A new chronicle of a Android handling complement has been in a works during Google for some time, yet was finally suggested to a open during a keynote debate during June’s Google I/O conference. Android L, formerly famous as Android 5, is a vital depart for a mobile OS, with a totally redesigned interface, some-more liquid animations, a renewed concentration on improving battery life and, for a initial time, harmony with 64-bit processors.

Android L will go adult opposite iOS 8, that along with a iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will give Apple inclination a vital boost. Google won’t wish to hang around before phenomenon a latest handling complement and is approaching to launch it this autumn.

There have been a lot of announcements following a initial reveal, so we’ve collected them all in one place to give we all we need to know about Android L forward of a approaching recover after this year. This essay also covers a new Android Wear smartwatch handling complement – corkscrew down to examination about a OS we can wear on your wrist. 

Updates for comparison phones

Any vital Android recover will be energetically anticipated, yet it’s not many fun being stranded on an old-fashioned chronicle since your phone manufacturer doesn’t devise to recover an update. Thankfully that shouldn’t be a box for HTC and Motorola customers. Right after Google done Android L official, HTC expelled a matter confirming a stream One (m8) and strange One (m7) would be receiving Android L updates “within 90 days of [HTC] receiving final program from Google.” A leaked roadmap, posted to XDA Developers, appears to uncover skeleton to supplement other handsets to this tiny list, yet many are now noted as “under evaluation” rather than confirmed.

Motorola has already reliable that the new Moto G will be updated to Android L, while a new Moto X will also roughly positively be upgraded to Android L. As both inclination use a batch chronicle of Android they are approaching to be among a initial to get a update.

Android L 5 could also be entrance to a Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 as early as November. The latest chronicle of a Android handling system, that is nonetheless to be given an executive name, is set to launch in a autumn yet a recover date has not been confirmed.

If Google launches Android L 5 alongside a new Nexus 6 afterwards it is approaching to come to flagship handsets from a likes of Samsung, HTC and LG shortly after. According to Sammobile a Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 will be among a initial inclination to get a Android L 5 upgrade. No specific dates are mentioned a news claims a refurbish will arrive “by a finish of November/early December”.

Unfortunately zero of a other vital manufacturers have done an executive matter on that phones will be removing an refurbish to Android L, potentially forcing owners to bottom their inclination and implement unaccepted tradition ROMs to get Google’s latest and greatest.

Release date

Android L is accessible right now, in developer preview form for a Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet, from developer.android.com. If you’re prepared to get your hands dirty, we can even implement it on handsets from third celebration manufacturers; there’s already a tradition ROM for a HTC One (m7) and others are appearing any day on a XDA Developer forums.

Google isn’t nonetheless prepared to speak about an executive recover date yet, as we approaching have to wait for a new Nexus device to seem to coincide with a launch. This isn’t approaching until during slightest a Autumn, definition a identical wait for Android TV and Android Auto. For everybody looking to reason onto their smartphone warranty, this means watchful for a executive recover after in a year.

Android L

Android L was a categorical eventuality during Google I/O, even if Sundar Pichai avoided giving it a sweet-sounding name. Google has referred to any chronicle of Android by a sweet-flavoured codename formed on augmenting letters of a alphabet; a strange 1.0 chronicle was Apple Pie, followed by Banana bread, Cupcake and Donut as versions 1.1, 1.5 and 1.6. Version 2.0 introduced a universe to Eclair, while 2.2 arrived as Froyo. Gingerbread referred to 2.3 and Honeycomb was 3.0, a initial chronicle designed with specific support for inscription devices. Android 4.0 was also famous as Ice Cream Sandwich and versions 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 were all famous as Jelly Bean.

At this early theatre it’s misleading either Android L is a final name, or Google will exhibit a tangible pretension a small closer to launch. If a association sticks with L it’s a pointer that a handling complement is maturing, yet we’re holding out for something a small sweeter. Google was approaching to call Android 4.4 Key Lime Pie, yet a tie-in with Nestle saw chronicle 4.4 go by KitKat instead. That leaves a doorway open for other companies to burst on a bandwagon, with Liquorice Allsorts and Lion Bar both suggested.

This seems doubtful yet as both are typically usually found in Europe. The Lion Bar, also done by Nestle, was usually sole in US and Canadian import shops in North America and it would be peculiar for Google to go with such a little-known brand. The same goes for Liquorice Allsorts. That leaves Android Lollipop or Android Lemon Meringue Pie as a dual other rumoured names. The names competence be some-more generic, generally after Android KitKat, yet they’re both formally honeyed and memorable.

Material Design

Android L reportedly has over 5,000 new APIs ticking divided behind a scenes, yet a many apparent changes will always be a visible ones. The new Material pattern intrigue is set to seem on any Google platform, not usually Android, yet it will demeanour best on smartphones and tablets. Apparently Google drew impulse from pens and inks, with any idol and user interface component casting an accurate shade to give a clarity of depth. Everything animates as we hold it, with objects drifting into perspective and tapped icons rippling like puddles.


Android L Homescreen

The home screen, close screen, Quick Settings pull-down menu, categorical settings page and even a onscreen navigation buttons have perceived a makeover, and Android L will also embody new complement widgets to compare a pattern scheme. Finally, any Google app will be redesigned to compare a new look, with some carrying already been upgraded in time for a early Developer Preview recover following Google I/O.

Certain redesigned apps were teased behind sealed during Google I/O, yet that hasn’t stopped leaked images from appearing online; a tip form trickle so distant has suggested a completely new demeanour for a Play Store, on both inscription and smartphone. Images of a work-in-progress chronicle of a app uncover a incomparable concentration on images, a simplified layout, some-more colour coordination and some-more inflection for film trailers or app/game teaser videos. The leaked images still uncover Google has some work to do, as minute calm appears to be missing, yet it should make it many easier to crop by a expanded Play Store to find what you’re looking for once a refurbish arrives.

The notifications complement has been totally overhauled for Android L as well. Currently, Android users have to clear their device to check, respond to or boot notifications, yet with Android L they will be means to do this from a close screen. They will seem as a smoke-stack of Google Now-like cards, that can be corkscrew by rather than flooding a screen. Each one has an in-line preview, giving context.

Features

Android L isn’t all about looks; it will also embody a new Personalised Unlocking mode. Essentially it creates your smartphone or inscription hunt for informed Bluetooth gadgets, Wi-Fi networks, locations and even voice imprints to deactivate any lockscreen protections, vouchsafing we burst true into your phone when it knows you’re nearby. If a device can’t detect any of these metrics, anyone perplexing to use it will be presented with a customary lockscreen.

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The new apps page will spin a new calm page, displaying all your calm in one list of Google Now-styled cards. You’ll be means to burst between apps and a web, with links in Google hunt formula jumping true from a browser into a applicable partial of an app. Although not particularly built into Android L, Google will also be giving a mobile webpages and hunt an renovate in time for a release. The Material pattern will be carried across, along with well-spoken animations and a slicker UI.

Google will be updating a batch Android keyboard for Android L, adding some-more personalisation facilities and scrapping a particular tiled keys – instead any minute will lay on a prosaic background, that should make it easier for those with incomparable fingers and thumbs to form quickly. Also set to arrive are a Do No Disturb mode, that automatically deactivates all notifications and audio during set times, support for Bluetooth 4.1 and a totally redesigned Audio backend with support for USB audio devices.

Performance

Android L should arrive with copiousness of opening improvements as good as visible changes, that should assistance speed adult existent phones as good as make a many of new hardware. The biggest back-end change is a pierce from a Dalvik runtime to ART. Part of a handling complement during a simple level, a ART runtime supports ARM, x86 and MiPS instructions, and a brew of AOT, JIT and interpreted formula – radically Android now speaks a lot some-more languages and will work on some-more CPUs than a predecessor. This alone could urge opening by as many as duplicate over Dalvik, though developers creation any formula adjustments.

DirectX 11-level graphics will finally make their approach to Android regulating a Android prolongation pack. This set of APIs support modernized effects such as tessellation, geometry shaders, hardness application and discriminate shaders, and have a intensity to put mobile inclination on customary with games consoles and PC games.

Android L discerning settings

Battery life

Google has strong on improving battery life in Android L with Project Volta. Similar to how Jelly Bean’s Project Butter was an bid to make animations feel smoother and some-more responsive, Project Volta includes a new battery historian to improved visualize beat discharge, assisting users work out what a device was doing during any given indicate in a battery cycle to find out that apps are removal a many power.

