Google Now's new weather card was spotted at the beginning of January then officially announced later that month. Ever since, it has been going on and off when you tapped on the weather card or did any weather search inside Google Now, and mostly never made it onto the regular Google Search results inside the browser (mobile and desktop - think when you open Chrome and do a normal weather search there, not through the Google app).
Long and tumultuous history aside, the modern weather card with the blue background, detailed forecasts, and funky frog, has gotten slightly better over the past month. Read More
We occasionally see apps pulled from the Play Store for trivial (but valid) violations of the rules. Google has been more proactive about enforcing its guidelines, but it's often pointed out it could be more consistent. Case in point: there are, right now, two listings on the Play Store from a warez site called BlackMart that offers paid apps for free. One of them has been up for months and has more than 100,000 downloads. C'mon, Google. Read More
We're about as shocked as you are on this - apparently the developer of the hugely popular game Badland has released the also-hugely-popular sequel, Badland 2, for Android. The problem? Indie dev Frogmind isn't the publisher: Clean Master Games, aka Cheetah Mobile, is. This is troubling for several reasons. And before you ask: yes, this is almost certainly legit. The game has a Frogmind / Clean Master intro splash, Clean Master Games is responding to user complaints in the reviews on the Play Store, and Cheetah Mobile's team is even chasing down cracked versions of the game already. (Let alone that even Cheetah Mobile would be extremely unlikely to stoop so low as blatant trademark and copyright theft of a famous game.)
The game is already out on iOS - it costs $3.99, has no in-app purchases, and is published by the developer, Frogmind Games. Read More
Last week, a fairly major update to Google Fit came with a fresh coat of paint for the interface and a few important feature enhancements. It now supports multiple goals with more options, weight tracking, new metrics, and quite a bit more. It wasn't a complete overhaul, but it certainly looks and feels like a whole new app. But that's not the whole story, there's actually quite a bit more in this update that hasn't emerged yet. A teardown reveals some other features that will either activate soon or turn up with the rollout of future updates. But before we get to that, there were actually a couple more things that popped up since the first post. Read More
Samsung's S Health app can connect to multiple apps and services to pull and push data through them. Notable examples are Nike's running app, Qardio for blood pressure monitoring, and more. But S Health has always lacked support and integration with plenty of known activity tracking services like Runkeeper, Strava, and Fitbit. This made the app a lot less useful as a central dashboard of your exercise, sleep, and various health metrics, and even diminished the appeal of Samsung's Gear watches since they couldn't share data to popular activity services.
But if you're running S Health 4.8.0 and above, you may have noticed a new hidden option that adds this very feature. Oddly, Samsung didn't publicize it anywhere, nor did it mention it in the app's changelog, and it even stuck it somewhere different from all the other integrated apps. Read More
Vysor is a useful app for developers, designers, or just people who are curious about Android and want to see cool stuff on their computer. The app mirrors an Android device's screen on a computer, which uses a Chrome app with ADB to provide the interface between the phone or tablet and the computer. It should see many more downloads now, with Koush having uploaded his app to the Play Store.
Vysor can also be installed via ADB, using the aforementioned Chrome app. The Android app on its own does nothing; it will simply prompt you to get the app from the Chrome Web Store. However, once this is done, using Vysor is a piece of cake: connect the phone/tablet to the computer, enable USB debugging in Developer Options, then select 'Find Devices' on the Vysor Chrome app. Read More
FolderSync is a super powerful Android tool that has been around the block for several years and has been growing stronger with each update. Its main job is to synchronize folders between your phone and different cloud storage providers like Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive, and more.
The most recent update to the app to version 2.9.0 added a couple of features that keep it updated with the latest Marshmallow APIs. If you're using a pin code to lock unwanted users from accessing the app, you can now unlock faster using the fingerprint sensor on your phone. And when you first install the app on a new device, you'll be able to grant granular access to different permissions thanks to Marshmallow's runtime permissions. Read More
Slowly but surely, the wider Android community is adopting support for Android Auto. Well, maybe support is too strong a word. They definitely don't object to it. And most of them have probably heard about it. They've certainly skimmed over a bit of text mentioning Android Auto in the latest SDK. Maybe. Alright, so Android Auto support isn't quite as robust as it might be, but Synology's NAS music app works with it now! That's nice. Read More
Most of our readership is more likely to sit down and watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones instead of whatever season Spongebob they're up to these days, but we are aware that some of you have children. (There are even a few running around the disparate home offices of Android Police, if you can believe it.) And those tiny customers are the ones served by the latest major media player to hit Android TV, Nickelodeon. Read More