Google Play Movies & TV update brings Info Cards & Material Design makeover

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Google is in the process of rolling out a rather appealing update for its Play Movies & TV application via the Play Store. This upgrade brings the standard Material Design makeover that the search engine giant has been distributing to its full suite of Android apps over the course of the past few weeks, in addition to a new interactive menu that’s displayed on either a smartphone or tablet when casting content.


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Google now lets you use your Play balance to pay for subscriptions

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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.


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Sprint-branded HTC One now receiving Eye Experience update

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In addition to expanding its enhanced 4G LTE service today, Sprint has also started rolling out a rather hefty over-the-air update to all its carrier-branded variants of HTC’s flagship smartphone, the One (M8), currently located in the United States.

Weighing in at 250MB, the upgrade transports the Taiwanese company’s recently-announced Eye Experience camera software, together with a bunch of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break to see the full changelog.


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Pushbullet releases Material Design treatment for app

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Although we are still waiting for the final, official release of Android Lollipop to be unwrapped along with the full implementation of Google’s new Material Design guidelines, we have benefited from Google’s prep work to get several of their own apps ready for the new platform. Now we have a third-party developer releasing an overhaul of their app to take advantage of Material Design. Pushbullet has announced the new version of their app that makes use of all the new design elements to improve the user experience.
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Latest Google Maps update brings better Android Wear navigation notifications

 

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Google is currently rolling out a pretty hefty update for its official Maps application. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade brings Android Wear users “improved navigation notifications” for when they’re using the service on-the-go, in addition to the usual multitude of stability improvements, speed optimisations and bug fixes.

Hit the break below for the full changelog.


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LG G3 now receiving major stability update

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LG is in the process of pushing out a relatively major over-the-air stability update to all unlocked variants of its flagship smartphone, the G3, currently located in India, Thailand and a bunch of European countries. Sadly, this upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, such as Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it does include a handful of ‘system stability improvements,’ which are geared towards making a user’s experience better when using the device.

Hit the break for the full changelog.


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Samsung teases Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung recently published a tweet teasing an upcoming Lollipop update for its flagship phablet of 2014, the Note 4. As you’d expect, updating their devices to Android 5.0 is a priority for any manufacturer, but what’s a little strange is that the South Korean company is already publicizing its plans to roll out the upgrade even though Google is still in the process of loading its servers with its final code.

This leaves one question on the tip of our tongues: How close can Samsung really be to rolling out the update?
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