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Huawei Watch price unveiled by several different online retailers

By Jimmy Westenberg

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Huawei’s new Android Wear-powered smartwatch may be one of the best looking wearables ever made, though we still don’t have an official price directly from the company. When the Watch was announced, the only detail we heard regarding its availability was that it would launch in more than 20 different countries, whenever that may be. It seems as though we’re getting closer to finding out the official price point, as a number of different online retailers have outed the price for three different color variants of the Huawei Watch.

Huawei Watch price

German online retailer Billiger first unveiled the price for the silver and black variants at €349 (~$370 US), and €399 (~$425 US) for the gold version. If those prices are indeed accurate, we could expect to see the Watch launch for somewhere around the $349-$399 price point. Not only that, but UK retailer Mobile Fun reached out to the folks at TechnoBuffalo and confirmed its pricing is set at £300 for the silver and black models, and £350 for the gold variant.

While these prices seem accurate so far, we still have yet to receive any official word from Huawei. Prices are outed early all of the time, so we need to make sure to remember that anything can change from now until launch date.

If you’d like some more information on the Huawei Watch, you can check out our hands-on and first impressions here. Would you buy the Watch if it cost somewhere between $349-$399? If not, which Android Wear device would you buy instead?

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Source:: android authority

    

Google goes all-in with USB Type-C

By Jimmy Westenberg

USB Type-C

Earlier today, Google made some changes to the Play Store, moving its “Devices” category to a whole new website. Along with this change came an all-new Chromebook Pixel, which features either an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, 8 or 16GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of on-board storage, and a price tag starting at only $999. Another addition to the new Chromebook Pixel is the inclusion of two USB Type-C connectors.

The addition of the Type-C connectors is all thanks to Google joining the USB Implementers Forum, helping to create these new connectors over the past few years. Google is pushing to add them to the new Chromebook mainly because laptops have no common charging standard, unlike smartphones that mostly use Micro-USB. Type-C combines fast charging capabilities with quick data transfer speeds, all while being large enough for laptops and small enough for smartphones. Also, USB Type-C is completely reversible, so you won’t need to struggle with plugging in your device. Google explains:

USB Type-C can deliver up to 100W of power, which is more than even the largest laptops typically need. When a USB Type-C enabled device is plugged in, the charger negotiates the right power for that device. That way, phones, laptops and tablets can all be powered from the same charger.

But Google seems to have bigger plans with USB Type-C. The company has open sourced its work on Type-C adapters so there will be an abundance of compatible accessories in the future. That’s great news. But what’s even more exciting is this quote from Adam Rodriguez, a Product Manager at Google:

We at Google are very committed to the USB Type-C spec. Expect to see this in a lot of Chromebooks and Android phones in the near future.

This is basically Google saying that Android phones, at least the ones made by Google at the start, will have USB Type-C connectors in the future. Just think: one universal USB cord to use with your laptop, tablet and smartphone.

Are you excited to get rid of that annoying Micro-USB cable, or are you indifferent?

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Source:: android authority

    

Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

By Steve Raycraft

Corgi for Feedly

New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We’ve shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

Corgi for Feedly

Description: Corgi for Feedly is the fastest way to read your news on a phone. With Corgi, you won’t miss out on anything that matters to you. No need to do the extra steps to get the information that you need now. Just wake up your phone to access the stories that matter to you.

AIDA64

AIDA64

Description: Hardware and software information utility for Android based devices. Based on the extensive hardware knowledge of the AIDA64 for Windows application, AIDA64 for Android is capable of showing various diagnostic information for phones, tablets, smartwatches and TVs.

Interactive Events

Interactive Events

Description: The Google Events App will allow guests, attending events run by Google, to interact with speakers on stage, take notes, participate in Q&A, connect to social media, and request further follow up information. The app is not available at events not organised by Google.

What’s Up?

Whats Up

Description: What’s Up? is a fantastic free app utilizing some of the best CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger and more! With a beautiful design, colorful layout and simple headings, you can find what you need in seconds.

Riddio

Riddio

Description: A simple, yet elegant way of discovering the latest viral videos that are trending on the internet. Please note that this application is not affiliated with Reddit in anyway.

OneSet (Beta)

OneSet

Description: OneSet is the Vine for fitness. Users can share workout ideas through 15 second videos. Browse through different muscle groups or workout categories and create your own custom playlists.

BaseMark ES 3.1

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Description: Basemark® ES 3.1 is a professional graphics benchmark for objective performance comparisons of mobile devices supporting OpenGL ES 3.1.

NAVI – Watch face

NAVI - Watch Face

Description: NAVI is a modern analog watch face for Android Wear with tiny details that will fill your hearts with joy. Futuristic Interface with many settings and a clean look. The customization options are accessible by long pressing the watch face, or directly from the Android Wear app.

