Samsung's first step into the theming world is a lot of fun, but it needs to open up to the creators of the world ASAP.
Themes are apparently going to be a big deal this year, and with the popularity of the Galaxy lineup you can be sure Samsung's offerings are going to be a big part of that. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge launched with a new Theme engine and Theme Store baked right into TouchWiz, and with that comes the ability to make Samsung's frequently whined about UI look like just about anything. It's new, fun, and even though there are some issues with a couple of the themes the platform as a whole seems to work well.
Lets kick the tires together and see what your options are. Whether you're a theming pro or you've just stumbled across the setting on your phone for the first time, there's something here for everyone.
Swiftkey has updated its recently-released Clarity Keyboard Beta today with some fixes for a couple of particularly nasty bugs.
The specific bugs addressed by SwiftKey in this update relate to crashing that would occur on startup when using the keyboard on Samsung devices, as well as a particularly annoying bug that would cause all of the keys to stack up on one another.
Google Play Services have been updated to version 7.3, bringing some great improvements like the ability to connect multiple wearables at the same time.
Version 7.3 of Google Play Services brings some great new feature additions for developers to take advantage of. Included in this update is the ability to connect more than one wearable to a device at a time, as well as some additions to Google Fit.
Google has announced that they have 70 new partners who have added Google Now integration into their third-party apps.
Back in January, Google announced that 40 third-party apps added Google Now integration, and now they are adding another 70 to the collection. With the addition of these 70 new integrations, Google Now becomes an even more robust and useful service.
Samsung is continuing its tradition of bundling freebies with its flagship smartphones under the Galaxy Gifts promotion. This time around, there's over $500 worth of content on offer for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge owners.
3.4GB of Avengers, Guardians, Big Hero 6, and Tron on your smartphone or tablet.
The Toys to Life category of gaming has been growing at an incredible rate over the last two years, and Disney Infinity has been a big part of that. With the release of Disney Infinity 2.0, the game took a turn from clever collectible franchise with a personal design element to an entire universe of mingames and subplots featuring characters from all across the Disney IP. As if it wasn't already cool to have Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy, Elsa from Frozen, and Vanellope from Wreck-it Ralph all running around the same world on your television, the Toy Box experience has now made its way to Android.
Samsung will happily show you the weather all over the Galaxy S6, but there's no icon in the app drawer.
While you may have a favorite weather app to turn to for what is happening near you, a lot of folks rely on whatever app is handy. For some that means the weather notifications through Google Now are perfect, while others rely on that quick glance baked into their favorite clock widget. Like most Android phones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge offers a clock widget with weather built in that pops up as soon as you hit the home screen for the first time. This same weather information is available on the lock screen, as well as the Information Stream on the Galaxy S6 edge. It's powered by Accuweather, and works reasonably well for offering up a quick glance at your current weather.
The only thing missing is the actual app. At least, that's how you'd probably feel if you went looking for this app in your launcher. What you're seeing here is another example of Samsung's integrated apps, which means you've got a couple of options for accessing and using the app to get your weather.
The Weather Channel app has added some great new functionality in the latest update, including real-time alerts for rain, snow, and lightning.
Keeping informed of weather conditions is something that is important to many. Knowing when the rain has started, or if lightning is in the area is something that people like to know, and there are many great weather apps for Android. The Weather Channel app has been updated with support for real-time alerts for rain, snow, and lightning.
SwiftKey Greenhouse is a new place for the keyboard firm's experimental apps — the first of which brings even smarter autocorrect.
The company behind popular keyboard app SwiftKey has announced a new hub for experimental software projects, dubbed SwiftKey Greenhouse. Greenhouse is designed to showcase work-in-progress ideas from the SwiftKey team, which may or may not end up seeing a wider release. The idea, the firm says, is to plant experiments here and see what they grow into — hence the "Greenhouse" metaphor.
The first SwiftKey Greenhouse project is a new type of intelligent keyboard for Android — Clarity keyboard.
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!
Amazon's same-day delivery service is slightly awkward, but incredibly useful.
I am well and truly embedded in the Amazon shopping ecosystem. Having things shipped to my door, often within 36 hours of having placed the order, is something I use several times a week nowadays. It's useful for regular day-to-day items, but incredible for last minute birthday and Christmas stuff. When Amazon announced Prime Now, an extension of their shipping service that allowed for same-day — even same-hour — delivery, I was plenty excited. Since I live in the suburbs, just about 35 minutes without traffic from Amazon's Baltimore facility, it seemed unlikely I'd be able to participate in the service anytime soon.
Last week, however, the Prime Now app lit up and claimed I could order things and have them delivered to my house within an hour. It turns out Prime Now and Prime offer wildly different experiences, and choosing between the two for orders in the future is going to be its own unique little first world problem.
The latest addition to the SwiftKey beta is SwiftKey Hub, the new location for the most popular SwiftKey settings and content.
SwiftKey, a popular keyboard replacement, has added a new feature in the latest beta update, SwiftKey Hub. What SwiftKey Hub does is move the most popular SwiftKey settings and content to a new location, which is now found in the word prediction bar. Previously users had to long-press the 123 key to gain access to these settings, so the new location makes them much more accessible.
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