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Android Central333,465*Note: We're recording a day early this week* The Nexus 5X is shipping, so we figured we'd film ourselves fondling the box for an hour or so.  We'll also answer your questions live on air. And @108233028875375016776 is joining us! See y'all *Thursday*.Android Central Podcast Ep. 259 — Live recording!2015-10-22 20:00:0037  
Motorola Mobility1,436,309Join us for a live Hangout with Jim Wicks, lead designer of Moto 360, Motorola’s new watch powered by Android Wear. During the Hangout, Jim will discuss the design and style features that make Moto 360 unlike any watch on the market today. #Moto360 For more information visit our blog: http://goo.gl/yZ5b2a It’s Time: Meet Moto 3602014-03-19 19:00:006771  
Google+12,243,982The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033721  

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2016-01-19 22:43:02 (50 comments; 47 reshares; 285 +1s)Open 

Nine times out of 10, when someone I know is having unusual performance or battery issues, Facebook is the culprit.

+Russell Holly's proposal here is wise:

(1) Send that app to hell!

(2) Use Facebook via your phone's browser as needed. 

I've been on that same setup for a while now myself and would highly recommend it. Lots gained and little lost, as described at the link below.

Most reshares: 77

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2016-02-08 18:02:17 (11 comments; 77 reshares; 259 +1s)Open 

Google will give you 2GB of free Drive space for doing a 60-second security checkup.

Go do it! (It's worth doing, anyway -- even without the bonus!)

Most plusones: 730

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2016-02-03 20:40:40 (28 comments; 59 reshares; 730 +1s)Open 

There's a troubling message lurking within SwiftKey's sale to Microsoft, and it's one we all need to take some time to consider.

Some food for thought:

Latest 50 posts

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2016-02-10 21:20:17 (13 comments; 7 reshares; 104 +1s)Open 

I often forget that iOS still doesn't let you control your experience in basic ways like this. What year is it, again?

(via http://www.wsj.com/articles/tech-fails-what-annoys-us-most-about-gadgets-and-apps-in-2016-1455128746)

I often forget that iOS still doesn't let you control your experience in basic ways like this. What year is it, again?

(via http://www.wsj.com/articles/tech-fails-what-annoys-us-most-about-gadgets-and-apps-in-2016-1455128746)___

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2016-02-10 15:41:43 (18 comments; 4 reshares; 54 +1s)Open 

Um...what? I'm all for spicing things up (so to speak), but is this something that anyone has actually ever done?

(Presented as part of an argument for why other devices are becoming more effective than smartphones: http://www.newsweek.com/2016/01/15/smartphones-are-getting-outsmarted-and-apps-will-be-next-410358.html)

Um...what? I'm all for spicing things up (so to speak), but is this something that anyone has actually ever done?

(Presented as part of an argument for why other devices are becoming more effective than smartphones: http://www.newsweek.com/2016/01/15/smartphones-are-getting-outsmarted-and-apps-will-be-next-410358.html)___

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2016-02-09 21:02:32 (11 comments; 44 reshares; 213 +1s)Open 

Rubin has a theory that humanity is on the cusp of a new computing age. Just as MS-DOS gave way to Macintosh and Windows, which gave way to the web, which gave way to smartphones, he thinks the forces are in place to begin a decades-long transition to the next great platform: artificial intelligence.

A must-read for anyone interested in Android -- or heck, in technology in general.

Rubin has a theory that humanity is on the cusp of a new computing age. Just as MS-DOS gave way to Macintosh and Windows, which gave way to the web, which gave way to smartphones, he thinks the forces are in place to begin a decades-long transition to the next great platform: artificial intelligence.

A must-read for anyone interested in Android -- or heck, in technology in general.___

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2016-02-09 16:44:46 (4 comments; 9 reshares; 95 +1s)Open 

A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring the talented +Jason Howell!

He's basically the Wolf Blitzer of Android broadcasting, only without the cool beard and hilarious name.

That pretty much sums it up. After many an hour chatting with and watching Jason on +All About Android, I was happy to get the chance to quiz the man behind the mic about how he uses Android in his own day-to-day life.

