● Fixed a bug that prevented some from sending SMS longer than 160 characters
The latest version of Google Hangouts for Android, 2.0.303, has begun rolling out to handsets this morning. This new version doesn't appear to bring much in the way of changes; the only thing we've spotted so far has been a new option to enable or disable sending of usage statistics to Google to improve the app.
Looks like another big "Update Wednesday" for Google, starting with the Drive app. Today's update brings just a couple of small-ish changes... unless, like the rest of the internet, you have an obsession with animated GIFs. Or you scan a lot of documents. Or both.
New 1x1 widget for faster document scanning
Support for animated GIFs
It's worth noting that the widget doesn't actually show up under the widgets menu on launchers like Nova, but rather under the "shortcuts" option.
Google's begun rolling out an update to Maps, bumping it from version 7.5 to version 7.6 just after flipping the switch on dynamic rerouting. Officially, what's new in the update hasn't been laid out, but as usual we've managed to get the APK and take a quick peek inside. In this post, we'll outline some of the new, interesting bits we've found in the new app, and those who don't want to wait for the update can grab the APK themselves at the bottom of the post.
Sometimes you need help getting things done, and Basecamp is particularly adept at that. Basecamp is the most popular project management tool on the web (we even use it here at Android Police), but now there's an official Android app with to-dos, discussions, and more. There is much celebration on the team right now.
Basecamp has a mobile web interface, but this app is (thankfully) more than just a web wrapper.
The LG G Flex is big, slightly curved, and generally overpriced. Now you can add one more thing to that list - it's available from T-Mobile right on schedule. Anyone who wants to own this phone commitment-free for $672 (or for $28 a month over the course of two years) can do so right away, both online and in stores.
Most games are just about entertainment, but sometimes you can do a little good too. Play to Cure: Genes In Space is a mobile game developed for Cancer Research UK as a way to get people all over the world involved in sorting through real genetic data and help scientists get a handle on the causes of cancer. Also, there are space ships.
In the game, you are collecting Element Alpha, which is a made up thing.
Path is one of the few social networks that doesn't encourage users to befriend or follow as many people as they can, instead encouraging users to strengthen relationships with a limited number of others using messages and pictures. Now, add personal videos to that list. With version 3.4, users can now use Path to capture up to 30 seconds of video and share it with their friends.
Talon debuted just a few weeks ago and has already become one of the best Twitter clients available on Android. There is even a beta program where the developer is testing out new features with frequent updates. Now that the bugs have been worked out in the beta, version 1.3 has gone live for everyone, and it's packing plenty of new features and improvements.
If Chrome isn't cutting it for you, or if you're a die-hard Mozilla fan, or if you'd just like the ability to watch Flash videos every once in a while, the Android version of Firefox is your best bet. Mozilla keeps coming with steady updates, and the latest fixes an especially vexing problem: Flash support is back in KitKat. (It's still marked as unresolved in the release notes for Firefox 27, but I've tested it on my own KitKat tablet.) You'll still need an archived version of Flash to make the plugin work.
As Google Glass continues toward an inevitable public release, users (and developers) are still trying to puzzle out exactly what the device is best suited for. There are games, cooking apps, news alert apps, and of course a tidy bundle of Google services in the slowly expanding list of official Glassware. Of course, there's more to Glass than official Glassware. Developers are making some fairly compelling tools for Google's eyeball computer, and Brivo Labs, in an effort to "explore the future of wearable technology," recently published a demonstration of one such tool.