Although Twitter is making it tough for developers to produce clients for the social media platform, the problems for Falcon Pro being a prime example, there is still interest out there in producing a better way to access the world’s tweets. Earlier today the developers of Carbon for Android, Dots and Lines, announced a major update to the app. Probably foremost amongst the new features is the inclusion of a widget, although the addition of an in-app browser and the YouTube API enabling in app video playback may be even more popular.
Vine’s Android app has received a pretty update today that includes several features that many users are going to appreciate. First on the list is a set of new Vine channels, which will allow you to easily find new users to follow on the video service. There are 15 channels in all and users can upload their own Vines to any of the channels for some extra exposure. In addition to those extra channels, you can now “revine” other user videos, which is basically retweeting on Twitter with a weirder sounding name. Still, it fleshes out the social aspect of the service and was definitely a worthwhile addition.
On the capturing side of things, Vine has added a quick capture widget for you to stick on your home screen. One click and you’ll be launched straight into Vine’s camera to quickly capture videos so you don’t miss anything. In the actual camera, there are now extra features for a camera grid, a focus button, and support for ghosting, which is useful for stop-motion videos.
The last addition is the ability to mute your entire timeline so you aren’t blasted with a circus of sounds when you’re browsing the app. Simple, but a great addition. Hit the links below to get your hands on the update.
Play Store Download Link
Google pushed out a new update to their Google+ application yesterday which will allow users to see their friends’ “+1″ activity on their own stream on their Android devices, much like you currently can on the full browser version. The feature lets you comment on their +1 activity as well, making it a lot more social.
If you wish to change your privacy settings for +1′s, head over to the settings menu and then click on the “Edit” button. The update should be making it over to iOS pretty soon as well. Hit the break for the Google+ download link in the Play Store.
The Chrome team posted a blog post on the official Chrome blog earlier today announcing the stable release of Chrome 28 for Android. Some of the new features include auto-detect Google Translate, fullscreen on tablets, new UI for RTL languages, and a whole bunch of stability and performance fixes. This is all part of Google’s effort to make their mobile browser just as full in terms of features as the desktop version. Check out the press release below for the full story.
Chrome for Android Update
The Chrome team is excited to announce the promotion of Chrome 28 to the Stable channel. Chrome for Android 28.0.1500.64 contains a number of new features including:
- Google Translate – When reading web pages in other languages, Chrome will automatically detect and offer to translate them to your language
- Fullscreen on tablets – Similar to phones, simply scroll down the page and the toolbar will disappear.
- New user interface for right-to-left (RTL) languages – An optimized interface for RTL languages including Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew
- Plenty of stability and performance fixes
A partial list of changes in this build is available in the SVN revision log. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. More information about Chrome for Android is available on theChrome site.
Google just released a rockin’ new commercial to promote the newly updated Google Maps application, and you definitely have to check this one out. It’s all shot from the point of view of a Glass-user in Detroit, as he takes a ride around town, heads to a Tigers game, goes out to the bar to have a few drinks and play some pool with his new Harley-riding buddies, grabs a hot dog, heads back to his hotel, knocks out in bed, and wakes up to do it all over again… all with Kiss’ smash hit “Detroit Rock City” blasting in the background. Sounds fun, right? The video shows off Maps’ new “explore feature,” the option to get a faster route while in navigation mode, as well as many others. Check out the full video after the break.
Just a few days ago, the Chinese HTC One variant began getting Android’s 4.2.2 update, and now it looks like it’s the Taiwan HTC One’s turn. @LlabTooFeR tweeted out the image above, revealing that the update is indeed underway. Probably the biggest change is the six more themes for Video Highlights and a better format for file management. Check out the full change-log after the break.
Google has updated Glass to a newer version of software with a handful of new features, including some additional voice commands and a brand new browser. The voice commands are extremely helpful, as Glass users will now be able to use verbal commands to make Glass narrate content such as text messages. Telling Glass to “read aloud” will cue it to read the contents of a text out to you, and you’ll now be able to tell Glass to create a reply text for you, completely hands free. You can also scroll through your Gmail contacts and compose texts by scrolling through and tapping a contact’s picture from Glass’s main menu. It isn’t as fancy as the totally voice controlled texting, but a nice feature nonetheless.
Skype announced today that they have passed through the 100M install mark on Android devices and at the same time, announced the release of Skype for Android 4.0. The new version of Skype was rebuilt from the ground up to improve stability, performance and load times to go with the new features and interface for Android devices.
According to Skype, much of the inspiration for the redesign came from the work the team did on the Windows Phone version of the app. Skype wanted to bring the same conversation-centric focus to Android users. Along with the improvements to the interface, Skype says the app increasingly has a common look and feel across platforms which will be welcome news to users who access Skype on more than just their Android device.
The new version of the app opens to a list of recent conversations. From there, users can quickly send free text messages within the app or launch instant messaging, audio calls, or video chats. Skype indicates they will be rolling out more changes and improvements in the coming months.
If you want to grab a copy of Skype or need to upgrade, hit one of the download links below the video showing some of the new features and interface elements.
Google Play Download Link
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.
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.
Google Play Download Link