March Madness will soon be upon us. The 2015 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament is set to start next week. If you've made the appropriate arrangements with your TV provider, you can watch every game on your Android phone or tablet (whichever one you feel most comfortable yelling at in public).
The NCAA March Madness app provides live access to 67 games spread across CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV. CBS doesn't require a cable or satellite subscription, but the others do.
After its debut in December, Google's Device Assist app is getting its first update. The app offers tips and troubleshooting advice for Nexus, Android One, and Google Play Edition devices running Lollipop. You can also use Device Assist as a gateway to live support when it doesn't solve your problems. The v1.1 update adds a greater variety of help cards, small refinements to the interface and user experience, and is available in additional countries.
The fifth installment in Gameloft's action RPG Dungeon Hunter franchise has arrived on Android, and it has a lot going for it. There are over 150 weapons, dozens of armor sets, hordes of undead monsters to slay, and more. Dungeon Hunter 5 is basically Diablo, but they don't call it Diablo. Also, this is Gameloft, so Dungeon Hunter 5 is free-to-play.
The official ESPN app (formerly known as SportsCenter, or was that Score Center?) looks largely the same following the update to version 4.2 as it did in 4.1, unless you're running it on an Android tablet. There the experience has expanded to present you with more information on-screen. Want to see the latest sports gossipnews? You got it. Want to see scores at the same time? Sure. Information on your favorite teams is tucked away along the top-right corner of the action bar.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril, a game that found its way to consoles in 2013 and other mobile platforms in 2014, has now fought its way into the Play Store. This port has managed to come in before LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, an older title that briefly appeared on the Amazon Appstore and never found its way onto Google Play.
Unlike that relatively faithful port, Universe in Peril is not a copy of the version that originally graced consoles.
Gone is the grey toolbar that greeted you when you first opened the app, replaced with a floating white search bar and a hamburger menu. A FAB sits at the bottom of the screen and spawns another action button to compose a new recipe. Inside the app, the toolbar has switched to Cookpad's signature bright orange, and the status bar is made transparent to fit with it.
A fresh release of Play Music is going out to devices, and it brings a bit more consistency to another one of Google's apps. Now the navigation menu that extends from the side of the screen will reach up through the notification bar.
Left: Old, Right: New.
That's not the only element of the interface that's reaching upwards. When you go to play a track, you will find that the album artwork extends to the top of the screen as well.
Waze has bumped its Android app up to version 3.9.4, and it's asserting that the app is faster. How much faster? 85%. That's an oddly specific number, but whatever. All that matters is that users should be able to pull up locations and routes more quickly.
The big feature in this release is the new Traffic Bar. This little meter gives you an estimate of how long you will be stuck in a traffic jam.
There's a new version of Chrome Beta available in the Play Store, though it doesn't seem to add a whole lot to the app itself. That means that the features from the last beta graduate to the stable build, which you can get in the Play Store (if you're patient) or at the APK Mirror link below (if you're not). The biggest user-facing change is the ability to "pull" down from the top of a page to refresh it, a gesture already seen in various other Google apps like Gmail.