Android

Action Launcher 3 launches with new Quicktheme feature

As promised, or forewarned, Chris Lacy's Action Launcher 3 has just been pushed to Google Play Store. Claimed to be more than just a simple "Action Launcher 2 with Material Design", this version is said to be a complete re-write and re-design, but still with the core features that have drawn users to it. It is, however, not without controversy, especially surrounding the new and perhaps slightly confusing pricing scheme that have also drawn a bit of ire against the developer.

Microsoft releases new apps for Android

Microsoft has just released a slew of new apps for Android: MSN Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, News, Weather, Sports, and Money. Looks like the Redmond developers have been busy working on apps for a different platform it’s actually confusing. Not that there’s a law against who can and can’t make apps for Android but sometimes you’ll wonder why. But then again, Microsoft could just be very generous and kind that it’s bringing important programs to the mobile platform.

Crowdfunding site IndieGogo now has an Android app

Crowdfunding over the years has become a truly valid source of investment for products, music, movies, etc that normally might have a hard time seeing the light of day. IndieGoGo has been one of those websites at the forefront of this kind of service, and now, they have an Android app, all the better to follow your favorite projects and discover new ones as well.

YouTube app updated with Material Design and Offline feature

Search and watch videos on YouTube now with a new feel and whenever you want. Google has updated the YouTube app which allows you to watch videos offline where there is little to no internet connection and has also worked in the new Material Design. The offline feature is only available in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines as for now. Google is working on updating their other apps as well to fit into the new Material design. Material Design sounds fancy, and it is. It's Android's new facelift with solid vivid colors, shadow textures, more animations, and more things that suggest new look and depth. With the new YouTube update, you can now search videos with filters like you do on the desktop version like: duration, HD, or closed caption. The offline feature only applies to certain videos, but much of those videos are popular YouTube content in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. A new “offline” icon would appear on the video, where you would tap that to view for later when you don't have connection. The video is saved to watch later for up to 48 hours. You can now plan ahead of time when you know there's low/no internet connection in certain places.
YouTube is changing - and the change is good. Android users must be excited as they have been rolling out the latest Android Lollipop, new Material Design, and now new user interface Google apps. Alongside India, Indonesia, and the Philippines have been the first ones to experience the new offline feature. As stated by Google, the offline feature is just a start. What's in store for us in the future? What would make YouTube “that much better”? [gallery ids="205680,205681,205682,205683"] SOURCE: Google DOWNLOAD: Play Store [timeline]

Google Fit update adds 100 more activities for tracking

As 2014 is about to draw to a close, one inescapable fact is that this was the year when the wearables truly came into their own, particularly the smartwatches and the fitness trackers that helped mobile people try to add a bit of health consciousness in their lives. Google Fit is the tech giant's own effort to get into the market by turning your Android Wear and your Android smartphones into fitness centers.

Chromecast app updated with Guest Mode and new Material Design

Chromecast has proven to be a very useful streaming device. If you have it at home, I'm pretty sure you've been enjoying casting funny babies and cat videos. And when you have guests over, everyone just wants to get on it and share new discoveries on YouTube. Now, Google made it easier for your guests to cast without having to connect to WiFi at first. The guest mode allows any Android device user in the same room to cast to the host's TV easily.

Amazon app axed from Play Store, returns as shopping-only app

If you praised the Amazon overlords for pooling almost all their retail offers, both physical and digital, into a single Android app, you might start hurling profanities at this latest development. Though you might be hurling them at the wrong people. Amazon's revamped Appstore was apparently removed from Google Play Store because Google subtly changed one of its criteria for allowing apps on Google Play Store. Now the Amazon app has returned, sans the ability to buy apps and games.

Inferno sequel brings bigger, better and badder color explosions

When you hear the word Inferno, what first comes to mind? Does it involve exploding balls of color that meet their end from bad-ass bullets fired from your smartphone? No? Well, that's basically what Inferno is all about and the sequel is more of the same. The twin-stick action-RPG is an award-winning and popular game that is now back with "bigger, better, badder" features and customization options than its predecessor. Welcome to Inferno 2.

Lume Cube lights up your Android phone photos and video

One of the biggest challenges with taking good video and photos using your Android device in a dark room or environment is lighting. Most Android devices have a flash, but the flash on many of them isn’t that great. This is where a new product called Lume Cube comes in.

Andromium wants to turn your smartphone into a desktop

You've got a mighty powerful computer right in your pocket. It may not match a desktop or even a laptop in sheer power, but it makes up for portability and convenience. But what if your smartphone can actually become your desktop? Not by simply mirroring the smartphone display to a larger screen. We already have lots of those going around. This Andromium Kickstarter wants to give you a real desktop experience, as much as you can squeeze inside your smartphone.