Android app

Google Play Store 4.3.10 update finally reaches devices

We reported just a few days ago that Google has started to push out an update to its Play Store Android app that brought in some usability changes. We've also provided a download link for those who were eager to try it out at once. For those who've been more cautious and have decided to hold out, the wait is now over as the 4.3.10 update finally hits devices.

Air Swiper app lets you control your device with a wave

Touchless control seems to be a fad these days, with both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the newly announced Motorola Moto X supporting some form of air gestures to access some functionality on the device. Whether it's to avoid greasy smudges or to have some stylish way of dismissing calls and messages, fans of the gesture-based system need not pine for new phones just to get this feature.

Active Notifications app brings Moto X Active Display features to Android 4.3

Motorola unveiled the Moto X earlier in the month and while the handset has a decent set of specs, much of the focus was on the user experience. Part of that experience is something called Active Display. This means the handset will be able to show incoming notifications for items such as SMS messages or emails without having to light up the full display. With that in mind, a new app called Active Notifications has recently entered the Play Store and it will bring similar features to other handsets.

Volkswagen SmileDrive app transforms your road trip into a game

Volkswagen has released an app for Android users. The app is called SmileDrive and it brings the promise of maximizing the fun of driving. Volkswagen describes this as being a social app that uses Google products and services along the way. In fact, you will be greeted with a Google+ sign-in (and powered by Google branding) at first launch.

IKEA Catalog app lets you try out furniture in your own house

Anyone who has had to go through buying new furniture knows how stressful it sometimes is to choose the right one. From checking that measurements are correct to making sure that it matches your other stuff, there are just so many things that could go wrong. IKEA wants to help make that process easier by allowing its customers to try out furniture from its catalog right in their own homes, virtually.

Tonido Home Cloud update uses Chromecast to stream from PC to TV

The hype around Google Chromecast has toned down a bit, giving way to a flood of news of smartphone announcements. But it hasn't completely died out, with word of new services supporting the Chromecast or a new, similar device sprouting up once in a while. Joining this fray is CodeLathe's Tonido, a personal cloud service that lets you stream media from your PC anywhere, and now to any TV via the Chromecast.