Apps

Play this: Halfbrick’s Fish out of Water

Play this: Halfbrick’s Fish out of Water

Australian developer Halfbrick (the studio behind Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride) has released an Android version of their 2013 iOS hit Fish out of Water. The game is free to download on Google Play and the Amazon App Store. The game is a slick mobile variant on some of those old Flash games you’d use to while away your lunch break like Pingu Throw, where you pick up and throw a hapless animal (in this case, a school of fish – one at a time, of course) and try to get the best distance to compare with your friends. Fish[Read More...]

by 11:14 AM on July 13, 2014 1 comment Apps
Wear Mini Launcher now available

Wear Mini Launcher now available

Are you looking for a better way to access the apps on your Android Wear device? Launching through Google Now is cool, but it’s a bit hit and miss, especially with voice commands. What if there was an app launcher, or slide in drawer? Wonder no more, because now that’s precisely what’s become available. Shown above, Wear Mini Launcher is itself an app that you launch via the standard process, but once it’s running, you can slide in from the top left side of your watch and access a quick app drawer. Like most apps on Android Wear, though, it[Read More...]

by 9:18 AM on July 13, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
Tinder for Android Wear? I guess it was bound to happen.

Tinder for Android Wear? I guess it was bound to happen.

It seems that few things sell (or are more popular) than sex, or the prospect of procuring it, and so it should be little surprise that Tinder is quite popular. The cross-platform dating / friend-finding app allows users to find matches (male or female) in the local area, which you can like or dislike with a simple swipe of your finger. Now, you can do it all from your watch! Why you would is another question entirely, but at least it shows that Android developers are on the ball. On Android Wear, you can now launch the Tinder app, swipe left[Read More...]

by 9:06 AM on July 13, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Apps, News
Google Play Games 2.0 hitting devices bringing new gamer profle and more – also, new developers tools

Google Play Games 2.0 hitting devices bringing new gamer profle and more – also, new developers tools

Google Play Games has been the focus of intense scrutiny of late, at the Game Developers Conference in March, Google announced cross platform gaming and gifts, and then at Google I/O last month, Google announced Saved Games, Game Profiles and Quests. We’ve seen some of these rollout but we’re seeing more today. The newest rollout which brings Google Play Games to version 2.0.1.1 brings a few new features which includes Experience Points(XP), Level and Gamer Title in a new Game profile. You also can now tap on your friends face to view their achievements and view all those newly introduced[Read More...]

by 5:10 AM on July 11, 2014 0 comments Apps, Google Services
Google updates Keyboard – moving Voice Input icon to the top out of the way

Google updates Keyboard – moving Voice Input icon to the top out of the way

Google has been steadily tweaking and refining their keyboard over the last few years, adding major functions like Gesture Typing some times, while other changes are relatively minor, such as todays update, which sees the Voice Input icon moved to the top of the keyboard out of the way. Version 3.1.19 of the Google Keyboard is rolling out to users now, but it may take a little while for the update to hit.

by 4:27 AM on July 11, 2014 1 comment Apps
Team 17’s classic Amiga platformer Superfrog comes to Android

Team 17’s classic Amiga platformer Superfrog comes to Android

British developer Team 17 has brought its high-definition remake of it 1993 platformer hit Superfrog HD to Google Play for Android, in what’s probably my news highlight of the day (and perhaps week). If you grew up with an Amiga computer in the 90’s (like me), you’re probably familiar with Team 17 and their stable of hits (like Alien Breed and Worms) and have already jumped to the bottom of the post and clicked through to the Play store. The company is responsible for some of the most beloved games of some people’s childhood (and maybe not just their childhood).[Read More...]

by 12:39 PM on July 10, 2014 4 comments Apps
Google adds ‘Insert from Drive’ to GMail for Android

Google adds ‘Insert from Drive’ to GMail for Android

It seems that we’re getting some updates today, with Google rolling out updates to a number of apps, including GMail, with Google adding ‘Insert from Drive’ to the list of options when attaching files to emails. The option to add a file from your Google Drive to an email is now found in the overflow menu on the right, with a popup window appearing so you can select which file you want to add. At this stage there aren’t any other new features popping up according to Android Police, but it’s a nifty piece of additional functionality. As usual, Android[Read More...]

