[New Wear App] Bring! Shopping List adds Android Wear support

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There are a slew of apps for managing your grocery lists, but Bring! Shopping List turned it up a notch with the introduction of Android Wear support. In fact, the developer is touting this as the first grocery list app to do it.

Bring! was introduced late last year and it’s one of the lesser known options. However it includes most of the same features that made the others so popular such as syncing between family members, sharing, and push notifications. What separates Bring! Shopping List from others is that it’s image driven rather than just a list of text. They offer over 350 hand drawn images for various grocery items and they appear in red when you need to buy them.


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Google Play shows off best designed apps that use Material Design elements

 

 

google play beautiful design 2014Back in December, Google showcased several apps that really stuck to Android’s design guidelines and had great interfaces. Today they’ve updated the Play Store with the best designed summer apps as a follow-up to the winter selection, and this time they’re bragging about apps that are already using the Material Design guidelines.

Android L isn’t out yet, but Google is already recommending that developers take advantage of the newer design elements to create some consistency across Android apps. Many of the apps listed, including Yahoo News, Lumosity, and Duolingo, jumped at the chance to update their apps to stay in line with Google’s design standards, and that’s paying off for them. 
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[New Wear App] Wear App Manager handles your Android Wear apps from your phone

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A new application has been released onto the Play Store that adds in some much needed functionality for managing Android Wear applications. The app is appropriately called Wear App Manager, and it offers an interface for quickly viewing the apps you have installed on your Android Wear device. Plus, you can uninstall the apps very quickly from WAM’s list function.
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Android Wear support for WhatsApp open to everyone

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WhatsApp has kept a long awaited feature in beta for all of August. Now, everyone can take advantage of WhatsApp’s Android Wear support as September rolls in. Users of the very popular messaging application can receive and respond to messages right from their Android Wear device. Today’s update to the WhatsApp app also includes storage reliability, bug fixes, and other behind the scenes improvements.

Hit the break for download links.


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Yahoo Mail adds filter option to App

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Filters have been a crucial feature on email for a while, but usually you have to be on a desktop computer to take advantage of them. Well, those days are over, unless you’re a user of Gmail. Yahoo mail has received an update this week that includes filters. Now, when using the Android application for Yahoo mail, you can create, update, and remove filters by tapping the filter option and following the instructions. You can filter based on sender, recipient, and content. This update actually helps us all, whether or not you use Yahoo Mail. If you use Yahoo Mail, your benefit is obvious, so go ahead and update the app. If you use Gmail or another provider, maybe this update will be the impetus needed for Google to update the app and give us this much-needed improvement.

Via: Engadget
Source: Google Play

Snapchat’s “Our Story” sharing service live

snapshat_our_storyFor recent big events, Snapchat has opened up a feature that allowed users to beam their photos of the event to a public story, aptly named “Our Story.” During those test events, including the FIFA World Cup and Lollapalooza, over 350 hours of media were uploaded. It’s no longer a test now, “Our Story” is open to everyone.  With the latest update, a new Live section appears just below Recent Updates in the app after you capture a photo or some video footage, or alternatively via the Stories button on the edit screen. From there you have an option to select the appropriate event.

Source: Snapchat

Nike+ running app to come pre-loaded on Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch

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Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S smartwatch is now official, so it’s up to the company and third-party developers now to begin making apps available for the device.

Samsung recently announced a new partnership with Nike in a press release — Gear S owners will be able to download the Nike+ Running app, which utilizes the device’s GPS and 3G connectivity to track fitness data.

The app comes pre-loaded on the device and can track their runs and record data all while their phone remains at home.

The features appear to be the same as the usual Nike+ Running App, except this is optimized for the Gear S.

Source: Samsung

Nokia’s HERE Maps coming to Android, exclusive to Samsung devices for now

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If any of you have ever used a Lumia phone, you may have some experience with Nokia’s fantastic HERE Maps app. The application is similar to Google Maps in that features advanced turn-by-turn navigation and downloadable maps. Nokia announced recently that they would be bringing the app to Samsung’s line of Tizen-powered Gear devices for turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation. However, the fun doesn’t end there as Nokia has announced that HERE Maps will soon be available for Android, although for now it will be exclusive to Samsung devices.


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Motorola and Yo contest didn’t go so well, but 20 more Moto 360 smartwatches are up for grabs

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Did you enter the Motorola and Yo contest to win a Moto 360? If you did, you might have thought you won the coveted watch, but ended up in disappointment.

Today at 3:00pm CST, as planned, All contest participants received a link through the Yo app. Most people thought that if you were one of the first 20 people to click the link, you won a Moto 360. The only problem was that you actually had to fill out a form in order to complete the task at hand. Actually that wasn’t the only problem. The other problem, and actually a bigger one, was that it clearly stated at the top of the form, “Yo! You won a Moto 360!” Obviously that wasn’t the case. As stated in the rules, the first 20 people to complete the form would win the almost-full circle smartwatch.


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Microsoft OneDrive app brings together personal and work accounts

 

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Separating personal and work accounts can be challenging and confusing with many apps and services. OneDrive, though, is making it simple with its latest Android app update. The cloud storage app from Microsoft will now let users maintain multiple accounts on a single device and separate them with ease. This ensures that your personal files do not get mixed in with work documents that can be pretty important. With this update, Microsoft fittingly brought in OneDrive for Business support to make everything happen seamlessly.

Hit the break for the changelog and download links.


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