23
Oct
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Have you signed up to for an invite to Inbox by Gmail? It looks like public invitations to the service have begun rolling out en masse.

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Be sure to check your Gmail if you signed up. If you haven't, email inbox@google.com to get put on the waitlist, but if you signed up yesterday you should probably be seeing an invite shortly. You can check out our quick hands-on here for a primer.

23
Oct
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After all the Lollipop craziness over the last week or so, you're probably looking to relax and stop obsessing over when you're going to get that lovely update. Okay, maybe you're still freaking out, but try to calm down anyway. Here, look at these apps and games that are on sale.

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23
Oct
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When Android runs on a TV, it's still Android, there are just a few checks in place to make sure users aren't installing unprepared phone apps to their big screens all willy-nilly, creating the kind of awful UI experience that could make a techie cry and any one else scrunch their face in confusion. In a way, Google's only trying to protect us from ourselves. Most TV viewers will want nothing to do with such shenanigans, so only apps that have been updated and declared compatible with Android TV work with the platform out of the box.

23
Oct
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No Lollipop? No problem. You can get some slick new Material Design themes for your keyboard in the SwiftKey store to make your phone feel a little more modern. Okay, I guess it is still a bummer that you don't have Lollipop yet, but that's not SwiftKey's fault. How about you just enjoy the themes?

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23
Oct
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Update: As commenters have pointed out, the undo close tab option has been available before now - it's just the look that has changed. I've updated the screenshots to reflect this.

The beta edition of Chrome for Android is getting a small update before the changes go into the primary release. The biggest new addition in version 39.0.2171.37 is an "undo closed tab" option. When you swipe away a tab on the "all tabs" page, a contextual menu will appear at the bottom allowing you to instantly bring it back.

22
Oct
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Android includes tools to follow the state of your battery, but not Android Wear. Seems like an oversight on Google's part, but developers are trying to fill in the gaps. The first such app showed up just recently, but now there's a new Wear battery tracker from the developer of the fantastic Wear Mini Launcher. Wear Battery Stats can be used on the phone or watch to see how the battery has been doing and identify potential issues.

22
Oct
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It has been a little quiet on the app front today, but it is in fact Update Wednesday. There's a new version of Hangouts available for download right now, and it has at least one useful tweak. Presumably there are also some bug fixes and other under-the-hood changes.

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22
Oct
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Today, Google officially announced Gmail Blue Inbox, a service we posted about just last night. Previously codenamed Bigtop, Inbox by Gmail is a full reimagining of how an email product should work, and how users should interact with their email.

It is really rare for a product to come out that actually reimagines something rather than just claiming it does, but Inbox is really a fresh take on... the inbox.

22
Oct
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Now that you can put widgets on your lockscreen, there's a whole host of things you can do even before unlocking your phone. and if that's not enough, there are a few alternative lockscreens that will let you do even more. Today we're getting another one from a slightly surprising source: Microsoft. Say hello to the Next Lock Screen, an app from the company's Microsoft Garage internal team.

I say it's only slightly surprising because Microsoft has been releasing a staggering amount of Android apps of late.

22
Oct
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Google is rolling out a big update to the Google Earth app, and as usual it's a staged deployment. Never fear, we are here with an APK download. In this new version (8.0) you'll find better 3D images, cleaner maps, KML import, and more.

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What’s New

Google hasn't updated the changelog on the Play Store yet, but there's a whole blog post about Google Earth v8.0. The gist of it is that 3D images will look much better now with the new rendering engine.

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