Street Art watch face

Street Art watch face

Description: A collection of beautiful street art watch faces from Google Art Project featuring the work of Aitch, Andre Fernandes Trindade, Cheko, DRAW, Drawing Jesus, Erik Otto, Gemeniano Cruz, God Mess, Hugo Lucas, Katch, L Is Not An Artist aka Luísa Cortesão, and many others.

Telegram+

TelegramPlus

Description: Telegram+ is an UNOFFICIAL messaging app that uses Telegram’s API. Telegram+ adds some extra features to official Telegram app.

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Source:: androidandme

    

Chrome v41 adds pull-to-refresh functionality, Beta v42 brings ‘site notifications’

By Jimmy Westenberg

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Google is rolling out the latest versions of both Chrome stable and Chrome Beta to the Play Store as we speak. Google Chrome is getting a nice update to version 41 that lets users pull down on a webpage to refresh, instead of clicking the overflow menu to complete the action. That feature rolled out in Chrome Beta a few weeks ago, so now we’re finally seeing the polished version hit the stable channel. The version 41 update also brings a number of bug fixes and performance improvements.

Chrome stable

As for Chrome Beta, its newest update brings the app to version 42. New in this update is the ability to “get the latest updates from sites with notifications”. For right now, we’re not quite sure what that means at this point. Presumably sites will be able to send you notifications while you’re visiting the webpage, but we’re not sure if the notifications will come from Chrome itself of from the notification drop down menu.

Chrome Beta

As you can see from the screenshots above, there’s now an option to choose whether or not to allow sites to send you notifications without asking you first. We’ll have to listen for more clarification from the company in the future regarding this feature. Additionally, the new Chrome Beta release will make “adding your favorite sites to your homescreen even easier”. Again, we’re not sure how this has changed from the last version of Chrome, but perhaps there are a few under the hood fixes we’re not noticing quite yet.

Both of these updates are now rolling out to the Play Store, so head to the links below to check for your update.

Download Chrome from Google Play
Download Chrome Beta from Google Play

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Source:: android authority

    

Google announces the Google Store and second generation Chromebook Pixel to go along with it

By Dustin Earley

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Google has just dropped a massive pair of announcements on us today, detailing the second generation Chromebook Pixel and a new online store where you can buy both it and other devices “made with Google”: the Google Store.

The second generation Chromebook Pixel is a stunner. While it does look very similar to the first Pixel, nearly everything has been changed for the better. Inside, the second gen Pixel boasts an Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD and up to 12 hours of battery life in a single charge. There’s also an LS edition, which stands for “Ludicrous Speed” (only Google), which will be even faster with an i7, 16GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. Outside, the second gen Pixel features a sleek, beautiful aluminum design, a high-density touchscreen display and not one but two USB Type-C reversible connectors, good for everything from display out ports to phone chargers — take that new MacBook.

As for when and where you’ll be able to buy the second generation Chromebook Pixel, you can get it today for $999 for the base model or $1299 for the LS edition model, available in the Google Store.

As Google has brought more and more products under its umbrella, it’s safe to say the device section of the Google Play store has outgrown the Google Play store. So today, Google is launching the aptly named Google Store. Hot on the heels of the first physical Google Shop, the online Google Store is the gorgeous new home for all products made with Google. The includes the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Chromebooks, Nest, Android Wear devices, accessories and more.

The site is open for business now and is offering free shipping on all orders for a limited time. Head on over there now, but make sure to come back and let us know what you think.

The Google Store

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Source:: androidandme

    

Chromebook Pixel (2015) arrives, USB-C ports in tow — starting at $999

By Andrew Grush

Last month Google unofficially revealed a new Chromebook Pixel was on its way sometime soon, though at the time no specific details were given. As it turns out, today is the day, as the Chromebook Pixel (2015) has landed.

For those that were intrigued by the idea of a high-end Chrome OS experience but not so keen on Google’s $1300 asking price for the Pixel, you’ll be happy to know that the latest model is a fair amount cheaper at $999 for the Intel Core i5 model with 8GB RAM and 32GB storage. Although this is still much more expensive than typical Chromebooks, a $300 price reduction is a welcome change. If you want even more power under the hood, a $1300 variant dubbed the “LS” model comes with an Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM and a 64GB SSD.

That’s about the only difference between the two variants, with both models packing the same 3:2, 2560 x 1700 pixel touchscreen display, a battery that lasts about 12 hours between charges, and fast-charging that lets you get two hours of use in 15 minutes. The new Chromebook Pixel line also has two USB-C ports, in addition to two USB 3.0 ports. There’s also a headphone jack and a microSD card reader.

Aesthetically both the standard and LS Chromebook Pixel (2015) have a very similar design to their predecessor, though they have been polished up a bit, removing visible traces of speaker grilles, screws and fan vents. You’ll also find the same Chrome OS core here, with no major software changes being made for Google’s latest super-powered Chromebook.

