It was a near four weeks ago when we all experienced the surprise from Google in the release of the Android N Developer Preview. Today, Google has announced its second preview of Android N.
WhatsApp has some new features hitting both the production version of its app that most users have as well as the beta version of the app that some users may be making use of. The changes all appear to be focused on making the platform much more useful as a communications platform that can meet a variety of needs for users. Read more
Many of us own smart televisions, but one of the greatest pains is sharing content to them from a smartphone or tablet. It just never seems to work as you think it should, with many TV and smartphone companies coming up with their own, sometimes proprietary, solutions that often don’t work well (or at all) with other brands. Samsung Smart TV owners will have experienced some of this frustration, which makes the Smart View app an interesting proposition with Samsung adding support for other brands as well as other operating systems. Read more
We’ve known it was coming, but Apple Music is finally available on the Google Play Store. There’s a catch, though; as of right now, the app is still in beta. There are some missing features that will be added in down the line, but right now you’ll at least have access to your Apple music library, if you have one. Read more
Today we got a first glimpse of Apple Music running on an Android device through some leaked screenshots. Just as a reminder, this is the first Apple service that will be available on the Android platform.
It was only yesterday that Sony posted a list of devices slated to be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and now the handset maker is giving Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact owners the chance to beta test the latest version of Android on their handsets via its Concept for Android beta initiative.
Samsung has just started pushing out an update for the beta application of its mobile payment platform. This upgrade bumps the version number up to 1.3.1716, and brings a host of new functionality, including a bunch of interface improvements and a new off-screen activation mode to your handset.
When Google released their new logo recently, it came with a host of updates to their app icons on mobile devices. These changes in turn have drawn attention to the varying sizes of icons on Android devices. While some users welcome the variety offered by the operating system, others seem to be irked by this and would prefer to see icons presented more consistently similar to some other operating systems. Nova Launcher sees this as an opportunity and has started beta testing a new feature to normalize icon sizes. Read more
If you’re a Skype user in the US or UK, you may want to listen up as Microsoft has just kicked off the public beta for the online client of its extremely popular video and voice calling platform.
This past January Microsoft released Office for Android on tablet devices that were at least 7-inches in size. Today they announced another step in their effort to make the suite of desktop applications truly cross-platform and cross-device with the launch of beta testing of the app on Android smartphones. Microsoft says the interfaces for Word, Excel and PowerPoint have all been optimized for use on Android phones while preserving formatting and content. Read more