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Snapchat is one of the most popular messaging servicess among the teens. It's been around for over three years now and even though it's yet to monetize its user base, things are going very well for it. There were even rumors Snapchat refused acquisition bids from Facebook and Google worth $3 to $4 billion.
It seems the Snapchat CEO was right to turn those offers, if real. The company is estimating its value at $10 billion as it prepares for another round of financing.
Apparently Yahoo is very close to investing $20 million into Snapchat. It has done such investments before and they turned into billions of profits later.
It's a little weird but Microsoft is working on a new friend tracking feature in an upcoming app People Sense for the Windows Phone devices and is internally referred as "Buddy Aware".
With this app, Windows Phone owners will be able to share their location in real time with their friends and family. The location sharing will also offer step-by-step navigation to the contacts. Quick shortcut for instant messaging, voice calls, and support integration with other third party apps will be anchored inside it. In a way, calling and messaging would be possible right inside, without having to switch between apps.
People Sense app is quite similar to Find My Friends app for iPhone and many others on the Android platform. In fact, Google had a similar implementation named as Google Latitude which was discontinued in August,2013.
Google just released a New Hangouts App for Chrome Browsers and Chrome OS for Desktops. The App packs many UI changes (than the old extension) it also packs floating chats similar to Facebook's Chatheads feature, but for your desktop.
The premise is simple as the demo video below shows, a Hangouts bubble floats on the side of your desktop, opened from Google's Chrome app launcher, and subsequent conversations float above that. Users can click and hold to drag the bubble around and manage/participate in chats just like on the web.
Native app experience. Hangouts runs in the background and notifies you of new messages and incoming calls with animated notifications. Launch Hangouts from the Start menu, have it pinned on your taskbar and switch apps using Alt+Tab. Download it to your Desktop Chrome from Here!
As you may know, HTC is moving all its system Apps to the Play store for constant updates for its customers. One of these Apps are the "HTC Lock Screen". This system app is responsible of locking/unlocking you HTC device with your security setting (pin code, pattern, face unlock.. etc).
HTC Update the lock screen App bringing a new mechanism to prevent you from unintentionally triggering factory reset, which fix a critical issue with new Sense 6 device that can factory reset your device if the failed to unlock the phone security lock screen multiple times. Head to the Google Play store link below and update.
HTC Scribble is Now Available in the Play Store. HTC Scribble is one of those little add-on features in Sense that doesn't get much press... on account of it not being very useful. Scribble is basically a digital scrapbooking app made to highlight some other features of Sense, like Zoe and some rudimentary stylus support. The app was introduced on the plus-sized HTC One Max, but may be available for other One devices.
HTC bills Scribble as a super-flexible way to do everything from making a digital collage to keeping track of a budget, but aside from a few neat extras like the ability to take a photo inside the app itself, it's probably more unwieldy than dedicated apps. Text, audio recordings, and a variety of stickers can be inserted into a Scribble project, and at least some of the text can be dynamic, including basic column support.
For all the issues with the Duo Camera on HTC's flagship One M8, the selective focus thing is pretty fun to play with. With the newest update to the HTC Gallery app in the Play Store, M8 owners can share Duo Camera images to the web that anyone can use to change the focus. It's sort of like those Lytro camera embeds.
Now, you can share with your friends your images with 3D-effect or Ufocus images as an interactive image online. It's a software trick, but it's more reliable than most similar solutions on other devices. In the updated Gallery app, just share your Ufocus edit and you can embed the image anyplace online. It's also hosted by HTC.
In order to access this feature you'll need to Update your HTC Gallery App from the play store.
Included out of the box with the HTC Desire EYE, Eye Experience offers a number of cool features for the phone's cameras including Face-Fusion, Screen Share, Split Capture and Auto Selfie to name a few. In a rush to get the Eye Experience update pushed-out to HTC One M8 users, HTC had to leave out the Crop-Me-In feature that was part of the original package.
Today, an update to the Android version of the HTC Camera app brings a beta version of the Crop-Me-In feature to HTC One M8 owners. This feature allows you to crop a selfie taken with the front-facing camera into a picture snapped with the rear camera. You can put yourself in the middle of any situation and share the "proof" with your friends and family via social media.
HTC is still publishing it's main OEM system Apps on the Play store for easier updates regardless of firmware versions, operator approval. Today, HTC just published it's Video Player App for HTC Sense. The App is available to a selected HTC devices.
