It's new logo day at Google, and that means your favorite apps are getting a few icon tweaks. Several of Google's apps had the little 'g' somewhere, but that's no longer part of the logo. Now it's all about the big G, and Google is already updating icons on the web to reflect that.
Hey, remember those many moons ago when ES File Explorer, one of the more popular file managers on Android, released a Material Design user interface update? You should, because it was exactly one moon ago, back at the beginning of August. After a relatively quick closed beta session (which Android Police apparently spoiled by writing a story about a pre-release version uploaded to APK Mirror - sorry), the update is now live in the Play Store as app version 4.0.2. Go download it.
Google's new logo is just the beginning. Naturally, given how many of the company's apps populate most of our Android devices, the change affects the experience we'll have on our smartphones and tablets. Google's new branding will obviously appear when you access the search engine in a mobile browser, but that's just the beginning. The changes are also finding their way into Android's dedicated Search app and Google Now cards.
Instagram Direct has been the only way to privately share images and have conversations on the Facebook-owned picture-based social network for a couple of years now. The thing is, every time you want to share a new image privately, you have to start a new thread - even if you want to share something with another user you're already actively having a conversation with.
Today's update brings about a pretty big shift in the way Direct works, as it will be much more dynamic moving forward. Direct messages will now work as threaded, in-line conversations (you know, the way they should be), and new images can be quickly and easily added on-the-fly.
Google has changed in unforeseeable ways since 1998, but it's logo has remained large the same. Things get smoother here, bolder there. Designers have tweaked the font and the shapes of letters, but we're always treated to the same six letters in the same four colors.
Today Google is continuing that tradition with its latest logo, though it has hit a new extreme. Letters are now completely flat. The front has gone sans-serif. It's simple and easier to picture on a gadget than in print.
This isn't just about a new typeface to throw on the main website or on the side of boxes.
Do you want a killer discount on a Galaxy S6, and do you also happen to be in the market for a new T-Mobile phone? Then today is a good day to be you. The carrier is offering $80 off of any T-Mo version of the Galaxy S5or Galaxy S6 with the checkout coupon "DEAL80OFF" (that's eight, zero, capital O, capital F, capital F). If you use the coupon with a Galaxy S6 you get a free car charger too, but we didn't have enough room to fit that in the headline.
CyanogenMod has changed a lot over the years, but we're still seeing custom ROMs pumped out. The 12.1 release is the latest one to go stable. It offers users the ability to run Android 5.1.1, IMAP idle support, and SDK v1.
CyanogenMod has also pushed out new stable builds for versions 11.0 and 12.0. These are security releases that address a number of security issues, including Stagefright. Get the update not for new features but to make sure that your phone or tablet is safe.
Builds are only available for devices where maintainers have marked builds as 'Good to go.' So if the gadget you're holding isn't yet on the list, you will have to be patient or opt to install one of the pre-release builds instead.
When I was looking at local music players on Android for my roundup, I tried to find an app that would analyze your songs' BPM and let you create playlists accordingly, but couldn't land on one that did the job well. Both DjRun and RockMyRun use BPM to build their playlists, but they are geared toward running and active lifestyles. What if you just wanted slow mellow songs to chill to? Or fast uptempo music to ease your homework struggle? There didn't seem to be an alternative that fit the bill quite well, until Splyce came along today.
We've been waiting for Motorola to announce a timeline for the new Moto X after previously deleting multiple mentions of a September 3rd date. We still don't have a final release date, but you'll be able to give Motorola your money tomorrow, September 2nd. That's when pre-orders go live in the US.