Google Maps is one of those apps that will always have an enormous number of potential new features, so it's interesting to see the things Google is focusing on with each new release. We just saw an update to v9.2 with new navigation settings and auto-correct for searches, but there are plenty of other really interesting additions in the works. Let's take a look at some of the features we might have to look forward to.
Back in August of 2012, I reviewed a set of Bluetooth earbuds from Phiaton called the PS 210 BTNC. At the time I found them quite pleasant to use, that huge clip-on "remote" be damned. Fast-forward two years and Phiaton is back with the 210's successor, the BT 220 NC ($160). Here's the questionable part: the design is basically the same. While most Bluetooth earbud manufacturers have moved to a much smaller, more practical design, Phiaton is sticking to its guns with the wired remote.
Business owners already keep up with Yelp, as reviews can make or break sales. But at the end of the day, the mobile app remains a consumer-facing piece of software, encouraging users to check out which establishments are hot and leave their own feedback.
While Yelp isn't changing its main app, it has released a separate one that acknowledges how much attention the people running restaurants and stores pay to the service.
Fans of the classic SimCity franchise, today is... no, wait. EA has the license for SimCity, don't they? And this is an EA mobile game? Yeeeeeaaaaah, maybe you folks should just track down an old Pentium 4 machine and load up SimCity 2000 instead.
If Electronic Arts' terrible track record of reviving classic franchises for mobile doesn't dissuade you, then SimCity BuildIt is now available internationally from the Play Store. As with most EA games, it has had a brief period of geographically-restricted testing, but now it looks like most territories with access to the Play Store have access to the game.
The developers at Pushbullet seem to have some kind of strange compulsion that forces them to add cool new stuff to their Android-desktop syncing and notification app on a regular basis. Not that we're complaining - PushBullet is a personal favorite of many of us here at Android Police. Today it gets a little better still: the latest update to the Android app and various browser extensions adds the action buttons from Rich Notifications to the mirrored alerts on the desktop.
One of the new features we were promised to see in Android Wear 5.0.1 is the ability to retrieve a dismissed notification. Prior to this version, if you received a message, an app notification, or had any other card type appear on your watch, swiping it to the right would dismiss it with no option to get it back. Whether you swiped by mistake, or you did it and then remembered that you forgot to check or act on something in the notification, you ended up having to fish your phone and manage things there.
Millions of smartphones will be bought during the holidays and the new owners' urge to quickly fill them up with apps and games is a great monetary opportunity. That's why Google seems to be eager to cross off many of its carrier billing deals before the end of 2014. So after Saudi Arabia's STC and Indonesia's Indosat, direct billing is expanding to 7 new operators in Europe.
First of all, three new countries join the list with available carrier billing: Hungary with Telenor, Romania with Orange Romania, and Turkey with Turkcell.
LG was fast to toot its own horn after being the first OEM to (sort of) push out a Lollipop update. That original OTA only went out to Poland, but now users of the international D855 model are getting their updates all across Europe.
CBS's sports offering has gotten a tweaked look along with some meaningful functionality enhancements in its latest update, making it among the best options for an all-purpose sports app. Most notably, you'll see that it has a new Material Design-esque interface. Dive in further and you'll find new and improved basketball play-by-play, customizable alerts, and more.
Amazon is fond of comparison tables that show how capable the Fire TV is, but there's always been one glaring omission—HBO Go. The premium streaming service has been listed as "coming soon" for a long time, but today Amazon gets to add another checkbox as HBO Go comes to Fire TV.