Google app update adds more voice commands, ‘Ok, Google’ Offline

Google has not officially released the Google App v4.8 but a new APK was sighted. The app was updated last Friday but it seems the official version has not yet been posted on Google Play. A recent APK Teardown gives us an idea of the new features and and some updates including new icons, reminders shortcut, local maps, Google Cast, voice commands for brightness and volume, insecure network warning, and “OK, Google” offline.

BBM adds private messages to its new subscription service

Blackberry's BBM service has continued to be its "prime product" as they constantly update it with new features that would appeal to those who rely on messaging services to communicate with colleagues and loved ones. What differentiates them though is that they have subscription services for those who would like a little more than what the free messaging services offer. The latest one includes a new Private Chat feature that will "protect" you and your chatmate since there are no names involved.

ZTE releases budget smartphones on Cricket, AT&T

Chinese tech brand ZTE may not be as popular in the Western hemisphere, but it has definitely made its mark in its local market and in other emerging regions where budget devices are the "in" thing. Now they're set on making a name in the US market by releasing two of their newest smartphones on two separate networks: the ZTE Sonata 2 on Cricket, and the ZTE Maven on AT&T.

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.

Google Play’s Free App of the Week: Dr. Panda & Toto’s Treehouse

A couple of weeks ago, Google started offering Free App of the Week. The point of this promo is to get more people to download apps directly from the Google Play Store instead of going to Amazon Appstore or the Samsung Galaxy Store. Unfortunately, it's not easy to locate the free app offer on the Play Store so we'll just share it with you. For the first week, it was 'Daniel Tiger Grr-ific Feelings' offered for free when it's original price is $2.99. Last week, it was the Toca Hair Salon 2. For this week, it's Dr. Panda & Toto's Treehouse.

Be the vilain you’ve always wanted to be in Kill the Plumber

Have you ever wondered how those villains and obstacle felt like as they tried to stop Super Mario from rescuing the princess? Well, now you get to find out in this new platformer game that has flipped the script and made you the enemy instead of the hero. Kill the Plumber lets you become the villain, playing a variety of obstacles, all with the intention of trying to stop the main character from reaching whatever goal it is that has been set before him/her.

Race with your favorite Cartoon Network star in Formula Cartoon All-Stars

You can't really be that innovative or grounbreaking anymore when it comes to mobile racing games. But what you can do is make it as enjoyable as possible and put in many cool features that will make you stand out among the pack. It also wouldn't hurt if you had beloved cartoon characters as race car drivers right? This is the idea behind Formula Cartoon All-Stars from Cartoon Network, which lets your favorite "stars" take the wheel in this racing game.

Witness the magic of fairy potions in Fairy Mix match-three game

Any match-at-least-three puzzle you can find on Google Play Store can be easy to finish. The difficulty lies on different challenges presented, making each level more exciting than ever. Don't say Fairy Mix is an easy game because you need to mix and match those fairy potions to fight the evil witch. You are Jinny, the little sorceress who's been tasked to destroy the evil witchcraft.

IF introduces new recipes for Do, Android Battery Channel

IF, which was formerly known as IFTTT (If this then that, in case you didn't know) has helped us streamline some of our digital processes and actions. And having several Android apps to help us manage and implement the "recipes" and even create new ones has been highly convenient, especially for those who rely on digital means mostly to organize their lives. Some new recipes and a new look on Do and Do Camera, as well as a brand new Android Battery Channel are added bonuses for fans of this method of living.