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3 years ago

Google Drive is getting another update, bringing tools to manage your files better


Tools for power users are coming to Google Drive — are you using it yet?

The latest in a series of updates to Google Drive will bring user-facing tools to help manage and sort your files, according to +Google Drive. Rolling out "over the next few days" the update will feature like find and replace, inserting and managing tables, and named styles.

In addition, we'll be able to rename scans before upload, view your files in a two column layout on tablets, and sort by quota used for folks on a Google Apps account. 

Google is serious here. Pushing features from the desktop to the mobile version of Google Drive is a big deal for folks who want to be more productive with their Android phone or tablet. If you're a current user of Google Docs on the web for personal or business use, you'll find things are getting easier to manage while mobile. If you're not using Google Docs on the desktop, you now have a compelling reason to give it a try.

We imagine Google has more planned in this space. Bringing features like this to mobile — which is the area of technology that is expanding daily — will attract people away from other solutions that aren't as small-screen friendly. 

Keep an eye out for the update, and you can always check via the Google Play link above.

Source: +Google Drive

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3 years ago

Opera 18 is updated to Chromium 31 and brings a new tablet UI


A better tablet interface joins the features in the Opera browser, and a new blink engine should make the whole experience faster

Opera has updated their Android application today, and along with a bump to Chromium 31 for the internal browser engine brings an all-new tablet UI and a handful of bug fixes. The new tablet layout isn't just a scaled-up version of the phone app, the folks at Opera say they have tuned every element to take advantage of the larger screen size. Of course, things like off-road mode and the speed dial new tab page are still in place.

The full list of changes:

  • based on chromium 31
  • new UI for tablet devices
  • improvements in search engine list
  • new remote debugging feature (requires new permissions)
  • fixed issue with fullscreen video playback
  • fixed issue with HW back button on Discover
  • fixed issue with viewport size in new tab
  • fixed issue with keybord staying on screen
  • fixed issue with page reload when leaving text input in off-road pages
  • various stabilization and performance improvements

We know plenty of people are big fans of Opera and their business philosophy, and it looks like you'll have a great new version to use. You can grab it at the Google Play link above.

Source: Opera

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3 years ago

Google rolls Play Magazines and Currents into Play Newsstand


New destination for newspaper, magazine and online content on Google Play

Google has today taken the wraps off Google Play Newsstand, its new app for consuming newspaper and magazine content on mobile devices. Newsstand combines Play Magazines and Google Currents, and is available as an update to the former on the Play Store from today.

For the first time users can subscribe to newspapers as well as magazines, with launch titles including The New York Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Huffington Post. These join the range of magazines already available through the old Google Play Magazines app, as well as web-based content you may have subscribed to through Google Currents. The main "Read Now" section incorporates all this content into a scrolling card-based view, and you can view and manage individual subscriptions from the "My News" and "My Magazines" areas. It's also possible to save individual articles of interest and pin them to the "Bookmarks" section for quick access later on. And naturally, these are synchronized across all your devices.

So Newsstand is supposed to be your one-stop shop for written content on the web, whereas things were split between Currents and Play Magazines before. And the addition of leading newspapers to the mix is an important step for Google, to be sure.

Google says Play Newsstand will be available on devices in the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia as an update from Play Magazines in the next few days. Other countries can download it directly from Google Play. Check past the break for more screenshots and Google's introductory video.

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3 years ago

Xbox One SmartGlass app hits Google Play ahead of console release


Be ready for the next generation of Xbox

Three days ahead of the retail launch of the latest Xbox, Microsoft has released a new version of its companion Xbox SmartGlass app. Just as before, the Xbox One SmartGlass app provides a second screen experience on your phone or tablet for the Xbox One in your house, giving you access to useful information on the content you're watching, your friends list, game achievements and much more.

You can also use the app to navigate the console's interface with the touchscreen, and enter text with the on-screen keyboard, which can often be drastically faster than using a standard game controller. You can grab a download of the Xbox One SmartGlass app at the Play Store link above, and stare at it solemnly as you wait for your Xbox One to arrive on Friday.