This is the same video player that's built inside HTC's Sense UI layer, with multiple format decoding, gesture controls (two-finger swipes act as FF and RW for example), streaming, still image capturing, and subtitle support. The player also allows a few simple editing tweaks like trimming and playback speed adjustment for slow-motion videos.
You can download the HTC video player version 6.5 APK from the link below, or wait until the update hits your HTC device via Google Play Store.
HTC introduced the fitness and health focused app "Fun Fit" alongside its flagship smartphone One M9. Loaded with several helpful features, the application is now available for free from the Google Play store.
HTC has tailored the Fun Fit with a Sense-like fee, coupled with basic features for health and fitness tracking. For instance, the app will offer data related to steps taken, calories burned, time and distance.
These tracked activities will be shown in the form of fancy charts for better understanding of the data. Users can also feed their measurements and set goals. And of course, Facebook integration allows sharing the data with friends and contacts over the social network.
Just when people were starting to think that the "Made for Samsung" program which Samsung had announced at the CES in January was scrapped, the Korean company just declared their first endeavor in that line. As it turns out, Samsung's partner in this particular initiative is The Weather Channel and together, they have launched the first application within the Made for Samsung program. The application is exclusively available for the Note 5, the S6 Edge+ and the S7 Edge.
The app offers brand new features, among which, one in particular sounds quite interesting. Apparently, the Smart Weather alarm clock will wake up the user before point, if it decides that the weather conditions might delay the user from being ready in time. Other features of the application include Floating Shortcuts, in-app live wallpapers that are customizable and Edge Alerts for updating the user with the latest changes in weather conditions on the Edge panel.
The application is only available via Galaxy Apps and in case you have one of the three supported smartphones, check it out by searching for "Weather Channel" within the store. If however, you cannot see the application or cannot download it in spite of having the right handset; chances are that it is probably not yet available in your locale. In that case, you can download the APK file directly and give it a try, if you so want.
The beta version of Samsung's latest music application is now available on the Play Store and it's free to download. This will make updating the app easier for Samsung as it no longer has to be part of the Samsung's firmware upgrades. It is an initiative that will make updates for individual Samsung made software more frequent.
If you are wondering what is so special about Samsung Music, you might be disappointed as it is similar to most other music apps on the Play Store, excepting the fact that it is made primarily for Samsung devices and optimized accordingly. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the first flagship smartphones from Samsung to come without the default music player pre-installed and this is probably the beginning of a new trend.
If you are interested to download and give Samsung Music a try then make sure that your device is running at least Android Marshmallow 6.0 as anything below that is incompatible with it. The Samsung music player supports popular formats like WMA, MP3, FLAC and AAC among others. It is also capable of sorting your songs in six categories, namely Artist, Track, Album, Composer, Folder and Genre. Anyone who has used a Samsung device before will feel at home and if you have another compatible device that you want to try it on, feel free to download it now.
Last year in December, we got a news tip that showed the plans for the series of new Android updates for Samsung smartphones. As per that the Note 5's Marshmallow update was pushed from Q4 2015 to Q1 2016. According our tipster during that time the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS pack was under testing. The official shipping was supposed to start in this quarter. Well, right now Samsung has made it official and they are rolling out the update to the unlocked S6 devices across the world and next in line are the carrier models.
The Korean tech giant has also revealed the featured packed in this update. The standard features like power-saving Doze option, the micro permission management, or the video sound speed adjustment will be there. In addition to these, Samsung has modified the user interface too. The notification bar region, which is one of the ugly looking feature of TouchWiz, will now sport a white theme. If we go by the words of the beta testers, it seems the user interface along with the keyboard have been improved in terms of responsiveness and speed.
Moreover they also providing latest Samsung Internet 4.0 browser and a very useful Cross App multi-window option for the chat sessions.
Source : Samsung
Samsung has recently released an application on the Play Store named Wi-Fi Transfer. As far as functionality is concerned, the name itself is quite self-explanatory as it allows users to transfer various files via Wi-Fi without utilizing an active internet connection. One of the two devices is used to setup a Wi-Fi tethering connection, while the other one connects to the first device through the temporary Wi-Fi network.
The technology itself can be used to transfer files between any two smartphones running on Android. However, since Wi-Fi Transfer is an app by Samsung, the only handsets that are able to use the application right now are the ones made by Samsung.
