Google likes to have a laugh from time to time, even though sometimes the jokes are too geeky for non-programmers to grasp. Still, the teapot error page is fun even if you don't get the reference. Go to google.com/teapot and feel free to pour it out. It works best on a phone or tablet.
The world is rife with cloud storage providers who would be happy to hold on to your data so you can share it with others, but you have to give up a little control to keep your files on a server you don't own. BitTorrent's Sync service offers an alternative "cloud-free" solution, and the Android app has just been bumped to v1.4 with a number of new features.
TeamViewer is a go-to tool for users who, well, remote access into things enough to have a go-to tool. The software lets someone in location A beam into a smartphone or tablet running the app in location B. It's the kind of thing enterprise support teams can use to keep their coworkers or clients happy. Likewise, it's what that techy person up the street uses to help out all of their confused family members.
I'm going to keep this short and sweet: Pressy is the worst product I've ever reviewed. I generally find some redeeming quality about even the worst products, but Pressy doesn't have one. It is, without question, complete garbage and a waste of money.
Four members of the Android Police team, myself included, backed Pressy on Kickstarter. Out of the four of us, roughly zero percent likes or uses it. In fact, in a recent poll conducted in the Android Police team chat, 100% of those who backed this project regret doing so.
Your Chromecast can now be a source of dry wit and occasionally entertaining TV shows with the newly added Chromecast support for NPR One and Watch ABC. The NPR app should work on just about every device under the sun, but the ABC app is oddly picky.
Update: An update to the News & Weather app posted yesterday, September 8th, seems to have fixed some of the compatibility errors people have been seeing. At least here in the United States, the app is compatible with every Android 4.0+ device for all of our writers. There doesn't appear to be any other significant update just yet.
Google's News & Weather app, AKA the "Genie" widget (after the APK name), has been more or less unchanged for years.
In a game in which getting a single point is a brain-numbing task of Sisyphean repetition, every little bit helps. So it is with Swing Copters, the second game from the infamous developer of Flappy Bird. The version 1.1 update to the Android release includes "tuning gameplay," reportedly making the back-and-forth motion much easier to predict, and thus lowering the challenge. Well, that's what a lot of players are saying, anyway.
Even if you don't talk on the phone a lot, VoLTE is going to be a thing that you want. Replacing the old 3G standards for voice will mean one less radio always sucking down power in your device when you're in an LTE area. Verizon (as well as other carriers) is already testing VoLTE on some of its devices, and it apparently also intends to build video calling into VoLTE-capable phones as part of its so-called "Advanced Calling 1.0" initiative in the coming weeks.
We love us some cheap external storage here at Android Police, and today Amazon subsidiary Woot has a great deal on a jumbo-sized MicroSD card. The site is offering a 64GB SanDisk Ultra MicroSDXC card, refurbished, for $24.99. That's less than half the retail price of the new card, and a solid 35% off of Amazon's price. This is an ongoing Woot sale, so it won't disappear after today - the price is good until September 1st, or until stock runs out.
Not content to fire back at the competition with just one volley, the company has continued its barrage with two new announcements. For starters, it's opening up family plans from a limit of five to up to ten lines. For most of us, that inherently means we're going to have to look outside of our immediate families to hit the max. It's time to get grandma a smartphone, call up that cheap uncle, and bring in a couple of college-bound cousins.