We're lucky to have capable mobile browsers on Android these days, but the experience of poking around on the web is still flawed in a number of ways. You're often stuck bouncing between two or three redirects because of apps, mobile sites, and link shorteners. Then there's the fundamentally modal experience of only having one thing up on the screen at a time. The result is lots of wasted seconds waiting for links to actually resolve at the final destination.
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.
He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM
The core functionality of IFTTT is simple but powerful – if this certain thing happens, then do this other thing. You can use RSS feed updates, Facebook events, weather, and more as the 'if' part. The response is where things get interesting. There are 72 channels in IFTTT like Evernote, Gmail, Twitter, and more. As of today, Pushbullet is among them.
Assist is one of the core apps that Motorola has dropped into the Play Store, which means it can be updated as needed. It's gotten a few tweaks already, and today another update is rolling out. This time it should make the meeting mode more useful for users with more than one calendar.
The meeting mode in Assist will automatically silence the phone and auto-reply to messages (both optional) when you are in a meeting.
The one-stop zombie-slaying shop known as Dead Trigger 2 has just gotten an update that adds a whole new game mode. If you're always running low on the in-game currency in Dead Trigger 2, maybe the Arena of Death will please you. This is a wave-based game mode where you can take out zombies and earn cash to spend in story mode. But that's not all – arena mode brings a raft of new content with it too.
The folks behind Ouya have been making some changes as of late. There was a more pricey version of the console, then the Ouya Everywhere initiative happened. Now the company has announced it will no longer require all games to have a free demo attached. Be prepared for regular paid content to start popping up in the Ouya store.
You knew it was coming – Quad HD phones are a thing now. Oppo has announced the Find 7 in two versions. There's the Find 7a, which sports a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, and the premium Find 7 with a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) LCD. That works out to 538 pixels per inch, because of course you need that many.
When Google picks a random day to announce a bunch of stuff, it really announces a bunch of stuff. Availability of Play Store devices is expanding yet again to include the Nexus 7 in eight more European countries and the Nexus 5 in four more. [Update: Both devices are now listed for sale in all eight of the new European markets] Want to know which ones? Read on.