The Play Store already has a good number of apps that allow the same facilities and most of them are compatible with the majority of Android devices. We are not sure what the exact purpose of this application was, but Samsung certainly seems to think that it was needed. The list of compatible smartphones even in the roster of Samsung is unfortunately on the lower side and several bugs have been reported. As it is a newly released application, we are sure that things will get better with each update.
To quote Baltasar Gracián, "A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends." If the report by SamMobile is to be believed, then Samsung and Apple, two of the biggest rivals in the smartphone industry, are about to do business together. Although doing business together is nothing new for the two behemoths as Samsung is possibly developing OLED panels for Apple as we speak, bringing apps to the App Store is something totally new altogether.
According to the report, Samsung apps like Gear Manager, Smart Camera, Samsung Remote Control and S Health are about to make their way on to the App Store on iOS. If you are wondering what an iPhone user will utilize these apps for, then let us inform you that these apps can be used to control other Samsung products like Samsung Smart TVs, smart cameras and smartwatches.
If true, it will make iPhone much more open to products from other companies than it ever was. While this may be great for users who want to enjoy the best of both worlds, we will just have to wait and see how Apple handles it.
One can consider Google to be the pioneer in this field as they were the first ones to get all their apps across all platforms. Smartphone manufacturers like HTC and Blackberry had also done the same with some of their apps a while ago and it seems like Samsung is about to join the bunch.
You can now download and install the Secure Folder application from the Galaxy Apps Store. Unfortunately, the only two devices supported officially at the moment are the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Support for more devices is incoming though, as confirmed by Samsung. It should be noted that the upcoming Galaxy A (2017) series of smartphones will launch with the app pre-installed. Post the Nougat update, the S6 series and the Galaxy Note 5 too should be able to use Secure Folder without any issues.
Secure Folder is an application that brings personal security to Samsung smartphones. Anything the user does inside the Secure Folder remains secret and unavailable to everyone else who does not have access to the app. Everything from pictures, videos, documents and even apps within the Secure Folder is private and inaccessible without access to the app first. This enables users to create multiple accounts on applications like whatsApp, which would not let you operate two accounts from one phone under normal circumstances. If you have a S7 or S7 Edge, give it a try now. If you don't have one, just wait until Samsung expands the support further to your smartphone model.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If you go and search for it in the Play Store or in the App Store, you will find an app named Galaxy Unpacked 2017. It is available for everyone to download and this is what the description says:
Find out everything you need to know about Samsung Unpack with the Samsung UNPACKED 2017 app.
If you're an invited guest, you can also use the app to gain quick access with your e-ticket.
• Get the latest event information direct to your phone, 24/7
• Quickly confirm your attendance
• Enjoy fast entry and avoid registration queues on the door
Download the Samsung UNPACKED 2017 app now!
However, once you open the app and try to sign up, an error message will pop up, informing you that the registrations will open on Wednesday March 22; which is exactly a week from now. As you have probably guessed by now, the event mentioned is the March 29 Unpacking event which will reveal the Galaxy S8 officially to the world. In the meanwhile, if you want to know all that has been leaked about the S8 and S8+ so far, click here and here.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Reading a book on a small screen is not easy. Digital books can scale text according to screen size to ease the problem, but in case of PDF files and comic books which have fixed page size it won't be possible to scale according to screen size without having negative impact on the content.
Google recently announced an update to its Play Books app specifically designed to address this issue. Now Comic book lovers will have better reading experience in their favourite smartphone and tablets.
It focuses on better navigation by implementing a new vertical scrolling feature for comic books in landscape layout. All you need to do is flip the device on its side and scroll through the complete story using vertical swipes. Apart from this Google has also made it easy to search and discover new comics. The redesigned app now organizes series' by the editions, volumes and issues. You will be able to see all the individual issues and synopsis simply by tapping on a series. According to a senior product manager from Google, there would be personalized recommendations for new comics and series to the users.
On this occasion, for a limited period of time Google is offering some digital issues for free. In total they are giving away 44 comics including some of the all-time favourites like Batman and Spawn. According to Google, every Thursday there will be additional deals. Click on the link given below to grab the freebies:
A hint about Google's future plans was given a while back when the search engine giant introduced the Destination feature via Google Search on smartphones. The simplistic feature was designed to help users while planning a vacation and apparently it was only a precursor to the Smart Travel application that the company is beta testing right now. Since it is not available on the Play Store yet, users will have to sign up for the Google Maps Local Guides Program to have access to it.
