Along with updates on the Google Chrome Beta channel for desktop systems that were made available yesterday, Google also announced the availability of an update to the Chrome Beta for Android app. The new update for Chrome 28 takes it up to version 28.0.1500.21. Headlining the improvements is better integration of the Google Translate service which will automatically detect whether a web page is in a different language from what your Android device is set to and will make the translate bar easily available similar to the desktop version of Chrome. Scrolling on a page will now cause the toolbar to disappear, providing a fullscreen browsing experience. Google also added in a new graph to show estimated bandwidth savings due to the experimental data compression feature and improved, mobile-friendly error pages. If you want to grab the Chrome Beta for Android app, just hit one of the download links below.
It seems like Google may have casually leaked a preview of an updated Gmail app. During an I/O session called “Structure in Android design,” a few screenshots of what looks like a revamped Gmail app design were shown, highlighting a new navigation drawer and a moved action bar.
The navigation bar looks like it would be scrollable, considering important functions like trash, archive, and drafts are missing from the screenshot. The action bar has been consolidated into just compose and search, and have been moved to the top of the screen, allowing for more room to read emails. There are a few more less significant changes as well, like larger stars in the inbox.
These changes look great, and should make the app easier to use. I’m interested to see what other changes, if any, the update will contain. We’ll let you know when more information comes out, and of course when it releases.
Source: Android Police
BBC’s popular iPlayer app has just gotten a new update bringing more support and increased functionality to a wider array of Android tablets. First off the bat is new-found support for 10-inch tablets, so users won’t need to rely on having to go to the BBC website to view all that cool content anymore. On top of that, BBC has also announced some interface tweaks to the smartphone and 7-inch tablet variations of the app— while additional optimizations will be arriving on the app for 10-inch devices at a future date.
All of you 10-inch tablet owners out there are itching to grab this app can hit the Play Store link below and get in on all that fun BBC goodness.
Mediafire is without a doubt one of the most successful cloud storage solutions out there— thanks to its 30 million user base (and counting). To celebrate this momentous occasion, it has announced that it has completely revamped its its native media player, which is now being rolled out to Android devices everywhere. The aim is for the media player to allow users to stream video and music content through MediaFire’s mobile and web based applications— effectively giving us a sweet alternative to other streaming media players out there now. Coupled with 50GB of free lifetime storage, the new media player will give us the capabilities to stream our music and vids on our devices anytime, anywhere.
The update should be hitting devices any minute now. But while you wait for it in the meantime, you’ll find more details once you check out the press release after the break.
LoJack, if you’re familiar with their software for computers and laptops, have made the jump into mobile device territory with the Samsung Galaxy S4 as their first supported device. With this software you’ll be able to trace, lock, and of course, remotely wipe your device if you choose to do so. Unlike other soft wares, LoJack stays in your phone no matter what you do to it, such as factory resetting the device. More importantly you’ll get LoJack’s experience with their years of success in the laptop and computer industry, so you know their representatives are highly trained to retrieve your device.
So far no date of the release has been set, but we expect it to be around this summer. Prices have yet to be confirmed but it should range depending on the longevity of your desired subscription. Hit up the break for the full press release!
Twitter is an extremely popular social media site, and like all other popular services, it suffers from its share of security concerns. Well, today Twitter is stepping up to help ease some of those security issues by introducing two-factor authentication for accounts. Basically, you can set up your account to require a confirmed phone number to verify you whenever you log into Twitter from a new location. This cuts down on unauthorized use from someone stealing your credentials and logging into your account miles away.
Setup is simple; go to your account settings page, check the option to require a verification code when you sign in, and set up a phone number. Each time you try to log into Twitter after that, you’ll be sent a text message with a six-digit pin number that you’ll have to put in on Twitter to gain access to your account. As always, picking a strong password and not sharing it is the best way to keep your account secure, but accidents do happen, so it’s nice to have a fallback plan if and when they happen.
Google Chrome for Android has been updated today and brings forth full screen browsing for your viewing pleasures. The version is 27 and here’s what else you can expect within the update per Google:
The Chrome team is excited to announce the promotion of Chrome 27 to the Stable channel. Chrome for Android 27.0.1453.90 contains a number of improvments including:
- Fullscreen on phones – Scroll down the page and the toolbar will disappear.
- Simpler searching – Searching from the omnibox will keep your search query visible in the omnibox, making it easier to edit, and show more on your search result page.
- Client-side certificate support – You can now access sites that require you to use a certificate and Chrome will allow you to select an installed certificate
- Tab history on tablets – Long press the browser back button to view your tab histor
- And a ton of stability and performance fixes
Download link after the break! Anyone excited about this new feature?
Ingress, a sci-fi augmented reality game that incorporates some of the real world into its gameplay, received an update today from developer NianticLabs@Google. The update includes a couple features that users will probably find especially useful. The first of these improvements is a change to the Inventory carousel to display information like portal health and faction control. The second usability improvement is the addition of notifications for “Portal under attack,” “Portal neutralized,” and “@<codename>” messages.
Other changes in the latest update include support for Jarvis Virus and ADA Refactor objects and Recharge visual animation to go along with several bug fixes. If you are interested in trying out Ingress, you can grab the app using one of the download links below. Then you will need to receive an invite as the app is still in a closed beta stage.
A new variation of one of the world’s most popular web browsers is now ready for the limelight as Opera’s Webkit-based Opera 14 has officially hit the Play Store. The new build will not only bring a speedier version of the browser— it brings the ability to wrap text while zooming and the ability to view active tabs in full screen. The great thing is while there are some significant additions to the browser, the web browser still brings the simplicity and familiarity that we’ve all grown accustomed to loving. Of course there are a couple of other goodies that users may like, but you’ll have to hit the Play Store and check it out for yourself.
If you thought Google’s 15GB of combined free storage for Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos was a good deal, check out Flickr. They not only released a new app, but to entice you to start using the service, they are offering 1-terabyte of free space for both photos and videos. They certainly aren’t fooling around since 1-terabyte is more than enough for a small city of people, let alone an individual person. Of course videos can eat that up pretty quickly, and thankfully they are included.
To give you a perspective, you could take one photo every hour for 40 years and still not fill it up. That’s over 350,000 photos. To further compare things, it would cost you $50 per month for the same 1-terabyte of storage with Google.
As to the app, it’s now at version 2.0 which is on par with the iOS version. Hit the break for the list of features and download links.