Headlines

3 weeks ago

Find family-friendly content with ease in new Family section of Google Play

4

Google's new Family section is now live in Google Play, making it easier to find appropriate content for the whole family.

At Google I/O, Google announced that it would be adding a new Family section to Google Play to make it easier to find family-friendly content. The new section is live in Google Play, with sections for various age groups.

Read more and comment

 
3 weeks ago

Enhance your hotel stay at Four Seasons with its new app

3

Four Seasons has launched a new Android app that will let guests enhance their hotel stay in several ways, right from their phones.

With people traveling more frequently, and a smartphone in nearly everyone's pocket, most enjoy being able to take advantage of additional features right from their devices. Four Seasons, a popular luxury resort, has launched a new Android app that lets guests take advantage of several additional features right from the palm of their hand.

Read more and comment

 
3 weeks ago

Uber publishes simplified privacy statements, explains app permissions

4

Uber has published new privacy statements for riders and drivers in an effort to be more transparent.

If you're a fan of Uber, but you're concerned with what it is doing with your information, the company has just published new, simpler privacy statements that cut out a majority of the legal jargon while clearly spelling out why it needs certain permissions on your device.

Read more and comment

 
3 weeks ago

Getting to know Periscope

22
Periscope

Periscope is made by Twitter, for Livestreaming the things that matter to you.

In our constantly connected world, we've gotten used to seeing everything fabricated to look ideal. The perfect angle, lighting, and wording for each photo, video or text post-no matter how long it takes. Authentic, in the moment video, without any alteration or tweaking to make sure everything looks absolutely perfect has been lacking. One of the apps to step up to the plate and try to give us what we've been missing is Periscope. We've seen users showing us everything from their breakfasts, and daily errands, to a pool party at Playboy mansion, and questionable broadcasts of major sporting events. By instantly connecting to your audience, in the moment, there really isn't any end to what or how you stream.

So if you're interested in how Periscope works, we've got you covered. Here's the basics of both using the service, and broadcasting with it!

Read more and comment

 
3 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: MLB At Bat, Hitman: Sniper, OpenTable and more

19
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!

Read more and comment

 
3 weeks ago

A quick peek at the Developer Options in the Android M Developer Preview

1
Android M Developer Options

Google's latest Develop Preview includes a ton of tiny tweaks, several of which live in Developer Options.

It couldn't be more clear that Google is focusing on empowering developers this year, and the Android M Developer Preview is a big part of that effort. Like last year the preview focuses on giving developers the tools they need to be prepared for the release of Android M this fall, which is a big deal when you consider how many changes there are to basic app behaviors in this upcoming version. Apps are going to be put to sleep when the OS says so, and permission behaviors are going to change in a significant way with this release.

Google has also made some updates to the Developer Options section of the OS, and while nothing about this Developer Preview is set in stone, most of these little changes point to Google's efforts in making Android as app-friendly as possible for the launch of Android M.

Read more and comment

 
4 weeks ago

Using Accesibility Options in Cyanogen OS

28

Cyanogen OS, like all Android devices, has tools baked in to make use easier for just about anyone.

Smartphones are remarkable tools for communication of all forms, and in an age where more and more people are starting to use these devices as their first and primary computer it has never been more important that Accessibility tools exist. These are software functions that make your digital life a little easier, and more often than you'd think end up being the purchase tiebreaker for folks who need these features.

Here's a quick look at the Accessibility options in Cyanogen OS, should you ever need to find and use them.

Read more and comment

 
4 weeks ago

Facebook rolls out more granular location sharing in Messenger

9

Facebook is rolling out more granular controls for location sharing in Messenger.

Facebook announced that it is enabling more granular controls for users to share locations in Messenger. Whereas users previously only had the option of turning location sharing on and off, the changes rolling out today enable them to share maps of specific locations at their discretion in a separate message.

Read more and comment

 
4 weeks ago

Facebook Lite for Android is now official, made for emerging countries with low bandwidth

47

Facebook Lite is a smaller version of the social networking app made for developing countries and markets.

After first being tested in a few countries in January, Facebook is now officially launching a new and smaller Android version of its social networking app called Facebook Lite.

Read more and comment

 
4 weeks ago

Nokia updates its HERE offline maps data with 'millions' of changes

21

Users of Nokia's HERE maps app can now download a big update for its offline maps with "millions" of changes and improvements.

Even as Nokia is reportedly thinking about selling its HERE maps division, the company continues to offer updates to its HERE maps apps. Nokia has released a major new offline maps update for its Windows Phone, iOS and Android apps.

Read more and comment

 
4 weeks ago

A quick look at Screencast in Cyanogen OS

16

No other commercial version of Android makes it easy to record video from your device.

The ability to take a screenshot on your Android device is one of those things that has been around forever, but became a much bigger deal once Google made it a standard feature that could be done right from the device instead of requiring a connection to a computer. The same could be said of recording a video of what is happening on your device, if Google ever gets around to making it a standard in the operating system.

In the mean time, you have two options that don't involve connecting to your PC: use a third party app that hijacks the Chromecast to Screen function and records that, or use Screencast natively in Cyanogen OS.

Read more and comment

 
4 weeks ago

Checking out Doze and App standby on the Android M Developer Preview

55
Android M Doze

Google's answer to apps that misbehave when you're not around is a huge step forward for folks whose device isn't constantly in-pocket.

One of the big user-facing changes to come from the Android M announcement at Google I/O this year is Doze, a new set of behaviors for making sure apps aren't sucking your battery life away when you aren't using your phone. More specifically, when you've left your phone on your desk or your tablet on the coffee table, Doze will detect the lack of motion and enter a new kind of deep sleep mode.

While it's not quite finished, and we know nothing about the Android M Developer Preview is set in stone, Google's message here couldn't be more clear. You should expect more from your devices when they are in an inactive state, and here's how they plan to do that.

Read more and comment

 
4 weeks ago

Slack update brings Material Design, notification enhancements, and a speed boost

0

Slack has released an update to its Android app that aims to make the app not only look better when being used, but perform better as well.

The popular team communication app, Slack has received a large update, bumping it up to version 2.0. Included in this release is an all new Material Design inspired layout, enhancements to notifications, and an overall speed boost.

Read more and comment

 
1 month ago

New Touch to Search feature appears to be rolling out in Chrome for Android

51

Chrome for Android appears to be gaining some new functionality, Touch to Search, in a server-side update.

Some users are noticing the ability to highlight text in Chrome on their Android devices and get access to other search results without leaving the page they are on. The new feature, Touch to Search, appears to be hitting devices thanks to a server-side update from Google, but it isn't appearing on all devices just yet.

Read more and comment

 
1 month ago

Using the Cyanogen OS lockscreen

19

If you're a fan of playing music on your phone, the Cyanogen OS lock screen offers something special for you.

Generally speaking, companies who feel the need to mess with the Android lock screen need to stop. The update to Lollipop this year is a perfect example of how to do a lot of things wrong, from the bizarre way Samsung and LG handle notifications to the variance in how lock screen art is shown, things get messy quick.

The folks behind Cyanogen OS figured out a subtle way to make their lock screen stand out in the crown without messing with the core functionality in this version of Android, and the end result is great. Here's how it works.

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages