Straw, a fun polling app that lets you quickly survey your friends and family via messaging and social media, is picking up an update today with some bug fixes and notifications. Straw has gotten a few updates since launching in the Play Store, and today the big improvement is the addition of notifications for when a poll closes — no more refreshing the app to see how much time is left.
Sprint will pre-load the Uber app on most of its new Android smartphones in a new partnership, and Sprint is also offering $20 towards a user's first Uber ride during the month of December for its customers.
WinZip has updated its Android app to version 3.0, which adds support for the Dropbox cloud service to the file compression utility. These features are added if users purchase the $1.99 in-app upgrade to WinZip Premium
Following the recent announcement of FotoSwipe here on AndroidCentral, the developers behind the Android/iOS cross-platform photo sharing service followed up with us today to say THANK YOU. A small tribe of our forum community members were actively involved in beta testing the app — we love to see developers active in our forums — so we were happy to write up the official release of the app.
FotoSwipe let us know that in the short time since it was released, these efforts have helped them pass the milestone of one million photos being shared. There are now over 175,000 users (about a 50/50 split between iOS and Android) using FotoSwipe in 175 countries and the user base is growing fast. Since the initial release, the developers have been quick to listen to user feedback and have already released an update to FotoSwipe. The basic swipe gesture has been greatly improved, and the UI has been revamped as well. With a 4.3-star rating on Google Play and over 3,600 reviews, FotoSwipe is off to a solid start. More features are on the roadmap as well, including faster sharing speeds when on Wifi to Wifi connections and support to share videos by swiping.
The fold-your-own Google Cardboard virtual reality headset has hit the half-a-million units shipped mark. And to mark the occasion, there's now an official Cardboard SDK for both Android and Unity. The SDK is designed to make it easier to build apps for Cardboard, taking care of the heaving lifting for things like head-tracking, lens distortion, and side-by-side rendering.
In addition to a refresh for Android 5.0 Lollipop, Muzei's added an Android Wear Watch face (here's what it looks like) that notifies of new artwork and now has a full detail view, so you can get more info of what you're seeing.
If you haven't checked out Muzei before, now's definitely the time.
Saturation slider in advanced settings
Option to remove effects on the lock screen
An updated look and feel for Android 5.0
Improved panning behavior for wide artworks
Better support for new art notifications on Android Wear
A full-screen artwork detail view on Android Wear
A much-needed dose of bug fixes
And for the seriously hard-core fans, there's now a Muzei Google+ community. Join it.
The Autobots and Decepticons will continue their long-running war in the upcoming mobile turn-based strategy game Transformers: Battle Tactics. The game is due for release for Android in the Google Play Store sometime in 2015.
Facebook Android app users in the US will soon see some new Trending features, after first launching for web browser users earlier in 2014. The new features are designed to offer links to the latest news and events that are currently popular.
Instagram has crossed the 300 million active monthly users line and is today adding support for verified users to the square photo social network. That 300 million threshold actually puts Instagram as having a larger monthly audience than Twitter, certainly explaining why Facebook was willing to pay $1 billion for the service.
Music identification app Shazam has received a major update today to version 8.2. It adds new features to the home screen of the app, a new way to play music, and deeper integration with Spotify and Rdio.
Ubisoft plans to bring a truly classic PC game, Heroes of Might & Magic III, to Android tablets, via the Google Play Store, on January 29. That's when the graphically revamped version of the fantasy turn-based strategy game, Heroes of Might & Magic III HD Edition, will be released.
After tooling around in a beta for a while, Here Maps has arrived in Google Play. The maps app and service, part of the services portion of Nokia left over after the Microsoft acquisition, has been available from the HERE website for a few months already, and now anybody can try out the mapping search and navigation app for free from Google Play.
Hangouts just received an update that sees the addition of 16 sticker packs, new video filters for calls, ability to add contacts with their phone number, smart location suggestions and more. Also new is a "last seen" timestamp that shows you when your contact has last checked the service.
If you're anything like us, you cannot get enough of Game of Thrones.The fifth season of the hit HBO show won't be debuting for a while, but that doesn't mean you can't get your Westeros fix from other avenues. Telltale is here to assist in doing just that by launching the first episode of its Game of Thrones series on Android.
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