Google Maps 9.2 for Android Update

There’s a new version of Google Maps for Android that you can grab right now

By on December 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

There’s a new version of Google Maps for Android that you can grab right now

After recently updating Google Maps for Android to Material Design and releasing a bunch of interesting new features in a subsequent update, Google has again updated its popular mapping application for Android. And there’s more good news: You can download it right now.

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Android Launcher Apps

Free Android app replaces your home screen with a gorgeous waterfall of real-time info

By on December 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

Free Android app replaces your home screen with a gorgeous waterfall of real-time info

Android launcher apps are a dime a dozen these days, with new ones popping up all the time. Most of them just ape different features from established launcher apps and mix in a twist here and there, but every once in a while a new offering comes along that is worthy of your attention — and for many people, Flow Home will definitely be worthy of your attention.

Imagine Flipboard was your home screen, but instead of just news, that gorgeous user interface was also packed with content from your favorite social networks and updated in real time. That’s the basic idea with Flow Home, and it could end up being one of the best launchers on the market. More →

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Top 10 Android Phones

The 10 best Android devices in the world, ranked by everyday performance

The 10 best Android devices in the world, ranked by everyday performance

By on December 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM.

Benchmark test scores provide a decent way to get a general idea of a smartphone or tablet’s performance, but at the end of the day they’re still just numbers on a piece of paper (or on a computer screen, as the case may be). In reality, a tablet with sky-high test scores might still provide a choppy experience when certain apps are in use, and an entry-level smartphone with low test scores might provide a user experience that is surprisingly smooth.

The problem, of course, is that it’s practically impossible to truly take everyday usage into consideration when quantifying and ranking smartphones and tablets. More →

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NASA All About That Space Video

NASA’s brilliant ‘All About That Space’ video is the best thing you’ll see today

By on December 12, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

NASA’s brilliant ‘All About That Space’ video is the best thing you’ll see today

There are many reasons to love NASA and now we have another one — its engineers apparently have a terrific sense of humor. NASA has posted a hilarious new video made by its Pathways Interns of NASA’s Johnson Space Center that promotes the wonders of space exploration to the tune of Meghan Trainor’s massive summer hit “All About That Bass.” Except instead of singing “I’m all about that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble,” the lyrics go, “I’m all about that space, ’bout that space, space travel.” More →

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iPhone and Android Driver's License App

iPhone and Android are about to take another huge step toward replacing your wallet

By on December 12, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

iPhone and Android are about to take another huge step toward replacing your wallet

The iPhone and or Android handsets might become even more important personal devices in the future, The Wall Street Journal reports, as users may soon store their driver’s licenses in a special app on their phones. Iowa is already looking into building the nation’s first smartphone driver’s license, which is a mobile app that will “co-exist with the traditional plastic card.” More →

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Best New Android Features 2015

The top 5 new features Android fans want to see in 2015

By on December 12, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

The top 5 new features Android fans want to see in 2015

Android 5.0 Lollipop added a ton of great features to Android this year, highlighted by its gorgeous new Material Design UI. However, some Android fans on Reddit are already looking forward to 2015 and are making wish lists of features they want to see Google and Android OEMs add to make their favorite smartphones even better. Below, we’ve summarized the most popular suggested features posted to give you an idea of what Android fans really want to see out of Android phones by this time next year. More →

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Android Material Design Animations

These beautiful animations show the best is yet to come for Android’s Material Design

By on December 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

These beautiful animations show the best is yet to come for Android’s Material Design

Material Design has brought a fresh and exciting new look to Android and it’s one that developers so far have shown enthusiasm for as it will help them make beautiful new applications. The app design experts at Five — who make mobile apps for third-party clients such as Microsoft, T-Mobile and MTV — have posted some experimental Material Design animations they’ve been working on that show just how much potential Google’s new design language really has. More →

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Android Customization

This great free app will completely change the look of your Android phone

This great free app will completely change the look of your Android phone

By on December 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

Sometimes when it comes to the look of the user interface on your smartphone or tablet, the simplest changes can make the biggest difference. Adding round icons like the ones pictured above is a perfect example; the look of the home screen is transformed thanks to that one simple change.

Of course, there are plenty of other ways to customize the look of your Android device, and in this post we’ll highlight one in particular that completely changes the look of your Android phone by making one change that is shockingly simple. More →

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Best Google Now Tricks Jeopardy

Every single Android user needs to try this amazing Google Now trick

By on December 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

Every single Android user needs to try this amazing Google Now trick

Google Now offers a lot of amazing features and tricks but this might be one of the coolest we’ve ever seen. Reddit user Professa91 recently asked Google Now to tell him about what he was watching on TV while Jeopardy happened to be on. Not only did Google Now correctly identify that he was watching Jeopardy just by listening to audio of the show but it also was able to hear answers for individual questions and show him relevant information about each one. More →

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YouTube Update

Google just completely overhauled the design of its YouTube app and it looks stunning

By on December 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM.

Google just completely overhauled the design of its YouTube app and it looks stunning

The look and feel of Google’s “Material Design” in Android 5.0 Lollipop is fantastic. We have covered it at length here on BGR — see our review of Google’s Nexus 9 for a good overview. The basic idea is to unify Google’s apps on mobile devices and the web with a bold new look characterized by bright colors and subtle shadows. Material Design also gives developers a set of guidelines to follow that will provide a better user experience in their apps, and the results thus far have been terrific.

Now, Google has finally issued a Material Design makeover for one of the most popular Android apps on the planet, and the results are stunning. More →

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Top 10 Android Phones

The 10 best Android devices in the world, ranked by battery life

The 10 best Android devices in the world, ranked by battery life

By on December 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM.

Battery life is, and will continue to be, one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a new Android smartphone or tablet. After all, what good are all those amazing features and apps if your battery is going to die while you’re in the middle of enjoying them? Battery technology isn’t keeping pace with other technological advancements at all, and with all of the new devices that launch every month, it’s hard to determine which phones and tablets will give you the most bang for your buck where battery performance is concerned.

Now, one of the world’s leading benchmark test providers has issued a list of the 10 best Android devices on the planet, ranked by battery performance. More →

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Hangouts for Android Features

Google’s Hangouts app just received some awesome new smart features

By on December 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Google’s Hangouts app just received some awesome new smart features

Google on Wednesday announced a special update for its Hangouts app that will offer users various interesting new features, including an awesome new smart tool to help users better focus on communicating with friends and family, rather than dealing with other smartphone chores when having to answer to certain questions. More →

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