As more and more apps add casting capability so users can enjoy their apps with Chromecast devices, this latest development may be useful for users needing a more general capability. Google has added the ability to cast YouTube videos from within the Chrome Beta for Android browser without opening the dedicated YouTube app. Testing shows that it kind of works with other HTML5 videos. » Read the rest
The importance of developing an ecosystem for rising platforms these days cannot be stressed enough— Ouya certainly has the right idea, as the Android-based game console manufacturer as announced that it will be pushing its software to other hardware in the future. Although the move will likely decrease sales on the Ouya gaming system, the reach of the software platform will certainly be able to branch out.
In an interview with “AListDaily,” Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman discussed her plans. Hit the break for the details.
Shazam is working on an update to their music identification app to bring users a new, cleaner interface. This should make it easier to preview, buy, and share songs or TV show information. Shazam is also improving access to lyrics, showing them as soon as a song is matched. Shazam is also improving the speed with which information about broadcast TV shows is displayed. » Read the rest
Google has added a really cool new feature to Google Now’s search results. Now whenever you search for a restaurant, you might see that restaurant’s menu listed at the top of the search results in a Google Now card, complete with pricing information. The menus are also sorted by appetizers, entrees, and deserts like the store’s actual menu would be.
If you go out to eat often, this could be pretty helpful in coordinating reservations. Let us know if you get a chance to use this anytime soon.
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Users of HTC’s Watch service may have already received a notice that at the end of the month, the service is calling it quits. Up until 3/31/2014 users will still be able the service like normal, but as of April Fool’s Day, users will no longer have access to the service or their libraries. HTC does recommend that any movies that you may have purchased through the app, be downloaded if you still want access to them.
Of course, users can take solace in the fact that there are a number of options waiting for you after the service has its finale. Google Play and Amazon are just a few options in a long list of streaming services. When support was pulled for the service in May of last year in six countries, it wasn’t a good sign for the service in general.
So if you’re a user of the Watch service, you have about a month to download any purchases made, after that, you’re library is gone.
The past week has seen a couple big announcements from Samsung regarding their Knox security architecture, like the ability to run apps outside of Knox yet receive benefits of secured data and Common Criteria certification. To really help users capitalize from their Samsung devices, Samsung has announced yet another development for Knox, support for a variety of Microsoft services. » Read the rest
If you enjoy sharing links to stuff you have found while surfing around the Internet, you no doubt have made use of a URL shortener at some time. Developer Thomas Devaux is bringing the power of URL shortening to Android with the new Google URL Shortener app. The app includes some nice integration touches for use on smartphones or tablets, like the ability to “share” a short URL from any app or copy the new, short URL to the clipboard. » Read the rest
We have the Fitbit, Nike FuelBand, and even the new Samsung Gear Fit for all our fitness needs, but what about your dog? Well there is an app for that, and an accessory as well. Whistle, which has already been available on iOS, just launched on Android in the Google Play Store. The Whistle app will track your canine’s day-to-day behavior and long-term health trends. Data is uploaded via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and will track activities such as walking, playing, and rest.
Of course you will need the Whistle Activity Monitor in order to track all these activities. The monitor attaches to your dog’s existing collar. Availability was fairly limited, but they just announced that PetSmart will be carrying the device, which makes things a lot easier. However, it costs $129, so you are really going to have to be a health nut for this one. Or someone that just has to own every gadget. We’ve got app screenshots, a video, and the full presser after the break.
Usually Amazon has a free app of the day to entice customers to utilize their Appstore. But today, the company is offering an additional eight applications to be picked up for absolutely nothing. And the apps available are quite impressive — Wheel of Fortune, Sonic Jump, and Wreck-It Ralph among others. Excluding the usual free app of the day, Amazon’s set of free apps total about $17.
Hit the break for the full list.
Motorola has released a minor update to their Active Display app for Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and Droid Maxx smartphones. The primary change included in this latest version sets the app to honor the system vibration settings you may have set for your device. Just go into Settings -> Sound -> Vibrate on touch to turn vibrations on or off. Motorola also included some bug fixes and other optimizations in the update which reportedly make everything work much smoother.
Owners of the impacted Motorola devices should be receiving a notification that the update is available, but if they can’t wait for that they can use the link below to grab the update from Google Play.