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3 years ago

Twitter adding search improvements and filters in latest update


Filter results by category, media type and specific people

The latest version of Twitter is focused on helping you find information that matters with refinements to search. Now when opening up a search box and typing in a name, topic or hashtag you'll be given the option to view both "Top Tweets" and "All Tweets." You can also tap the settings-like button next to the search box to refine your search results to show just photos, videos, news and specific sets of people.

Search has always been an area that Twitter has needed work on, considering the crazy amount of data it needs to get through to get relevant information to you with just a keyword search. It looks like the latest version is moving towards making Twitter searches a bit more useful.

The new search features are already available in the latest Twitter Beta release, and are making their way to the wider masses through Google Play "soon" according to Twitter's blog post. You can check for the latest version at the Play Store link above.

Source: Twitter Blog

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3 years ago

Dropbox updated with new notifications feed, sharing and payment options


Dropbox adds useful additions to software everyone already loves

The Dropbox app has received a healthy little update this afternoon, adding a trio of small, but useful, features to everyone's (well, most everyone — you know who you are) favorite cloud storage service. A look at the change log is in order, and they were kind enough to include one.

  • New notifications feed for quick access to recent activity
  • Send photos and videos to contacts (adds contacts permission)
  • New payment options for Pro (adds camera permission)

You've still got that horrible iOS-styled icon that everyone seems to hate, but you also still have everything else you liked about Dropbox. After fiddling for a few minutes, the notifications feed gets 5-stars, the sharing of pictures to contacts gets 4-stars, and credit card scanning to pay for Dropbox Pro gets the highest marks i can give. Make it easy for people to pay for your services, and more people will pay for them.

You probably have the update waiting in your notification bar, as there is no trollout at play this time — everyone can has Dropbox today. If not, click the link up yonder to get hooked up.

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3 years ago

Uber adds PayPal payment processing, offering discount until Nov. 28


Receive $15 off your first ride when paying with PayPal

Black car and taxi service Uber has just updated its app to now accept PayPal in addition to Google Wallet. The PayPal payment option is available in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the U.S. at the moment, and gives you yet another way to pay for your car rides alongside Google Wallet and a traditional credit or debit card.

To encourage you to connect your PayPal account, Uber is also offering a one-time $15 discount on your first ride when paying with PayPal before November 28th — not a bad deal. You can download the latest version of the Uber app at the Play Store link above, and connect your PayPal account under "Payment" in the settings.

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3 years ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 3 is Android-only, offering 6 games for your charitable donation


More games to come next week for those who donate over the average

The third iteration of the Humble Mobile Bundle is now available and accepting donations for a group of six Android-only games. As is the case each time, the donation model lets you pay what you want for the games below, with some of the proceeds going to developers and the rest going to a pair of great charities.

  • rymdkapsel
  • SpellTower
  • Swordigo (new to Android)

In addition to the above four games, if you donate over the average (currently just $4.58) you'll also receive two more games. You'll also have access to any additional games that are added to the Mobile Bundle 3 next week, as is often the case.

  • Ridiculous Fishing (new to Android)
  • Kingdom Rush

Head to the source link below and donate what you feel is appropriate to receive four or six great Android games.

Source: Humble Bundle

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3 years ago

Newsblur Android app updated with new viewing options


Google Reader may be dead, but RSS is alive and well. And to that end, the Android app for Newsblur received a hefty update this week.

New in version 3.0 are a new story navigation pane and text view, and quick-and-easy forward and back buttons. Plus, you'll get a new logo, hidden comments, the ability to unsave stories, and the requisite bugfixes. 

Definitely worth a look if you're in search of a good RSS reader. 