Here's the result:

A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring the talented +Jason Howell!

He's basically the Wolf Blitzer of Android broadcasting, only without the cool beard and hilarious name.

That pretty much sums it up. After many an hour chatting with and watching Jason on +All About Android, I was happy to get the chance to quiz the man behind the mic about how he uses Android in his own day-to-day life.

Here's the result:___

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2016-02-08 18:02:17 (11 comments; 77 reshares; 259 +1s)Open 

Google will give you 2GB of free Drive space for doing a 60-second security checkup.

Go do it! (It's worth doing, anyway -- even without the bonus!)

Google will give you 2GB of free Drive space for doing a 60-second security checkup.

Go do it! (It's worth doing, anyway -- even without the bonus!)___

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2016-02-08 16:09:02 (42 comments; 12 reshares; 122 +1s)Open 

"Ghosts" aren't the real issue at Google+. Zombies are.

I don't know what the answer is here, or if there even is an easy answer, but man -- the G+ spam/random-gibberish comment problem is getting seriously out of control. Seeing my posts taken over by this crap and then going on a massive block-and-report rampage has become a consistent morning ritual for me (with ongoing smaller block-and-report runs continuing all throughout the day).

I hope someone can figure out a solution to this -- and fast. Most people aren't going to be so patient and persistent about actively dealing with this kind of thing, and seeing this level of nonsense and noise really makes G+ look like a cesspool. 

Given how much genuinely fantastic sharing and discussion actually goes on here, I hate to imagine folks peeking in and then turning right back around because of the... more »

"Ghosts" aren't the real issue at Google+. Zombies are.

I don't know what the answer is here, or if there even is an easy answer, but man -- the G+ spam/random-gibberish comment problem is getting seriously out of control. Seeing my posts taken over by this crap and then going on a massive block-and-report rampage has become a consistent morning ritual for me (with ongoing smaller block-and-report runs continuing all throughout the day).

I hope someone can figure out a solution to this -- and fast. Most people aren't going to be so patient and persistent about actively dealing with this kind of thing, and seeing this level of nonsense and noise really makes G+ look like a cesspool. 

Given how much genuinely fantastic sharing and discussion actually goes on here, I hate to imagine folks peeking in and then turning right back around because of the small but all-too-present minority of virtual graffiti vandals. One way or another, something's gotta give.___

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2016-02-06 20:20:42 (22 comments; 16 reshares; 157 +1s)Open 

I never thought I'd be excited by a toaster, but damn -- this is some cool design work.

I never thought I'd be excited by a toaster, but damn -- this is some cool design work.___

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2016-02-06 17:23:04 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 85 +1s)Open 

The odd handling of reshares is still a serious issue for me (see https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/a4fBqkG8oBs), but this is a big step toward making the new G+ Web preview more usable. Happy to see this added.

G+ Web Preview Special
Since you all asked so nicely, we added another feature to our Google+ Web preview today. Starting to roll out now... a real-time indicator of when there's new posts available in the stream.

Please enjoy and as always, keep sending us your ideas/issues using the Send Feedback menu item.
Thanks~___The odd handling of reshares is still a serious issue for me (see https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/a4fBqkG8oBs), but this is a big step toward making the new G+ Web preview more usable. Happy to see this added.

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2016-02-04 21:58:57 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 106 +1s)Open 

I'm not seeing podcasts in Google Play Music yet, but I did notice something interesting just now...

Look in the menu on the left side of the app. See where it says "Music library"? That same line said "My library" up til today.

Sure seems to line up with everything else we're hearing about podcasts coming into the service any day now, eh? Looks like the path is being paved... 

I'm not seeing podcasts in Google Play Music yet, but I did notice something interesting just now...

Look in the menu on the left side of the app. See where it says "Music library"? That same line said "My library" up til today.

Sure seems to line up with everything else we're hearing about podcasts coming into the service any day now, eh? Looks like the path is being paved... ___

2016-02-04 17:50:04 (22 comments; 1 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

Question of the day: Which is more likely to cause the downfall of civilized society?

1. Public Speakerphone Douche -- the Wrist-Talking Jackass Edition™

2. See image.

Question of the day: Which is more likely to cause the downfall of civilized society?

