Google IO 2016 Coverage

Instagram launches Layout app onto Google Play

instagram_app_iconInstagram has made their Layout collage app available for Android users today, giving you the ability to set up your pictures in several different layouts. It’s something that many other apps have gotten popular doing, but Instagram’s approach seems incredibly streamlined.

The interface is very touch-friendly, allowing you to easily drag and drop different photos, pinch to zoom in, and drag the borders of your different photo frames to adjust the size. That leaves a ton of room for customization, which is great for Instagram users. Read more

Youtube has a new, cleaner interface

youtube_layoutYouTube announced that they are in the process of rolling out some changes to their video network’s interface that will help users navigate the site more easily. The layout is center aligned, the header is sticky, and the guide sidebar is now a “hamburger”-Android-style menu that includes your playlists, subscriptions and more.

Playlists also take more of a presence in the new layout, with your guide now featuring all of the playlists that you have created, as well as playlists from other channels you have liked.

Source: Google System Blog

Swype Beta Releases Version 3.26; Includes Automatic Updates

The crowd-pleasing Swype Beta keyboard app has been updated to build 3.26. This is the first update we’ve seen since August and it comes with a bunch of additions including automatic updates. After you’ve advanced to version 3.26, Swype will begin pushing new updates to your device automatically and present you with a notification to install it. That’s right, no more fooling around with that troublesome installer app any more.

Other updates include:

  • Improved Language Control gives you access to only the languages you use. From Swype Settings you can select which languages will appear when switching languages directly from Swype. Never cycle through a language you don’t use again.
  • The Refined Key Layout brings a better overall user experience, more in line with what users expect. Numbers are now across the top row, and the symbols layer contains several new characters, and a button to switch between 2 pages of symbols.
  • Redesigned Settings & Help makes it easier than ever to control how Swype behaves, and learn how to become an advanced Swype user. Just long-press the (Swype icon) to go straight to the Swype Settings window!

Hit the break for a link to the latest version of Swype Beta.

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How-To: Force the new Facebook layout on your Android phone – the easy way

Dying to have that slim, sexy new Facebook UI on your Android phone? Well, although Facebook is slowly rolling the new look out to select Android phones, you can actually force your Facebook app to check back with Facebook’ servers. All you have to do it go to settings > applications, find Facebook, force close, and clear the cache. That’s it! Now start Facebook up, and viola… new UI! Be sure to let us know how it goes in the comments.