Google opens Chromecast SDK up to all developers

Good news this morning if you own a Chromecast, with Google finally opening up the SDK to all developers. This release will finally enable all developers to build Chromecast support for the dongle into their Android iOS and Chrome Apps. While, 10 developers got access to the SDK in early December allowing them to release updates for their Apps, there is still a need for more Apps to increase the popularity of the device. There's also a need to extend availability of the actual hardware, with sales still restricted to the US Google Play store, as well as... Continue reading

Network Ten launch their own Sochi 2014 app for Android and iOS devices

Network Ten have launched their own official Sochi 2014 App, which seems to be taking on Samsung's own app called Samsung WOW (Wireless Olympic Works). Network Ten Chief Digital Officer, Rebekah Horne has stated that: "Our strategy is to bring Network Ten’s content to people anywhere, any time and on any device, and the XXII Olympic Winter Games is no exception." Continuing on, Horne said: “Through our digital platforms, we will be able to offer Australians a viewing and engagement experience like no other. Users will be able to access exclusive and engaging content and watch live coverage on the go, never... Continue reading

Gong Hei Fat Choi; Happy Chinese New Year

A warm happy Chinese new year to all! As we now enter the year of the horse, Google seems to be getting in on the spirit of the lunar new year with a couple of specials on the Google Play Store. Admittedly, some of these offers are a little corny, but some of them may be quite useful. Included in the mix are: Heroes of Order & Chaos Learn Chinese Mandarin English Chinese Dictionary Check out the full collection (there's only six titles) on the Play Store, but importantly, may the new year be prosperous for all.   Continue reading

Google Play Books updated; allows PDF uploads from Android devices

Google's online book service, Google Play Books, has been updated today to allow users of the service to upload their own PDF books to the Google cloud, allowing those books to be accessed on any compatible device. Back in December, Google originally rolled out this feature which allows users to upload EPUB and PDF documents directly from their Android devices, without needing a computer in between. However, just a week later, the PDF ability was removed, leaving only the EPUB format as a direct-from-device option. It seems that at the time, the PDF support was experimental only, and shouldn't have been... Continue reading

Android Device Manager updated with Password prompt

Android Device Manager the Google device security App designed to help you find or wipe a lost Android device has been updated over night to add a new feature which has been a little bit lacking since its introduction - security within the App. Previously when loading Android Device Manager there was very little in the way of security when loading the App, meaning that anyone in possession of your Android Device could track, remotely call or wipe any of the devices associated with your account. But now a new feature adds a password prompt at the launch of the... Continue reading

Google convinces Samsung to drop own App suite and tweaks to Android

The Touchwiz or Nature UX designed software on Samsung's line of devices has been getting demonstrably worse as years go by, departing from the look and feel of stock Android by a large margin and the latest Magazine UX release on the Note and Tab Pro line launched at CES seems to have started talks between Google and Samsung which may lead to the brokering of a deal which will see Samsung to drop its own suite of competing Apps and tweaks to Android, at least according to a report from Re/Code. While the companies have declined to comment, sources... Continue reading

Blackberry looking to bring BBM to Android Gingerbread users in February

Late last year Blackberry brought BBM for Android, albeit late, to devices running Android 4.0 and later, but with around 20% of Android users still running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) left out of the party, Blackberry has decided to let them in as well. Blackberry have announced via their blog that they will be bringing BBM to Android devices running Gingerbread versions 2.3.3 upwards from February, although no date - just like the hugely delayed initial launch of BBM on Android and iOS - was specifically given. The company also announced that they will be moving to an external beta... Continue reading

Developers can now bring Chrome apps to Android, easily

Google has been hard at work on a not-very-secret project which would allow developers of Chrome apps (you know, the ones for Chrome OS and in the Chrome browser on other platforms) to readily bring their apps across to mobile platforms like Android and iOS. This new developer tool, based on Apache Cordova, allows developers to do just this. Google has released the new toolset today, albeit in the form of an early developer preview, which means that developers can get started to bring their apps across and submit them to either the Google Play Store or the Apple... Continue reading

Twitter app update for Android brings new photo sharing features and more

Twitter have released a new version of their Android app which includes new features for photo editing, tagging friends, and showing content on refreshing your stream. The new photo editing features are probably the most useful, including options to crop your photos easily to a Square, Wide or Original size. These aren't too exciting, but none the less, they're a bit of an improvement. Twitter have also added a feature that will remind you to tag (@reply) your friends when posting photos, but it seems that this feature is a bit hit and miss; we haven't (as yet) been able... Continue reading

LG launches SDK to allow developers to build QSlide Apps

Since the first time we saw LG's QSlide Apps sitting in the notification panel, we've lamented the limited supply of apps which LG has that support the option to float translucently over the other Apps running on your LG device, while they've added to their library of QSlide Apps, they've finally decided to open an SDK to allow developers the option of making their Apps QSlide compatible. QSlide first appeared for us here in Australia on the Optimus G, where LG included 5 Apps - Video, Internet (a browser), Memo, Calendar and Calculator - which would float over whatever App... Continue reading

Stack Exchange brings an app to Android, and it’s beautiful

Popular repository of knowledge Stack Exchange has released an Android application which allows users to access the question-and-answer site on the go. Stack Exchange runs a number of different sites around different subject areas, including PHP, Android, various other programming topics, operating systems and more. Users post questions, and receive answers, but the real benefit is to users of Google finding answers to common questions without even having to post them. With the advent of a mobile application, users will be able to access this information on the go in a much more intuitive interface than accessing the website... Continue reading

Viber update hits the Play Store with contact list integration and more

If you're a user of Viber, the fairly popular cross-platform VOIP and messaging service, then you'll probably be fairly happy to see the Android app has been updated to version 4.2 with a host of new and fairly useful features. In particular, Viber has rolled out the following: Block any number or contact from calling you Send up to 10 photos at a time, instead of one Message or call via Viber directly from your Android contact list (no need to go hunting in the app) Customise your notification sounds New media gallery within conversation view Of course, there's the obligatory "improvements and fixes" as well,... Continue reading

Australia Day Deals on the Play Store

Australia Day is just around the corner, and to help celebrate our national day, Google have put a selection of Australian movies, games, music and apps on sale. There's quite a few choices listed, so we won't list them all out for you, but included are: Australian movies (or, at least, movies with some Australians in them) like Eyes Wide Shut, Two Hands and Looking for Alibrandi Games including Despicable Me, Littlest Pet Shop, and many, many more. Books from Australian authors Rachel Johns, Peter FitzSimmons and more. Take a look through the books, music, movies and apps on sale... Continue reading