In a detailed post to Google+ this morning, Googler Virgil Dobjanschi announced new and enhanced features for the Google+ Android app. They'll be arriving in an update to version 4.1, set to go live today. According to Dobjanschi, the changes are focused on additions and revisions suggested by end users, and looking at the list, we're inclined to believe him.
First of all: no more Google+ Messenger. Ha-lay-freakin-lujah. Since the new Hangouts app has effectively replaced G+ messenger on the web, the mobile version is following suit, meaning you won't ever have to see that extraneous icon in your app drawer again.
About a week ago, Google released a fairly major update to the Play Store with version 4.3.10. The update brought combined update notifications, the new Recently updated section of My apps, and a bunch of other tweaks. Today, a minor update with version 4.3.11 is rolling out. As always, you can download and install it manually using one of the links below.
It took us a little longer than usual this time, but we're finally back with a short selection of last month's best new apps. It wasn't easy to narrow them down, but those readers who don't have time, spare cash, or patience enough for our longer semi-weekly roundups can't go wrong with the five apps we've chosen. If, by some chance, none of the apps below suit your fancy, we've got plenty of runners up too.
The competition for cloud storage customers is getting fierce, and companies like Box need every edge they can get. To that end, the Box Android app is getting a huge overhaul today, focusing on user interface, local file management, and remote syncing and collaboration. Version 2.2 of the app will be live in the Play Store today, and should be rolling out to existing users over the next few hours.
The general interface gets the most attention, starting with a new and oh-so-trendy navigation drawer.
SwiftKey introduced Cloud Beta – a new feature that stores users' data in the cloud and syncs it across devices – a little more than two weeks ago, and so far the company has already pushed one update with a slew of bug fixes. Today marks Cloud Beta's second update in as many weeks, which brings several fixes and enhancements:
Full changelog and known issues for 22.214.171.124
Now possible to personalize from a second Gmail account before personalizing from an earlier one has finished
Fix for crash when starting Gmail personalization
Increased responsiveness of Flow predictions (this should reduce the likelihood of the flowed word prediction changing right at the last second)
Handcent and Hangout Emoji entry fixed
Language models no longer backed up via Android back up if you have SwiftKey Cloud backup and sync enabled (this should save on network and battery usage)
Further fixes for crashes in the Cloud preferences
Disabled predictions in Pleco where requested
Removed SwiftKey account details from the Android Settings, as these were confusing when you had multiple installs side-by-side
Of course, it doesn't fix everything, so there are still a handful of issues that the SK team is currently working on:
If you re-add a word that you previously removed from predictions, it will not always get re-added across all your synced devices
How much would you pay for an Android security suite that may occasionally be of use? Maybe $1.99? $4.99? How about $149.00? No? Well, that's what Kaspersky Lab is currently asking for its Mobile Security app in Google Play. Got a lot of cash to burn and very little common sense? Kaspersky Tablet Security is only $199.00. What?
See, the apps for phones and tablets used to cost $4.95 and $9.95, respectively.
What do you do when you arrive in a new city and want to know what to do? I'm sure there are plenty of possible answers, but the correct one is to fire up Yelp. In the US, it's just hard to find a competing platform that offers the sheer depth and functionality that the service offers. Yelp displays discounts, allows user to make reservations, has Open Table integration, and - my personal favorite - gives quick access to addresses.