Check out Google My Business (no, that sentence doesn't contain two verbs). The mobile app business owners can use to track their company's Google+ page insights and connect with customers has received a material overhaul for version 2.0. The app should now fit in with Google's other work thanks to a bright action bar, top-level navigation menu, and plenty of animations.
The appearance isn't all that's new. This update will also let you set custom date ranges when viewing stats on the number of clicks, views, and followers your page amasses. Read More
Are your screenshots looking a little boring? Why not pretty them up with some device frames, shading, and backgrounds? What, you don't have time for that? Well, you can try Screener, which is in beta testing in the Play Store. Just a few taps and you have a nifty framed screenshot.
In February, Google proclaimed "Android is ready for work," marking an official opening to the Android for Work effort first introduced at Google I/O 2014. Today, Google's official Android for Work app has hit the Play Store, ready to help users running Android 4.0-4.4W (since setup is built into Lollipop) and working with Android for Work partner solutions set up their device for work use.
For those out of the loop, Android for Work is Google's take on dual-persona device management, allowing users to have two copies of the same app - one for personal use and one for business. Read More
Do you get a lot of work done using Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides from your smartphone? Probably not, but it's pretty easy to keep tabs on other people being productive using those three apps. That's the idea behind one of the latest changes to hit Google's office suite.
In the latest version of Docs, Sheets, and Slides, you now have the option to approve or reject changes that other people make to your documents. Read More
Google has announced a new version of Chrome for Android is hitting the stable release channel, and this one is a rather big deal for a few reasons. There are some interesting features, but it's also the last release for Ice Cream Sandwich. At least there's some good stuff. Read More
Update Wednesdays are always exciting, but particularly so when Google releases a new app. Today, Google has hit "publish" on Google Handwriting Input, a new keyboard option that - as the name implies - allows users to type by handwriting text in 82 languages.
Google says the app supports print and cursive, written with or without a stylus. If you draw a smiley face, Handwriting Input will even suggest emojis.
Of course the input method is styled to resemble Google's other input methods, using the same light grey and teal (or dark blue-grey and teal if you choose the dark theme) colors found in Google's main Keyboard app. Read More
Google often makes small improvements to the Play Store without any announcements or fanfare, and this appears to be happening with the latest update to the mobile Play Store search engine. Some (but certainly not all) users are seeing quick links to category pages when they make relevant searches on Android, complete with easy-to-spot icons right in the drop-down field. The icons are showing up both for straight searches and for popular related apps.
The Play Store search has had integration with categories for a while now, so expect the interface tweak to appear for you sometime in the next few weeks. Read More
Hearthstone is one of the latest creations of the incredibly successful game developer, Blizzard Entertainment, the name behind famous titles such as Diablo and World of Warcraft. The company specializes in making immersive and addictive games and Hearthstone is no exception. Billed as "Deceptively Simple, Insanely Fun," Hearthstone is a card based strategy game with similar mechanics to other TCGs such as Magic the Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh. I'm not sure why I bothered explaining any of that, this is a site full of "Android enthusiasts" (read: nerds) and it's not like you need an introduction to anything created by Blizzard.
Up until today, Hearthstone has only been playable on Android tablets. Read More
In early 2014, Microsoft started providing Office 365 users with the option to secure their accounts with multi-factor authentication. When signing in, folks have to respond to a phone call, text message, or phone notification after entering their password. The feature has since worked on PCs and smartphones, but when Office came to Android tablets, support was absent.
According to the identical changelogs accompanying the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for tablets, that has changed.
- Multi-factor authentication for Office 365 accounts.
- Support of Mobile Application Management with Microsoft Intune. This enables IT administrators to (1) restrict copying of company data from managed Office apps to personal apps, (2) enable app level encryption, (3) enforce an app level PIN, and (4) selectively wipe managed apps and related data on a device.