Android 6.0 Marshmallow's text selection behavior changed, pushing the toolbar from the top of the screen to a floating one that pops up right above your finger. It also made this popup expandable and accessible to developers, some of which have since updated their apps to take advantage of this new option. First, Google Translate added a system-wide Translate button, making it possible for users to convert any word or sentence they come across into another language. Then Medium built a highlight and respond option inside the toolbar that only got triggered while using its app. Now Wikipedia's beta app has received an update to start searches from anywhere on your device. Read More
Google is on an update spree for most of its apps, probably getting everything as ready as it could before the end of the year holidays. An update to Google+ rolled out yesterday, bringing the app up to version 6.9 and updating the look of the Notifications tab.
Previously, this tab was a slide-out from the right side of the screen, and it only covered about three quarters letting other content show beneath it. Read More
SwiftKey — the company behind the eponymous keyboard app — has just released SwiftKey Symbols, an app designed to make it easier for non-verbal individuals to communicate. The picture-based keyboard was developed by a small team at SwiftKey that wanted to make it easier for children with autism or other speaking difficulties to express themselves, and is especially geared towards those individuals.
The app lets users construct entire sentences by picking an image from several categories, such as people, actions, and colors, or from the smart suggestion bar. By harnessing the prediction engine of the SwiftKey SDK, SwiftKey Symbols can more accurately guess at what words or expressions to suggest next. Read More
On the surface, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow looked like an aesthetic fix that brought nothing but dozens of new emojis to our devices. However, the more we use it, the more we discover small fixes that have been applied to improve the overall experience, like the jumping behavior of the Share menu, the failed MMS bug, and more. Another change you might notice is that the lag when waiting for the floating toolbar to pop up is gone.
On Android 6.0, if you selected some text to copy it or share it, you had to wait almost a second to see the floating toolbar show. Read More
Hello? It's me, I was wondering if everyone has heard this song already or if we'd have to go over everything. They say a good update is supposed to heal apps, but JetBlue ain't done much healing...
Well, it kinda did. Version 3.0 of the app got some important additions like check-in cancelation, seat upgrade, and info scanning, but the reason we're talking about it is the last line in JetBlue's changelog. You all know how we love an interesting changelog here at AP (example 1, 2, etc) because it shows the human side of developers and corporations, and this one caught our attention. Read More
Google Drive is the hub for all of Google's online document editors, so you might end up with a lot of stuff in there. Google is rolling out some improvements to search that will make it easier to find what you're looking for. The updates will apply to the web and Android (and iOS). Read More
Like the original Chromebook Pixel, the Pixel C (which became available on the Google Store for a starting price of $499.99 yesterday) leaves many people scratching their heads. The usual criticism is that the device is too expensive for what it is, a high-end tablet hybrid meant for productivity—only one that lacks the requisite software. You could say this dichotomy is part of the Pixel brand.
Today the Pixel C team held an hour-long Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) from 11 to 12 PM PT. Read More