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Ricoh announces plug-in partner program for Theta V 360-degree 4K camera

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Ricoh's Theta V came out just last summer, bringing 4K 360-degree recording in a diminutive package. At the time, Ricoh announced that the new camera would be able to make use of first-party plug-ins via the companion app. Now the company is expanding things to a larger audience, opening up a new "Plug-in Partner Program" for the Ricoh Theta V. 

Like the existing first-party plugins, the new ones will work via the Android app, allowing third-party developers to create and distribute their own tools for use with the camera.

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Ricoh announces plug-in partner program for Theta V 360-degree 4K camera was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now in effect] Google raises subscription revenue for providers from 70% to 85%, but only for users retained after 12 months

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Last year, there was a rumor that Google was going to follow Apple's footsteps and improve its subscription revenue split with providers by only deducting 15% instead of 30% for distribution and miscellaneous fees. At the timeRecode was optimistic that Google would make the change universal, so that any time a user subscribed to something, the provider would only lose 15% in fees.

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[Update: Now in effect] Google raises subscription revenue for providers from 70% to 85%, but only for users retained after 12 months was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google pauses accessibility app ban while it considers ‘responsible and innovative’ uses of the accessibility services

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Google started contacting developers last month with a bit of an ultimatum: make sure accessibility mode is only used to help disabled users or risk being banned from the Play Store. Android's accessibility services have been used for a great many things over the years, so this change in policy caught many developers off guard. However, Google is now notifying developers that it's pausing the ban as it looks into how apps can make "responsible and innovative" use of accessibility features.

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Google pauses accessibility app ban while it considers 'responsible and innovative' uses of the accessibility services was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google finally bans apps that include shady lock screen ads from the Play Store

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Ads are just a fact of life in mobile apps. You can't completely avoid them, but there are some ad implementations that are so annoying that Google has explicitly disallowed them from the Play Store. Remember Airpush? The current advertising scourge is ad-infused lock screens, which have shown up in previously safe apps like ES File Explorer, Peel, and Hotspot Shield VPN. Google has finally listened to our pleading, and lock screen ads are no longer allowed in the Play Store.

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Google finally bans apps that include shady lock screen ads from the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google launches Poly, a database of 3D objects for app developers

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Google already has some tools to make creating VR and AR content easier, but designing 3D models for apps can still be difficult and time-consuming. Google aims to lessen the hassle with latest newest initiative. Poly is a searchable database of 3D objects and scenes for developers to use in their apps. It has thousands of models, and supports remixing and editing via Google's design tools. Best of all, it's free.

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Google launches Poly, a database of 3D objects for app developers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

How Oreo’s color profiles work on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

This is a guest post from developer Carlos Lopez, also known as ShortFuse. He’s the developer of SuperOneClick and Fusion.

With the Pixel 2's release, it seems many Android fans have their pitchforks in-hand, and it's the display that's the target of their criticism. Owners of the 2 XL have noticed color shifting at an angle or laggy pixel response, which causes a "jelly-like" effect. Another complaint, which will be the focus on this article, is what some have called "muted colors." At first glance, it seems like the Pixel 2 isn’t capable of showing as many colors as other OLED devices, but this isn’t true—the colors are intentionally “muted” and locked via software.

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How Oreo's color profiles work on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google raises subscription revenue for providers from 70% to 85%, but only for users retained after 12 months

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Last year, there was a rumor that Google was going to follow Apple's footsteps and improve its subscription revenue split with providers by only deducting 15% instead of 30% for distribution and miscellaneous fees. At the timeRecode was optimistic that Google would make the change universal, so that any time a user subscribed to something, the provider would only lose 15% in fees.

We didn't hear anything about this until now, thanks to a bunch of changes published on the Google Developers Blog.

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Google raises subscription revenue for providers from 70% to 85%, but only for users retained after 12 months was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Get the new Pixel 2 live wallpapers on any Android device [APK Download]

Monday, October 16th, 2017

If anyone saw our hands-on with the Pixel 2 XL at Google's October 4th event, you may have noticed the phones are rocking some intriguing new live wallpapers. They are obviously intended to be Pixel 2 exclusives, but if there's one thing that you can rely on in the Android developer community, it's that someone out there will be on hand mod an interesting new app and get it working on more devices.

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Get the new Pixel 2 live wallpapers on any Android device [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google partners with Udacity to offer 50,000 new scholarships for aspiring developers

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Grow with Google is the company's educational initiative offering free training and tools to help kickstart the careers of budding developers across the United States. The platform has several partners with which Google works to create learning programs and provide support. One such partner is Udacity, which offers free and paid online courses for a range of different technical disciplines.

Together, Google and Udacity are offering 50,000 new scholarships in the US.

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Google partners with Udacity to offer 50,000 new scholarships for aspiring developers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

New Android Wear 2.0 features can now be delivered through the Play Store, no OTA required

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Android Wear is entering a potentially critical time. Wear 2.0 hasn't been received nearly as well as might have been expected, with many observers understandably worrying for its future. Watches were conspicuously absent from Google's big hardware event last week, and the Google Store site refresh has removed all non-Google products, including LG's recently released Android Wear watches.

Wear fans could use some more good news to add to the recent announcement of the Oreo beta program for the LG Watch Sport, and it looks as though we have exactly that.

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New Android Wear 2.0 features can now be delivered through the Play Store, no OTA required was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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