Google IO 2015 Coverage

New look at Google Photos starts to reveal direction for the app

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As Google edges closer to separating their Photos app from the Google+ platform, an early version of the new app has surfaced for sources to take a look at the direction being taken by Google. Many core features appear to carryover from the way they operate in Google+, but other features are being added along with some new adjustments for users to polish up their photos. Read more

NBC finally adds more cowbell to SNL app, brings it to Android

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The 40th anniversary season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live may be drawing to a close with only 3 episodes left, but that has not stopped the network from finally making their companion app, SNL: Saturday Night Live, available for Android. The app makes a variety of clips from the show available for viewing so users can watch their favorite moments all over again. Read more

Samsung S Health app posted to the Play Store

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Samsung has not been a manufacturer that makes many apps available to the Google Play Store, but the recent addition of the Samsung S Health app may be a sign that things are changing. Over the past couple years manufacturers have increasingly used the Play Store as a distribution channel for their proprietary apps, a move that saves consumers time in waiting for updates to be released as part of a device update. Samsung seems to have resisted that move, possibly due to their own app store being available to owners of their devices as well as their desire to maintain some control over their ecosystem. Read more

LastPass gets a material update on Android

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The LastPass password manager app for Android got an update this week to incorporate Google’s Material Design philosophy for Android. As part of the announcement of LastPass’s update, the company also announced they were partnering with Samsung to offer a premium upgrade to buyers of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge as part of the Samsung Galaxy Gifts program. Read more