Google+ Photos will Halloweenify uploads with spooky or fun looks


With Halloween coming up on Friday, Google wants to make sure you have a way to show some holiday spirit online. Through Google+ Photos, you can Halloweenify your photographs. There are options for “spooky” or “fun” looks. The image above is a sample of what Google can do with the Halloweenify feature. With group photos, it can add the effect to a maximum of four people.

Here is how you can do it:

  1. Go to
  2. Select a look
  3. Select your photo and upload it

Simple enough, right? Now go Halloweenify every selfie you have!

Via: +John Nack

Google files trademark application for “ARA”


A new trademark application with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office was filed by Google to get protection for the ARA name for their forthcoming modular smartphone. Project ARA is Google’s project to produce a smartphone that has hot-swappable components that plug into a frame. This would allow users to upgrade certain components or add new features without having to purchase a whole new phone. We anticipate Google having a fully functional prototype available at the Ara Developer Conference coming up in December. This will be followed by an expected market launch in 2015.

The application for trademark protection is a strong indication that ARA is the name that Google will use to market the device when it is made available for the general public.

source: USPTO
via: phoneArena

Google releases Google Fit SDK for developers


As we reported earlier today, the long-awaited Google Fit app is now available in the Play Store, and as with most Google Services, the SDK is now available to download for developers. Any developer interested can grab the APIs at the source link and start building apps that take full advantage of the exciting new platform. The SDK allows for full access to all information stored inside Google Fit, opening the door for a plethora of fitness based apps. Read more

Google Fit launches in the Play Store with seamless device syncing


There is another option when it comes activity tracking. Google Fit is now live in the Play Store for anyone with a device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above. It operates with phones, tablets, the web, and Android Wear devices. This means that Google Fit really goes with you everywhere. The app takes advantage of existing sensors within your device to track activity.

Google Fit does go beyond just activity tracking. Users build a profile, based on things like gender and height/weight, with goals being uniquely made. Google does not mind if you use other services for activity tracking. Apps including Strava, Withings, Runtastic, Runkeeper, and Noom Coach can all work with Google Fit to sync with your profile. Google Fit will be a hub for everything to work together.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.

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YouTube may launch music service with ad-supported and paid versions

YouTube_music_service_concept_logoYouTube’s music service has become the topic of many rumors lately, with some sources claiming the service is very close to launching. We still haven’t heard anything concrete, but YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki discussed what’s happening with the service with Re/code to shed some light on what we’ve been hearing.

According to Wojcicki, the service is still in the early stages, which means it might not be available as quickly as we’d thought. YouTube is still exploring how to best create a music service to compete with other subscription models like Spotify or Pandora. One of the options she mentioned was an ad-free service, similar to Google’s own All-Access. Read more

Google talks screen size of Nexus 6, thinks people want giant phones

Nexus-6-splashWhen Google announced the Nexus 6, there were two details that raised eyebrows. The biggest shock was definitely the pricing, since most of us have gotten used to the incredibly cheap phones and tablets in Google’s Nexus lineup. However, the size of the phone has also become a hot topic for debate.

The Nexus 6 sports a 5.9-inch screen, which is considerably bigger than the 5-inch screen offered on the Nexus 5 from last year and still slightly bigger than even the largest phablets on the markets today. It’s clear that Google wanted an absolute top-of-the-line device with the Nexus 6, but there are still questions about whether or not customers will want something that big. Google thinks they do. Read more

Wear apps on the Moto 360 not displayed correctly when language is set to German after 4.4W.2 update


The 4.4W.2 update started rolling last week, and it appears a pretty big bug was found on the Moto 360 by Albrecht Noll, developer of Android Wear Faces Creator. If the language is set to German, apps are displayed as if the Moto 360 is square, not round. We aren’t sure if any other languages are affected, but we do know that everything is working okay with English.

You can clearly see the issue from the image above and below. The left is when German is selected, and the right is when English is selected. The issue is not only affecting apps, but even the stock launcher as you can see in the image below.

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Google Search updates messes with alarms, turning them off in some cases


This could prove to be a little troublesome for users of alarms within Android. The latest update to Google Search seemingly breaks the hands-free alarms and timers. Before, hitting the “Set alarm” and “Set timer” button was not necessary but now some are required to do so. If not, the device will not set anything and notify you when it should. The reason we say “some” is because there are users experiencing the issue while others are not. It is a spotty bug. The Google Search app is also having a problem setting these alarms and timers for dedicated clock apps.

So this is a public service announcement to go and check your alarms. Otherwise, you may not get up for work tomorrow morning. Not that you would want to do that, right?

Via: Android Central

Retailers blocking Apple Pay and Google Wallet as they build their own service


A slew of retailers are taking a stand against mobile payment services like Apple Pay and Google Wallet. They are blocking the mobile payment services from Apple and Google (and even SoftCard) because one of their own will be launching next year. Companies including Old Navy, Lowes, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sears, Best Buy, Stop & Shop, Walmart, Wendy’s, and a bunch of gas stations are behind the CurrentC mobile payment service scheduled for 2015.

The benefit of using CurrentC will be the lack of processing fees as the credit card companies are not at all involved. CurrentC is designed to work by taking funds from the user’s checking account. With the credit card companies taken out of the equation, retailers behind CurrentC will offer exclusive promotions as an incentive.

Via: The Verge