Google IO 2016 Coverage

Google toots own horn with links to apps on homepage


If you have a new smartphone or tablet, whether Android or iOS based, Google hopes you will consider installing and using some of their apps on your device. In case you have not noticed, Google has recently taken to unbundling several of their services and platforms, possibly as part of a strategy to counter arguments they are using their lead position in search in an unfair manner. However, in a bit of an unusual move for Google, the landing page for their primary search service currently includes a couple links to help promote their own apps. Read more

Google shows off Android M’s Auto Backup for Apps function in video


One of the great things about flashing a custom Rom on your Android device is being able to backup and restore your apps via the custom recovery or by using an app such as Titanium Backup, it’s especially helpful if you’ve had to factory reset your device or if you’ve swapped over to a new device. Now it seems like un-rooted users will also be able to automatically backup and restore their apps thanks to a feature called ‘Auto Backup for Apps’ that is present in the latest Android M Preview. Read more

Google enforcing app design for Android Auto apps to minimize safety concerns

Android_Auto_License_Plate_Google_IO_01_TAGoogle has typically taken a very lax stance on Android apps, as we’ve all seen in the Play Store. It’s a very different approach than what you’ll find in other app ecosystems, but for the most part, it’s worked pretty well for Google. Regardless of your stance on the issue, it’s been very clear that Google is taking Android Auto and Android TV apps a little more seriously and putting efficient design at the forefront without allowing the app stores to get flooded with stuff from any app developer.

With the first wave of Android Auto vehicles rolling out, there are about 35 apps available for the platform. Compared to the millions and millions on the Play Store, that’s an extremely small number. Google has a good reason behind that, though, since addictive apps that work on your car’s dashboard are, well, dangerous. Read more

Google publishes a list of the 18 best Material Design apps


To celebrate its Material Design’s first birthday, the folks over at Google have compiled a list of eighteen of the best apps that take full advantage of the new design specification, including Evernote, Instacart, Tumblr and Weather Timeline.

Hit the break for the full list of apps showcased in the Best-In-Class Android Design section of the Play Store.

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Google adds app deep linking to short links

goo gl short link app deep linkGoogle has added a useful new trick to their short link service; app deep linking.

Deep linking allows a URL to open up a specific page within a designated app instead of just pulling open a new browser window on your phone. Clicking a Twitter link on a website opens up that tweet in your Twitter app, and so on. Google makes indexing apps for this kind of deep linking very easy, and in a world driven by mobile applications and smartphones, it makes sense. Up until now, though, it hasn’t worked with Google’s own URL shortening service. Read more

Facebook Messenger games coming to platform soon

Fans of games on Facebook will likely be interested in knowing that fun times could be coming to the Messenger app that Facebook makes available for users. Since the launch of Messenger, third party apps have mostly been limited to those that enhance the communication aspects of the platform, giving users things like emojis, the ability to send sound clips, gif support and similar functions. Reports indicate uptake has been slow for these apps, so Facebook is planning to start pushing for games to expand to the platform in hopes of giving developers something a little “stickier” and with higher revenue potential. Read more

Google Play launches app pre-registration feature with Terminator Genisys: Revolution


Being able to sign up for a product before it is actually available is not a new sales strategy and is actually used quite often in the smartphone industry. Google has been working to bring a similar strategy to their Play Store. For example, Avengers: Age of Ultron was made available for pre-order at the same time it hit theaters. Now Google is bringing this feature to the Apps portion of their marketplace. Read more

Galaxy Gifts for the Samsung Galaxy S6 includes Fleksy, Evernote and Life360 and 19 others


It’s been a couple of days since the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets were officially announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and we are still finding out new things about them. What we have today is confirmation of the 22 premium apps and services that Samsung will give Galaxy S6 owners via its Galaxy Gifts program.

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