Opera might be getting ready to be sold out to a Consortium of Chinese companies, but that's not stopping the Norwegian team from updating the different apps and browsers under its umbrella. The most recent update touches Opera Beta, the open beta version of the full fledged browser (not Opera Mini). It upgrades the browser's codebase to Chromium 49, which as you'll recall enables Physical Web support with Bluetooth connectivity inside the browser for beacons for example.
The most significant change in the interface is a new tab switcher and selector similar to the one that's been active in Opera Mini for a while. Read More
If you've ever tried playing an odd video format on your phone, chances are you've used one of a couple of well known video players like MX or VLC. After a slow start, the latter has been receiving rather frequent updates and improvements that keep pushing it forward. VLC also has an active beta program (of which you can be a part by joining this Google+ community and then becoming a tester on the Play Store) and its latest release is version 1.9.0 which is actually a beta for version 2.0.0. Let's pretend that's not unnecessarily convoluted and move on. Read More
Google is running another of its big app promotions today through March 10th, and that means you can get some great deals on popular stuff like Today Calendar and djay 2. The recent Poweramp and Nova Launcher sale is also part of this promo, but that's just the start. Note: these deals are available in a lot of countries, usually at the lowest regular price in that country's currency. There are also some unrelated sales going on, so we're lumping it all together. Read More
There's a particularly neat feature lurking in the flags in the latest version of Chrome Dev. If you toggle "enable-ntp-snippets" you'll get a handy list of content from around the web on the new tab page, complete with text snippet previews. Read More
Google started offering Chrome Custom Tabs in v45 as a way to open links, and some app developers have started taking advantage of the faster rendering and Chrome data integration. Now, Google appears to be taking matters into its own hands to make links load faster when you use Chrome Dev. Some users are seeing Chrome Custom Tabs loading for all apps when Chrome Dev is set as the default. Read More
Hyperlapse is Microsoft's fancy name for smooth time-lapse videos. The Android app can shoot new scenes or import your existing videos and stabilize them, remove the shaking, and either keep them at the same speed or fast-forward them up to 16x for a more adrenalin-pumping effect.
The app received an update to add two important features when you're dealing with video. First is the ability to shoot and export edited video in 1080p, and second is the option to save videos to the SD card. Both options can be found and activated in the app's settings, but they're only available on devices that support them. Read More
Asterisks are serious business. It appears that LastPass was hit with a trademark lawsuit about its logo last year (personal theory: maybe from Asterisk.org?), forcing it to change its brand's identity. The asterisk had to go so the company looked at the visual interface of password fields and saw that dots were now the norm for hiding passwords, not asterisks.
That's where the new logo was born from. The signature red color remains, the black/red logo is also alive, and the font appears to be unchanged. The only difference is that the 4 asterisks have switched to three dots and one vertical bar — the latter isn't explained by LastPass. Read More
Local music players are apps that turn your phone into an MP3 player that also happens to make calls. That may not sound like something you can put on a box now that music streaming services are the new hotness, but some of us still prefer to build up our own libraries, stick them on a ridiculously large microSD card, and jam using an interface of our choice. Read More
General Motors is rolling out Android Auto in a big way. The company has announced that it's providing updates for select vehicles that previously only supported Apple CarPlay. The models are spread through its Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC brands. Read More