It's been a big year for me. I got a job at a TV station, I started writing on Google+, I got noticed and hired by Phil, and I've been cutting my teeth here writing about Tasker, social media, and Google.
A year ago, I thought Chromebooks were a joke, and now it's my second favorite computer — after my Moto X, of course — so it's safe to say a lot's changed for me tech-wise over the course of...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 24 Dec 2014 3:11 am
Amazon's holiday Appstore promotion is now live, and includes over $220 worth of apps that are being given away for free. The highlights from the giveaway include apps like Plex and Fleksy Keyboard, and games such as Angry Birds Space, Colin McRae Rally, Worms 3, Cogs and more.
Music lovers who also own Android and iOS devices should be happy that the Google Play Store is currently running a sale for the end of 2014. It has some deep discounts on a bunch of albums, a couple of which are just $1.99 each.
My favorite Android apps of the past year
In 2014 Android expanded its reach considerably. Phones like the Moto G and Android One pushed the OS into more hands in developing countries. Android Wear officially put Google on our wrists for the first time. And larger devices like the the Nexus 6 and Galaxy Note 4 gave buyers a broad new canvas for their apps. The fact that Android is now almost...
Classic endless runner Temple Run has made its way to the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition with the release of Temple Run VR. In the latest from Imangi Studios, you'll run through an Arctic wilderness avoiding enemies in one of the Gear VR's first games. This game brings the Temple Run action into the first-person perspective for the first time in the series.
Posted by Dan Thorp-Lancaster on 22 Dec 2014 8:01 pm
It may have taken its sweet time after seeing an initial mobile release on iOS over a year ago, but Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic has finally made its Android debut. The port brings the massively popular title to a whole new audience with optimized touch controls.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 22 Dec 2014 4:02 pm
My favorite Android apps of the past year
Hey everybody! It's the time of the year where all of us here at AC look back and think on the highlights of 2014. That means we all get to compile lists of the things we thought were the "best." We're kicking it off with a "Best apps of 2014" list from each of us here. Fun stuff!
Best means different things to different people. To me, it has nothing...
Posted by Dan Thorp-Lancaster on 22 Dec 2014 4:32 pm
If you're looking to stream your favorite podcasts in all of their high-def glory on your Sonos speakers, there's some good news today. Spreaker has announced that its podcast service is now integrated into the Sonos Controller App for Android.
The Yahoo Aviate launcher for Android got updated today in the Google Play Store with a number of new features, chief among theme some new search functions that should make it easy to search for things directly on a smartphone homescreen.
It's not unusual to see price cuts on apps and games in the Google Play Store, but it looks like a bunch of popular games have some deeper than normal reductions from now until the end of the current holiday season:
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Dec 2014 4:07 pm
See the apps we recommend this week
Sunday is app day here at AC. We look back at the apps we found ourselves using this week, and each of us pick out one that we want to recommend. Sometimes, the apps are boring utilities that work really well, sometimes they are games that keep you occupied and on the edge of your seat, but they are always applications that we think are done well and worth a...
The Dictionary.com free and premium apps for Android have both been updated to version 5.0 in the Google Play Store. Both versions include a visual redesign and a new Word of the Day quiz widget, but the ad-free premium version includes a bunch of other new additions.
Both the free and the ad-free versions of gReader have been updated recently. The apps, both in version 4.0, brings a lot of visual changes to give your news a fresh look. With the update, gReader gains support for Lollipop, brings Material Design to its look, and adds a new card view for item lists.
Google just brought over its Auto Enhance feature that debuted with photos to videos. The feature isn't enabled automatically for all videos, but with a single click, you can allow Google to use its algorithms to fine-tune your videos. The feature will work on the Google+ Photos app on Android as well as on Google+ for Mac, Windows and Chrome OS.
If you've not had enough of stickers inside Facebook Messenger, get ready for stickers on your photos. Facebook's Stickered for Messenger does just that — it lets you place stickers on photos and send them via Messenger. Not only can you slap on whatever sticker you like, you also will get to use your fingers to relocate, reorient, and resize the stickers as you see fit.
Google Opinion Rewards, the app that lets your rack up Play Store credit by participating in surveys, has just jumped on the Material Design bandwagon. It's still a pretty simple app so there wasn't much to change, but things have flattened out, and the green color of the app's icon has carried over into the top bar when you're in the app.
Do you have difficulties parking your vehicle while out and about? If so, Top Gear: Extreme Parking is now available to help out by taking the task of parking and throwing in some ridiculous vehicles, precision skill development and some strange obstacle courses. Co-developed by the team behind popular parking simulator games, Play With Friends, this title is worth the download for those who...
Secret's anonymous confession app has had a significant overhaul in both style and function. In addition to being able to spill the beans about anything without fear of reprisal, now you can enter private conversations with other anonymous users.
Turn-based fantasy strategy game Angry Birds Epic has a new player-versus-player system, complete with different leagues and leaderboards. Players gather in the arena on Terence's ship and have to defend their banner while attacking those of their opponent. Participating in league play unlocks new gear for your banner, which provide unique bonuses to the owning team.