A battery saver mode will be enclosed in batch Android for a initial time with Android L, after being a common tweak for third celebration manufacturers. It will activate automatically when your battery drops subsequent a certain percentage, downclocking a CPU, disabling additional facilities like plcae stating and dimming a display. Google says a Nexus 5 regulating Android L gets around 90 mins of additional use over a march of a customary day, though indeed changing how a patron uses their phone.

Android Wear

Although Android Wear is an wholly apart height to Android L, it forms an constituent partial of a mobile handling system. Naturally it has a same Material design, with relating colours, icons, fonts and animations to Android L. Notifications form a heart of a handling system, appearing as cards that can be swiped by as they appear, swiped divided to boot and double-tapped to correlate with. Notifications are synchronised with a interconnected smartphone, so when we boot one on an Android Wear device is also disappears from your handset. A Do Not Disturb mode can be activated with a singular downwards appropriate from a tip of a screen, for when we don’t wish notifications to worry you.

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There’s no need to implement apps to an Android Wear device; if an app works with Android Wear, it will automatically implement to your wearable when we implement a mobile app on your smartphone. When a mobile app updates, a Wear chronicle will refurbish too, definition no apart app store and no need to juggle mixed apps as with a singular memory Pebble. The app preference is now really limited, with a few built-in abilities such as song playback control, continue reports and tradition watch faces – comparison by dire and holding on a default watch face. One of a best apps now upheld is Google’s possess Maps, that includes spin navigation when walking to a destination.

Moto 360 turn-by-turn maps

The best news is that we can buy one right now from a Google Play Store, forward of Android L’s full release. We’ve also seen a flurry of new smartwatches expelled recently, such as a Asus ZenWatch, Sony Smartwatch 3, LG G Watch R and Motorola Moto 360

Google Fit

Google’s possess health and aptness hub, that is set to lift in information from third celebration aptness apps and wearables in sequence to keep it in one executive location, wasn’t utterly prepared for a full exhibit with Android L during a I/O conference. Whether it will arrive in time to come preinstalled on Android L inclination stays to be seen, yet we do know it feels really many like a approach response to Apple’s Healthkit initiative. We consider Google Fit has some-more intensity since it will be an open system; Google will roughly positively launch a use with Android Wear smartwatches in mind, yet there’s zero interlude developers from porting a record to other handling systems – including Apple’s iOS.

Google expelled a Fit program growth pack (SDK) and developer preview to a official developer hub in early August, providing APIs that can give apps or inclination a ability to send and store information from aptness wearables and practice apps opposite Android – either a information was saved to that app creatively or not. The SDK includes a Sensors API, Recording API and History API, and is now usually concordant with a Nexus 5 smartphone or Nexus 7 inscription regulating a latest Android L developer preview.

We’re still watchful for a initial formula from this preview, yet we’re assured that many Android developers are already tough during work to confederate a new facilities into their existent apps, prepared for when Google creates Fit strictly accessible to business after this year.

Android TV

Coming to set-top boxes, TVs and micro-consoles early subsequent year, Android TV is a tweaked chronicle of Android L designed privately for a large screen. It uses many of a same formula base, but has been designed from a belligerent adult for streaming services, on-demand calm and casting media from a smartphone. Like a rest of Google’s Android L announcements, Android TV will use a Material Design ethos and apps will demeanour really identical opposite mobile, inscription and TV.

Android TV during Google IO

Android TV can be used usually like a Chromecast, yet it will do distant some-more than arrangement smartphone apps on your TV. The tile-based homescreen sits on tip of a now personification TV channel, and can be tranquil regulating usually a D pad and voice input. That means there’s no need for a dedicated remote, as an Android smartphone or Android Wear smartwatch will be means to wholly navigate a interface. Using Google KnowledgeGraph, users will even be means to ask enigmatic questions like “who played Katniss in a Hunger Games” to lift adult films starring Jennifer Lawrence. Google Play Games is also enclosed for personification Android games on a large shade regulating a smartphone or dedicated gaming controller.

There will be a dedicated Android TV store for apps, and with hardware support from Intel and Marvell many inclination should be means of personification gorgeous-looking mobile games during Full HD resolutions.

Sharp, Sony and Philips/TP Vision have committed to Android TV for 2015, that hopefully means it will be off to a improved start than a luckless Google TV behind in 2010. 

Android Auto

The final square of a Android L nonplus is Android Auto, a in-car chronicle of Google’s mobile OS. Designed privately to let drivers entrance navigation and audio apps though holding their eyes off a road,Android Auto runs of a connected smartphone rather than being commissioned in a automobile itself; a phone merely casts a shade to a incomparable arrangement built into a dashboard. This means Google can supplement facilities and ascent hardware though creation changes to a cars that use a technology, avoiding a need to resubmit to reserve inspections with any program update.

Android Auto in-car

Android Auto can be tranquil wholly regulating voice commands, or a buttons built into a steering circle if your automobile has them, to assistance keep drivers’ eyes on a road. If your automobile has a touchscreen arrangement it will be means to use that too. It will let drivers entrance a name series of apps, that Google hold protected for use on a road, and updates them with personal or contextually applicable information. Directions to meetings can be pulled from emails and calendar appointments, afterwards displayed with live trade and spin by spin navigation regulating Google Maps. Voice enabled messaging lets we examination and respond to content messages though reaching for a phone, and several song streaming apps including Google Play Music have already been blending privately for a minimal Android Auto interface.

Google has now over 40 partners in a Open Automotive Alliance, that supports an open in-car intelligent device customary platform, and 25 automobile bands will be rising vehicles with Android Auto support over a subsequent year. The initial cars are likely to start rolling off forecourts after this year.

Android security

For those anxiously available a rollout of Android “L,” there’s a new bit of information to supplement even some-more fad to a wait. This news is a arrange of double-edged sword (depending on how we perspective confidence as a whole). What I’m articulate about is a fact that Android “L” will, out of a box, encrypt your data.

That’s right. Instead of carrying to go by a extensive (and, in some cases, “brick-inducing”) routine of encrypting a storage on your device, a “L” refurbish will encrypt it by default. This will, effectively, assistance strengthen your information from meddling eyes. All good, right? Not if you’re on a side of a NSA and law enforcement. From that side of a confidence fence, things get a bit some-more complicated. Without we carrying to do a singular thing, that information will be a worry to access… even for a powers that be — or so one would think. The thing is, encryption will strengthen a information while it resides on your phone. When that information resides on a cloud use or other form of server, you’re not as stable as we consider we are, regardless of a platform. You’re during a forgiveness of your provider AND yourself. Let me explain.

You have your glossy new Android or iOS device and, for all intents and purposes, it’s encrypted, protected, and differently stable from meddling eyes. But what about that POP or IMAP comment we count on? What about your Facebook comment with a cue “password123″? What about a close shade though a PIN, pattern, or password? What about your VPN connection?

You see where I’m going with this?

Google and Apple can do all in their powers to pierce newer and improved levels of confidence to their devices. In a end, however, a confidence of mobile information is in a hands of a user.

  • Subaru creates a stable car. If we don’t expostulate it safely, your life is in your hands.
  • Wüsthof creates some extraordinary kitchen knives. If we use them improperly, we can get hurt.

Google produces an superb mobile platform. If we use it though caring or counsel to security, your information is during risk. Period. End of story.

Or is it? So many questions… who’s obliged for responding them?

We live in a universe where censure isn’t taken as severely as it should. The finger of censure has turn as prevalent as a “finger of shame.” As many as we hatred to acknowledge it, a universe is in such a state where people wish to do a slightest volume possible. People don’t wish to enter a cue each time they open their device. They don’t wish to encrypt their storage since it takes time. Those in a margin of IT conflict this daily. When we make a despotic cue policy, finish users complain. They don’t wish to change their passwords each 30 days or have to enter certification only to use their smartphone — that same device they use for work each day (the one that stores supportive data).

This opinion toward confidence contingency change. Honestly, confidence is breached each singular day. With companies that spend millions on confidence removing hacked, do we consider your defenceless smartphone is secure? Think Target. Think Home Depot. Your information is not stable — not though a bit of bid on your part. No matter what Google or Apple does, in a end, we contingency take stairs to assistance secure your data. For example:

  • Use two-step authentication on Google
  • Add cue insurance to your lockscreen
  • Encrypt your data
  • Use plain passwords for ALL accounts
  • Read a permissions listings before we daub Accept
  • Don’t bond to unsecured wireless networks

If we don’t do that unclothed minimum, your information is during risk, regardless of what Google does with Android “L.” Yes, delinquent to encrypted information will assistance a cause, though that does not let a finish user off a offshoot for security.

