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3 weeks ago

Chrome Beta for Android updated with Chrome Custom Tabs, Bookmarks interface tweaks

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Google has announced the rollout of Chrome Beta 45 for Android, bringing a handful of new features to the mobile browser, along with a helping of bug fixes. Coming along in version 45 are Chrome Custom Tabs, an updated Bookmarks interface, and more.

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3 weeks ago

Invaders for Android Wear is a blast from the past

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Sometimes you just need to play a classic arcade game. And Invaders is now available on Android Wear, and it might just hit the spot. This game runs well on a smartwatch, and it's just as addictive as ever.

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3 weeks ago

Kodak now lets you edit, share and print from its Moments app

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Kodak has released an update for its Moments app, which now lets you share, edit, and print photos all from one location. No longer do you need a separate app to print using one of Kodak's Picture Kiosks, instead you can do it from the same place that you just edited that new photo.

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3 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Angry Birds 2, Amtrak, Ticketmaster and more

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Apps of the week

Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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4 weeks ago

Viewranger GPS for Android Wear makes sure you never get lost in the woods

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Spending a few hours hiking, or biking through the woods can be a fun and relaxing way to get a great workout. Getting lost because you're bad with maps is not. For a while now we've seen fitness apps of various kinds make a name for themselves, but Viewranger GPS does it differently. Offering tracking stats on time and distance, fantastic maps, and detailed information on position, this is the app for anyone who enjoys spending a great deal of time outdoors.

Viewranger GPS for Android wear is a fantastic app rife with features that we haven't seen too much of. Most of your options, the settings, and all of your map options are available exclusively on your phone. While you can't edit anything from your smartwatch, you do still have access to plenty of information.

You have four basic screens, each of which you can get to by opening the app and swiping to the left. You can start, pause or stop a trip, which will trigger the app to open your phone and start tracking you. The fourth screen is labeled Details, and if you tap it, you'll get all the details of your current trip and location.

You start off on the Tracking screen. It gives you some elevation information, how far you've traveled during your trip, and how long your trip has taken. The Position screen includes your map coordinates, along with elevation information. The third screen in on the watch is Heading, and from it you can see wind conditions along with a compass. All together they form an invaluable tool for anyone who hates carrying a physical map around with them when they're on the go.

If you decide to give the route from your smartphone, you'll get access to one more feature available on Android Wear. The Navigation option gets it's own screen in details. It gives you a compass arrow that continuously points the way to your next waypoint. It also gives you a running countdown of how far you need to go to get to your next waypoint.

Viewranger GPS is definitely an app that keeps the outdoorsy set in mind. With access to maps, GPS coordinates, along with tracking and position info, it's a great addition to your arsenal. This app is a fantastic way that fitness and technology have continued to merge, letting you slim down when you hike or spend your day in the woods.

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4 weeks ago

Google Play Movies and paid Newsstand content roll out to more countries

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Google is expanding access to paid content on Google Play Movies and Newsstand to a handful of new countries today. In all, Movies will be available in three new countries, while Newsstand is hitting four.

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4 weeks ago

Keep it simple with Behance Watch Faces for Android Wear

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Sometimes you don't want a watch face that is overflowing with information, you want something simple and stunning. If that's true for you, take a peek at the Behance Watch Faces. You get 6 fantastic faces with one app, and it's filled with artwork that's sure to make a statement.

Behance is part of the Adobe family, and the Behance Watch Faces for Android Wear make that quite evident. There are six separate faces within the app; AG, Classic, Phrase, Pulse, Timecard and Window. Three of the faces rock Analog stylings, while the other three have a digital display. You can also choose between a 12 or 24 hour format, and choosing whether or not you want the date displayed. All of your options are available exclusively through the settings on your smartwatch.

The real feature with these faces are the backgrounds. Each is pulled from the Behance portfolio's of digital artists, and they are all unique and eye catching. Each one is a little bit different, and they are all worth at least a moment of your time. You can fix your favorite one as a background, or let the background shuffle through several of them. Not all backgrounds are available with every face, but several of them are available across all the faces.

The attention to detail on each face is fantastic as well. The backgrounds and information displayed over them complement each other wonderfully. The information you have displayed meshes with the artwork in such a way that it adds to the overall theme, instead of crowding it. You can tell the emphasis was making sure each face appears as a piece of art, no matter what options you choose to enable or disable.

The Behance Watch Faces are a great addition if you've been looking for something simple and well designed. While there aren't many choices, the trade-off is walking around with the time displayed over digital artwork. If you've been craving a simpler kind of watch face, then you should definitely take a look for yourself.

