Cameras for Android devices have come a long way. Some remain hit-or-miss while others perform exceptionally well. With Android 5.0 Lollipop, expect all devices to receive improvements. Changes have been made by Google for Android to support raw image files.
The Nexus 6 arrived in the Play Store today just as scheduled. The unfortunate part is that many people were not able to place a pre-order because Google quickly ran out of inventory. The switch from in-stock to being out of inventory was so quick that there is speculation the Nexus 6 was not yet supposed to be available. So keep an eye on the Play Store to see if the Nexus 6 returns to be available at some point today. We will be doing the same and update you accordingly.
The options in the Play Store are as follows:
YouTube announced the WatchMe for Android project that allows developers to integrate YouTube live streaming into their Android apps. It’s already being utilized by HTC with the Re and Sony with the Live on YouTube app.
It’s an open-source project that uses the YouTube Data API v3, YouTube Live Streaming API, Google Play Services, and Plus API. It’s available on Github and can be customized. It’s still experimental, but you can make sure to keep up with the progress if you subscribe to the YouTube for Developers channel.
Next year could bring the birth of the modular smartphone with Project Ara, which is developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team. The latest working prototype, the Spiral One, is being built by a team at NK Labs in Boston, and Phonebloks put together a video showing us the device along with the background from the development team.
One thing to note is that the Spiral One uses off-the-shelf chips, so developer functionality is limited. The Spiral Two will feature custom chips made by Toshiba, thus improving developer function. That device will be shown in January at the next Project Ara developer conferences. They will take place in the U.S. and Europe on January 14th and in the Asia Pacific on January 21st.
The video after the break not only shows you the phone, but a decent amount of the development background with NK labs.
Google customers can now use their Play Store balance to purchase subscriptions for Play Music All Access and Play Newsstand. According to Google’s Support page, the ability to use credit to purchase memberships is being restricted to just those two platforms for now, but compatibility will be added for other services in the not-too-distant future.
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:
- Go to photos.google.com
- Select a look
- Select your photo and upload it
Simple enough, right? Now go Halloweenify every selfie you have!
Via: +John Nack
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.
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.
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.
YouTube’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.