The makers of SiriusXM's Android client, an Internet version of the notable satellite radio streams, seem to take positive delight in ignoring Android design guidelines. Before today, the app looked like a lazy port of the iOS version... and the iOS version wasn't exactly a looker to start with.
SiriusXM for Android, circa 2014. Or possibly RealPlayer for Windows Mobile, circa 2004. It's hard to tell.
The updated version of the app doesn't exactly look like Material Design, or even Holo (apparently said app developers aren't Android Police readers), but at least it looks like something designed this decade.
The problem with designing a feature around other services is that you only have control over your end. If the other guy changes something, you have to be ready to fix any issues that crop up. Such is the case with HTC's BlinkFeed stream. A recent change to Facebook caused social updates to stop appearing in BlinkFeed, but now HTC has released an app that should solve the problem.
On the off chance you've got Android Auto in your vehicle, you might be interested to know there's a developer mode built-in. Even if you don't have Android Auto yet, you might still be vaguely interested in an abstract sort of way. You can access it through the Android app and it only takes a few taps.
So many companies are invested in activity tracking and fitness right now, why not make a game out of it? So seems to be the thought process behind Atari Fit, a multiplayer exercise-oriented experience from the publishers of the oldest video game console most people care to remember.
How do you gamify fitness? The same way you do anything else. Atari has added ways to up your level and earn coins.
When your watch and your phone are connected, the ability for one to find the other seems like a natural feature to add. Oddly, Android Wear hasn't been able to do that so far, at least not without third-party apps adding it in. Google is correcting this oversight today with a new update to the Android Device Manager system. With ADM installed on your phone, you can issue an "OK Google, find my phone" voice command to your Wear device to make it ring out like a mildly annoyed baby.
Maxellus makes some of the coolest live wallpapers on Android including the Galaxy Pack and Space Colony. The latest wallpaper from this developer is of a darker sort—prepare to watch as massive asteroids fall toward the surface of a vulnerable planet. The wallpaper is called Armageddon, of course.
As with all Maxellus live wallpapers, Armageddon has a ton of options for different elements. You can change the backdrop, asteroid type, and the planet they are perpetually about to crash into.
Google has finally pushed an official Android Auto app to the Play Store that will allow Lollipop phones to work with the first few head units and cars with support for the platform. It only works on phones running 5.0 or higher, and is pretty much useless without a compatible Android Auto system—you probably don't have one of those.
Today is one of those nice days where Amazon's Free App of the Day is far more than just a single app. Of course, just one of them may make it all worth it. Five Nights at Freddy's 2, the popular survival horror game, is among the free choices and you even get a $1 MP3 credit just for downloading. Yep, even if you don't have the slightest interest in it, you should probably download it and buy yourself a song.
The occasion is the Appstore's fourth birthday, so another side benefit is that a single download enters you into a drawing for a $25,000 reward.
LinkedIn is one of the few social networks that aren't about having fun. Folks use it to find jobs, get jobs, and talk to other people about their jobs. Really, it's the opposite of fun.
Now the company has released a dedicated job search app into the Play Store. This way you can cut through the various community groups and quasi-inspirational postings to get straight to the reason you dug up your old LinkedIn password in the first place.
LinkedIn Job Search lets you search for specific types of work by location, read the description, and apply. The app obviously integrates with the social network, so you can see which of your contacts works at a company and prefill your biographical information into applications.