WordPress's official Android app has been updated with a bunch o' new features, as well as numerous performance and UI enhancements. The popular blogging platform's (hey, we use it) app has been on a bit of a bumpy road since its initial release, but has consistently been improving over the last year. Hopefully this release will stomp some of the issues that have made it a bit frustrating to use at times. Here's the changelog:
Do you like food? Of course you do! I haven't met anyone who doesn't like food. Maybe not all varieties of food, but I think that the blanket term food brings a generally pleasing thought to the mind of most humans.
Given our natural love for food and comradery, the majority of us also appreciate the restaurant experience. But finding the right place to dine can be a task, especially if you're trying to eat on a budget. Thankfully, Restaurant.com just released its official Android app into the Play Store.
I know, it makes me sad to see a new app with screenshots from Froyo, too.
I'm not going to lie: I have an unhealthy obsession with mobile office software. I've tried nearly every one available in the Play Store, but I keep coming back to OfficeSuite Pro. Its blend of excellent features, intuitive and easy to use interface, and cloud storage integration (Box, Dropbox, SugarSync, and Google Drive) makes it my personal favorite document, spreadsheet, and presentation editing software for my Android devices.
For a limited time, you can snag this excellent office suite for a mere $0.99 - a full $14.00 off of its regular price. OfficeSuite Pro 6 offers support for a number of commonly-used documents, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and PDFs; it also features a built-in file browser and email reader, so you can get more done without having to navigate away from the app.
Sometimes, we don't want complex games. Sometimes, adding new rules or features to existing genres is a bit overwhelming. Pix'n Love Rush is, in contrast to many games that come out these days, very simple. You're in a side-scrolling platformer world and your goal is to run around collecting things sans dying. Simple enough, right? The game has a colorful retro aesthetic and easy gameplay.
The game has 4 play modes that offer different challenges, but the general idea remains the same. The on-screen controls are as good as on-screen controls can get (which is to say, okay, but not great).
These days, you're not anybody if you don't have an app. Now, Lowe's is somebody. The home improvement warehouse has launched a mobile app that allows you to search for store locations, items, read reviews on products, manage your Lowe's card, and even have some products shipped to you.
The app is packed with all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a retail app, including a barcode scanner and the ability to check inventory at the stores nearest you. It even has photo galleries to help you get ideas for decorating your home, and some how-to videos to help you out once you're home.
After the long-awaited launch of Google Drive, it was only a matter of time before users began seeing integration with Android apps. While there's no official Android API for Google Drive just yet, many devs suspected that Drive's Java API would work just fine, despite a confusing statement on Google's developer site:
Warning: Apps will not have any API access to files unless the app has been installed in Chrome Web Store. To test an app during development, you must first create a listing and install it.
Putting that idea to the test, popular (and extremely versatile) backup solution Titanium Backup has made use of the cloud service's Java API to bring Drive backup options to users in a recently released update.
You may remember the recent Facebook update that added two rather controversial app shortcuts on users' devices, with icons that had to be revised because they looked a little too similar to a couple of Android's stock icons.
If you found the added shortcuts to be redundant, confusing, or just plain useless, you're in luck - with the app's latest update, the shortcuts have been totally removed.
It's not exactly clear why Facebook so quickly yanked the shortcuts from the app, but rumblings from the user community about the – in many cases – unwanted installation of extra apps may have something to do with the decision.
This is the app roundup. The game roundup from this week can be found here.
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Facebook's Messenger app for Android has been updated, and here's the changelog:
- Now it’s even easier to reach groups of friends on the go:
- Text everyone for free, using your existing data plan
- Reach friends wherever they are now – on their phone or the web
- Know who’s seen your message, and who hasn’t
- See where friends are messaging you from
Now, you're probably wondering what Facebook means by "texting" - they mean the app will send SMS notifications of your messages to people who aren't using the app but are on your friends list, and have their mobile phone number listed on their profile.
If you've got a device powered by a Nvidia Tegra system-on-a-chip, a solid internet connection, and one US dollar, you're in for some fun. The price on physics-based puzzler Demolition Inc. has dropped from $3.99 to just $0.99. That's a heck of a deal.
In Demolition Inc., you take on the roll of Mike, the alien demolition truck driver. Some pesky human cities are in the way, and you've got a work order that says to knock them down. To accomplish your task you have access to various otherworldly weapons like giant wrecking balls, explosive cows, and earthquake bombs. The game takes full advantage of the Tegra chip in order to simulate the physics of the world in real time.