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[Hands-On] WhatsApp Goes Material With Cool Animations, FABs, And Lots Of "Purty"

Good things happen when I'm asleep. Or driving. Or offline. It's a fact of life that I have gotten used to. So was the case with WhatsApp's latest update and I woke up today to dozens of email tips (thanks, everyone!) about the new Material Design overhaul the app has received. It's not like all of you were waiting with bated breath for this update, na-ah, or like we had not one, not two, but tens of comments on every article we wrote about WhatsApp in the past months clamoring for a Material makeover.

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Koushik Dutta Teases A Material Redesign Of AllCast's UI


New Play Store Animations Seem To Be Rolling Out To More Users


[Android 5.1 Feature Spotlight] Auto-Rotate Quick Settings Animation Makes Its Return

Despite its appearance on Android One devices, we've had complete radio silence from Google about Android 5.1. Still, as long as it is in the wild, we're going to keep hearing about it. In this case, we have found out that the animation associated with toggling the auto-rotate feature has come back in 5.1 after disappearing in 5.0. Take a look.

This might not exactly change the way you use your Android phone or tablet, but it's nice.

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Nova Launcher Goes Android L With New App Animation, Search Bar, App Drawer Icon, And Folder Preview

There comes a point many, many months after the release of a new version of Android where devoted users just can't quash the desire to get their hands on an even newer version. A preview of Android L is already available for download, but unless you are willing to flash your device and put up with any number of potential bugs, I wouldn't recommend installing it on a phone you actually need to use.

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[New App] Animated Battery Widget Is Perfect For People Who Like Twisty, Spinny, And Other Fancy Movements While Checking Their Battery Percentage

How many times have you thought "you know, this battery widget would be much better if it had some sort of spinning thing around it." or "I would really like to see my remaining battery percentage in the center of a flower."? If you've ever muttered either of the above (or anything similar), the solution to your quandary just landed in the Play Store. It's called Animated Battery Widgets, and if you can't figure out what it is just by reading the name, then I feel sad for you.

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Book Giveaway #12: Win One Of Five Books On Creating Honeycomb Animations Courtesy Of Packt Publishing

Packt Publishing is back again with another new book, and to celebrate, we've teamed up for a giveaway. The book in question is Android 3.0 Animations: Beginners Guide, available now for $41 for a print copy or just $23 for the eBook (or $45 for both).

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Written by Alex Shaw and spanning 304 pages, the book is devoted entirely to what is (sadly) an oft-neglected aspect of Android development: creating and utilizing animations.

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Android Lovers, Meet Awesome Custom Boot Animations

XDA member Dysgenic was apparently unsatisfied with his current Android boot animation - so like any good Android lover, he decided to do something about it. The result: an ever-expanding list of absolutely awesome boot animations. Just take a gander at these two (there are currently 8):

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Installation is essentially comprised of three basic steps: first, download the animation(s). Second, rename the one you're using "" Finally, use ADB to push it and overwrite the existing animation.

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