Google has added an interesting tweak to their current crop of Android apps; splash screens with the Google logo. If you’ve updated and used some of Google’s Android apps lately, you may have noticed a brief splash screen upon opening the apps. The screen is simple, displaying the app’s logo and Google’s brand logo at the bottom, but it definitely creates a slight delay when opening the app. That’s not a good thing.
Most of us want our apps to open as quickly as possible, but Google wants to give themselves and other developers a chance to push some brand recognition. They’ve even changed Android’s app developer guidelines to suggest making a brief splash screen while an app initializes, recommending a concise logo or tagline without flooding the screen with too much text. Read more
Google recently began offering a free app of the week on its Family section on the Play Store, with Dr. Panda and Toto’s Treehouse being this week’s selected freebie. Being in the family section, it’s a no-brainer that the game is kid-oriented.
People can bash reality television as much as they want but Bravo will continue delivering shows with fiery feuds and lively personalities that lead to solid ratings. Google Play has free episodes from eleven of the network’s shows available for free. All of them are from their respective first seasons. Then, Google Play has also discounted the current or last seasons, with one or two exceptions, of the same shows.
Why not pick up a few episodes of The Real Housewives or Shahs of Sunset to watch before hopping into a full season of Flipping Out?
Privacy and security are big issues for consumers lately, especially when it comes to technology. It’s such an important topic that during Apple’s keynote last week, they used privacy as a selling point for their products. Staying in control of your data and information is invaluable to customers now, and companies are striving to make sure their users stay in control of those things.
With Apple making such a huge push in the direction of privacy, that puts eyes on Google to see what they’re planning on doing to help out on the security front. A Google executive recently sat down to discuss some of what goes into managing user info, especially when it comes to apps on a smartphone, and why it took the company so long to get things to where they are now. Read more
Thanks to a sharp-eyed user on Reddit, we have some screenshots showing what appears to be an updated user interface for the Google Play Store when users visit it using a web browser on the desktop. Since the new interface only appears to be available for a small subset of users, it seems likely Google may be conducting some A/B testing before rolling this update out. The new interface takes some cues from the card design concept that is part of Google’s Material Design and brings it over to the desktop. Read more
As Google continues to deal with the European Commission over a variety of claims that the company has become too large and is creating an anticompetitive environment, a new complaint has been lodged by Disconnect Inc., developers of an ad-blocking and privacy app. The crux of the complaint is Google’s decision to ban the Disconnect Mobile app from the Google Play Store. Disconnect is demanding their app be included in the Play Store along with unspecified damages. Read more
To celebrate its Material Design’s first birthday, the folks over at Google have compiled a list of eighteen of the best apps that take full advantage of the new design specification, including Evernote, Instacart, Tumblr and Weather Timeline.
Hit the break for the full list of apps showcased in the Best-In-Class Android Design section of the Play Store.
Runtastic has just launched a new Leg Workout Trainer app on the Play Store, ensuring that you have dedicated leg sessions during your standard workout. The app will guide you through all the essential leg related workouts, making sure that your legs are in shape along with the entirety of your body. Read more
In preparation for its launch later this year, Pebble has today launched an official companion application called ‘Time Watch’ for its upcoming second-generation smartwatch. The app will enable users of the Pebble Time to access the Pebble App Store, organise their device and alter its Settings using their smartphone.
Just hours before Google takes to the stage at I/O, the search engine giant has started pushing out an update for its Android TV Remote Control app. This leads us to believe that their is likely to be an announcement advising us of Google’s big plans for the media-streaming platform at the conference.