From what we know so far, the app will gather, store and organize all your travelling details such as hotels, dinner reservations, destinations and flights. Therefore, it will make every necessary detail accessible from the app itself, even without an active internet connection. Additionally, it will also offer suggestions based on the data it collects about your trips. Tap on a previously saved destination to see options like Saved places, Food & drink, Reservations, Things to do, Getting around and Need to know. Travellers and tourists will even see options for public transport in the area, as well as best travelling routes to the destination.
Even if you do not put in your travelling details manually from the FAB tab found at the bottom right corner of the app, it can do a lot on its own by collecting data automatically from your Gmail inbox. If you are not using Gmail as your primary e-mail service however, you will probably need to log in the data manually. In case you are interested in trying out the beta software, sign up for Local Guides and you might just get a chance to be a beta tester yourself!
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Google released a standalone Slides application for Apple iOS devices. Google Slides joined its already available Docs and Sheets relatives in the App Store.
As expected, Google Slides for iOS allows you to sync your spreadsheets with Android devices, as well as laptop or desktop computers. All you need is your Google ID.
Offline editing is available too. Your work progress will be saved to the cloud once you go back online. You can also edit and update already Microsoft PowerPoint files.
According to a new rumor, Google is working on a Revolutionary new Real-time Voice Translation System. This new App will allow users to speak in their native language (e.g. English) and the receiver will get real-time translation in his own language (e.g. French). A report by New York Times claims that the new functionality will be released as an update to Google's Mobile Translate app on Android.
There are not a lot of details right now, but one thing is clear. Google won't be offering two-way real-time voice translation. Instead, it will pick up any ongoing dictation in a popular language with your phone's microphone and automatically translate it to a language of your choice using the already present capabilities of the Google Translate app. Currently, it offers written translation from/to 80 languages.
According to NYT, Google will also announce a service that will let you point your phone to any foreign street sign and get an automatic translation.
These days, every parent looks for convenient yet efficient ways to stay in the loop with their teens' activities. Some stick to the old school ways of spying, but that is unethical and has its cons if you get caught; whereas, the majority of parents is now shifting to the digital means of monitoring teens. They take the help of monitoring apps that let them see their teen's phone usage.
The Android-based smartphones are popular among teens so the tool to keep track of their activities is Android phone monitoring app. The app helps parents in a variety of ways, but the three major perks of using the app are given below:
It strengthens the bond:
The app stays in line with the monitoring norms and doesn't cross the boundary to spying. This means that to get the app work for you, you have to take your kid's consent; only then you can monitor their activities. This philosophy of the app helps parents reinforce the bond of trust, friendship, and respect that ultimately strengthen their relationship. One added advantage of the app is the sense of responsibility that teens realize because of being monitored all the time.
Keeps you posted:
The phone monitoring apps help parents stay posted about their teens' device use and the contacts they make using the device. They can mirror contacts saved on their teen's phone and see them as they appear on their teens' phone along with all the additional details available there; they can keep track of the call logs and Watchlist the contact they find suspicious to get instant alerts every time the contact is established.
Helps Parents become the Mentor:
The advanced Android phone monitoring app like FamilyTime helps parents to not only monitor but become the mentor for their kids.
It empowers them the control to monitor and limit their teen's online activities. With the app parents can:
1. Monitor their teens' web-history and bookmarks.
2. View the complete list of apps installed on their phones/tabs.
3. Blacklist questionable apps.
4. Remotely lock their phone to reduce screen time.
This is not all. There is a lot more you can do from a single parent Dashboard! Want to give it a try? Download it from Google Play Store, or in just a tap from the button below:
Digital Parenting is the Easy Parenting!
You've probably heard that parenting teens is easier said than done. But the Android phone monitoring has eased parenting more than ever before. So now, all you need is to install the app on your phone and monitor your teens digitally. Happy smart parenting!
Android Pay is officially rolling-out to Android devices across the US and Canada. Google is replacing its old Wallet App with Android Pay v1.0.1 and launching a new Wallet App on the play store. In order to have the Android Pay app work on your phone you need to download and install the Google Play Services 8.3 APK first.
