Get an eye on new notifications style in Android L with Heads Up! app

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One of the new features that Google showed off in Android L last week was a new way of displaying notifications in a floating window that will pop up over running apps. If you want to get an idea of how this may work without installing Android L and you have a device running Android 4.3 or 4.4, you may want to check out the new Heads Up! app fro XDA member Dr.Alexander_Breen. » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 23 – June 29, 2014

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To say this past week was epic would be an understatement. Google I/O was only two days, but it was jam packed with a ton of stuff. Google introduced the Android L Preview, Android Wear, Android Auto, and Android TV, and that was only the tip of the iceberg. We even got to see Project Ara and Project Tango in public for the first time. Oh yea, let’s not forget what a cardboard box can do. There were of course a lot of other things happening, including Microsoft’s first Android phone, the Nokia X2. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another great week in the world of Android.

Google I/O Coverage

Watch Google’s I/O 2014 keynote right here

Google announces Android One project for low-cost smartphones

1 billion active users on Android, tablet presence impresses

Google Play Services holds important role in security for Android devices

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Moto 360 to be in Moto Maker and launched with Moto X+1

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It is expected that the Moto 360 will launch alongside the Moto X+1 later this summer, but more interestingly, according to recent rumors the Moto 360 will be included in Moto Maker.

As of right now, it is a little unclear as to what options the Moto 360 will have in the Moto Maker, but it is likely that users will be able to change the wristband. Motorola has stated that they want to offer a leather wristband, a metal one, and a sporty rubber one. Despite this, production of the metal wristband may be delayed, as Motorola only had the leather one to show at Google I/O.

Source: PhoneArena

Android ‘L’ to add improved real-time audio processing

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When Android ‘L’ was previewed at Google I/O, the main focus was on the user interface and changes that were coming to it. Despite this, Android ‘L’ will have a number of changes under the hood too.

One thing that Android has had a lot of trouble with over the years is real-time audio processing. Companies have been able to make great audio devices for iOS devices, but this isn’t as true for Android ones.

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Android L’s new camera API will come with several new features

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Google is overhauling a ton of things in Android L, one of which will be the camera API. Fortunately, this means you can expect to see several new features and improvements to the standard Android camera application, which has honestly been lacking up to this point.

The biggest thing to come from this new camera API will be pure performance. Thanks to better synchronization between the physical camera and the software, devices should be able to capture better images as well as 30 FPS videos at full resolution. The Nexus 5 on Android L, for instance, can capture a 30 FPS, 8 megapixel video, which is a big improvement over what it could do on previous versions of Android.  » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 27, 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!!

Android Wear

Google Maps updated to include Android Wear support

Apps

Google Maps updated to include Android Wear support

Deals

Amazon hosting two day promotion full of free apps

Google

Matias Duarte talks Material Design

Sundar Pichai talks Google’s platform expansion, open approach, and relationship with Samsung

Google forges partnership with MediaTek for Android One device development

Google+

Google+ Photos introduces new World Cup face paint after-effects

Hardware

Google forges partnership with MediaTek for Android One device development

Phones

Front of the Samsung Galaxy F in gold leaks

Smartwatches

Asus Android Wear device to be thinnest in the category

Updates

System dump brings Android L wallpapers and APKs to the masses, get the new material themed Google Keyboard as well

Android L Preview now has root

Wallpapers

System dump brings Android L wallpapers and APKs to the masses, get the new material themed Google Keyboard as well

Miscellaneous

Samsung announces trial program at select locations

Sundar Pichai talks Google’s platform expansion, open approach, and relationship with Samsung

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On Wednesday at the Google I/O 2014 keynote, Sundar Pichai and Google introduced new platforms centered around Android. The newest arms of Android include Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto. With them, Google is ensuring Android has a presence in various areas of a person’s life. Interviewed by Wire, Pichai explains why Google has an approach in which Android and Chrome are appearing in many different areas while working together. He also spoke about why Google has a horizontal approach in being open and welcoming users of other platforms (like iOS) with their products (like Chromecast). Pichai even noted that the company has healthy relationship with Samsung and often gets to see their roadmap of what is to come. » Read the rest

Google Maps updated to include Android Wear support

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If you were at Google I/O and got your hands on an Android Wear device already (Gear Live, G Watch, or perhaps even a Moto 360 if you’re lucky), you may have noticed that navigation commands to Android Wear devices didn’t work.

Until now…

Google was clearly aware of this, and just updated Google Maps to version 8.1.1, bringing support for Android Wear.

If you don’t yet see the update on Google Play, just be patient as it may be rolling out to devices in waves. Once updated, you can search for a location, start navigating, view directions and more, all from your smart watch. Hit the break for the Play Store download link and QR code.

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Google forges partnership with MediaTek for Android One device development

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At the Google I/O keynote this week, Google announced that it would be working on a new initiative, called Android One, which would aid OEMs in the development of low-cost smartphones geared towards users in emerging markets.

Google has decided to work with MediaTek on this initiative, which will most likely be manufacturing the chips for the devices.

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