1. Public Speakerphone Douche -- the Wrist-Talking Jackass Edition™

2. See image.___

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2016-02-04 17:20:27 (21 comments; 10 reshares; 132 +1s)Open 

Hey, look -- Android Wear's Marshmallow update is officially on the way!

Highlights include a few new wrist gestures, spoken command support for a bunch of new messaging apps, and external speaker support for devices that allow it (just the Huawei Watch and ZenWatch 2 as of now).

Yes, that means that with the right device, you'll actually be able to make and receive calls over Bluetooth...for better or for worse (see item #5, the "'Come on -- really?' factor," here: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2988620).

Full info at the link below.

Hey, look -- Android Wear's Marshmallow update is officially on the way!

Highlights include a few new wrist gestures, spoken command support for a bunch of new messaging apps, and external speaker support for devices that allow it (just the Huawei Watch and ZenWatch 2 as of now).

Yes, that means that with the right device, you'll actually be able to make and receive calls over Bluetooth...for better or for worse (see item #5, the "'Come on -- really?' factor," here: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2988620).

Full info at the link below.___

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2016-02-03 20:40:40 (28 comments; 59 reshares; 730 +1s)Open 

There's a troubling message lurking within SwiftKey's sale to Microsoft, and it's one we all need to take some time to consider.

Some food for thought:

There's a troubling message lurking within SwiftKey's sale to Microsoft, and it's one we all need to take some time to consider.

Some food for thought:___

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2016-02-03 15:12:56 (17 comments; 7 reshares; 96 +1s)Open 

Some promising, er, promises from Microsoft and +SwiftKey regarding the future of SwiftKey's Android app...

Plus some hints about Microsoft's underlying goals with the acquisition.

(Yes, it's now officially official: https://blog.swiftkey.com/microsoft-acquires-swiftkey + http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/02/03/microsoft-acquires-swiftkey-in-support-of-re-inventing-productivity-ambition)

Some promising, er, promises from Microsoft and +SwiftKey regarding the future of SwiftKey's Android app...

Plus some hints about Microsoft's underlying goals with the acquisition.

(Yes, it's now officially official: https://blog.swiftkey.com/microsoft-acquires-swiftkey + http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/02/03/microsoft-acquires-swiftkey-in-support-of-re-inventing-productivity-ambition)___

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2016-02-02 23:14:27 (38 comments; 11 reshares; 187 +1s)Open 

Microsoft acquiring SwiftKey?

Not sure I like the sounds of this... :/

(Keep in mind that it's not yet confirmed.)

UPDATE: It's official -- and it sounds like it might maybe be okay? Info here: https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/D6qYCthW2WN

Microsoft acquiring SwiftKey?

Not sure I like the sounds of this... :/

(Keep in mind that it's not yet confirmed.)

UPDATE: It's official -- and it sounds like it might maybe be okay? Info here: https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/D6qYCthW2WN___

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2016-02-02 21:53:59 (23 comments; 49 reshares; 261 +1s)Open 

The "Google Now bathroom mirror" is pretty awesome.

Fingers crossed a selfie function is never added, though. 

The "Google Now bathroom mirror" is pretty awesome.

Fingers crossed a selfie function is never added, though. ___

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2016-02-02 17:40:48 (22 comments; 10 reshares; 118 +1s)Open 

Read. Commit. Pass it on. This sort of silliness doesn't serve any of us well.

Read. Commit. Pass it on. This sort of silliness doesn't serve any of us well.___

2016-02-02 02:07:28 (7 comments; 14 reshares; 103 +1s)Open 

Bad USB-C accessories are no joke, folks.

Hi everyone. The cable reviews are going to slow down a little bit due to an incident that happened with one cable...

A cable managed to destroy my test equipment, including my $1499 Pixel 2. I've done an analysis of the failure, and it's a really bad mistake they made.

Needless to say, I am very unhappy, and this is going to affect how quickly I get through cables and other accessories in the short term since my computer is dead.

#USBC  ___Bad USB-C accessories are no joke, folks.

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2016-02-01 19:29:36 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 72 +1s)Open 

I wonder how often calls for Google Fiber get routed to the Fi team by mistake.

