Several leaked images of Android’s Facebook app shows it being integrated with WhatsApp. As a refresher, Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $22 Billion last year and we’re finally starting to see the results of that merger. In the images, you can see the much familiar WhatsApp logo on a send button that Facebook has now added, as compared to the older version without it.
Google has teamed up with ChowNow in bringing Wallet to several other restaurants across the U.S. Thanks to this newly forged partnership, thousands of small restaurants will allow users to make payments for their meal using Google Wallet. Read more
I know there are a lot of you with an Android TV device (Nexus Player or ADT-1 for now) that want to browse the web. It’s already possible by sideloading the APK of a browser app such as Chrome, but it won’t work properly with the remote control or game controller. Instead, you will need a mouse in order to navigate, which can be a pain in the you know what.
The CBS Sports app is the perfect way to get scores for your favorite games, get live updates about players and teams, and even get live video and radio, right to your Android tablet or phone, Read more
Amazon does not give Android us much attention as it should even though its own hardware is powered by the platform. The company takes an extremely long amount of time before bringing its services to Android and other platforms. Prime Instant Video, which is included in a package for $99 per year, took an eternity to reach phones with Android. There was also the requirement that the Amazon app had to be installed before being redirected to get the Prime Instant Video app from the Amazon Appstore. That’s a lot of unnecessary work and it will continue with the new support of Prime Instant Video for Android tablets.
The Android version of Skype has trailed behind its iOS and desktop counterparts for some time. While the app was given attention and updated to remain capable, it never matched those other versions. Finally, today, an update is arriving for the app on Android devices that shifts it much closer to iOS and desktop versions. The chat layout follows the bubble style and emojis have been added in addition to the service’s own emoticons (which will now be animated). Also, the update brings support for voice input when utilizing Android Auto.
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Starting today, owners of devices with Lollipop will begin to notice some changes in the Play Store. The latest version, 5.4, introduces immersive hero images throughout the application. Coloring, sizing, and placement have all been altered in certain areas, too. The changes are not considered part of an overhaul, but something like the transparent status bar is noticeable.
Sling TV continues to be the cord cutters dream. They announced that DishWorld, the live streaming multi-language TV service, is now Sling International and it provides nearly 200 channels in 18 languages at $15 per month.
Sling TV customers can add Sling International to their monthly plan and will be able to watch the new programming through the same apps they use for Sling TV. This includes Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, current generation Roku players, Android and iOS devices, Xbox One, Macs, and PCs. New customers will be eligible for one month free.
Microsoft announced an update to their Outlook app for both Android and iOS to add in some major improvements to the People and Calendar portions of the app.
The People section of the Outlook app is no longer limited to just “top contacts. Notably, on the Android platform Microsoft can tap into the contacts that a user has on their smartphone or tablet to present a unified view of all contacts. Users accessing a corporate Exchange server will be glad to know the updated app also supports searching the Global Address List which is an organization’s directory. If you know a person’s name in your company, but not their email address, you can just do a search on their name to find their contact info. Read more
Dropbox is currently in the process pushing out an update for its official Mailbox application via the Play Store. This upgrade doesn’t deliver any new features to the app, but it does bring an appearance transformation that complies with Google’s recently-announced Material Design guidelines, as well as a multitude of bug fixes and speed enhancements.