One of the tools that Google provides to developers is the Device Art Generator. With this tool, developers can get an idea of what their screens will look like on different Google hardware. For instance, a developer may want to get a feel for how their app will look when framed by the relatively large bevels of the Nexus 9 and its 4:3 ratio versus a Nexus 5. Google has now added Android Wear support to the tool.
Pokemon has released an app that will let users re-skin or theme their Android devices with Pokemon themes. The app functions much like a launcher replacement, but is limited to loading themes that let you replace the wallpaper, icons and some other features with goodies from the world of Pokemon.
Foursquare is rolling out an update to their app that removes the requirement for new users to setup up an account or set customizations before they can start searching for places to visit and check out. The move is apparently being taken as a way to make it easier for new users to get recommendations and will then lead to those users wanting to create a new account and link social accounts.
A new lock screen app has hit the Google Play store offering users some of the feel and features of past lock screen apps combined with the Material Design of Android Lollipop. Hi Locker gives users the ability to enter a name or favorite status to be displayed on the lock screen as well as some app generated greetings to help brighten your day, providing the apparent inspiration for the name of the app.
To IKEA, customers should live comfortably with its furniture and communicate effectively with others. Oh, you didn’t know about the second part? The Swedish company released a keyboard packed with kind emoticons for Android (and iOS) devices. The IKEA Emoticons app is all about sending a message in the most productive way. The emoticons will “bring a smile to your loved ones faces” because of just how impossible it is to be offended by them.
On Saturday, couples young and old will have dinner dates after catching the 5:30PM showing of Fifty Shades of Grey. Those who are single, though, will carry about Valentine’s Day just as they would on any other Saturday. One item to put on the to-do list is checking out the latest content update for Dead Trigger 2. The popular first-person shooter, developed by Madfinger Games, has a content update released just in time for Valentine’s Day. The Heart Attack content update features Valentine’s Day themed pieces of scenery to keep the love alive. For a gamer that is single, this is the most romantic thing to hit Valentine’s Day in quite some time.
Friday the 13th’s first reaping is upon us, as Google’s Helpouts program, launched back in November 2013, will be shutting down at the end of April.
The service, utilizing the Google Hangouts platform, provided a way for people to get help on a variety of topics, spanning from cooking to tech support. Helpouts also allowed providers of expertise to sell their services, like in the case of piano lessons.
Yahoo‘s third-party Aviate Launcher has pushed out an update today that will now allow users all over the world to conduct Internet, apps, and contacts searches directly from their home-screens via the search bar widget.
The update is available in over 70 countries and only where Yahoo Search is available.
Google’s beloved Maps service recently had its 10-year birthday. It’s been a long road, if you pardon the pun, and it’s amazing to see how far this intrepid project has gone.
But Google definitely isn’t sitting back yet. Starting immediately, the new lane guidance feature in Maps will now be delivering instructions to drivers in 15 new European countries. The feature has been available to certain markets, like the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom to name a few, since last year.
If you’re a resident of one of these new locations and are running at least Maps 8.0, you should be noticing lane guidance as of now.
If you own a Samsung device and reside in Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines, or New Zealand, you’ll soon have the ability to chat live with a Samsung representative at all hours of the day, any day, for support on your Samsung products.
The app, Galaxy Life, will soon be receiving an update that allows for this 24×7 live chat support. Also mentioned is that there will be a gold tier service for owners of flagship devices, but what services are rendered in that tier have not been disclosed.
The Galaxy Life app currently offers many deals and vouchers for residents of those five countries, including rewards to restaurants and theatres.
No word on when or if we may see this customer service feature expanded to other global markets.
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