If anyone needs a little break from all the Google I/O related news, Microsoft chose an opportune day to announce an overhaul of its note-taking app. The OneNote redesign relates to every platform it's available on, including Android, and promises enhanced usability, simpler navigation, and a more consistent experience across devices.
Uber wants to make things easier for people who choose to do part of their journey using its taxi service and the other part with public transport. To that end, the company has announced a deal with the journey planning app Transit. It's now possible to view onward train departure times without having to leave the Uber app.
Move over barcodes, QR codes, and all other forms of codes, Spotify is introducing another code for you to scan and artists/labels to print on their posters and billboards. It's calling it Spotify Codes and chances are the feature is already live for you in the Spotify app.
You can see Spotify Codes for songs, albums, artists, and playlists when you tap the overflow menu (the three vertical dots) next to them and reveal the artwork: they'll appear on the bottom of the image and look like a music wave.
Another good reason for non-Pixel owners to be jealous when the device was released last year was the excellent wallpaper picker that was baked into the exclusive launcher. That jealousy thankfully evaporated when Google released the standalone Wallpapers app, and made it available for all Android phones through the Play Store. It recently saw an update to version 1.1 that included plenty of fresh images in every category. And now we're seeing two entirely new categories: Art and Solid Colors.
There's a small but neat little change in the Amazon Kindle app on Android: you can now not only search for words inside the book you're reading, but you can also search for what you've personally added as a note (like in the screenshot above). Words included in sentences and paragraphs you've highlighted will also show on top of all search results (screenshot below). This makes it easier to find a sentence you've highlighted in the book or a note you've written about a specific section or sentence.
Those of us who use WhatsApp a lot know that the conversation list can get pretty crowded very fast with groups, plenty of family and friends, and random individual chats. That leads the important chats, the ones you come back to many times during the day, to always change their order in the list and jump up and down depending on when the most recent message was sent. So you're left skimming the list with your eyes, and sometimes scrolling down, to find that conversation you need. (Or you add a chat shortcut to your homescreen.)
WhatsApp beta 2.17.162 (and now 163) solves that by adding one very handy little feature: pinned chats.
Last year Spotify teamed up with lyric knowledge base Genius to add an interesting new feature to its iOS app. Behind the Lyrics takes the same annotations from Genius and bakes them directly into the Spotify app. According to the music streaming giant, millions of iPhone owners make use of this every day. And now, it's finally bringing the feature to Android.
Apex? Is that you? But...where have you been? That's right folks, after almost 2 years without an update the once revered Apex Launcher is finally making a comeback. The one-time fan favorite was right up there in its heyday, battling it out with Nova to be crowned launcher-king. Then it all went quiet. The updated app promises mysterious new features when it relaunches in May, so we can probably expect some Nougat inspired goodness.
I'm tired of telling you how much I don't get Snapchat, so I'll get right down to business and cut the unnecessary preamble. The service is adding new 3D World Lenses, an expansion of the existing lenses that were announced last November.
It's an interactive way to bring more fun and glam to your photos and videos, and from the couple of examples that Snapchat has demoed in its video, it looks like you'll be in for a lot of colorful sparkles. I'd call it the Spring/Summer 2017 World Lenses collection.
The new lenses should be live in the app today, so check them out when you use the back camera.
For viewers in the UK, the TV landscape is infinitely less cluttered compared with our American counterparts. Multiple time zones, networks, and providers in the US make things far more complex than in the UK. The strength of free-to-air TV means that a much smaller percentage of Brits actually pay for a satellite or cable service. For those who do, the dominant provider is Sky, whose Android app has just been updated. Version 6.0.9 brings with it a visual overhaul, full 7-day guide, and remote record/download.