With 2014 winding to a close, Google is recapping everything that’s happened on Google Play over the year. They’ve posted up an infographic detailing the top apps, games, and media that we’ve been downloading for the past 12 months, and some of the info might surprise you.
It’s not hard to guess that Facebook was the most downloaded social app on the Play Store, and it makes sense that health and fitness apps saw the most growth thanks to the surge in wearable fitness trackers and software from major OEMs promoting an active lifestyle. Some things might surprise you, though. For the full graphic, hit the link below and let us know what you think about what we were downloading in 2014.
source: Official Android Blog
Google Play Movies has received an update to version 3.6.11, which includes a splash screen, navigation drawer, and pull-down to refresh.
Microsoft has announced that their family of MSN apps are now available for several new platforms and devices including Android, iOS and Amazon Kindle and Fire devices. The apps were already available for the desktop and for mobile Windows devices, so the reach is quite extensive now. MSN’s apps include MSN News, MSN Weather, MSN Sports, MSN Money, MSN Health & Fitness, and MSN Food & Drink. According to Microsoft, the apps were rebuilt from the ground up this past year for a “mobile-first, cloud-first world.” Read more
Facebook has updated their Trending feature on mobile devices to make it easier for users to find popular topics in their social circles. Trending was already available on the desktop site, but now it’s making its debut on mobile. Read more
HTC has just updated its Gallery application in the Play Store. The app now has a completely redesigned user interface which complies with Google’s recently-announced Material Design guidelines, together with a new ‘tag view’ and a Face Fusion photo editor.
With a big hit on their hands in Minecraft, it seems amazing that game developer Mojang is only now releasing their second title for Android. Their newest game is Scrolls, a game that combines elements of card and board games, to be played on tablet devices. Read more
Google has just flipped a switch on the server side of its Chromecast mobile application, which now furnishes your family and friends with the ability to easily cast videos to your streaming dongle by way of the new “guest mode” feature. This latest functionality allows anyone in the room with an Android device to access your Chromecast — even if they’re not connected to your Wi-Fi network.
We saw the Samsung Galaxy E7 (SM-E700H) leaking out a few days ago and spilling the beans on its hardware. Today, we’re getting a complete run down of the specs of the Galaxy E7 along with its sibling, the Galaxy E5. The two devices appear to be very similar to the Galaxy A series in terms of specs. Read more
Google is currently in the process of pushing out a compatibility update for its official Fit application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings bug fixes, speed optimizations, support for Android Wear and the ability for users to log their own activities.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
Google continues to refine the appearance and functionality of its Material Design-based Play Store app. In its current 5.1.11 build, the Play Store has bright colors, download badges, and plenty of other goodies. But a lot of content also got pushed below the fold into the “Read More” section.