More: Newsblur blog

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3 years ago

Google Play Music for iPhone reviewed


Google's music streaming service arrives on iOS looking familiar, but missing a couple of features

Google Play Music finally arrived on the iOS App Store late last week, giving iPhone owners the opportunity to access Google's library of streaming music on their devices. Over at our sister site iMore they've been putting Google Play Music for iPhone through its paces, and they've found it closely matches the Android version in terms of playback and basic functionality, as well as looks. From iMore's Richard Devine:

"If you're a user of any of Google's other iOS applications then you'll feel immediately at home with this. It's attractive to look at, and very distinctively Google. The white cards on light gray background is clean and crisp with the Google Play Music signature orange highlights adding just the right splash of color. It's basically a carbon copy of Google's own Android app, and it's so incredibly silky smooth to navigate around. The sliding motion of the menu coming out from the side, the player view minimising, general scrolling up-and-down and side-to-side is all without flaw. I actually think it performs slightly better than the Android version. But it isn't the only Google app that could be said of."

However it isn't all smooth sailing — there's no in-app purchase support, which means you can't buy content or subscribe to All Access from within the app. That's likely due to Google not wanting to share a cut of profits with Apple. So listening to your existing stuff is easy to do, but if you want to buy more you'll need to fire up the web interface.

Check out iMore's full review for the lowdown on Google Play Music for iPhone.

More: Google Play Music for iPhone review

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3 years ago

'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' served up for Android devices


Back at the Samsung Developers Conference in late October we had a chat with Loud Crow Interactive and got a sneak peek at its latest title. And now, "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" is available for Android — and it's more immersive than ever. 

You've got the dialog, music and sound effects from the original 1973 special. (Yes, that was before most of us here were born, too.) The book animation has been revamped and should entertain your young ones even more. And the book itself is narrated by Stephen Shea — otherwise known as Linus.

Check out our preview after the break. It might well be the best $5 you spend this Thanksgiving.

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Deezer, Anomaly 2, Network Signal Info and more!


A solid group of app picks to take a look at this week

It's another Saturday afternoon and that means another Apps of the Week column to read and enjoy. This weekly roundup takes an app from each of the writers here at Android Central and puts it on display, showing what's neat and interesting about it and why it stays on our devices week after week. It may not be the best-selling or well-known app out there, but if it works for us, we'll list it here.

So go ahead and take a break from reading that massive Nexus 5 review and find a few apps to relax with this weekend — you'll find a great list to choose from after the break.

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3 years ago

Update brings Chrome 31 to the stable track, adds printing for Android 4.4 KitKat


For those of you rocking the stable (ie not beta) version of the Chrome browser, be aware that an update is headed your way. Chrome 31 has been promoted to the stable track, and it brings forth the ability to print from a device running Android 4.4 KitKat (though it appears that's also in Chrome 30 on the Nexus 4 — but whatever), a better autofill/autocomplete experience, and the requisite stability and security enhancements.

And speaking of security, Google also announced it forked over (another) lump of money to Pinkie Pie after a couple more exploits were uncovered. Gotta love pwn2own.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

FCC releases speed test app to perform both active and passive mobile data tests


In-depth mobile data metrics to empower wireless consumers

The FCC has released its own open-source speed test app in the Play Store, giving any Android user access to mobile data speed information on their device. The main goal of the app, the FCC claims, is to empower wireless customers in the U.S. to know how well their smartphone's mobile network is performing. Just as you would expect, you can perform active data speed tests, which return download, upload, latency and packet loss information. You'll also get extra info such as signal strength, SIM operator code and network operator name.

Further, by default the FCC Speed Test app will also conduct passive tests and return anonymous speed test data to the agency for analysis. The app collects absolutely no personally identifiable information, is completely anonymous and has a privacy policy that discloses everything the app is capable of.

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3 years ago

Imo messenger adds 'People Near Me' feature


Popular messaging service Imo added a new feature today that helps friends meet up. The feature is called "People Near Me," and while the idea may not be new to the group messaging space its an important addition to a popular app. When you open the People Near Me page, you'll see other users with the app open to that page in a specific (although unknown) radius based on your GPS location.

The feature will show profiles of nearby friends, but also of nearby users that are not in your contacts list. Imo is positioning this more towards befriending people who you've met in person and just want to swap contact info, say at a concert or social event, but you could theoretically add friends and start chatting with complete strangers, if you both wish to do so. It's an interesting way to swap contact data considering the other options like using NFC, Bluetooth or something like Bump, but the end result should be about the same.

You can grab an update to Imo at the Play Store link above.

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