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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.
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.
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.
The icons on Android L is based on geometric shapes, which will make them pop up and appear more symmetrical.
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.
All the applications on Android L will show small animations as you touch the screen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parental control app that can monitor text messages, call details and pictures. It can remotely view appointments, videos, web history and contacts.
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.
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
By Ben Frenkel, Google Play Games team
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
Repeat all the steps above if you want to add more accounts.
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:
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).
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.
For Android users that are using stock ROM, you may want to look for new updates to your system. To check for updates:
If you have already set some default apps for particular tasks (e.g. using Chrome for opening web links) but wish to change this:
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.
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.
Hate the fact that your phone is going English teacher mode on you? Turn off auto-correction for peace of mind when texting.
Android is the most popular mobile OS with 3 billion active users so here are our top tips and tricks so you can get the most out of your Android smartphone or tablet. See also: 34 best Android smartphones in UK: What’s the best Android phone you can buy in 2014?
There are all kinds of things which Android can do and you might not even know it, so that’s why we’ve put together our top tips and tricks. We’ll be adding to it so get it bookmarked and come back soon.
We’ve kept the tips pretty broad but please bear in mind that the look, layout and features will vary between devices. Older phones and tablets may not have the latest version or your manufacturer may use its own user interface, for example.
One of the most basic things you can do in Android to make your life easier is to group your app icons into folders. You can have them littering the homescreen panels but let’s face it, it looks horrible and if you want it like that you’re pretty much mirroring the iPhone.
To group your apps into folders simply long press on one and drop it on top of another. This will make a folder which you can name and on some device select a colour for. Drag and drop other icons to add them to the folder. This way you’ll have more space for widgets and you’ll see your wallpaper better
With the introduction of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean came Google Now and if you haven’t used it yet then you really need to check it out. It’s effectively an intelligent digital assistant which is part of the Google Search app and a quick way of seeing if you have it is to swipe up from the bottom of the screen. You may have it but not yet opted in for the service.
The idea is to provide the information you need before you’ve even searched for or requested it. The cards based interface (as well as notifications) provided all kinds of helpful information such as the weather, sports scores, travel information and much more.
Swipe gesture typing
This one will depend on your device and Android version but even if you don’t have it you can download the Google Keyboard for free from the Play store or a third-party alternative (SwiftKey is now free).
Swipe gesture typing might not be for everyone but it’s definitely worth trying out as it can be much faster and easier than pressing buttons. It works by simply swiping around the keyboard to each letter you need to make a word in order without losing contact with the screen. Based on the shape you make, the keyboard can work out what word you want – even if you don’t do it very accurately.
It doesn’t always work but keep forcing yourself to use it and you will, along with the keyboard itself, will get better over time. You can also swipe from the shift or symbols keys for quick caps and punctuation.
Manage data usage
Unless you pay enough for unlimited data, you’re phone contract will have some kind of limit. Whether it’s 500MB or 8GB, Android has a great way to track and manage your mobile data usage.
Simply head to setting and click on ‘Data Usage’ where you can see a helpful graph of your usage over a period of time. The idea is to match the dates with you contract. You can set a warning level and a cap so you don’t go over your limit. You can also see which apps use the most data, too.
You might be happy to simply unlock your Android device with a swipe or perhaps not even that, but it’s a good idea to use a higher level of security – especially if it’s a device which goes out and about with you.
In Android there are various different security options (the Galaxy S5 even has a fingerprint scanner), so head to security section of the settings menu to choose which you want to use under ‘screen lock’. You can opt for swipe, face unlock, pattern, PIN or password.