Andy Rubin, former head of Android, is leaving Google

Andy Rubin, a co-founder of Android and long time employee of Google, is leaving the company. In Android circles Rubin is best known for his time leading the Android devision at Google after being acquired in 2005, only to leave after many years to head up robotics efforts instead.

Rubin is leaving Google to start his own company focused on technology hardware, though Google is still staying committed to robotics after he leaves. James Kuffner, who works in Google's robotics group, will take over Rubin's position.

Source: WSJ








Cut the Rope: Time Travel cruises back to the Industrial Revolution in latest update

Cut the Rope: Time Travel is expanding once again, this time with new levels that take Om Nom back to the Industrial Revolution. Along with a nice new icon indicating that new levels are afoot, you'll be able to dive into the "industrial age" as the 10th available level in the game after this update. The new content is unlockable with 390 stars collected (yes, that's a lot), or you can unlock all of the levels right away with a $3.99 in-app purchase.








Hands-on with the brand new Microsoft Band

Microsoft is in the wearable game and supporting Android. Here's a first look

Last night – in a somewhat bungled outing, no less – Microsoft officially joined the wearable market with the Microsoft Band. More a fitness band with benefits than a smartwatch, the Band is perhaps best compared with the Samsung Gear Fit that launched earlier this year. The big news for us is, is Android support. Through the Microsoft Health app for Android – also for iOS, Mac and Windows – you can pair your Band with your favorite smartphone.

We haven't seen it yet, but our buddy, Daniel Rubino, over at Windows Central sure has, and he's unboxed it and given it a thorough hands-on.








Android Central's Halloween Contest 2014: Share your photos with #LloydOWeen and win!

Android Central's No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween Contest!

We have had a fantastic time with our Halloween Contest the last several years, and we can't wait to see how you guys top it this year! While you're out getting spooky, be sure to snap a photo with your Android device (you can include other mobile gadgets too, but you know... we love Android best). Then Instagram it using hashtag #LloydOWeen. We'll put together all the photos received into a sweet video for the blogs. And beyond that, you can win some awesome prizes for taking part. Full details below!








Todoist now connects your task list to everything with IFTTT

The exemplary task management app Todoist has introduced IFTTT integration today, which means you can do some really cool stuff like have urgent Gmail messages marked as a new task to follow up, or automatically turn your new tasks into calendar items.








Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 30

Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list. For apps, Google Play stuff is at the top, and Amazon App Store sales are at the bottom. Today Amazon's got a great deal on $115-worth of apps now available for free. Definitely check that out.

As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!