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How to: Get the Google Now Launcher on almost any Android device


With the release of the Google Now Launcher on the Play Store, most Android users have been left jilted. The coolest thing to hit Android this week is best readily available for Nexus and Google Play version devices. if you don’t have one of those, yet still wish the launcher, fret not. It can be done.
 It’s as a matter of fact fairly easy, too. First, you’ll want to get into your settings and permit apps external of the Play store to be loaded. To do that, you go to Settings > Security. From there, you’ll see a heading called “Device Administrators”. below that, you’ll see “Verify Apps”, which has a tidy little explanation of what it’s about. Enable that one, and you’re halfway there. The second thing you’ll want to do is make positive you’ve got the most recent version of Google Search enabled on your device, which is variation 3. 2. 17. 1009776. if you don’t, go ahead and hit the Play Store and check for an update, but we’re  sure you’ll have it already. It’s pretty much Google’s stock and trade — literally. Third, you’ll want to find an APK file for the new Google Now. they’re obtainable via several sources, with DevHost and Android Police being two sought after sources. We’ve no longer heard of any issues just yet with this, so go ahead and give it a shot.

How to: Get the Google Now Launcher on almost any Android device


With the release of the Google Now Launcher on the Play Store, most Android customers were left jilted.
 
The coolest factor to hit Android this week is solely readily available for Nexus and Google Play version devices. if you don’t have one of those, yet still wish the launcher, fret not. It can be done.
 It’s actually fairly easy, too. First, you’ll want to get into your settings and allow apps outside of the Play shop to be loaded. To do that, you go to Settings > Security. From there, you’ll see a heading generally known as “Device Administrators”. Under that, you’ll see “Verify Apps”, which has a tidy little explanation of what it’s about. Enable that one, and you’re halfway there. The second thing you’ll want to do is make certain you have the most recent version of Google Search enabled on your device, which is version 3. 2. 17. 1009776. in case you don’t, go beforehand and hit the Play Store and check for an update, but we’re  sure you’ll have it already. It’s pretty much Google’s stock and trade — literally. Third, you’ll want to discover an APK file for the new Google Now. they’re obtainable by means of several sources, with DevHost
and Android Police being two trendy sources. We’ve not heard of any problems just yet with this, so go beforehand and give it a shot. it’ll take a few tries if you use the mirrored APK, but we’ve had success on a few assorted devices. once downloaded, pull down the notification tray, and select it.

Android Community Nightly: December 20th, 2012

Welcome to another quick edition of the Android group Nightly. In what may well very nicely be the last one ever (if the world does indeed end) we’ll start off with some enjoyable news from Google, then dig into everything that mattered to us today. Google’s letting you send greetings through a private call to friends from Santa, so give it a try.
 
There’s a few more bits of news relating to Google today. Their Play Store has some sweet deals going on with about 10 spectacular games, then Acer is building a budget pill to take on Google’s Nexus 7 and B&N’s NOOK. Then we learned the official ASUS Nexus 7 desk dock will be on sale December 30th.
 
Who’s buying?
Samsung news, we consistently have a little. Samsung’s Galaxy S II on AT&T is getting Ice Cream Sandwich, and there’s no signal of Jelly Bean. Then the international Galaxy S III is getting another update of Jelly Bean with Sammy’s premium suite of updates. We’re additionally hearing Samsung’s 5.5-inch flexible AMOLED display will be showcased at CES.

Possible Gear Glass: Samsung patents Earphone looking like Dragon Ball Z scouter, Google Glass

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The Korean Intellectual Property Office recently published Samsung’s patent application for an earphone that seems to be a compact Bluetooth headset and smart glass rolled into one whose shape quickly calls to mind a familiar object in Dragon Ball Z — the scouter.

Samsung’s patent application referred to the device as simply the “Earphone.”

Here are the illustrations lifted from Samsung’s patent application filing for “Earphone”:

Is it the rumored Samsung Galaxy Gear Glass redesigned? Or is it a design for an entirely new product? No one knows yet, but the two are quite different enough to justify being separate devices.

Samsung’s new application differs from the computerized eyewear, rumored to morph into the Samsung Gear Glass, that it patented in October last year. The said device had a pair of lenses, with buttons near the hinges, a camera, and a wire running along the temple — apparently for connecting to a smartphone or another mobile device.

The “Gear Glass” design looked clearly like a pair of glasses and would allow earphones to be integrated to enable users to make phone calls and listen to audio. In contrast, the “Earphone” looks like a headset with a display panel rather than a pair of glasses.

Like the one in Google Glass, the head-up device (HUD) attached to one of the lenses in Samsung’s sports eyewear stayed slightly above the wearer’s line of sight. In contrast, while the “Earphone” design also includes a foldable HUD extending from the earphone, the HUD is meant to sit directly in front of — or “obstruct” — the wearer’s line of sight.