There are apps out there to assistance we secure your data, including:

The list goes on.

I trust Android “L” will be a best iteration of a height to date. we consider delinquent to encrypted information is a intelligent pierce on Google’s part, one that will assistance pierce a covering of confidence to smartphones that many users have never experienced. However, that doesn’t let a finish user off a offshoot to do their part. You should never assume possibly Google or Apple will do all for you. You contingency do your partial to strengthen a information on your smartphone — otherwise, it’s not safe.

Do we consider Android “L” will be a many secure iteration of a platform? If not, what prevents Android from garnering your “thumbs up” for security? Share your thoughts in a contention thread below.

Friends (“The One Where a Monkey Gets Away”) is on TV, Alanis Morissette is angrily screaming “You oughta know” on a radio, your bff messages we on WhatsApp. What’s a misfit in this picture? Nothing if you’re rocking LG’s Wine Smart — a singular smartphone flip phone. Nostalgia from a 90s (or, really, 2007) aside, a Wine Smart isn’t all that unusual. Flip phones are still renouned in certain markets, and because wouldn’t we wish one with a latest chronicle of Android, a 1.2GHz processor, 8-megapixel camera and expandable memory? Well, that’s accurately what a Wine intelligent has, nonetheless if we were anticipating LG’s 2K arrangement competence filter down from the G3, you’d be uninformed outta fitness (3.5-inch, 480 x 320 is what you’ll have to settle for). The inclusion of a “safe keeper” duty that alerts friends or family if we tumble advise this is pitched during an comparison crowd. But, afterwards there’s a dedicated symbol for a present messaging app, too. We’re certain LG knows a marketplace though, so who are we to question? Oh, there’s an FM radio too. Perfect for that Morissette revival, whenever and wherever LG decides to recover it.


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The Probox2 Ex is a box designed to let we run Android apps on a TV. We’ve seen plenty of those over a past few years… though there are a few things that assistance this indication mount out.

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First, it’s powerful. It has a Amlogic S802-H quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, dual-band WiFi, and other plain specs. Second, it comes with a wireless controller called a Remote+ that we can use as a remote, a microphone input, an atmosphere mouse, or a video diversion controller.

In other words, a Probox2 EX and Remote+ aren’t usually designed to let we tide Netflix to your TV. You can also use it to hunt a web, play video games, and perform many other tasks though plugging in a keyboard… nonetheless we competence still wish a mouse, keyboard, or third-party diversion controller for some tasks.

W2Comp sells a Probox2 EX for $150, and a store sent me a demo territory to test.

It’s a rapid appurtenance that is means of regulating many Android apps though complaint. But while it has a tradition user interface designed to make Android a bit some-more TV-friendly, a Probox2 EX is still regulating an handling complement designed for phones and tablets with touchscreen displays.

That can lead to some inconsistencies in a user interface and problems regulating some apps.

So is a Probox2 EX value a $150 seeking price? IT depends what you’re looking for.

Overview

The Probox2 EX is a black box measuring 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 1″ and weighing about 7 ounces. You can simply reason it in one hand… though distinct an Android phone or tablet, you’re not unequivocally meant to.

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Instead we put it by your TV and offshoot adult a arrangement with an HDMI cable. There are also AV and SPDIF ports for audio and video output.

You can bond to a internet over WiFi or Ethernet. The box has a 10/100 Ethernet pier and supports dual-band 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. You can screw on an tractable receiver that competence assistance boost WiFi reliability. During my tests, I’ve found a wireless opening to be rapid and reliable.

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There are dual full-sized USB ports on a side, as good as a micro USB OT port. You can use these to bond a keyboard, mouse, outmost storage, or other peripherals. If we devise to use a Remote+ that come with a Probox2 EX, you’ll need to block a receiver into one of these USB ports.

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The box has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, though we can also supplement removable storage interjection to a microSD label slot. It facilities Amlogic’s S802-H 2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor and ARM Mali-450 8-core graphics.

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On tip of a Probox2 EX there’s a energy button, and on a bottom there are a array of vents. The device can get a tiny comfortable when it’s in use for a while, though it never gets utterly hot, so we theory those vents do a flattering good pursuit of permitting atmosphere to upsurge by a case.

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Remote+ 

The Remote+ that comes with a Probox2 EX is a tiny remote that fits absolutely in one hand. It facilities a energy button, direction-pad, keys for some elementary Android functions including Home and Back buttons, and volume buttons.

But there are also A, B, X, and Y buttons that we can use for gaming. Turn a remote sideways, and it looks a bit like a classical Nintendo-style gamepad. Ergonomically a remote feels improved in mural mode than landscape mode, though it’s good to have a choice of regulating a singular remote for both elementary navigation and gaming.

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Unfortunately not all Android games will play good with a Remote+. Check out a opening territory next for some-more details.

There’s also a symbol on a remote that we can daub to toggle between atmosphere rodent and gamepad functionality. In atmosphere rodent mode we can call around a Remote+ like a Nintendo Wiimote to pierce an on-screen cursor. This lets we daub opposite tools of a shade or even form regulating an on-screen keyboard.

You substantially wouldn’t wish to daub out prolonged email messages regulating this hunt-and-peck character typing.

Even entering long, secure passwords with an atmosphere rodent can get a bit tedious. But it’s good to be means to enter URLs, hunt terms, or brief usernames and passwords though plugging in a keyboard.

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In a tip left dilemma there’s also a microphone icon. Tap it and we can use a mic built into a tip of a Remote+ for voice recording, search, or communications.

It can be a bit wily to use a mic during times. Since a Probox2 EX is regulating a chronicle of Android designed for phones and tablets, drumming a mic idol on a on-screen keyboard, or a hunt box triggers Android’s voice approval feature… though afterwards we have to quick daub a mic symbol on a Remote+ before we start talking. It won’t spin on automatically a approach a mic on a phone or inscription would. If we don’t daub a symbol quick enough, Android’s voice approval underline competence time out.

You can also take a Remote+ and block a USB receiver into a Windows mechanism if we want… though while a volume buttons work as you’d expect, Windows doesn’t always respond a approach you’d design (if during all) to a other buttons on a remote control.

Software

Google skeleton to launch a chronicle of Android optimized for TV screens this fall. It’s called Android TV, and while it’s formed on a same program that runs on phones and tablets, it will have a user interface designed for use with a vast shade and remote control instead of a tiny shade and your fingertips.

The Probox2 EX doesn’t run Android TV. It runs Android… on a TV. That means a program regulating on this device is substantially matching to what you’d run on an Android tablet… though it includes a tradition home shade that is designed to make Android easy to navigate with a remote control.

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There are vast icons for categories including Movies, TV Shows, Music, and Games. You can use a arrow keys on a Remote+ to switch between categories and select apps we wish to run. You can also perspective all of your commissioned apps, or customize categories. Want Netflix to uncover adult in a TV Shows difficulty and Youtube to uncover adult in Movies? You can do that.

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What we can’t always do is find apps that work good though a touchscreen… or during slightest a mouse. The Probox2 EX facilities a Google Play Store and allows we to download usually about any app you’d like… though some apps can be tough to navigate regulating arrow keys given we need to use appropriate gestures to entrance some menus or options. While swiping creates a lot of clarity on a tablet, it’s an peculiar approach to correlate with a TV.

Fortunately we can use a atmosphere rodent underline of a Remote+ to swipe… though good fitness perplexing to use a singular remote control to obey multi-touch gestures.

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I was means to navigate YouTube, Netflix, and other video apps regulating a brew of arrow pivotal presses and atmosphere rodent functions on a Remote+. It works… though it’s not utterly as user accessible as regulating those apps on an Android inscription or regulating TV-optimized versions of those apps on a Roku.

Certain Android facilities such as notifications and a Quick Settings row are also a bit wily to use on a TV. You don’t see a standing bar during all on a home shade of a Probox2 EX unless we use a Remote+ atmosphere rodent (or another device) to appropriate down from a tip of a screen. That’s a good thing if we don’t want to see notifications… though it can be a bit treacherous if we do.

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While we can slap a TV-friendly home shade on Android, we’ll substantially have to wait until Google releases a chronicle of Android that’s meant to run on TVs before things like notifications that are designed to be swiped divided with a fingertip will disappear.

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The Probox2 also has a settings menu that’s optimized for vast displays and remote control-style navigation, though if we wish to entrance some-more modernized settings, you’ll find another settings menu: one that’s clearly designed for phones and tablets and not big-screen TVs.

