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
Samsung has just launched a new app for Android called Galaxy S6 Accessories. As the name suggests, the application allows users to browse and purchase any of the company’s official accessories for the handset, without having to visit an independent reseller.
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
Users looking to improve their productivity have a new tool available on the Android platform to help them get to work on tackling their to-do list. Swipes was named a Best New Startup of 2014 by Evernote and has been receiving a favorable reception from users, quickly rising through the ranks to become a popular tool. The expansion to Android will help those who wanted to use Swipes unique gesture support for planning their tasks using a timeline. Read more
Google’s Chrome Android app currently has a feature that lets you create pseudo-app shortcuts to your favorite web sites right on your home screen, but it’s tucked away in the overflow menu of the app. While it’s a useful feature, it’s not used as often as it could be because of that. Google plans on fixing that by adding an “add to home screen” banner to websites in the near future, promoting the feature to users and potentially increasing traffic to those sites. Read more
The popular photo editing app, VSCO Cam, has been updated to version 3.2 and brings forth a couple of new features and updates. The biggest update to mention would be the ability to copy and paste edits that you have made to a photo and apply it to any other photo that you wish. This new feature should be a godsend to avid VSCO users as editing a large batch of photos could be made easier and quicker.
The update also includes TIFF image import and various performance improvements such as editing times. QR code and a download link will be provided after the break!
Upon weeks of beta testing the update, Sonos is officially updated to version 5.3 and is now live on the Google Play Store. The update fixes what was wrong with the previous version and improves upon it. Room control should be a lot easier, moving back and forth between screens is now easier, and the design of tablets has also been updated/improved. Here’s a couple easy tips for you to get used to the update:
- Three taps to party mode. Put the finishing touches on your party prep with a playlist to set the mood throughout the house. Use the new drop-down at the top center of our app to easily group or ungroup rooms in just a few taps.
- Retrace your steps. Change your mind on what you want to play? Swipe down to instantly go from Now Playing to browsing. To go back one step further to the menu, swipe right from the far left to view all of your music sources.
- Distractions welcome. If you want to go back to listen to a part you missed, the track progression bar is now more prominently displayed in your Now Playing screen, just below the album art. Drag it to whatever point in the song you want to play.
QR code and download link below.
Play Store Download Link
Motorola is currently pushing out an update for its official Camera application via the Play Store. This upgrade doesn’t transport much with regards to new features, but it does bring an appearance transformation that complies with Google’s recently-announced Material Design guidelines, in addition to a multitude of bug fixes.
Watch any television show from days gone by and chances are good you will see someone break out a newspaper to get caught up on current events. The advent of online news sources delivered via computers and then mobile devices like tablets, smartphones and e-readers have changed the way “news” is created and how it is delivered. The explosion of interest in smartwatches is leading some to look to these new devices as yet another vector to deliver news as seen with the new PaperWear app released to Google Play. Read more
Travel app and booking service provider HotelTonight has announced they are making some special deals available for Valentine’s Day in partnership with a variety of some of the most exclusive hotels in the nation. A special “Love More” package is being made available for the romantics out there while the “Lust More” package is for those ready to party in some of the swankiest locations available. Even if you are not ready for one of these special packages, HotelTonight is offering 10% off all Valentine’s Day bookings made between February 9th and February 13th. Read more