When it first launched last summer, Microsoft Translator had some potential but a lot of catch-up to do with Google's own Translate. No offline mode, no natural conversation mode, no Android Wear app, and many other missing features made me refrain from recommending it when I compared it against Translate. But Microsoft has been updating its app, bridging the gap with each new version, adding all of these features and more like Klingon support and a kickass Android Wear integration. The only major capability that was still missing from Translator's arsenal was image translation and that's finally here.
Version 2.16.82, which is already live in the Play Store (and on APK Mirror) can load images, automatically detect languages, and overlay the translation into the language of your choice on top of each element. Read More
Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages is a neat idea system that automatically reformats an HTML web page into a light and speedy version ripe for consumption on mobile phones and potentially strained connections. It's a sort of mix between the old dedicated mobile sites (which are often broken and lacking in features) and the newer dynamic formatting (which can be too heavy for a phone browser even when written correctly). The AMP system has been going for a few months now, and Google claims that it has "thousands" of publishers on board. Read More
It's not often that we witness a complete application overhaul from Google, so today is a special day. Granted, not everyone uses Google Analytics so the number of users who will benefit from and appreciate this update is small, but it's nothing to scoff at. Web admins, like our own Artem, are just going to love it.
The first immediate change you'll notice is an icon switch. The old icon wasn't bad really, but the new one is simpler and less square. It also has a lot more yellow and no dark orange / quasi-red.
Old icon (left) vs new icon (right)
There are new onboarding screens that explain a couple of the new app's features like swiping through dimensions and sharing reports. Read More
We're starting our week with music and song — cheerful stuff. Shazam was updated a couple of days ago to add a feature that I can't believe wasn't available before. I use the app intermittently, mainly because of the Android Wear component ("OK Google, Open Shazam") and Google Now command integration ("OK Google, Shazam this song"), but I rarely venture to the My Shazams tab so I never noticed that those songs never synced across devices. Lolwut?! What was the point of signing up for an account in the first place?! Apparently, it just worked to keep your followed artists in sync, but not your Shazams. Read More
If you use Outlook as your email app of choice (or of obligation) and you sport an Android Wear watch on your wrist, you'll be happy to know that these two now work even better together.
The latest Outlook app, version 2.1.0, includes a new Wear app component that installs on your watch and allows you to check your unread emails and send template replies or dictate them. This goes even further than the simple notification interaction that was accessible before, as it lets you launch Outlook on the watch even if you don't have an unread notification on your phone. Read More
I am no Vine watcher, but I've heard that there's a lot of cool content on the social network especially if you figure out which users are the most interesting to follow. Lots of creative people have found their niche within the constraints of its short video format and that's what everyone who's sticking around likes about it.
Now Vine is getting updated on Android to allow you, the spectator, to watch an entire channel from start to finish with a single button instead of manually moving from one video to the next. The option is visible in the latest version of the app when you open a channel: there's a new Watch button next to the Follow one. Read More
It's been a rough start to the day and boy do I need a cup of coffee. Hey, let me open up that Starbucks app and see what's new. Oh yes, I have a new gift because I'm a very loyal custo... damn, the app crashed. Alright, I'll try again.
This is what will probably happen when you try using the new Starbucks 4.0 Android app. The update was uploaded to the Play Store two days ago and we've been watching in awe as the bad comments started spilling and all the heads started fuming at the buggy experience. But putting that aside, once the devs manage to clean out those pesky unexpected bugs, there are some cool features to discover in the new app. Read More
Opera Max isn't a browser, but it utilizes the company's well known data compression prowess to save you a lot of bandwidth and Megabytes, regardless of the app you're using to sip through your data. However, prior to today, Max was only optimized for phones and didn't work well, or at all, on tablets.
With version 1.7.5, Opera Max is adding a tablet layout that utilizes the bigger screen estate to display more of your monitored app usage, data compression results, and settings. You can enable Opera Max on your data network, your WiFi connection, or both. You can blacklist some apps, allowing them to use as much bandwidth as they want, or go drastic and prevent an app's background data usage if you don't like what it's doing when you're not using it. Read More
Android's notification system has gone through some pretty intense work since the start of the platform, but that doesn't mean that third-party developers can't improve it even more. Case in point: Floatify, a customization app that's been floating around (sorry) for the better part of two years. The latest version is number ten, and it adds a couple of features from the new Android N Developer Preview. If your device isn't invited to play with the Nexus crowd (or you just don't want to deal with the instability), you can back-port some of those neat touches. Read More