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Google Posts Massive User Experience Guide For Chromecast Developers, Still No Word On The Whitelist Policy

Google has really been on a roll this week with exciting news for developers, such as a pair of new game-related libraries and enhancements to Google+ Sign-in. This time around, Chromecast is getting its turn with a brand new User Experience Guide. Coming just 2 days after some new apps were added to the whitelist, this 4000-word document details the recommended design patterns developers should follow while implementing their own Android, iOS, and web applications.

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Left: Android, Middle: iOS, Right: Google Chrome (web)

The guide includes recommended design principles for both the sender and receiver interfaces, where to place buttons, how to start and stop a cast, and what to do during the various states apps might find themselves in during operation.

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Blizzard Releases Official BlizzCon 2013 Guide For Android, A Free Virtual Planner Aimed At This Year's Attendees

Blizzard's franchises have so many followers that someone could fill a conference building with legions of fans and throw a party in their honor. Actually, such an event already exists. Blizzard hosts BlizzCon every year and invites thousands of players to come celebrate WarCraft, StarCraft, and Diablo. It lasts for two days, but considering how many hours conference goers have already invested into these titles, this amounts to little more than another quest. For anyone set on going, Blizzard has released the official BlizzCon 2013 guide into the Play Store, an indispensible aid that makes the party all the more manageable.

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How To: Restore Your 2013 Nexus 7 Back To Stock Using A Full Factory Image And Root It

The great Nexus 7 ordeal of 2013 is now over after Qualcomm apparently agreed to the release of the factory image and all necessary drivers, only a day after lots of hubbub had been made about this touchy and unpleasant situation. Awesome, so now we have access to the factory image, meaning we can restore the tablet back to stock no matter what happens to the software on it.

Say, you had a bad flash and are now boot-looping. Or your dog installed a custom ROM but Android 4.99 came out and you want to update ASAP. This is where this guide is going to come in handy.

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How To: Flash Your Galaxy Nexus Takju Or Yakju To Android 4.3 (JWR66V) And Root It Right Now

Note: This is an adaptation of my Nexus 4 update/root post, so it has some duplicate content, but all the instructions and images are specific to the Galaxy Nexus.

Android 4.3 was officially unveiled and released two days ago to the Android Open Source Project. In a surprisingly timely fashion, Google also released both the factory images and OTAs to the Nexus 4, 7, 10, and the Galaxy Nexus.

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How To: Update Your 2012 Nexus 7 To Android 4.3 (JWR66V) And Root It Right Now [Updated: Now For 3G Nexus 7 nakasig]

Note: This is an adaptation of my Nexus 4 update/root post, so it has some duplicate content, but all the instructions and images are specific to the Nexus 7.

Android 4.3 was officially unveiled and released yesterday to the Android Open Source Project. In a surprisingly timely fashion, Google also released both the factory images and OTAs to the Nexus 4, 7, 10, and the Galaxy Nexus.

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How To: Flash Your Nexus 4 To Android 4.3 (JWR66V) And Root It Right Now

Android 4.3 was officially unveiled and released today to the Android Open Source Project. In a surprisingly timely fashion, Google also released both the factory images and OTAs to the Nexus 4, 7, 10, and the Galaxy Nexus.

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[How-To] Root The Verizon Galaxy S4 With No Device Wipe Necessary

Give the community enough time and almost any device can be cracked open, no matter how determined a carrier or OEM is to keep it locked down. The Verizon Galaxy S4 has proven a tough nut to crack, but a new root method is much less convoluted than previous ones. Just flash a kernel, run some tools, flash again, and you're done! Well, it's a little more involved than that, but not much. Here's how you do it.

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First up, grab the necessary tools:

  • Samsung Official USB Drivers - Link
  • ODIN v3.07 - Link
  • VRUAMD2 Pre-release Kernel - Link
  • VRUAMDK Stock Kernel - Link
  • Motochopper Root Exploit Tool – Link

ODIN is a tool used for flashing firmware and kernels on Samsung devices.

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TV Guide Mobile Version 3 Released With Interface, Experience Overhaul For ICS, Jelly Bean Users

If you've been paying attention to TV Guide's official app, you know that it's needed some attention for a while. Its UI through version 2.x was an outdated pastiche of Gingerbread tabs and gradated iconography desperately in need of a redesign (and support for 4.0+). Today, TV Guide has fulfilled that need (for the most part), bringing to the Play Store TV Guide Mobile version 3.0. The update also brought "many cool new features" to the app, which we'll discuss momentarily. First though, check out the difference between the old and new interfaces.

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Before: ew.

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After: yay!

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Sundance 2013 App Lands In The Play Store, Guides You Through 'jOBS', 'Google And The World Brain' And Much More

On this site, you'll read a lot of Android news (which is why we put it in our name). You will also hear a lot of tech news. You will maybe hear a tiny bit of movie news. Today, though, you're getting a triple-whammy of all three. The Sundance Film Festival, which actually began yesterday, has released the 2013 version of its mobile app to help you keep track of everything going on at the event.

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The app contains full schedules of everything playing and where, film synopses with trailers, and even social network integration so you can easily share what you're watching.

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Google Releases 'Tablet App Quality Checklist' To Help Guide Developers On Best Tablet Practices

In the ongoing effort to make apps better on Android, Google has released another new guide for the developers who may be looking for guidance on just how to build a great tablet-oriented app. The piece has some fairly detailed information, including how much to adjust padding of UI elements and how to target different screen sizes and resolutions. There is also more broad guidance on how to make the most of larger screen real-estate.

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An example of how to rearrange UI panes when switching orientations.

One thing that becomes clear as you read this advice is that the company doesn't want everyone developing for the Nexus 7 and ignoring other form factors.

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