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Google toying with Try Before You Buy Android app trials

Google toying with Try Before You Buy Android app trials

Google is apparently looking at a new way to try out apps in Google Play, with a new report from paywalled site The Information stating that Google is looking at allowing customers to try out features without having to commit to downloading a full app. With Android One now enticing the ‘next 5 billion’, Google is looking at new ways for customers who don’t have access to as much disposable income as other customers, to try out new apps. This could also save data for people who want to try a game but don’t want to waste valuable mobile data[Read More...]

by 8:09 AM on October 9, 2014 1 comment Apps, Google Play, Google Services
Three more Android apps now available officially on ChromeOS

Three more Android apps now available officially on ChromeOS

After announcing that Android Apps would be coming to ChromeOS back at Google I/O, it took a while but finally arrived last month with Vine, Evernote, DuoLino and SightWords. Of course unofficially, there’s been many more, but Google has today released three more including Onefootball, CloudMagic and Podcast Addict. These newest Android apps use the official Android Runtime for Chrome plugin which was launched with the previous Android launch. You will need to download the Android Runtime for Chrome before installing these apps. So, what do these apps do? OneFootball is a Football App in the truest sense, offering up[Read More...]

by 6:30 AM on October 9, 2014 0 comments Apps, ChromeOS
Backdrop for Chromecast goes live with your  favorite photo albums from Google+

Backdrop for Chromecast goes live with your favorite photo albums from Google+

Back at Google I/O, Google announced new functionality coming to Chromecast that would embellish the current crop of beautiful imagery that’s displayed as a screensaver when your Chromecast isn’t ‘casting’. Called Backdrop it promised to allow you to add a range of new sources to show, this morning, Google has announced the feature is live. There’s a few new places to get your source from including : Your favorite photo albums from Google+ Amazing artwork from galleries and museums around the world via the Google Cultural Institute Satellite imagery of some of the hardest-to-reach places on Earth from Google Maps[Read More...]

by 6:17 AM on October 9, 2014 4 comments Apps, Chromecast
Humble Mobile Bundle 9 goes live with 6 great games

Humble Mobile Bundle 9 goes live with 6 great games

The Humble Mobile Bundle 9 has gone live this morning and it’s brought six games to the table which are sure to pique your interest. There’s some top notch titles included for whichever price you want to pay, including Syberia, Neroshima Hex, Bardbarian: Golden Axe Edition. If you want to pay above the average, which stands at US$2.87 at the moment you can snag Leo’s Fortune, Out There and First Strike with the promise of ‘More games coming soon!’ There’s also a bonus deal if you sign up for the Humble Bundle Mobile Newsletter, if you agree to be added[Read More...]

by 6:03 AM on October 9, 2014 1 comment Apps
Facebook working on an app that won’t require you to use your real name

Facebook working on an app that won’t require you to use your real name

Reports have surfaced overnight from the New York Times, that Facebook is preparing to launch a new standalone app that will allow you to interact with others by not using your real name. Unnamed sources cited by the New York Times, claims that Facebook has been working on this project for close to a year. The project is being led by Josh Miller, a product manager at Facebook who joined the company when it acquired Branch, a start-up which focused on products that fostered small, online discussion groups. According to these unnamed sources, Miller and the rest of his team[Read More...]

by 1:04 PM on October 8, 2014 3 comments Apps
Google updates Android Wear companion app ahead of Android Wear feature update

Google updates Android Wear companion app ahead of Android Wear feature update

Google announced support for GPS and on-device music playback paired with Bluetooth headset compatibility and downloadable watchfaces last month. Google today started pushing out an update to their companion app this morning which looks to be paving the way for the update. With the big Android Wear update rumoured to begin hitting Android Wear devices in the middle of this month, so rolling out the update now allows for some time to iron out any bugs. Android Police have done an initial look into the new app, which from an initial look appears to support the idea that the update[Read More...]

by 12:05 PM on October 8, 2014 2 comments Android Wear, Apps
Samsung’s power sharing cable launches for $19.99

Samsung’s power sharing cable launches for $19.99

We’ve all been caught short before — there’s nothing worse than being on the go with a flat gadget, and it’s made all the worse if you’ve got something else nearby that’s got full battery, but you can’t share it. Right? Wrong. Samsung wants you to be able to charge your devices from its mobile and tablet devices, and has released a new micro-USB ‘Power Sharing Cable’ for just $US 19.99. Using the cable, and the companion Power Sharing app (available on Google Play or via Samsung Apps), users can specify how much of their device charge they’re prepared to[Read More...]

by 6:37 AM on October 6, 2014 6 comments Apps, Manufacturer, News
Google Play Music device deauthorisation policy appears to have been changed again – Deauthorise all the things!

