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Android 5.0 Lollipop: what kinds of sweetness to expect

Google today dropped a load of goodies, from the expected Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices, to the surprise Nexus Player Android TV contraption. Tying all of these together, however, is one that has been, sometimes rather comically, speculated on since June. Android 5.0 is in town, and its name is Lollipop. But before you go making fun of this seemingly unassuming name, first try to hear out the sweet things that the latest Android version will bring. At least for those devices that are fated to receive it.

What’s this icon? Galaxy S4 notification bar icons explained

The Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone has a lot of features, options, and settings. Surely you've seen an odd icon appear in your notification bar up top and wondered what exactly it was. Plus if you're anything like me, you've had your parents call more than once saying, "What's this eye-shaped icon" and things of that nature. Well, Samsung has an icon glossary explaining each and every icon.

YouTube app with picture-in-picture and multitasking in the works

With our smartphone displays getting bigger and bigger as of late, not to mention tons of processing power, being able to truly multitask and offer things such as picture-in-picture with YouTube seems like a given. Samsung's been bringing multitasking and multi-screen modes since the Galaxy Note II, and we're now hearing Google will be doing the same with YouTube, and possibly others.

Vine combats Instagram with major update for Android

Now that Twitter and their popular Vine video sharing platform is facing some serious competition from Instagram, they've had to up their game. It has only been two days since Facebook announced 15 second videos for Instagram, along with an impressive and top-notch app update, and now Vine is fighting back already. Read on for more details on the massive update Vine just received on Android.

iOS 7 “parallax effect” on Android: 3D Image Live Wallpaper available now

During the Apple keynote yesterday we saw a lot of interesting and exciting new things with iOS 7, many of which have been available on Android for some time, but we won't get into that now. The most impressive new feature and UI aspect (for me) was this "liveliness" 3D wallpaper doing the parallax effect. Showing the background image move as you tilt the device. Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader we've learned this is nothing new for Android. Check out our hands-on below of what surely is my favorite new app.

Vine for Android gets its first update, camera still needs work

For that that missed the news yesterday, Vine for Android was officially released to the public. Following a rush of users the app was down for a good part of the afternoon, but now you're able to create 6 second clips with ease all on your Android device. It's their initial release, and isn't anything near the iOS version, but getting its first update already.

GALAXY S 4 eye-tracking technology challenges you to a stare down

Once again Samsung is back showing off their impressive new flagship smartphone with some clever advertising, while also showing they have plenty of money to burn. Could you stare at the Samsung Galaxy S 4 for 60 minutes straight, non-stop, without looking away with tons of distractions and motorcycle crashes next to you? If so they'll give you one free. The video is quite fun so take a peek below.
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