Kik messaging service updated to include live location tracking from Glympse

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If you use Kik Messenger, we have some good news for you.

Due to a recent partnership between location tracking service Glympse and Kik, you’ll now be able to share your location with the person you’re chatting with. You can also request a location from a friend through the app, using Glympse’s software.

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ESPN updates its fantasy football app with new push notifications and user interface

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Hockey, basketball and the World Cup are over — you know what that means.

That’s right, football season is fast approaching, and fantasy football sites everywhere are opening their doors for faithful fans to register for this year’s game.

In preparation for this season, ESPN has completely overhauled its fantasy football app.

In addition to an all new design, you’ll also now get push notifications when a trade is proposed, injuries take place and points are scored. You can also now manage your league’s draft right from the app — a useful tool if you’re away from home during the draft.

Hit the break for screenshots as well as the link to the app in the Play Store.

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New QCast Music brings party playlists to Chromecast

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The development team at QCast wants to see people at parties make use of a host’s Chromecast to help everyone get their groove on by creating and sharing group playlists using their new QCast Music app. At least one person in a group needs to have a Google Play Music All Access account to serve as the host. QCast indicates they hope to add more music services in the future. The person with the All Access subscription connects to a Chromecast and from there other guests can connect to the shared queue using the QCast Music app. Songs are added by searches that tap into the All Access service to get results. » Read the rest

Vevo releases major update to music video app

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Music fans who enjoy checking out the videos that artists put out to go along with their music may want to check out Vevo which released a major update to their Android app this week. Moving the app up to version 2.0, the update brings a new interface design that includes a real-time news feed. Vevo has also tried to step up the ability of the app to identify music videos that may be of interest to users based on what they have been listening to. » Read the rest

Flopsy Droid bounces onto Android Wear devices

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You probably thought Android Wear devices would not be a good form factor for playing games. If the game is simple enough that may not be true. For example, developer Sebastian Mauer has released an “inspired” game called Flopsy Droid for Android Wear devices. Hit the break to check out some screen shots showing how a flying Droid can be piloted through a series of obstacles. If you are lucky enough to already have an Android Wear device, you can use the download links to grab this free game. » Read the rest

Google now showing Google Play Movies purchases in YouTube app

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To access your purchased Google Play Movies content, you previously had to go to the Google Play Movies & TV application.

But today, Google has updated its YouTube app to now integrate Google Play Movies & TV, allowing you to access your purchased videos straight from YouTube.

Check out the “Purchases” screen after the break.

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Android L keyboard surfaces on Google Play

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Since the Android L developer preview was made available by Google, developers have been busy at working breaking it down and extracting code to be used on current Android platforms while we wait for the official release of the next version of Android based on L. One of the most noticeable changes in Android L is the keyboard which uses the new Material design framework. Developers had already pulled the apk for the keyboard out of Android L, but installation on other devices required root and some work with custom recoveries and flashing zip files. Now a couple developers have posted a version of the keyboard on Google Play that does not require root and only needs Android 4.0 or higher to work. » Read the rest

Get an eye on new notifications style in Android L with Heads Up! app

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One of the new features that Google showed off in Android L last week was a new way of displaying notifications in a floating window that will pop up over running apps. If you want to get an idea of how this may work without installing Android L and you have a device running Android 4.3 or 4.4, you may want to check out the new Heads Up! app fro XDA member Dr.Alexander_Breen. » Read the rest

PBS KIDS Video app hits Play Store with Chromecast support

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Parents with small children who are fans of PBS programming now have a new avenue to give their kids access to those shows, the PBS KIDS Video app for Android devices. To help parents make use of the app and avoid having to turn their tablet over to their child to watch a show, PBS built in Chromecast support. Using the app you can fire up titles like Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Sesame Street or Wild Kratts amongst others, cast it to your Chromecast, and resume using your tablet or smartphone for your activities. » Read the rest