Spotify was fairly recently aiming to purchase SoundCloud, but it looks like those talks have fallen through and Spotify has backed out of the deal. There aren’t any concrete details about what derailed the plans, but it might have something to do with Spotify’s plans to go public next year. Read more
It’s been a wild year full of laughing, shouting, crying, and every other emotion-induced action you can think of. Many of them are noticeable in advertisements. When they click with you, they likely click with millions of others worldwide. That’s why viewership on YouTube for ads is as strong as it is. People from every part of the world can find and watch the ads everyone is talking about.
A list compiled by YouTube shows us the most viewed advertisements of 2016.
It doesn’t matter what kind of platform you’re talking about, pretty much any developer ecosystem is DOA without third-party support. Android needs developers on the Play Store to thrive, just as much as Microsoft needs developers making games for the Xbox brand to survive. The next platform for Android is in the form of Google Assistant, and just like all its competitors, Assistant will only succeed if other developers board the ship. Read more
Remember Alto’s Adventure, the hit endless runner title that launched in 2015? Well, it’s getting a sequel called Alto’s Odyssey and it’s arriving in 2017.
When Google released their brand new video chat app Duo this Fall, they aimed to provide an experience that was simple and could provide uninterrupted and good quality video and audio regardless of your location or connection strength. And with downloads on Android hovering around the 10 million mark, it shows that if nothing else Google has peaked the interest of a lot of users. A major update is starting to roll out now that will provide a number of benefits.
Join us after the break for the details.
Tired of spending a large chunk of your monthly data on Android updates? Well, good news! Google has come up with a way to drastically reduce the file size of updates by introducing file-by-file patching.
Details after the break.
Your Google Now cards are about to get a little different, as Google is now integrating its own news feed inside Google Now.
Details after the break.
Instagram has always tried to give users some control over their privacy and safety on the social photo-sharing site, including doing things like giving users the abilities to filter comments with certain keywords. They’re taking that a few steps further with a few new tools set to come to Instagram going forward. Read more
Google has been seeing good success with their Android Pay framework and service since rolling it out last May. According to Google, it is especially popular in the UK and to help celebrate the progress, timed nicely with the holiday season, Android Pay users have some special features and opportunities they can take advantage of through the end of the year. Read more
Google has launched a brand new app called Trusted Contacts that wants to bring a little extra peace of mind to anyone that frequently travels alone, at night, or in any other less than 100% safe situation.
The concept of the app is pretty simple; you pick a few favorite, trusted contacts, and the app shares your location with them and keeps them updated until you’ve made it home or to your car. Read more