The other day Google unveiled the long-rumored YouTube music subscription service, YouTube Music Key. For $7.99 a month (for a limited time, it will go to $9.99 a month at some point), users will receive an ad-free experience along with offline and background playback. But Google isn’t stopping there.
Helium Backup is probably the best way to back up your app data on your Android phone or tablet, especially if you’re not rooted, which is the majority of you. We featured it in our best ways to back up apps guide, but back then it was called Carbon.
The only issue with the app itself is that you need to initiate it through your desktop with a Windows application, then the mobile app will do the rest. That’s not the developer Koushik Dutta’s fault. It’s just how Android works in that it needs adb in order to save these backups, and the desktop app just streamlines it for you. Things are still the same, but if you’re a Chrome user, you can grab the Chrome app instead of using Windows. What makes this interesting is that you can now use a Chromebook since the Chrome OS now supports the connection of Android devices via the USB port. Of course you can still use the Chrome app on your Windows or Mac computer.
At Google I/O, Google showed off Google Cardboard or a cheap/poor person’s VR set and while everyone who went to Google I/O was able to get their hands on one, the rest of us were left out in the cold. That was until you could buy your own third-party virtual reality set if you didn’t want to do it yourself. Well for those who didn’t want to use either of those routes, you now have a chance of getting your own free Google Cardboard.
Amazon is notorious for giving away apps for free, but today is a little extra special. They have 17 apps available for free that normally cost over $100 in total. They have some notables too, like the Flesky Keyboard and Camera ZOOM FX. The most expensive one on the list is the Oxford Dictionary of English, which normally goes for $24.99.
I generally don’t like to download apps from the Amazon App Store since the updates aren’t as quick as Google’s Play Store. Plus it’s a pain keeping the separate app store on my device. However, this is a great opportunity to try these apps for no cost. and if you like them, you can certainly grab them from the Play Store or keep using them through Amazon. Just remember, the Amazon App Store has to remain on your device to continue using them.
Hit the break for the full list of apps.
Google’s YouTube app for Android has been updated, coinciding with the launch of their new music streaming service. The new update adds a new tab to the interface labeled “Music,” which gives you mixes based on your listening history and preferences. There are also playlist recommendations, ranging from pre-made playlists to personalized playlists based on your history.
You can check out the updated app by downloading from the link past the break.
Continue building your Material Design portfolio by installing the new version of Google Cloud Print. The app looks completely different and follows the design guidelines laid out in Android 5.0 Lollipop. Everything is much cleaner and a slideout menu comes in from the left side. The functionality of Google Cloud Print remains the same. Since the app sits behind the scenes, do not expect to see anything appear in the app drawer.
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Fans of Game of Thrones have a new way to get a bit of the HBO hit show into their daily lives thanks to an update to Google search. When using the Google search app on Android or iOS devices, users can say “Hodor” and they will get a “HODOR!” response from the app. Even on desktop search, if voice search has been activated, Google will respond with an info card full of “Hodor.”
Along with the nod to Hodor, Google also added some new functions to search. You can ask Google to “roll a die” (dice will work as well) and the search results will give you the results of the roll. Thus far that function is limited to a single six-sided die. Google can also “flip a coin” in response to the command. Finally, if you need a romantic quote on short notice, you can ask Google for a love quote and get something appropriate.
Samsung’s Knox security solution is getting some pretty massive improvements today, which is great news for government and enterprise customers looking at Samsung devices. BlackBerry has announced that they are teaming up with Samsung to integrate BB’s end-to-end encryption into the existing Knox software suite. There are also a handful of other new features to better deal with Android’s security, too, so both companies are taking this pretty seriously.
Google’s currently in the process of pushing out an update for its official Chrome for Android application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade brings faster web browsing, support for preloading pages in the background, additional Material Design animations and a plethora of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
Hit the break below to see the full changelog.
In late September Adobe acquired mobile photo editor Aviary and about six weeks later, the Adobe backed Aviary just announced that it is issuing one of its biggest updates ever. With new features and enchancments the photo editor is celebrating with a promotion that’s available for this month only.