It's Wednesday, and you know what that means – yes, Google is updating apps. This week we've got a search update to version 3.4 and it has some good stuff going on. We're still checking it out, but it looks like automatic parking detection is a go. Or stop... whatever.
Google's releasing two new apps for Android and iOS today: Google Docs and Google Sheets, dedicated editors for documents and spreadsheets. Aw yeah.
Both apps are totally offline-enabled, so no connection is needed to edit or create new sheets or documents. There's also a dedicated app for Slides coming soon, so we'll be on the lookout for that. For now, the apps don't seem to do any more than the Drive editor did, but the very fact that they exist probably means we can expect Google to start crafting more fully-featured experiences for these products down the line. Read More
Full-length content is all around us. Netflix will give it out, though subscribers have to commit to a monthly fee. Hulu's willing to give at least some of its offering away for free, and Crackle's even easier. But what if all you're after are good new-fashioned clips, something that doesn't need much time or attention to digest, and something short enough to toss up onto a social network. Yahoo hears you, so they've brought Yahoo Screen to Android. Read More
Pushbullet does a lot of neat stuff, and it's getting that much cooler with today's update to v14. The app was already pretty slick in the looks department, but now it has a nifty card-based UI and a fully optimized tablet layout. Oh, and pushing is improved too.
Facebook's entry into the alternative SMS game has quickly reached its fifth release. This update doesn't contain a huge visual overhaul, but it does have some impressive new additions to the main chat window that will make it easier to send all your non-textual communications. The update should be live for everyone now - check the Play Store if you want it immediately, or just wait for the alert or auto-download. Read More
Hey you. Yeah, you. Reading this text. Do you like movies? Sure ya do. Everyone likes movies. Do you watch movies on your phone? Or tablet? How much better would those movies be on your TV? A lot better. If Redbox Instant is your preferred way of consuming flicks, Chromecast streaming is now a reality. That means you can watch movies on your TV. You know, exactly what that ultra-thin superdeluxe HD box in your living room was made for. Read More
I hope you've been saving your pocket change in anticipation of some cool Android sales, because today is the day. Although, I'm not sure what you're going to do with the change. There's not a coin slot on your phone, so hopefully you have access to reliable banking. At any rate, your electronic money can be spent on the following things, which are cheaper than usual.
The Spotify app on Android has gone through several iterations on its way to being not ugly, but the one rolling out now might be the most significant. A new dark UI is hitting devices with new fonts, icons, and a few tweaked features. Some elements of this interface have been appearing on devices over the last few weeks, but today is the official announcement.
Who doesn't like pretty pictures? That's right, no one. 500 Firepaper is a great way to get some lovely images from 500px on your home screen in the form of a constantly changing live wallpaper. Version 2.0 of the app is out with a number of excellent improvements, including unique functionality courtesy of 500px itself.