Samsung’s “Gear Glass” patent also indicated that the HUD would “display alerts for information running on the phone, providing easy access to control when the users’ hands are tied with sports activities.” It is likely for the “Earphone’s” HUD to have the same or similar functions.

The “Earphone” design includes an in-ear earphone and an ear loop to keep the device in place and seems to be designed for wireless operation.

Both “Earphone” and “Gear Glass” designs should be able to work with and benefit from Samsung’s augmented reality (AR) keyboard solution, for which the company filed a patent last year at the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Korean Intellectual Property Office.

Among other recent Samsung patents is one for contact lenses with embedded micro cameras.









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Google Glass one-day invitation-free sale quickly comes to a close

“That’s all for now, folks!”, spake Google. All available spots in the Glass Explorer program has been filled up rather quickly with no room to spare. Thus ends Google’s time-limited offer to get into the Google Glass hype with no need for an exclusive invite and thus starts another period of waiting for the next opportunity to grab the smart spectacle.

Building up positive hype around the smart eyewear hasn’t exactly been easy for Google lately. What started out as a fascinating and exciting excursion into the realm of wearables has recently turned a bit sour after concerns about privacy and safety have started piling up. Nonetheless, Google Glass definitely still has its fans if the speed at which Google ran out of Explorer slots is any indication. Of course, how many of those slots were available in the first place, we will probably never know.

There have been two major obstacles in getting ones hands on a Google Glass piece, directly and officially from Google. The first was getting invited into the program, which was and now is again an exclusive club for a select few. But for a single day short of 24 hours, Google removed that hurdle and allowed anyone, who must still meet the legal and geographical requirements, to invite himself or herself to join. Of course, there is still that other major requirement that was never removed, which amounts to ,500.

The Google Glass Explorer program isn’t over yet, and we doubt it ever will until the device goes into commercial launch. Google promises to find more ways of bringing more people into the fold, which it has indeed done in the past through some promo or “invite a friend” event. All we have to do is wait for that to happen again, or perhaps wait for the final, and hopefully cheaper, retail version, if and when it comes.

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Google acquires Titan Aerospace to help Project Loon fly higher, longer

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To some extent, drones seem to be a better fit for Google considering it varied and sometimes eccentric projects, though Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus proves that it is quite willing to go beyond the confines of traditional social networking. Google’s drone plans actually already has roots in an existing project and will most likely be employed to increase the reach of Project Loon, which seeks to bring the Internet to places where carriers do not tread.

What sets Titan Aerospace’s drones apart from ones you usually see or hear about is the fact that they run on solar energy. The company’s Solara 50 model utilizes 3,000 solar panels that is able to generate 7 kilowatts of power. This is enough energy not only to keep the UAV afloat during the day but also keep it flying at night. In theory, such a drone can keep on flying for years without having to land. Different models can carry different weights of payload, and some can even fly stationary in a single spot.

It is still unclear how exactly Google will integrate Titan Aerospace into Project Loon, but possibilities include repeater stations or even full replacements for areas that the current high-altitude balloons cannot reach due to environmental constraints. For now, Titan Aerospace will continue operating in its New Mexico headquarters under the same CEO. As always, financial details are withheld but the amount that went around during the Facebook acquisition rumors put it at around million.

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Leaks point to flat Android app redesign coming soon

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Google may be preparing a redesign for Android to debut at Google I/O, and some leaked images indicate we’re in for a flatter look this time ‘round.

The leaked images come from Android Police and show some new icons for several Android apps. The new design seems to bring the icons closer to the icons of their web counterparts, though with some slight differences. If the images prove true, we’re in for redesigned looks for Play Music, Play Books, Play Movies, Play Games, Google+, Calendar, People, Chrome, YouTube, Maps, Gmail, Hangouts, Camera, and the Play Store.

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Google is allegedly calling this redesign Moonshine, which is a name we haven’t heard before. Recent leaks hinting at a new look said Google was working on something called Project Hera that’s related to the new look, but not directly. It seems unlikely that Google would ship a redesign under the name Moonshine, but we don’t know if the name will change before release.

There are several possibilities for the new Android design according to recent leaks, all of which seem to fit well with the aesthetic of these leaked icons. Every leak seems to point to a flatter design for Android, which seems to be a trend in the wireless industry as a whole at the moment.

If Google is planning a redesign for Android, Google I/O seems like the logical place to announce it. Of course, there’s always the chance it will announce the redesign in a random blog post some day, like it did with Android Wear. Hopefully if/when Google does announce the redesign we won’t have to wait too long for it to rollout.

Are you ready for a new look for Android, or do you prefer the current design?









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Google acquires Titan Aerospace, a solar-powered drone maker

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Google is best known for its Search and Android-related efforts, but it’s no secret that they also have their hands in a whole lot of different technology sectors including robotics, Internet fiber-optics (Google Fiber), modular computing, Internet of Things, wearables and the list goes on. Now the company has announced plans to expand its involvement in aerial technology, thanks to the purchase of Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum.

