Google, in a continued effort to break stock Android apps out of Android, has just added Email to the Play Store. It's the Email app you know and love from Android, but with a few added features. For the initial Play Store debut, Google has beefed up security (in unspecified ways) for Gmail accounts, improved the account setup flow, added printing to the app, and fixed "other bugs."
T-Mobile has just announced their plans for Uncarrier part 5. The first big move of the T-mo's latest effort to shake up the wireless industry is the announcement of Test-Drive, a service through which users can get an iPhone 5S for seven days to take T-Mobile's "data strong" network for, well, a test drive. There's no down-payment, no charge, no nothing. Just get the device, try out the network, and return it at a store when you're done.
Jeff Bezos took to the stage earlier today to announce Amazon's first entrant into the highly competitive smartphone industry, the Fire Phone. Not only was the presentation loaded with some of the shiny new features of the handset and Fire OS, all meant for the press to disseminate to potential buyers, but there were also a few unusually blunt efforts to attract developers. In the midst of demonstrating Firefly and Dynamic Perspective, portions of the presentation were focused on explaining that developers would be able to extend these platform features in their own apps.
Widely regarded as one of the best terminal clients on Android, JuiceSSH's v1.5 update today doesn't add any new features, it actually does one better: it allows other developers to add new features to the app, via community plugin support.
Plugins in Juice will be able to request custom Android permissions for listing or modifying connections, groups, and group memberships, initiating and interacting with SSH sessions, and to audit plugin interactions.
Google has chosen to keep the on-screen navigation bar simple ever since it was introduced back in Honeycomb. It's changed a little bit over the years, but Xtended NavBar lets you change the way it works without screwing up the UI. When you need you navigation buttons, they're in the usual spot, but you can swipe to access more functions.
Southwest announced back in January that it would begin flying to Mexico and a few destinations in the Caribbean, and its Android app has been updated with just a couple weeks before the July 1st launch of those new international routes. You'll be able to check in, view the status of your flight, and pull up your boarding pass (which now shows the boarding time). Otherwise, same old app, brand-new destination potentials.
Well that didn't take too long. The popular iOS game Boom Beach first hit the Play Store just four days ago, but it was limited to only a couple of countries. Now the title is available for download globally.
Boom Beach comes from the people who developed Clash of Clans, and while this game is different, they share the same genre. Those virtual buttons may look different, but the scenery has changed even more.
Motorola's littlest smartphone is getting a little present today in the form of a custom recovery. There is now an official build of TWRP for this super-low cost smartphone, which will make flashing ZIPs and backing up a breeze.
With all that excitement (sort of) around the announcement of the Fire Phone, you might have forgotten it was update Wednesday. Well Google didn't forget. Google never forgets anything... ever. The Drive app is hitting version 184.108.40.206 today with a few little UI tweaks of note.
Google-colored refresh animation (was plain blue before)
Multi-user switcher now expands in-line instead of opens a drop-down
Doc creation shortcuts at the bottom of the screen in floating bar
The 2013 Nexus 7 is approaching a year old now, but that time has done little to slow this 7-inch slate down. New models are still zippy and more than capable of handling most of what the Play Store has to offer. So when the tablet is available at a discounted price, it's worth pondering whether you or someone you know is in need of such a solid piece of tech.