You may recall the popular desktop audio player foobar2000 was supposed to come to Android several years ago by way of a crowdfunding campaign. That didn't work out, but now the app has appeared in the Play Store anyway. I can confirm it exists and plays music, but it does look pretty rough. Read More
The only time I've been to Disneyland, it was lightly raining on a gloomy Paris day, but everything was made better when I saw the colorful castle from afar and spent the day giggling and hopping between attractions, playing with every toy I could see and buying a couple, eating a Mickey Mouse pancake, and then ending it by watching the parade and joining in the final dance. If the Winnie the Pooh photo waiting line was shorter and less filled with kids, it'd have been perfect. Oh, I forgot to say I was 24 by then. I'm a big kid inside, alright? Read More
I love crowdfunding projects that work well, especially when the product delivers relatively on time and with most of the features working as promised. Piper's home monitoring / security system is one of these success stories, but despite the product's hardware being great, I have been letdown by its poorly designed software and that didn't change since September 2014 when I first reviewed it. But Piper has been growing up in the meantime, releasing a night vision hardware version, adding Life360 integration, and offering several accessories like sensors and lights, and now it's ready to graduate its software and automation too. Read More
There aren't as many local newspapers as there used to be. You may have heard about this, and you may have heard that the Internet is part of the problem. Now Google is making a small change to throw local sources of news a bone. Read More
There's this thing Google does with app updates. Or rather, maybe I should say doesn't do. And that's tell us what has actually changed.
You see, Google likes to roll updates out in stages. This makes sense. If there's a problem with an update, the company can halt the rollout without impacting as many people.
The thing is, Google doesn't typically update the changelog until the rollout is complete and everyone has received the latest version. This is a process that can take a couple of weeks.
Users who receive the update early on have to guess what's new, or come to us and hope that we've already done so (which we often do using the help of our readers—it's a very circular process). Read More
Your opinion is worth something. Not much, but something. Companies are willing to pay for consumer feedback, and in this area, Google is no exception. It is happy to reward people for answering a few mundane questions. And now that offer extends out to people in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Read More
The quick reply notification feature in the Android N dev previews is a major new feature for Android, so it's not exactly a surprise that users on Marshmallow and Lollipop want the feature too. While hacky solutions from the Hangouts and Messenger apps aren't cutting it, there's another app that might: quickReply beta, from Jawomo, developer of the popular Floatify.
quickReply works in much the same way as other notification enhancement apps do - it taps into Android's notification access permission, then monitors incoming notifications. If a message is received, quickReply will interpret this and add its own buttons - 'Reply' and 'Direct' - into the expanded notification, alongside the original app's quick actions. Read More
HTC really wants to make a cool transparent case for its flagship devices. It started with the One M8 and the "Dot View" case, which adapted the windowed covers first released by Samsung and LG into a grid with Lite Brite-style holes to view the screen underneath. There was a revised Dot View case for the One M9, but for the new HTC 10, we're getting a redesigned and completely transparent "Ice View" case. Like the previous iterations, HTC has released a specialized app in the Play Store to let users operate the case. Read More
Update Wednesday has been and gone, but we'll let it pass, as an app that doesn't get all that much attention has been updated! v2.12 of Google Street View is rolling out now, with some new Photo Sphere features and other improvements.
Photo Spheres are now automatically grouped, and connections can be created between them. Your own photo spheres can be multiple selected by long tapping, which is helpful, and the app works in landscape now. Curiously, Google has also added support for KitKat, but when you look at the latest distribution numbers and see that almost a third of Android users still use 4.4, it starts to make more sense. Read More