Two noteworthy improvements found their way into the latest set of routine updates for Google's office suite on Android, both implementing desktop features into the mobile counterpart. Sheets will now properly render images while Slides now allows users to choose between 18 pre-supplied themes.
Sheets has already been able to manage images within its web app for some time now, but they weren't visible if you opened the spreadsheet in the Android version. Read More
Those of you who use Chrome on your desktops are probably aware that rather than doing a clean sweep of your browsing history, you can choose to only erase an hour, a day, or a few other increments of time into the past. While I won't speculate too much about why a person may find themselves needing to do these things, it's an option that is better to have than not. Read More
Microsoft has had trouble getting developers to make apps for the Windows Store, so at last year's Build conference, it announced four ways to port apps from other platforms to Windows 10. Three of them are still available to developers—Web (Westminster), Win32 (Centennial), and iOS (Islandwood). The Android-to-Windows Project Astroia, however, is officially dead. Read More
Browsing streets may be one of the more mundane things you can do with Street View. Google's service lets you visit exotic destinations all over the world, even going so far as to let you ride a zip line through the Amazon. Now you can fire up Maps to get a good look at the inside of your favorite sports stadiums. Read More
You know what's cool? Podcasts are cool. They've been around for what seems like an eternity now, and they're still just as relevant as ever — maybe even more. And in case you were wondering, the Android Police Podcast might actually be the coolest podcast of all time. It's so good.
To add to the cool factor here, there are also a ton of podcast apps to choose from. Some suck, others do not. If you'd like to have one that does not suck (which I highly recommend), then Podcast Addict is probably a good one to go with.
It's loaded with a slew of awesome features:
- Subscribe to any existing audio/video podcast (300K+ podcasts available)
- Subscribe to YouTube channels/playlists, RSS news feeds and listen to Radio stations live streams
- Advanced player features: loop mode, repeat mode, sleep timer, etc.
Before Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, Rdio, or any of those other music services, there was Pandora. I've pretty much been using it since the beginning (albeit off and on), and no matter how many other music streaming/discovery services show up, I always keep coming back to it for all my radio needs. I use it as a supplement to Play Music — when I don't know what to listen to, Pandora is always there to hook me up. My thumbs-up library is so vast at this point, it's really difficult to even think about letting go.
The thing is, it's always been kind of…not attractive. Read More
A late-night update to Google Maps on Tuesday brought the version up to 9.21. Despite a moderate bump to the version number, this appears to be a relatively minor release. Of course, knowing the Maps team, we'll end up with an update in a few days with an official changelog that includes at least a couple more interesting additions. In the meantime, there's a new setting to control notifications about responses to your edits. Maps has also expanded its list of supported countries for the recently released Driving Mode and the "Explore around you" feature. Read More
Today Spotify announced the ability to track runs using Runkeeper while listening to Spotify. Integration should provide a smoother experience than swapping back and forth between the two apps. Read More
Contextual homescreen launchers that adapt to suit each user have taken many forms. I was fond of Aviate, an app that adapted based on your location and the time of day, before it was eventually bought by Yahoo.
Bento introduced an alternative approach inspired by Google Now that pulled data down from various cloud services such as Reddit, SoundCloud, and Yelp. It later changed its name to Scout. Now it's shutting down. Read More
CloudMagic is one of several third-party email clients that can manage many accounts across different providers. Even though the Android Gmail app has had the option to add non-Gmail accounts for a while, CloudMagic remains many users' favorite way of accessing their email. It offers lots of benefits, like creating tasks out of emails (in Wunderlist, Todoist, Trello, Asana, etc...), passcode lock, and easy file attachment from Dropbox, iCloud Drive, and other storage providers.
Now CloudMagic is ready to graduate beyond email. The app has added a Calendar section, accessible from the side menu, that integrates your Gmail, Google Apps, and Exchange calendars. Read More