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Samsung's Galaxy Surfboard Paddles The Line Of Awesome To Ridiculous

Samsung is always trying to make waves with its publicity stunts and outrageous ideas. This latest one though is fin-tastic. The company actually built a surfboard with a hidden Galaxy S7 drawer and LED lights for professional surfer Gabriel Medina to tide him over while he's facing the waves alone and away from his coach and fans.

The Galaxy Surfboard lights up with live conditions of the sea, like wind directions, height and speed of the waves, and pops up messages from his coach so he can stay on board with his training plan. The idea might seem like it came out of the bottom of the barrel, but it's actually pretty cool, even if it is a special one-time thing for Medina.

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Twitter And Viber Reach 500 Million Downloads On The Play Store

When it comes to app download milestones, we like to celebrate the 500 Million and 1 Billion mark here on Android Police and more often than not, the apps are from Google's own portfolio which gives them a significant head-start on the competition by the mere fact that they usually come pre-installed on all Android devices. We've also seen Facebook and WhatsApp hit the 1B milestone, and Skype and Instagram and Dropbox reach 500M.

Still, this amount of downloads is out of reach for many apps and only the elite popular ones can get to it. Now, we're celebrating the 500 Million downloads milestone for two apps you've sure heard about: Twitter and Viber.

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[Rumor] Google Is Working On An Amazon Echo Competitor Codenamed "Chirp"

About two months ago, when Amazon announced two new Alexa-powered devices, the Echo Dot and Amazon Tap, many of you voiced the same thought: this is the kind of product Google should be working on. With "OK Google" commands being some of the most powerful voice search and personal assistants on the market, Google shouldn't have a lot of trouble inviting itself into your home and living room or making automation independent from your phone and more integrated with your life.

At the time, we knew (check Artem's comment) that Google was indeed working on an Echo competitor, codenamed "Chirp," and we were rooting for a Google I/O announcement.

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[It's The Little Things] Google Calendar Now Automatically Detects And Dials Passcodes For Conference Calls

Those of you who have to frequently deal with conference call meetings have probably faced more than one where an access code or a passcode was required to let them in. It's a security measure that helps the host make sure that no unwanted guests will sneak in, but it usually ends up being a pain in the butt of those who have been officially invited and who often have to scramble around looking for that passcode and curse for having to manually dial it in each time.

Google Calendar is about to make things a lot easier for invitees. When the passcode or meeting ID is detected in the event's location or notes field, it will offer to automatically dial it for you, saving you from hunting down the passcode and memorizing it then manually entering it.

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Google Photos 1.20 Adds Commenting And Smart Suggestions For Shared Albums [APK Download]

Google Photos 1.20 has started rolling out, bringing with it the second social feature for the platform: comments in shared albums and photos, plus smart suggestions for relevant additions to a shared album.

Commenting is for either individual photos or an entire album. Cody already found evidence of it in his Photos v1.16 teardown, so it's not a total surprise it's turned up now. When enabled through an album's sharing options (the feature is off by default), there will be a button on the footer when viewing a photo, or "add a comment" is added at the bottom of an album.

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Google Updates Design Spec With New Recommendations On Motion & Growth

Google, following through on its promise that the material design spec is a "living document," has updated its design guidelines and suggestions again, this time adding more guidance on motion design, along with new sections for growth & communications and expanding panels.

First up, let's look at what's new in motion - Google has given motion design a more comprehensive section, outlining the principles of motion in material design. The section explains that material motion is responsive, natural, aware, and intentional. Transitions should be quick, clear, and cohesive.

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After that brief primer, the motion section goes on to detail - at length - everything from duration and easing to transforming pieces of material and thinking about custom motion patterns that fit in with the material world.

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Google Adds A New Goodie For Chromecast And Chromecast Audio Owners: Two Months Of Ad-Free Pandora One Membership (US Only)

Chromecast owners know that even though Google's tiny stream machine is one of the cheapest on the market, it occasionally gets freebies for online video and music streaming services that add some major value. The latest goodie to come to owners of the original Chromecast and the Chromecast Audio is Pandora One, the music service's premium advertising-free tier. New owners can get two months of listening free, which has an approximate value of $8.

Offers tend to come and go, and it isn't always clear who's eligible based on when they bought their Chromecast. This one isn't showing up for me, so neither my original Chromecast model nor my Cast-enabled SHIELD TV are eligible for the promotion.

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HTC Says That Marshmallow Updates For The AT&T Versions Of The One M8 And One M9 Will Start On May 12th (Tomorrow)

We've mentioned it before, but Mo Versi of HTC's American division is a good dude. Any given day you can find him on Twitter, answering questions from HTC customers and giving out juicy info on the next major software releases from the company. If every Android manufacturer had someone like Mo, the world would be a better place... and maybe our comment section wouldn't seem so bitter and despondent. Anyway, his latest tidbit is that the AT&T variants of the HTC One M8 and One M9 will be updated to Marshmallow starting tomorrow.

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Rumor: Evan Blass Says The Galaxy Note 6 Will Be Released In The US During The Week Of August 15th

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Emergency Patch Issued For Android Studio And IntelliJ-Based IDEs To Close Up Two Serious Security Vulnerabilities

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