Android

Google updates Material Design resources for Android 5 release

Google initially released its Material Design guidelines in July and designed it as a feedback mechanism from developers to refine the initial aesthetic and look of Android 5.0 when it was unveiled in February. Today, it has updated these resources and guidelines as the release date nears.

Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK now out for devs to test apps

Google I/O seems so far away now, but it was really only back in June this year when the mothership presented its spanking new Android OS version – dubbed Android L at that point – but has now been revealed as Android 5.0 Lollipop. Now that the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 are nearing their ship dates, Android Developers is making available the Android 5.0 SDK so that developers can now start testing their apps for compatibility.

Google, Best Buy, HTC offers Nexus 9 pre-orders

You excited for the Nexus 9 yet? Google’s iPad killer was launched recently but will not be available until the early part of November. The Google Play Store has made the item part of their listings, although it is still noted as “coming soon”. All of us are going to have to wait ‘til November to get our hands on the tablet that has been branded as – “for movers and makers” – but there are pre-order options already.

SlideUP Launcher development takes an unusual Kickstarter turn

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Android will never have a dearth of app launchers and homescreen replacements. There are different kinds of different qualities, appealing to different tastes and different needs. SlideUP is yet another one of those vying for your attention, but admittedly, it is a curious one that, at the very least, deserves a second glance. Not only does it offer useful functionality, it seems to be trying out a slightly new way of development, at least as far as Android launchers go.

Sony adds Xperia Z1, Z2 to AOSP for Xperia, updates Xperia Z

While Sony might arguably be not the top Android seller in the world, the OEM is popular for trying to do right by its users, especially when it comes to the Android community, especially modders and custom ROM makers. Aside from providing official instructions, and warnings, for unlocking bootloaders, it also provides kernel sources and configurations on the open source GitHub repository to be used by those who want to create their own Android version of its devices. Today, those sources welcome three devices to the fold.

Octagon promises frustrating fun

If you like games that require fast reflexes like Temple Run or Impossible Road a new game has launched that you will want to check out. The game is called Octagon and rather than having people that are running players control, this game has a ball rolling through a world that is constantly changing.

Avenge Sevenfold releases Android game Hail to the King: Deathbat

If movie stars write autobiographies and children's books as their "vanity projects", then rock stars have found their own niche by creating video games based on their music, or sometimes, even something as mundane as their logo. Yes, that's what popular metalcore band Avenge Sevenfold have done as they announced the release of their Android game Hail to the King: Deathbat. Yes, the Deathbat is their logo and mascot, but it's not the cuddly and adorable kind, if you know anything about the band's music.

Firefox for Android Beta tests out browser casting feature

There are still people who use Firefox as their browser on both desktops and mobiles, although that percentage is growing smaller and smaller by the year. Last year (2013), that percentage was 20.09%, if the guys at Statcounter are to be believed.* But that is not stopping Mozilla from continuing to develop the Android version of their browser, now coming up with a “mirroring” feature that enables devices to cast a tab of the browser to a Chromecast or Miracast streaming device.

Drone: Shadow Strike blasts onto Android

The weekend is nearly here and if you are looking for a new game to play during your downtime check out the new game that has landed recently on Google Play. The game is called Drone: Shadow Strike and it allows players to control a drone as it attacks the bad guys.

SouthPark has now been “pinball-ized” in new Android game

If you're a fan of the funny (well, at times), filthy (well, a lot), definitely-not-for-kids satire animated series SouthPark, then you'll want to make some space on your Android device. Zen Studios announced the release of two new Pinball games based on the hit show: Super Sweet Pinball and Butters' Very Own Pinball Game. Better keep the kiddies away though, as this may probably be the only pinball game that has a warning for "Mild Language, Fantasy Violance, and Comic Mischief." There wasn't a typo there.