Standalone streaming service from HBO coming in 2015

HBO_LogoHBO is set to launch a standalone streaming service in 2015, at least according to Richard Plepler, HBO CEO. What this means is that instead of having to pay for a HBO package through our cable or satellite provider, we’ll be soon be able to stream HBO much like we do via Netflix. What this also means is that we can watch Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire or True Detective without a.) illegally doing so or b.) “stealing” your friend’s HBO Go password. Of course, HBO is wading into an already somewhat filled pool of streaming services. No word on when in 2015 exactly, we’ll see this but either way, it’s coming.

source: NBC News

Messenger application will not replace Hangouts on Nexus 6

Nexus 6 press

On many of the press shots of the Nexus 6, there’s a new application in the phone’s dock next to the phone icon. The app is called Messenger, and at first glance, it makes sense to think it’s something that could replace Hangouts and finally merge everything into one single application. However, according to Google, that’s not the case. Not yet, at least.
Read more

HTC Dot View app gets third-party notifications, music controls, and holiday surprises

htc_dot_view_app_icon

Today, HTC brings some of the most-requested features to its companion application for the Dot View case. The Dot View case will now show third-party notifications from any app. Previously, developers had to take advantage of the technology and do it themselves. In addition to having a third-party app icon appear on the display with the case closed, a user can swipe up for quick launch. Then the app will appear when opening the case. HTC also brought music controls so you do not have to open the case and hop around just to pause or skip a song.

In the changelog for the app, HTC says that it has included “new secret features.” It seems that the company is going to celebrate some holidays starting with Halloween. The app’s Google Play page shows a screenshot of a carved pumpkin. We expect that more holidays and seasons will be included over time.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.


Read more

Plex announces its support for Android TV and the upcoming Nexus Player

plex_android_tv

Plex, the service that serves already-owned user content to a multitude of devices, announced today that it will have a home on Android TV. More specifically, the company expressed excitement that it would be available on the new Nexus Player. Plex has been working with Google since April to get the service up and running in time for the launch of Android TV.

Here is what Plex said in a blog post:

We’re really enjoying the fresh take that Android TV brings to the table: bold, clean UI designed from the ground up for “lean back” viewing from your couch, and custom home screen recommendations based on your viewing habits are right up our alley, and they mean that Plex and Android TV are a perfect fit.

We would have to assume this means that Plex is going to be available at launch. The Nexus Player goes up for pre-order on October 17.

Source: Plex

Androidify update overhauls with new design, GIFs, and new items

androidify_app_icon_android_lollipop

When Google introduces something new, it seems like everything happens at once. One of the lesser known but certainly fun announcements from today’s Nexus extravaganza is the update to Androidify. The app allows users to create themselves (or anyone else) in the form of an Android-like character. Google has brought a ton of exciting new features to Androidify including character animations, GIFs, new items, and additional language support. Of course, you will notice a new user design with the introduction of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Finally, Google encourages everyone to share characters on the Androidify website for use in a television commercial or YouTube video.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.


Read more

Google Play Store downloads beat out iOS App Store downloads in volume by 60%

google-play-logo

According to the latest numbers about app store downloads, Google’s Play Store sees about 60% more volume for downloads than Apple’s App Store. There were roughly 160 million downloads in Q3 on the Play Store, while the App Store only saw about 100 million. Both are impressive numbers however you slice, but Android’s enormous market share globally is really showing through here.
Read more

Google Classroom getting several improvements for students and teachers

Google_Logo_7356Earlier this summer, Google launched Google Classroom in an attempt to improve the education experience for teachers and students around the world. It offers many things to make it easier (and cheaper) for classrooms to go paperless and collaborate and communicate more efficiently. Today, Google announced five new features for Classroom to improve that experience even more.
Read more

Skype launches new video messaging app called Skype Qik

Skype_Qik_App_Large_Icon

Do you remember video streaming service called Qik? Well Skype acquired them a few years ago and closed down the app, but it’s back in a new format. It’s called Skype Qik, and it’s all about video messaging. Basically, it’s just like texting, but with video instead.

You can set up a group of friends and quickly and easily send short videos. If you ever want to delete a video, you can, but the app will automatically delete content after two weeks.


Read more