Alleged screenshots detail Google Play’s Material Design update


Android L is on its way and countless developers have been busy updating their applications to line up with the look and feel of Google’s Material Design language. In addition to third-party devs, the search giant has managed to tweak some of its own in-house software as well and the folks at Android Police have managed to get their hands on some early screenshots of an upcoming update for Google Play.

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Microsoft unveils MFi Bluetooth keyboard built for Android, iOS & Windows devices

Microsoft today announced a new Bluetooth keyboard accessory that doesn’t just work with non-Windows devices like some of its past keyboards, it also includes a function for easily switching between Windows, Android, and iOS as well as dedicated keys for the other platforms.

Microsoft even includes a CMD key normally reserved for Mac/iOS keyboards in its proper location in addition to a dedicated home button for both Android and iOS. Not only that, but the keyboard is a Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod touch product, which means it also has Apple’s seal of approval.

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Google now lets you browse shared custom maps from others, launches revamped ‘My Maps’ tool

Google announced today that it’s launching new features that make creating and sharing custom maps with others easier. Google is now letting users share and browse publicly shared maps from others through its Google Maps Gallery website, a site that was previously dedicated to Maps curated by Google and created by Google partners.  Starting today the service is open to everyone and Google is also launching a revamped tool on both the web and Android for creating and sharing custom maps that include images, descriptions, custom icons and more.

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WATCH Disney apps, Twitch, iHeart Radio, & more updated w/ Chromecast support


Google announced today a new batch of popular apps being updated with Chromecast support. Perhaps most notable are the WATCH Disney apps including WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney X DAll three apps on both iOS and Android now support streaming to Chromecast.

Also available starting today support for sending content from the popular iHeartRadio app: Music aficionados can now cast and blast music from the best speakers in the house with iHeartRadio. The app lets you listen to more than 1,500 live radio stations from all over the U.S. or customize your own.

Additionally, users of the Twitch gameplay video platform can now stream to Chromecast from both the iOS and Android apps. Read more

HTC’s budget-friendly Desire 510 coming to Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile later this month


HTC’s entry-level Desire 510 is coming to Sprint on Friday, September 19th for $200 outright or $8.34 a month on the carrier’s Easy Pay program. Compatible with Sprint Spark, some of this budget-friendly smartphone’s highlights include a 4.7-inch display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter, Android 4.4 and support for HD voice.

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NVIDIA now accepting pre-orders for its 32GB LTE-capable Shield tablet


NVIDIA is now accepting pre-orders for the 32GB LTE version of its Shield gaming tablet. Priced at $400, this premium version of the chip maker’s slate is almost identical to what was released a few months ago, with the exception of its network connectivity and higher storage capacity. In terms of hardware, the Shield packs an 8-inch 1,920 x 1,200 display with a Tegra K1 processor and 2GB of RAM.

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Android Head Sundar Pichai interviewed about Android One launch in home country

Sprint announces new prepaid tiered data plans starting at $35 per month


After giving its postpaid service plans an overhaul, Sprint is making some changes to its off-contract options as well. Today, the American wireless carrier announced a trio of new prepaid options for customers who’d rather not sign on the dotted line. Similar to what the company offers to its Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile subscribers, Sprint’s new plans feature an all you can eat talk and text setup, with a tiered data structure.

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Google releases updated Transparency Report, government demands for user info increase


Google today announced it’s releasing an updated Transparency Report with the tenth release including updated numbers on government requests for user information during the first half of this year. Google also noted that the report includes updated data on demands under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and through National Security Letters (NSLs). Google said today that apart from FISA and NSL requests, demands from government for user info continued to rise: Read more

Verizon offering two-month early upgrades for all customers starting today

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To go along with the launch of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Verizon is allowing early upgrades for any customers eligible for an upgrade over the next two months. That means that customers eligible for an upgrade on or before November 15 2014 will be able to upgrade immediately to a new device, including ANY Android device. Here’s details on the promo straight from Verizon:

As a special thank you to our existing customers, all Verizon customers who would be eligible to upgrade on or before November 15th have had their upgrade dates changed to become upgrade eligible immediately.  These customers can now upgrade to any device currently in our lineup, with new two year contract. Customers should check My Verizon to confirm upgrade eligibility.  

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New Chrome for Android search feature answers questions as you type


You’ve got questions. Chrome for Android has answers. A new experimental feature lurking inside of Mountain View’s mobile browser will attempt to address your queries as you key them into your smartphone or tablet. Similar to the answers displayed at the top of Google’s search results , this new functionality will produce a card in response to your question.

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