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Add a location widget for Google+ contacts

The recent update of Google+ to version 4.2 came with a handful of new features. The primary focus of the update was on photos -- both editing and sharing them -- but the update also added a location widget.

This Google+ Location widget gives you quick access to the whereabouts of friends or family from your Android Home screen. It's also a lot faster than navigating through the Google+ app, which involves: opening the app, going to Locations, opening the list of friends sharing their locations, and then finding the person whose location you want to see.

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Motorola now updating Moto X camera via standalone app

Motorola has pulled the Moto X camera out of the smartphone's firmware, and, in what's becoming somewhat of an industry trend, moved it to the Google Play Store as a standalone application.

The move ensures Motorola issues updates with bug fixes and enhancements in a quicker and more direct manner. No longer bottlenecked by carriers, Motorola will be able to make changes and push them out immediately. According to the Google Play listing, the Motorola Camera starts at v3.1.5 and includes the following features:

Brightened camera viewfinder so it's easier to see Enabled Quick Capture … Read more

Google's $349 Nexus 5 hits today with LTE, KitKat

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google on Thursday took the wraps off the Nexus 5, adding 4G LTE capabilities, camera improvements, and the zippy new KitKat version of Android to its flagship smartphone.

Sundar Pichai, head of Google's Chrome and Android businesses, said the company focused on three themes for Android 4.4, also known as KitKat -- making sure it will work on low-end phones, making it more "beautiful and immersive," and bringing "Google smarts" to the device.

Check out CNET's take on the Nexus 5.

"Our vision for computing is to design Android … Read more

Google has a long list of Android app updates waiting, but why?

When commenting on a Google+ thread earlier today about the timing of the impending release of Google Hangouts for Android, I clicked in the direction of this post on Reddit.

According to the post, though the actual updates and change logs are missing, 16 Google apps have updated since Monday. I was able to download a Google Earth update on my Nexus 4 earlier today, but Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Wallet, and Keep remain unchanged.

So, what's going on here? Well, one logical conclusion could be that the unreleased updates are pending the announcement of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat. … Read more

US Galaxy phones get Android 4.3, Galaxy Gear go-ahead

Samsung made it official on Monday that it's readied an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software update that will let certain US smartphones pair with the company's Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

This announcement dovetails with an earlier statement that Samsung would push out the update on a global scale.

The Premium Suite software package will give the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2 smartphones the enhancements they need to work with the new smartwatch, a $300 accessory that previously only paired with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

An alleged leak of a grid of release datesRead more

Star Apps: Jared Leto

The most coveted phone today (at least for iOS users) is undoubtedly the iPhone 5S gold (I just ordered mine, and it's on three weeks' back order!). The most coveted award in Hollywood today remains that gold-plated Oscar. While actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars front man Jared Leto doesn't have either, that'll certainly change in a few months. I predict a Best Supporting Actor win in his future for his credible, Gotham Independent Film Award-winning portrayal of HIV-positive transgender woman Rayon in "Dallas Buyers Club."

Out November 1 in limited release and November … Read more

Star Apps: Duff McKagan

When consumers said "The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice," they sure weren't talking about apps. With far fewer applications at their fingertips than iOS, Android, and Windows phone users, BlackBerry aficionados, who just can't do away with the much-prized keyboard, are missing out on much of the latest and greatest in mobile software. Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist -- currently with Walking Papers -- Duff McKagan is one of the loyalists who's unwilling to give his device its walking papers.

Speaking of Walking Papers, the rock quartet's self-titled debut … Read more

9 great puzzlers and brain teasers for Android

Pop quiz: you have 15 minutes to spare while you wait for your turn in the dentist's office -- now what? You're already caught up on your Facebook feed and the front page of Reddit looks the same as it did 10 minutes ago. So why not take this opportunity to test your mental mettle?

I've put together a small collection of my favorite puzzle games for Android, many of which are free. While some might be incredibly simple in their premise, they can still challenge that gray matter. And, thanks to features such as achievements and … Read more

Google buys Android optimizer FlexyCore for $23 million

Google has acquired a France-based startup that aims at improving Android's functionality.

French publication L'Expansion reported on Tuesday that Google paid 16.9 million euros ($23.1 million) to acquire FlexyCore. The startup's app DroidBooster, has since been removed from the Google Play store, likely as part of the search giant's buy.

FlexyCore was founded five years ago as a tool to optimize Android's performance for carriers and manufacturers. DroidBooster was designed for consumers who wanted to improve Android's functionality.

Google confirmed the news on Tuesday, telling GigaOm that the FlexyCore team will be &… Read more

AT&T's live U-Verse TV now playing on Android

AT&T U-Verse subscribers can now stream about 20 live TV channels from their Android devices, AT&T announced on Monday.

The carrier first unveiled its live TV stations on October 7, rolling out to iOS devices first.

Now it's ready for AT&T's U-Verse subscribers who use the U-Verse app on select tablets and smartphones.

In addition to the 20 live TV stations you can watch outside the house, you can access all 100 live stations from home.