Android App Update

Google’s core Android app updates climb to 16

This could only be coincidence, however it appears as if Google is doing some prep work for the upcoming announcement and launch of Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Specifically, some public facing prep work. Reddit user JLishere has noticed that Google has been updating apps. Actually, updating quite a few of the core apps.

Instapaper update brings design refresh, additional sort options, more

It took some time before we saw Instapaper arrive in the Play Store. And when the app did finally arrive, it landed not only as a paid app, but as one with quite a bit of competition. That said, the app does have an audience and ever since Betaworks purchased Instapaper and updated the web and iOS versions -- we had been on the lookout for a similar Android update. Well, that time has come.

Hangouts for Android update adds contact status indicators

Hangouts for Android is getting an update and it looks like this time around Google will be adding a feature that many have been waiting and hoping to see. Diving right in, this update is adding status indicators for your contacts. Basically, users will now be able to see who is, and who isn't online at an given time by checking the color of the icon on their photo.

MyGlass companion app update brings Google Glass remote control

Google has recently updated the MyGlass companion app. While it would have been nicer to see an update that more users would be able to take advantage of -- this one does bring an interesting new feature. And if nothing else, it does give future Google Glass users something to look forward to seeing. This latest MyGlass update adds the ability to remotely control Google Glass using the app on your smartphone.

Chromecast support promised in future Pocket Casts app update

There are still issues with third-party apps releasing updates that add support for Chromecast streaming, but that doesn't mean those developers cannot begin talking about future updates. We have seen chatter from a few developers up until this point and it looks like one more has come forward with a similar promise. The latest is Shifty Jelly who offer the Pocket Casts app.

Action Launcher update brings a “wealth” of optimizations and improvements

Action Launcher has recently been updated and while this one may not be considered a huge update by everyone, it did provide some worthwhile new features, changes and improvements. To begin with, those using Action Launcher will now be able to hide the notification bar. This option is hidden away in the Labs section, which does mean it is still considered experimental.
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