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2 years ago

Experimental Google Play Music Chrome app brings drag and drop uploading and mini player


Google Labs Chrome app also allows music uploading from your Chromebook

There's a new entry in the Google Labs section of Google Play Music, and enabling it brings a whole new way to upload — and listen to — your own music.

The feature — which is still experimental, thus the "Labs" label — enables two things. First off, it gives you a nice little mini-player that offers full control over your current playlist. It looks a lot like an Android app, except it runs on a laptop or desktop computer. Those that micro-manage real estate on their screen should love it.

The second thing it does is a big deal. To upload your own files into Google Play Music, you have to use a helper application. This app can be a little janky, and often times it seems to ignore bandwidth throttling settings and takes over. In general, it's not a good experience for a lot of people, and a pain when you want to upload just a few songs. This is all a thing of the past if you enable the new Labs feature, because it allows drag and drop uploading of files and folders. Desktop operating system users will love it, but the folks who are happiest are Chromebook users. Yes, it works completely inside Chrome.

Enabling it is easy enough, but it is hidden. Here's a quick walkthrough of setting it up.

  • Open the Google Play Music website inside the Chrome browser.
  • In the upper right, under your Google profile picture, is a gear icon. Click it and choose "Labs" from the list.
  • At the top of the Labs page, enable Google Play Music for Chrome.
  • Close the Labs page, and when in the main window click the new orange "Add Music" button. this will trigger the installation of an extension. This extension is the good stuff you need.

When finished, you can click the Add Music button to drag and drop songs or whole folders full of songs, and get to the mini-player by clicking the small arrow in the very bottom right of the Google Play Music window.

We don't know how experimental (read: buggy) this is just yet, but we do know it's been a long time coming.

Via: The Verge

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2 years ago

Fitbit expands sync compatibility, now includes 44 devices


18 new devices added in latest update

Fitbit has expanded the sync capabilities of their wearable fitness trackers, and now 44 Android and iOS devices are fully supported. Devices that can wirelessly synchronize with Fitbit products require Bluetooth 4.0 on-board, but in the past even devices with the required hardware we not officially supported, and users were forced to try a reverse-engineering approach to get sync up and running. With today's news, that should no longer be an issue for folks with recent Android phones.

In addition to the new devices — we've got the full list below — Fitbit was pretty pumped to announce that their app will come pre-installed on the new HTC One (M8). This should expose more people to their products, which leads to more sales and happy customers.

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2 years ago

LastPass now autofills passwords in Chrome, other apps


This, folks, qualifies as a Big Deal. LastPass (Premium) — one of our favorite apps for managing passwords — has updated its Android app and will now autofill passwords. It works for Chrome on Android 4.3 and up, and other apps starting with Android 4.1. It needs your help, though, as it crowdsources app associations with the update. [LastPass blog]

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2 years ago

NVIDIA partners with Valve to bring hit game Portal to Shield


No word on exact release date or wider release to other Android devices

There wasn't a whole lot of mobile news coming out of the opening keynote of the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference today, but one of the bigger pieces dropped on us is that the insanely-popular game Portal is coming to the NVIDIA Shield. It may not be the most recent title, but anyone who has spent a decent bit of time playing Portal will appreciate the complexity of bringing such a great game to a mobile device.

Neither NVIDIA nor Valve is spilling the beans on when exactly you'll be able to load up Portal on your Shield, or what this could mean for bringing the game to other non-Shield Android devices. Right now the best thing they can offer us is a big "coming soon" tease, reminding folks that Portal will be just one of over 300 Shield-optimized games available when it launches.

Pair up great top-tier titles like Portal with a Shield that has a new price of $199 and you could have a nice little mobile gaming rig on your hands.


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2 years ago

HTC Sense 6 apps hit Google Play ahead of new HTC One launch

Sense 6 apps

BlinkFeed, HTC Service Pack and SenseTV listed on Google Play, complete with screenshots

We're just hours away from the expected arrival of the new HTC One (M8), and we're starting to see signs of the final preparations being made for the phone's launch. HTC has this morning released three new HTC Sense apps onto Google Play — HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Service Pack, and HTC SenseTV.

Update: HTC Gallery and HTC Guide have joined the fray.

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2 years ago

Fitbit updates their app for the new HTC One and Sense 6


Fitbit has taken the initiative to update their Android app a day early, and they now support the new HTC One — that phone we're going to see tomorrow.

There's a new widget and a new look to the login, but the interesting bits of the change log tell us there will be integration with BlinkFeed on Sense 6 and higher, and a new mobile track has been added for the HTC One. Things have come a long way since they chose to only support Samsung devices, I guess.

It's nice to see any developer update an app sooner rather than later. If you're a Fitbit user, grab your update from the link above.

Thanks everyone sending this in!

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2 years ago

Google releases a Photowall app experiment for Chrome and Android


Google has a neat Chromecast application to show off today. Photowall lets you and your friends get together and display images right on your television.

You can create a Photowall using your Android phone or tablet, or from your laptop using the Photowall Google Chrome Experiment page. Everyone sends photos to the big screen, and when you're finished the application automatically generates a video and drops it on YouTube so you can share it with friends who weren't around to help make it.

