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Wear Apps Tracker app updated with new UI features

The problem with managing apps on your Android Wear wearable device is that – with such a small screen – app management was never in the mind of the UI designers. That is why when you install an app to your wearable, you don’t usually get a notification when the installation is done, you just have to wait until the app appears on your start menu list. Wear Apps Tracker changes all of that.

LEAKED: Back of Motorola’s Nexus phone shown?

So right up front, you have to take this picture with a grain of salt. One look at the comments section at the source link shows how easy it is to Photoshop images like these. And when we’re starving for data on what is supposedly Motorola’s effort on a new Nexus phone, anything can be real. And so this image claims to be the device they name-coded “Shamu”, also known as “Free Willy” and “Whale Wars.”

Chrome APK Packager now in Google Play Store

We recently wrote about the ARChon custom runtime that allows for running Android apps on any Chrome browser. And then we found this great new tool, the Chrome APK Packager that allows you to pull any app on your phone, bundle its APK for running on ARChon. The good news is that this tool is now more available to Android users as has been released now over the Google Play Store.

Seek Thermal is an infrared camera add on for your Android device

Thermal imaging for your phone is one of those ideas that you talk about with your buddies, saying how cool would it be if your phone’s camera can also provide thermal (infrared) imaging – and then you relegate it to wishful thinking. But that’s what Seek Thermal camera is – it is a real-life affordable thermal imaging solution for your Android device, and no, we’re not joshing you.

Archos launching new ‘Platinum’ entry level phones

First things first, you don’t usually name an entry level anything “Platinum”, but apparently there’s no rule against that – so here is ARCHOS, known purveyor of Android devices for the masses, with two new phones aimed at people who might be buying and using smartphones for the first time. The ARCHOS 45c Platinum and the 50b platinum are the newest devices out of the French electronics device company. Let’s see what they’re like.

NVIDIA Shield Portable updated, fix for auto-rotate glitch

To be fair, NVIDIA has been very vigilant about the user experience on its premium SHIELD devices – the SHIELD Tablet and the SHIELD Portable. This is why the devices, especially the portable, have been diligently updated with bug fixes – and this new update is no different. This hefty new update is set to fix the auto-rotate glitch that has been bugging users every so often.

Ingress AR game adding ‘Missions’ as side-quests for players

Ingress is a very different type of mobile game in that it doesn’t have angry or flappy birds, bad piggies, or even your novel retro 8-bit graphics – and yet it has managed to capture a modest but staunchly loyal fan and player base. Ingress is an augmented reality (AR) game where doing things in the real world – like travelling to places – gains you points and experience in the mobile game.

The new Moto X, Moto Maker now at Verizon starting Sept. 26 [Update: Available Now!]

The new Moto X – the spanking new flagship smartphone from Motorola – was one of the most leaked, most hyped devices in the build up to the recent IFA 2014 in Berlin. The very stylish phone is now making its way to Verizon customers, with the mobile carrier saying that the device – along with its familiar customizer the Moto Maker – will be available starting September 26.

Highly-acclaimed game Unmechanical arrives on Android

Puzzle-based games are dime-a-dozen, so it’s particularly exciting to see one receive as much acclaim as Teotl Studios’ “Unmechanical”. The game has received the Best Game award at the Brazilian International Games Festival and the Best Artistic Achievement award at Nordic Game Awards. But what’s more exciting is that it has now landed in the Android gaming sphere – beginning its life on Steam and then moving to iOS before actually getting here.

Sunshine tool unlocks Motorola, HTC devices, allows ‘s-off’

While you may say that with HTC devices, you are getting your money’s worth – especially for the acclaimed HTC One M8 – there are security limitations to their devices that doesn’t allow for, err… the “creative” side of Android software – including custom ROMs, full root access and the like. The same goes for Motorola. Fortunately for us, there teams out there who do their life’s work trying to give us full value – and full access – for our money spent on these devices.
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