It was just a matter of time. Emojis are an intricate part of how we communicate nowadays and every OS is trying to catch up with the latest updates and additions to Unicode. iOS 9.1 added tons of emojis, Android is about to get them soon, WhatsApp followed Apple's trail on iOS and Web, and now it's ready to start rolling these emojis to its Android client.
Version 2.12.372 (followed by a likely bug fix in 2.12.373), which is released by the company for testing on its site before global rollout on the Play Store, reorganized the emojis into new categories and added dozens upon dozens of new ones, similar to what you must have seen if you use WhatsApp Web or the iPhone app. Read More
Canada and the US may be neighbors, but that northern border is quite a ways away from most of the contiguous 48 states. It takes a bit of time to drive up from a place like California, and as we know, all Google services must make the trip from San Francisco. Well after nearly half a year of driving, the ad-supported version of Google Play Music has finished the trip to Canada. Read More
Google acquired the streaming music service Songza more than a year ago, and it has operated in parallel with Google Play Music all this time. But no more. Songza is being shuttered on January 31st, so existing users have about two months to migrate over to Play Music. The good news, most of Songza's features are already in Play Music. Read More
When it comes time to design an interface, there is a serious question to ask—are you a top or a bottom? Me, I'm a bottom. I find buttons much easier to access when they're at the bottom of the screen. Reaching towards the top, to me, is simply awkward.
In the latest version of Outlook, the developers must feel the same. Read More
Remember when we had watches that didn't run apps? What dark days those were. Of course, now we have the problem of finding good apps for our watches. Google doesn't really make it easy to find everything with Android Wear support, but that's what these little (big) roundups are all about. Here are all the best Android Wear apps and watch faces we've come across recently. Read More
Sometimes I wonder if Google has an official Department of Whimsy where things like the never-ending doodles, Android mascots, and Santa Tracker are studiously maintained (and the inbox still overflows from bitter Google Reader fans). If so, then the DoW's biggest yearly project has just begun with the timely update to the Google Santa Tracker app. The latest version is now available for Android phones, tablets, and Android TV devices, complete with all kinds of kid-friendly goodies. Read More
You may think of Squarespace as what you use to create your own personal website. Maybe it's just that name you hear advertised during podcasts. Either way, you may not know that the company also reaches out to small business.
Squarespace Commerce, which has been around since 2013, is a way to manage and sell products online. Businesses can use it to sell both digital and physical goods. Those that do now have the option to use Android devices. Read More
TeamViewer started beta testing a big update to its Android app (and other apps) recently, and now it's final. TeamViewer 11 is out of beta with a plethora of features that will make it less awful when someone on the other side of the country needs help with their phone. It'll still be kind of awful, but you won't want to murder the other party (probably). Read More
Facebook announced profile videos a couple months back, showing off the ability to play a moving picture when people first begin the page stalking process. This one minute video gives you an idea what to expect, minus the graininess that comes from using your phone's less than stellar front-facing camera. Read More
Chrome introduced its data saving feature many versions of the app ago, but if you've kept it enabled on your device(s), you must have noticed that it's not exactly that efficient. It saves somewhere between 10 and 20% of your data, but that's not going to make a big difference if you're on a very slow network or a very limited plan. If you're suffering from the former, you'll be happy to know that Data Saver is going to get better.
The updated data saver mode can save up to 70% of your bandwidth by not loading a webpage's images when you're on a slow connection. Read More