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But there are a few reasons we competence wish to cruise a device like a Probox2 EX instead of a Roku. It comes with a XBMC media core app pre-installed, supports Miracast wireless arrangement features, and it also has a possess media actor that can automatically detect song or videos connected to your network around DLNA-enabled devices. we was means to tide audio and videos from a common network expostulate with no problems.

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And there are games… a Remote+ was designed with gaming in mind. So how does it work as a diversion controller? That depends on a game.

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I tested a few opposite titles and saw churned results.

  • Riptide GP2: The remote was automatically rescued by this racing game, though a diversion suspicion it had shoulder buttons and other keys that it doesn’t indeed have. This done it unfit to perform some actions and done a diversion fundamentally unplayable.
  • Asphalt 8: Airborne: This diversion had a same elementary problem: it suspicion there were some-more buttons than a remote indeed has. If we don’t need to brake, that competence not be a problem… and we *can* try to expostulate a competition automobile though ever braking. But it’s substantially not a good idea.
  • Rayman Jungle Run: This diversion doesn’t use a gamepad-style controller, though we can play it flattering simply in atmosphere rodent mode given we usually need to daub a shade to control a action. It indeed plays flattering good in this mode.
  • Robot Unicorn Attack 2: You can play this diversion regulating a atmosphere rodent by drumming opposite tools of a screen.
  • Wind-up Knight: Finally! This diversion works ideally with a Remote+ given it recognizes a remote and allows we to use a gaming buttons as intended. we usually played by a initial few levels, so it’s probable that we competence need some-more buttons than we have during after levels. But it was kind of sparkling anticipating a diversion that seems wholly upheld during slightest during a starting levels.

If you’re looking for an Android-powered device for personification games on your TV, a Probox2 EX could be that device. But you’ll substantially wish to deposit in an Xbox or Playstation-style controller that will work improved with games like Asphalt or Riptide. And we competence have to differentiate by a sea of touch-friendly games that were never unequivocally meant to be used on a TV to find games that will work on a vast screen.

Or we could buy an Ouya for $100. Sure, it’s not as absolute as a Probox2 EX and it doesn’t have full entrance to a Google Play Store, though it has a diversion store that facilities titles that we know will work on a console.

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If there’s anything that creates a Probox2 EX program knowledge attractive, it’s a helper (if master-of-none) peculiarity of a box. While not each Android app works good on a TV shade or with a wireless remote control, there’s nobody to tell we that we can’t during least try to run your favorite apps on a Probox2 EX.

And there’s during slightest one elementary approach to make some media apps a bit some-more TV-friendly: implement Cheapcast. This is a giveaway Android app that lets a Probox2 EX (or other Android devices) act like a Google Chromecast.

When a Cheapcast is running, we can glow adult Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies, HBO Go, Twitch.tv, or other apps on your Android phone or tablet, daub a button, and send a video to your TV while regulating your phone or inscription to play, pause, quick forward, or rewind.

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The Probox2 EX also comes pre-rooted, that means we can entrance that need base privileges including Titanium Backup, Root Explorer, or apps such as Complete Linux Installer which lets we run Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora or other desktop Linux handling systems alongside Android regulating VNC… nonetheless after spending an hour or dual fiddling with a installer, we haven’t had most fitness removing anything other than a authority line to uncover adult myself.

Performance

The Probox2 EX has an ARM Cortex-A9 processor during a time when inclination with faster or some-more fit architectures are starting to arrive. But it does have one of a fastest Cortex-A9 chips around. The Amlogic S802-H processor is a quad-core savage that scores good in benchmarks, and some-more importantly, seems to be means to hoop usually about any charge we can chuck during it.

The box boots quick and feels flattering zippy when it comes to rising apps or loading web pages.

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Wireless opening also seems flattering good. It connects to my home network roughly now and a vigilance stays strong. we downloaded several games that use around 1GB of information and didn’t remove my internet tie while a downloads were in progress. I’ve also streamed a series of HD videos over a internet with no problems.

Theoretically a Probox 2 EX should be means to support 4K HD video, though we don’t occur to have a 4K arrangement handy. we did bond it to a 1080p monitor… and a box motionless to outlay 720p calm to that display. There competence be ways to get loyal 1080p output, though out of a box a device is optimized for 720p displays.

In terms of tender benchmarks, a Probox2 EX seems to have a lot of tender CPU power: it’s one of a fastest systems I’ve tested to date… though we tend to exam inexpensive systems and haven’t spent any time with an Android device featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 or newer CPU or an NVIDIA Tegra K1.

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Still, a Probox2 EX scores aloft in CPU-specific benchmarks such as AnTutu than several of a fastest tablets I’ve reviewed recently: a Asus MeMO Pad 8 and Asus Transformer Book T103 featuring Intel Atom Z3745 Bay route processors. It also scores scarcely twice as high as a 2013 Google Nexus 7 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.

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The Probox2 EX is about uniformly matched with that Nexus 7 when it comes to graphics performance… during slightest as judged by a 3DMark benchmark. Both inclination route behind a Transformer Book T103 in that test.

Verdict

The Probox2 EX competence be one of a best TV boxes regulating Android during a moment… though that doesn’t meant it’s indispensably something we should buy.

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First, you’ll notice that I’m perplexing not to call inclination like this Android TV boxes anymore… given Android TV will shortly meant something else entirely. Google skeleton to hurl out a possess chronicle of Android optimized for TVs, and it substantially won’t usually be a inscription handling complement with a tradition app launcher thrown on.

Google’s new Android TV program competence also be a bit some-more sealed down than a program that’s accessible on inclination like a Probox2 EX, and it’s not transparent if Chinese device makers will be means to use it though Google’s pithy permission. So we competence see central and unaccepted TV boxes regulating opposite versions of Android in a future.

Anyway, a thing about a Probox2 EX is that while it lives adult to a guarantee of vouchsafing we run Android apps on a TV… a law is that many Android apps weren’t designed to be run on a TV. A wireless remote control usually doesn’t act a same approach as fingers on a touchscreen.

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But a Remote+ that comes with a Probox2 EX does help. It has atmosphere rodent capabilities that let we do many of a things we would with a toucshcreen (or mouse), and while a gamepad buttons don’t work ideally with each game, when we do find a diversion like Wind-up Knight that works with a Remote+ we can get a flattering good gaming experience.

At $150, a Probox2 EX is some-more costly than a Roku, an Amazon Fire TV, or an Apple TV. And it’s not unequivocally as good as those boxes during a one thing they do well: permitting we to simply find and play videos, music, and other calm from hundreds of sources.

But a Probox2 EX has a absolute processor, a sincerely vast volume of storage, enlargement options interjection to a USB and microSD label ports, and a versatile handling complement that allows we to customize your knowledge by installing usually about any app that can run on Android… either that app is designed for TVs or not. I’m not prepared to reinstate my Chromecast with a device like this yet… though we can positively see how it competence interest to some folks.

Thanks again to W2Comp for providing Liliputing with a Probox2 EX and Remote+ to review.

How to Ditch Android and Join a Apple Side (and Bring Your Data with You)(Yahoo Tech)

Now that Apple’s got a bigger, improved iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, we think oodles of big-screen Android aficionados might forsake to iOS. (Apparently Apple thinks so, too). But while switching phones is one form of headache, switching phones and operating systems can satisfy migraine-level heedfulness if you’re not scrupulously prepared.

But we will be prepared. From your can’t-miss calendar events to your favorite apps, here’s how to make certain your many critical mobile needs make a transition from Android to iOS as uniformly as possible.

Mail, Calendar, and Contacts
If we keep your life synced with Google’s cloud-based ecosystem, transferring from Android to iOS is comparatively easy. You’ll need to emanate an Apple ID when we initial start your iOS tour (if we don’t already have an iTunes account), yet we can supplement your Google comment once you’ve finished your phone’s initial setup.

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To do this, go to Settings  Mail, Contacts, Calendars, afterwards daub Add Account. There we can supplement your Google comment (or any other email comment you’d like synced on a device). Once added, we can name to sync Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Notes.

If you’ve kept your contacts stored locally on your Android phone, you’ll initial need to export your contacts to that device’s SD card, bond it to your mechanism and download a ensuing .vcf file, and afterwards record into your Google account. Click where it says Gmail in a tip left to go to Contacts, afterwards click a More add-on and name Import. Now, when we supplement your Google comment to your iPhone, your contacts will come along, too.

Keyboards
Since iOS 8 
now supports third-party keyboards, a chances you’ll be means to continue regulating a near-identical chronicle of your keyboard are intensely high. Lucky you!

