Spotify is everyone’s favorite music streaming service is starting off the year with a few minor updates to keep its fantastic streaming experience up to standard.
Whenever an update hits a new whole number, there are bound to be meaningful changes. Today, Instagram has been updated to version 6.0 and it brings new editing tools. Now users of Instagram can edit photographs by adjusting their brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth and other facets. A new wrench icon will appear while selecting a filter and this leads to the new editing tools.
Hit the break for screenshots and download links. The update is available today in the Play Store.
Beats Music continues its quest to become a big time player in the streaming music market and now tries to do so with the backing of Apple after being bought for $3 billion. It is still unclear exactly how Apple sees Beats Music in relation to the rest of their ecosystem, especially in light of iTunes, but Tim Cook says it will eventually be integrated with iTunes Radio. All indications are that they plan to continue to offer Beats Music on both the Android and Windows platforms. To help entice the curious, some tweaks have been made to pricing for the service and the trial period.
With the financial backing of Apple, an annual subscription to Beats Music will now run $99.99, down from the previous $119.88 price point. Apple has also doubled the trial period from seven days up to fourteen days.
Are you interested in checking out Beats Music in light of these adjustments and Apple’s involvement?
A few days after the update went live, we are finally starting to see some more additions to the Google Search app. While Google Now currently alerts users when a set event is approaching, it will now notify when the best time to leave to arrive on time. So Google Now will make sure you make it to a doctor’s appointment, dinner reservation, or airport in a timely fashion. Also added to Google Now is the voice command to call or text contacts. Say “Call Justin” and the device will do so. If you have contacts with overlapping names, it will ask you to clarify.
With the Olympics taking over the world for the next few weeks, Google has added cards pertaining to the games. French, German, Japanese, and Korean languages are all supported. So if you are away from a TV or computer, cue Google Now and check out what’s going on in Sochi easily.
The latest entrant into Google’s Wednesday wave of app updates is Hangouts. The messaging app has been updated to fix issues when sending and receiving MMS messages. SMS messages, on the other hand, have been fixed as well to prevent issues with messages that exceed 160 characters. Earlier, Google Search and Google Drive were updated.
Hit the break for download links; however, remember that Google employs slow, drawn-out updates for its apps.
Google Drive is receiving an update today that brings small, useful additions alongside some bug fixes. First up is a new 1×1 widget that links directly to the document scanning feature within Google Drive. Also added in the update is the support for animated GIFs. And, as most updates do, unidentified bug fixes are included.
Hit the break for download links and let us know if the update has been pushed to your device.
To ring in the New Year, Pandora has received an update that brings a long-awaited feature for many users. The Alarm Clock feature does exactly what the name suggests. It starts to play music from Pandora with a station preset by the user. And it does it all right from the lockscreen. So if you need to get some more sleep, there is no digging through to hit the snooze button. Beyond that core feature, you can select what days the feature is activated for and set a sleep timer.
Hit the break for the changelog, screenshots of the changes, and download links.
Want comedian Kevin Hart to give you driving directions? He can with Waze. Google’s other navigation service has teamed up with Universal Pictures to allow celebrities to guide you through your travels. The reason Kevin Hart is first up is because of his upcoming film Ride Along, appropriately named, that he costars with Ice Cube. Universal Pictures is likely paying some money to have Hart and the film’s name featured in the app. To activate this feature, head over to Settings/Sound/”English – Ride Along”.
Rather than just relying on data, Waze crowdsources information from other drivers. Users share traffic and accident reports, speed limit markers, stationed police, and hazards for others to know of; therefore, you can travel accordingly.
Todoist has received an update today that adds Android 4.4 KitKat, Google Now, and DashClock widget support. When we reviewed it last spring, we had an issue with the productivity of actually setting a reminder. But now, the integration with Google Now seems to fix that. Simply call-up Google Now and say “note to…” followed by your task/reminder. And to remind you yet again of what is on your agenda, there is integration to place a DashClock widget on your lockscreen. To get your hands on the productive update, hit the break for download links.
Rumors continue to swirl around the upcoming release of Android 4.4 KitKat and tonight’s latest involves the Downloads app. According to a leaked screenshot, the new version transitions the app to use the Holo Light color scheme, which should probably not be surprising given all the Google apps moving away from the dark theme. The screenshot also shows the new version of the app incorporates a proper action bar, with the sort button located on it instead of as a separate button at the bottom of the app.
It is not clear from the screen shots whether it will be possible to quickly Select All files with one button tap or whether users will still have to individually check each item. The screenshot does seem to suggest the possibility of arranging file icons in a grid instead of as a list. We also do not know whether any new sort options may be available.
source: Android Police