"Yes, I'm trying to reach someone from Fi--"

"PLEASE HOLD"

I wonder how often calls for Google Fiber get routed to the Fi team by mistake.

"Yes, I'm trying to reach someone from Fi--"

"PLEASE HOLD"___

2016-01-30 16:12:53 (32 comments; 0 reshares; 51 +1s)Open 

Question: Does anyone know of a way to check the expiration date of one's Google Play balance (i.e. credits)?

I know I've found a way to do it before but can't for the life of me find it again. Did it randomly disappear, or am I just missing it now?

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who weighed in. See the final comment on this post for the resolution!

Question: Does anyone know of a way to check the expiration date of one's Google Play balance (i.e. credits)?

I know I've found a way to do it before but can't for the life of me find it again. Did it randomly disappear, or am I just missing it now?

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who weighed in. See the final comment on this post for the resolution!___

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2016-01-28 17:38:08 (24 comments; 21 reshares; 174 +1s)Open 

DROP EVERYTHING AND RUN! Actually, don't. An important reminder (and one worth resharing).

DROP EVERYTHING AND RUN! Actually, don't. An important reminder (and one worth resharing).___

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2016-01-26 18:09:28 (48 comments; 20 reshares; 123 +1s)Open 

Keep's come a long way -- but it's still lacking a handful of surprisingly foundational features.

See if you agree:

Keep's come a long way -- but it's still lacking a handful of surprisingly foundational features.

See if you agree:___

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2016-01-21 17:04:55 (24 comments; 13 reshares; 108 +1s)Open 

My phone's battery life was strangely subpar. Turns out it was kinda my fault. Learn from my mistake:

My phone's battery life was strangely subpar. Turns out it was kinda my fault. Learn from my mistake:___

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2016-01-19 22:43:02 (50 comments; 47 reshares; 285 +1s)Open 

Nine times out of 10, when someone I know is having unusual performance or battery issues, Facebook is the culprit.

+Russell Holly's proposal here is wise:

(1) Send that app to hell!

(2) Use Facebook via your phone's browser as needed. 

I've been on that same setup for a while now myself and would highly recommend it. Lots gained and little lost, as described at the link below.

Nine times out of 10, when someone I know is having unusual performance or battery issues, Facebook is the culprit.

+Russell Holly's proposal here is wise:

(1) Send that app to hell!

(2) Use Facebook via your phone's browser as needed. 

I've been on that same setup for a while now myself and would highly recommend it. Lots gained and little lost, as described at the link below.___

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2016-01-19 20:31:03 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Currently leading the race for "Most Unfortunate Convention Acronym"...

Currently leading the race for "Most Unfortunate Convention Acronym"...___

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2016-01-19 17:08:52 (23 comments; 12 reshares; 167 +1s)Open 

A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring... wait a minute... this jerk?!

After asking so many people to share how they use Android in their own lives, I figured it was only right to start the new year by stepping into the hot seat myself.

So here it is: Everything you've always wanted to know about how I use Android -- including a detailed peek inside my obsessively organized home screen setup.

A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring... wait a minute... this jerk?!

After asking so many people to share how they use Android in their own lives, I figured it was only right to start the new year by stepping into the hot seat myself.

So here it is: Everything you've always wanted to know about how I use Android -- including a detailed peek inside my obsessively organized home screen setup.___

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2016-01-18 16:34:05 (9 comments; 4 reshares; 114 +1s)Open 

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, +Trulia, but I think you might misunderstand the purpose of providing three options.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, +Trulia, but I think you might misunderstand the purpose of providing three options.___

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2016-01-14 16:51:10 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Ah, the fine line between tragedy and comedy...

(With apologies to Jack Handey.) 

Ah, the fine line between tragedy and comedy...

(With apologies to Jack Handey.) ___

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2016-01-12 19:20:33 (29 comments; 38 reshares; 424 +1s)Open 

Everything about Google I/O being at Shoreline this year just seems odd. 

The remote, non-walking-friendly and transportation-challenged (plus hotel-limited) location...

The fact that the conference is being held in an outdoor concert arena (?!) instead of a conference-ready convention center...