It seems like a nicely done little application — both on the Android side and the web app itself, and we'll be playing with it ourselves. If you have a Chromecast, give it a try!

Source: Google

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2 years ago

Google Now rolling out to Chrome desktop users


Roll out begins today, should be available for all in the next few weeks

We've seen Google Now for Chrome on the desktop for folks using beta builds, but starting today it's pushing out to all users. You won't need to fiddle with any settings or flags or do any sort of wizardry, but you will need to be on the latest version of Chrome — which you should be anyway for security reasons. Once Google Now for Chrome is available for you, you use it just like you would on the phone, with reminders and cards in your tray, and voice commands through the Google website. For more information, see this Google help topic page.

Source: +Google Chrome

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2 years ago

Spotify for Android gets new follow features and a little prettier


Images added to playlists and long press to delete radio stations

Spotify has pushed out an update to its Android app that brings a couple of nice new features with it. You can now find people using your profile by tapping the friends icon and find what music they're listening to. Maybe you'll find some hot new bands to listen to. Or maybe you'll find out your friends are secret One Direction fans.

Also new is the ability to long press to delete a radio station you've created and Playlists view now has "pretty images." Nice.

Snag it for yourselves at the Play Store link up top.

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2 years ago

Onkyo updates its Android app for 2014 receivers


Onkyo's remote app isn't exactly what we'd call a looker, but it's a great little mobile addition to its receivers. It got an update this weekend to add compatibility with its 2014 models, which is good since we're nearly a quarter of the way through the year. It also improved the cursor controls, and the volume controls. If you've got an Onkyo receiver, definitely check this one out.

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2 years ago

Apps of the Week: Link Bubble, Citymapper, Agent and more!

Apps of the Week

We have another great set of apps to check out this weekend

It's another Saturday afternoon, and that means it's time for another edition of our Apps of the Week column. We take a slot every week to show off an app from each of the writers here at Android Central, along with a quick explanation of why it's on our device. These could be utility apps, background services, photography apps, social networks, games or just random odds-and-ends, but if the app is installed on our phone or tablet we want to tell you about it.

Read along with us below and check out the apps we've been using this week — you may just find one that will be a great choice for your own device as well.

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2 years ago

How to easily sync your iCloud calendar to Android

iCloud calendar

One app makes it simple to keep using your iCloud calendar on Android

With all the awesome Android devices on the market today, it's perfectly understandable if you're ditching your old iPhone and coming to join us where things are more Google flavored. But, with leaving one ecosystem completely comes the problem of moving all your stuff with it.

iPhone owners may well have relied upon iCloud in a similar manner to Android users relying on Google. Fortunately, there's always something you can do to bring thing with you and here we're going to look at syncing your existing iCloud calendars to your Android device. You need not move it all to Google Calendar since there's a really simple way to carry on using it. Head on past the break to see how.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Experience teases the new phone on your existing one


Take a sneak peek at what's coming on April 11

Some of us have had the pleasure of seeing the Samsung Galaxy S5 up close and personal, but for those who haven't this app is about the closest you'll get before April 11. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Experience is essentially a demo app showing off some of the new features of the Galaxy S5 on your existing phone.

It's not really interactive, since you're lead what to tap and when. But it does show off the new look S Health, the HDR Rich Tone, Download Booster and plenty more of what's headed our way. Sure, it's not an accurate experience when you're looking at things like the camera, but it does give us a look at some of the software and walks through how to do things like turn on Download Booster.

Grab it for yourselves from the Play Store at the link up top. If you like what you see, we're only about three weeks out from actual phones in hands.

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2 years ago

Amazon Appstore birthday deals continue with 14 paid apps for free


Still get up to 60% off apps and in-app purchases on other selected apps

Amazon is still celebrating its Appstore's third birthday, and the next wave of deals are now available. Right now you'll find 14 paid apps completely free through the Amazon Appstore, worth over $50. (A subset of apps are also available in the UK from the Amazon Appstore, totaling £25 in savings):

  • POLARIS Office ($12.99)
  • Runtastic PRO GPS Running, Walking & Fitness Tracker ($4.99)
  • Swype Keyboard ($3.99)
  • mSecure - Password Manager and Secure Digital Wallet ($9.99)
  • PrintHand Mobile Print Premium ($12.95)
  • Worms 2: Armageddon ($0.99)
  • Worms 2: Armageddon (Kindle Tablet Edition) ($0.99)
  • King of Math Junior ($1.99)
  • Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots ($0.99)
  • Dr. Panda's Airport ($1.99)
  • MONOPOLY ($4.99)
  • Sketchbook Pro ($4.99)
  • Ski Safari: Adventure Time ($0.99)
  • SpinArt ($1.99)
  • Battle Maiden Yuko Runner ($10.00)

But these aren't the only deals — as the birthday celebration continues, you'll be able to find other deals of up to 60% off on select apps and in-app purchases as well.

More: Amazon Appstore

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2 years ago

Asphalt 8 update adds 'Great Wall' tracks

 Airborne — Great Wall

Asphalt 8: Airborne is one of our favorite (albeit so in-app purchase spammy it's also sort of sad) racing games, and this week it got itself a pretty major update with new tracks, the promise of new cars, and a whole bunch new fun to be had.

And this time, it's all going down in China.

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