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Android Lollipop Trusted Places alleviates unnecessary unlocking

November 19, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

Homescreen locks are an irritating but necessary evil when out and about but the sighs elicited when getting the code wrong at home ring long and loud. Android Lollipop has fixed this hassle with Trusted Places - a smart unlocking feature that recognises when you're in a safe place and does away with the lock screen. This simple touch is a blessed relief. It also recognises trusted faces and trusted devices. Via gizmodo

Guitarists can now plug into Android devices with iRig HD-A

November 12, 2014 by Tom in Accessories, Android, App News, Audio with No Comments.

The iRig has been a staple of iOS guitar interfacing and now the axe-wielding community can rock out on Android too. The iRig is a plug-and-play gadget that uses the digital AmpliTube amplifier and effects simulator software for a quick fix of fretboard fiddling. It uses a 24-bit 48kHz analogue to digital convertor and costs $100. Via engadget

Microsoft Office for Android official on the Google Play Store

November 8, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

That old chestnut Microsoft Office has made its way to the Android, following a number of stages of beta testing. With this, Office is now available everywhere. There's be the old favourites Word, PowerPoint and Excel and while it doesn't require an Office 365 subscription, subscribers can enjoy the unlimited OneDrive storage and Dropbox integration for documents. Via androidcommunity

Want to make Android apps? Google’s made a guide for you

November 8, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Google has released an official guide on coding Android apps. While it's not about coding - you'll have to figure that out for yourself - the guide focuses on publishing on Google Play, along with a run-through of Google's guidelines and policies and how to get your app noticed and monetised. The 80-page pdf is free online but if you're more old-school in your reading habits, some printed booklets are also available. Via ubergizmo

Get your dev kit for Google Android 5.0 Lollipop and where to run it first

October 20, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News, App News with No Comments.

Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop will be out in a few weeks - in the meantime get to work on your app idea in time for the launch with the Lollipop developer kit and test releases. Elsewhere, slashgear has chalked up a list of the first devices that will feature the new OS. These include the new batch of Nexus tablets, a host of Motorola produces, including the Moto X and Moto G, and a huge list of Sony Xperia devices. Via engadget and slashgear

Humble Mobile Bundle 9: Syberia, Neuroshima Hex, Bardbarian and more

October 13, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

The latest Humble Mobile Bundle 9 for Android is out and the first round of games in this pay-what-you-want bunch is Syberia, Neuroshima Hex and Bardbarian: Golden Axe Edition. Pay more than the average (currently $3.29) and get Leo's Fortune, Out There and First Strike. More games will be announced soon and automatically added to bundles. Signing up for the newsletter on the main page also bags you Devil's Attorney completely free. Via Humblebundle  

Google Android L developer preview introduces scope for 64-bit Android apps

October 13, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

Android L will accommodate 64-bit apps, allowing software to catch up with the latest hardware that's been hitting smartphones and tablets. Presently only x86 processors, including the Intel Bay Trail, Moorefield and Merrifield series, will be supported but ARM support may follow. Via liliputing

Humble Bundle for Android & PC 11: Pay what you want for 10+ games

September 24, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

The latest Humble Bundle for PC and Android features a new gaggle of great games available in the usual pay what you want style. Unlockable on Steam and DRM-free, this batch includes the excellent Thomas Was Alone, Bridge Constructor Playground and Cubemen 1 and 2. Paying above the average (currently $5.55) gets you the board game port Small World 2 and DLC, as well as Blackwell 1-3. For $11+ you also get the crazy fun of Surgery Simulator and Anomaly Defenders. There are more games to be announced and all games come with soundtracks. Via humblebundle

Free Checky app for Android and iOS keeps your phone addiction in check

September 21, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Gone are the days of idly twiddling your thumbs - any free moment you'll no doubt instead find your phone in your hand and you're flicking through Facebook, Twitter or any of the other terminal distractions. New app Checky counts how many times you check your phone in a day and displays, no doubt to much dismay, the number of times it's found its way into your hands. The app is free so worth getting just out of curiosity. It could be the start of a new free time in your life. Via gizmodo

Incognito-enabled BitTorrent P2P chat client Bleep goes alpha on Android

September 18, 2014 by Tom in Android, App News with No Comments.

Want to truly chat off the record? BitTorrent's Bleep is a chat client that features incognito mode, which sidesteps any form of registration or or info entry. Signing up is an option too, and can be done with an email or phone number. The Bleep alpha is now available for Windows, Mac and Android, which both support voice calls and text messages. Via ubergizmo

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