Besides fixing Google Experience Launcher on tablets and adding some new cards, the new Google Search update has another trick up its sleeve - it will now hold a conversation with you to perform certain functions, and talks to you in a new way.
Basically, you can now start with very general voice commands like "send a message." The microphone will then turn into a white speaker on a blue circle, indicating that Search is responding to you. It will ask "Who do you want to send the message to?" Then it's your turn. Say a name, and Search will ask what the message should say.
A huge Google Search update started rolling out earlier today. It is absolutely massive on many levels:
It officially brings Search version 3 (3.1.8 to be exact) that shipped in KitKat to all devices running 4.1+. This includes an updated UI, new refresh animation, among other things.
Because Search houses the Google Experience Launcher (GEL) inside, this update also brings GEL to all devices running Android 4.1+. All you need to do after installing Search 3.1.8 is install the launcher app from here, and voila - GEL for all, not just KitKat devices. I have it running on 4.1, 4.3, and 4.4 on both phones and tablets, and it finally looks perfect.
The Anomaly games are a really good time – even the preview build of Anomaly 2 we got to take a look at a few weeks ago was already excellent. Now the game has been fully optimized for Android and it's in the Play Store for your alien-blasting pleasure.
Anomaly 2 has the same reverse tower defense gameplay as the first two games, but now you've got some cool new vehicles that can transform. Each mode has its advantages, so it's up to you to make sure you choose the right tool for the job. There are still all those power ups to manage and the deep tactical control that made the first two games great.
A new update to Google+ is currently rolling out, and when it hits your device, not only will it bring along the usual bug fixes and performance increases, it will contain a number of new features. The Photos app now supports Android Beam, so two Android owners can share images with one another over NFC. There is also the new option to set images within Photos as a Daydream that plays whenever a device is docked. Lastly, users can pull up photo details from the drop-down menu, an ability that's more useful than it is exciting. A Google+ developer has shared screenshots of all three new features in action.
If you're a root user, listen up. Chainfire updated SuperSU to v1.69 as of last night, which fixes two exploits that could allow an attacker to leverage root privileges without first prompting the user. Probably nothing to get overly anxious about, but it's definitely a good idea to make sure you're running the latest. Details of these exploits will be released next Monday, so you'll want to grab the update before then.
Fortunately, this one's pretty easy – just install the update from the Play Store and you're covered; no need to flash anything.
This update also includes a handful of other fixes and things:
Changelog - XBIN mode (some new roots need this) - Slightly adjusted binary installer - Backup script installation now available for all backuptool-capable ROMs - Fixed su-ing to a non-root user not working on some 4.3+ firmwares - Fixed BOOTCLASSPATH vulnerability (CVE-2013-6774) - Fixed notification sanitization vulnerability (CVE-2013-6775) - Fixed possible closed special files vulnerability - Updated language files
The update is already live in the Play Store, so make sure to pull it down as soon as you can.
Game publishers can't debut a new mainstream console title these days without pushing out a free smartphone companion app to go with it, so here comes the latest offering. Actually, this one's a bit late, considering that NBA 2K14 launched for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back on October 1st. Nevertheless, 2K Games has released MyNBA2K14 to enhance the experience of anyone who purchased the title for either platform.
The big next-generation game console releases are just days away, and Sony is getting ready with a major update to the PlayStation Android app. Just as Sony promised, the app will plug into the PS4 and all Sony's associated online services. You'll need a PS4 to take full advantage of the app, but it seems like it'll be much more useful in the PlayStation 4 era.
There is another big Pushbullet update hitting Google Play today, and you're going to want to check this one out. The new version of Pushbullet adds a notification mirroring feature that shoots all your Android notifications over to the desktop via the Chrome extension.
Setup is super-fast, especially if you already have the Pushbullet extension on the desktop for all the other cool stuff it can do. The app will ask if you want to enable the mirroring service when it is opened after the update. You'll have to add Pushbullet to the notification listener service (Android 4.3 and higher) or Accessibility (Android 4.2 and lower).
If building blocks are still the first things to come to mind when you hear the word "LEGO", it might just be a sign of your age. LEGO video games have been hitting the market for over a decade now, and they've been good enough to appeal to kids and adults alike. Of course, if the brand has spawned games, it's also inspired television shows and movies. The latest LEGO app to enter the Play Store provides direct access to the official LEGO YouTube Channel and select downloadable movies, so you, or your kid, can stream and download LEGO content all day long.
After a bit of testing, the CyanogenMod Installer app has hit Google Play for everyone. When combined with the desktop client (and a USB cable), this becomes the fastest way to install CyanogenMod. It won't work on every phone, but it completely automates things on supported devices.