Not sure what's going on or what Google has in mind here, but damn. This is just flat-out weird.

Maybe we'll be enlightened soon.

[https://plus.google.com/+SundarPichai/posts/Gi7EcHRTrNc]

Everything about Google I/O being at Shoreline this year just seems odd. 

The remote, non-walking-friendly and transportation-challenged (plus hotel-limited) location...

The fact that the conference is being held in an outdoor concert arena (?!) instead of a conference-ready convention center...

Not sure what's going on or what Google has in mind here, but damn. This is just flat-out weird.

Maybe we'll be enlightened soon.

[https://plus.google.com/+SundarPichai/posts/Gi7EcHRTrNc]___

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2016-01-12 17:16:14 (14 comments; 10 reshares; 87 +1s)Open 

Some fun stuff to explore once you have Marshmallow on your phone or tablet -- now, next week, whenever!

Some fun stuff to explore once you have Marshmallow on your phone or tablet -- now, next week, whenever!___

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2016-01-12 15:05:06 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 55 +1s)Open 

Wow: +Computerworld interviewed David Bowie in 1999, and he had some spot-on predictions about the future of the Web. 

(Note to my editors: I'd officially like to get on the "interviewing awesome rock stars" beat. Time to bring that back, don't ya think?!)

Wow: +Computerworld interviewed David Bowie in 1999, and he had some spot-on predictions about the future of the Web. 

(Note to my editors: I'd officially like to get on the "interviewing awesome rock stars" beat. Time to bring that back, don't ya think?!)___

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2016-01-11 21:45:12 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 75 +1s)Open 

Just caught myself typing "app by ass" when I meant "app by app."

"App by ass" would probably make for far more interesting material.

(I'm not entirely sure what it means, either -- but I'd almost certainly click on a headline to find out.)

Just caught myself typing "app by ass" when I meant "app by app."

"App by ass" would probably make for far more interesting material.

(I'm not entirely sure what it means, either -- but I'd almost certainly click on a headline to find out.)___

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2016-01-07 17:06:14 (27 comments; 19 reshares; 164 +1s)Open 

Someone had to say it. And in all seriousness, there's real cause for concern here.

Someone had to say it. And in all seriousness, there's real cause for concern here.___

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2016-01-05 17:00:29 (5 comments; 16 reshares; 187 +1s)Open 

Some excellent (and very achievable) goals. Read 'em and commit!

Some excellent (and very achievable) goals. Read 'em and commit!___

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2016-01-05 15:21:23 (10 comments; 12 reshares; 131 +1s)Open 

In the future, we'll all look like mashups of Bane and Daredevil.

(Translation: Don't mess with +Phil Nickinson.)

[http://www.androidcentral.com/htcs-next-gen-vive-pre-brings-dark-knight-and-matrix-virtual-reality]

In the future, we'll all look like mashups of Bane and Daredevil.

(Translation: Don't mess with +Phil Nickinson.)

[http://www.androidcentral.com/htcs-next-gen-vive-pre-brings-dark-knight-and-matrix-virtual-reality]___

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2016-01-04 21:09:40 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Some valuable knowledge from the founders of failed startups.

(You don't have to be a CEO to learn from their mistakes.)

Some valuable knowledge from the founders of failed startups.

(You don't have to be a CEO to learn from their mistakes.)___

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2016-01-04 19:36:29 (21 comments; 7 reshares; 76 +1s)Open 

I had a very special assistant for this story. 

(Not the kind of review you're used to seeing from me...)

I had a very special assistant for this story. 

(Not the kind of review you're used to seeing from me...)___

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2016-01-04 16:24:48 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 188 +1s)Open 

We keep telling her she can't have one until she's older, but the girl just won't listen. 

Happy New Year, everyone! 2016's gonna be a good one.

We keep telling her she can't have one until she's older, but the girl just won't listen. 

Happy New Year, everyone! 2016's gonna be a good one.___

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2015-12-22 02:36:16 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 84 +1s)Open 

There are very few apps with which I get genuinely excited every time a new update appears. Action Launcher is one of them.

Thanks, +Chris Lacy​!

