Google releases update for Gmail, brings back ‘delete’ button by default

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Most likely due to a lot of user feedback, Google has released an update to their new-look Gmail application which brings about a couple of welcome changes. First, the update brings back the ‘delete’ button by default, placing it alongside the ‘archive’ button. Many users didn’t realize this, but this change could be made in the previous version, but it had to be done within the settings of the app. Making it default eliminates a lot of confusion.

Another thing listed in the change-log says ‘tap sender images to select multiple e-mails in the conversations list.’ This feature had been available in the previous release of Gmail, but it looks like Google just wants to let everyone know that this feature exists, since it wasn’t listed in the previous change-log. And as usual, also included are a few bug-fixes. Check out the download link to grab the update after the break. » Read the rest

Google Play Movies & TV gets new interface

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Google has released an update to their Play Movies & TV app that includes a new interface, a new feature, and a relocated feature. The first change users may note is the availability of the slide-out menu from the left that is becoming ubiquitous to Android apps. Using some of their search and prediction algorithms, Google has built a new Watch Now function that examines what you have been watching and predicts what you may want to watch next and presents these titles as suggestions. If you are someone who used the app to view your personal videos, don’t fret when you don’t see that option present. Google has relocated access to personal videos to the menu instead of being on the main screen.

The update started rolling out today. If you need to install the app or want to see if the update is ready for your device, try one of the download links below.

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Check-in friends with latest update to Foursquare

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Social location app Foursquare rolled out a new update today that adds their most requested feature, the ability to check-in friends. This means one user can handle the checking-in chore for a whole group of friends when meeting up at any given location. The person that gets the honor of handling the check-in will first have to get permission to do so from their friends via a notification that is sent to each of the other users the first time friend check-in is attempted. After that, the process is much smoother and the service can keep track of whether a user has already checked-in on their own when a friend check-in is attempted to prevent duplicates.

If you need the update or want to check out Foursquare, just hit the download link below.

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‘Photo Editor’ by Aviary gets update to version 3.0

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For Android users that love editing their photos, Aviary recently upgraded their ‘Photo Editor’ application to version 3.0. The update includes rich and robust features and the app moves noticeably quicker and runs much more smoothly. The standard app will satisfy most of your basic photo editing needs but if you want, Aviary offers add-on packs for only a few dollars that improve the app with more features. Check out all the goodies included in the update to 3.0 after the break, as well as the link to the app in the Play Store. » Read the rest

Google Gesture Search update gets multilingual

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Continuing with a batch of Google Android app updates today, like Google+ and Google Music, Google’s Gesture Search app also received a major update. The new version adds support for 40+ languages, although no list of exactly which languages are now supported is readily available. The app lets users draw letters or numbers on the screen and as they do so, the app starts searching through contacts, bookmarks, music, and other information to help the user find the information for which they are searching. With the addition of new languages, users can now write in their native language. This includes languages like Chinese and their extensive characters. Google indicates the app supports the entry of Pinyin initials to find results in traditional Chinese. Gesture Search also supports transliteration between all of the supported languages so a search written out in one language should yield results from other languages.

If you want to check out the free app, you can download it using one of the apps below. You may find it to be a useful way to conduct a device-wide search.

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Google Music app updated and brings forth some nice improvements

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Google has updated their Google Music app and brings forth some great improvements for their All Access users. One of my main gripes about All Access was how ridiculously long it took for songs to be downloaded onto your device no matter what the connection speed was. Thankfully Google has fixed that and songs, even albums, are downloading at a much faster and more dependable rate.

Another problem a lot of people were having is that music streaming using All Access was taking up a lot of their bandwidth, and it looks like Google is trying to fix that problem as this update ensures less data usage. Along with this update are improvements to the search function and overall speed of the app.

How are you enjoying All Access? With the 30 day trial soon ending for the early adopters (such as myself), will you be continuing your subscription or will you be cancelling it and use something else like Spotify? Let me know in the comment section! Links to the app after the break!

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Google+ app for Android receives a fairly huge update

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Today Google updated their Google+ app for Android and gave it some pretty cool new features. First off, notifications are now systemwide, thus when you swipe away a notification or access it, it won’t be repeated on another device that you may own. I know how annoying that can get for some. They’ve also changed the look of notifications by giving you a bell icon if there’s a new notification that needs to be attended to. Along with the update is also a revamped notification tray to match Google’s other apps. For a complete changelog, hit the break!

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Samsung delays Android 4.2.2 for the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II

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According to SamMobile, who is generally extremely reliable with Samsung leaked information, Samsung is delaying the Android 4.2.2 update for both the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, citing issues with the newer version of TouchWiz in a tweet tonight. Granted, Samsung has some newer, less powerful devices rolling out with Android 4.2.2 on board, so whatever problem they’re having will definitely be fixed sooner rather than later, so I think we can still expect a timeline for the update within a few months. Getting the update to the phones through the carriers is another story, but at least Samsung will have done their part.

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Evernote updated, custom reminders added in wake of iOS, Mac, web updates

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The Evernote team rolled out an update last week adding custom reminder support for iOS, Mac, and their web platform— their Android application was unfortunately left out of all the fun.

But today, Evernote 5.1 was finally released to Android and custom reminders are now available. The update makes it very simple for users to create reminders, and an intuitive alarm icon appears above each note. You can also choose the specific date and time that you receive the reminder and whether or not you want to receive it via email or Android notification as the deadline draws near.

There is also an option to subscribe to reminders, which is perfect for those with business or shared notebooks. Evernote becomes a tool for collaborating on projects and keeping track of deadlines. However, there is no option to set recurring reminders for things such as repeating appointments or paying bills. Hopefully support will be added soon.

Other features included in the update are corrected photo order in multi-shot camera, improved shortcuts, and improved copy/paste in note view. Have any of you gotten the new update yet? What do you think? Check out the link to the app in the Play Store after the break. » Read the rest

Twitter client Falcon Pro now updated to version 2.0

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The best Twitter client on Android (in my opinion) has just gotten better with its recent update to version 2.0. The popular Falcon Pro app now has the multi-user feature, a slightly re-designed UI and another “black” theme if you choose to apply it.

I know plenty have been wanting the multi-user support so I’m sure this update will make plenty of people happy. Links for download will be below!

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