Adding a third celebration keyboard to your complement is flattering simple. Download a keyboard app from a App Store, and afterwards go to Settings General Keyboards Add New Keyboard. Navigate to a territory for third-party keyboards, and you’ll see all a keyboard apps you’ve downloaded. Select a one we wish to use, give it accede to be used systemwide, and you’re prepared to go.

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Popular keyboards like SwiftKeySwype, Fleksy, and TouchPal should now all be accessible for iOS 8.

Widgets
While we won’t have a same arrange of home shade widgets as on an Android handset, iOS 8 does concede widgets in a Today perspective in a Notification Center. You entrance with a appropriate down from a tip of a shade and, as a name suggests, this is where you’ll also find a list of recent, actionable notifications you’ve received.

As for widgets, a latest chronicle of a Yahoo Weather app includes one that acts like a tiny chronicle of a full-blown app, with a location-specific Flickr print annotated with stream and destiny heat conditions. Calendar apps like Readdle’s Calendars 5 also offer Notification Center widgets for a improved glanceable chronicle of your daily report than Apple’s Calendar provides.

Dropbox, Evernote, and OpenTable are some of a other titles that offer such widgets. 9to5Mac has a comprehensive alphabetical list of apps that now capacitate Notification Center widgets, yet some-more will certainly be on a way.

Your app collection
Unfortunately, there’s no one- or two-step approach to get all your favorites from Android onto your iOS device. You’ll need to go by and manually restock your homescreen with a apps we use on a regular.

But this distrurbance is indeed an event in disguise. Now is a time to take an register of your app collection. Make a list of your tangible favorites, a ones we use daily, and a ones we can’t suppose vital without. Ditch a rest. Congratulations; your app collection usually got a consummate tumble cleaning.

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With a difference of usually a handful of titles (mostly games), scarcely all of your Android favorites should also be on iOS. If we already shelled out large income for an Android chronicle of an app, it could be value dropping a patron use a line — it might be means to offer a bonus formula for your continued patronage, rather than risk we selecting a cheaper competing app. If a app is usually $1, though, don’t be stingy; uncover a dev some love.

Photos, music, PDFs, and other media
One of a things we adore about removing a new handset is a possibility to start fresh. But some folks like to keep their favorite photos, videos, and song on their device, always. No sweat. If that’s you, you’ll wish to initial download them onto your mechanism (connect your Android device and afterwards sync regulating Outlook or Exchange) and send them onto your iPhone around iTunes. To do this, bond your iPhone around USB or over WiFi and launch iTunes, click Sync with Phone, and afterwards name a media we wish on your new phone (you can name from books, cinema and TV shows, notes, photos, audio content, and more).

If you’re transferring PDFs and ePub documents, we can still entrance them on iOS regulating iBooks to review them (or another PDF reader). If you’ve got Office documents, afterwards Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote will let we review and revise them on a iPhone, or we can use Microsoft Office for iOS.

Your MP3 files, if we aren’t already an zealous Spotify or Rdio user, will live in Apple’s Music app on iOS once they’ve been combined to iTunes. And once your audio collection is sorted, if we wish to buy some-more song on a go, you’ll be shopping calm on iTunes (same goes for cinema or TV shows).

For anything stored in a cloud — for instance on Evernote, Google Drive, or Dropbox — you’re good to go. Just download a iOS versions of those apps, and you’ll be means to entrance your files once they’re synced.

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A new chronicle of a Android handling complement has been in a works during Google for some time, yet was finally suggested to a open during a keynote debate during June’s Google I/O conference. Android L, formerly famous as Android 5, is a vital depart for a mobile OS, with a totally redesigned interface, some-more liquid animations, a renewed concentration on improving battery life and, for a initial time, harmony with 64-bit processors.

Android L will go adult opposite iOS 8, that along with a iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will give Apple inclination a vital boost. Google won’t wish to hang around before phenomenon a latest handling complement and is approaching to launch it this autumn.

There have been a lot of announcements following a initial reveal, so we’ve collected them all in one place to give we all we need to know about Android L forward of a approaching recover after this year. This essay also covers a new Android Wear smartwatch handling complement – corkscrew down to examination about a OS we can wear on your wrist. 

Updates for comparison phones

Any vital Android recover will be energetically anticipated, yet it’s not many fun being stranded on an old-fashioned chronicle since your phone manufacturer doesn’t devise to recover an update. Thankfully that shouldn’t be a box for HTC and Motorola customers. Right after Google done Android L official, HTC expelled a matter confirming a stream One (m8) and strange One (m7) would be receiving Android L updates “within 90 days of [HTC] receiving final program from Google.” A leaked roadmap, posted to XDA Developers, appears to uncover skeleton to supplement other handsets to this tiny list, yet many are now noted as “under evaluation” rather than confirmed.

Motorola has already reliable that the new Moto G will be updated to Android L, while a new Moto X will also roughly positively be upgraded to Android L. As both inclination use a batch chronicle of Android they are approaching to be among a initial to get a update.

Android L 5 could also be entrance to a Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 as early as November. The latest chronicle of a Android handling system, that is nonetheless to be given an executive name, is set to launch in a autumn yet a recover date has not been confirmed.

If Google launches Android L 5 alongside a new Nexus 6 afterwards it is approaching to come to flagship handsets from a likes of Samsung, HTC and LG shortly after. According to Sammobile a Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 will be among a initial inclination to get a Android L 5 upgrade. No specific dates are mentioned a news claims a refurbish will arrive “by a finish of November/early December”.

Unfortunately zero of a other vital manufacturers have done an executive matter on that phones will be removing an refurbish to Android L, potentially forcing owners to bottom their inclination and implement unaccepted tradition ROMs to get Google’s latest and greatest.

Release date

Android L is accessible right now, in developer preview form for a Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet, from developer.android.com. If you’re prepared to get your hands dirty, we can even implement it on handsets from third celebration manufacturers; there’s already a tradition ROM for a HTC One (m7) and others are appearing any day on a XDA Developer forums.

Google isn’t nonetheless prepared to speak about an executive recover date yet, as we approaching have to wait for a new Nexus device to seem to coincide with a launch. This isn’t approaching until during slightest a Autumn, definition a identical wait for Android TV and Android Auto. For everybody looking to reason onto their smartphone warranty, this means watchful for a executive recover after in a year.

Android L

Android L was a categorical eventuality during Google I/O, even if Sundar Pichai avoided giving it a sweet-sounding name. Google has referred to any chronicle of Android by a sweet-flavoured codename formed on augmenting letters of a alphabet; a strange 1.0 chronicle was Apple Pie, followed by Banana bread, Cupcake and Donut as versions 1.1, 1.5 and 1.6. Version 2.0 introduced a universe to Eclair, while 2.2 arrived as Froyo. Gingerbread referred to 2.3 and Honeycomb was 3.0, a initial chronicle designed with specific support for inscription devices. Android 4.0 was also famous as Ice Cream Sandwich and versions 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 were all famous as Jelly Bean.

At this early theatre it’s misleading either Android L is a final name, or Google will exhibit a tangible pretension a small closer to launch. If a association sticks with L it’s a pointer that a handling complement is maturing, yet we’re holding out for something a small sweeter. Google was approaching to call Android 4.4 Key Lime Pie, yet a tie-in with Nestle saw chronicle 4.4 go by KitKat instead. That leaves a doorway open for other companies to burst on a bandwagon, with Liquorice Allsorts and Lion Bar both suggested.

This seems doubtful yet as both are typically usually found in Europe. The Lion Bar, also done by Nestle, was usually sole in US and Canadian import shops in North America and it would be peculiar for Google to go with such a little-known brand. The same goes for Liquorice Allsorts. That leaves Android Lollipop or Android Lemon Meringue Pie as a dual other rumoured names. The names competence be some-more generic, generally after Android KitKat, yet they’re both formally honeyed and memorable.

Material Design

Android L reportedly has over 5,000 new APIs ticking divided behind a scenes, yet a many apparent changes will always be a visible ones. The new Material pattern intrigue is set to seem on any Google platform, not usually Android, yet it will demeanour best on smartphones and tablets. Apparently Google drew impulse from pens and inks, with any idol and user interface component casting an accurate shade to give a clarity of depth. Everything animates as we hold it, with objects drifting into perspective and tapped icons rippling like puddles.


Android L Homescreen

The home screen, close screen, Quick Settings pull-down menu, categorical settings page and even a onscreen navigation buttons have perceived a makeover, and Android L will also embody new complement widgets to compare a pattern scheme. Finally, any Google app will be redesigned to compare a new look, with some carrying already been upgraded in time for a early Developer Preview recover following Google I/O.

