Since announcing Google Play for Education at Google I/O earlier this year, things got quiet related to the initiative. However, last week we saw the official launch of the project including the addition of a specific app to support school administrators who want to deploy Nexus tablets to their students. » Read the rest
Yesterday Google started a phased rollout for a new version of the YouTube app on Android taking the version number up to 5.3. Immediately noted in the update were some slight changes to the user interface. However, digging into the apk for the update revealed several new features that appear to be on the horizon for YouTube including the framework for the YouTube subscription service, an offline video mode, some background music listening options, and “uninterrupted playback.” » Read the rest
If you head over to the Chrome Web Store now, you can add an extension that activates voice search by using the ‘Ok Google’ hotword. On their Google+ page, Google unveiled the new desktop extension with a GIF showing just how effective this new feature can be. While prepping your Thanksgiving dinner, Google exclaims that “rather than stopping midway through to wash your hands and type in a search, you can just speak to your laptop” by simply using the hotword. If you have a Moto X or Nexus 5, then this feature should be very familiar to you.
Hit the break to see the ‘Ok Google’ hotword in action, a video, and a link to the Chrome Web Store. » Read the rest
Google is getting in the holiday selling spirit and another deal is out there for consumers. Following on the heels of their offer of a Google Play credit for buyers of the Nexus 7, Google is also offering a free movie from Google Play to buyers of a Google Chromecast device. If for some reason you are not interested in an HD movie rental, Google will let you trade in the offer for a $6 Google Play credit. » Read the rest
Buyers considering a Google Nexus 7 may want to grab one from the Google Play store thanks to a new offer Google is offering. For a limited time, Google is offering a $25 Google Play credit with the purchase of a Nexus. The credit will be emailed to buyers once their device ships.
If you are interested in taking advantage of this deal, just hit the source link.
source: Google Play Store
Google has released three new commercials via YouTube for the Nexus 5. The three 15-second spots focus on the camera app, showing off different features. These include the ability to take better pictures of high contrast scenes thanks to HDR+, creating Photo Spheres, and creating animated sequences of still images using Auto Awesome.
You can check out all three spots after the break. » Read the rest
The Amazon Appstore has gained a lot of traction as well as respect in the Android community, but was somewhat slacking in the “looks” department.
In Version 7 of the app store, Amazon continues its dark UI scheme, while it still doesn’t really resemble the normal controls used in other Android applications, but still is very nice looking and built well.
This new Appstore is actually based on the one in Kindle Fire HDX devices and is a pretty smart move by Amazon, as the company works to create a more unified ecosystem on devices.
You can download the Appstore to your device in the source link below.
Google has really been ratcheting up their Google Wallet app the last few weeks. The release of Android 4.4 saw the ability for Google Wallet to be used for on any device regardless of the carrier, which was a major hurdle for Google to get past on the way to greater adoption. Earlier this week we saw Google release a physical card connected to a user’s Wallet account so they can make payments anywhere a debit card could be used. Google has now released an update to the Android app that adds the ability to add a credit or debit card to the account just by taking a picture with the device’s camera. Google claims the number and expiration date will be captured automatically. Hit the break for download links. » Read the rest
There’s no question the Chromecast might be the coolest new device of the year, but the lack of apps is a little disappointing. The reason is because the SDK is still in preview, which means apps can be developed, but they can’t be released without Google’s approval. Eventually the SDK will be released, which will open it up to all sorts of stuff, a day we are eagerly looking forward to.
Now that day might be very close because Google is hosting a Chromecast Hackathon in Mountain View on December 7th and 8th. They have invited a number of developers, including Koushik Dutta and Thomas Kjeldsen. We have highlighted a few apps that Koush created in the past including AirCast.
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