Google Calendar’s update with Material Design is stunning

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Every day brings something new. The newness of today is the redesigned Google Calendar. The app was put under construction and debuts with a new look to reflect the guidelines recommended with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Simply put, Google Calendar will satisfy for Material Design craving for a bit. It is absolutely beautiful and works just as well as ever. Google added a feature in which the app will incorporate events pulled from Gmail. And the new Assists feature will learn about your use patterns and tailor the app appropriately.

The new Google Calendar app works with devices running Android 4.1 and above.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.

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Chromecast’s Cast Screen feature now supports the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Slow and steady wins the race. The Cast Screen feature found in the Chromecast app is available to only select devices. As of late, Google has been adding support for new devices. It was most recently Sony that saw a slew of devices receive Cast Screen support. Now, another Samsung device gets the special treatment. The Galaxy Note 4 is compatible with the Cast Screen feature. This allows a user to mirror their device’s display to a television connected with a Chromecast.

Don’t have a Galaxy Note 4? Then just use your Tesco hudl2 or TrekStor SurfTab xintron i 7.0 for the Cast Screen feature. Because you definitely own one of them.

Source: Google Support
Via: Android Police

Verizon’s ETF fee will not decrease until a contract’s eighth month of life

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That right there is a bunch of jibber-jabber that can be condensed to this: Verizon will not start taking money off of its early termination fee until the contract is at least eight months old. Advanced devices have an early termination fee that starst at $350. Devices that do not fall under that title start at $175. So any money taken off of the ETF is welcome. The savings start at $10 or $5 depending upon the device and climb up to $60 or $30 in the twenty-fourth month of a contract.

This is how the new deductions will operate (advanced devices/non-advanced devices):

  • Months 8-18: $10 / $5 per month
  • Months 19-23: $20 / $10 per month
  • Month 24: $60 / $30

The policy change will be limited to devices purchased on November 14 and thereafter.

Source: Verizon
Via: Android and Me

Samsung’s decline in performance affects top executive’s pay

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Although Samsung has seen its financial performance decline recently, it still generates a massive amount of money. That decline, though, does affect the earnings of top executives. J.K. Shin, the man in charge of the company’s mobile division, saw his pay fall in the third quarter to $630,000 after earning $1.5 million in the preceding quarter. While Shin is not the only Samsung executive affected, he felt it the most because he leads the largest arm. The operating profit drop from 20% in the first quarter to 7% in the third.

Still, Shin has earned more this year than any other executive within the company at $10.9 million. And there is the entire fourth and final quarter of the year to work with.

Via: Digits (The Wall Street Journal)

Factory image of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Nexus 4 is available

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The Nexus 4 will get the latest version of Android in a software update, but the rollout for Android 5.0 has yet to take place. Fortunately, today, Google posted the factory image of Lollipop for the Nexus phone of 2012. The software version listed on the Android Developers site is LRX21T. So now Nexus 4 owners can join the fun even two years after launch.

Not sure how to install a Lollipop factory image on your Nexus device? Then check out the TalkAndroid guide explaining exactly how to do so.

Source: Android Developers

Samsung modifies Gear VR hardware to make it run cooler

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When the Gear VR arrives in the United States next month, owners will not have to worry about it producing excessive heat. Developers and consumers both reported that the headset was getting very hot when used for more than twenty minutes. The company modified the hardware so that the Gear VR runs at a lower temperature. Andrew Dickerson, Samsung’s director of software development in Dallas, clarified by saying “We turned the cores back to a more reasonable level.” People reporting the overheating issues had been using older units. However, the hardware modification does sacrifice performance for developers. Samsung claims it has picked up improvements in other areas to counter the change.

Via: Re/code

Sony Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact, Z4 Ultra, and Z4 Tablet information surfaces

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Sony is the first company to announce it is holding an event at CES 2015. There, it is expected that new devices will be introduced to the Xperia line. To be exact, new phones and a tablet are going to be unveiled. Sony could be opting with CES 2015 for announcements as it allows the company to get ahead of everyone else doing so at Mobile World Congress in February. You will not have to wait until January, though, to find out what Sony has up its sleeve. Why? Because someone decided to spill the beans on the Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact, Z4 Ultra, and Z4 Tablet.

Hit the break to find out what is to come from Sony next year.

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