Author Archives: John Hoff


Google ending support for Android Developer Tools in Eclipse

It does look like Google is moving ever forward with Android, this time pointing app developers to its new Android Studio – released last year and has garnered the praise of a lot of developers who got on board. It was only a matter of time before older app development tools would have to be killed off, and that’s what’s happening to Android Developer Tools in Eclipse.

Valve updated the Steam app to Material Design spec, sort of

Let’s all be honest here, Valve is not going to win any design awards for the way they have designed the Steam Android app, or even the Steam program on your PC. A lot of people have not-so-nice things to say about the Steam apps, but hey, they do the job. We should be a bit happy to know that Valve has sort of updated the Steam app to reflect a UI close to (but not totally) Material Design.

Plex updated to v4.5, adds voice search using Google Voice

This is the second time this month that we’re getting a version upgrade for Plex. The upgrade to version 4.4 was exciting, bringing fixes for Plex interfacing with Android TV and the addition of channel support. Now we go to version 4.5, where you can now launch Plex from the device’s launcher using a voice prompt through Google Voice.

Cool new APIs out for Google Calendar, Google Maps

Google is pushing out some new APIs for app developers to play around with, this in relatively known and very much used app platforms like Google Calendar and Google Maps. The first API is for you to be able to attach files to Google Calendar entries, which sounds uber useful. The second one is for using Google Maps to present you with the perfect bike ride profile on an Android Wear platform, like a smartwatch.

Pokemon Jukebox is a niche music app seemingly hated by all

Pokemon is a franchise that will usually guarantee success, unless you do something really stupid with it. You may have guessed where this article is going, but allow us to state the facts. The Pokemon Company – partly-owned by Nintendo – very recently launched their first ever Android app in the form of a niche music app called Pokémon Jukebox. The idea is that with this app, you can listen to hundreds of tracks from Pokémon games. But why is there so much vitriol for this app?

Google rolls out free ad-supported version of Google Play Music

Google continues to push into the online streaming music space with its current vendor program-slash-offering Google Play Music. This competes directly with services like Spotify and Apple’s iTunes music store. To leverage itself, it has now created a free to use, free to download, ad-supported version of Google Play Music, much like how people use Spotify for free.
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