The Starbucks app is one that has proven both an immense convenience and a mild frustration to fans of the Seattle-based coffee conglomerate. On the one hand, it makes the act of actually ordering and retrieving your precious, caffeinated concoction a hell of a lot easier, especially during rush hours at stores, as well as lowering the likelihood anything but your fingers will screw the order up. At the same time, the app itself is... not fantastic.
Navigation is slow and clunky, often requiring many taps and a lot of scrolling just to get to the same drink you've ordered the last eight times. Read More
I'm sure we all know PayPal by now - internet payments, used for eBay purchases, fees added, etc. PayPal Here, however, might be a little less well-known; it is a card reader for businesses to get paid on an Android device instead of a card reader. In a move to ensure security, the app has been updated with fingerprint support, following its addition in the parent app back in August last year.
The app does not allow screenshots to be taken with it open, so I've had to resort to taking pictures of the phone with the app on screen. Read More
The rapid success of Pokemon GO was one for the history books. Immediately following release, it not only became the dominant game on both iOS and Android, it was a sensation that seemingly everyone played. But, like almost every smartphone game, it lost most of its steam after a month or two. Read More
The Quick Settings Tile API was added as part of Android 7.0 Nougat to allow developers and third-party apps to make use of the drop-down toggles, which are one of the easiest and most user-facing ways of quickly changing settings on Android. Over the many months since it's been available, the API has been used extensively to add many options and shortcuts to the Quick Settings, some we have expected and others are a little more eccentric.
In this round-up, I'll take a look at many, albeit not all, of the apps that use the Quick Settings Tile API. I'm sure there are hundreds more that I couldn't even begin to think about or know where to find, but the list here should be enough to get you started if you're curious about the function and never explored it further. Read More
Ending a week on a positive is good, and saving money is certainly positive. So too is supporting developers. So, here's a big win—things are on sale in the Play Store. You should buy them. Read More
Shazam is one of the oldest and most popular song recognition services. Although I personally have long since ditched it for the recognition software built into Google Search, it's still used by hundreds of millions of people each month (well, that's what Shazam says, anyway). The app's latest update adds the app shortcuts that Android Nougat brought support for. Read More
eBay is a service with a huge amount of different options and things to do - search, buy, sell, add to watch list, message a seller, etc - so the new 220.127.116.11 update, adding app shortcuts, is very useful indeed. Read More
YouTube has been racking up a long list of features awaiting release – some discovered in teardowns and others have even been announced. The version that began rolling out late yesterday doesn't appear to have introduced anything like live broadcasts or a wide release of the quick seek button, but it does add to the list of things we know are coming. A teardown of the APK turns up evidence of a new feature to intelligently fill a device with videos for offline enjoyment, online polling for live broadcast viewers, and Picture-in-Picture support on Android TV. Read More
We don't talk about TomTom wearables almost ever at Android Police, and that's because of one particular reason: the TomTom MySports app sucks. It's a shame because TomTom makes very interesting products spanning from the simple Touch band to the Spark 3 GPS and HR watch with storage for music, and all the way to the multi-sport Adventurer with multiple outdoor modes, compass, and barometer.
But whenever we talk about any smart gadget here, on Android Police, we mention its app, and in this case, we couldn't gloss over the fact that no matter how good TomTom's products were, their app frankly sucked, which made the whole line-up irrelevant for our coverage. Read More