HTC was one of the first of its kind to splay its native apps like Calendar, Scribble and Car (Mode) to the Google Play Store. This allowed for HTC to push out updates to individual apps to users instead of having to wait for a software update to do so. Given attitudes towards software updates and the tedious process of pushing one through carriers, you could say HTC began what was fit to be a trend.
As HTC has done for updating apps for Lollipop, older devices should see updates to native apps in the light of Marshmallow. So far, only the Speak and Scribble apps have been [...]
Let’s face it: as much as we prop up the mobile operating platforms and their software updates, the best party has always been third party. We can always mention the good folk who cook up custom recoveries and mods, but we’re talking about app developers in this instance.
And for the longest time, when they’ve had to work on beating out bugs, adding new limbs to the feature set and basically just improve on the damn thing, there’s always been a guessing game of when the drop would happen. Even the developer hitting that “publish” button had [...]
The debut of a refreshed Google Photos app during I/O 2015 also featured an extremely useful context algorithm. You could search up different locations, objects and even faces of people. There was also a big deal made about collaborative albums, too. While those have yet to get pushed to the public, there is now an addendum to the former feature we just mentioned.
In the changelog for version 1.8 of the app, you can now privately group faces together so that you can remember the time you were hanging with your “BFFs” or chillaxing with “Family.” This [...]
Samsung’s sprawling ecosystem, Tizen, has had plenty of support from the company. How and why it continues to do so as its smartphone shipments are stagnating, we don’t know. But the small platform has had a hero phone to coalesce around, the Samsung Z3. As it pushes into more markets, the hope is that the chaebol can corral all the money it can from mobile instead of a fair portion of the money it makes from Android.
Part of the problem operating a mobile operating platform that few people are using? Little ecosystem. Sure, the web is all right there for people to [...]
Third-party providers have app after app after app for consumers to tap into to know when their bus, train, trolley, ferry, gondola and/or teleporter in thousands of cities across ten continents and a couple of galaxies on — and this is more important than sarcasm — almost all major mobile operating platforms. Native apps, too.
In 2015, Apple has rolled out transit directions to 10 cities and several systems in China.
The roster has now jumped up by one city: Boston. It won’t make the Red Line any more tolerable in rush hours, but at least, for iPhone users, [...]
Update 2: MaterialUP developer Victor Borga responded to our request for comment, saying:
I change the logo “Google Play” to “Google Store” because I think the name is more consistent.
Update: We saw in the comments of the original post that the user was running Cyanogenmod v. 12, which is compatible with a theme called MaterialUP, available here on the Play Store (still). Gaurav Garg, one of our readers, has been able to achieve the same results with the skin and has posted the screenshots below. Thanks for the support!
All that said, it is [...]
A small tongue-in-cheek moment if you’ve found Apple’s Move to iOS app for Android a little mean-spirited. The thought that Apple probably didn’t take too much of its own work into making this app makes the company sound more pretentious than they are already perceived to be. Though, if you visit the app’s page on the Play Store, you’ll also see some Android fan subterfuge in the form of one-star ratings.
Well, one “jonatthias” has decided to put an answer to Apple with the “Stick With Android” app on the Play Store. [...]
Okay, so the LiveScribe smartpen hasn’t exactly taken off yet. And you’re finding it impractical to carry around pen and paper these days. So, the question stands: what can I do to take down what I need to know or remember? Well, not to worry! Notes apps are getting craftier as time goes by and at this point, they’re proving to be essential for the connected, for the forgetful and for the studious.
We took a quick jot across five different notes apps for Android. Some of them have the capability for reminders. Some of them can take pictures of documents and [...]