Google’s mandatory device encryption is slowing down the Nexus 6

Nexus-6-splashPrior to the launch of the Nexus 6 and Android 5.0, we knew Google was moving to making device encryption mandatory for all new devices shipping with¬†Lollipop. As far as security goes, that’s a great move, but it looks like it’s actually having some negative effects on the Nexus 6.

Early benchmarks seem to show that Lollipop’s full disk encryption (FDE) are having some fairly significant performance impacts on the Nexus 6. This is especially unfortunate since the Nexus 6 encrypts itself on first boot and there’s no way to turn it off, outside of flashing custom boot images. That’s not exactly a user friendly solution.
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Google working on a double keyboard for mobile devices to translate languages between two different people

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Patents are interesting in that they show what companies are working on, but at the same time, you might never see the product. Google has applied for a new patent that is rather interesting. It’s a new form of communication on a mobile device for two people that speak different languages.

The application displays two keyboards, one at each end of a mobile device. It’s kind of like a local messenger in that each person would receive the other person’s translated message.


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Google launches Search app for Android TV

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Starting today, Android TV users can download and install a dedicated version of Google’s Search app directly from the Play Store. This application, which has been solely developed for Android TV users, allows them to search for content using their voice, but that’s not all the functionality has to offer.

Hit the break below for the full list of features the Google Search app for Android TV brings to the table.


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Imagery from Street View and Photo Spheres can be embedded into sites

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Until today, only maps could be embedded into a site from Google Maps. Doing so provides visitors of a site with way to view a map and the surrounding area without having to open Google Maps in its entirety. Imagery from Street View and Photo Spheres can now be embedded into a site. This takes what was once an outside view to a hands on experience right from the ground level. It is so unbelievably simple to just take imagery for a link to be embedded elsewhere.

Google made this feature possible with the capabilities programmed into the Google Maps Embed API.

Source: Google Geo Developers Blog

YouTube releases invites to Music Key Beta

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Following up on the release of an update to the YouTube app on Android this week that added access to the new Music Key service, Google is now issuing invites for people to be part of a Beta of the paid version of the service. Although some thought Google Music All Access subscribers would be the first users to get invites to the Beta program, it appears Google is spreading the invites around to other YouTube users.
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Google releases factory images for Nexus 6

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One of the benefits that many people find in Nexus devices is the “pure” Android experience they give users. Another benefit is the freedom one gets to modify and customize the devices. That comes with some risks though and on occasion users will want to restore their device to a stock configuration. For those who are getting new Nexus 6 devices and want to see what they can do with their devices, they can do so¬†knowing that Google has now released factory images for the device.

The version of Android Lollipop that has been posted is LRX21O, which appears to be a slightly newer version of the operating system than what shipped on some of the earliest units.

source: Android Developers

LTE enabled Nexus 9 coming to T-Mobile in early December

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With the launch of the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile today, the Uncarrier took the opportunity to announce that the LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 9 will be available through T-Mobile in “early December.” No specific date was given, but December is only a couple weeks away, so the wait should not be much longer for those not content with a WiFi-only version of the latest Nexus tablet.

When it is finally available, T-Mobile will offer the 32GB version of the Nexus 9 for $0 down and 24 payments of $24.99 to well-qualified buyers. According to T-Mobile’s announcement, buyers will have to access the T-Mobile “Underground” which they describe as their “online ‘backroom’ for hard-to-find, limited quantity devices” to place their order.

source: T-Mobile

Google acquires RelativeWave and makes the developer’s $80 app cost nothing

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RelativeWare, the developer behind the app Form, has been acquired by Google. The developer announced today that it is joining Google, but development of Form will continue. Never heard of Form? It is an app available in the Mac App Store that mirrors an iOS app’s design while being worked on simultaneously. To celebrate, Form’s original $80 price has been kicked to the curb and it is now free.

Here is what RelativeWare had to say of the acquisition:

Today, with the help of Google, we’re making Form free on the Mac App Store. We want to get Form in the hands of as many people as possible, and this is our first step in accomplishing that goal.

We’ve just scratched the surface with prototyping. With the help of Google, we’ll be focused on improving the state of design and development tools.

Customers that purchased Form already are eligible for a refund. RelativeWare directs customers to the support email to take care of that. And when asked if the Form viewer would make its way to other platforms, the developer said “Stay tuned.” It looks like nothing but good things are ahead for RelativeWare.

Source: RelativeWave

Google releases Pie Noon, a simple game to show off the simplicity of making games for Android TV

pie noonGoogle has released a new game called Pie Noon, designed specifically to show off just how easy it is to create games for Android TV. The game is completely open-source and written in C++, and it supports all of the basics that Google wants to push with Android TV. It features multiplayer with up to 4 players, a single-player experience, dedicated touch controls, and Google Play Games leaderboards and services.
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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