If you take a gander in Google Play and look for SMS replacement applications, you'll find a ton of them. For real, I weighed them. OK, not really, but there are a lot of them. The best part? Many of them are really, really good and you'll probably want to try them out. Android's pretty cool about changing core applications, and thankfully most times it is easy to do.
Google announced today that it has some big savings in store for those of you shopping around the with your favorite retailer apps from the Google Play Store. If you choose "Buy With Google" at checkout you can snag some great deals from several different participating retailers.
Update: It looks like the Motorola Gallery app has gotten some Material love as well. Article is updated accordingly.
Motorola's Camera and Gallery apps for its Moto X, Moto G, and Droid devices snagged an update today. While the Camera update is rather minor, it did nab a couple of new features including new 3-second and 10-second options for the timer, and the double wrist flick gesture now also handles switching between the front and back cameras. On the Gallery side of things, nothing has really changed other than a fresh coat of Material, but it does look very nice.
Google announced today that Chrome OS has gotten a new update on its stable channel, bringing with it a few notable changes. If you're on a Chrome OS device, you can now enjoy Chromecast support for media files stored on Google Drive, along with the added ability to display apps installed on Google Drive in the Chrome OS Launcher.
Looking to heat up the integration with YouTube's new subscription service, Music Key, Google has dropped an interesting little feature for All Access subscribers into the Google Play Music app. Now, when browsing for music or playing a song, the app will show if there is a music video related to your selection.
There's room to improve with Play Music on Wear, but at least it's finally here
One of the primary reasons for me to get a smartwatch was for music. Not to listen from it, per se, but to control music from it. Being able to leave the phone inside while I walk my laps is still a somewhat tantalizing idea, and sometimes necessary, as workout clothes (or any other kind of clothes for that matter) for ladies like me often don't have the luxury of sizable pockets. So, with the recent updates to Play Music and Android Wear bringing this welcome change, let's see about getting these jams from our phones to our wrists — and why it doesn't work as well as we would've hoped.
Electronic Arts' next game in its long running Need for Speed series is coming to the Google Play Store. Need for Speed No Limits is a mobile-exclusive racing game that was announced today with a trailer that combined gameplay footage with video featuring noted professional rally racer Ken Block.
Pebble has announced today that its smartwatch and related apps are receiving a pretty massive update. For Android, the update comes on two fronts in the form of a completely revamped app, as well as new firmware for the device that brings support for a staggering number of new languages.
Jaunt has released a new virtual reality app for use with Google Cardboard that places you front and center in the middle of Sir Paul McCartney's Live and Let Die concert. The app requires Google Cardboard and a recent 5- to 6-inch smartphone. Looking through Cardboard, you'll be immersed into the concert with a panoramic 360-degree view and "stereo 3D and immersive audio" as you tilt and move your head around, seeing McCartney, the stage, and fellow audience members.
Kingdom Rush: Origins, the latest installment in the Kingdom Rush series of games, is now available on Android. The tower defense game adds new locations, new troops, and of course, new towers. As the name suggests, Origins takes place before the events of the first two games.
Twitter is on a never ending quest to improve its messaging features, and today provides even more evidence of that. The micro-blogging service announced today via its blog that users will now be able to share tweets privately through direct messages.
After having acquired Divide, a company that helps users manage their work-life balance by creating containers for enterprise and personal content on Android phones, Google is now launching the Divide Productivity Preview on the Play store. The suite is at this time invite-only and integrates well with Android Lollipop thanks to a clean Material Design interface. The Design Productivity Preview could only be used at this time with the Android IT Preview Program, according to Google.
Owners of smart televisions with Android TV can now download a version of Google's Search app made especially for the operating system. The app allows users to search for content using their voice, among other features.
Two phones with shared DNA definitely show their differences on the outside
It's no secret that the Motorola Droid Turbo and Moto X were cut from the same cloth, but they definitely have different exterior features to them. The Moto X is smaller, sleeker and a bit more unassuming, while it's tough to not get attention drawn to you when you put the Droid Turbo on a table in any room of people. Rough dimensions, button placements and camera setups tip off that these share similar internal structures, but there's a lot to gander at here when you set the Droid Turbo and Moto X together.
It looks like advertising isn't the only way way to fund your favorite sites anymore. Google announced a new program called "Contributor" today that allows people to contribute money to participating websites via a monthly subscription to get rid of ads.
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