Action Launcher's December 2015 update is OUT NOW

Grab it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.actionlauncher.playstore

The headline feature is Quickedit, a new interface for editing shortcuts. Quickedit is a bottom sheet panel that is used for quickly editing a shortcut's label, uninstalling, etc. Where it really shines is how it offers suggestions for icon alternatives based on the icon packs on your device. Obviously not everyone has icon packs installed, so there's handy shortcuts to use Google Photos, Dropbox, etc., or jump to the store. By using the double-tap to apply, you can change icons on a bunch of apps in a few seconds (evidenced in the promo video).

Also in this update:
• Smartsize icons (Beta): icons automatically resize to fit in the Material Design icon grid.
• Bundled Google Calendar icons that display the correct day for each day of the month.
• A bundled Marshmallow icon pack (handy when on non-Nexus devices).
• Support for Marshmallow's permission system.
• Support for Marshmallow's 'reveal' app launch anim (requires Marshmallow).
• Completely overhauled icon picker.
• Image crop functionality.
• The free version of the app can now apply icon packs.
• Introduction of Supporter pack, allowing people who have long-since purchased the app the option of making another purchase.
• A boatload of bug fixes.

That Play Store link again: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.actionlauncher.playstore
Promo assets: http://imgur.com/a/T4D3T___There are very few apps with which I get genuinely excited every time a new update appears. Action Launcher is one of them.

Thanks, +Chris Lacy​!

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2015-12-18 17:15:15 (7 comments; 11 reshares; 81 +1s)Open 

I put together a list of some of my favorite tips, tricks, and buying advice from the past year. From Android to Chrome and general Google services, this guide's got plenty of stuff to keep you busy over the holiday break.

Save it now and have it ready when you need it. Happy holidays, everyone!

I put together a list of some of my favorite tips, tricks, and buying advice from the past year. From Android to Chrome and general Google services, this guide's got plenty of stuff to keep you busy over the holiday break.

Save it now and have it ready when you need it. Happy holidays, everyone!___

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2015-12-17 17:01:29 (7 comments; 23 reshares; 95 +1s)Open 

Whether you're an amateur or an expert, this simple 10-step checkup is well worth doing:

Whether you're an amateur or an expert, this simple 10-step checkup is well worth doing:___

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2015-12-16 21:26:42 (42 comments; 9 reshares; 155 +1s)Open 

I keep trying to force myself to use the new G+ Web preview -- but while it's certainly getting better with time, I still can't use it for more than a few minutes without having to switch back.

The most problematic lingering issues for me are:

(1) The fact that text from an original post is not prominently visible (or easily accessible) in the stream as part of a reshare. This causes important context to be hidden and consequently makes many reshares meaningless or confusing.

(2) The fact that there's no easy way to load new posts or even know when new posts are available. I get that you can click the Google+ logo at the top to refresh the page, but I don't want to just arbitrarily do that every x minutes to see if anything fresh shows up. And even when I do click that logo, instead of new posts simply appearing on the page in a way that clearly indicates... more »

I keep trying to force myself to use the new G+ Web preview -- but while it's certainly getting better with time, I still can't use it for more than a few minutes without having to switch back.

The most problematic lingering issues for me are:

(1) The fact that text from an original post is not prominently visible (or easily accessible) in the stream as part of a reshare. This causes important context to be hidden and consequently makes many reshares meaningless or confusing.

(2) The fact that there's no easy way to load new posts or even know when new posts are available. I get that you can click the Google+ logo at the top to refresh the page, but I don't want to just arbitrarily do that every x minutes to see if anything fresh shows up. And even when I do click that logo, instead of new posts simply appearing on the page in a way that clearly indicates they're new, the whole content area blanks out and then repopulates -- which is confusing enough -- and much of the time, the same posts that were present before then just reappear in a somewhat shuffled order, which is even more disorienting.

There are other niggling issues -- like the fact that the seemingly top-level command for +1'ing a comment is now hidden in an overflow menu, the fact that adding an image to a post is far more complicated and cumbersome than it used to be, or the fact that the "read more" indicator for a truncated post is oddly inconsistent (sometimes an almost unnoticeable tiny black ellipsis at the start of a new line, other times a giant blue ellipsis at the end of a line of text -- the latter of which sometimes also appears when a post isn't actually truncated) -- but I feel like I could live with those quirks, even if they do make the overall user experience less intuitive and pleasant. 

