Just hours before Google takes to the stage at I/O, the search engine giant has started pushing out an update for its Android TV Remote Control app. This leads us to believe that their is likely to be an announcement advising us of Google’s big plans for the media-streaming platform at the conference.
If you’ve been using the beta version of Chrome for Android, then like me, you’re used to seeing the ‘touch to search’ option appear whenever you highlight some text to copy & paste. If you’ve been content using the stable channel of the Chrome for Android browser however, you’ll be happy to find out that this ‘Touch to Search’ feature is present in the latest version that is rolling out, Chrome 43.
Google has added a useful new trick to their goo.gl short link service; app deep linking.
Deep linking allows a URL to open up a specific page within a designated app instead of just pulling open a new browser window on your phone. Clicking a Twitter link on a website opens up that tweet in your Twitter app, and so on. Google makes indexing apps for this kind of deep linking very easy, and in a world driven by mobile applications and smartphones, it makes sense. Up until now, though, it hasn’t worked with Google’s own goo.gl URL shortening service. Read more
Everyone’s favorite note-taking app, Any.do, has paired up with Ginger Keyboard to offer Ginger users added capabilities in the form of easy list-making.
When in Ginger Keyboard’s Smart Bar, you can quickly tap on the Any.do logo and make lists without closing the keyboard. Users can also access their Any.do schedules from the Smart Bar.
The added features will surely make both apps more attractive to all users, especially ones who use one of the two, and not both.
Source: Ginger Software
Fleksy has officially teamed up with Imoji to bring image emojis to your Android keyboard. You will find a wide range of images to select from and most of them are popular internet memes, so you won’t have a tough time relating to them. Read more
Thanks to Google’s new ‘ambiactive’ mode introduced with Android Wear, app developers can have their apps running in the background while using lesser amount of battery. Zillow is now making full use of this feature with a new update to its Android app which brings changes to the Android Wear app as well. Read more
If you own a Mi Band fitness bracelet, Xiaomi has just pushed out an update to its Android app, bringing new functionality to the $15 device. Now you can link the Mi Band to your Google account, allowing it to share your fitness stats with Google Fit.
It’s the day before Google I/O 2015 begins, and the Play Store app is the recipient of a minor update, bumping it to version 5.6.6. There are some layout changes as well as some groundwork laid for the rumoured Kids Accounts that is rumoured to be announced in the next day or two.
After announcing a strategic partnership with Samsung, Dell and several other regional companies across the globe, Microsoft has now stretched this to 31 by adding 20 new OEMs to the list, including prominent global figures like Sony and LG. Read more
Facebook is testing out a new program that will add critic reviews to restaurant pages that appear while users search for somewhere to eat, putting the reviews next to comments left by friends on the social media site. It’s a small change, but it might help Facebook stay competitive in the local search market, especially against the likes of Google and Yelp. Read more