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4 weeks ago

Google lowers minimum app pricing on Google Play in India to Rs. 10

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Google has lowered the minimum purchase price for apps from its Google Play Store in India to Rs. 10, making apps even more affordable to users. As India continues to be a huge area of growth for the company, Google wanted to be sure to new audiences were able to be reached. As Android becomes more popular in the country, the demand for apps continues to grow as well.

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4 weeks ago

Yahoo LiveText hopes blending video and texting will make for more authentic conversations

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Yahoo has officially announced LiveText, its new messaging app that blends text messaging and live-streaming video to create more memorable experiences. The app was originally soft-launched in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Ireland, and is now available in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, and France.

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1 month ago

Never ask for directions again with Citymapper on Android Wear

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Getting from point A to point B when you're visiting an unfamiliar city can be confusing and difficult. Trying to find schedules for trains and buses, and knowing when there is a delay in service — it's not fun for anyone. Citymapper is here to make it easier. It'll give you the directions you need, whether that means walking, grabbing a bus, taking the train, or all three. Available on Android Wear through the Google Play Store, this is a fantastic app for anyone who needs to use public transit in the cities it covers.

From your smartwatch, Citymapper gives you two basic options. You can preprogram regular destinations. Two slots appear by default; Home and Work. You can also add in custom destinations. Your other option is to input a trip on your phone and hit Go, it'll transfer to your smartwatch until you end the trip.

Once you've started your trip, you'll get directions using a combination of walking and public transit. Walking directions include time to your first stop, along with a mini map to help you along your way. Swipe to the right and you'll see your next leg of the journey. For bus or train routes, you'll get the line or route number, the destination and estimated time of arrival. If there is a delay you'll see an icon to let you know. Swiping down will give you more information, like the stops you'll pass while you ride.

Each leg of the journey is clearly indicated, and at any time you can open a larger map on your phone to get your bearings. There are also plenty of additional options in the app on your phone liking texting directions to a place you're meeting up with friends, or checking on the status of local Uber services. Citymapper also gives you multiple arrival times for train lines, and lets you know if you can hop multiple different buses if they'll get you to your destination.

The only real downside of the app is that it isn't available everywhere. Right now it has 10 cities including New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Montreal. The app will still work in the surrounding area, but it isn't nearly as effective. The developers are already asking for input on the next city to add, so hopefully they'll be expanding their list of cities soon.

Overall Citymapper is a fantastic app whether you're commuting, or visiting the city on vacation. With it's options it will ensure you can get where you need it, in the most efficient way possible. Plane, train, and automobile are all covered by this app and it's worth checking out if you're in it's area of operation. Have you tried Citymapper? Let us know!

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1 month ago

Microsoft's Xbox Music app for Android gets a new name: Groove

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Microsoft is having a busy day with the official launch of Windows 10, but it has some time to update its Xbox Music app for Android. In short, the name of the app itself has changed to Groove, along with some other additions and improvements.

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1 month ago

A fresh look at Aviate Launcher

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Aviate Launcher

Aviate Launcher has garnered hype since it first debuted on Android, and after being acquired by Yahoo has actually seen steady improvement through updates. It's been a year since we first wrote a review of the launcher, and now it's time to take a fresh look and see how it works today.

Aviate aims to analyze at how you use your phone to better surface information and apps that are relevant based on a variety of factors, taking the burden of customization away from you. But does it work? We're going to find out.

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1 month ago

Google Translate for Android adds 20 more languages for video text translation

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The Google Translate app for Android just got a big update, allowing it to translate the text of 20 more languages when it is used with a smartphone or tablet video camera.

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1 month ago

DoubleTwist's CloudPlayer picks up full FLAC support and cellular data toggle

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CloudPlayer, the recently-launched music app from doubleTwist that turns your favorite cloud storage service into a streaming music locker, has received its first big update. Coming along in the update are a few new big features, such as full FLAC file support and a cellular data toggle.

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1 month ago

The Odyssey watchface makes sure finding the info you need isn't an epic journey

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Not everything requires an epic journey, and finding the right watch face for your smartwatch certainly shouldn't require gargantuan amounts of effort. If you've been searching for a face that blends a sharp, functional face, with a gorgeous image, then the Odyssey face might be what you've been looking for. With motes of stardust and a planet in the distance, overlaid with all the info you need, this face is worth more than just a glance. It offers the time, date, and a handful of options to make sure that things are set just the way you like them.

We've got the breakdown for you, just below.

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