The two items above, though, are simply intolerable for me and keep me clicking back to G+ Classic every time I use the new UI for more than a couple of minutes.

Every time I do that, I can't help but think about something +Artem Russakovskii said shortly after the new UI debuted: "Sure, yeah, it's very light. But that's sort of like saying Android gets better battery if you put it into airplane mode."

In all fairness, this work in progress does appear to be evolving fairly quickly. I'm choosing to remain optimistic and hope these things will be addressed and that the new UI will become more usable before any mandatory rollout takes place. 

It pretty much has to, right? 

[cc: +Luke Wroblewski]___

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2015-12-16 19:28:05 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

Hey, I just remembered this post of mine from 2013. Sweet! I think I've got this whole "analyst" thing figured out. 

Ahem:

My initial assessment was correct; the timeline for release was simply delayed due to ongoing internal testing. And while Google itself did not release a smartwatch, it partnered with third-party manufacturers to create hardware for its platform, which is what we had actually anticipated all along.

LOOK, MA! I IS ANALYST!!! Watch out, Munster. I'm coming for your job.

This Gene Munster guy is hilarious.

Every few months, he confidently announces that Apple is about to release its own TV:

• Early 2011: https://twitter.com/genemunster/status/10509759979454464
• Or maybe sometime in 2012: http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-tv-details-gene-munster-2011-11
• Actually, make that "late" 2012: http://www.businessinsider.com/gene-munster-apple-could-announce-new-tv-this-december-2012-5
• Just kidding -- I meant 2013: https://twitter.com/genemunster/statuses/270901641828524034
• Ahem -- Q3 2013: https://twitter.com/genemunster/status/303935430938726400
• Um, "late" 2013: http://www.businessinsider.com/no-apple-tv-until-november-2013-says-analyst-gene-munster-2012-11
• Who said 2013? It's 2014: http://www.valuewalk.com/2013/09/gene-munster-apple-inc-aapl-tv/

...and yet, every time he puts out some new random prediction, we see a fresh wave of headlines proclaiming "APPLE TV IS COMING FOR REAL THIS TIME, ANALYST SAYS!!"

Maybe I should get on this bandwagon. You just take a product you know a company is at least broadly investigating and then say it's gonna come out in the near future, right? 

Let's see...Google is going to release a smartwatch sometime in 2013. You heard it here first, folks.

Man, I'm totally gonna look like a genius soon. GO ANALYSTS!

Note: This prediction will be updated and pushed back every three to six months while making it sound like I knew what was happening the entire time.___Hey, I just remembered this post of mine from 2013. Sweet! I think I've got this whole "analyst" thing figured out. 

Ahem:

My initial assessment was correct; the timeline for release was simply delayed due to ongoing internal testing. And while Google itself did not release a smartwatch, it partnered with third-party manufacturers to create hardware for its platform, which is what we had actually anticipated all along.

LOOK, MA! I IS ANALYST!!! Watch out, Munster. I'm coming for your job.

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2015-12-16 16:53:21 (26 comments; 15 reshares; 184 +1s)Open 

One final Chromebook to consider before 2015 is over -- and it's one that shouldn't be ignored:

One final Chromebook to consider before 2015 is over -- and it's one that shouldn't be ignored:___

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2015-12-15 18:58:34 (15 comments; 12 reshares; 95 +1s)Open 

Project Fi just announced a new service option for data-only devices (like tablets with SIM card slots): $10/GB, with no minimums or extra fees and charges only for the data you actually use.

Things are starting to get interesting...

(Note that you do also have to have active phone service with Project Fi in order to be eligible for this: https://support.google.com/fi/answer/6330195)

Project Fi just announced a new service option for data-only devices (like tablets with SIM card slots): $10/GB, with no minimums or extra fees and charges only for the data you actually use.

Things are starting to get interesting...

