Another week is just getting underway, but do not despair as you head off to the office for another stint of backbreaking labor. You can always unwind with some apps on your phone, that lovely little slab of plastic and glass that has given you oh so many hours of entertainment. It's all right there at your fingertips, and now you can get a little more stuff for your phone for less money.
Motorola has pushed an update to its camera app in the Play Store with a few performance improvements and remote shutter for Android Wear, just like the official Google camera. The new version also includes KitKat compatibility, according to the changelog. Strange considering KitKat has been out for a year, but okay.
Here's the full changelog just so we're clear.
Remote shutter control for Android Wear watches
Performance improvements and bug fixes
Updated application will be compatible with Android KitKat
Motorola has taken a lot of heat for mediocre camera performance, but at least it can offer camera updates in the Play Store.
The basic version of Autodesk's SketchBook app has been in the Play Store for a long time, but now the professional version has come to Android. Autodesk SketchBook has more advanced tools, a ton of brushes, layer support, and a lot of it can be accessed for free. Of course, the best stuff is behind a paywall, but it's not too expensive.
Perhaps you've seen Artem's makeshift Google+ polls where you plus a comment to cast your vote. That's all well and good, but it's not very elegant. The newly announced poll support in Google+ will be much better. You might have to wait a few days for it, though.
There are no fewer than one zillion ways to share photos. There are social channels like Facebook and Google+, NFC, Email, and more. Xim from Microsoft Research makes it easy to share photos without actually sharing them at all. Just pick the photos you want to share, and invite people to view them on their device. They don't even need to have Xim installed and the files don't go anywhere.
The stable version of Chrome for Android has reached version 38, which came to the beta channel last month. Google hasn't posted a changelog just yet, but we can surmise what's going on from the last update of the beta. Update: Changelog below. This isn't going to be a radical departure for the app, but it might fix a bug or two that's been gnawing at you.
There's a new Chromecast update (v1.8.22) making its way out to users today that finally enables custom backdrops. You should get the option to enable this feature upon opening the updated app. If you don't feel like waiting, we've got the APK below.
We usually like to wait for a few more deals to build up before burdening you with yet another thing to read, but there are a few discounts that just appeared you should know about before they're gone. These are usually short-lived sales, so get your wallet ready.
One of Samsung's claims to fame is a feature meant to improve productivity on mobile devices. One that users of stock Android and manufacturer skins alike have been yearning for for a while. That feature is multi-window, which allows users to run two apps on the screen at once, dragging and dropping between the two.
The problem is no one has been able to get it right yet. A company in the mobile space - in this writer's opinion - has yet to perfect the balance between utility and intuition when it comes to multi-window functionality on tablets (or phones, though I haven't used the Note 4 yet), but a post to Android Internals in March confirmed that Google had been working on the programmatic side of multi-window in stock Android.