First, make sure you download the right version of play Services 8.3 and pay attention to the -XYZ naming scheme explained on the page. Older versions of Play Services will not permit Android Pay to work. When you get Android Pay installed, it will have you add a card or import one from Wallet.
Android Pay packs many new options and features that is similar to Google Wallet but more widely open, Tap-to-Pay and fingerprint payments authincations are one of the key features of Android Pay.
You can download Android Pay official APK along with the required Google Play Services 8.3 APK from the links below.
Editor: Mo Cheng
Samsung recently released its S Health app to users who don't own Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Now they have updated the app to make it compatible with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Currently there are very few phones like two Google Nexus phones and the HTC One A9 which are running on Android 6.0. But, it can be seen that Samsung is interested in supporting new version of Android from the very beginning. Also there is a good chance that they have plans to update the devices to Android 6.0 in the near future. But, let's not get too optimistic here.
This new update will include some elegant new features as well, for example - using sleep pattern for automated visual tracking of bedtime and wake-up time, the capability to search ANT+ and Bluetooth accessories along with smart route guidance for convenience while cycling on a selected path. As of now the Play Store is not showing the new update. But it would be updated soon after the improved and new S Heath app gets published. We can expect this very soon considering the fact that the new version of the app was published on the Galaxy Apps store two days back.
If you own a Samsung device, you get the updated app now from the Galaxy Apps Store. Otherwise, you can wait for Samsung to push the updated app to the Play Store.
The Ultimate Root Checker Allows users to check root access on their devices by just tapping on Check Root. The Root Results are then presented back in rich visual representation.
Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved apps, update the OS, replace the firmware, overclock or underclock the processor, customize just about anything.
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Let's get this out of the way first; the iPhone 7 has scored significantly more on AnTuTu than any other Android smartphone in existence till date. The 178,397 points that it scored according to a recent report is just off the charts. However, the new Apple A10 chip did have fewer pixels to push than any of the flagship Android handsets on the list as the iPhone 7 only sports a resolution of 750 × 1334. In spite of that, it is currently the reigning king sitting on top of the list (unofficially for now).
That being said, Chinese handsets from manufacturers like Xiaomi, Vivo, LeEco, Nubia, Lenovo and of course, OnePlus are on top of the AnTuTu score chart when it comes to Android devices. The much loved OnePlus 3 leads the table for now with a score of 140288, followed by the Vivo Xplay 5 Elte (138,706), the LeEco LeMax 2 (138,026), the Nubia Z11 (137,685), the Lenovo Zuk Z2 pro (136,853) and the Xiaomi Mi5 (136,773).
It is a bit surprising to see the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge trail so far behind at the number 7 spot in 2016, because the S6 was leading the pack last year convincingly at one point. Since these Chinese smartphones are a lot cheaper than the ones made by Samsung, in spite of being manufactured with quality hardware, are we witnessing the slow rise of new leaders in the smartphone industry?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Google has just officially released Google Play Music App version 6.0 for Android. The new version packs a free ad-supported Radio service which is available for all United States users only.
The update also brings performance improvements in app's animation which results in a more smoother UI Animations, along with various bug fixes and stability improvements. No major changes in the Play Music App functionality or User Interface in this release.
The update is rolling-out on the play store but if you don't want to wait, You can Download official Google Play Music 6.0.20 APK from the link below.
Android Google+ App has just got a major update to version 6.5.0 with the New "G+" Logo, icons and update User Interface . The new version also packs the usual bug fixes and performance improvements. Once you install this new version you'll notice the new launcher icon along with the new Google logo is used all around the App.
Also, the Google+ v6.5 app also loads animated GIF image better, Improves the app's navigation and overall experience for screen reader users.
Google+ v6.5 Change-log :
• Pin posts in your Collections
• New design of Communities
• Performance improvements and bug fixes
• Improved navigation and overall experience for screen reader users
You can now Download the Official Google+ v6.5 APK below if you don't want to wait for the update to hit your device.
Few weeks ago, Google revealed its new Logo with an updated multi-colored shape. The official Google App for Android has been updated to version 5.5.26 with more changes to match the Google's new look.
First thing you will notice is the new "G" Launcher icon that packs more colors than the plain old white icon. Google Now search screen also got updated with the a colorful Google logo, revamped User Interface, new cards design and new animation too. The update brings with it some new changes for the Google Now Launcher and a New app drawer.
