10 Reasons Why Android L Is Better Than Apple’s iOS

If you are an Android user then you are about to experience a complete new interface and look of the OS with amazing new features and designing. Google has completely redesigned its Android OS to provide users a new experience and going head to head with Apples iOS.
Here are the Top 10 Reasons that Android score over iOS:
  1. Material Design

Material design is a new interface on the Android OS which is sleek, neat and colourful and provide same user experience on all the devices whether you’re using phone, tablet or a smart watch. It has also made the interface appealing and interactive.

  1. Animations

The animations and colors on the Android L is designed to attract your attention to the most important detail on the screen. For example, the media player buttons in media player are emphasized.

  1. Paper Design

The Paper Design will make the app icons to rise up rather than to sink down when you tap them and the material design is based on the same principle as paper.

  1. App Icons

The icons on Android L is based on geometric shapes, which will make them pop up and appear more symmetrical.

  1. Floating Action

Take a gaze at how that Constitute button in the Gmail app pops out. That floating action key is going to make a big entrance in apps all through Android.

  1. App Design

All the applications on Android L will show small animations as you touch the screen.

  1. Colour Scheme

Now the developers can add vibrant and bright colours to the apps. So we can expect to see higher contrast apps with bolder and brighter colours.

  1. Universal Interface

Now all the devices will have the same user interface in spite of the device you are using like smartphone, table or a smart watch.

  1. Smooth Transitions

The transitions on the Android L is going to be very smooth as if you’re turning the pages of a book.

    10. Interface Elements

Google has developed a colour palette that specifically highlights shades and tints adding more life to user interface.

Computer Android Hacking Tips N Tricks

8 Spy Applications for Android

  1. Mobile Spy

Mobile Spy is the next generation of smartphone spy software. Install this small program directly onto the compatible smartphone you wish to monitor to begin recording. Using the Internet capabilities of the phone, recorded activities, logs and GPS locations are quickly uploaded to your Mobile Spy account. To view the results, simply login to your secure account using any computer or mobile web browser. Logs are displayed by categories and sorted for easy browsing.

  1. CPU Spy

This is a simple app to display the time the CPU spends in each frequency state. This can be a useful tool in diagnosing battery problems or tweaking your over-clock settings. It also displays the current kernel information.

  1. Ear Spy

Ear Spy is a ‘Super Spy’ application which gives you super-hearing and the ability to eavesdrop on those around you. With some bluetooth headsets, you can eavesdrop from the next room. Ear Spy amplifies sound coming through your phone microphone straight to your earphones. To fine-tune the incoming signal, use the graphic audio equalizer.

  1. Spy Phone Tracker

Keeps records of all incoming and outgoing phone calls which include phone number called or phone number of party calling the smartphone if information is not blocked by caller. It will also keep record of date and time calls were made and length of calls.

  1. Spy Camera OS

Everyone at one time will want to capture an image without anyone noticing it, this open source application will give you an easy, fast and smart way doing it.

  1. Monitor Call SMS Location

Remotely monitor SMS, Photo, Location, call-logs and much more. View your phone location in TiSPY web portal. Can find location even when GPS is disabled in device from you cellular information.

  1. Mobistealth

Parental control app that can monitor text messages, call details and pictures. It can remotely view appointments, videos, web history and contacts.

  1. Anti-Spy Mobile

Nowadays, anyone who has access to your cell phone can easily install a spyware software and monitor your calls, SMS messages, and even your location. Anti Spy Mobile is a free antispyware scanner that detects and removes spyware applications on your cell phone.

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No typing here, instead draw with Microsoft’s Android Wear keyboard prototype

Microsoft Research

Microsoft Research today released what they are calling an “analog keyboard” for Android Wear. The keyboard will allow you to input text by drawing letters onto the watch face. It is important to note that, as of right now, the keyboard only supports square screens with a 320×320 resolution, in addition to the Moto 360.

It is interesting to see Microsoft’s continued willingness to support projects on other platforms. However, as our own Phil Nickinson has demonstrated, keyboards and wearables aren’t necessarily good bedfellows.

