxes.


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HTC’s Nexus 9 is official, complete with brushed metal design and BoomSound speakers

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HTC’s often-rumored Nexus 9 tablet is official, and it looks like one of the best Android tablets we’ve ever seen. The device sports an 8.9-inch screen big enough to enjoy movies and games but still small enough to carry around throughout the day. The specs are top notch, too, including a Tegra K1 CPU, 2048×1536 resolution on the screen, and 2 GB of RAM. It’s also equipped with HTC’s fantastic BoomSound speakers, too.

Software is pretty self-explanatory; you’ll get Android 5.0 with no OEM modifications, and it’s a Nexus device, so updates will come quickly from Google. The tablet also looks like it’s getting quite a bit of accessory support, too, as Google is already showing off an official keyboard case for the device. If you’re looking for an Android tablet for true productivity, this might be the way to go.
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Nexus 6 with Android Lollipop officially unveiled, pre-orders start late October for $649

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Well it’s official folks. The Nexus from Motorola and Google has finally been announced. There really isn’t much too surprising with it other than the price.

As far as specs go, the Nexus 6 has a 5.96-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display at 493 ppi, a 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, Adreno 420 GPU, 32 or 64 GB of storage, a 13 MP rear camera with OIS and HDR+, 2 MP front-facing camera, dual front-facing stereo speakers, a 3,220 mAh battery, and Android 5.0 Lollipop. It also has Motorola’s Turbo Charging technology, which means you can charge an additional 6 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes.


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Google Play Store downloads beat out iOS App Store downloads in volume by 60%

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According to the latest numbers about app store downloads, Google’s Play Store sees about 60% more volume for downloads than Apple’s App Store. There were roughly 160 million downloads in Q3 on the Play Store, while the App Store only saw about 100 million. Both are impressive numbers however you slice, but Android’s enormous market share globally is really showing through here.
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Google Classroom getting several improvements for students and teachers

Google_Logo_7356Earlier this summer, Google launched Google Classroom in an attempt to improve the education experience for teachers and students around the world. It offers many things to make it easier (and cheaper) for classrooms to go paperless and collaborate and communicate more efficiently. Today, Google announced five new features for Classroom to improve that experience even more.
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