Colors Everywhere... As you can see, there is now colors everywhere in the app, even the pop-up Google now icon.It's nice to finally see Google step out of the black and white world and try to be a little flashier.
Google Search v5.5.26 change-log:
- New "G" app icon.
- Google new multi-colored logo is now in the search widget.
- Updated logo and font throughout the whole app.
- Updated Google Now UI.
- Updated Cards design.- Updated Google Now launcher.
- New App drawer.
If you want to try out the New Google Now look, just install the APK below on your Android device (4.4+) and Enjoy!
Flickr has just updated its Android App on the Play Store to version 3.1.2 with some changes. The app already got a beautiful new UI with version 3.0.1 but it has some missing features and this update brings all you need on a photo App.
Flickr 3.1.2 Change-log :
- Search your photos, albums, groups, and people you follow.
- Edit your cover photo on phone, and edit description, website, cover photo on tablet.
- Crop your photo before uploading.
- HTC Blink Feed support.
- Bug fixing and performance improvement.
YouTube App for Android was supposed to get an offline Playback Mode. However, Google decided NOT to include this feature on the latest update, even if it already submitted some screenshots to the App's Play Store listing includes an "Offline" tab on the navigation menu.
The "Offline" section for YouTube will download and cache any video to watch it offline anytime or anywhere you don't have an internet connection available. Seeing these official screenshots on the play store means that the update is coming very soon and it may got delayed due to a bug or an issue. Stay tuned for the next update for the YouTube App.
HTC has just updated its "Zoe" app in Google Play with support for a few non-HTC phones, but support will supposedly expand soon. The Zoe app isn't the same as HTC's Zoe camera feature in the HTC One, but it might still be interesting if you're down with making and sharing videos.
This is a beta release of the app, so you can only use it with certain devices. We're seeing the Nexus 5, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy S4 all on the supported list. Phones like the LG G3 and Moto X are not able to run the app yet (through official channels).
Zoe is supposed to be available on all phones from LG, Samsung, and HTC running 4.4 or higher, but it appears they're still working on that. Download Zeo from Play Store link Below.
Android L launch is close, Google is working hard on updating its Apps with Materiel Design UI. The latest update was for the Google+ App. Google updated the Google+ App to v4.6 with full support of Android L User Interface.
The first thing you'll notice is the new launcher icon, which carries the characteristic long shadow and slight dimensional of Google's other material launcher icons. The update also included some major changes to the bundled Photos App UI.
Inside the app, the red Google+ color is bolder and brighter, and the interface and its icons have been trimmed down, simplified, and in many cases have had their colors removed. The FAB has also been inverted to further emphasize the new red color and draw attention to the stream's.
You can wait for the update to hit our device which will take few days, or you can download the official Google+ v4.6 APK from the link below. It's 100% safe and has not been modified.
Locking and unlocking a smartphone is something we do almost subconsciously at this point. However, this doesn't mean the process doesn't feel tedious at times. The processors and sensors inside our handsets our so powerful, why can't they simply lock and unlock the device as we take it out of out pocket?! After all, if we're taking it out, it is dead obvious that 90% of the time we intend to use it, and the other 10% we may leave it on a table, or to charge, or whatever.
While smartphone manufacturers haven't worked in this automated functionality yet, Android developers have. Meet Pocket Lock, an app that's designed to do exactly what we described unlock your device when you take it out of your pocket, and lock it when you leave it in your pocket.
You can also have the app lock and unlock stuff as you wave your hand in front of it, or flip the phone upside down. Just Download the App and Switch "Pocket Mode" ON. Get the App from the Play Store link below, It's Free!
Google Wallet has been updated with several nice features. One of them is the option to set up a recurring bank transfer to automatically add funds to your Wallet account.
You can set up the recurring bank transfer on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis and cancel it any time. Google says that there are no fees or minimum balance requirements for the automatic transfer. If your balance gets low, you can set an alert to remind you to add funds.
Additionally, Google has updated the Wallet app interface with Material design. It looks cooler now and more in line with the rest of the company's apps. Finally, you can cancel your physical Google Wallet card from within the app itself.
HTC has published yet another of its built-in apps on the Google Play Store. This time we're talking about HTC Camera, which joins many other apps, including the Sense 6 lock screen, the Sense BlinkFeed launcher, as well as HTC Weather.
