As if there weren't enough contenders out there for music subscription service, Slacker Radio has updated its business model. You can still get the standard ad-supported radio station features that were always available. However the company has added a Spotify-like buffet option for $10/month. Pony up the dough and you can remove all ads and listen to as many tracks as you want.
The combination is pretty powerful, as one of the biggest complaints over Spotify is its discovery problems. Slacker Radio never really dethroned Pandora, but it did offer some stiff competition. There has been relatively little overlap between radio and subscription services.
It's hard for a Twitter client to make a name for itself with the market so saturated with competitors, but maybe Neatly has a shot. This Twitter client isn't just delivering your Tweets; it lets you sort, filter, and highlight tweets in your timeline so you see more relevant information. This app has arrived on basically every other platform (even Symbian and BlackBerry 10), but the developers have now offered up a beta Android version for you to try in advance of the actual release.
Neatly claims to be a smarter Twitter client. It scans your timeline and can build you an interest-based experience rather than just showing you everything.
There's little doubt that Pokémon is the very best at separating parents from money. Like no franchise ever was. Getting Nintendo to relinquish control of content, though, is a real test. It doesn't generally stream its show for free without good cause. Today, however, it's available across the land. The animated series can now be streamed to Android handsets far and wide.
Admittedly Pokémon licensing is something I don't understand, but it's pretty powerful that this app has free episodes inside. It's not the complete series, but it's probably enough Pokémon for you and me. I haven't seen the show since high school, but I knew a reunion was destiny.
Foursquare received a significant update today, adding new features like nearby friends and places on the home screen map, and a "Best Nearby" button that allows you to see highly rated locations in your general vicinity. Here's the full changelog:
We’ve made some big changes, making it easier to quickly find the best stuff nearby: ✓ Explore is at the top of the home screen so you can quickly find whatever you’re craving. Tap “Best Nearby” to see our top picks in the area! ✓ See friends and places nearby on the home screen map ✓ Access your to-do list and other essentials with the left drawer ✓ The check in button is at the bottom left ✓ Lots more!
It's surprisingly hard to make a mobile game, or at least, a mobile game that's worth playing. Mobile developers are still in their infancy, at least compared with their console and PC counterparts. So when someone manages to release a fun, polished game that works well on smartphones and avoids some of the more glaring pitfalls of the platform, we sit up and take notice. Such is the case with Roller Rally: Snake Pass, an Android port of a popular iOS title from MilkyTea.
The premise of Roller Rally is simple. Four animals are in a roller-skating race down a mountain, and the first one across the finish line wins.
Swiftkey's new Flow beta has been a crowd-favorite since its release. The company behind one of the best Android keyboard replacement apps has pushed a new update that brings a variety of bugfixes—including a bunch of crashes—and improvements such as a nicer-looking installer, a new Turkish layout, and better punctuation prediction for non-English languages.
* Fixed crash on changing keyboards * Fixed force close on clicking update language * Fixed other crashes * Resolved majority of non-English punctuation problems * New look installer to match SwiftKey Flow colors and include an introduction to SwiftKey Flow * Added Turkish layout * Chrome Beta should now behave like Chrome * Snap and tap (correction of words) now compatible with Vietnamese * Memory usage of settings app reduced * Improved handling of non-zero length selection in Chrome and Samsung mail client * Fixed jumping cursor in ExDialler and Samsung calculator * Microphone key disabled in fields that don’t support voice input * Fix for keyboard disappearing when phone build installed on tablet sized devices * Disabled predictions in Kingsoft Office and UC browser to make SK usable in them * Double space for period turned off by default to prevent accidental period insertion when flowing * Replaced ‘learnt’ with ‘learned’ in personalization page (US English) * Turned off slide down from candidate bar to close keyboard when flow is on (to be consistent with the description in the Settings menu)
* Crashes when looking at the heatmap if you visit immediately after using the alternative symbols layout * Comma key on Arabic keyboard inserts western comma * Predictions sometimes blank when switching between languages * Flowing words sometimes results in surprising capitalizations * “No SD card” ribbon looks bad on low end devices
Can we be honest with ourselves? Plex kinda sucks. Hard to blame it, most third-party media centers on Android do at the moment. As a lengthy blog post by the developer points out, part of that has been due to Android's inflexibility and lack of a coherent UI in its history. That's changed over the last couple years and now Plex has been rebuilt from the ground up to be a lot more beautiful and a lot more functional.
The new version has followed the Android Design Guidelines very closely and it shows. While most of us here at Android Police are of the opinion that Holo alone does not make a good UI, the addition is most welcome, given the way the old version looks.
If you have a Sonos music system, then the companion app for Android just got quite a bit more useful. To go along with a new update for your Sonos system, the company also updated its Android app with a handful of new features:
One-click access to your favorite music, radio, and playlists with "Sonos Favorites."
Now Playing widget that is customizable by room and provides instant control of Sonos without launching the full app.
Taskbar notifications to display the currently playing track.
Improved search features.
So there you go – it's like Christmas for your Sonos. With new firmware and an improved app, it's like getting a brand new gadget!
We're all eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Ouya and the one question we need to have answered is whether or not the platform will be able to acquire enough interesting games to be worthwhile. One of the ways the company is generating interest and content is with a 10-day developer competition. Keeping in mind that the entire programming process occurred in a little more than a week (and in some cases, less than that) and all the titles are unfinished, here's a look at some of the games that may end up on the console.
This might just be one of the most visually-polished games to come out so far.
If you're currently dissatisfied with the selection of lockscreen widgets for Android 4.2 devices, a fantastic new entry from Android Engineer Roman Nurik just hit the Play Store. It's called DashClock Widget, and it's one of the cleanest, best-integrated widgets we've ever seen.
DashClock Widget combines many of the most common widgets – Gmail unread count, weather, calendar, missed calls, text messages, and alarms – into one clean, sophisticated, customizable widget. The clock is the only thing that's static, so you can choose which "extensions" should be displayed. And if you want to remove one, you can swipe it away in the settings menu.