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1 month ago

VSCO Cam's Collections let you share your favorite photos

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VSCO Cam for Android has been updated to add Collections, a new way of showing off your favorite photos and interacting with other photographers using VSCO Cam. Collections allow you to find and publish your favorite images for your followers to see.

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1 month ago

You can now send Whatsapp, WeChat, Viber, and other messages using 'OK Google'

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Using the simple 'OK Google' voice command, you can now send messages through Whatsapp, Viber, WeChat, and a variety of other apps. Sometimes, you just don't want to pick up the phone and type out a reply, and now you don't have to. You have been able to send Hangouts messages using your voice already, so the expansion is great to see.

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1 month ago

HipChat adds support for Android Wear, avatars, and GIFV files

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Following its recent Material Design update, the folks at HipChat are back with another big update for Android users. Included in this update is the addition of Android Wear and GIFV file support, along with rounded avatars to bring even more personalization to the app.

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1 month ago

Wear HQ for Android Wear is everything you need in one place

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Having a hub for all your information is never a bad thing when it comes to technology. Wear HQ provides just that, for your Android Wear device. With your current watch stats, a curated list of apps, recent news, and an easy way to uninstall apps, it's definitely worth checking out. We've got all the details, so check them out below.

Wear HQ is built to be a command center for your Android Wear device, although it works from your phone. When you open the app you'll find several tabs; Home, Apps, Faces, Games, Stuff, News and Manager. Your home screen has about a dozen different mini screens, each with different information for you. Recent news, along with curated apps for different purposes can be rearranged or removed at your leisure. There is also a screen with a quick watch status. It displays the model, current storage space, current up time, number of currently installed apps, and battery life of your smartwatch.

The Apps, Faces, and Games tabs all have lists of apps that have been curated. All of the apps are curated, with new links added daily. The search function has an awesome filter system that can help you find a certain type of android wear app, or you can search using your keyboard. You can also filter by apps that are free, or paid, as well as the order your results will show up in. The next tab over, Stuff, has accessories for your smartwatch. You can find screen protectors, straps and bands, and even charging cables all with access to search filters to find exactly what you're looking for.

Past that is the News tab, with the current wear news stories crossing the internet. The last tab is called Manager, and allows you to view or uninstall the apps on your smartwatch. The list is clean, and by tapping on any of the apps you'll see the app information. You can easily uninstall right from there, as well as view the app name, package, app size and data size.

From top to bottom, Wear HQ works fantastically as a hub for your Android Wear needs. Whether it's keeping an eye on your storage space, finding new apps, or looking for the best accessories to spice up your smartwatch, this app has you covered. So do you use Wear HQ, or do you have a better way of keeping an eye on everything?

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1 month ago

Google to remove Google+ signup requirements for YouTube and other products

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Users of the Google+ social network soon won't need to use it in order to access other Google services. The company has revealed plans to slowly reduce the requirement for Google+ accounts for services such as uploading videos to YouTube and more.

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1 month ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Omni Swipe, Raise, WifiMapper 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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1 month ago

Ask the AC crew: What launcher do you use and why?

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Android Launchers

We've talked a good bit about Android launchers recently. We are going to talk even more about them, too. That's because the launcher — the single biggest user-facing portion of the whole interface with the software on your phone — is pretty important. The way you get to the things you want (and need) to do with your phone can make a difference in how, and how often, you're using it, and each and every one of us will do things differently. That's what makes being able to replace the launcher and create your perfect setup is such a great "tool."

We asked you guys and gals which launcher you were using recently, and now it's our turn.

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1 month ago

IF for Android Wear lets you fine tune your experience

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IF (you may remember it as IFTTT) allows you to turn your lights on and off, show your friends where you are, or even send a text when you're on your way home, all of this and more right from your smartwatch. Technology continually allows us to make our lives more convenient, and IF for Android Wear takes that a step further by allowing your apps to talk to each other. Being able to fine tune how your tech works, and what you're notified about is a feature that shouldn't be forgotten, and this app's customizable approach makes it something to at least take a look at.

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1 month ago

Weekend fun: 5 great Android icon packs

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Android icon packs

If you're going to take the time to get creative with your home screens, you'll probably want to finish things off with a set of custom icons. They give things that little bit of extra in the looks department, and with so many custom icon choices available in Google Play, you're sure to find the right ones. We're going to get the party started with a few favorites.

Remember, you'll probably need to install a custom Launcher that allows you to edit icons, either via a theme or individually. Or both. Something like Nova Launcher will do the trick, but there are other great options out there as well. If you can't decide, dive into the forums and see what some of those verified homescreen wizards have to say.

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1 month ago

Never wonder about who you're listening to with Shazam on Android Wear

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Ever had that moment when you hear a song but can't for the life of you remember who sings it, or what it's called? Yes, you could grab a hunk of lyrics and look it up on Google, but you could also go ahead and use an app made for just that. Shazam, the music recognizing app has been around for some time now, but you might not know that it works with Android Wear So check it out, and see what you've been missing.

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1 month ago

Why Action Launcher is the only launcher I use ...

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Action Launcher 3.5

The launcher is the most important part of any smartphone user interface. And the best one comes from Australia.

