Android TV has a serious app discovery problem, and it's the built-in "leanback" version of the Google Play Store. Before today, the Play Store on your TV only showed curated apps selected by the powers that be at Google, so between the video, audio, and game sections, there were less than two hundred apps on display for users. You might get the impression that these were the only Android TV apps available - the rest had to be manually searched for in the search function of the main leanback launcher.
With version 5.5.15, that finally changes. New sections of the Android TV Google Play Store are now visible beneath the curated portion, and based on a quick run-through, it looks like every compatible app for your ATV device is exposed. Read More
Tech companies regularly spin their products as innovative revolutions that disrupt existing standards and push humans further along the evolutionary tract. So when each new app comes along with promises of raising the bar, it's easy to be skeptical. Just because SoundHound recently released a competitor to Google Now, that doesn't mean it will be any good.
Well, from the looks of the latest video to appear on Hound's YouTube page, the voice assistant's natural speech recognition is actually pretty amazing. In the demonstration, we see Hound speedily respond to obscenely specific inquiries, such as: "How many days are there between the day after tomorrow and three days before the second Thursday of November of 2022?" The answer, according to Hound, is 2714 days between the day after tomorrow and Monday, November 7th, 2022. Read More
One of the coolest bits of news from Google I/O last week was the expansion of Smart Lock into password management. If your Google account has a saved password for a service, Smart Lock can automatically log you into an app. The newest addition to the list of supported apps is the official New York Times app.
There's at least one thing you can get on your phone that doesn't require waiting on Android M. Google has pushed a new version of the Google Camera app, which we last saw bundled with the Android M preview. It's v2.5 and it comes with a cool new focusing animation. Check it out.
The kids these days love watching videos of other kids playing video games. They're hooked. It doesn't matter if the title is Minecraft, Skyrim, or Five Nights at Freddy's—if someone out there is willing to record their gameplay, someone else is willing to watch.
Kamcord simplifies the process of doing this on mobile devices. If you want to record your game, you can do so without going back to edit the seconds you spent switching between Goatz and your screen recording app. Kamcord specifically targets gameplay footage.
The app can record all games on devices running Android 5.0 or higher. Read More
Google Maps is great (well, at least here in America), we can probably all agree on that, but there's also no denying the public transit direction experience to date was missing a key piece of information: live arrival times for buses, trains, and subways in the Maps app for Android.
This feature will work with the 100+ transit providers Google has already partnered with to provide live scheduling info, and today it's also adding more providers. The UK, Netherlands, Budapest, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle along with over 25 of their respective transit authorities have teamed up with Google to provide additional live transit schedule information inside the Maps app along with the 100+ they already have. Read More
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Expense IQ - Expense Manager
This week's roundup is brought to you by Expense IQ - Expense Manager from Handy Apps. This amazingly complete expense tracking system has a solid and colorful UI, and just about every possible checkbook, alert, and tracking feature you could want. Read More
Microsoft wants a home on your mobile devices, even if they're running Android. Just look at what it's up to these days. It's bringing more Office apps to the Play Store. It's signing deals with OEMs left and right. It's bringing Cortana our way. In the past year, it has purchased Accompli and Sunrise Calendar. Now it's buying Wunderlist.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft has agreed to pay between $100 million and $200 million for 6Wunderkinder, the German company behind the to-do list app. Read More
Google isn't the only word that can follow OK. SoundHound has developed a voice assistant of its own, and while the project is still in invite-only beta, the newly available app is clearly going after Google Now. From the moment you utter the words OK Hound, you know you're in for something similar, but different.
SoundHound thinks Hound is special due to its ability to better understand speech. The assistant responds to naturally phrased questions and can handle detailed inquiries. The example in the provided screenshots shows Hound responding to: "Show me hotels in miami with availability monday staying three nights between one hundred fifty to two hundred fifty dollars that have a pool and are pet friendly."
The provided results, if accurate, are more informative than the general search Google dishes out. Read More