AliExpress may have a bad rep in some circles for the quality of the products that gets sold on it, but the reality is that it doesn't get enough credit for continuing to slowly improve its service and, most importantly, for not having most of its vendors tied to Paypal. In countries where Paypal isn't available, AliExpress is one of the best, if not the only, ways to buy stuff online.
Although AliExpress' Android developers haven't slacked in the past and the app didn't look dated, it's now getting a refresh with plenty of visual and functional improvements. Instead of the dark grey hue, AliExpress now dons a deep red color akin to its logo throughout the entire interface. Read More
Despite being available on the Play Store and relatively easy to update compared to a new OTA software, Motorola's Camera and Gallery apps haven't received much attention in the past 4-6 months. The Gallery last got updated in September while the Camera's latest version dated back to August. The counter is reset with these new versions that began rolling out yesterday to both apps. But don't expect much in terms of functionality, we're merely fixing and improving here.
The Gallery's update adds support for Android Marshmallow so that all those Motorola devices that got bumped up to 6.0 can handle it properly and without any issues. Read More
Spotify subscribers are in for a treat today as the company's awaited video and podcast service has gone live in the Android app. Spotify Now, the company's start screen "hub" sort of thing, now features video content in addition to the mood stations and other stuff it's had since it launched last year. Spotify's beta app has had video and podcast content for quite a while now through a long-standing A/B test (over six months), but today marks the wide rollout of the feature to non-beta users. Last September, the other major Spotify Now feature, Running, left beta as well. Read More
Since the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Gmail users have been reporting some syncing problems on their app that appeared simultaneously with their update to Android's latest flavor. (Very few users mentioned being affected on Lollipop, but it's worth pointing out.) The problems seemed to be divided in two categories: one that specifically stopped Hotmail accounts from being synced inside the Gmail app and another that caused a lot of delays in syncing and notifications regardless of the account type.
Gmail 5.10, which started being pushed to users on January 20, fixes the first issue. A Google employee explained on the corresponding Help Forums thread:
I can confirm that upgrading to the Gmail Android app 5.10 should fix this issue, however it's rolling out slowly so is only available for a small number of people right now.
A few days ago, the Outlook team announced a new option to schedule Skype calls within the app's calendar. At the time, the feature wasn't live but the app has just been updated to add it. Call scheduling can be triggered from Outlook or, more appropriately, from Skype and this is what this latest update to the latter is about.
Now when you're viewing a certain contact, you can tap the overflow menu and see a new Schedule a call option. Tap it and you're immediately taken to Outlook to add the new appointment to your calendar and block your schedule for the corresponding time. Read More
Microsoft's Outlook has seen vast improvements over the past year or so. The app transformed from a Metro-inspired mess to a responsive and beautiful app with lots of Material touches. It recently even made the jump to add bottom quick access buttons, like Gmail used to have. And now the Outlook team is letting us know that the Calendar section of the app is getting cool new additions. Read More
If you're a good little brow-beaten NFL fan like me, then watching all of the playoff games is a penance. Each of the major networks gets its own game every weekend, and they're all desperately trying to avoid the moment when they're contractually obligated to tell you about the games on the other channels. And in the case of CBS, they mention the fact that they have both the Super Bowl and the Grammy's every twenty seconds, because apparently they think the same people who will watch a bloated, drawn-out spectacle full of egos and corporate sponsorship will also watch a music awards show. Read More
Teens and millennials apparently love ask.fm for quick and easy Q&As. Over 18 billion questions were asked on the service last year, coming from over 150 million people of which between 10 and 50 million use Android. Those are nice numbers and the developers wanted to keep those users happy so they created a new interface and implemented many improvements to the service.
Ask.fm 3.0, which for some reason now goes as ASKfm on the Play Store, introduced a fresh redesign of the app with a side drawer, some modern iconography, and lots of reorganized screens. It also dumped the app's blue hues for bright orange ones and got a new icon to celebrate those changes (here's what it looked like before). Read More
AccuWeather is one of the most popular dedicated weather apps in the world - on the Play Store it's racked up somewhere between 50 and 100 million downloads, and that's just for the free version. The latest update actually started sometime around Christmas, and it's been going out in Google-style stages, so it's taken us this long to spot it. Version 4.0 significantly updates the user interface of the app to bring it more in line with Material Design standards... sort of. Read More
When Runkeeper was updated to version 6.0 on iOS back in August, Android users were asked to be patient and promised the same treatment sometime in the fall. Well, the app's developers kept their promise but it was a close call. Released yesterday, just at the end of the fall season, Runkeeper 6.0 brought the new interface, colors, and icons that iOS users have been enjoying, then was followed by a small bug fix update to version 6.0.1.
In version 6.0, Runkeeper gets rid of its bright blue color in favor of a more greenish blue / turquoise hue. Read More