Google has pushed out an update to the Google Search app, which now means there's also an update to the Google Experience Launcher. We've got the APK for you to install below, and this is looking like a substantial update – it looks like the new (and probably official) name for the Google Experience Launcher is Google Now Launcher.
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Samsung may be preparing to announce the Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress later this month, and one of the features it's sure to detail is an updated version of its S Voice assistant. We saw a few screens of this app leak recently, but now SamMobile has gotten some hands-on time with the app and has the screens to prove it.
Sometimes you need help getting things done, and Basecamp is particularly adept at that. Basecamp is the most popular project management tool on the web (we even use it here at Android Police), but now there's an official Android app with to-dos, discussions, and more. There is much celebration on the team right now.
Basecamp has a mobile web interface, but this app is (thankfully) more than just a web wrapper.
Most games are just about entertainment, but sometimes you can do a little good too. Play to Cure: Genes In Space is a mobile game developed for Cancer Research UK as a way to get people all over the world involved in sorting through real genetic data and help scientists get a handle on the causes of cancer. Also, there are space ships.
In the game, you are collecting Element Alpha, which is a made up thing.
Talon debuted just a few weeks ago and has already become one of the best Twitter clients available on Android. There is even a beta program where the developer is testing out new features with frequent updates. Now that the bugs have been worked out in the beta, version 1.3 has gone live for everyone, and it's packing plenty of new features and improvements.
Samsung's latest and greatest (read: largest) tablets are about to hit the streets, and the noted leaker @evleaks has gotten a peek at the Verizon-branded version of the NotePRO. Before you know it, you'll be taking out a second mortgage on your home to pick up this beaut.
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro for Verizon. pic.twitter.com/BqZkmFY1aV
— @evleaks (@evleaks) February 4, 2014
With the exception of the gigantic LTE logo, this tablet looks more or less like the WiFi device which will be sold for $750-850.
Our ancestors had to actually press buttons on their cameras like Neanderthals, but not us. Oh no, your finger doesn't have to anywhere near the shutter button when you have access to a remote shooting app like the one Fujifilm just released in Google Play. When paired with one of Fujifilm's newer cameras, you can manage all the action from your Android device.
The app allows you to control shooting from the device, which is nice if you want to be in the picture fiddling with your phone instead of behind the camera.
Yes, it's another endless runner. Just hold on a second, though. The Great Martian War is a nice looking game, and the setting is really interesting. The year is 1913 and Earth has been invaded by Martians, War of the Worlds-style. Oh, and the History Channel is involved. Why? Aliens.
You play the role of a lone scout, or chump, as your commanding officers probably say. The goal is to weave through the oncoming waves of Martian invaders without getting blown up or running into anything.
Sticking with the cryptozoological theme, the Ouya folks have released the first console update of 2014 and it's called Jackalope. The update should appear on consoles in short order, and you'll have to update if you want to continue playing. However, that won't be the case next time thanks to that Jackalope magic.
Google made news recently when it announced a cross-licensing deal with Samsung, but it's already moving on to another. The search giant has entered into a second such deal with network management firm Cisco. This might be the start of a pattern.