In a new patent filed by Samsung, the tech giant is taking a page from third-party launchers: saving and transferring your home-screen designs to be used later on the same device or porting it over to a different device altogether.
Samsung is wanting to add in the extra benefit of making all of this cloud-based, something not really offered by other custom launchers. Read more
Any.do, the popular task management app, has announced a major update to their application taking it to version 2.0. The focus of the overhaul is on adding collaboration features to the app so users can share their projects with friends, family and work teams. Besides sharing tasks and lists, Any.do has also added the ability for users to tap into their Dropbox accounts directly to attach files up to 5MB in size to any task. Users can also attach audio, video or pictures captured with their mobile devices to their tasks. An upgrade to a Premium account removes the 5MB size limit. Read more
The Google Drive team has announced some new features and updates that have been added to the Google Sheets spreadsheet app. The updates focus on filter and view options for spreadsheets. Headlining the changes is the ability to create a “temporary filter view” on spreadsheets for which users only have read access permissions. Using the temporary filter, users can filter and sort data in those spreadsheets.
Google also added some features that will make it easier to share spreadsheet data with other users. First, a specific view can be shared so that recipients don’t have to go through a long list to figure out what it is you are wanting them to look at. This can be achieved just by copying and pasting a URL. Second, Google added the ability tothe range that is used to define a filter view. Previously, to change the range users would have to delete the existing range and then create a new one.
source: +Google Drive
The development team at QCast wants to see people at parties make use of a host’s Chromecast to help everyone get their groove on by creating and sharing group playlists using their new QCast Music app. At least one person in a group needs to have a Google Play Music All Access account to serve as the host. QCast indicates they hope to add more music services in the future. The person with the All Access subscription connects to a Chromecast and from there other guests can connect to the shared queue using the QCast Music app. Songs are added by searches that tap into the All Access service to get results. Read more
Yesterday, Facebook launched Slingshot, its own version of Snapchat, in an effort to try to steal back some of the market share it has lost to various social startups in the past few months.
But Snapchat was prepared, and launched a new feature to its own app yesterday as well, to try to combat Facebook’s efforts. The feature is called “Our Story,” and does not require an update to the app.
Gmail is offering a new feature much similar to the Gmail Shelfie April Fool’s joke. The new feature now allows Gmail users to share their custom theme with their friends, families or anyone. That said, you can now go to Settings, and under Themes, you’ll find the “Share your theme” option which requires you to choose how you want to share your custom theme…. either by sending an email, by Google+, or even by copying and sharing the link provided.
Google will be sharing some of their favorite themes as well on Google+ every Thursday so be sure to check it out. Read more
Motorola’s picture and video sharing application originally only supported the company’s recent line of DROID-branded devices, and now a recent update changes availability options.
The update makes the application available to all Android devices running 4.0 and higher, as well as a newer user interface which looks less “Droid-looking.”
The app hasn’t really taken off as Motorola probably thought it would when it was released, but this is definitely a step towards making it more popular in the Android realm.
Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.
We all know life can be hectic at times. Keeping track of your family’s dentist appointments, movie nights, organizing dinners, parties, etc. can be tiresome, especially if you don’t have an efficient and easy way of keeping track of it all. If you aren’t already aware of this simple solution, allow me to introduce you to Google Calendar. Read more
Not to be outdone by the competition, Tumblr rolled out their newly redesigned Android app today on the Google Play Store. The latest iteration brings with it some pretty amazing updates. The app, which is available immediately for download, has an all new “post anything” screen that lets users post:
- Text (with a single tap)
Advanced controls will also enable users to save drafts, queue posts, and customize tweets. Hit the break for a screenshot of the new “post anything” screen. Read more
One of the more popular features of Android 4.2 is the Photo Sphere function in the camera app. While many users continue to wait for Android 4.2 to roll out to their device, they can only look on with envy as their friends with Nexus devices post Photo Spheres to Google+ or they stumble upon one on Google Maps. Meanwhile, Nexus owners are only able to share their Photo Spheres with those in their Google+ Circles, which may make it a challenge to compare work with others. Developer Jakub Kinst hopes to address these limitations with a new app, SphereShare.net, which is now available in the Google Play Store. Read more