Latest Flixster update adds Chromecast support

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If you haven’t heard of Flixster, its an immensely popular movie-related app that is incorporated with movie review site Rotten Tomatoes. Today’s update brings Chromecast support. You can now stream trailers or your UltraViolet movie collection through Flixster to your TV. In addition, this update adds support for HTC devices to download movies, SD card support, and a few bug fixes. The entire changelog for the update:

  • Chromecast support for US users
  • Movie download support for HTC phone users
  • SD card download support for KitKat devices
  • Fixed movie playback issue for UK users on HTC and Sony devices

Source: Play Store

Rhapsody and Napster both get updated to bring Chromecast support

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Fire up your Chromecast if you subscribe to either Rhapsody or Napster! Both services, which now has Napster under Rhapsody’s umbrella, have updated their respective applications to support Google’s Chromecast. After heading to the Play Store and updating either app, a Cast icon will be found at the top. Press this as you would with any other Cast-capable app and you should be able to start jamming to your favorite tunes right away.

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Gameloft optimizing games for Amazon’s Fire TV

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As Amazon finally moves into the market of devices meant to help consumers get digital content displayed on their TVs with the release of their Fire TV device, one of the big factors that may influence their success will be apps, including games. We’ve already seen Google’s strategy with Chromecast play out as they slowly dribbled out the ability for services and apps to make use of the device. Amazon appears to have done more work to ensure content is ready with the shipment of the devices, but there is still room for more apps to join the party. One example is Gameloft, which has already started optimizing their titles for use on Fire TV.

Initially, Gameloft has made three titles ready for Fire TV – Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, and Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Gameloft says they will be optimizing more titles in the future. The company thinks “Amazon’s broad consumer base” will help drive the reach of their titles on the platform and ultimately the success of Fire TV.

Does the ability to access leading game titles, like those from Gameloft, have an impact on your interest in a device like the Amazon Fire TV?

source: Droid Gamers

Google Play Store’s new ‘People’ option gives you recommendations based on your friends

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Google is updating the Play Store with a new option called “People.” This section will give you recommendations based on what your Google+ friends are using. This includes apps, books, music, movies, etc. The higher they rate them, the more likely you will see them.

The good news is that it’s not in your face. You will only see these recommendations if you open the section. You find it by tapping on the hamburger menu at the top left, which reveals the main slide-out menu. Just choose “People” under “My Wishlist.”

What is strange is that this new option appears in the current version of the Play Store app (version 4.6.17), but it’s being rolled out slowly. I have checked at least 5 or 6 devices, and neither of them have it yet. So if you don’t have it yet, be patient because there is no APK download that I know that will force it.

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Amazon tablet app updated with Fresh grocery delivery service and several other features

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Amazon has updated their tablet-specific app with a few useful new features. Users will now be able to access Amazon’s Fresh grocery delivery service through the app, which is awesome if you live in an area where that’s supported. Unfortunately, a vast majority of users won’t be affected by that addition, but Amazon has added enough other new features to make the update worthwhile.

You’ll now be able to pin items in search results to the bottom of the app, done by dragging and dropping an item in the search view, which makes comparison shopping extremely easy. Think something similar to YouTube’s pinned video functionality. There’s also a new pop-up filter in the search results, which makes narrowing down items much easier than it was before. » Read the rest

The TalkAndroid app, plus 23 other Android apps, can now be accessed worldwide through Google Search

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Back in December, Google announced the ability to find content in Android apps from Google Search results in the U.S. So when searching for a movie or a book on your mobile device, search results allow you to open the content in an installed app.

Google just announced they are taking it worldwide for english content and are adding 24 new apps. We are proud to announce that the TalkAndroid app made the list, as well as 500px, AOL, BigOven, Bleacher Report, Booking.com, Eventbrite, Glassdoor, Goodreads, Huffington Post, Merriam-Webster, Pinterest, Realtor.com, Seeking Alpha, TheFreeDictionary, The Journal, TripAdvisor, Tumblr, Urbanspoon, Wattpad, YP, Zagat, Zappos and Zillow.

So when you are searching for Android news, you will now be able to open search results directly in our app. Speaking of our app, be sure to download it today.

source: Inside Search

Samsung’s ChatOn gets updated with larger file transfers, message deletion, and location sharing

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Samsung’s messaging app, ChatOn, is getting a pretty large update today with a few new features. One of the most prominent features is the addition of the ability to delete a message after it has been sent, even if the recipient has already read it. This is a nice privacy feature, but it can also be useful if you accidentally text a wrong number, too.

That’s not the only feature new to ChatOn, though. The service will now allow file transfers up to 1 GB in size (up to 5 times a day), enhanced location sharing with contacts thanks to Glympse integration, group chats that can hold up to 1000 participants, and some translation improvements.

Keep an eye out for the update on your Samsung devices.

Source: SamMobile

Share Vines and chat away with the new Vine messaging feature

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These days, people will do anything to get into the messaging arena. Vine is ready to step forward and throw on some gloves to start fighting. Soon, the social network famous for its six second video clips will be adding a messaging component to combine its core feature with regular messaging. The exact name for the feature will be ‘Vine message’ or ‘VM’ for short.

Rather than requiring people to have a Vine account, Vine messages can be sent to non-Vine users as a video message to anyone in your contacts. For now, though, group messaging is not possible. If you choose to send a Vine to multiple people at once, the amount of recipients is the amount of conversations that will be started. Also, changing the color of your profile is a new feature included with the latest update.

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FireChat is a bold new take on messaging as it does not require any internet connection

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It is just as bold as it seems. FireChat is a brand new messaging application available today in the Play Store and it takes a very different approach to connect users. Don’t have an WiFi connection? Fine. Don’t have a data connection? That’s fine, too. FireChat relies upon what developer Open Garden calls “mesh networking technology.” This technology uses nearby devices to communicate with one another. For optimal communication, the developer suggests withing 30 feet, but I have seen reports of a 100 foot boundary being capable.

What FireChat does is bring people in a particular area together. So at a sports bar, for example, everyone can be chatting away in a loud room. The developer is composed of a team of just 10 people and the app is already available on iOS. The release of FireChat in the Play Store is just another step toward bringing everyone together in one place.

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