Oct 27, 2014 - 2:11 PM - by dgstorm
We need to share a warning with all of our members and staff here on the site. About a month ago, we started slowly filtering out many of the [Free App] and/or [Free Download] style posts (see the above image as an example) on the site. We realized they seemed a bit too "spammy" and they didn't really contribute much in the way of useful discussion content on the site. As it turns out, we were a bit ahead of the curve in getting this started, and we will now need to take things to the next level to eliminate this stuff even further.
Google has just updated their search algorithm to target these types of spammy posts across the web because most of them end up pointing to pirated software sites, like Pirate Bay, Isohunt and Torrentz.eu. Google specifically calls out sites which carry search keywords like “download free movies,” “watch [movie name] online free,” online free movies,” “movies download,” “watch [movie name]” and “where can I watch [movie name] online.” With the new update, Google will basically "punish" sites for hosting too much of this type of content by reducing their search rankings and more.
Ultimately, the life-blood of keeping our site alive and thriving comes from our search rankings in Google. Because of this stricter anti-piracy update from Google, we have to step up our game to eliminate these types of posts and remove sections which have too much of this type of content. We apologize if this causes inconvenience to any of our members, and we request that you help our amazing staff spot these sections. If you see a collection of "app announcements" with any of these spammy type keywords, please let us know (or if you are an admin or moderator remove them). Afterwards, let JohnDroid or Cereal Killer know so we can follow up if necessary.
Thanks for your patience and understanding as we adjust to Google's new changes.
Oct 27, 2014 - 10:59 AM - by dgstorm
It's almost here folks! The Motorola-made Google Nexus 6 smartphone/phablet just made its way through the FCC on its way to our pockets. Preorders for the device are scheduled to begin on October 29th, and shipments are expected not too long after that in November.
The Nexus 6 was the last of Google's three devices to finally pass through the FCC. The Nexus Player had a small hiccup which delayed its availability for preorders. Google was able to iron out any issues and get it resolved with the FCC though.
Sound off if you have finally decided (or already planned) to pick up the Nexus 6!
Oct 22, 2014 - 1:49 PM - by dgstorm
This news basically echoes info we have heard before, but since it comes from a new email sent out by Google devs, it bears sharing. Also, it indirectly suggests that Android 5.0 Lollipop will begin pushing out on November 3rd. Google devs is sending out emails to 3rd party Android developers letting them know their Android 5.0 Lollipop tweaked apps will be ready to go November 3rd on the Nexus 9 tablet.
The picture above is a screen shot from one of these emails. It's important to note that this simply repeats what Google said previously in another developer information email. Here's what they said before,
As you can see, this simply means that Google is on track to keep the schedule they promised before. We will keep you informed if any further info breaks.
Starting November 3rd, Nexus 9 will be the first device available to consumers that will run Android 5.0. Therefore, it is a great time to publish on Google Play, once you've updated and tested your app. Even if your apps target earlier versions of Android, take a few moments to test them on the Android 5.0 system images, and publish any updates needed in advance of the Android 5.0 rollout.
Oct 21, 2014 - 11:33 AM - by dgstorm
A great deal of energy has been focused in discussing some of the new features of Google's new mobile OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop. Most of the media and PR attention has focused on the "Material Design" UI, improved Gmail and improved apps & app support. It turns out there are some other pretty handy new things about Android 5.0 that are "less advertised," yet still deserve more than a courtesy eye-brow nod.
Here are five of the most notable features that you might not know are coming in Lollipop:
- Kill Switch - this is something that has received some media attention outside of Android 5.0 specifically. We knew that Google was planning to bring this to Android, but Lollipop is the feature's grand entrance. Kill Switch will basically allow users can remotely disable and/or wipe the information on their Android 5.0 device. They can also require a password whenever someone tries to reset the device.
- Lollipop can run on almost any Android device - this is uncommon knowledge, but it turns out that the latest version of Android is designed with a minimalist digital footprint in mind. Google is striving to reduce the dreaded "fragmentation" curse, and Lollipop was designed to work on nearly any Android capable device as long as it has a minimum of 512MB of RAM or more. Whether the various OEMs will take advantage of this remains to be seen.
- Priority Mode - This is a handy new organizational function built into Lollipop. With Android 5.0, you can now customize which notifications show up on your lock screen. Not only can you prioritize whether you want Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter, you can also even choose which contacts' calls come through. This functionality even includes a gaming/movie mode in which you can choose to include a smaller notification which will pop up at the top of the screen, instead of interrupting your entertainment.
- User Profiles - This is the same feature that Google originally implemented only on their tablets. It basically allows you to create separate user profiles on your device, so if you let someone else use it, they won't have access to your personal stuff. This feature will now work on Android phones as well as tablets. It has been enhanced even further though. It now includes a new feature which allows you to have a “home” and “work” profile which has different sets of data on a single device.
- Battery Life Saver function - This is definitely a little advertised new feature of Android 5.0. The OS has a built-in functionality which reduces your CPU load and display brightness when you are low on battery life. This will supposedly eke out up to another 90 minutes of time in those dire situations when you will need it before you can charge it.
These are only a few of Android Lollipop's newest functions that have flown a bit under the radar. Can you think of anymore?
Oct 21, 2014 - 10:37 AM - by dgstorm
One of the slickest new features included in Android 5.0 Lollipop isn't really new at all. In fact, it is obviously inspired by something that the Moto X could already do. The feature is called Ambient Display and it is basically just a fresh version of the sleep screen from the Moto X.
Basically, with the Moto X, the sleep screen will pulse when the device is asleep. This pulse displays the time, notifications for messages, emails, missed calls and more. Ambient Display mimics this concept and will be included in the Nexus 6. Reports indicate it will also show up in all versions of Android 5.0 once that starts pushing out OTA.
The pics above are two examples of the feature. Pretty slick!
Oct 20, 2014 - 10:56 AM - by dgstorm
The Googlers are famous for their numerous entertaining easter eggs they include in every version of Android. Their latest one merges the some interesting "flavors" into a playable game. They basically created a clone of the popular mobile game Flappy Birds, but instead of the "flappy bird" avoiding pipes, you have "Andy the Android" floating avoiding Lollipops. The only other difference is that this game plays from right to left, instead of left to right as in the OG Flappy Birds.
The above video shows how to access the Easter Egg. Obviously, only folks who have already downloaded the developer version of Android 5.0 on their devices can try it out, but very soon that will change once Google starts pushing the final build of Android 5.0 out to all phones. If you are a fan of Flappy Birds and Google's creative easter eggs, then this seems like a win-win for you!
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