Remember Screen? It was Yahoo's 2013 video portal venture that aimed to bring clips from renowned sources like Saturday Night Live, BuzzFeed, and College Humor into one single service that's easy to browse. The corresponding Android app launched less than two years ago, and was actually quite decent for what it aimed to do. But alas, Screen is no more. Yahoo just called it quits and shattered its Screen.
Despite some original programming and lots of money spent on getting the service started and keeping it going, Screen's viewership stayed flat from February 2014 to September 2015. Compared to other video services that were growing rapidly, this wasn't good news and is the main reason for the decision to shut it down. Read More
Introduced with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Live Photos was a new iOS feature that created a more dynamic photo experience. Instead of being limited to the single shot that users see when they press the shutter button, the camera would capture several shots around that moment, allowing you to move a few seconds or milliseconds and choose a better timed picture. Another benefit was the creation of a small stop-motion or gif-like animation of the different photos, to capture the breadth of the moment instead of fixing one frame in time.
I liked the Live Photos idea and was certain that some enterprising Android developers would soon bring it to their third-party camera app. Read More
VentureBeat has published a report that commits to some major changes on the part of the Galaxy S7. This year's flagship from Samsung, if the claims prove to be true, will reintroduce a couple of hardware features left behind with the S5. Read More
Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.
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Blown Away: First Try
Blown Away is an interesting little platforming game. The chief mechanic is a quick teleporting move - zapping from spot to spot basically replaces the main character's jump move, and creates some interesting puzzles and progression. Read More
Android Auto is probably the most expensive form of Android you're considering paying for, and the options aren't nearly as diverse as they are with phones. You either have to buy the latest model from a car maker that offers support, or you upgrade your stereo. On the positive side, more manufacturers are jumping on board. Fiat Chrysler will show off Android Auto support at this year's CES. Read More
The cost of tablets has come down significantly in the last few years, which makes them viable as a family-oriented computing device. That's the approach Acer is taking with the new Iconia One 8, which will retail for a mere $99 when it comes to North America next month. Read More
AccuWeather is one of the most popular dedicated weather apps in the world - on the Play Store it's racked up somewhere between 50 and 100 million downloads, and that's just for the free version. The latest update actually started sometime around Christmas, and it's been going out in Google-style stages, so it's taken us this long to spot it. Version 4.0 significantly updates the user interface of the app to bring it more in line with Material Design standards... sort of. Read More
Most smart watches and similar wearables use re-purposed phone processors like the Snapdragon 400. MediaTek is trying to offer a more focused alternative with the just-announced MT2523. It's a complete system-in-package (SiP) for wearables with GPS, dual-mode Bluetooth LE, support for high-resolution screens, and a highly efficient Cortex M4 CPU. Read More
Google is making good on its promise to release monthly security patches to the Android Open Source Project that fix some issues and patch up potential vulnerabilities to the system. Now that we've turned the calendar to a new month, the corresponding updates should be almost upon us and indeed, we've spotted a few hints of them online. Read More