Apps with tens of millions of users tend to either spend a lot of time and effort conforming to Android's visual standards... or spend none at all, considering their own cross-platform UI more important. Dropbox has tended to fall into the former category, but it's taken them a while to get on board with the Material Design standards introduced with Android 5.0. That changes today: version 188.8.131.52 adds a new UI that follows the Material Design playbook. For the most part, anyway.
Old interface above, new below.
The app opens up to your root Dropbox folder, and the tabbed interface is gone - if you want to look at your files in the Photos or Favorites view, you'll have to open the side menu. Read More
Google keeps patiently improving the ecosystem surrounding the Chromecast and its various software tie-ins. But the latest trick is casting not to a gadget or screen, but to a conversation. At least some users are now able to cast tabs to a video Hangouts session, allowing the recipient to watch the video (or whatever else you've got in that tab) without a cumbersome link. It doesn't seem to be live for everyone, but check out your Chromecast extension if you'd like to try it out.
The system seems to prefer an active conversation. It won't let you cast to a Hangouts conversation that only includes you, for example, and it won't go for a Hangout which someone has opened but not yet joined. Read More
NVIDIA promised a 5.1 update for the Shield tablet would hit devices this month, and it looks like the company is making good. We've got numerous tips that say the update is available right now on the WiFi tablet. Head to the settings and grab it at your earliest convenience.
T-Mobile is getting in on the Memorial Day sale action with a pretty sweet promotion for customers looking to pick up a new Samsung S6 or S6 Edge. During this weekend only, the Magenta Mavericks will double your storage for free, meaning you can get a 128GB phone for the price of a 64GB one, or the 64GB option for the price of a 32GB device. That's a savings of $80-100 and a pretty solid promotion.
There are a couple of other details worth noting. The sale price is good for all customers, both pre and post paid, though financing is obviously only available for the later group. Read More
SlickWraps is a company that makes, well, slick wraps for most mainstream smart phones and a multitude of other gadgets. Everything on their site this weekend is 50% off for Memorial Day, making this a great time to skin your phone.
The wraps offer a minimal amount of protection in addition to some sweet customization options to personalize your device. The adhesive sheets come in a wide array of styles and colors including exotic prints mimicking carbon fiber, wood grain, leather, metal, glitter, and more. Sure, a wrap isn't a true substitute for the authentic premium materials found on some newer Motorolas and the G4, but it comes at a fraction of the price of paying for those upgrades. Read More
Here's the problem with Android Wear. Although my G Watch R is always with me, notifying me and taking my commands, controlling it with anything but voice seems a tad cumbersome. You can realistically hold and interact with a phone using one hand, but you can't with a watch. You need both hands, which, if you ask me, feels like a step backwards sometimes. If my right hand is in my pocket, or holding something, steering, mixing a batch of cake filling, typing, grocery shopping, brushing my teeth, climbing a mountain, squeezing a lemon, or otherwise occupied, I have to interrupt whatever it is doing and bring it together with my left wrist to take care of a new notification on my watch. Read More
There's little doubt in anyone's mind that Microsoft has been marching forward with its cross-platform strategy over the past months. The company has been releasing more and more apps for Android and iOS, trying to spread its wings beyond its own operating systems and grab a few users across the pond. While some of these apps are the serious productive tools that we expect from Redmond, others have been quirky, experimental, and sometimes even wtf-worthy. That's not the case with OneClip. It's interesting, useful, and in line with Microsoft's OneDrive and OneNote efforts.
The service is still in beta and hasn't been officially announced. Read More