Yesterday a member of the CyanogenMod team teased Google+ followers with news that a new mobile browser is close to being released by the team. Named Gello, the browser is based on Chromium open-source code and Joey Rizzoli says the new browser will be open-sourced as well. There are a lot of third-party browsers out there, but developing their own means CyanogenMod could provide their own alternative to Chrome in their ROMs as well as on devices from Cyanogen or their partners. Read more
If you use Facebook often, you might notice some slight changes to the site’s logo over the next few days. The company has (very quietly) announced a redesign of the word “Facebook” on their site, which now uses a slightly more rounded font. Is it a major change? Not at all. But Facebook is almost synonymous with social media at this point, and their previous font has become pretty iconic for the company. Read more
Google has announced that My Maps, its custom map tool, is accessible for Drive users. Custom maps can be attached to documents, forms, presentations, and spreadsheets that are housed in Google’s cloud storage service. Drive users can use the search functionality to call upon items so they never waste time sifting through files for the right custom map.
If you are a Mac owner who feels left out when your friends and people on the internet go gaga over all those wonderful Android games and apps, we have a great news for you. Android emulator BlueStacks is now available for Mac.
Mobile device users looking for the smooth video performance of high frame rate videos will be glad to know that Google is bringing support for 60fps video to the YouTube app on both Android and iOS. Support for HFR video has slowly been added to the YouTube ecosystem, starting with the addition on the desktop last fall. This May YouTube added support for HFR to their live streaming service. The next step in the expansion of HFR support was announced yesterday by the YouTube Creators team as support will now be included in the YouTube app on mobile devices.
source: YouTube Creators (Google+)
Although still a tiny portion of the mobile device market, virtual reality devices continue to get a lot of attention from the industry. If consumers are going to invest in the technology good content is needed and Roddenberry Entertainment, a media group established by none other than Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, is hoping a new project will answer that call. They are slated to release a new “movie” called White Room: 02B3 that will actually be an app providing a 360-degree view, will be interactive, and will target VR headsets. Read more
Samsung has released a new app on the Play Store called RE:Shakespeare that takes some of Shakespeare’s famous work and reworks into something for modern audiences. The app has a little bit of everything, from digital play scenes to remixed Shakespearian beatboxes. Read more
Facebook is set to revamp its UI for Android tablets, and thanks to Droid-Life tipster Mike, a sneak preview of what’s to come has been posted online. Currently, Facebook on Android tablets looks decent, but it’s far from having a simple and seamless design. This new overhaul aims to fix some of those problems.
Pushbullet is one of those few must-have apps for your smartphone. It offers a ton of (free!) functionality that’s especially useful if you use multiple devices. Today, the app has received a pretty major update that has redone the interface and added some new tips and tricks to Pushbullet’s toolbox.
The biggest, most noticeable change in the app is its redesigned interface and better organization. Messages are split into three different categories, including things you’ve received from friends, from yourself, and from sources you follow. This helps cut down on how cluttered things could seem, especially if you regularly get tons of information. Now messages you get from friends won’t appear with things you push yourself, which should take some stress out of finding that particular article from three hours ago you were looking for. Read more
YouTube has published its Creator Preview video, outlining many new improvements coming to YouTube for creators. One of the many things being improved is comments. Google is looking at creating a new way to more effectively filter comments.