I don't recall exactly when I got fed up with every launcher that wasn't Action Launcher. But I do remember why. I'm not all that adventurous when it comes to my home screens. I know what apps I want out front, and I know where I want them. And what I don't want is for the spacing to be all jacked up between the only widget I use and any apps or folders. And maybe between the Google Search Bar, which might or might not have its own spacing issues of its own, depending on whether it's permanently embedded in the home screen, or overlaid as a widget.

And to be fair, this was some time ago. Nexus phones handled things just fine. And I'm pretty sure Motorola did (and still does), too. But way back when I took the plunge on Action Launcher, which did away with the typical app drawer full of icons and moved things to a side-sliding list. Those of you who came from the early days of Windows Phone will note that this sounds familiar. And I wasn't exactly a stranger to that sort of thing either, having been a longtime user of the precursor to Windows Phone, the Microsoft Zune HD. Long live the list.

But really, I was here for the adjustable spacing.

Fast forward to mid-2015. Action Launcher 3.5 is fresh on my phones (for whatever reason I still don't use a different launcher on my tablets). And it's still the only launcher I'll use.

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1 month ago

OnePlus 2 launch event app now available in Google Play, reservation list opens

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With the official OnePlus 2 announcement coming on July 27, through virtual reality, OnePlus has released its OnePlus 2 Launch app in Google Play. In addition to releasing its new app, the OnePlus team is now opened its reservation list for invites. The app itself is very basic, its essentially just a launcher for the stream, where the new phone will be announced. You can watch the announcement from within Google Cardboard, or without it.

The reservation list holds you a spot for an invite. OnePlus has said that it has 30 to 50 times the stock on hand this year that it did last year, so hopefully supply constraint won't be as big of an issue. If you are interested in the OnePlus 2, you will want to get on the reservation list as soon as possible, and be sure to download the launch app to be prepared. In case you've missed it, here's everything we know about the OnePlus 2 so far.

Reserve your spot for a OnePlus 2 invite

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1 month ago

Monument Valley, Goat Simulator, and more games discounted by up to 90 percent on Google Play

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Google Play is currently hosting a big sale, in which it is offering a variety of games for up to 90 percent off. With prices varying from as low as $0.10 up to $0.99, these are some deals you won't want to miss. The sales are running now through July 27, so you will want to act quickly. Some of these deals include:

For a full list of savings, and to grab even more great apps, be sure to hit the link below.

Save up to 90 percent on some great Android games

Thanks for the tip, Jay Lee!

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1 month ago

YouTube update brings new design, video editing tools

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The YouTube app picked up an update today that breaks the interface down into three tabs — Home, Subscriptions and Account — making it easier to discover new content. From the Home tab, you will be able to see your recommendations as well as customized playlists based on your watch history. Subscriptions is where you can view all the latest videos from the channels you're subscribed to, with the Accounts tab giving you access to your watch history, uploads, purchases and playlists.

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1 month ago

Catching up on the weather with Instaweather for Android Wear

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Being able to glance at your watch, and get your weather forecast is a luxury that really can't be overstated. Sometimes though the temperature, and current conditions just don't quite cut it. Whether you want to see radar of that storm rolling in, or know how hard the wind is going to kick up, finding the info you need can be a hassle. That's where the Instaweather Watchface comes in, with all the weather information you could need-and all at a glance.

The Instaweather Watchface comes stocked with 9 different watch faces. That's right, nine of them. Each one is a little bit different, and has it's own options. We've broken them down into three categories Infographic watch faces, Analog watch faces, and Radar/Map watch faces. With nine faces there are tons of options, and features to check out.

Five of the watch faces fall into infographic faces; Meteogram, IW Hourly Forecast, IW Weather Forecast, IW Bar Chart Forecast, and IW Daily Fit. Each of these has a slick, colorful display with different metrics. All of them have the time, date, and different style options as far as the look of your watchface goes. There are colorful bar charts with the daily forecast, line graphs with icons for your weather, and even a face that will show you your activity synced with Google Fit. Each of these faces has a functional and colorful look to them that is definitely pleasing to the eye. They also each have their own options which include the type of measurements used, color, and placement of graphs on your screen.

IW LCD Weather, and IW Analog are reminiscent of analog watchfaces. The analog face gives you 3 forecasts at three hour intervals with icons for the weather, and a readout of the temperature. The time is readout with an hour and minute hand. The IW LCD Weather face almost looks like a readout you'd find in an older model car. Once again there is an analog face, this time on the top half of the screen. The bottom half has current temperature and conditions, along with two more forecasts at three hour intervals.

Then you have the IW Weather Radar face, and the IW Weather Map face. IW Weather Radar will give you a radar readout of the weather moving into your area. This highlights how fast and severe weather patterns in your area are currently moving in. The IW Weather Map face is essentially the same thing, except its a map of your general area with the weather moving in. Both of them are definitely handy on days when the weather is calling for scattered or severe thunderstorms. It is worth it to mention that the weather is only updated every 60 minutes unless you buy into a premium membership, when that number drops down to every 5 minutes.

This app is fantastic for anyone who wants a running update on the weather for the day. With nine different faces there are tons of options in how your weather is displayed, what information you get, and how you get it. You also have options to customize how the different faces look, to make sure it fits your style. So if you've been looking for a better weather app, then the Instaweather Watch face app for Android Wear should certainly be on your list. Have you already used this app, or is there a better weather app you prefer? Let us know in the comments.

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