(Note that you do also have to have active phone service with Project Fi in order to be eligible for this: https://support.google.com/fi/answer/6330195)___

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2015-12-15 17:06:47 (3 comments; 22 reshares; 166 +1s)Open 

A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring Mr. +Benson Leung!

As a Google engineer, Benson's helped make numerous Chrome OS and Android devices work. And as the Internet's resident USB-C vigilante, he's made it his mission to keep accessory-makers from screwing you over with subpar products that put your devices in danger.

Benson agreed to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to chat about his own Android-using habits -- the devices and apps he relies on, how he sets up his home screens, and how he uses Google's various platforms together in harmony.

This is a good one, gang. Check it out:

A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring Mr. +Benson Leung!

As a Google engineer, Benson's helped make numerous Chrome OS and Android devices work. And as the Internet's resident USB-C vigilante, he's made it his mission to keep accessory-makers from screwing you over with subpar products that put your devices in danger.

Benson agreed to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to chat about his own Android-using habits -- the devices and apps he relies on, how he sets up his home screens, and how he uses Google's various platforms together in harmony.

This is a good one, gang. Check it out:___

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2015-12-14 19:20:13 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 107 +1s)Open 

Got my hands on a second Project Fi Lego kit this weekend. The result: a cool phone-holder/cable-tidy combo for my desk.

(The second kit was technically for my wife's Fi account, but she was kind enough to let me claim it. Part of the benefits of being the biggest geek in the house, I guess.)

Got my hands on a second Project Fi Lego kit this weekend. The result: a cool phone-holder/cable-tidy combo for my desk.

(The second kit was technically for my wife's Fi account, but she was kind enough to let me claim it. Part of the benefits of being the biggest geek in the house, I guess.)___

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2015-12-14 17:17:56 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 85 +1s)Open 

A couple of pretty nifty new additions to +Inbox by Gmail's travel organizing feature. Getting closer and closer to bidding TripIt adieu and relying solely on this...

Reliable flight change notifications (that actually pop up and demand my attention) and easy on-the-fly rebooking are about all that's keeping me with TripIt at this point. Probably only a matter of time until Google steps things up in those departments.

A couple of pretty nifty new additions to +Inbox by Gmail's travel organizing feature. Getting closer and closer to bidding TripIt adieu and relying solely on this...

Reliable flight change notifications (that actually pop up and demand my attention) and easy on-the-fly rebooking are about all that's keeping me with TripIt at this point. Probably only a matter of time until Google steps things up in those departments.___

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2015-12-11 19:08:59 (37 comments; 5 reshares; 166 +1s)Open 

Google's offering free Star Wars-themed Cardboard viewers right now. No catch. Even free shipping. Get it!

Google's offering free Star Wars-themed Cardboard viewers right now. No catch. Even free shipping. Get it!___

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2015-12-11 17:01:09 (20 comments; 13 reshares; 201 +1s)Open 

Thinking about getting a Chromebook -- or know someone who is? I just published a newly updated list of my case-by-case recommendations.

Check it out and/or share the link with someone who needs it:

Thinking about getting a Chromebook -- or know someone who is? I just published a newly updated list of my case-by-case recommendations.

Check it out and/or share the link with someone who needs it:___

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2015-12-10 17:39:49 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 94 +1s)Open 

Three for three as of today. A happy Festivus to all!

1. http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2015/12/google-play-music-now-playing-for-your.html
2. https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/12/shared-memories-made-easy-with-google.html
3. http://chrome.blogspot.com/2015/12/even-more-to-love-about-chromecast-audio.html

28 days left in December. Here's hoping Google still delivers on these "before the end of 2015" promises...

1. A new $15/mo. six-user family plan for Google Play Music
2. The launch of shared album management for Google Photos
3. A software update that enables Sonos-like multiroom streaming for Chromecast Audio 

There's still time for all of it to happen on schedule. Come on, Google -- you can do it!

(Original source: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2987526)___Three for three as of today. A happy Festivus to all!

1. http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2015/12/google-play-music-now-playing-for-your.html
2. https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/12/shared-memories-made-easy-with-google.html
3. http://chrome.blogspot.com/2015/12/even-more-to-love-about-chromecast-audio.html

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