Facebook isn't exactly the world's most beloved company these days. While billions of people still use the site daily — not to mention Instagram and WhatsApp — there's also a significant chunk of users who would love nothing more than to leave the social network behind. To its credit, Facebook is making it a little easier to transfer your posts and notes from the site, expanding on its already-existing data exporting tool in a new update. Read More
Blogger used to be the go-to platform for anyone who wanted to share their words and opinions with the internet, but it has long been surpassed by social media on the consumer side and WordPress and Medium on the more professional side. We assumed that Google would just let the service die slowly by not providing updates to it anymore, but today, a new Android app version has been released on the Play Store after two years of stagnation. The update replaces the Holo interface of old with a modern Material redesign, bringing the product in line with Google's other offers. Read More
While personal blogs aren't really the thing they once were, Google believes they "add to the vitality of the web." To that end, the company has introduced Blog Compass, a new platform for managing blogs. The app is currently only available as a beta in India, but it could come to more regions depending on its popularity and user feedback. Read More
Google Trips is one of the hidden gems of Google's arsenal of apps. What started as a small app that manages your flight and hotel reservations is now nearly a full-blown travel planner with essential tips on how to get around and what you need to know about the city/country you're going to, management for many reservation types, saved places that sync with Google Maps, discounts and offers on various activities, and a complete list of places to visit with ratings and reviews from the Maps community.
It's the latter part that's getting updated now with one small, but handy, addition. Read More
It's been a full seven months since Google last updated its Blogger app, but the time has not been wasted. The new version ushers in a larger interface tailored for tablets. Improvements to the compose screen should also make poking out posts easier on that larger display.
The tablet interface is not drastically different from the mobile version, so it's a tad baffling why this update took so long to surface. The improvements listed in the latest version are nice; there just aren't that many of them.
What's in this version:
- Tablet support
- Improved compose screen - WYSIWYG editor for existing posts
- Performance improvements
- Minor bug fixes
Blogger supports both creating new posts from scratch and editing posts that have been already published. Read More
After months of basically no action at all, Google has finally updated the Blogger for Android app with a new UI, as well as some improved features and bug fixes.
The new UI takes a page from the book of Holo, as it is now much more in-line with Android 4.0+ functionality. On top of the new interface, the update also adds support for more languages, enhancements to scheduled posts, and auto-sign in when a blog is viewed on the web.
Aside from these additions, some of the Play Store comments indicate that it also fixes a number of annoyances, adding the option to load more than 20 posts, better publishing, and improved settings. Read More