Google's "Monotune" Android commercial is pretty cool. The musical analogy is interesting (and it ties in well with Google's "be together, not the same" marketing campaign), but there's an impressive technical aspect to it as well. The producers modified a grand piano so that all 88 keys were turned to middle C, so that pianist Ji-Yong Kim could really play the music using a single note. As cool as that commercial is, they might have taken things a bit too far with the latest promotion: an entire album of music played with that one-note piano. Read More
I grew up in the 90s. We recorded home videos using a camcorder, and even looking at the footage on our fat, pre-HD TV, the picture quality left much to be desired.
But now that we have crisp 1080p recordings on flatscreen TVs, iOS users have flocked to the VHS Camcorder app as a way to recreate static-y, warped-looking footage from two or three decades ago. Read More
Smartphones have replaced digital cameras as the primary way millions of people take photos. But these days, many devices don't let users pop in a microSD card to store their photos as they would on a dedicated device. Companies have come up with an alternative solution by letting you upload and store your images on their servers.
Apple has iCloud, and Google has Google Photos. Dropbox, Microsoft, and most any other service that lets you back up files remotely will gladly host all of your photos too. Flickr is an option that's dedicated exclusively to your photos, and so is Everalbum. Read More
There are many ways to pay for apps, games, and other digital goods on Google Play, but one of the most convenient ones is direct carrier billing. It doesn't require you to have a credit or debit card, to set up a Paypal account, or to go hunt for gift cards around your country's stores. All you have to do is just buy and you'll be billed with your operator — sure, some of them like to take a big fat percentage to their pockets, but there's the matter of added convenience.
Google has updated its support pages for direct carrier billing availability to include 4 new operators in 4 different countries: DNA in Finland, Smartone in Hong Kong, and Maxis in Malaysia. Read More
Here's an idea. Tell me if I should get it crowdfunded. We'll create an Android app for Kickstarter. Wait, before you scoff, hear me out. This way you don't have to fiddle around with opening the site in a browser or opting to sit down at a laptop instead. As soon as you get the urge to throw your money at a project, you can do so. Read More
Freeee Stuff!!! Hooray!
Google has three more free albums on Google Play Music and also has discounted a ton of other ones to just 99 cents. Time to pad that music collection my fellow cheapskates, this is a great way to spend all those Google Opinion Reward credits you've been hoarding (they expire after a year BTW, so best use 'em before you lose 'em).
Here are the free albums
And here are the ones you have to pay for, but only $0.99. Read More
For years, many of us have been bemoaning the lack of Play Store promo codes for Android apps. On the other side of the fence, iOS has had this feature forever. Now Google is getting with the program—promo codes have been added as an option in the Google Play developers console. That means you'll be able to input a code and get a free app or in-app content. Yay! Read More
When I was making my way through grade school, getting files from one machine to another meant reaching for a floppy disk or a flash drive. By the time I got to college, we were exchanging data online. Today, there are any number of cloud services and apps dedicated to this one task. But most of them have a flaw: they require an Internet connection. Otherwise, it's back to pulling out that flash drive.
While there are USB sticks that work with Android phones, only a relatively small number of Android users have one of those lying around. However, a solid number of them have a Samsung device, and the manufacturer is now doing them a solid by releasing its own Wi-Fi Transfer app to Google Play. Read More