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Included in Android's design guidelines is a section regarding iconography. The guidelines give very specific instructions on how to design a launcher icon for Android - it should have a unique silhouette, it should have a slight downward perspective, and it should be clearly visible no matter what wallpaper is behind it.

Many have opined, however, that it's odd that Google maintains different iconography for its apps on Android and their corresponding web services.

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Apr
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Google makes cool stuff. There's self-driving cars, that funky street view camera, and those experimental glasses anyone will be able to buy for one day only tomorrow, April 15th. Yet for every product that comes out, there's another in the pipeline that may or may not ever see the light of day. Last month we learned of a patent application for a pair of smart contact lenses that would process blinks as input for wearable devices.

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Apr
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Update: Build KTU84F will hit devices between today and April 21st. Sprint hasn't fixed the typo on its support page, but the forum post has the build right.

What a day for an OTA – specifically, Android 4.4.3 for the Nexus 5. Sprint has updated its support page to indicate KTU84F is dropping today, which we understand to be the rumored 4.4.3 release. There is a Sprint-specific tweak in this update, but the software should also be hitting N5s that aren't connected to the Sprint network at the same time.

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Apr
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Samsung has a press event up its sleeve for later this month, announced via the Samsung Tomorrow blog. As usual, there's not a lot of information contained in the invitation itself: it'll be at the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore at 11 AM, which will be 11 PM Eastern Time here in the States. The tagline for the event is "Kapture the Moment," complete with intentional spelling mistake.

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The zeitgeist is that Sammy will be announcing the second phone in the "Zoom" series, which began with the Galaxy S4 Zoom phone-camera hybrid.

12
Apr
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Take note, video app developers: your Android app should have Chromecast support by now. It just makes things so much better for everybody. Video site Dailymotion knows where it's at, because the latest version of the beta app in the Play Store can now stream to the Chromecast. Better late than never, huh?

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Other than Chromecast support and the usual bugfixes and performance tweaks, there doesn't appear to be any other significant changes to version 4.1.

12
Apr
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Verizon was the first US carrier to get the HTC One M8 on its airwaves, if only by a nose. Even so, it took the folks at Team Win Recovery Project a little longer to get their much-loved TWRP custom recovery onto the Verizon version of the phone, probably because it takes a little more effort to get around the carrier's locks. But whatever the reason, it's here, and ROM aficionados on Big Red will surely be grateful.

12
Apr
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HTC wasted no time making its new One M8 flagship available, which inevitably means that the source code for its software kernel would need to follow. HTC has dutifully published the code for a range of new M8 phones on top of those published earlier this month, specifying carriers in the United States and Europe and one model in Asia. Here's the list of new source code files now available from HTCDev.com:

  • United States - T-Mobile
  • United Kingdom - Orange, H3G, and O2
  • France - Bouygues, Vodafone, Orange
  • Spain - Generic
  • Germany - T-Mobile
  • Netherlands - T-Mobile
  • Poland - T-Mobile
  • Austria - T-Mobile
  • Taiwan - Generic

That's in addition to various phones published last week, which includes the source code for the One M8 Google Play Edition.

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Apr
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Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 in 125 countries yesterday, and launching alongside it were also the company's new trio of smartwatches - Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit.

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I've got a Gear 2 Fit review unit here, and I have to say, that curved OLED display is downright striking. This may be the most fashionable... thing Samsung's ever produced. How useful is it? Well, you'll have to wait for our review on that one.

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Apr
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Two weeks ago developer Chainfire rooted the international GSM-LTE version of the Galaxy S5. These things take time, but apparently not much of it. Barely two weeks later, the modder is back after having rooted six additional variants just in time for the official commercial launch. These include the T-Mobile, US Cellular, and MetroPCS models, the International Exynos option, and some shipped to various other parts of the Western Hemisphere.

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Apr
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We've all known the details surrounding the latest version of Samsung's flagship phone for several weeks, but now's the time to start getting our grubby fingers on one. Today Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy S5 in 125 countries across the globe, including areas in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.

To sweeten the purchase, Samsung is including an exclusive copy of FIFA 14 with the device and the chance to compete (in-game) against the Galaxy 11 team.

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