Google IO 2016 Coverage

Smart Alarm Clock gets comfy and takes a snooze in the Play Store

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Need to give a new alarm clock app a try? Smart Alarm Clock aims to learn about your sleeping patterns in order to wake you up at the perfect time. By using the sensors already built-in to a smartphone, Smart Alarm Clock detects movement and sound as you sleep. The app costs just $1.99 and I am sure if you are having sleeping problems, two buck won’t hurt to give Smart Alarm Clock a try.

According to the app’s description in the Play Store, here are the main features:

* Determines the best time to wake you up
* Provides detailed statistics of your sleep cycles and stages
* Weather forecast: detailed weather stats from anywhere in the world
* Records your bedroom sounds if they are longer than 5 seconds
* Includes 100+ specially designed chill-out and wake-up music

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Sony introduces “Xperia Themes” for phones running Android 4.3 or later

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Today Sony launched the new “Xperia Themes” for Xperia phones that are running Android 4.3 or later. This allows users to be able to better customize their phones user interface, and according to Sony users will be able to “skin up to 280 assets” on their device. These “assets” will include the users lock screen, icons, navigation bar, and so on.

Xperia Themes is using themes that are already downloadable via Google Play, and to download new themes, you can go to the “Themes” menu on your handset and press the + icon in the top right hand corner of the screen.

Source: Sony

Could Google drop Snapdragon in favor of Intel’s chip for Nexus 8?

 

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With Google’s Nexus 8 tablet rumored to be released this July alongside Google I/O, several other rumors about the device has surfaced. One glaring rumor is that Google is opting for Intel’s Moorefield CPU rather than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, which is currently being used in their Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 5 devices. The Moorefield chip clocks in at a max of 2.33 GHz and is powered by a PowerVR G6430 graphics engine, so either way, there’s no doubt that the rumored Nexus 8 will be a powerhouse whichever direction Google decides to take.

Of course, these are just rumors so take all of this with a grain of salt. Either way, we’ll all know for sure this coming Google I/O 2014!  On a side note, do you guys think Google will unveil a new OS, or next iteration of Android (4.5, 5.0)? Or will they still stick with KitKat and just bump it up a notch to 4.4.3?

source: AndroidPit

According to Verizon it’s a mistake to abandon the subsidized handset model

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We’ve seen a number of steps towards moving away from the subsidized phone model from many of the big phone providers in the past couple months. Except Verizon. It seems that Verizon is a little more cautious than their competitors when it comes to making those steps, and instead is focusing on promoting its traditional subsidized plan.

Verizon CFO Fred Shammo today spoke at the Deutsche Bank media conference, giving some insight as to why the company isn’t taking the same steps as other companies. During the conference he mentioned that Verizon believes “that the subsidy model is an extremely good model. It has done wonders for us in this industry. So I think to abandon that is a mistake.” He also said that the companies “Edge” and “More Everything” plans are available due to demand.

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Sound file in ‘all new HTC One’ suggests wireless charging capabilities for device

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Information about the all new HTC One has been leaking for weeks now, and there doesn’t seem to be a shortage in sight. We’ve just received word that the new device is expected to feature wireless charging capabilities.

This isn’t a surprise, but it’s valuable information nonetheless.

The hint was discovered after sound files from the new device were looked into— among notification and alarm sounds was an .ogg file called, “Wireless Charging Started.”

The file name pretty much gives it all away. With all of these leaks coming so quickly, don’t be surprised when more comes out in the next few days.

Via: Phone Arena
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Pebble App Challenge launches, will provide $5,000 to top developer

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Pebble’s standalone app store has officially launched, and the company is doing a lot to help developers begin producing useful apps for the up and coming smartwatch platform.

In fact, Pebble is starting its own “Pebble App Challenge,” which will award $5,000 to the first place app developer, and a Pebble Steel for each of the top 16 finalists.

The contest will accept submissions from today, March 10, until 5 p.m. PST on March 23. The public, developers and Pebble owners will be able to vote for their favorite apps between March 24 and March 27, with the top 16 moving onto the final rounds.

In April, Pebble users only will be able to vote for a different “app matchup” each day until one app, the winner, is left.

If you think you could do well in the competition, think about signing up at the link below.

Source: Pebble

Google giving all Chromebook users 60 days of Play Music All Access

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Google is giving away a 60 day free trail of Google Play Music All Access to all Chromebook users, as long as they haven’t used a trial in the past. All Access allows users to listen to as much ad-free music as they want, as well as allowing users to add albums to their library.

Normally All Access runs for $9.99 per month, which certainly isn’t bad at all. If you decide you don’t like it in the end, just cancel the service.

Source: +Google Play

TRWP 2.7 released, bringing huge list of new features

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TWRP 2.7 has been released, bringing a large list of new features, such as new graphics rendering changes for a smoother user interface, mouse support via USB, and so on.

Unfortunately some older devices will no longer be supported, especially devices that can’t handle the new SELinux support, as SELinux support requires devices that can handle Android 4.1 or higher. Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be able to install Android 4.4 on your device, but the team needs someone with one of those devices to properly test.

Hit the break for the full list of new features!

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Refer Google Apps to friends and make some money

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Google announced a new incentive program in which you can refer your friends and colleagues to Google Apps, and make $15 per new user. The philosophy is that many current Google Apps users learned about the service through word of mouth, so they are trying to build on that momentum.

If you’re interested in joining the referral program, you only need to sign up with your name and email address. They will also need your tax payer ID as well as a bank account to receive direct deposits. You will receive your payments for each user that has paid for at least 120 days, and it’s limited to 100 users.

source: Google Enterprise Blog / Sign up

Samsung Galaxy S 4 on T-Mobile receives Android 4.4.2 today

Samsung_Galaxy_S_4_Back_Bottom_GS4_Logo_TAT-Mobile recently began pushing out Android 4.4.2 for the Galaxy Note 3, and now its the Galaxy S 4’s turn. The update for the S4 is beginning to roll out over the air and through Samsung Kies with build number M919UVUFNB4.

The update is a hefty 388 MB and brings improved stability, and major features include white status bar icons, improved performance, reduced memory usage, improvements to Samsung’s onscreen keyboard in landscape mode, inbuilt wireless printing support, ability to select the default launcher and messaging app from the settings menu, a  camera shortcut and full-screen album art on the lock screen, and new emojis.

Source: T-Mobile