HTC Camera is the built-in camera app for recent smartphones made by the Taiwanese company, and it features the Eye experience for select devices.
As with all the other apps which HTC has published on the Play Store in the past, you can't install this if you don't have a compatible handset made by HTC.
The point of these moves isn't to make HTC's built-in apps for Android available for other devices, but to ensure it can update them in a timely fashion when needed. This way, you'll get new versions of HTC Camera, for example, without having to wait for the next software update for your phone.
Chainfire's SuperSU App, one of the most popular "poweruser" tools for Android, which allows you to gain root access and manage root permissions for the apps that might need it, has just been updated with a substantial update. The most recent version of the app (v2.35), is the first full update ever since 2.01, which rolled out in the beginning of June.
SuperSU v2.35 is a substantial improvement of the app for several reasons. The most important one is the app's now fully compatible with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Chainfire reveals that it has been quite hard to find a viable workaround for hopping over the hurdles that Google has implemented in SELinux, along with everything else that prevented SuperSU from gaining root access. However, the app might still have issues with some of the early unofficial Lollipop builds that have surfaced for select Android warriors of late.
Apart from this, the user interface of the SuperSU app has been slightly refreshed in accordance with the Material Design guidelines. Chainfire says that he's made only slight imporvements over the previous layout, as the full adoption of Material Design is not "a top priority at the moment". But let's be frank here, folks the beauty of SuperSU does not lie in its interface, but in the under-the-hood features that it has in tow.
Google+ App has just been updated to v4.8 with minor bug fixes and performance improvements.
In your location list, you can now press the three-dot button to get directions or send a message to any contact. That's much better than the hidden swipe gesture we had before. There was also an odd text select bug in the last version that made the action buttons invisible, but that appears to be fixed now.
You can wait for the update to hit our device which will take few days, or you can download the official Google+ v4.8 APK from the link below. It's 100% safe and has not been modified.
Google Search App for Android has been update to version 220.127.116.117903, bringing several new features and improvements, including new Google Now card settings, as well as changes to OK Google settings.
The updated app now offers a new "Now cards" settings option that allows you to manage your card history, delete card preferences, manage notifications for card updates and show/hide cards. You can access this option by pulling out the slide-out navigation menu and heading to settings.
In addition, the search giant has also tweaked the settings for lock screen "OK Google" access there's now a "Personal results" setting which you can enable/disable to control the access to your personal information while using the lock screen "OK Google" feature. You can Download the Google Search v4.1 App for devices running Android (4.1+).
AccuWeather App for Android has received an update which enables it to work on Android Wear Smartwatches. The update is currently undergoing a phased rollout, so if you have the app and don't yet have the new version, it should make its way to you within a few days.
AccuWeather won't simply show you weather notifications on Android Wear. Instead, it has full support for the wearable platform.
That means you can open the app from your watch, check out current conditions, the daily forecast, precipitation levels, and you'll even get weather alerts on your wrist. You can use voice recognition to open the Wear app, and you get to the different sections of AccuWeather by swiping.
Google is hard on work to improve its apps. Today, Google Translate App got a major update to version 3.1 (full version number 3.1.0.RC06.83908714). This new version of Translate is rolling-out on Android and iOS too with built-in Word Lens translation via the camera and a Smarter Conversation Mode that can listen to both languages at once.
The biggest feature that Google's focuses on this release is the "Smart Conversation Mode" which is a Live-Speech translator that listens to two different languages in real-time and provide instant translation to both ends.
As for the Word Lens feature, it is now a part of the official Translate app. All you need to do is hit the camera button and point your phone at a sign or something else with printed words to get an instant translation. The app currently supports English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. More languages will come later, but this is a good start, especially considering these used to be in-app purchases in the Word Lens app.
You can try all these new features By Downloading and Installing the Google Translate 3.1 APK below. This APK is official and signed by Google, it will upgrades your existing app.
Today, Facebook unveiled a new version of its social network, called "Facebook At Work", with an emphasis on organizational communication for employees at a single company. The service, which is set to launch as a free app on Android's Google Play and iOS' App Store later today, will still require participating companies to receive an official invite, but upon launching the service, employees will enter an ad-free, no-subscription version of Facebook that connects employees only to each other, as opposed to the wider world.
