The Play Store is home to all kinds of services you can subscribe to. Since January, Google's been testing a way to view all the apps you're paying a recurring fee for through Google Play. It's taken form as a convenient subscriptions center, accessible from the the left-hand menu in the Play Store on both mobile and desktop. Now, Google has announced several changes to the way subscriptions work on developers' end. Read More
Google's burgeoning live how-to service, Helpouts, got a brand new version of its Android app yesterday, bringing it up to version 1.3. The service, for those unaware, pairs those who know how to do things with those who do not know how to do things, connecting the two over video. Those doing the helping can charge or offer their insight for free.
At any rate, the updated app offers users improved Helpouts listings, the ability to share Helpouts, refer friends, and manage referrals. Besides that, 1.3 offers Helpouts providers more tools to manage their listings. Providers can block users from inside the app, and can also switch on live help for their listings, both features that were once reserved for the web interface. Read More
Android developer console, which Android devs use to publish and manage applications, now supports multiple users without having to share a single account (and, more importantly, its password).
This may not be a big deal to one-person teams, but for larger companies it's pure gold. The addition of these user accounts also carries the benefit of fine-grained controls over permissions. Currently the only togglable permission is access to financial reports, but the Android team promised to roll out more in the future.
This is what the interface looks like before you invite anyone:
And here's what happens after you do:
Developers can check out the new feature under the Manage user accounts link in the console. Read More
Building on the success of their cloud storage aggregator ZeroPC Cloud Navigator, ZeroDesktop introduced ZeroPC Photo Connect to Google's Play Store today. The app works on the same premise as its forebear, Photo Connect pulls together all your photos from popular storage services, ranging from Picasa to Facebook to Dropbox, Evernote, and Photobucket.
Besides offering access to your various photo storage services, Photo Connect brings photos together into a tiled "timeline" interface, allowing users to browse through photos from all sources at once, according to when they were uploaded. The app also automatically syncs with each service (if you allow it to), ensuring an up-to-date collection. Read More
How many task managers that keep track of To-Do items can we need on Android? The creators of Taskos, which in itself is a task list manager, thought we were in such dire need for one more that they had to one-up even themselves and create Any.DO.
Any.DO has a completely new interface that is so slick that you will find yourself wondering whether you're running an Android app at all. In fact, it's kind of reminiscent of a style Windows Phone 7 uses, but don't freak out - that's actually a good thing. Fresh, fluid, and extremely clean - it is a breath of fresh air from the second you start using it. Read More
For millions of coffee drinkers, Starbucks is a sort of a daily Mecca - they can't imagine skipping even a day, and spending over $100 a month on liquid caffeinated pleasures is pretty much business as usual. Because of that, unofficial Starbucks apps that replace Starbuck's own Starbucks Cards on mobile devices quickly gained popularity.
If you've followed the history of the most popular one of them - the 4.7-star Starbucks Card Widget, you may have seen that Starbucks actually C&D'ed them back in February for using the brand name, after which the app got reborn as My Coffee Card and was most recently featured as Amazon Appstore's free app of the day. Read More
Users of Synology branded NAS (network attached storage) boxes have been pleading with the company for a long time to add Android support for direct file management to the existing suite of apps - DS Audio, DS Photo+, and DS Cam. While having apps dedicated to remotely playing music, looking at pictures, and monitoring cameras is great, the primary functionality one would naturally want from a pile of hard drives attached to the network is, well, file management. Think Dropbox, except instead of the cloud, you use your own NAS box.
DS File, released a few hours ago by Synology, plugs this gaping hole perfectly. Read More
Imgur.com is one of the best, if not the best, sites to upload that image you're about to share with a gazillion people. The site is very simple and robust, yet incredibly functional, and, most importantly, allows all uploaded images to be embedded on other sites without complaining about hotlinking. It is the service used almost exclusively for sharing pictures on reddit.com (hi all redditors!). Imgur started as an anonymous one-time upload service but later introduced account support, which was probably the most frequently requested feature.
Today marks the arrival of an Imgur Android client with account support baked. I'd like to point out that there are actually 2 other imgur apps on the Market already, but neither of them offers the ability to log in. Read More