The Google update fairy is making her rounds today, and one app to feel the effect of her wand is Google Translate. The new features are pretty straightforward, but for many of you, that won't make this release any less exciting.
Translate now supports handwriting in thirteen new languages. Instead of typing in characters, you can now scribble away and watch as Google recognizes your characters in Arabic, Bosnian, Cebuano, Gujarati, Hmong, Kannada, Maltese, Mongolian, Persian, Punjabi, Somali, Tamil, and Telugu. Read More
A new update to the Google Wallet app is rolling out today to all Android devices running v4.0 or higher. It's not just a maintenance update this time – Google has added a new feature called Orders. Can you guess what it does? Yes, it tracks online orders, but it tracks virtually all your orders, not just those made with Wallet.
We all have have certain skills, but when the task at hand doesn't match up with your skill set, it's time to call in some support. You don't have to spend big, though. Fiverr is a service where people can post listings for services as cheap as $5, and there is now an official Android app.
Audio Glow has style in spades, and considering its function, that's largely all it needs. This music visualizer (with companion live wallpaper) reacts to the audio pumping from your device with vibrant bars and glowing particles. On top of that, it's very customizable. Now version 3.0 has hit the Play Store, bringing with it a compelling set of features, including two new visualizations and the option to directly choose colors with a new color picker. Read More
Who's that guy? You know the one. He was in that thing... umm, the thing? Better just whip out the IMDB app and make use of it's slick new interface to figure it out. Yes, v4.2 is out of beta so everyone can enjoy the updated look and feel. This app finally feels like a part of Android.
For an app people use so heavily, the official Instagram app for Android has been a bit of a UI disaster since it launched back in 2012. It's about to be much better today with the release of version 5.1. The design is cleaner and flatter with a bit of an Android vibe. It's not super-holo, but it's a start.
You don't necessarily have to choose between cost and quality – sales happen. Don't worry about scouring the Play Store to spot the good deals. We can do that for you.
Sony, LG, and Razer all announced fitness bands at this year's CES, but we shouldn't let this distract us from the options already on the market. The Jawbone Up app has been available on Google Play for quite some time, and now the company is bringing support for its newer Up24 band to Android via an app update. Read More
We've got more choices than ever when it comes to launchers, including Google's own search-infused option. The top third-party launchers have been mostly the same for the last year or two, but Inspire Launcher is a head-turning new option. It's based on the stock Android 4.4 launcher, but it has a GNL vibe with bright colors and some neat features. Read More
WhatsApp, the incredibly popular messaging service recently acquired by Facebook for 19 Instagrams dropped an update for Android users today, bringing the app up to version 2.11.186. The update brings to the Play Store features beta users have enjoyed since version 2.11.181 earlier this month.
Users who grab the update will enjoy new privacy settings for "last seen," profile photo, and status (allowing users to limit who can see each), a camera shortcut (a 1x1 widget for quick photo capture), and several other UI improvements. Read More