Android One phones to get Lollipop by the end of January

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Android One smartphones might be off to a slow start in terms of sales, but it also appears they are also off to a slow start in terms of updates. According to one of the manufacturers, Spice Mobility, the Dream Uno will receive the Lollipop update by the end of January 2015. More than likely, the Micromax A1 and the Karbonn Sparkle V will also get the update around the same time.

Since all Android One phones sport hardware specified by Google and updates come directly from them, you would think the update would be a little quicker. According to sources within Google, the update is ready, so it’s possible that it could start rolling in December. I guess only time will tell.

source: India Today

Google adds Nexus 9 factory image for LRX21R update

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The Nexus 9 is getting another update (LRX21R), which should clean up some bugs. As usual, it will take at least a week to hit all devices, so the impatient types can download and install the factory image, which Google posted earlier today.

If you need help flashing it, you can check out our full instructions here. Alternatively, you can opt to manually install the over-the-air (OTA) update, which will keep your data, assuming your Nexus 9 isn’t unlocked. Click here for those very extensive instructions.

source: Google Factory Images

Google releases Android Auto APIs for developers

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Earlier this year, Google announced Android Auto (a version of Android designed to bring the Android platform into cars), and today the search engine giant has granted developers access to its APIs for this service. According to the company, this will enable mobile apps to “be extended to the car in a way that is optimized for the driving experience.”


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Google invites you to submit an app for its Fit Developer Challenge

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Google has teamed up with three of the worlds top sports, fitness and technology companies, Adidas, Polar and Withings, specifically to kick off a great new competition for developers all over the globe. Starting today, and for the next thirteen weeks (up until February 17, 2015), programmers are invited to submit a newly created, coded, working application and/or showcase an updated existing app that integrates Google Fit.


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Google working on image recognition that can describe scenes and objects

google image recognitionGoogle is cconstantly working on improving their image search and recognition algorithms, and the latest research shows some really impressive results. Thanks to some recent advances in translation technology, Google’s image recognition can actually see a photo and describe what’s going on in the picture, like you can see above.

Not only is the algorithm able to recognize individual objects, but it can describe scenes and phrases. This could potentially help users to search for images based on a very specific phrase, or on the opposite end, help users see understand a picture when they can’t see the image, like when a slow data connection can’t manage it.
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Google encourages developers to use the newer Saved Games feature (Snapshots) instead of AppState

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Back in 2013, Google Play Games launched giving developers the ability to implement game saves using the AppState API. The API made it easier for developers in that they didn’t need their own server for the saves. However, it was limited to only 4 slots of 256k of data, which wasn’t enough for some games.

Google followed up with a new Saved Games feature that used Google Drive and gave developers 3 MB per game and unlimited slots. This was introduced a few months ago at Google I/O, but the older AppState continued to exist.


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Google Play Services version 6.5 updates Maps, Drive, Wallet, and Fit [Updated with APK Download]

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An update is rolling out now to Google Play Services, bringing new features to a slew of the company’s products. Maps, Drive, Wallet, and Fit are all involved in the version 6.5 update. On top of all of this, developers are being handed more control over the APIs utilized by an app.


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