Interested in picking up a new Chromebook Pixel? Both models are available right now on the rebranded Google Store.

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Source:: android authority

    

Play Store shake up: devices section renamed to Google Store, Nexus 5 is gone

By Bogdan Petrovan

google store

Google just rebranded the devices section of the Play Store, which is now called Google Store.

The new Google Store page features a fresh design with large, bold fonts, lots of white space, and clean imagery. Google calls this landing page the “new home for the latest products made with Google” and it’s subjectively an improvement over the previous layout. All of Google’s current products are present, from the new Chromebook Pixel 2015 (improved specs, cheaper price tag, USB Type-C – more details coming in a separate post), to the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, all Android Wear devices, Nest, Nexus Player, and Chromecast. There’s also a presentation page for Android, which features the same clean, airy aesthetic, under the “All kinds of screens for all kinds of scenes” tagline.

Missing from the Store is the Nexus 5, which appears to have reached the inevitable end of life status, and the 2013 version of the Chromebook Pixel.

It’s not clear yet why Google has opted to separate the device section under the new Google Store branding. We could speculate that the move is meant to better delimitate the increasing number of Google-branded hardware products, perhaps in preparation for a bigger effort in this area.

We also don’t know if changes are coming to other sections of the Play Store, though at least a redesign looks likely at this point.

You can judge the new Google Store for yourself here, but be advised that it’s only accessible from the countries where Google actually sells hardware.

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Source:: android authority

    

Chrome and Chrome Beta for Android being updated today

By Dustin Earley

Both the stable and beta channels of Chrome for Android are seeing updates today, available in Google Play sometime this Wednesday. Neither update features anything groundbreaking, but each does include at least one welcome change.

According to the Chrome blog, Chrome 41 for Android “contains the ability to pull to reload at the top of most pages, along with a number of bug fixes and performance improvements.” And that’s about it. Chrome 42 Beta for Android includes a feature that allows users to get updates from sites with notifications, an easier way to add webpages to your homescreen, and of course bug fixes and performance improvements.

As mentioned above, both updates are available in Google Play starting later today. Be sure to snag the updates and let us know if you see anything different Google neglected to mention

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Source:: androidandme

    

Street Art, Google’s first Android Wear watch face, is now live in the Play Store

By Jimmy Westenberg

Get it on Google Play

Google has just released its first Android Wear watch face to the Play Store. It’s called Street Art, and features a very pretty design, though it comes with barely any customization options.

Every few minutes, the watch face rotates through a giant list of street art pieces, powered by Google’s Street Art Project. Dozens of different artists’ paintings are featured, including Cheko, Erik Otto, Gemeniano Cruz, Mariana Dias Coutinho, Mercedes deBellard and many more. As for customization, there are three different watch face choices: Minimal, Analog and Digital. Minimal features a circle that surrounds the screen with small dots to represent the minute and hour hands. Analog shows you numbers around the display with traditional watch hands, just like any other analog watch face. Digital shows the time towards the bottom, highlighting the featured art piece.

Other than that, there aren’t too many additional options to make it your own. You can choose to add or remove the date to your watch face, though you can’t choose the highlight color or how often paintings rotate through. Oh, and for those wondering, the Street Art watch face has small notification cards. We’ve attached some screenshots below for a closer look:

Minimal
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Analog
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Digital

Art information
Art information
Small card view
Small card view

Every time the watch face changes images, you’ll get a card letting you know the artist’s name and information on the painting. Swiping the card to the left will allow you to open the page on your phone, if you’d like to check out more information on the featured piece.

This watch face isn’t the most customizable, but it does do a really nice job at making sure you don’t get tired of the same old watch face. If you’d like to check this one out for yourself, head to the Google Play Store link below.

Get it on Google Play

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Source:: android authority

    

Google releases ‘Street Art’ watch face for Android Wear

By Evan Selleck

At the start of December 2014, Android Wear was updated to officially support a new watch face API, which meant that watch faces created by third-parties would be forever supported moving forward. While Google has traditionally left the watch face design market open for manufacturers and third-parties, that’s finally changing as Google has launched its first watch face for Android Wear into the Google Play Store.

The new watch face, which is called “Street Art,” is available now as a free download from the Play Store. It brings artwork from dozens of artists from within the Google Art Project. While the images are colorful and noteworthy, there isn’t a lot of customization options for the new watch face. There are three modes to check the time: analog, digital and minimal. The digital option will show the time near the bottom of the smartwatch’s display, leaving plenty of room to check out the artwork on display.

As far as configuring certain options, users will be able to choose whether the watch face displays the date or not, and that’s about it.

Have you found a favorite watch face for your Android Wear smartwatch, or do you find yourself changing it up quite frequently?

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Source:: androidandme