As we know, Google Wallet as a product is probably not too long for this world, at least in the sense of being a product that people actually care about. Android Pay is taking over Google's mobile payment ambitions on Android, Google Payments is now the name of Google's payment system for content on Google Play and your general Google "money management" interface, and then there's Google Hands Free but we're not exactly sure what's going on there just yet. This leaves Wallet in a precarious position, particularly once Android Pay actually is released and its mobile app becomes essentially obsolete for anything but money transfers. Read More
The Sonos app has gone through a couple big changes recently, and the result is an app that no longer makes your eyes bleed. That's always nice. Today's update to v5.4 doesn't make any changes on the level of reducing ocular bleeding, but it's still a good one.
Are you cool enough to strap two wearables to your arms at once? The makers of the Misfit Shine fitness tracker think that you are. The company's new app for the Pebble family of smartwatches allows both devices to stay in sync, but it needs a smartphone in the middle (Android or iPhone) and apps for both the Misfit and the Pebble on the phone, too. Read More
It's probably not a good idea to use beta versions of operating systems for your "daily driver" phone... or alarm clock, for that matter. When the original Android M Developer Preview landed back in May, we spotted a new version of the Clock app that allowed users to manually select a day of the week to start with. Turns out it had another "feature:" some users reported that sliding to the "snooze" function on the alarm would make the app delay the chime for 24 hours instead of 10 minutes (by default). I imagine this caused some awkward conversations with bosses. Read More
Baseball fans, are you ready for the All-Star Game?!? Probably. I mean, it comes every year, and unless it happens to come to your city, it all pretty much plays out the same. But if you're the kind of fan who subscribes to MLB.com At Bat so that you never miss a single game of your beloved Braves, it's probably a big deal - big enough that you're excited for the yearly update to the Android app in order to watch it. The latest incremental bump brings support for the 2015 All-Star Game and Home Run Derby.
What's more interesting on a technical level is that the app also adds support for Android Auto. Read More
The share button inside YouTube is unlike the icon used in virtually every other Android app. Rather than the usual set of three connected dots, we see a horizontally flipped version of the reply symbol in Gmail. Well, Google isn't yet changing the iconography, but it does seem to be testing out a new location.
In addition to the share button's usual home at the top-right corner of a video, we're also seeing it next to the like and dislike buttons.
If you're not seeing the new layout, try closing the YouTube app and opening it again. That works for some users. Read More
Video game live-streaming platform Twitch had a bit of an odd day yesterday. First the Android app was updated to version 4.2, with a new feature called the Pop-Out Player as the only addition. We tried out the app to see the feature... which didn't work. But that was apparently the least of Twitch's problems, as reviews on the Play Store and posts to Twitter immediately claimed that the update had made the app crash whenever it tried to launch video. (That's a big deal if you're a video streaming service.) In a matter of hours the Play Store app was rolled back to the previous version. Read More
In a series of upcoming updates to Google's Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps, users will be able to have easier access to one of the most basic editing capabilities: changing the file name. Whereas before you would only change the document's title by saving, it's accessible via hamburger menu now.
Left: old menu, middle and right: new menu and rename dialog
Slide the menu in from the right, tap on the area that says "TestDoc.docx" or whatever you're working with, and you'll see the dialog box on the far right that allows you to edit. Pretty simple and streamlines a pretty fundamental feature. Read More
Testing an Android app can be a real headache with the ginormous number of different devices out there, and there are services that can help you do that kind of stuff remotely - for a fee. But when Amazon gets in a business, you generally can assume the price is going to be competitive and the entry level benefits strong. Whether that's true, well, I am far from an expert on the cloud-based hardware testing business, so I really had no earthly idea until a few minutes ago. But in my brief research, it does look like the AWS Device Farm has a much simpler (and less restrictive) pricing and service model than its competitors. Read More