Stop procrastinating with the IN 5 Browser replacement

With all their pluses, our Android devices have their downsides, as windows to the Internet they are a well into which you can sink an enormous amount of time and often emerge bleary eyed hours later after you pick your phone up to just check a Text/Email/Tweet. A new browser replacement from a Sydney based developer called In 5 is trying to change that behaviour by limiting your browsing time. The concept is simple, simply open any link you have in the In 5 browser and 5 minutes later you're reminded that you're supposed to be doing something else. The... Continue reading

Jawbone Up24 now supporting Android – International release coming soon

Jawbone has announced overnight that their Android App is now updated to work with the the Jawbone Up24. The Jawbone Up24 has been an iOS exclusive up until now as well has being limited in sales to the US, however this too looks like it may be about to change. The previous Jawbone was connected via the headphone jack but the Up24 connects via the more widely accepted Bluetooth standard and the Jawbone Up App in Google Play will now allow this with the Jawbone Up24. The Jawbone support Twitter Account also confirmed that an International release of the fitness... Continue reading

Instagram update promises to be sleeker and faster

After launching their Android app back in April, 2012, Android use has grown to cover more than half the install base for Instagram. Instagram is now supported on thousands of different Android devices and today they're announcing a new update, which though devoid of new features, promises to be 'faster and sleeker'. The app has undergone a spit-shine which will look more polished in the design and Instagram promises that it will feel 'native and at home on any Android device'. This new design update also means faster load times, with the promise that your profile screen will now... Continue reading

Woolworths Dreamworks Animation Heroes promotion scores itself an Android App

It's the weekend, you've probably been out shopping and at some stage been past a supermarket. If so, then invariably your kids have accosted you to spend in round $20 amounts to score one of the new Dreamworks Animation collector cards that are being given away for a limited time. This promotion is now backed up by an Android app with some neat features. If by some chance you have no idea what this is about, last year Woolworths ran a promotion that gave away a pack of 4 collector cards with Australian animals printed on them for every $20... Continue reading

Pebble App Store for Android now live with Apps, Watchfaces and more

After launching for iOS devices over a month ago, the brand new Pebble 2.0(.12) App for Android is now finally live in Google Play, bringing with it their App and Watchface store. The Pebble App store launched with some great apps for the Pebble, including FourSquare, Pebble Cam and more. There is six categories in the Pebble App store – Daily, Notifications, Fitness, Tools & Utilities, Remotes and Games - and there's a heap of functionality there, but at South by Southwest or SXSW as it's more commonly known, they've taken the opportunity to launch a few... Continue reading

Motorola’s Touchless Control and Migrate apps updated for certain devices

Part of the appeal of the new software on Motorola is the Touchless controls, and Motorola has just pushed out an update which brings some interesting new options to this feature. The new features are mainly around the talk to action mode, in which users ask 'what's up?' to have their notifications read to them. Although, if you're not quite wanting that term, you can use the more generic phrase 'read notifications' instead. The update also brings additional language support for English, Italian and Spanish to the Touchless App control, with additional languages being looked at for future releases. The... Continue reading

Twitch SDK means apps can broadcast their gameplay

After the massively successful run last week, whereby Twitch played Pokemon, Twitch is quite big news right now. They've just celebrated more than 10 million mobile installs of the Twitch app on Android and iOS devices and have just announced an SDK to allow mobile developers to include their games to the streaming platform. For those unfamiliar with Twitch, it's a community for gamers that allows them to stream games, chat about gaming or watch games in the process of being played. It's a massive service that's extremely popular and is included as a service on most consoles and... Continue reading

Google Text-to-Speech for Android receives huge update to version 3.0

If you've heard that voice giving you updates or reading out information in your Apps before, then Google has just released an update to their Text to Speech service for Android, adding some cool new features which users have been requesting. It's a service that most users don't think about that often, so what is the big fuss? Well first off, the app adds support for high quality voices, this means the voices provided will be updated from a relatively small 5-6MB worth of files to 200+MB. The update gives you the option in the default UK English setting to... Continue reading

Google Play Games app updated to V1.5 with new features

Google has updated their Google Play Games app adding a few new features to enhance the gaming experience on Android as well as engage with more gamers. The update, which was pushed through yesterday morning, brings the app to version 1.5.08. Feature wise Google Play Games will now allow you to see who is playing in other games as well as see invitations for multiplayer games and quickly search for 'something fun' to play in the Find Games section. This seems to be a fairly small update in terms of number of features, but the functions it brings is quite... Continue reading

Glitchr comes to Android – a retrofied way to edit your photos

Sick of the filters from all the photo sharing Apps around? Instagram, Schminstagram - try Glitchr, a new entrant to the photo editing/filtering marketplace, which is promising to bring back the old school look of the NES and Gameboy for those people who want a retro charm added to their photo's. Glitchr gives you the ability to add filters to your photos based on older style 'retro' tech, from Gameboy to VHS effects. At this stage they've included eight effects in total. It's quite easy to use and there are no In-App Purchases or advertisements at this stage and the... Continue reading

Humble Bundle Mobile 4 is live with 6 great games on offer

The Humble Bundle Mobile is back with version 4, and this time the games on offer are just as good as previous offerings. There's four games available for any price you want to pay, but six if you pay above the average - which at the moment sits at US$3.64. One quick note on the Humble Bundle sale is that they appear to have updated their background image from a Nexus 4 silhouette to a more up to date Nexus 5, guess we can tag that one as #NerdTrivia, but, onto the games. The games available for any price are... Continue reading

Adobe Revel is a photo sharing app with a difference

Adobe, the heavy-weight of photo and media management and manipulation, has released a new app for Android that gives users a semi-private space to share photos with family and friends, without having the concern of the public stumbling across those precious memories. Adobe Revel is a photo sharing platform with a little twist; it features user access control allowing you to share photos with a limited group. Better yet, members of that group can then add their own photos into shared collections making the service more of a collaborative photo sharing platform. This would make a great way to... Continue reading

Chrome Beta for Android adds Chromecast support

Recently we've seen a lot of movement in Chromecast, with a flurry of apps now spruiking support for the popular little media player/dongle following the public release of the Chromecast SDK just a month ago. The latest addition to apps offering Chromecast support is one of Google's own, with the Chrome Beta browser being updated with Chromecast support. Previously, casting webpages containing video was only possible from desktop environments, but now, no laptop or desktop is required. Watching a web video on your handset and wish you could watch it on... Continue reading