Google has been updating all Android devices to Google Play Services 7.3, and they just announced the roll out has been completed. What does it bring to the table?
As we learned last week, Android Wear has a pretty big update and Google Play Services 7.3 plays a big role in that. It allows you to connect more than one Android Watch to your device. The Capability API is new, which allows apps to communicate different things to devices with different features. The Channel API is also new, which creates a bidirectional data connection between nodes for the transfer of larger binary files.
As is customary with every new flagship smartphone that Samsung releases, Galaxy S6 (reviewed here) and S6 Edge owners can look forward to getting their hands on some premium apps, services and content free-of-charge courtesy of its Galaxy Gifts app. We have the full list after the break.
Choosing the perfect weather app to suit your specific needs is a subjective topic, some of us want or need up-to-the-minute updates while some are satisfied with a basic overview of the day’s forecast. A weather app that can fulfil both these requirements is The Weather Channel app which has just received an update that brings a couple of new features. Read more
The latest Humble Mobile Bundle, co-hosted by Tin Man Games, has grown to twelve games. With any donation, you receive four games. Matching or exceeding the average, which currently stands at $6.69, nets an additional six games. Then, donations of $9 or more adds another two games.
Facebook is rolling out a new feature to their Messenger platform to take on the likes of Skype and other video chatting services. You’ll now be able to make video calls to your friends through Messenger, offering a completely platform agnostic way to keep in touch with friends and family.
Sure, Hangouts and Skype both offer easy ways to video chat with people on other operating systems, but it involves swapping usernames and sometimes downloading appropriate apps. Facebook has its foot in the door, as a vast majority of its users have Facebook already installed, and a good chunk of them are using its Messenger service. Read more
There is a new keyboard in town, but it comes from a familiar source. Today, SwiftKey announced Greenhouse as an experimental hub for the developer to plant and grow new ideas. The developer says that Greenhouse manages ideas that are not yet ready for primetime by seeing how users interact with software. SwiftKey Greenhouse is basically another way to say ‘beta’. The first experiment to be released under the Greenhouse name is Clarity Keyboard.
Kicking back and killing some time while gaming on your smartphone or tablet can be a most enjoyable experience, especially when the game you are playing is Does Not Commute. It’s a game that involves driving a variety of vehicles around a small town set in the 1970’s, and as the name implies, the gameplay involves commuting. Read more
Thanks to a nifty little update from Google for its Search application, Android users now have the facility to set an alarm and send notes to their smartphone or tablet directly from a desktop.
In March, and after months of rumors toying with the idea, Google finally made 360-degree videos a reality on YouTube. The videos allow users to interact with the videos, allowing them to take advantage of every angle possible. While it’s not too hard to find them while searching YouTube, Google has made it a bit easier to find 360-degree videos specifically.
Remember Flappy Bird? How can anyone forget that stupid simple game that was so hard and got so popular that even the developer couldn’t handle it.
Although not as popular now, there is still a lot of interest in the game because there has been so many clones. When it comes down to it, it’s really the game play right? Well a new site called Flappy Creator allows you to create your own Flappy Bird style game with your own graphics that you can cook up in something like Photo Shop.