Transport on-demand service Uber started up a Play Store beta program a few weeks ago to test a big change. Today that version 3.0 redesign is live in the Play Store for everyone to enjoy. It looks like a nice visual improvement, but the changelog doesn't mention any new features in particular.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a literal tower defense game, a 2D aerial shooter, and an adventure game featuring the biggest leading Lady on Earth. Read More
Android surpassed iOS in global smartphone marketshare ages ago, yet iOS still tends to get new apps and games before it. The easy critique is that bone-headed developers are still lovestruck with Apple. A more reasonable critic would acknowledge that developing software that can run on the countless Android devices out there is going to take more time and effort than supporting a single piece of hardware. Developer Game Oven Studios has posted a short vine clip that sums this up in just a glance. Read More
It's no secret that Bluetooth has been a problem child for Android, plagued with poor audio quality and connectivity issues. I've already covered a handful of common problems in a previous post, but another issue has been emerging in the last few months that threatens to virtually kill all Bluetooth operation on a device in the right conditions. The culprit is a nasty little oversight in the Bluetooth Low-Energy code added with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Read More
While Chrome Beta users have been on version 35 for the last several weeks, those who prefer to stay with the Stable build are finally getting a taste of what's been cooking under the beta hood for a while now. This includes some navigation enhancements, improved video support, and a few others.
- Undo Tab Close
- Fullscreen video with Subtitles and HTML5 controls
- Support for some multi-window devices
- Support for casting some videos with Chromecast
- Other bug fixes
Version 35 is rolling out through the Play Store now, so jump in and grab the update. Read More
Google's social boss was kind enough to give us the rundown of what was in the new G+ update this morning, but he did omit a few key details. One feature in particular that didn't get mentioned finally makes that location screen worth using. You can now jump directly into turn-by-turn navigation to make your way to wherever your friends are on the map.
Between Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox, the question is clear - do you want to store your files on a drive or in a box? Cloud storage provider Box knows which way it wants you to answer, and the company is rolling out an update to its Android app today that it hopes may influence your choice. Version 3.0 of the app introduces a new image gallery that can preview photos without requiring users to load up full images, saving bandwidth. Read More
Did you buy a Samsung Galaxy S5 or an HTC One M8 recently? Prepare to be disappointed. In addition to rumors of a souped-up Galaxy S5 "Prime," the reliable Evleaks has posted what appears to be a full 360-degree rendering of an even newer flagship from HTC. The so-called One M8 Prime looks like a bigger, badder version of the M8 - note the relatively huge bump for the primary camera and a more flat and less rounded design overall. Read More
Android Wear is still somewhere over the horizon, but your wrist is all cold and naked now. Why not pick up a Qualcomm Toq to keep it warm for the time being? You can get one for a reasonable price today on Amazon or Groupon.
Free-to-play is a divisive topic in the games industry right now. Some developers and publishers, especially in the mobile gaming world, love it - free games get downloaded more, and they have the potential to bring in more revenue. Gamers used to the "pay once, pay forever" model of games and software in general over the last 30 years think it's changing the industry and damaging both the economics and the mechanics of gaming itself. Read More