Google seems to be working on a lot of small refinements to their apps lately to help make their use that much easier. A new update for Google Maps on the desktop works with the latest Google Maps update for Android devices to do that by easing the process of sharing directions you look up on the desktop to your Android device. Read more
When the Android 5.0 Lollipop update came to Verizon’s variant of the LG G3 in late March it brought an enhanced experience with a plethora of new features and Material Design. Along with that came a lot of problems such as bugs, frequent battery drain and a loss in performance. Ever since then, Verizon’s G3 owners have been posting away in the carrier’s forums pleading for an update to fix these bugs. Now it’s July, and Verizon has finally pushed out an update to help resolve these issues and add some new useful tools.
Samsung has now started rolling out the Android 5.1.1 update to all unlocked variants of the Galaxy S6 Edge located in Algeria, Austria, Brazil, Croatia Egypt and Germany. As for as added functionality goes, this upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.
Earlier today, Google pushed out an update to Hangouts. This update applies to the Chrome version of the application only and works on PC, Mac or Chromebook.
Although Google may not have caught Microsoft’s Office suite for hardcore office workers, they continue to pursue that goal. Sometimes that means adding major new features. Other times, like this latest batch of tweaks to the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for Android devices, the updates are minor items that can be big productivity boosters. Read more
Microsoft has just released an update for its Xbox Music app for Android. The app allows you to stream music from the OneDrive cloud storage and the update now lets you load music for offline playback, and lets you use the app without having an Xbox Music Pass. Read more
Savvy Facebook users are aware that the social media giant has been working to control how the News Feed appears to end users for some time now. For users who are not happy with how Facebook decides to curate the News Feed, tweaking it to their own liking has been a frustrating experience. However, acknowledging that “you’re the only one who truly knows what is most meaningful to you” Facebook has announced some new ways to control the News Feed. Read more
Earlier this week reports surfaced about some Facebook inspired changes coming to the WhatsApp app on mobile devices. The WhatsApp development team has been busy on other areas of the platform including the backend which is affecting the web interface. The impact for users will be more flexibility in managing conversations and profiles without having to use their smartphones. Read more
Motorola has finally started rolling out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of the original Moto X (2013) located in the United States. As for as added functionality goes, this upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.
Amazon has just updated its Echo voice assistant with support for a handful of Wink-controlled smart home products, including the Belkin WeMo and Phillips Hue — so now users can, for example, say “shut off the lights” and they will instantly turn off.