The Inbox by Gmail app was an attempt by Google to start re-thinking the traditional mail client and how users maintain control over their incoming email. Despite a lot of positive buzz at launch, users quickly discovered several limitations and sizable numbers went back to the Gmail client. New information shows the development team is working on at least a couple of the more critical issues that troubled users. Read more
Microsoft is opening a beta-testing program for its OneNote app on Android — any user can join, all you have to do is sign up with Microsoft’s new beta program.
After you sign up, Microsoft will push out an update to you for OneNote. You’ll get a whole bunch of new features — just make sure to give some feedback!
Microsoft will even accept suggestions from users for ways to improve the app in the future.
Have you ever sat back while using your Chromecast, only to find out that the feature you’d like to have on the device doesn’t exist?
Have you ever wanted to tell Google about it?
Well now you can.
Because there are so many different Android devices (and so many variants of those individual devices), developers tend to begin programming their apps on iOS before putting together the resources (and endless hours) to begin porting their creations to Android.
Developing for Android is an arduous task, and Google knows it. That’s why the company will soon be making a concerted effort to streamline the development process. Google has also pushed manufacturers/carriers to stay as close to stock Android as possible by criticizing bloatware and OEM custom skins. But with different phones running different processors, having different amounts of RAM, different screen sizes/resolutions, etc., it’s tough to make sure an app will work seamlessly across the platform, no matter what Google does to ease the process. Android’s vast device offering can be seen as a major strength (and something that has led the platform to be an industry leader in market share) but it’s also been a weakness from the development side.
According to sources, Samsung is testing a variety of new features for the forthcoming Galaxy Note 4 slated to be released later this year. The features include “Swipe to launch Motion Launcher”, “Aqua Capture”, “Multi Network for Booster”, and “Smart Fingerprint.” Apparently Samsung is already working on these different features using a Samsung Galaxy S 5 running Android 4.4.3 as the test unit. Read more
The ‘MapMyFitness’ app in Google Play was updated to version 3.0 just a few days ago, and boy does it look great.
Not only was there a complete UI overhaul, but several functions have been expanded as well.
There’s a new workout recording experience, a slide-out menu (which we’ve all begun to get very familiar with), new friending/social capabilities, new mobile graphs for post-workout use, and new MVP features including mobile coaching, custom spits, heart rate graphs, leaderboard filtering and live tracking.
The app is free, but the MVP advanced features will come at a price. MVP pricing costs $29.99 annually or $5.99 monthly. All users will be able to take advantage of a free two week trial for the MVP features, and Galaxy S5 owners will get 6 months free.
Hit the break for a link to the app in the Play Store.
Google users who take advantage of Google’s email alerts based on searches may have noticed a new format that rolled out over the past week. The emails that show up in a user’s inbox incorporate many of the “card” design cues that Google is spreading throughout their services. The format draws more attention to headlines and separates the stories with dividers. Read more
With the LG G2 now officially announced, LG wasted no time in releasing several videos showcasing their new device in all its glory and multiple features. Check the videos out after the break!
We told you about the CyanogenMod (CM) 10 Updater a couple of weeks ago and we wanted to revisit the nice feature that the CM team included. Not so much a review, but an update as it’s simply a feature of a full-fledged ROM. The CM team was very quick about releasing this feature after they initially announced it. It was actually a feature found on a few previous versions of CM ROMs, but it’s been a while since CM users have been graced with this convenient feature. Granted, some may not feel comfortable trying something new or jumping back to a way they used to update their ROMs, but the feature is very convenient and at least worth a look if you’re running CM10 on your device.
‘Tis the season for social networking sites to update their Android Market app, I guess. Just after we saw yesterdays much needed and anticipated Facebook update, Twitter follows suit and releases one today as well. With the new update you will notice a few changes with the UI and the addition of new features like:
- The latest version of Twitter offers a faster, simpler way to stay close to everything you care about on your Android.
- Home is where you start: a personal collection of Tweets from the sources you care about. The Tweet details show rich information such as replies, retweets and embedded images.
- Connect is the place to see who followed or mentioned you, retweeted or favorited one of your Tweets.
- Discover is where you can tap into the stories and trends people are talking about in your world.
I really like the new Twitter app and its UI improvements. I usually use a third party app for my Twitter account but I might just keep using the official Twitter one now, I just wish they would have made the widget scrollable. Jump past the cut to check out some new screenshots, promo video, and download links. Be sure to let us know what you think! Read more