by 4:52 AM on July 10, 2014 1 comment Apps
Update for Google Camera rolling out now adding remote shutter for Android Wear and more

Update for Google Camera rolling out now adding remote shutter for Android Wear and more

The Google Camera is getting an update at the moment, and with Android Wear the flavour of the month, there’s a new Android Wear component included – Remote Shutter. The update, which is arriving via a gradual rollout to Android devices, brings about the ability to activate the shutter remotely from your wrist. Simply set your phone or tablet with the Google Camera installed up and you can hit the shutter when you’re ready to go. A three second timer is initiated when you tap it, and when the photo is taken a preview is shown on your watch face.[Read More...]

by 4:11 AM on July 10, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps, News
Stick Sports updates Stick Soccer with Google Play Games functionality and more

Stick Sports updates Stick Soccer with Google Play Games functionality and more

Stick Soccer is less than a month old, but there’s a fairly substantial update rolling out to the new game, bringing with it some features promised when the game first launched. The biggest change included in the update is the introduction of Google+ login at the start, which also brings with it Google Play Games leaderboards and achievements, so you can interact with all your Google+ friends. The system ‘Back’ button now functions within the game, which was a big sticking point when we first looked at Stick Soccer when it was released, but that now works well. The game[Read More...]

by 2:49 AM on July 10, 2014 0 comments Apps
Control your phone’s volume from your Android Wear watch

Control your phone’s volume from your Android Wear watch

Wishing you could control your mobiles volume without the need to get it out of your bag or pocket? Well, a developer named Kirill Rakhman has come up with an app that can control your mobile’s volume control simply with an app called ‘Wear Volume’ through your new smartwatch. The App, which is pretty basic in design and set up process, is available for free on Google Play and the apps developer has stated that to use the app on your Android Wear smartwatch, all you need to do is to by tapping the screen or saying “Ok Google”. Swipe[Read More...]

by 7:59 PM on July 9, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps
Google voice searches can now be corrected after a failed attempt

Google voice searches can now be corrected after a failed attempt

Searching Google by voice has been hit and miss for a lot of people and with voice search now the focal point on Android Wear it makes sense that there are steps in place to improve it. According to 9to5Google, if you attempt a search such as ‘find me the nearest bars’, Google could get anything wrong in that search, but you could end up with ‘find me the nearest cars’. A simple voice command of ‘No, I said bars’ will resubmit the search with the one word changed. This looks to be an extension of their conversational search that[Read More...]

by 4:35 PM on July 9, 2014 2 comments Apps, Google Services
Mezzmo DLNA/UPnP server adds Chromecast support to their Android app

Mezzmo DLNA/UPnP server adds Chromecast support to their Android app

The introduction of Chromecast to Australia primarily saw us concentrate on the obvious ‘Big’ names, like Foxtel, ABC, Quickflix and of course the other on-demand options available on Android. While that’s all well and good, there is a lot of media out there which is stored on our PC’s which you may want to ‘cast’ to your TV, and Australian company Conceiva can help you with their UPnP and DLNA streaming software Mezzmo. Mezzmo works by running a server on your Windows Server, PC or Laptop. It transcodes your videos, music and photos stored on your system on-the-fly to your[Read More...]

by 3:59 PM on July 7, 2014 14 comments Apps, Chromecast
Want to tweet from your wrist? Android Wear can (now) do that

Want to tweet from your wrist? Android Wear can (now) do that

Perhaps custom watch faces aren’t really your thing. Perhaps you’d like to regale your Twitter followers with nothing more than a voice command to your wrist? Well, wait no(t much) longer; while Twitter is yet to port their app to the Android Wear platform, a third party developer has released an app called Bunting to meet your needs. Bunting works fairly simply; install the app on your phone, and sign in to your desired Twitter account. Once you’re in, you can use a simple ‘Ok Google’ command to send your tweet. Check it out in the video below: I’m sure it[Read More...]

by 5:44 PM on July 6, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Apps