Certain redesigned apps were teased behind sealed during Google I/O, yet that hasn’t stopped leaked images from appearing online; a tip form trickle so distant has suggested a completely new demeanour for a Play Store, on both inscription and smartphone. Images of a work-in-progress chronicle of a app uncover a incomparable concentration on images, a simplified layout, some-more colour coordination and some-more inflection for film trailers or app/game teaser videos. The leaked images still uncover Google has some work to do, as minute calm appears to be missing, yet it should make it many easier to crop by a expanded Play Store to find what you’re looking for once a refurbish arrives.

The notifications complement has been totally overhauled for Android L as well. Currently, Android users have to clear their device to check, respond to or boot notifications, yet with Android L they will be means to do this from a close screen. They will seem as a smoke-stack of Google Now-like cards, that can be corkscrew by rather than flooding a screen. Each one has an in-line preview, giving context.

Features

Android L isn’t all about looks; it will also embody a new Personalised Unlocking mode. Essentially it creates your smartphone or inscription hunt for informed Bluetooth gadgets, Wi-Fi networks, locations and even voice imprints to deactivate any lockscreen protections, vouchsafing we burst true into your phone when it knows you’re nearby. If a device can’t detect any of these metrics, anyone perplexing to use it will be presented with a customary lockscreen.

Android L Lockscreen

The new apps page will spin a new calm page, displaying all your calm in one list of Google Now-styled cards. You’ll be means to burst between apps and a web, with links in Google hunt formula jumping true from a browser into a applicable partial of an app. Although not particularly built into Android L, Google will also be giving a mobile webpages and hunt an renovate in time for a release. The Material pattern will be carried across, along with well-spoken animations and a slicker UI.

Google will be updating a batch Android keyboard for Android L, adding some-more personalisation facilities and scrapping a particular tiled keys – instead any minute will lay on a prosaic background, that should make it easier for those with incomparable fingers and thumbs to form quickly. Also set to arrive are a Do No Disturb mode, that automatically deactivates all notifications and audio during set times, support for Bluetooth 4.1 and a totally redesigned Audio backend with support for USB audio devices.

Performance

Android L should arrive with copiousness of opening improvements as good as visible changes, that should assistance speed adult existent phones as good as make a many of new hardware. The biggest back-end change is a pierce from a Dalvik runtime to ART. Part of a handling complement during a simple level, a ART runtime supports ARM, x86 and MiPS instructions, and a brew of AOT, JIT and interpreted formula – radically Android now speaks a lot some-more languages and will work on some-more CPUs than a predecessor. This alone could urge opening by as many as duplicate over Dalvik, though developers creation any formula adjustments.

DirectX 11-level graphics will finally make their approach to Android regulating a Android prolongation pack. This set of APIs support modernized effects such as tessellation, geometry shaders, hardness application and discriminate shaders, and have a intensity to put mobile inclination on customary with games consoles and PC games.

Android L discerning settings

Battery life

Google has strong on improving battery life in Android L with Project Volta. Similar to how Jelly Bean’s Project Butter was an bid to make animations feel smoother and some-more responsive, Project Volta includes a new battery historian to improved visualize beat discharge, assisting users work out what a device was doing during any given indicate in a battery cycle to find out that apps are removal a many power.

A battery saver mode will be enclosed in batch Android for a initial time with Android L, after being a common tweak for third celebration manufacturers. It will activate automatically when your battery drops subsequent a certain percentage, downclocking a CPU, disabling additional facilities like plcae stating and dimming a display. Google says a Nexus 5 regulating Android L gets around 90 mins of additional use over a march of a customary day, though indeed changing how a patron uses their phone.

Android Wear

Although Android Wear is an wholly apart height to Android L, it forms an constituent partial of a mobile handling system. Naturally it has a same Material design, with relating colours, icons, fonts and animations to Android L. Notifications form a heart of a handling system, appearing as cards that can be swiped by as they appear, swiped divided to boot and double-tapped to correlate with. Notifications are synchronised with a interconnected smartphone, so when we boot one on an Android Wear device is also disappears from your handset. A Do Not Disturb mode can be activated with a singular downwards appropriate from a tip of a screen, for when we don’t wish notifications to worry you.

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There’s no need to implement apps to an Android Wear device; if an app works with Android Wear, it will automatically implement to your wearable when we implement a mobile app on your smartphone. When a mobile app updates, a Wear chronicle will refurbish too, definition no apart app store and no need to juggle mixed apps as with a singular memory Pebble. The app preference is now really limited, with a few built-in abilities such as song playback control, continue reports and tradition watch faces – comparison by dire and holding on a default watch face. One of a best apps now upheld is Google’s possess Maps, that includes spin navigation when walking to a destination.

Moto 360 turn-by-turn maps

The best news is that we can buy one right now from a Google Play Store, forward of Android L’s full release. We’ve also seen a flurry of new smartwatches expelled recently, such as a Asus ZenWatch, Sony Smartwatch 3, LG G Watch R and Motorola Moto 360

Google Fit

Google’s possess health and aptness hub, that is set to lift in information from third celebration aptness apps and wearables in sequence to keep it in one executive location, wasn’t utterly prepared for a full exhibit with Android L during a I/O conference. Whether it will arrive in time to come preinstalled on Android L inclination stays to be seen, yet we do know it feels really many like a approach response to Apple’s Healthkit initiative. We consider Google Fit has some-more intensity since it will be an open system; Google will roughly positively launch a use with Android Wear smartwatches in mind, yet there’s zero interlude developers from porting a record to other handling systems – including Apple’s iOS.

Google expelled a Fit program growth pack (SDK) and developer preview to a official developer hub in early August, providing APIs that can give apps or inclination a ability to send and store information from aptness wearables and practice apps opposite Android – either a information was saved to that app creatively or not. The SDK includes a Sensors API, Recording API and History API, and is now usually concordant with a Nexus 5 smartphone or Nexus 7 inscription regulating a latest Android L developer preview.

We’re still watchful for a initial formula from this preview, yet we’re assured that many Android developers are already tough during work to confederate a new facilities into their existent apps, prepared for when Google creates Fit strictly accessible to business after this year.

Android TV

Coming to set-top boxes, TVs and micro-consoles early subsequent year, Android TV is a tweaked chronicle of Android L designed privately for a large screen. It uses many of a same formula base, but has been designed from a belligerent adult for streaming services, on-demand calm and casting media from a smartphone. Like a rest of Google’s Android L announcements, Android TV will use a Material Design ethos and apps will demeanour really identical opposite mobile, inscription and TV.

Android TV during Google IO

Android TV can be used usually like a Chromecast, yet it will do distant some-more than arrangement smartphone apps on your TV. The tile-based homescreen sits on tip of a now personification TV channel, and can be tranquil regulating usually a D pad and voice input. That means there’s no need for a dedicated remote, as an Android smartphone or Android Wear smartwatch will be means to wholly navigate a interface. Using Google KnowledgeGraph, users will even be means to ask enigmatic questions like “who played Katniss in a Hunger Games” to lift adult films starring Jennifer Lawrence. Google Play Games is also enclosed for personification Android games on a large shade regulating a smartphone or dedicated gaming controller.

There will be a dedicated Android TV store for apps, and with hardware support from Intel and Marvell many inclination should be means of personification gorgeous-looking mobile games during Full HD resolutions.

Sharp, Sony and Philips/TP Vision have committed to Android TV for 2015, that hopefully means it will be off to a improved start than a luckless Google TV behind in 2010. 

Android Auto

The final square of a Android L nonplus is Android Auto, a in-car chronicle of Google’s mobile OS. Designed privately to let drivers entrance navigation and audio apps though holding their eyes off a road,Android Auto runs of a connected smartphone rather than being commissioned in a automobile itself; a phone merely casts a shade to a incomparable arrangement built into a dashboard. This means Google can supplement facilities and ascent hardware though creation changes to a cars that use a technology, avoiding a need to resubmit to reserve inspections with any program update.

Android Auto in-car

Android Auto can be tranquil wholly regulating voice commands, or a buttons built into a steering circle if your automobile has them, to assistance keep drivers’ eyes on a road. If your automobile has a touchscreen arrangement it will be means to use that too. It will let drivers entrance a name series of apps, that Google hold protected for use on a road, and updates them with personal or contextually applicable information. Directions to meetings can be pulled from emails and calendar appointments, afterwards displayed with live trade and spin by spin navigation regulating Google Maps. Voice enabled messaging lets we examination and respond to content messages though reaching for a phone, and several song streaming apps including Google Play Music have already been blending privately for a minimal Android Auto interface.

