The folks at SwiftKey had an absolutely huge 2014, filled with users all around the world who have no idea how they managed to use a smartphone before this app existed. Not only is SwiftKey a big deal with Android users, but with iOS 8 opening the doors to third party keyboard the app quickly rose above the rest. When you add those users to the impressive accomplishment of working with Stephen Hawking to create a better language system for his chair, huge is the only way to describe the last year. It'll be hard to top those accomplishments in 2015, but according to SwiftKey VP Rhodri Thomas a big part of this coming year is going to be more third party themes for their keyboard.
Given how incredibly popular the Frozen keyboards have been, there's no doubt we'll see keyboard themes for all kind of pop culture this year. I'll take a Walking Dead board, how about you?
An absolutely addictive one-touch action game, Crossy Road, has made the jump onto the Google Play Store after being exclusively on iOS and the Amazon Appstore. Very simply, you have to get the chicken to cross the road so he can get to the other side. The catch is that there is no other side, and you're just dodging traffic, speeding trains, torrential rapids, and hungry eagles for as long as possible before meeting an inevitable and grisly demise.
Hot on the heels of its announcement of the new Cogito Fit connected watch yesterday, Hong Kong-based CONNECTEDEVICE has announced a new activity monitoring feature coming to its CONNECTED WATCH app and current line of COGITO CLASSIC and POP watch models.
The latest platform numbers for Android versions have been released, and show KitKat continues to spread. It's up to 39.1% share of all Android devices from 33.9% last month. By comparison, the various Jelly Bean versions add up to 46%, down from 48.7% last month. Other versions, like Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, and Froyo, amount to under 15% combined.
Looking to help users stay committed to their New Year's resolutions, Endomondo has updated its Android app with some new tools. Coming along for the ride are two new features that allow users to create their own private challenges, as well as define weekly fitness goals.
Following a closed preview period from November, Microsoft Office for Android tablets is now available for free to everybody in the Play Store. Apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are all good to go on devices between 7 inches and 10.1 inches, though Microsoft is still actively soliciting feedback to improve the experience.
Sony is opening up their pre-installed activity tracking app, Lifelog, to developers with a new API. This means third parties can haul location, app usage, and physical movement data gathered by Lifelog into their app (provided users give consent, of course).
The media streaming app company Plex has announced it will be demoing some new music features at CES 2015, including "music videos powered by Vevo, automated organization and recommendations, enhanced artist info, and more." The new features will be added in the coming weeks.
Sunday is app day, and we're back with a list of applications we think are worth a closer look. We use a lot of apps, and when one rises to the top of our recently opened apps list, we like to spread the word here so that we all can give 'em the love they deserve. We've got apps designed for work and play (you can never have too much play) for everyone to check out, so check them out!
While you're at it, be sure to share your app pick of the week with everyone in the comments. There's no way we can try them all, but together we can find the must-have apps for just about everything.
The popular endless-running game Subway Surfers received an update today in the Google Play Store that sees the World Tour heading to the lights and sounds of Las Vegas. That also means some new contests, themes and unlockable content to try out.
If you type "lmao" you get an animated laughing Google Hangouts emoji blob, and now to celebrate the new year, the words "Happy New Year" gets you a celebrating fox, duck, and fireworks. Google believes in the small touches that sometimes make the biggest difference. Have a Happy New Year folks, be safe, and don't spam your Hangouts contacts with "Happy New Year" just so you can get a little animated fox in a top hat and a duck with a bugle.
No matter your school of thought on how you use Twitter, the list of people you follow now includes advertising. The first customer: MasterCard. On the web, and in the official Twitter apps for iPhone and Android, you'll find that you, and everybody else, have MasterCard as a promoted entry in your Following list.
The Gear VR is a neat gadget to accompany the Note 4, but the amount of content available for the face-mounted phone holder has been in question. Samsung is taking a big step to fight that notion today with the launch of Milk VR, an app to deliver even more virtual reality content to the Gear VR.
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