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VLC 2.0 Beta Adds Local Network Browsing And Lets You Use The Android TV Interface On Any Device

If you've ever tried playing an odd video format on your phone, chances are you've used one of a couple of well known video players like MX or VLC. After a slow start, the latter has been receiving rather frequent updates and improvements that keep pushing it forward. VLC also has an active beta program (of which you can be a part by joining this Google+ community and then becoming a tester on the Play Store) and its latest release is version 1.9.0 which is actually a beta for version 2.0.0. Let's pretend that's not unnecessarily convoluted and move on.

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WhatsApp Starts Emphasizing End-To-End Encryption, Collapses Long Messages, And Tests Some Minor Interface Changes

You know WhatsApp's Android developers have finished hibernating when they start throwing one build after the other like a going out of business sale. In the past couple of weeks, they unleashed the new emojis on everyone then proceeded to launch an official Play Store beta program and update the latter with miscellaneous things before starting to test the new documents sharing option. In the latest incarnations of the app between 2.12.493 and 2.12.500, a few other interface changes snuck in, one of which points to an important shift in WhatsApp's way of doing things.

Emphasis on end-to-end encryption

First, if you're on version 2.12.498, you might notice a new message inside chat windows confirming that this chat is now end-to-end encrypted.

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Thursday App And Game Sales: djay 2, Today Calendar, And Many More For $1

Google is running another of its big app promotions today through March 10th, and that means you can get some great deals on popular stuff like Today Calendar and djay 2. The recent Poweramp and Nova Launcher sale is also part of this promo, but that's just the start. Note: these deals are available in a lot of countries, usually at the lowest regular price in that country's currency. There are also some unrelated sales going on, so we're lumping it all together.

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[Neat] Chrome Dev Can Show Web Content Snippets On New Tab Page After Toggling A Flag

There's a particularly neat feature lurking in the flags in the latest version of Chrome Dev. If you toggle "enable-ntp-snippets" you'll get a handy list of content from around the web on the new tab page, complete with text snippet previews.

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Chrome Dev Has Started Opening Chrome Custom Tabs For All Apps, But Not For Everyone

Google started offering Chrome Custom Tabs in v45 as a way to open links, and some app developers have started taking advantage of the faster rendering and Chrome data integration. Now, Google appears to be taking matters into its own hands to make links load faster when you use Chrome Dev. Some users are seeing Chrome Custom Tabs loading for all apps when Chrome Dev is set as the default.

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Microsoft Hyperlapse Adds 1080p Video Support And Option To Save To The SD Card

Hyperlapse is Microsoft's fancy name for smooth time-lapse videos. The Android app can shoot new scenes or import your existing videos and stabilize them, remove the shaking, and either keep them at the same speed or fast-forward them up to 16x for a more adrenalin-pumping effect.

The app received an update to add two important features when you're dealing with video. First is the ability to shoot and export edited video in 1080p, and second is the option to save videos to the SD card. Both options can be found and activated in the app's settings, but they're only available on devices that support them.

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[Deal Alert] Full Version Of PowerAmp Music Player Reduced To 99 Cents

Local music players are apps that turn your phone into an MP3 player that also happens to make calls. That may not sound like something you can put on a box now that music streaming services are the new hotness, but some of us still prefer to build up our own libraries, stick them on a ridiculously large microSD card, and jam using an interface of our choice.

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General Motors Announces Android Auto Updates For Various Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, And GMC Models

General Motors is rolling out Android Auto in a big way. The company has announced that it's providing updates for select vehicles that previously only supported Apple CarPlay. The models are spread through its Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC brands.

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Google Photos Updated To v1.15 With New Bottom Nav Bar And Revamped Albums Section [APK Download]

Google is rolling out a new version of Photos today, and it's a pretty significant update. There's a new navigation paradigm you might remember from a different Google app, and the strangely named "Collections" section is no more. It's now called Albums. As usual, we have the new APK available for download.

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