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Android L keyboard APK available for non-rooted devices

We’re going to have to get used to this, aren't we? By “this” we mean native Android L apps being extracted from Google's developer preview shared to the Android-using world for “testing”. One of those apps is Android L's keyboard, recently extracted from a system dump and made available by flashing it onto your rooted device. And what do you know, now it has also arrived via an apk installer for non-rooted devices. (yay!)

Android L apps available for download and testing at XDA

The hype around Android L – possibly the “nameless” new Android 5.0 version we will be getting later in the year – was quite palpable at Google I/O, especially when Sundar Pichai took to the stage to reveal the next generation for the Android OS. And while most of us who do not own a Nexus 5 or 7 will not be able to fully check out the test version of the OS, the good fellows at XDA have made available some of the news apps found within Android L.

NVIDIA Tegra K1 dovetails with Unreal Engine for demo

It would be an understatement to say that apart from Google’s new playthings, NVIDIA has been ubiquitous at the I/O developer conference as well – with its Tegra K1 chip seemingly at the heart of all things cool. One of those things was a demo by Epic Games using the Tegra K1 chip running the widely renowned FPS and RPG gaming framework Unreal Engine.

Device compatible with Android Wear? Check it first!

With the onslaught of all kinds of wearable technology in the market, it’s easy to get caught up and wanting to buy anything that catches your fancy and fits your lifestyle. And with the introduction of Android Wear, the customised platform for wearable devices, more gadgets are surely arriving. But before you buy anything else, you have to make sure that your smartwatch is compatible with your current Android device. That is where this URL comes in.

Android L Developer Preview is live, Studio IDE in Beta

As promised, Google has let out the Developer Preview of the next version of Android, still dubbed as "Android L", for programmers, enthusiasts, and curious cats to play with. This preview includes both the SDK tools and emulator images for testing Android L on your desktop as well as actual system images you can install, with great care, on a Nexus 5 or 7.
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