About a month ago, we found some enticing goodies in Hangouts' 1.2 update. Specifically, we found evidence of activity statuses - rich status messages that would allow you to set a status with accompanying iconography for things like biking, driving, laptop, tablet, and phone. Some of these, (like biking and driving) we predicted, may be set automatically by Hangouts. The teardown also revealed the possibility of moods, using the bouncy yellow fellow found on Google+.
Earlier today, Google started rolling out a major update to Google+ for Android. Together with our readers, we've examined every corner of the app and found a whole bunch of things that are new to this version 4.2 but haven't been mentioned in the official announcement. You should definitely read through the list if you haven't yet.
However, one new feature that I found fascinating managed to fly completely below the radar because it's located not within the app itself but rather in the widget menu.
Vine has had a rocky start on Android since it launched over the summer, lacking many of the features found in its older iOS sibling. The app has started to get more positive reviews on Google Play since then, but it's been a slow ascension. Today's update isn't groundbreaking, but it does a little more to nudge those reviews in the right direction. Version 1.4 introduces two new features called Sessions and Time Travel, which collectively give users more time and options for tinkering with their videos before sharing them with the world.
The Android 4.3 update for the HTC One has been making the rounds, starting in Asia, making its way to Canada, and then coming to the US via Sprint, AT&T, C Spire Wireless, and T-Mobile. Yet there are many countries not on this list, leaving a great deal of users who will be pleased to know that Android 4.3 is now popping up on International HTC Ones.
Google is quietly rolling out an update to YouTube for Android with version 5.2.27 on top of the current version 5.1.10. If you're eager to install it right now, we have some download links towards the end of the post.
While 5.2.27 does have a whole bunch of changes under-the-hood which are mostly related to the upcoming offline download support, there are, surprisingly, no UI tweaks and new features that you can dive into right now.
The first OTA update for Moto X has been making the rounds, already landing on T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and US Cellular. Now the enhancements are landing on Verizon devices. The delay is not at all surprising, really. When you have the best coverage in the country, you're free to take your time with these things. Verizon has all but made this philosophy corporate policy.
HTC Americas president Jason Mackenzie announced last week that the T-Mobile Android 4.3 update would arrive on October 21st, and in contrast to last week's delay, today's update has arrived right on schedule. Multiple users have already reported Android 4.3 OTA sightings on their phones. If you're an impatient HTC One owner on T-Mobile, now's the time to start hitting that refresh button and trying your luck.
The Android 4.3 update is tucked away under a download labeled version 3.24.531.3.
Samsung made a promise during its Unpacked Episode 2 event, the kind of promise that can send Android enthusiasts fuming in anger if broken. If you haven't guessed, I'm talking about an update to the latest version of Android, 4.3. Samsung said that the Galaxy S4 would make the leap in October, and sure enough, updates are starting to appear. Here's proof, courtesy of Sam Mobile.
On Tuesday night, surprisingly ahead of the usual update-all-the-things-Wednesday, Google released a major revision of the Play Books app for Android, updating it from v2 (2.9.21) to v3 (3.0.15). The changelog, which was shockingly present from the get-go (thank you!), confused me a bit but after digging around, I finally figured out what it means. Oh, and I found another fix that wasn't mentioned.
The official changelog is as follows:
- Added the ability to search the text of original-pages books.