Corel kicked off a new version of their desktop art app, Painter 2015, and along with it they've included an Android companion app. The main focus is on a wide range of brush types, though Painter Mobile also has layer support, symmetry tools, and all of the usual functions you'd expect.
According to, well, a lot of you fine folks out there, the new, redesigned Google Play Store is making its way to more devices today. (It started its trollout a couple weeks ago, pushing to just a small percentage of devices.)
If you've yet to experience it, things are pretty different. You've got some proper Material Design love. Promo graphics now dominate the app listings, with a play button overlay if the app has a promo video associated with it. (And a note to devs: those promo images become mandatory at the end of the month.) And we've actually seen a few other changes just in the past few weeks we've been running this version, with the number of downloads gaining a badge, and a few other little tweaks.
All in all, good changes. My only real complaint is that when a changelog runs more than a couple lines and you tap the "Read more" button, you then have to scroll through the whole app description to get back to the changelog. But that's a minor thing.
Look for the new Play Store to push to you any time now.
Manchester United have announced a ban on usage of all large electronic devices, including tablets and laptops, at Old Trafford during home matches this season. The electronic devices are the latest items to join the list of prohibited items at the stadium, with the club stating that any device that exceeds dimensions of 150mm x 100mm will not be allowed into the venue.
Water resistance has been a key selling point for Sony smartphones for the past couple of years, and now the company is highlighting its phones' underwater credentials with a series of quirky new apps. Sony's underwater collection, available in the U.S. on Google Play, showcases ways in which the company's waterproof phones can detect when they're subjected to varying levels of water — from a light rain shower, to being fully submerged. To determine whether the phone is underwater, the apps can emit a high-frequency sound, then use the microphones to detect how that sound resonates, giving an indication of whether it's submerged.
Samsung hasn't been shy about launching gold versions of popular handsets over the past year, and it seems the mid-range, big-screened Galaxy Grand 2 is the latest Samsung phone to get a new, lustrous finish. The golden Galaxy Grand 2 has been sighted over on Samsung's Malaysian and Indian sites, where the phone is sold for the local equivalent of around $340.
T-Mobile has just announced a new Pay as You Go plan for users. This isn't a change to their monthly prepaid plans, instead this is for people who value pay-per-use, daily and weekly plans. The new plan has customers paying just $0.10 per minute or message as a flat rate.
Facebook had a pretty rough week. If you weren't paying attention, the Huffington Post used Facebook Messenger for Android as an example of an app with some crazy-scary permissions back in December of last year (that post has been updated, by the by) and it got picked up again and went viral across both the Internet as well as mainstream media. The sky was falling, and Facebook was painted as a company that didn't care about you, your privacy, or your data.
Of course, none of that is true. Facebook may not have the best privacy track-record, but they're not abusing Android permissions to steal your soul. Phil did an excellent job of explaining why those permissions were there, as well as spurring some talk about how things could be done better — both by application developers and Google themselves. In addition, Facebook has finally explained their permissions on their help pages.
NVIDIA has provided details about the new "Denver" Tegra K1, the first 64-bit chip designed for Android devices. The new chip, a sister to the current 32-bit Tegra K1, was designed for the highest single-core throughput possible, in a dual core ARMv8 package. Most interesting to Android fans, is the mention that NVIDIA is already at work developing Android L on the new hardware.
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