Google Play Music device deauthorisation policy appears to have been changed again – Deauthorise all the things!

Early in August, Google upset the mob by changing their deauthorisation policy so that users could remove only a maximum of four devices a year. This caused a fair bit of discussion, but it appears that Google has quietly removed the four devices per year limitation – at least in their mobile apps. Testing of the deauthorisation policy found that you can still only remove four devices on the web interface for Google Music, but once you hit that limit, you can still deauthorise devices from within the mobile app on Android. The Google Play Support page for Google Music[Read More...]

by 2:43 PM on October 5, 2014 0 comments Apps, Google Play
Everything Android at the 2014 EB Expo

Everything Android at the 2014 EB Expo

The 2014 EB Expo is here, running from today until Sunday October 5 at the Sydney Showgrounds. Unsurprisingly, as we found last year, the show is heavily skewed towards the major consoles, but with area set up for independent games developers to showcase their wares. Sony Remote Play First of all, I checked out the Sony stand and found them promoting their new Xperia Z3 range with its PlayStation 4 Remote Play capability. This involves attaching your phone or tablet to a PlayStation-like controller which then streams your gameplay from the console and uses your phone as a screen, streaming[Read More...]

by 3:42 PM on October 3, 2014 1 comment Apps, Events
Google Play Newsstand gets Material Design based update

Google Play Newsstand gets Material Design based update

Google Play Newsstand took over from Google Play Magazines in November last year, and since then there’s been a few minor updates, but nothing terribly huge. Today Google has announced that the app will be getting an update to Material Design, preparing the way for the launch of Android L. According to the Android Blog, the Material Design based update gives Google Play Newsstand ‘bigger images, more contextual headers and smoother transitions’. A better experience on phones is also promised, with a list of available articles that include an easy to see picture on the right. Google has added topic[Read More...]

by 7:50 AM on October 3, 2014 2 comments Apps
Humble Bundle Mobile 8 adds three more titles adding more great value

Humble Bundle Mobile 8 adds three more titles adding more great value

Humble Bundle folks are determined to bleed your wallet this week, offering the Humble Bundle PC and Android 11, as well as the Humble Bundle Mobile 8 at the same time. There’s great value in both bundles and as of this morning, there’s even more value in the Humble Mobile Bundle 8, with three new titles added to the list. This morning sees Mikey Hooks, Zombie Gunship and the original EPOCH added to the list. EPOCH is especially topical, seeing as the sequel EPOCH.2 is available as part of the bundle if you’re willing to part with more than $5[Read More...]

by 7:53 AM on October 2, 2014 0 comments Apps
Authy: Centralised 2 Step Verification for Google Authenticator-compatible services

Authy: Centralised 2 Step Verification for Google Authenticator-compatible services

2 Step Verification is becoming more and more important in an online world that’s filled with people trying to get their hands on your data. Whether it’s your Evernote, Google or Facebook account or something more precious like your banking details, if you haven’t already done so, get onto any and every site you use that supports 2 Step Verification and enable it! At this point in time, it’s probably the best option there is available to protecting your data. Check out our HowTo for activating 2 Step Verification for your Google Account When you enable 2 Step Verification on[Read More...]

by 5:49 PM on October 1, 2014 1 comment Apps, News
Humble Bundle PC and Android 11 adds three more titles to the list

Humble Bundle PC and Android 11 adds three more titles to the list

After kicking off the Humble Bundle PC and Android 11 deal a little over a week ago, the folks over at the Humble Bundle have chipped in a little extra. The bundle has been updated, and is now offering three new titles, making it just under $1 per title if you want to grab everything. The three new titles are available if you pay more than the average price which has risen to US$6.27, with Quest of Dungeons, Don’t Move and Space Chem joining the pack. The Humble Bundle PC and Android 11 offers you the option to pay anything[Read More...]

by 11:44 AM on October 1, 2014 0 comments Apps