It's been a number of months since the Google Now Launcher debuted in the Play Store as an exclusive for Nexus and Google Play Experience devices, but today that changes. The newest update has opened up official access to all devices running Android 4.1 or higher.
You would think the pace of Wear apps would slow down after the initial rush to be the first to do one thing or another, but no. Bigno. The flow of new Wear-enabled apps has yet to abate, so the roundup is back a little early to show you what's cool and new in the Android Wear universe.
A game isn't good just because it has no in-app purchases, but it certainly helps. There are a few games included in today's roundup and none of them have in-app purchases. Neat, right? You'll have to judge the goodness on your own.
Coursera is a great app for learning about subjects like chemistry, computer science, and business, but your device is a little small to be watching lectures on, right? No problem—the latest update adds Chromecast support, among other things.
Samsung pitched Milk Music this spring as a totally free music service exclusive to its devices, but slipped in at the end that it might not be free forever. You can still stream tunes for free without ads (or so the description says), but the new update to Milk adds the expected $3.99 monthly subscription for additional features.
The summer sales keep pouring in, but there's a fun little twist today—some of the sales have gone way below the $0.99 cutoff. Developers can't go any lower without Google stepping in, so this is a rare event indeed (those sales will be bolded below). There's even a $0.10 deal today. Remind you of the good old days?
Enough of these watch faces that are all about delivering important information and attractive "design." How about some animated GIFs? This app downloads trending animations from Giphy and syncs them to the watch to be displayed each time you wake it up. Want to see it in action? We've got a video.
There are approximately one zillion apps that want to back up your pictures to the cloud, but Amazon's solution was just updated with a new timeline view mode, which is actually kind of cool. So what's it do? The timeline makes it easier to jump to photos from months, or even years ago.
With the release of Android L just a few months away, proactive developers are already churning out Material Design versions of their apps. With over 10 million downloads, Equalizer is a popular Android EQ, but it was in serious need of a visual overhaul. What better way to do it than to go Material? Version 4.0 of Equalizer is out now with a new L-themed UI.
Yahoo has really been upping its Android game with the acquisition of Aviate and the launch of apps like Yahoo Weather. Now the company has finally shown its finance app some love. Yahoo Finance has been completely rebuilt from the ground up with new features and a more modern UI. Frankly, I don't see as developers had any choice other than to start over—the previous app was incredibly outdated.