Sticking a Chromecast dongle is one of the cheapest ways to teach a dumb TV how to stream your favorite content. The downside is that Google's little media stick is heavily tied into the company's ecosystem. If your Android device lacks Google Play Services, you're not casting.
Here in the States, only a minority of Android devices have this issue. The majority of them are Amazon Fire tablets, with a few belonging to folks who either try to avoid or can't install Google Play Services for one reason or another. Then there are all those Chinese phones and tablets that get apps from alternative app stores. Read More
The Play Books update from a couple of days ago turned up the first sign of life for the Family Library we've seen since mid-November. At the time, I made a quick prediction that matching strings would pop up fairly soon in Google's other content apps, and Play Movies & TV is the first to follow through. But this wasn't just a mirror image of the same strings, there's actually a bit of new information regarding movies sold as a bundle and seasons of television shows.
In case anybody is curious, this update doesn't have anything in the way of notable new features. Read More
Google's Snapseed got a big v2.0 update last year, and continued to get some update love on a regular basis after that. Now, it's getting another notable update to v2.3. Google was even gracious enough to provide us with a changelog. Stop, Google. You'll spoil us. Read More
Our smartphones come jam-packed with sensors. Do you know what the barometer in your phone is good for? Some apps use it as an altimeter to better map your location and elevation. PressureNet uses it to help predict the weather. With the help of hundreds of thousands of users, this piece of open source software has helped an abundance of people anticipate what the sky may soon drop on the people in their area. Read More
Google has, at long last, started rolling out the Android 6.0 update for Android Wear. It will take some time to make it to all watches, but in the case of two devices, the OTA will awaken the dormant speaker. Glide is ready to take advantage of that feature with its video messaging app, which is updated and waiting. Read More
Microsoft has a big Bing theory about how people should use their Android devices. The theory is simple — Microsoft believes you should use your phone to use Bing. And to entice you, the company has revamped the app. When you tap that Bing icon, what you see will look something like this. Read More
List manager Remember the Milk has been on Android since time immemorial, but it's been in serious need of an update for some time now. Well, it's happening. Remember the Milk is getting a big v4.0 update on most platforms today, but particularly on Android. Not only are there new features, the UI has finally been updated to something more modern. Read More
It has been a little while since we've seen an update to Messenger, so something potentially big was expected from this release. Version 1.7 doesn't seem to bring any visible changes, but like a sugary cereal box, there is a cool toy hidden inside. Messenger will have its own Android Wear app, just like Keep, Play Music, and a few others. But in a quirky twist, this mini app can't be installed quite yet, not until your Wear watch receives an update to Marshmallow. Read More
It's Update Wednesday and Google has been rolling out the updates pretty steadily all morning. Most of them aren't packing much beyond bug fixes, but Photos did get an update to v1.13 with at least one cool little feature. The search results screen now provides a quick way to see photos taken on the same day alongside the regular results, even if they aren't related otherwise. We've got a couple variants of the latest apk linked at the bottom, and more are sure to come shortly. Read More