Google has now over 40 partners in a Open Automotive Alliance, that supports an open in-car intelligent device customary platform, and 25 automobile bands will be rising vehicles with Android Auto support over a subsequent year. The initial cars are likely to start rolling off forecourts after this year.

Over a entrance months, we’ll see a lot of new phones trumpeting 64-bit processors. Should we run out to get one? Is 64-bit silicon twice as good as that crummy 32-bit record we’ve been regulating for years? The brief answer is no. The longer answer is that a pierce to a newer ARM design includes some good enhancements, though being 64-bit isn’t, by itself, all that important.

Before we lift out your wallet to obstacle a first 64-bit Android phone (the HTC Desire 510), or start salivating over any of a other 64-bit phones entrance this fall, let’s plead what a tenure 64-bit unequivocally means, and since we should, and shouldn’t, caring about it.

Just what is a 64-bit processor, anyway?

Ask around, and you’ll hear countless definitions of a tenure “64-bit processor.” Most often, you’ll hear that it means a processor can use some-more than 4GB of RAM. This isn’t unequivocally true, as a chip’s “bit count” doesn’t unequivocally have anything to do with how many memory it can address.

Processors use dual kinds of numbers to perform operations like addition, multiplication, and relocating or duplicating information in memory. You have your integers (whole numbers like 90210) and floating-point numbers (those with decimals like 3.14159265359). If a processor can hoop integer operations adult to 16 pieces long, it’s a 16-bit processor. If it can hoop a 32-bit integer operation, it’s 32-bit, and (you guessed it) a 64-bit processor can hoop 64-bit integers.

Apple introduced a initial 64-bit, ARMv8 phone processor final year with a A7.

A 32-bit processor also uses 32 pieces to indicate to locations in memory, while a 64-bit processor uses 64 bits. That means that a single program can residence usually 4GB with a 32-bit chip, even if a processor itself can residence more. A 64-bit processor points to memory locations regulating 64 bits, permitting particular programs to residence 16 exabytes—a many total volume of memory.

For many apps, a 64-bit processor doesn’t offer many benefit. Most of a apps we use on a phones and tablets unequivocally don’t have many need for 64-bit integer operations, or some-more than 4GB of memory per program. In fact, a 64-bit app can infrequently run slower than a 32-bit app, since regulating all those 64-bit memory pointers can make a app larger, sucking adult some-more cache and RAM.

So since are 64-bit mobile processors better?

The pierce from 32-bit to 64-bit ARM processors in a Android inclination is only one growth in a greater, many some-more critical change: a pierce from a ARMv7 design to ARMv8.

For scarcely a past decade, all a chips in a smartphones have been formed on one element set of upheld instructions and features—ARMv7. All a complicated smartphones, from a strange iPhone and T-Mobile G1 by a iPhone 5 and Galaxy S5, have been built with processors that belong to a ARMv7 specifications. Yes, ARMv7 has had a share of improvements and extensions over a years, though during a core, it’s still a same elemental design we’ve been stranded with for roughly a decade.

And ARMv7 is removing a small prolonged in a tooth. So about 3 years ago, ARM introduced a new customary all a chip makers can build processors around—ARMv8.

ARMv8 includes a whole horde of improvements. It takes all a ARMv7 instructions that today’s processors contingency hoop by default, and streamlines them. New instructions for complicated applications have been added, and old, unheeded instructions have been thrown out. Special instructions germane to encryption have been added, too. What’s more, a spaces inside a processor where ordinarily used instructions and information are stored—they’re called registers—have roughly doubled in series in ARMv8. That’s a large deal, since it means an ARMv8 processor will spend reduction time pulling information from memory.

Qualcomm’s initial 64-bit chips are low- and mid-range. But high-end chips like a 810 are entrance soon.

And, of course, ARMv8 is 64-bit capable, all while progressing harmony with comparison 32-bit ARM software.

When all is pronounced and done, a new ARMv8 design is what creates 64-bit chips faster and some-more efficient, not merely a fact that they’re 64-bit. You don’t get one though a other, though it’s a lot easier to applaud “64-bit” in a press recover than try to explain a advantages of increasing register space or a polished instruction set.

Is 64-bit unequivocally going to make a large difference?

Well, approbation and no. The initial Android products to bear 64-bit chips will offer opening that’s all over a map. The HTC Desire 510, for example, is a bill phone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. The Desire 510 is formed on a ARMv8 design and is 64-bit, though it’s still a low-end handset that’s going to be slower than many of a high-performance phones already on a market. Qualcomm’s subsequent 64-bit chips to strike a marketplace will be a mid-range Snapdragon 610 and 615 chips—and they’re still zero to get worked adult about. The pedal unequivocally hits a award early subsequent year, when we design inclination temperament a high-end Snapdragon 810 chips.

On a other hand, we might see tablets sporting a dual-core 64-bit chronicle of Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip before a year is out, and that processor should be unequivocally fast, indeed.

Nvidia’s Tegra K1 is on a marketplace already, though a second chronicle with a 64-bit CPU is entrance soon.

Consider this: Apple’s iPhone 5S has a 64-bit mobile chip, and it has been on shelves for about a year. It’s unequivocally fast, though that hasn’t stopped Android phones from relating a opening with squalid 32-bit processors. Moral of a story: Faster processors are always on a way, 64-bit or not.

So, don’t be burned by a unavoidable “64-bit” checkbox on a specs sheet. The pierce to ARMv8, 64-bit mobile processors is a unequivocally good thing, though not each 64-bit processor is faster than each 32-bit processor.

64-bit unequivocally needs Android L to shine

There’s one some-more square to this puzzle: a handling system. If we buy a 64-bit phone with Android 4.4 KitKat on it, we won’t unequivocally clear a intensity until it gets an ascent to Android L.

You see, to scrupulously implement ARM’s new 64-bit architecture, you’ll need both handling complement and focus support. Android L has been designed to entirely support ARMv8 and 64-bit platforms, while KitKat has not. But what about apps? Do we need to wait for app developers to emanate special 64-bit-optimized versions of their apps?

Android L brings with it a ton of new features, among that is full support for ARMv8 and 64-bit.

Well, apps will get faster and some-more fit when developers optimize for these new chips, though we might not have to wait to see benefits. On Android, many apps are formed on Java. So when we download an Android app, you’re unequivocally grabbing a package of zipped-up formula and libraries that a Android OS turns into a organic module that can be accepted by your phone’s processor. This is called “compiling.”

The compiler in Android L, famous as ART, is done to furnish formula that’s optimized for a new ARM architecture. So, with Android L and a 64-bit processor in your phone or tablet, your apps could run faster though a developer lifting a finger to make special optimizations. And if they do make those optimizations, their apps could run even better.

By this time subsequent year, we’ll have lost all about 64-bit

Marketing departments love a tenure 64-bit. Any time they can put a series twice as large on a box, they’re going to. You’re regulating a 32-bit phone now, so if you’re anything like a standard human, your romantic triggers will tell we a 64-bit phone is twice as fast. It’s since we see cameras congested with some-more megapixels, and processors with some-more cores. More always equals better, right?

In this case, a offered departments aren’t wrong, they’re only overstating a significance of 64-bit to a Android market. Yes, a new ARMv8 architecture—which brings 64-bit computing along for a ride—has a series of good enhancements. And, yes, so does Android L, that is required to take advantage of a new architecture. But improved processors and handling systems hurl out each year. They’re never twice as good as final year’s, and these won’t be, either.

Within a year, scarcely each prohibited new phone or inscription will enclose a 64-bit-capable chip. Even a inexpensive ones. Android L will be everywhere, and we’ll already be pining for a subsequent chronicle of Android. 64-bit will no longer be a offered indicate value job out on offered materials, and we’ll consternation since we ever done such a large understanding about it in a initial place.

CARSON CITY, NEVADA–(Marketwired – Sep 22, 2014) – Nudg Media Inc. (NDDG) (the “Company”) is gratified to announce a designed growth and formation of a Google Android App for Nudg. The further of an Android App along with a benefaction Apple App will enhance a Nudg village and concede Nudg Media to take advantage of a Android’s 84.7% marketplace share. The IOS Apple App growth was a vital fulfilment carrying undergone endless growth and therefore will concede a most some-more fast prolongation into Android. NUDG is a mobile concentration positioned as a customizable interactive amicable media App with mixed uses and is designed to move a ‘social’ to amicable media. The concentration is to mix several applications into one amicable site that allows finish village appearance and endless remoteness options.

