Google has announced overnight that they have acquired curated music service Songza. For those who don’t know, Songza’s service offers contextual expert-curated playlists, to give users the right music at the right time. Songza has its own music library, but it seems likely that by joining forces with Google, Songza will gain access to Play Music’s library as well. For now, though, Google and Songza have announced that there won’t be any immediate changes to the service, so existing users can continue to use the service as they have done previously. In the next few months, of course, they’ll explore[Read More...]
After the Docs update rolled out this morning, it appears Sheets is getting the same love from Google, with an update rolling out to Android devices bringing an L style makeover and Excel compatibility. With the introduction of Excel compatibility, the update removes the last piece of usefulness which Quick Office still had over Sheets. Like the Docs update, the Sheets update includes many new features as well as the Excel ability, including : Charts, the ability to create and edit Excel docs, the ability to see the difference between Excel and Sheets files, open locally stored files, ability to[Read More...]
After Google announced they would be removing the Quick Office application on Monday, there were a number of users who noted the lessened functionality of Docs compared to the Quick Office app. Notably the Word compatibility was missing, but todays update fixes that as well as bringing a few new features and a new look. According to Android Police, the Docs app will now let you create, as well as edit Word Docs, it also includes a differentiation in the file list between Word and native Docs files. Users can now open files from device storage instead of just Google[Read More...]
YouTube has been updated to show movies and TV shows purchased through Google Play Movies. A recent change by Google to YouTube has added the option to access your purchased Google Play video content in YouTube on Android or Chrome browser on the desktop/Chromebook. If you click on the Menu button in the YouTube app or within the Chrome browser it will bring up a list of your content including Purchases. You can also Add to Watch later, Add to Favourites, Create a New Playlist or Share. The list in my account doesn’t appear to be chronological and doesn’t appear to[Read More...]
When we previewed the Season 1 of The Walking Dead by Telltale Games, it was pretty clear early in the piece that the decision you make really influence the experience you have in the game. At a number of times you have the options for “Fight or Flight” and Season 2 is no different. The second episode follows on from the story you created for yourself in Season 1 (decisions made in Season 1 carry over into your character development in Seasons 2) so I can’t recommend enough that you play that first. I can’t speak for your decision making,[Read More...]
Time to party YouTubers, the long promised and highly anticipated app for controlling your YouTube channel has appeared on Google Play. It’s got easy access to what’s important for your channel; Analytics, the ability to reply to trolls comments as well as editing video information, descriptions and availability. The push notifications could potentially be an annoyance for people with busy channels but they’re easily customised too. Grab it from the link above and get into your YouTube channel more, perhaps you’ll become the next viral sensation. Is the YouTube app something you’ve been waiting for, or is it just another[Read More...]
When Google purchased Quick Office back in June 2012, it was a pretty big move and signalled Google’s intent to pursue the Office market. For a start they made the app free for Android and iOS users, as well as integrating the technology into ChromeOS for offline editing of MS Office files, and recently added MS Office editing to Drive. But it’s the end of the road for Quick Office on Android and iOS, with Google announcing the app will be removed from Google Play and the App store. Google announced the move on their Google Apps blog, saying that[Read More...]
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...]