Photo editors certainly are not lacking in numbers at the Google Play Store but Snapseed, today’s entry, comes in with the most fanfare since Instagram brought its Lomography inspired filter set & square frames to Android. Apple named Snapseed the iPad App Of The Year for 2011. This year the Technical Image Press Association awarded it with the 2012 Best Mobile Photo App honors. If the awards aren’t enough to pique your interest, Google apparently thought enough of the app to buy the developer, Nik Software.
So what does the app itself bring, besides quick and easy Google+ integration? It has a lot of the same settings you’d expect from a photo editing app. It has a quick auto fix option, a variety of filters and several borders. It packs a pretty thorough set of adjustments (white balance, contrast, saturation, cropping, straightening, etc.). While these settings are nothing new to photo editors, its the execution that sets Snapseed apart. The adjustments work well and in a sleek easy-to-use interface. I was all set to drop the $10 on Photoshop Touch for the Nexus 7 but now I think I’ll have to give this a shot first!
We previously mentioned to you that Google Now recently got an extensive update, but Google went ahead and updated its Card List to show you Googlers just how vast the update is. In addition to seeing the Activity Summary and being able to help with your holiday travels, Google Now users can see all the Cards (both new and old) available, while getting a general description of what each card does. It’s a pretty extensive list, so all of you Jelly Bean users (especially those of you new to Jelly Bean) will want to hit the source link to get a general idea of the different cards available and how they can be useful to you.
The much anticipated SwiftKey Flow Beta has now arrived and ready for all to download and try. I’ve been playing around with it for a couple of days now and even though it’s in beta, it’s been very solid for me. I’ve had a couple of mistakes here and there, but nothing too major. It is by far my favorite keyboard to use as of now and I’m excited to see how much better it can get.
According to some research recently done by Canalys, the distribution of wealth from app sales is pretty heavily skewed towards the top. According to their findings, a group of the top 25 developers rake in about 50% of all money made through Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. They reportedly made $60 million over a 20-day period at the start of November 2012. Even more interesting is that 24 of the top 25 are game developers. (Pandora was the 25th with its radio application)
QThru, the provider of a mobile point-of-sale platform, announced today new apps for Android and iOS that will enable users to shop and checkout at physical stores using only their smartphone. The app gives you the ability to scan barcodes of items to add them to your shopping cart, then use a function called Q-Code to pay via a kiosk with the total transmitted to the account you have connected with the app. Beyond the in-store experience, the app provides other functions, like the ability to create shopping lists, find deals, create favorite items, research item details, and track total spending. QThru also indicates the app has a custom scale solution to handle purchases of produce or other items by weight.
Read the full press release below and then hit the download links to install the app on your device before heading out to find a participating retail store.
If you’re already tired of SoundHound, and you feel Shazam is a little too antiquated, then you’re in luck. Rhapsody has entered the song-match app game with their new app called – wait for it – ‘SongMatch’. While the app is free and does not require a Rhapsody subscription for the basic app which gives you tracks, artist info, and track listings, the real upside is if you do have a subscription. If you’re rocking a Rhapsody subscription, you can instantly launch playback of the song or album when a match is found. Rhapsody also creates a special SongMatch playlist in your account based on your prior matches. Anyone out there tired of the other song-match apps willing to give this a try?
A trio of Google’s apps received updates today, joining Google Search or Google Now on Jelly Bean devices. Google Translate received a major update, now providing the ability to recognize Chinese, Japanese and Korean using a device’s phone. The capability is limited to horizontal text only for now, but we can only imagine the ability to translate vertical text must be in the works. Google also added eleven new languages, Afrikaans, Croatian, Czech, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian, Welsh, to the list that can handle handwritten text.
By now, you’ve probably heard of the Chameleon Launcher for tablets. Well now they’re looking for a few good testers (25 to be exact) to put the launcher through its paces on select phones. The main draw with the launcher is the context-based UI used to change the home screen. These contexts can be defined in different ways such as time of day, IP address, or location. It’s not quite like live tiles, but at the same time, your home screen won’t be static all the time.
The devices they want to test the launcher on are:
They’ve more than likely targeted the big boys for this test to make sure hardware wasn’t an issue. If you’ve got one of the devices listed above and are willing to assist by giving feedback, and not solely interested in just having the app early, then click through the source link below for more information.
Navigation pioneer TomTom has recently updated its app to support more than 200 new Android devices– which is more than what was seen in the original app. The update includes some important features such as the ability to save map data to your SD card and a redesigned driving view to make key information more accessible. New supported devices include the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, LG Optimus G and other smartphones with a screen resolution between 800 x 480 pixels and 1280 x 800 pixels.
TomTom’s Android app will run you about 38 bucks, while the various subscription packs costs anywhere between $43 and $75 depending on your region. I’m not sure why anyone would fork over that much cash when Google Navigation offers a free and outstanding solution. I suppose it makes sense for regions that are still not covered by Google Navigation. Hit the source link below to pick up the app for your region.
After what feels like an eternity, Gameloft has finally provided some insight as to when its next first-person shooter, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, would drop. According to a spokesperson from the gaming studio, the title is set to launch “shortly after” iOS gets its official release on December 6th.
There’s no word on how long we’ll have to wait to get our hands on the fourth installment in the Modern Combat quadrilogy, though were sure there’s a valid reason to hold up the Android launch. For now, be sure to check out the official extended reveal trailer after the break.
Shopping fans are probably familiar with the Etsy web site which is geared toward the homemade, trinkets, and vintage goods. The web site has a Pinterestesque quality to its design and provides users the ability to share interests and shopping lists with friends. Now Etsy has an official app for Android devices available in the Google Play Store.
There are several apps available to help manage your device’s notification light, but we’ve never seen an official application released by a prominent manufacturer to accomplish the task, until now. Today
This version of BW offers full Jelly Bean support, including better notifications, lock screen widgets, and “daydreams” from Android 4.2. The visual aspects of many of the widgets have also been reworked. There’s also a new forecast app and a theme store. If you like extreme widget customization, you’re going to be very happy with this update. Hit the break for the download links.