Facebook hasn't revealed many screenshots or any demo footage ahead of the app's launch, but Facebook offered Ars a brief description: "Facebook at Work is a separate experience that gives employees the ability to connect and collaborate efficiently using Facebook tools, including many that they're likely already using, such as News Feed, Groups, messages, and events." In that respect, the service will both mirror those of corporate communication tools like Yammer and Slack and offer its own familiar twist for employees who have already gotten hooked on Facebook's style.
In the meantime, creator Lars Rasmussen made the interview rounds on Wednesday to describe what users can expect from the work-only version. In short, users will be allowed to have both their personal and work logins running at the same time, though in separate apps; they'll be able to share documents through the Work site but not yet edit them; and much of the way posts and links are presented will resemble Facebook Groups.
One of the Best News Apps on the Google Play Store just got a major update. BBC News official Android App just got a major update to version 3.0 with a revamped user interface and tons of New features.
The first you'll notice in BBC News v3.0 is the Material Design UI that changes the App's look completely, adding some animation to the left navigation drawer and topic tabs. BBC also updated the video player on the App so that it runs more smoothly and faster. One of the many new features in v3.0 is that you can select your main new topics for the App to focus on and send you Push notifications for any updates regarding this specific topic only (e.g. Paris Attacks, Ebola, Air Asia flight.. etc).
BBC News 3.0.0 New features Change-log:
- My News: Add topics to your personal feed
- Suggested topics based on location and what's in the news
- Topic Search
- Order stories by topic or time
- Journalism from BBC correspondents
- Full range of video and audio
- Most Read / Most Watched
- Photo galleries
- Full-screen images
Facebook has officially published "Facebook Lite" App on the Google Play store a few days ago as way to reduce the data usage for Facebook users. Today, Facebook update its "Lite" app to version 18.104.22.168.10 and it's Now Rolling-out on the Play Store.
Facebook fixed a lot of bugs and issues that existed on the first release version of the App, Here's the official change-log:
- You can now quickly save photos from the app to your phone.
- We've fixed issues to make the app more reliable.
Another update to the Google's official Music App. Google Play Music 5.9.1852R update is Rolling-out, the new update focuses more on the User Interface and the user experience by adding more animations to the whole App. Google also updated the wat it handles Album arts photos with results in a more smoother UI Animations. The 5.9.18 update also improves the whole performance of the App that loads the menus and album arts faster.
Google Play Music 5.9.18 Change-log:
- Subscribers can now find YouTube Music Videos in search.
- You can see all albums in My Library without needing to click 'More'.
- We've improved the way we handle album art to make the app run more smoothly
The update is rolling-out on the play store but if you don't want to wait, You can Download official google Play Music 5.9.18 APK from the link below.
Facebook is currently testing the Material Design UI on its official Android App. Starting from version 28 and version 29, Facebook added few Material Design elements (Icons, Animation, floating action button, spinner... etc) in a way to enhance the overall look and feel of the App. we got some screenshots.
As you can see on the screenshots, a big blue floating action button is present. Once you tap that a few options show up, which were previously available to you through a floating blue bar at the bottom of the screen. This bundled the "Take a photo" and "Upload a photo" items together, while "Where I am" used to be known as "Check in". The old "Status" option from the floating bar is now replaced with "Write a post".
Facebook routinely tests many small improvements such as these, and sometimes they appear to some users and not to others because, more often than not, such things are switched on at the server level.
This new Material UI is probably a server-side change, so there's no APK you can download to enable it immediately. Still, if you participate in Facebook's beta testing program for Android, you may have a few more chances of getting lucky and seeing this new design. Anyway, here's the APK for Facebook v22.214.171.124.0 to download below and you might get lucky!
Wikipedia App for Android is very old and outdated, that's why Wikipedia foundation just launched it's New "Wikipedia Beta" App on the Play Store. New features and an updated User Interface is the main key features for this Beta App, Wikipedia took a step further to improve the user experience of it's App.
The App is Available for Free to test it before the full market release, Here's the Official change-log:
- Widgets: search + featured article
- Search suggestions are back
- Translucent toolbar
- Lead image/gallery: white background if image has transparency; crop off more of the bottom of images
- Infobox styling update
- Avoid NPE crash from onPrepareOptionsMenu
- Updated app icon
- Nav drawer: overlaps search bar; ripple effect for items
- Nearby: secondary action icon to view on a map instead of long-press
- Don't keep History, Saved Pages, or Nearby fragment in backstack