Sometimes sales point you in the direction of an app or game that you would not have otherwise known about. That's cool, but the best is when something you've been yearning for goes on sale. That's when you pounce and pat yourself on the back for being so patient. Today is quite possibly one of those days.
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A new update to the Google Wallet app is rolling out today to all Android devices running v4.0 or higher. It's not just a maintenance update this time – Google has added a new feature called Orders. Can you guess what it does? Yes, it tracks online orders, but it tracks virtually all your orders, not just those made with Wallet.
Who's that guy? You know the one. He was in that thing... umm, the thing? Better just whip out the IMDB app and make use of it's slick new interface to figure it out. Yes, v4.2 is out of beta so everyone can enjoy the updated look and feel. This app finally feels like a part of Android.
The Humble Mobile Bundle 4 was already really great. Zombie Gunship, Riptide GP2, Badland... I mean, these are games you should have already picked up from Google Play, but you can save money with the bundle. Now the deal is even sweeter with three more games for those who pay more than the average price (currently sitting at $3.69).
For an app people use so heavily, the official Instagram app for Android has been a bit of a UI disaster since it launched back in 2012. It's about to be much better today with the release of version 5.1. The design is cleaner and flatter with a bit of an Android vibe. It's not super-holo, but it's a start.
We've got more choices than ever when it comes to launchers, including Google's own search-infused option. The top third-party launchers have been mostly the same for the last year or two, but Inspire Launcher is a head-turning new option. It's based on the stock Android 4.4 launcher, but it has a GNL vibe with bright colors and some neat features.
Adobe has crammed more features into Photoshop on the desktop than most people will ever use, but you can make use of at least one of the features you're (probably) overlooking with Pixl Preview. This app plugs into Photoshop's remote connection system to act as a second-screen preview of your designs.
Pixl Preview doesn't require any additional software on the desktop side – just open the remote connection menu in Photoshop CS5 or higher and set it up.
Industrial design is becoming increasingly important as the specs of high-end phones start to level out. Sometimes a company can get a little too excited about its design prowess, and that's when things get leaky. That may be the case with ZTE's unannounced Grand S EXT, which has shown up on the Red-Dot 21 design directory.