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1 month ago

Find photos faster and type less with Bing's new image search

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Microsoft is introducing an new way to search for photos with Bing on Android mobile browsers that involves much less work with typing words on a keyboard.

Instead, users of browsers like Chrome or Firefox for Android can type in a couple of words, such as "spring flowers", to bring up groups of suggestions that Microsoft calls "bubbles".

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1 month ago

Field Trip update lets you explore right from your wrist

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Android Wear support has been added to the exploration app Field Trip, bringing site information right to your wrist.

Field Trip, the popular exploration app from Google's Niantic Labs, has received an update which brings full Android Wear support to the app. With the new support users will be able to explore the areas around them right from their wrist. Cards describing nearby places will appear right on their smartwatch, so they won't have to take out their phones to see what's around.

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1 month ago

Galaxy S6 battery life bad? This update might help

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Update April 17, 2015: Now that we've got a day's worth of use under our belts, well, results are mixed as to whether the Samsung Galaxy S6 battery life is still bad, or whether it's improved. A number of folks in this forum thread believe that, indeed, they're seeing better results after Samsung updated its Push app. That's pretty much par for the course, especially when you're looking at things in this manner. We'll continue to keep an eye on this.

Original story: If your Samsung Galaxy S6 battery life has been less than impressive in these initial weeks, well, you're not alone. We've got any number of threads in our GS6 and GS6 edge forums that point to disappointing times before needing to recharge.

An update today from Samsung might help that.

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1 month ago

Cyanogen's Microsoft deal includes removable apps and 'contextual' suggestions

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As details emerge, the Cyanogen/Microsoft deal isn't nearly as cringeworthy as many originally suspected.

There aren't a whole lot of Android users out there who enjoy seeing the words "Microsoft apps included" when it comes to their devices — and this goes back a long, long way — and power users who use CyanogenMod and Cyanogen OS are more likely than most to react negatively to that sort of partnership. As a result, news that Cyanogen and Microsoft are partnering to include Bing services, Outlook, and other apps on Cyanogen OS has caused a fair bit of teeth-gnashing and hand-wringing.

Given Microsoft's sordid history when it comes to Android and Samsung's decision to make Microsoft's apps disable-only on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, concern is well deserved.

After a brief email conversation with the folks at Cyanogen, however, some of that initial concern appears largely unwarranted. Here's what's up:

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1 month ago

any.do 3.0 is here, and we take this major update for spin

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When it comes to to-do apps, any.do has more than its share of proponents favoring its minimalist design. And any.do 3.0 — released today — takes that simplistic design and takes it even further.

The last time any.do rolled out a big update, it was focused on bringing in expanded functionality, with attachments and collaboration with other being the focus. That design was close to material, but now we're full-on minimalistic material design ... maybe a little bit too much so.

Today any.do 3.0 is available on Google Play. Let's take a look at it.

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1 month ago

Amazon is giving away up to $105 worth of apps and games for free

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The latest Amazon Appstore giveaway includes popular utilities such as WolframAlpha, Runtastic PRO and games like Unmechanical and Osmos HD.

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1 month ago

Live video streaming app Meerkat announces public beta on Android

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Meerkat — the app that allows you to broadcast live video to the web by integrating with your Twitter account — is now available on Android in beta form, with the company accepting beta testers to try out the app.

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1 month ago

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for Android updated with improved editing features

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Google has pushed out updates to Docs that brings the ability to accept or reject formatting changes that other users make from your Android device.

Google Docs users aren't having all the fun, however, as Sheets and Slides have also picked up some options that let users tweak the layout of charts and objects.

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1 month ago

Google launches its Android for Work app on Google Play for devices not running Lollipop

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Google has officially launched it Android for Work app on the Play Store this evening.

Google officially launched the program back in February, but today marks the official availability of the app in the Play Store for devices running Android versions 4.0 to 4.4.

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1 month ago

Google Drive for Android picks up sharing from notifications, support for 23 more languages

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Google has started rolling out an update to Google Drive for Android today that brings support for 23 new languages, and lets you share files directly from the notification you receive when a file is uploaded.

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1 month ago

Google releases new Handwriting Input keyboard with support for 82 languages

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Google releases new Handwriting Input keyboard with support for 82 languages

Google has released a new handwriting keyboard for Android devices today, fittingly called "Google Handwriting Input."

Google Handwriting Input works with devices running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3) and up, and supports input in both print and cursive writing in a pretty staggering 82 languages — presumably simplifying things from the current system of having separate Google keyboards for handwriting-centric languages.

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1 month ago

Latest Chrome update for Android adds website update notifications and more

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Google is now rolling out the latest version of its Chrome web browser for Android. It brings the version number to 42 and adds a way to be notified when websites are updated.

The feature was first revealed by Google in March as part of the beta for Chrome 42. Website developers can use the new Push API to sent out notifications to Chrome users when a site is updated.

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1 month ago

Microsoft's new Office Delve app for Android lets users view their shared documents

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Microsoft's latest Android app is Office Delve, which lets business users of Office 365 to look quickly through shared documents via a card-based user interface.

Microsoft seems to be making a bigger effort to support Android apps. Recently it made a deal with Samsung and other hardware companies to pre-load Microsoft apps on their Android devices.

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1 month ago

FEMA app update gives you severe weather alerts for up to five locations

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Keeping up with weather alerts for your friends and families locations just got easier with the updated FEMA app.

Severe weather is no joke, and trying to keep informed of the weather conditions your friends and family in various locations are facing is not as easy as some would like. FEMA has just released an update to their Android app which brings the ability to receive severe weather notifications for five different locations within the US.

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1 month ago

Twitter's revamped 'quote tweet' feature is now rolling out to Android

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Twitter has announced tonight that its revamped quote tweet feature is now rolling out on Android.

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