This is it, folks. This is the version of Play Services that will be running on our phones and tablets when Google I/O 2015 kicks off in just 6 days. There are things in here that will certainly make the keynote, so if you don't want any spoilers, close this page immediately! There's no point in beating around the bush when we've got so much to talk about, so let's get to the good stuff. Read More
Writing great, high-quality software is hard work. No matter how well we know a platform or how long we spend on code, there are bound to be bugs. Memory leaks are among the most common problems, and they can be particularly disruptive on mobile devices. Square set out to make memory leaks easier to track down and fix with a new library called LeakCanary. It makes leak detection almost automatic and presents results in both logcat and an easy-to-read interface. Read More
If you had eagerly waited for Project Fi's announcement and requested an invite as soon as they were public, you've likely been sitting over the past weeks tapping your foot impatiently and anticipating that acceptance email to hit your inbox so you can free yourself from the shackles of your operator.
The wait might be longer than expected though. An email is being sent to those who requested invites letting them know that due to the service's high-demand, invites might take until mid-summer to go out to everyone, but that there'll soon be an online tracker for checking the status of your request. Read More
As he is wont to do, Artem likes to grumble on Google+ about various apps, services, devices, and things that don't work as perfectly as he expects them to. His latest bout of complaints hit Inbox, Google's recent effort to modernize and simplify email management, and addressed the lack of Mark as unread, labels, signatures, and an easy way to trash items. If you've ever received an email from the man, you'd know he loves his "Sincerely, Artem" signature, which might come after a friendly request, a question, a thanks, or a command to fix something in an article as fast as (and preferably faster than) your fingers can type and click. Read More
Adobe brought the stripped down Photoshop experience to Android tablets back in 2011, and added a version for phones in 2013. In a blog post today, the company says the all-in-one approach doesn't make as much sense. Therefore, Adobe will be releasing three new "capture" apps called Color CC, Brush CC, and Shape CC. The classic Photoshop Touch apps are being discontinued and will be pulled from the Play Store on May 28th. Read More
The latest beta update for Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service includes two significant feature additions. The first is the presence of a watchface for your Android Wear device and the other headliner is a built-in PDF viewer, which is well overdue since competitors Google Drive and Dropbox have had the function for quite a while now.
I have to say I was pretty surprised to get a notification after updating the app that told me to try out the OneDrive watchface. Read More
Lyft, the pink mustachioed ride service competitor to Uber, has added a couple of sweet new features to its Android app today which should make it easier for passengers to pay their fare.
First, Lyft now supports PayPal as a means of payment. Nuff said. Second, it is now easier to add new forms of payment with a nifty tool that lets you upload additional credit cards by just snapping a photo. Read More
One of the things that I love most about my Sony Z3 is its compatibility with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The phone takes forever to charge with a standard USB wall charger (like almost the entire night), but with a Quick Charge device I can bring it from dead to fully juiced in fraction of the time. I have chargers plugged in in various places throughout my home, but I only own one Quick Charger. Read More
So, the last couple of weeks have not been good ones for the Google Maps team. First some public-spirited Android fans decided to prove their pride with a bit of digital vandalism, using the Map Maker tool to show the Bugdroid mascot pissing on an Apple logo somewhere in Pakistan. That little mishap led Google to disable Map Maker submissions altogether. Then earlier this week, users found that searching for certain racist terms in Google Maps would lead to results for the White House, among other similar combinations. Read More