Hootsuite’s Android application has been updated with several new features, mostly focused on image sharing and scheduled content publishing. The update brings the app to version 3.1, marking the first iterative update since it’s massive 3.0 update not too long ago.
Most of the new features are noticeable in the tweaked interface. The UI for composing tweets has been moved around a bit, making the send tweet arrow more prominent while hiding scheduling options behind a drop-down menu. When placing images within a tweet, Hootsuite now also shows a live preview of those images, which it didn’t do before. There are a few other slight changes, including Hootsuite being able to send out images to social media as opposed to just links, and a menu for looking at your scheduled content before it goes live. Read more
Popular Australian rock band AC/DC now has many of its albums available for streaming on Google Play Music, Rdio, Spotify, and Dozer. The band was earlier hesitant to bring their albums to the music streaming market, as they’d rather fans be able to hear the whole album over individual downloads here and there.
Google has today updated its official Maps for Android application in India. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings support for live traffic information in the following cities: Kolkata, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi, Madurai and Bhopal.
If you live in Canada and you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a Galaxy S6 smartphone, Samsung has just announced another incentive to tip you over the edge; a free six-month subscription to Google’s Play Music service.
Google has added an interesting tweak to their current crop of Android apps; splash screens with the Google logo. If you’ve updated and used some of Google’s Android apps lately, you may have noticed a brief splash screen upon opening the apps. The screen is simple, displaying the app’s logo and Google’s brand logo at the bottom, but it definitely creates a slight delay when opening the app. That’s not a good thing.
Most of us want our apps to open as quickly as possible, but Google wants to give themselves and other developers a chance to push some brand recognition. They’ve even changed Android’s app developer guidelines to suggest making a brief splash screen while an app initializes, recommending a concise logo or tagline without flooding the screen with too much text. Read more
The Federal Railroad Administration and Google are entering into a new partnership to help make the roads just a little safer. As part of a project between the two organizations, Google will include grade crossing data in their Google Maps platform for all rail crossings in the country. More importantly, Google plans to add in audio and visual alerts for drivers using the navigation feature available on their smartphones. Read more
In a transaction confirmed by both companies, Uber is buying a portion of Microsoft Bing that focuses on image collection data and activities. As part of the transfer of that portion of Bing, Uber will be adding around 100 employees moving over from Microsoft. Read more
Google Play Music and its All Access subscription service is now available in Argentina. There’s been no official announcement just yet, however, the country is listed as supported on Google’s support page.
Following its announcement last month, Facebook today launched the 2G-friendly Lite version of its mobile application in India and the Philippines. It weighs in at just 430KB and is available to download directly from the Google Play Store.
Third-party developer Taptigo has brought Zoom for Instagram to the Google Play Store. The new application has one simple goal: to let users zoom into their Instagram photos, and Zoom for Instagram does this really well.