The TuneIn streaming radio service has scored another deal with a big sports organization, the National Hockey League. Starting on January 1, the free version of TuneIn will provide broadcasts of 1,230 regular NHL season game broadcasts. It will also stream all of the league's playoff games, including the Stanley Cup Finals.
Google is reportedly working on a new messaging app designed to compete with services like Facebook Messenger, Skype and WhatsApp. The report claims that Google is looking to add integrated chatbots as part of this new messaging service.
If you've been waiting to check out "The Martian," you'll be happy to see it is now available on Google Play. The movie is based around an astronaut that is left behind on Mars after his team assumes he is dead, and his struggles of coming up with a plan to bring him back. Originally started as a series of blog posts that turned into a book, "The Martian" was written by Andy Weir, a self-publisher.
Earlier this month, Microsoft officially launched its Cortana digital assistant for Android devices, but apparently one feature of the app is causing lots of issues, at least for U.S. users. The company has now updated Cortana for Android, which among other things removes the "Hey Cortana" feature for the U.S. market.
Say so-long to mismatched icon sizes in this latest update.
Developer Chris Lacy on a recent episode of the Android Central Podcast teased an upcoming major release to Action Launcher 3, and today that update has gone live. A couple of the standout features in this new version include Quickedit, which is a slick (and Material-friendly) way to customize icons on your home screen. And along with that comes Smartsize, which can automatically normalize icon sizes so that you don't have some that are smaller than others. (It's one of those things that once you use it you'll never be able to go back.)
Also new this time around is support for Android 6.0 permissions, and new app launch animations, an included Marshmallow icon pack for those of you who aren't on Nexus phones — and an option to automatically change the Google Calendar icon to match the current day of the month. (Since Google refuses to do so.)
Lacy also has added a new — and completely optional —"Action Launcher Supporter" program. If you use a launcher chances are you use it every day. And while Action Launcher 3 is a free app (with some features locked behind an in-app "Plus" upgrade), Google still doesn't have an elegant way to handle paid updates. So Lacy has added another way to contribute either $6 or $12. In return you'll get a spiffy new "Supporter" badge, three free wallpapers, and "the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes from supporting a product that you love," Lacy writes.
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!
Tilt - Augmented Reality gives you a different kind of Android Wear game, meant to be played using both your phone and your smartwatch at the same time. It's a digital take on an old favorite, and it's a great way to try out Augmented Reality games. Wickedly fun, and trickier than we'd like to admit, this game caught our eye.
If you're a fan of games made for a wrist computer, or Augmented Reality game, then check this out.
Google has released the new 8.4 version of its Play Services SDK. It includes quite a few improvements and new features for Android app developers. One of them allows those software creators to send out custome email app invites.
You can add Target to the list of major retailers who may be thinking about developing their own mobile payment system, similar to Android Pay and Samsung Pay. The report says the retailer is still in the early stages of developing the service.
Evernote has announced that it will be discontinuing a few of its apps. Specifically, the company will be shuttering Skitch on multiple platforms, as well as its Evernote Clearly browser extension, along with Evernote for Pebble smartwatches.
Facebook has announced some updates for Messenger, including the expansion of its new Photo Magic feature. Initially launching on Android in Australia, Photo Magic is now available in more countries. There are also new per-chat customization options for people to choose from.
Microsoft has added a major new feature to its Translator app for Android and Android Wear, allowing the user to engage in translated voice conversations in seven languages: Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
SwiftKey, the popular keyboard replacement on Android, has updated its beta version to bring initial support for the new emoji that came in Android 6.0.1. Unfortunately, if you're not on Android 6.0.1, you won't be able to make use of the new emoji until your phone receives the update. Those who have updated to 6.0.1 will now see the taco, unicorn, burrito and all the rest of the new emoji built into their SwiftKey keyboard.
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