Google has announced some new improvements to Google Search that may make using a smartphone a little easier. When using Google Search, if a result includes information that may be included in an app on your device, the search results will now indicate the app and provide a handy button to launch the app directly from the results. The example Google provides is a search for information on a movie. They point out that detailed information and trivia about a movie may be included in the IMDb app, box office information may be accessed via Wikipedia’s app, and ratings and review information could be in the Rotten Tomatoes app. Google’s search function will now be able to alert you to the fact that the information can be found in an app instead of surfing out to the web.
Those free apps always get you. To keep playing, or at least at a reasonable pace, you have to throw money at the game. One dollar for extra “game bucks,” or three dollars to skip the level… Whatever it is, they’re almost always annoying and continuously get in the way of actually enjoying a game.
Today, Google is working with some top game developers to bring a series of sales on in-app content for top games in the Play Store. Hit the break for a list of games and the offers.
Last week Google made some changes to Google Play to help users with tablets find apps that were optimized for their devices. Another change in Google Play has been discovered, this one aimed at Chromecast owners. When you drill down into the App section of Google Play, you will discover Google has added a new button for Chromecast apps. In landscape mode the button is readily apparent along the top of the screen. In portrait mode, a swipe from left to right to view the “Categories” choices will reveal the button as well. » Read the rest
In their latest “Android Design in Action” video, Android’s design team is showing off some of their favorite apps by design. Among the apps featured are Foursquare, Airbnb, Libra, Timely, Etsy, and Google’s own Chrome and Newsstand. Members of the team discuss the design of all of these apps. One of the more interesting explanations is for Newsstand (6:15 mark) as it merges Google Currents and Play Magazines into one app.
Hit the break for the lengthy, but interesting video and download links to all of the mentioned apps. » Read the rest
If you love RPGs, then you probably enjoy the Final Fantasy series. The original Final Fantasy IV was released twenty-two years ago, and After Years arrived for Japanese phones in 2008. Now the sequel is available on Android for just $15.99 in the Play Store. Of course the majority of mobile gamers won’t be seeking to purchase this game as it’s really meant for loyal Final Fantasy and RPG fans. There’s a big difference between dropping a dollar for something like Angry Birds and sixteen for a Final Fantasy port.
Hit the break for the trailer, gallery, and download links. » Read the rest
Google rolled out some minor changes to Google Play today in hopes they will have a big impact for tablet users looking for apps that have been designed to take advantage of the larger format available with a tablet device. First, they have changed the default view to put the “Designed for tablets” list at the top of the page when a user visits the store from their tablet device. The setting can be changed back to all apps or games if a user would prefer that look. » Read the rest
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. » Read the rest
While we all know KitKat is around the corner, the question still lingers. How soon around the corner, right? Well, this could be an indication that the search giant is about to bring forth some KitKat goodness or it could just be one heck of a coincidence, that over the past few days 17 different Google applications have either received or will be receiving an update. We’ve seen Vic Gundotra intro some pretty cool stuff with Google + and Hangouts in what we hope to be for Android 4.4 accompanying the Nexus 5. As usual, we’ll have to practice extreme patience for an official word, if Google decides to give one.
At this point there’s some serious speculation that the company may just spring the device upon us with no warning at all. The speculation comes from the fact that Google has yet to release any kind of official invite or announcement of a press release for the new device and OS. And while we’re still in the dark as to when and where Google will make the announcement, the fact remains that 17 different applications have received an update within the span of a few days. I think it’s safe to lean towards the premise that it’s all for the sake of KitKat. Check out the list of apps receiving updates on Google’s roster. And while some of the apps aren’t major players, you’ll find there are few big hitters in the mix. If you haven’t received an update yet for any of these, don’t fret, they tend to roll out in phases. Feel free to add to the speculation in the comments below. At the very least, if all of the speculation is wrong and we’re nowhere near the new OS, you’ll still have a few new updates to play with. » Read the rest
If you are looking for something to do to pass the time in between visits from Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween, Google may have a special offer capable of filling the candy bag that is your Android device. Ranging from offers of free games to special discounts and cut-rate in-app purchase promos, the Spooky Savings deal on the Google Play store offers up savings on seventeen different titles including: » Read the rest
Google Helpouts, ”a new way to connect people who need help with people who can give help, over live video, anytime, anywhere“, could be coming to fruition on Tues, Nov 5th thanks to a source over at Android Police. Initially announced back in August, the service appears to be very useful, once kicked off that is. The rollout will allow you to connect with people over Hangouts where you can consult an expert or gain assistance with something over a video conference for a small fee or even free of charge. The popular search giant has been preparing the rollout for a couple of months now and it seems to be nearly ready.
If the source is accurate, we could see the official rollout in about a week. Per the post, that user received the tidbit via private notification as they were a preapproved user by Google to get the initial configs underway in time for the rollout. As for those who weren’t preapproved? We’ll just have to exercise patience as always in this industry. However, the sign up page is still live so if you want to give it a try you’re more than welcome. Don’t forget to keep it here for the initial announcement as we’ll be all over it like white on rice when it’s announced.
source: Android Police