Yep, Maps for Android Wear, it's happening! A few of you have already spotted the icon in your Wear launchers if you're running the new Maps 9.9 APK and Android Wear 5.1+, you should be able to get Maps for Android Wear fully up and running... mostly.
It's a bit crashy for me and certain things don't work sometimes, like nearby places. But the UI is just what you'd expect - zoom in and out buttons (thankfully), a compass / locator button, and nearby places are basically your major features. I've just started playing with the app, so I don't have much else for you yet, but here are some pictures. Read More
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then multiple pictures smushed together into the same square-cropped Instagram post must be like a freaking novel. Or a short story at least. The new Layout app from Instagram lets you easily create that sort of photo collage from your gallery, or take new snapshots on the spot. It's aimed at Instagram users, but you can do whatever you want with the images.
Automatic wants to make your drive smarter. Or it wants to make you a smarter driver. Or it's only for smart drivers. Moving on, the company that makes its own proprietary Bluetooth dongle to offer real-time feedback and log your trips has announced a new phase for its car-centric project—it's opening an app store.
The Automatic App Gallery is a place for developers to drop apps that integrate with the Automatic adapter. Right now there are over twenty apps available, including software from the likes of Expensify, IFTTT, Jawbone UP, Nest, and Pebble.
To put content in an app store, developers need tools. Read More
Our long national nightmare is finally over—Google has updated Maps with a translucent status bar. No more will you stare at that flat black status bar and curse your life and everyone in it.
Left: old, Right: new Read More
TeamViewer's QuickSupport app is now expanding to a dearth of new Android devices. The latest version to hit the Play Store boasts screen sharing on all phones and tablets running Lollipop. Chances are the people who need remote help from you aren't using a handset running the latest and greatest, but you never know. Maybe they just picked up a Galaxy S6 and have already run into a roadblock. You know, the same folks you helped set up an Android TV for a couple months back.
They will have to install the QuickSupport app on their end, and you run the desktop version on yours. Read More
RealNetworks has struggled to make the transition to mobile, but it's not for lack of trying. There was a regular RealPlayer app, but that didn't get traction. Then there was RealPlayer Cloud, which had some potential. Now with a wave of its magic wand, RealNetworks has transformed RealPlayer Cloud into RealTimes. It's a photo/video manager with online sharing and remixing features.
Samsung has a new activity sharing service for Android, and you can try the beta version right now. Well, actually... you probably can't. Flow Beta requires you to have two newer Samsung devices to send activities between. If you don't the requisite phones or tablets, Flow won't do anything. Even if you do, Flow still doesn't accomplish much in its present form.
If you head over to any of the Play Store listings for Microsoft's previously tablet-only Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android, you'll find they have a new feature for beta testers: phone support.
Microsoft has renamed the apps appropriately, dropping the "for tablet" moniker that they previously had, and the UI has been optimized for the smartphone form factor. To get the betas, join the Microsoft Office Preview community on Google+, then go here for Word, here for Excel, and here for PowerPoint. Read More
Let's be honest, the NFL has not done a great job with its Android app. It was basically just a nice little viewer for content that was on the web, and by that I mean it was just showing the web pages in a little bit prettier interface. With a new update, though, it is much smoother and actually feels like they cared about the end product.
Screenshots won't really do it justice because it is all about the feel. If you already used it, you might be a little disoriented due to the movement of some controls, but you'll notice the speed right away. Read More