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What Material Design Means for Google

We have yet to actually taste the sweetness of Android 5.0 Lollipop on our current devices but fan boys are getting more excited especially after the Material Design was introduced at the I/O Conference last June. More and more apps are being updated the past few weeks even before the official rollout of the new Android mobile OS.

Google Calendar 5.0 APK now available for your devices

Just yesterday we told you about an exciting new development with the Google Calendar app(well, exciting if you're a productivity nut and/or a Google fanboy), long considered to be the unloved, original child of calendars. Now the APK for the new, sexy version of the app is available, and you can enjoy its shiny design and featueres even if you're not yet on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

8 more countries can now access Google Play Movies

Do people still go to actual movie theaters? Do people still watch TV on the actual TV set? Some would say there are still "old school" media consumers who prefer to access their movies and TV shows in its original format. But a lot would say that digital content has already eclipsed movie tickets and TV viewership, or at least it's getting there. Google Play Movies continues to expand its reach of bringing this digital videos to your Android devices, and now 8 more countries have been added to their list.

Disney movies to come to all your Android devices soon

If you've already reached your saturation point for the ubiqutous animated movie about ice queens and talking snowmen, then you just might have to brace yourself again, if you have Android devices that your kids love to use. Walt Disney Studios and Google Play have inked a partnership so that Android users will have access to all Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies that they'd like to buy, wherever they want to view it.

Google to replenish Nexus 6 stocks every Wednesday

The Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player have both formally launched but the Nexus 6 is still curiously unavailable. It seems that Google indeed has inventory issues based on their latest update about the smartphone. The Android maker promises to move quickly to fill inventories to meet the presumably high demand for the device and has tipped users to check every Wednesday for that update. Those who want carrier subsidies however, will have to wait later in November to get theirs.

Google gives new life to Calendar, improves Gmail app as well

Even though you may be a heavy Google user, chances are you don't actually use their official Calendar app on your smartphone or tablet because there are more better-designed and integrated apps out there. But they are trying to change people's attitude towards the Google Calendar app, and the latest update features new features and also a new look to entice you to actually use it as your main app for events and schedules. The Gmail app has also been updated and it is now a bit more inclusive of non-Gmail accounts.

Travel through time with new Cut the Rope game

We're assuming all Cut the Rope fans and players are interested in traveling through different periods of time, yes? No? But if you are addicted to the hugely popular puzzle game, then you'd have no choice but to immerse yourself in history with their adventure game called, what else, Cut the Rope: Time Travel. Om Nom, the cute little protagonist of the original game is back and he's still guzzling candy like crazy, but this time, he also traces his ancestry throughout the ages.

Gmail app APK for Android 5.0 leaked, still unstable

Most Android news outlets have taken this as the arrival of Gmail 5.0 – which is to say, the Gmail app designed for Android 5.0 Lollipop. This may not necessarily be so… yet. Here are the facts – that this app is a late September build of the new Gmail app, and that it does carry a Material Design look. But it still may not be the final build of the Gmail application, as the build remains buggy and unstable.

Google “Copresence” a cross-platform nearby file-sharing service?

Sharing files have been a lot easier thanks to the cloud, at least compared to frantically copying files to a USB stick and passing it around. However, it could still be much easier. Cloud storage and sharing services, by nature, require an Internet connection. Ad hoc networks, including WiFi direct and Bluetooth, aren't exactly easy or fast to get up and running. And NFC just doesn't cut it for large files or bulk transfers. Enter "Copresence", tipped to be an upcoming service from Google that seeks to solve all of that.

Google Play Books now makes it easier to read non-fiction

While fiction reading through digital means have really taken up these past few years, some people would still prefer to read non-fiction material the old school way because it's easier to skim through it, refer to notes they've made, etc. The latest update to Google Play Books now makes it easier to do the same in your non-fiction ebooks as it will allow users to browse through, make notes, highlight and other features just like you would a real book.
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