If you have tried the Play Movies & TV app on Android TV and weren't in love with its player controls, it might be time to give it a new try. A fresh update to v3.15 started rolling out to set-top boxes and televisions yesterday. There are a couple of cosmetic changes, most notably the banner on the launcher screen, but the big change comes in the form of updated player controls that are faster and easier to use.
- New launcher banner
- Updated player controls
New Launcher Banner
Left: old. Right: new.
After the latest visual rebranding of Google Play, most of the primary apps were updated to the new icons within about a week. Read More
Fans of the Fleksy keyboard started to reach out recently to see if we knew why the company had seemingly gone quiet. Support emails were going unanswered, the website was down, and the Twitter account had no updates. All very suspicious, but the most we could get out of the company's PR was that more information would be available later. Well, it's later, and the information is that Fleksy has been acquired... by Pinterest, for some reason. Read More
The next update to the SHIELD TV firmware will come with a built-in Plex media server. This is a big deal, as it will let people who own this Android TV box use something other than an always-on PC to store their media library.
Now the Plex Media Server app has found its way into the Play Store ahead of the firmware update. Read More
The TED app on Android has looked roughly the same on Android since the day it was released in March of 2012. As a matter of fact, up until yesterday, it had barely received any major interface changes and, although it did its job well with offline support, subtitles, bookmarks, Cast support, and more, it still felt like an antiquated piece of software compared to all the modern apps gracing our phones nowadays.
But that changes today with the release of TED 3.0. The predominantly white and red colors are still there, but the red is now bolder and more prominent, the design has been refined for better use of space, modern iconography is used for every action, and there are floating Play buttons, separate cards for each video, a newer icon, and more. Read More
Last week John Legere unveiled Uncarrier 11, the one where T-Mobile resorts to outright bribes (excuse me, giveaways) to buy customer loyalty. Is this something to be upset over? Not really. Free stuff is free stuff.
Except for many T-Mobile customers, the promised free pizza was not available. Read More
Napster is back, again. The original service peaked and plummeted decades ago, but the name has staying power. It's so recognizable that Rhapsody is changing its name to Napster in an attempt to gain more subscribers.
Can Rhapsody just do that? Yes, it turns out. Read More
Dictionary.com is one of the most popular dictionary apps on Android, with the free version racking up between 10 and 50 million downloads on the Play Store. An updated version of the app has just been released which brings a fresh coat of paint and some welcome new features.
One of the more useful highlights of version 7.0 is the added support for the floating text selection toolbar introduced in Android Marshmallow. This allows users to quickly search for a definition through the app by highlighting a word and selecting the "Define" option from the popup menu. Other nifty features include the ability to explore locally trending words and a list of your favorite and most recent searches. Read More
Telegram v3.10 (they apparently weren't ready for 3.2) just dropped, and with it come a handful of new features. The headliner is message drafting - messages you don't finish simply will linger in your chats list with the red text "Draft" appearing above what you have typed so far. Drafts automatically go to the top of your conversation list, which actually does make sense, since looking at but not sending a message does mean you'd still consider that conversation the most recent one you've interacted with. Full changelog follows.
DRAFTS AND MORE
- Introducing Drafts: Seamless syncing for unsent messages on all your devices.
Nearly three years after Hangouts combined instant messaging and SMS, Facebook Messenger is doing the same. It's Facebook official. Read More