Whenever Motorola begins to push out a software update to their flagship devices, they typically use a soak test to gauge how well the update is playing with phones. Motorola Feedback Network members can sign up for these soak tests and essentially beta test updates before the general public. Read more
We’ve known for some time that Google has been working on a rather hefty update for its official Gmail mobile application and today, thanks to Android Police, it’s finally available to download by way of a production-signed APK.
Runtastic, the extremely popular fitness-tracking app, has today received a rather beefy update via the Play Store. The upgrade brings compatibility for Google’s recently-launched ‘Fit’ application, in addition to a new “advanced statistics” service, which allows users to monitor performance and progress by comparing current and past time periods.
Google has announced an update to the Google Play Books app that may be especially welcomed by users who access non-fiction books. While fiction readers will almost always read a title straight through, unless they are possibly working on a report or something, users of non-fiction books frequently find themselves needing to skip around from one section to another. The odds of this increase as a title moves closer to being something like a reference book. The update to Play Books will help this users who need to access information in a title in a non-linear fashion. 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
Google is in the process of rolling out a rather appealing update for its Play Movies & TV application via the Play Store. This upgrade brings the standard Material Design makeover that the search engine giant has been distributing to its full suite of Android apps over the course of the past few weeks, in addition to a new interactive menu that’s displayed on either a smartphone or tablet when casting content.
Google customers can now use their Play Store balance to purchase subscriptions for Play Music All Access and Play Newsstand. According to Google’s Support page, the ability to use credit to purchase memberships is being restricted to just those two platforms for now, but compatibility will be added for other services in the not-too-distant future.
In addition to expanding its enhanced 4G LTE service today, Sprint has also started rolling out a rather hefty over-the-air update to all its carrier-branded variants of HTC’s flagship smartphone, the One (M8), currently located in the United States.
Weighing in at 250MB, the upgrade transports the Taiwanese company’s recently-announced Eye Experience camera software, together with a bunch of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
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Although we are still waiting for the final, official release of Android Lollipop to be unwrapped along with the full implementation of Google’s new Material Design guidelines, we have benefited from Google’s prep work to get several of their own apps ready for the new platform. Now we have a third-party developer releasing an overhaul of their app to take advantage of Material Design. Pushbullet has announced the new version of their app that makes use of all the new design elements to improve the user experience. Read more
Motorola has just launched a new webpage that notifies owners of the Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini and Droid Ultra of the status of their much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade.