We're all looking forward to Google I/O. Some of us frequently check the official website to count the days until registrations are open, so we are familiar with the cool font and animations used for the event's hashtag and countdown. They're all about Material Design — layers, colors, shadows, FABs, and all the design elements that have populated our conscious and subconscious dreams for the past months.
Now you can count the time until I/O more accurately and with the same style, thanks to this IO 2015 Watch Face.
With Lollipop 5.0, most of the Contacts app graduated to a slick new experience inspired by material, but for some reason the contact creation/editing screens clung to old holo paradigms.
The newly tweaked editing layout in Android 5.1 makes a decidedly more thoughtful use of horizontal lines and adheres to material design's standard keylines (at 16 and 72dp) making for a cleaner, clearer interface with helpful iconography highlighting each type of field.
For Android fans, Google's corporate head quarters in Mountain View has taken on the mythical status of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. But for all the cool stuff that comes out of it, the Googleplex is essentially just a collection of big office buildings, no more or less interesting than any of the wide office parks in that part of California. Google is preparing to build a new campus, and its current proposal to the city council shows off a series of buildings that aren't quite like anything else in the world.
The most striking part of the proposal is the huge translucent covering that wraps around the Google spaces, creating an effect somewhere between an enormous circus tent and greenhouse.
Madfinger Games has a new first-person shooter in the works that's all about shooting zombies, and no, it isn't Dead Trigger 3. This game, due to come out this June, goes by the name of Unkilled.
It may seem weird for a company that already has released not one but two popular zombie-based first-person shooters to kick off another franchise that is also about mindless flesh eaters, but hey, maybe there's some creative way to utilize the undead that has yet to be explored. In Dead Trigger 3Unkilled, players will get a firsthand look at what it's like to survive a zombie apocalypse in the middle of New York City— okay, no, we've done this before.
When the time came to unveil its second generation smartwatch, Pebble returned to the crowdfunding site where everything began. Setting the bar low, the company only wanted $500,000 to call the Pebble Time project, the name of its new watch, a success. Within half an hour, it had already reached a million dollars. Now the project sits over $10.5 million with 29 days left to go.
Pebble played it smart with this campaign. Without having to part with a single device, the company has already attracted millions in funding and stirred up plenty of anticipation. Nearly 50,000 people have thrown money at the project thus far.
So you want to spin some virtual turntables, but you don't have five bucks for djay 2? No problem, there's a free version of the app now courtesy of Algoriddim. You won't get all the goodies available in the full version, but it's a good way to try the app out and see if you're any good at it.
Ever wish your Android Wear device did more things? If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, you can make almost anything happen with AutoWear. It's the latest Tasker plug-in from joaomgcd, maker of popular Tasker projects like AutoRemote and AutoVoice. I hope he makes an Android Auto plugin called AutoAuto.
Wanted: one wizard with experience repelling invading armies by drawing shapes in the air. Must provide own wizard robe and be okay with light in-app purchases. If this sounds like you, there's a game you should play called Magic Touch: Wizard for Hire.
Overkill 3 has been in development for a while now, including an Android beta test over the last few months. Now the game is officially out and ready to be played on your device of choice. It has explosions, shooting, and invisible guns. Wait, what?
Hitting the slopes already comes with a fairly high wow factor, but RideOn wants to make things even more impressive with its crowd-funded augmented reality goggles for skiing and snowboarding. The project, which started on January 20th, has managed to reach its $75,000 fixed funding goal on Indiegogo.
RideOn's goggles project a virtual interface on top of the snow, appearing as though things are hovering fifteen feet in front of you. The product can produce hoops for you to swoop through or a map to keep you from getting lost. Just don't use the latter while you're speeding downhill.
Wearers navigate the interface by looking up and focusing on a UI element for a brief moment.