After a long period of neglect, Google recently started sprucing up its music app. It's getting to be quite a respectable experience with a snazzy card-based UI and Google Play All Access built-in. The new update still makes some long overdue improvements, but that's how we feel every time.
Google has been adding a lot of new features and design tweaks to the G+ app as of late, and today an update will be rolling out that puts focus on the way it handles notifications service-wide. Post-update, when you dismiss a notification – which also happens to have a new bell icon – on one platform, it will dismiss said notification globally, regardless of whether the action is performed on mobile or the web.
Connecting a printer to a computer is so old fashioned. If you're going to splatter ink all over a flattened sheet of dead tree like some sort of caveman, you might as well use the internet to do it. Luckily, Google has finally made an official Cloud Print app to help with that.
There was a third-party app with similar functionality before, but this is the Google-owned version. Cloud Print can connect multiple printers to the web and allow you to print from any supported device.
The problem with most games on Android is a distinct lack of cute. This is no problem for Pet Rescue Saga, which just arrived on Android and is positively overflowing with puppies and kittens. I think there are some puzzles in there too.
Pet Rescue Saga is a casual puzzler that ties in with Facebook. In fact, the game has over 10 million players on the Facebook app. The game affords you the opportunity to solve block-based puzzles and compete against your friends.
It's been a full seven months since Google last updated its Blogger app, but the time has not been wasted. The new version ushers in a larger interface tailored for tablets. Improvements to the compose screen should also make poking out posts easier on that larger display.
The tablet interface is not drastically different from the mobile version, so it's a tad baffling why this update took so long to surface.
Verizon, please sit down. We've all come here to talk to you because we care about you. Actually, most of us don't, but we recognize that you've got a problem. You have too many apps. No, don't try to deny it. You've got 11 apps spread across two publishers, and today you've added another one, with a brand new publisher, that duplicates at least some of the functionality of two previous ones.
The WordPress app on Android has had some growing pains, but the new update actually adds some cool stuff. If you're running a WordPress blog, the app will now make it easier to keep up with reader interactions. Assuming you have any.
WordPress has implemented Google's Cloud-to-device messaging service to push notifications of comments, likes, and other stats right to your device. That's the big improvement, but here's the full changelog:
Floating Notifications earned a place in our roundup of top apps from May even though it wasn't even in the Play Store yet. Well, now it is and it comes with a ton of improvements over the beta version from XDA.
The basic premise of Floating Notifications is that it displays a subset of your notifications in a floating icon on the screen. It's a little bit like Facebook's Chat Heads feature.