Additionally, the installation of this prototype keyboard may not be for the feint of heart. It requires a rather complicated mess of procedures to get up and running on the Moto 360 due to its lack of a USB connector. Between this and the questionable use of keyboards on wearables to begin with, this might be worth skipping over for now.

Will you be installing Microsoft’s bid for all of your wrist-tapping needs?

Source: Microsoft Research

Android Central

Updated Cross-Platform Tools in Google Play Game Services

By Ben Frenkel, Google Play Games team

Game services UIs are now updated for material design, across all of the SDKs.

Game developers, we’ve updated some of our popular developer tools to give you a consistent set of game services across platforms, a refreshed UI based on material design, and new tools to give you better visibility into what users are doing in your games.

Let’s take a look at the new features.

Real-time Multiplayer in the Play Games cross-platform C++ SDK

To make it easier to build cross-platform games, we’ve addedReal-Time Multiplayer (RTMP) to the latest Google Play Games C++ SDK. The addition of RTMP brings the C++ SDK to feature parity with the Play services SDK on Android and the Play Games iOS SDK. Learn more »

Material Design refresh across Android, cross-platform C++, and iOS SDKs

We’ve incorporated material design into the user-interface of the latest Play Games services SDKs for Android, cross-platform C++, and iOS. This gives you a bold, colorful design that’s consistent across all of your games, for all of your users. Learn more »

New quests features and completion statistics

Quests are a popular way to increase player engagement by adding fresh content without updating your game. We’ve added some new features to quests to make them easier to implement and manage.

First, we’ve simplified quests implementations by providing out-of-the-box toasts for “quest accepted” and “quest completed” events. You can invoke these toasts from your game with just a single call, on any platform. This removes the need to create your own custom toasts, though you are still free to do so.

You also have more insight into how your quests are performing through new in-line quest stats in the Developer Console. With these stats, you can better monitor how many people are completing their quests, so you can adjust the criteria to make them easier to achieve, if needed. Learn more »

Last, we’ve eliminated the 24-hour lead-time requirement for publishing and allowing repeating quests to have the same name. You now have the freedom to publish quests whenever you want with whatever name you want.

New quest stats let you see how many users are completing their quests.

Multiplayer game statistics

Now when you add multiplayer support through Google Play game services, you get multiplayer stats for free, without having to implement a custom logging solution. You can simply visit the Developer Console to see how players are using your multiplayer integration and look at trends in overall usage. The new stats are available as tabs under the Engagement section. Learn more »

Multiplayer stats let you see trends in how players are using your app’s multiplayer integration.

New game services insights and alerts

We’re continuing to expand the types of alerts we offer the Developer Console to let you know about more types of issues that might be affecting your users’ gameplay experiences. You’ll now get an alert when you have a broken implementation of real-time and turn-based multiplayer, and we’ll also notify you if your Achievements and Leaderboard implementations use too many duplicate images. Learn more »

Get Started

You can get started with all of these new features right away. Visit the Google Play game services developer site to download the updated SDKs. For migration details on the Game Services SDK for iOS, see the release notes. You can take a look at the new stats and alerts by visiting the Google Play Developer Console.

Android-Developers

10 Useful Android Tips And Tricks You Should Know

Whether you are new to Android and eager to try out every available option you see on the screen, or familiar with the system, including the annoyances that plague you on a daily basis, tips and tricks to get around a system is always helpful. We are here to help you with that.

Android Tips And Tricks You Should Know

In this post, we are featuring 10 useful Android tips and tricks that may improve your experience while using your Android device. Do note that the steps may vary a little from one Android phone to another due to the differences in the build and the OS version, but if you play around with it, the next step isn’t too far off.

1. Disable App Notifications

Bugged by annoying app notifications that just keep coming? If you don’t know already, these app notifications also drain your phone’s battery. If you want to turn them off, and you are on Jelly Bean 4.1 and above, here’s how:

  1. On any of your unwanted notifications in your notification bar, long press on the notification for a message box to appear.
  2. Tap on App Info > Untick Show Notifications > OK.

