Deezer, a company that provides an online music streaming service, announced today that it has acquired Stitcher, the well-known internet radio and podcasting brand. Sometimes acquisitions leave us scratching our heads in confusion. Other times they leave us feeling uneasy as we wonder whether the buyer will be able to successfully navigate the market they're now setting foot in. Occasionally companies are simply after talent. Then in certain situations, we watch as beloved brands disappear under a competitor's name.
It's getting to be the time of year when developers drop sales on us left and right, and a few are already getting into the habit. There are two franchises of games on sale, and a couple other neat apps are along for the ride.
Amazon's Android app has received an update to 5.1 that's all about reducing how much typing you need to do to use the app. We've spotted changes to the search UI that make it possible to perform inquiries using your voice. We've also come across strings hinting that credit card scanning is either already included or on its way.
When you hit the magnifying glass in the action bar to begin a search, the screen that appears will now contain a microphone for voice searches.
People are still waiting to get their hands on invites to use Inbox by Gmail, but as those trickle in, Google's pushing out more ways to access to service. We've already provided a hands-on look at the Android app. Users can also interact with their spiffy new inbox in a web browser by heading to inbox.google.com.
For people who prefer a handy shortcut, or for Chromebook users who want something that kind of feels like a dedicated email client, Google has released an Inbox by Gmail app into the Chrome Web Store.
Looking for a parking spot can get frustrating regardless of where you live, but it's particularly annoying in the heart of urban areas where not just parking spots, but parking lots, are difficult to come by. The new CitySpot app for Google Glass can help with this. Without taking their eyes off the road, drivers can turn to it to find nearby parking.
CitySpot starts by pulling up your location before looking for the nearest parking lot and running it by you.
Have you signed up to for an invite to Inbox by Gmail? It looks like public invitations to the service have begun rolling out en masse.
Be sure to check your Gmail if you signed up. If you haven't, email [email protected] to get put on the waitlist, but if you signed up yesterday you should probably be seeing an invite shortly. You can check out our quick hands-on here for a primer.
After all the Lollipop craziness over the last week or so, you're probably looking to relax and stop obsessing over when you're going to get that lovely update. Okay, maybe you're still freaking out, but try to calm down anyway. Here, look at these apps and games that are on sale.
When Android runs on a TV, it's still Android, there are just a few checks in place to make sure users aren't installing unprepared phone apps to their big screens all willy-nilly, creating the kind of awful UI experience that could make a techie cry and any one else scrunch their face in confusion. In a way, Google's only trying to protect us from ourselves. Most TV viewers will want nothing to do with such shenanigans, so only apps that have been updated and declared compatible with Android TV work with the platform out of the box.
No Lollipop? No problem. You can get some slick new Material Design themes for your keyboard in the SwiftKey store to make your phone feel a little more modern. Okay, I guess it is still a bummer that you don't have Lollipop yet, but that's not SwiftKey's fault. How about you just enjoy the themes?
Games with a compelling story and good voice acting are few and far between on mobile devices, but République appears to be one of them. After getting funded on Kickstarter a few years ago, this game is finally available on Android. It was previously on iOS, where it's gotten positive reviews.