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[Android M Feature Spotlight] System UI Tuner Allows You To Customize The Quick Settings Tiles

Lurking in the developer options of the Android M dev preview is something called System UI Tuner. It's not a very descriptive name, but if you back out to the main system settings, you'll see it listed at the bottom. Open it up and you can customize the Quick Settings finally.  It's something most Android OEMs have been doing for years.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] Hotspot Bumped To Version 2.0, Now Supports Broadcasting In 5GHz Mode On Compatible Hardware

One thing we haven't seen change much in Android over the past several versions is the hotspot feature. I'm sure many of us have used it quite often, but it's one of those things that basically works fine as it is.

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Left: Nexus 5, Right: Nexus 6

With Android M, however, Google is bumping the hotspot feature up to version 2.0, which includes one somewhat major new feature: the ability to broadcast in 5GHz mode.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] The New App Drawer And Widget Picker Scroll Vertically

There are a lot of new things in Android M, but this is an example of something old made new again. The app drawer and widget picker in the Android M dev preview scroll vertically instead of side-to-side in a series of pages. The last time we had this behavior it was back in the pre-ICS days.

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Runtastic 5.9.2 Adds Always-On Mode For Android Wear

And now, we interrupt our Google I/O coverage to bring you this health bulletin.

Runtastic is one of the few apps that are commendable for quickly - really quickly - adapting to any new Android releases, options, or APIs. Today, the app is keeping its track record of jumping head-first into new features by adding an always-on mode for Android Wear watches.

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You don't need to do anything for the function to work - that is if you Wear watch is already on Android 5.1.1, which enables always-on mode for apps. When you start a new Runtastic activity, the card will show up on your watch.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] A Dark System UI Mode Is Available In Developer Options

Some people were quite displeased by Google's move to a white system theme in Android 5.0 Lollipop. It can be quite retina-searing in a dark room, but the Android M preview offers a solution. In developer options is a menu that enables a new material dark system mode. Behold.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Now Available From NVIDIA And Amazon, SHIELD Pro Coming In June

So you've read our exhaustive review of the NVIDIA SHIELD and decided that it's the Android TV device for you. Whelp, it's available for purchase right now in the US, from both NVIDIA's own store and Amazon.com. The standard 16GB SHIELD is $199.99, but it looks like the SHIELD Pro ($299.99) with its 500GB internal hard drive won't be available until June. According to the NVIDIA Store it's coming on the 3rd, while Amazon says it won't be in stock till the 12th.

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Inbox 1.8 Is Now Open To Everyone, Adds Swipe To Delete, Signatures, Trip Bundles, And More [APK Download]

Ever since its first release, Inbox by Gmail has been donning more and more features, all priming it for its graduation from an invite-only state to a public release. And that moment is now. Inbox no longer requires an invite for regular Gmail users and Work customers, and has gained a couple of interesting capabilities along the way.

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Google's Design Site Gets An Overhaul With Tons Of New Content

Last year when material design was introduced to the world, Google emphasized that its specs were a living document. Indeed we've seen several updates to the spec itself since it launched, but Google's also paying attention to its overall design presence, as evidenced by today's major update to google.com/design.

The site has been made over with a new grid filled to the brim with awesome content.

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[Update: It's Live] I/O 2015 - New Google Photo App Launches Today, Includes Unlimited Free Storage Of High Quality Photos And Video

We already have already posted a pretty thorough preview of the features coming with the new Google Photos app, but that doesn't mean Google didn't save a couple of surprises for IO.

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Google May Have Left The Best Android "M" Feature Out Of The Keynote: Automatic App Data Backup And Restore

Yes, it's happening. Dot. Gif. Android apps are finally getting state backup in the new "M" version of the OS. The full details are here. The short of it is that Android apps will now automatically back up to Google Drive, up to 25MB per app, with no new code required from developers.

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