Motorola updating long list of apps

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Motorola is in the process of updating a long list of apps for their devices. Most of the updated apps have not yet surfaced on Google Play, but APK files are available for download and install. Early feedback suggests users are having the most success installing the updates on Motorola Moto X 2014 devices, though some of them will install on other Motorola smartphones. Details are still sparse regarding the changes to the apps, but it looks like Motorola is prepping them for Android Lollipop including a dose of Material Design. Reports indicate some of these updated apps are included in some Lollipop soak tests that are underway.
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Hangouts Dialer Update Brings Dialer Recognition To Links

hangouts_dialer_update_picture1Today’s update to Google’s Hangouts Dialer app now let’s you select the app to place a call when you click on phone number links inside of other apps, like Google Maps or Search. You can choose to use the option once or make it your default dialer app.

Another feature of this update will allow you to add people or places to your contacts from your Hangouts Dialer call history.
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How to download Android APK files from the Google Play Store

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There might be various reasons that you would want to download an APK directly from the Play Store. One might be that an app (especially Google apps) is showing that it has been updated, but you can’t push it to your device. By downloading the APK directly, you can simply sideload it on your device and get the updated version that much quicker. You also might be a tinkerer in that you want to sideload an APK to your Android TV device (or some other device) to see how it works.

Now you can find various sites that host APK files, but they might not have the latest versions, not to mention they could be altered with malware. Grabbing it directly from the Play Store is the safest way, but how do you go about doing that? It’s actually pretty simple, so hit the break to get started.


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Nokia HERE Maps for Android leaks

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Although Microsoft is killing off Android on their Nokia smartphones, one bit of software appears to continue to have some life in the Android ecosystem. That would be Nokia’s HERE Maps application, their version of a map and navigation tool similar to Google Maps. HERE Maps was originally designed for Samsung’s Tizen powered Gear devices so pedestrians could use it. Subsequent to that, Nokia and Samsung agreed to make it available on other Samsung devices running Android with a projected release date in October. The exclusivity for Samsung may be short-lived though after an APK of a beta version was leaked today.
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Google Play Services 4.4 teardown reveals much more waiting in the wings

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Google started rolling out an update to Google Play Services earlier this week to take it up to version 4.4. Publicly, the update included the ability to embed Street View imagery in apps, some motion detectors, and tweaks to Mobile Ads, game services, and Google Wallet. Now that the update has started to reach actual users, a teardown of the APK has commenced revealing Google included a lot more in the file even if it has not been turned on yet.
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Pananoid Android’s Peek function now available as standalone APK

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Back in March, Paranoid Android added a new feature called Peek, which functions much like Active Notifications on a Moto X, to their custom ROM. Since installation of a custom ROM may be more than what some users are willing to undertake, computer science student Zhe Lu decided to break the Peek app away from the rest of the ROM and convert it into a standalone APK that could be installed on any device running at least Android 4.4.2.
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