While Apple sole 35.2 million phones final quarter, an boost of 4 million; Android phones reached 255.3 million new buyers, an boost of 64 million new phones, IDC reports. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/android-ios-market-share-data-and-apples-iphone-6-2014-8#ixzz3DyNEET3J

“With Android carrying amassed a outrageous marketplace share in a intelligent phone market, we feel rising an Android app will infer to be a poignant writer to a continued success of Nudg. We have already summarized a devise for integrating a Nudg height for wearable devices, demonstrating a idea to turn a widespread integrated village with a really vast user base. The growth group is operative to benefaction an Android app for intelligent phones and wearable inclination in together with IOS (Apple) intelligent wearable apps,” settled Menachem Sofepr, President, Nudg Media. “We are always improving a altogether functionality of a record and wish to announce new advances really soon.”

About Nudg Media Inc.

Nudg Media Inc. operates www.nudg.com, a customizable and interactive amicable media height incorporating protracted reality, zone-based privacy, geolocation, voice chat, video mail, and integrated advertising. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Nevada, a shares are traded on a OTCQB marketplace underneath a pitch NDDG.

This news recover might enclose “forward-looking” statements. These forward-looking statements are usually predictions and are theme to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could means tangible formula to differ from those in a brazen looking-statements. Potential risks and uncertainties embody such factors as doubt of consumer direct for a Company’s products, as good as additional risks and uncertainties that are identified and described in a Company’s SEC reports. The association will need to lift additional financing in sequence to allege a record and member base. Actual formula might differ materially from a forward-looking statements in this press release. Statements done herein are as of a date of this press recover and should not be relied on as of any successive date. The Company does not undertake, and it privately disclaims, any requirement to refurbish any forward-looking statements to simulate occurrences, developments, events or resources after a date of such statement.

SOURCE: Nudg Media Inc.

Google is now operative with a handful of developers to move a few Android apps to Chrome OS—but because wait for a pokey routine to bear fruit? You can run any Android app on your Chromebook today. Chat on Skype, play Minecraft Pocket Edition, or review a latest news in Flipboard; it’s all possible, with a small assistance from Linux.

Here’s how it works: Google combined a “runtime” that allows any Android app to run on Chrome OS. To exam it out, it released 4 Android apps—Vine, Evernote, Duolingo, and Sight Words—that are now on a Chrome Web Store. Installing one of these apps will get we a runtime, and afterwards we can “sideload” an Android app and run it on your Chromebook.

Google’s idea is to get each Android app regulating on a Chromebook. In practice, a runtime is still in growth and some apps crash—especially given Google’s Android backend services aren’t benefaction on a Chromebook—but many apps already work usually fine. Apps that use a microphone and camera even have entrance to your Chromebook’s microphone and camera. Android app notifications seem in Chrome’s presentation center, too.

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Skype’s Android app regulating in Chrome OS, finish with notifications in a lower-right corner. Nobody tell Microsoft!

Getting started

First, implement one of a 4 central Android apps—like Kids Sight Words—from a Chrome Web Store. Try a app and safeguard it works on your Chromebook. Installing this representation app will also implement a Android runtime for Chrome OS, and that’s what lets this penetrate work behind a scenes.

Install an Android app on Chrome OS

We’ll be regulating the chromeos-apk tool for this. It runs on UNIX-like systems (read: Linux and Mac OS X). We achieved this routine with Ubuntu 14.04, though there’s a approach to convert APK files manually if you’re on Windows, or we can run Ubuntu from a live CD or Wubi. You can even do this on a Chromebook itself if you’re a geek who’s installed Linux in developer mode.

On Ubuntu, open a Terminal window. Run a following dual commands to implement and set adult node.js:

sudo apt-get implement nodejs npm

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node

Next, implement a chromeos-apk tool:

sudo npm implement chromeos-apk -g

You’ll need a Android app’s APK file. Google doesn’t usually concede we to download these from a Google Play Store. You can infrequently find APK files on several websites online, though that’s risky—it’s like downloading a program’s .exe record from an unaccepted file-hosting site instead of a central source.

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Downloading an Android app’s APK regulating AirDroid’s web interface. (Click on any picture in this essay to increase it.)

If we have an Android smartphone or tablet, AirDroid works well for this. Install a Android app we wish to run on your Chromebook on your Android device, and install AirDroid as well. Open a AirDroid app and revisit the AirDroid website on your computer. Sign in to a AirDroid interface. You don’t need to emanate an account, usually indicate a QR formula on a shade with your device’s camera. Click a Apps icon, locate a app we wish to run, and click a Download symbol to a right. You’ll get a app’s APK record on your computer.

Next, you’ll use a following authority on your mechanism to package a Android app adult for Chrome OS. (Be certain to reinstate “/path/to/app.apk” with a record trail to a downloaded APK record on your drive.)

chromeos-apk /path/to/app.apk

If you’d like to use a app’s inscription interface instead of it smartphone interface, supplement –tablet to a finish of a command, like so:

chromeos-apk /path/to/app.apk –tablet

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Converting an Android app for use on a Chromebook regulating a Chromeos-apk apparatus in Ubuntu Linux.

I saw an blunder summary with Skype and had to enter a “com.skype.raider” name when prompted, though a apparatus still successfully converted Skype and it ran on my Chromebook. The apparatus is ostensible to get a suitable name from a APK record so we don’t have to enter it by hand, though it doesn’t always work.

The authority generates a directory, that will seem in your home office on Linux. Copy a whole office to your Chromebook around a USB peep drive, SD Card, or shuffling it around regulating a cloud syncing service. Go to a Extensions page on your Chromebook (Chrome “Hamburger” menu Tools Extensions), click Enable developer mode, and use a Load unpacked extension symbol to bucket a prolongation office for a Android app.

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The Extensions menu’s developer mode in Chrome OS.

Once that’s done, simply open name a Launch choice for a app in a Extensions menu.

Run some-more than one app

This apparatus has some limitations. Google’s Android runtime for Chrome is now limited to 4 specific apps, and a apparatus above replaces Vine with an app of your choice. You can usually use a authority above to implement a singular Android app on your device during a time. If we wish to implement adult to 3 more, follow these instructions.

Vladikoff—chromeos-apk’s developer—has also now expelled a mutated Android runtime for Chrome. It’s famous as a ARChon Custom Runtime, and it allows we to run any series of apps during a time. It even allows we to run Android apps in Chrome on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. This mutated runtime is reduction central and might be some-more unstable. Of course, Windows users already have a good approach to run Android apps with BlueStacks or by installing Android in a practical machine.

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Soundcloud’s Android inscription app regulating on a Chromebook.

Where is this headed?

In a future, Google will expected urge their Android app runtime and concede all Android developers to simply package their apps and put them on a Chrome Web Store. Google could go even further, adding Chromebooks as another upheld device in Google Play so we could simply implement any Android app on a Chromebook like you’d implement it on a smartphone or tablet.

We’ll substantially need unaccepted collection like chromeos-apk for a while. It’s doubtful we’ll see each Android app seem in a Chrome Web Store any time soon. Chrome OS users might have to use collection like chromeos-apk to package adult apps like Skype; Microsoft substantially doesn’t wish Skype regulating on Chromebooks, as they like regulating it as a knock opposite Chrome OS in their “Scroogled” debate and other ads.

Check out /r/chromeapks on Reddit for some-more contention of this tool, including either specific apps work! We’ll hopefully see a apparatus continue to improve, bringing some-more program to Chrome OS—though we have to consternation what this means for a destiny of Chrome and a offline “Chrome apps.”

Apple competence not have a many mobile marketplace share or sell a many units, though it can get some-more courtesy than any other mobile device maker. Year after year, it’s means to build expectation for a latest products to a heat pitch. That has turn extravagantly apparent in a arise of a iPhone 6 launch. While there are still large inclination accessible that competence in one approach or another tip a iPhone 6 in terms of facilities or price, it’s Apple’s product that generates a many hype. But now that a iPhone 6 is shipping, consumers who aren’t already totally committed to Apple’s products will go behind to quietly deliberation in a transparent light of day that product offers a best deal—the iPhone or one of a many handsets that run Android. This eWEEK slip uncover looks during 10 Android smartphones trimming from lower-cost units to a top-of-the-line flagship models that competence infer to be suitable alternatives to a iPhone. From a Samsung Galaxy S5 to a Amazon Fire Phone, there are Android handsets that can fit any mobile phone buyer’s needs.