Titan Aerospace is a start-up that centers around the creation of high-altitude drones. The company is currently working on two dragonfly-like drones that are charged using wing-mounted solar panels and have batteries for night use. The Titan drones are both designed to fly continuously for years at a time.

As you might imagine, these type of drones could certainly be a great fit for several of Google’s internal projects. One obvious area that could could benefit from drone use is Maps, but Google has also confirmed that Titan’s 20-man team will work closely with Google’s Project Loon.

Project Loon’s goal is to bring reliable web access to remote locations using aerial technologies. Interestingly enough, Titan’s own website says its drones are “capable of delivering Internet speeds of up to a gigabit per second using specialty communications equipment” and could begin “initial commercial operations” in 2015. Certainly sounds like a match made in heaven.

It’s still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation.
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Of course, Google already gets quite a bit of negative attention from privacy advocates that fear Google’s services and new Glass wearable are threats to our personal privacy and security. We have a feeling that that adding drones probably won’t help Google’s case any.

What do you think of Google’s pending acquisition of Titan Aerospace? Are you at all concerned by the implications of Google embracing drone technology? Conversely, do you think Google’s involvement will ultimately benefit consumers, particularly those that currently don’t have reliable web access?









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OPPO Find 5 Google Edition smartphone teased

Google Edition phones seem to be a well-liked topic lately. We saw Google announced the Samsung GALAXY S 4 Google edition throughout I/O. That of course was followed by an announcement of the Google Edition HTC One. These gadgets feature the same hardware specs, but they are going to be operating a vanilla Android installation and therefor be eligible for quicker updates. More recently though, it seems to be like the folks at OPPO have begun teasing a Google Edition handset of their own. The OPPO machine is the Find 5 and it feels like this has started with a user.
 
The details, or ought to we say plea were published on the OPPO forums and while an official announcement has yet to be offered, there has been some chatter direct from OPPO. What we’ve is coming by way of their Facebook page which is asking if you would like to see a Google Edition discover 5 turn out to be reality.
 
Time will tell is this becomes reality, but it looks like the short answer to that question is a majority yes. The OPPO Facebook posting has attracted a little more than a 1,000 likes and a little more than 150 comments. Of course, some of those reviews are users asking for a Google Edition Find 7 — as opposed to the Find 5.
 
specific handset aside, it looks like OPPO fans are a minimum of curious about a Google Edition and who knows, perhaps OPPO can attract sufficient awareness to push out a Google Edition Find 5 and Find 7. All that being said, the important component here is that this seriously is not an announcement, just a notion and thought-about what may also occur in the future. Otherwise, as the OPPO Find 5 is most effective available in Europe at the moment — a recap on those specs could also be in order for those in other markets. The Find 5 is sporting a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of inside storage, 2500 mAh battery, 1.

Microsoft attacks Google with “Scroogled” campaign

While anti-Google advertisements from Microsoft are nothing new, their present salvo fired against the company seems less like an advertisement for a search engine, and more like a political attack ad. “Scroogled,” a portmanteau of “Google” and “screwed,” seems to be a best concentrate of Bing’s holiday advertising, and to be fair, it isn’t totally baseless. In may just of this year, Google Shopping made a transition from driving a search algorithm identical to how other Google searches work to a system where listed merchants pay to be included in the results, both on a pay-per-click or pay-per-transaction basis.
 
Ads or Answers?
Microsoft says that this practice isn’t fair, but Google sees it differently, saying that “ads are just more answers to users’ queries. ” As with Microsoft’s criticisms, this isn’t as easy to write off as it is able to seem. people who use Google Shopping are doing so because they are searching to buy something, and businesses paying to make certain that they’re seen first in search outcomes isn’t that the different from putting other ads.
 
Google has been quite transparent on this matter, but this is where Microsoft is exceedingly playing its hand. By suggesting that consumers are being “Scroogled,” they are also suggesting that Google is breaking its “Don’t be evil” policy. the most prominent text on Microsoft’s Scroogled web site reads:
In the beginning, Google preached, “Don’t be evil”—but that changed on May 31, 2012. That’s when Google Shopping announced a brand new initiative. merely put, all of their shopping results at the moment are paid ads. In their under-the-radar announcement, Google admits they’ve now built “a purely commercial model” that delivers listings ranked by “bid price. ” Google Shopping is nothing more than a list of targeted ads that unsuspecting consumers assume are search results. They call these “Product list Ads” a “truly big search. ”
We say that once you limit alternatives and rank them by payment, consumers get Scroogled. For an honest search result, try Bing. Who Is This good For?
Microsoft is promising that Bing won’t “switch to pay-to-rank to allow some shopping search results to appear increased than others,” and that’s a very good thing for consumers, but it raises a question.