The Android L Preview is a pretty exciting development, for the first time, we’re getting a look behind the curtain at what Google is cooking up for the L release of Android before it’s officially ready. With a massive developer community, it was only a matter of time before that release was rooted, and the apps, wallpapers, ringtones, fonts and boot animation from the Android L Preview were pulled and released for anyone running KitKat/JellyBean to flash to their device. There’s all the apps you want (Chrome and Google Earth are not quite ready, with both force closing), including the[Read More...]
One of the major announcements at Google I/O was Chrome OS devices being able to run Android apps. During the video demonstration Sundar Pichai showed Evernote, Flipboard, and Vine running on a Chromebook. It’s not yet known how Google is doing this and whether the app is actually installed on the device, if it’s being mirrored, or if there is something else going on. One thing for sure, it’s exiting news for all you Chromebook owners out there. Many of you who saw the demo probably started thinking about using your favourite Android apps on your Chromebook. Unfortunately, Google has said they won’t be[Read More...]
Google has released an update to the Google Maps app with Android Wear compatibility specifically called-out in the changelog. Demonstrated during Google’s I/O Keynote on Thursday morning, Android Wear devices can integrate with Google Maps to perform searches and navigation. The updated version is of the app is v8.1.1. Google I/O attendees will have already picked up their Android Wear devices, so this release is really aimed at them while the rest of us will be waiting until early July for our watches to be delivered.
If you haven’t explored Amazon‘s App Store, you might like to try it out this weekend, with a number of paid apps going free for a two-day sale on Friday – whoops – and Saturday. Here’s the full list of apps — with some personal recommendations highlighted: Card Wars – Adventure Time Plex Ravensword: Shadowlands Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Notepad+ The Room Two (Kindle Tablet Edition) Travel Interpreter Dr. Panda’s Bus Driver AccuWeather Platinum Root Explorer Jump Desktop (RDP & VNC) Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek League of Heroes Premium Pho.to Lab PRO PUZZINGO Puzzles (Pro Edition) 2Do: Todo[Read More...]
Live in the Newcastle/Hunter region & are a good driver? Then S Drive from Samsung wants to reward you.
Samsung Electronics Australia have launched a new initiative in the Newcastle/Hunter region of NSW, aimed at rewarding careful drivers who do the right thing. The initiative called S Drive, is aimed at rewarding compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone devices who live in the Newcastle/Hunter region and Hold a P2 driver’s licence or above and are over the age 18 years of age who have an impeccable clean driving record or are at least a good driver obeying the local road rules of NSW of course, with rewards ranging from Music Subscriptions (via Samsung’s own Music Hub) and Movie Rentals to Fuel[Read More...]
When Facebook announced their latest venture into messaging, called Slingshot, last week, it was unfortunately limited to the US. If you held off from trying the service out till it went live, you can now install it from Google Play in Australia. Slingshot links you to friends using phone numbers or Facebook connections. Once you have some friends lined up, you can start ‘slinging’ messages to them. When you send a ‘Sling’ (a short video or a picture) whoever sends it back to you will need to send one back in response before they can view your original message. Videos[Read More...]
Google is looking to provide and enhance its backend common game features to developers who wish to make more compelling games for users. It is looking to provide a similar and cohesive score or competition experience to what Apple users currently have with Game Center. Developers are being encouraged to develop and integrate these common games features which it will help sure up and solidify its backend operations and provide a more more compelling games apps for users to enjoy together with their friends and family. According to Android Police, Google is looking to add new features to Play Games[Read More...]
The intuitive 3rd party launcher, Aviate has now exited beta and had a rename. It was in beta for quite some time, and while in the testing stages was bought by Yahoo, it has now been renamed to Yahoo Aviate in order to reflect the acquisition. That isn’t the only thing new to the launcher, the UI has been revamped. Aviate is essentially Google Now in a launcher. Its UI is similar (as it was made by ex-Googlers) and it’s key selling point is that is intuitive, as it changes throughout the day based on location, time of day and what[Read More...]
Popular finance tracker app, BillGuard, is now available in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Most Australian major banks and credit card providers are supported to use alongside it’s simple, yet powerful features to help you keep track of your spending and the app is available in Android or iOS. BillGuard remains free to use in the above mentioned countries as it is in the US. BillGuard previously charged a subscription fee for multiple card tracking, but now it’s totally free and totally unlimited. The main feature of BillGuard is to link all your bank accounts on a read-only basis to[Read More...]
Ready Contact List is a contact list/dialler replacement app that is currently in Beta but is showing some great promise. There’s facets of it’s presentation when searching for a contact that are similar to searching an iPod using the old school jog wheel, for the music you’re wanting to listen to. With some really great development on other ideas of how a contact list and individual contacts can be useful. So far in my relatively time limited testing, I’m yet to find a major downside to this contact app. There’s no noticeable degradation in performance which I’ve found with other[Read More...]
We’re pretty big fans of the Stick Sports library of games. We’ve so far seen Stick Cricket and Stick Tennis, and now the London/Sydney based development house has released Stick Soccer into Google Play for you to enjoy during the World Cup. Surprisingly, Stick Sports chose to release Stick Soccer to Android before launching on iOS, which is a welcome change in the grand scheme of things. Stick Soccer is a freemium based titles, with the Play Store entry advertising ‘Offers in-app purchases’ on the entry, but don’t let that stop you from checking the game out. From the moment[Read More...]
Suncorp Bank has today announced a nifty new update to their mobile banking apps. The update, which Suncorp is calling QuickShare is being made available on both Android as well as their iOS apps, offers Suncorp Bank customers the option to pay their friends by easily sharing their account information. Along with one off sharing of your banking details, QuickShare offers Suncorp Bank customers the option to setup a QuickShare contact to send details to regularly if they wish. Sharing your details by QuickShare can be in the form of an SMS or a QR Code, which shares your Name,[Read More...]