Disable App Notifications

2. Disable Mobile Data

Whenever you don’t need to stay connected, disabling the Mobile Data can help keep your smartphone battery from draining too quickly. Turning off mobile data is as easy as:

  1. Going to Settings > Data Usage.
  2. Disable Mobile data by toggling the setting from ON to OFF.

Disable Mobile Data

3. Set Mobile Data Limit

Want to keep track of how far your usage is from your monthly mobile data limit? If you have ICS and above, there is a feature which lets you keep track of how much of the quota you have left.

  1. Head over to Settings > Data Usage.
  2. Set your data limit by dragging the orange line to reflect your monthly quota.
  3. Set your data usage cycle based on when your “month” starts and ends, and you’re done.

You will be alerted once you hit the limit you have set. Note that the tracked data usage of your phone may vary slightly than your carrier’s tracking.

Set Mobile Data Limit

4. Add Multiple Google Accounts

You need a Google account to use an Android phone but did you know you can choose to run more than one Google account on your Android device. This is convenient if you use more than one account for several of your Google services. To add multiple Google accounts:

  1. Go to Settings > Add account.
  2. Select Google and setup your New or Existing Google account.
  3. Once added, choose what you want to sync with the account.

Repeat all the steps above if you want to add more accounts.

Add Multiple Google Accounts

5. Disable automatic App Updates

Prefer to read through app permissions and manually pick which app updates to adopt? You can, but first you need to disable your automatic app updates. Here are the steps:

  1. Open Play Store and head over to Settings.
  2. Tap on Auto-update apps.
  3. Choose Do not auto-update apps.

If you want to enable the auto updates, follow the same path and choose Auto-update apps at any time or via Wi-Fi (available for certain Android devices only).

Disable automatic Apps Updates

To update your apps manually, just open Play Store, and on the main page swipe in from the left and tap on My apps. You can tap on apps with pending updates and update them manually, or if you like to update them all at once, just tap on Update All.

6. How To Check For android System updates

For Android users that are using stock ROM, you may want to look for new updates to your system. To check for updates:

  1. Go to Settings > About phone/tablet.
  2. Tap on System updates.
  3. Tap Check now to look for system updates.

Check For android System updates

7. Changing Default Apps

If you have already set some default apps for particular tasks (e.g. using Chrome for opening web links) but wish to change this:

  1. Go to Settings > Apps.
  2. Swipe right and look for the All tab.
  3. Select the app you want to remove as default.
  4. Tap on Clear defaults.

Changing Default Apps

8. Organize Homescreen Shortcuts With Folders

Once you have a lot of apps installed, your homescreen might be filled with app shortcuts. Unlike the app drawer, the apps on your home screen are not arranged alphabetically. So, you might want to create some folders for your homescreen shortcuts.

  1. Assuming you have more than a handful of shortcuts already on your homescreen, long press on any of the shortcuts and drag it onto another shortcut.
  2. A circle should now appear around the apps, indicating that a folder has been created.
  3. By tapping on the newly created folder, a mini window will pop up with your apps in it.
  4. You can drag and drop additional apps into the folder if you like. You can also rename the folder by tapping on the text area at the bottom of the mini window.

Organize Homescreen Shortcuts With Folders

9. Disable Animations

Here’s a tip on how to make your Android device run a bit smoother: disable its animations. You will need to have access to Developer Options which can be found under Settings or About device.

Note: For some phones, you may need to go to Build number and tap on it repeatedly until you see “You are now a developer!”. Developer options are now enabled.

Under enabled Developer options, look for Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale. Then, turn them off (disable) them one at a time.

Disable Animations

10. How to Turn Off Auto-Correction

Hate the fact that your phone is going English teacher mode on you? Turn off auto-correction for peace of mind when texting.

  1. Go to Settings > Language & input.
  2. Tap on the settings icon next to the keyboard that you are using, e.g. Google Keyboard.
  3. Look for Auto-correction and tap on it.
  4. Select Off to turn auto-correction off.

Turn Off Auto-Correction

– Hongkiat