Google IO 2016 Coverage

Google ready to help you track Santa this year


Google has started the December countdown to Christmas and they promise lots of goodies along the way to Christmas Eve when the Santa Tracker will be operating at full steam. Google has setup a special site at for all of the festivities. The fun is not limited to the night of Santa’s flight though as Google is planning to release games and other activities each day. Read more

AccuWeather update brings new UI and customizable widgets to phones and tablets


AccuWeather is about to get even more popular with consumers as they have rolled out an update that brings a new UI and widgets to smartphones and tablets. Also coming to tablets are portrait and landscape mode functionality. The ability to set custom forecasts based on your location is now present, as well as push notifications for potential weather disasters on tablets. AccuWeather comes in both a free version with ads and a paid version with no ads for just $1. Click the break for more details and for the download link to the update.

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YouTube for Android update brings Google+ integration, better TV controls and bug fixes


The YouTube app for Android was updated recently and along with it came some long overdue features. One of these features includes more Google+ integration that allow users to +1 videos from within the app itself. You can now pause and skip videos in your queue via the notification tray. Last but not least, the full screen button bug is fixed. If you haven’t already, click the Play Store link below and update your YouTube app now.

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Grooveshark makes a comeback, now offers free unlimited music streaming

After more than a year away from the Play Store, Grooveshark has made a mighty comeback. With so many options and most importantly, free unlimited music streaming, you can expect this to be a great alternative to other apps such as Pandora. Here’s what you can expect for their free features:

  • Unlimited streaming of over 20 genre Radio Stations
  • Hand-tagged selections from the millions of songs in our library
  • Launch a custom Radio Station based on any song you choose
  • Skip and like songs

Share your photos and videos through Wi-Fi via Wi-Fi Shoot


Sharing pictures and videos is something everyone does on a daily basis. Finding a way to do that in a simple and quick manner is always welcomed and sought after. Wi-Fi Shoot is an app that can connect two Wi-Fi Direct-compatible devices together to share photos and videos. The app is fairly simple to use, once the two devices are paired, a tap of a button is all that’s needed to pass the picture or video along.

I love apps that makes tasks simpler and faster to achieve. While this app works great thus far, keep in mind that it is still in beta phase and still has bugs that the developer has to work on. Thus far, the app only works on local media, so you won’t be able to share any cloud-based photos or videos. Wi-Fi Shoot only works with devices that have Android 4.0 and up and is available in the Google Play Market for free. Hit up the break for a download link and a video showcasing the app!

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Official Times Square App Hits Android, Next Best Thing To Not Being There On New Year’s

Taking the whole “there’s an app for that” to a whole new level, Countdown Entertainment has provided a way for us to be fully in the know-how this year when everyone’s favorite New Year’s event kicks off.  If you can’t make it to Time Square this year to watch the ever famous Waterford Crystal New Year’s Eve Ball drop, we’ve got the next best thing for you.  The official release of the Time Square app allows you to read up on the history of the event, share photos and even stream the event live all from your smartphone.  You can “check in” via the app, use a customizable countdown clock and even send a virtual kiss to a loved one while ringing in the new year.  If you’re ready for the download, you can head on over to the Android Market or check out the QR code below as well.  Hit the break to check out some extra screen shots, grab the download links and to check out the video of the app in action.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.   Read more

Naughty by Nature Produces Their Very Own Android App

You down with OPP?  Yeah, you know me!  Sorry, couldn’t help myself.  Well, as you can tell, the 20 year old rap group, Naughty by Nature has come out with their very own Android App.  The app provides photos, music videos, behind-the-scenes video shots and you can even tie it all into your favorite social network.  Yeah boy!  Sorry, did it again.  All the photo captions you see in the app were made by Vin Rock himself, so definitely check it out.  If you’re ready for the download, head on over to the Android Market or check out the QR code below for an added convenience.  Feel free to drop a comment or two in the comments section below.  And don’t forget to check out the video and screen shots below as well.   Read more

Instagram CEO Confirms App Development for Android


Instagram, the uber popular iOS photography app that uses filters to replicate 1970’s-like photos, is slated to finally make its way to Android devices. Reports show that Instagram’s user base is around 14-15 million, and is expected to double with a release for the Android Market. “We have two people working on Android now,” says Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom, at LeWeb in Paris. “I’m excited to be able to see our numbers today nearly double.”

Currently there are no details on when the app will be released for us Android users, Systrom says they are still focusing primarily on increasing membership. During Le Web, the company also said it plans to include ads in the near future which would require appealing to many advertisers. “Obviously, we didn’t start a business to not make money,” Systrom says. “Our focus now is on growing the network. You really need to build up the network, or no advertisers care.”

Anybody looking forward to seeing the Instagram photo app become available to Android?

[via CNET]


Google Catalog App Now Available for Android Tablets

Just in time for Christmas shopping, Google announces the newest addition to its slew of useful apps, Google Catalogs. Now available for Android tablets, I repeat tablets (not smartphones), Google Catalogs bring the stores to your lap by providing beautiful and interactive catalogs from some of the biggest stores you love.

Google has managed to combine over 400 different catalogs from some of the more popular stores and combined them into one searchable app. You can browse through each individual catalog, or if you have a particular item in mind, you can execute a search across every available retailer. The pages are often interactive, allowing you to hover over an item form more details or sometimes clicking the item will show available options. Once you find an item you are interested in, you can even make an online purchase without ever leaving the app, not to mention your house. Some people compare it to the experience of the Google Shopper app but this new app is more laid out like a real paper catalogue. Read more