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Google Maps makeover: Material Design, better travel features

It's the season for makeovers for a lot of apps, particularly Google products, in preparation for the arrival of Android 5.0 Lollipop and also for the expected glut of new devices during this Christmas season. The next one for Google's design and feature (almost) overhaul is Google Maps, and it's not just in looks that it has changed, but even in how you interact with the places that you search for, even while within the app.

Open files from Google Drive on to your preferred program

The rise (and permanence maybe?) of cloud storage has practically changed the way we use and interact with our files. Google Drive in particular has allowed you to preview and edit files from your browser without having to open the particular program associated with it. But what if you actually wanted to use a program that is not supported by Google Drive, but is necessary for you to work on that file? A new extension is now available for Google Chrome which will give you the option of opening the file to your preferred compatible program.

Google Calendar 5.0 APK now available for your devices

Just yesterday we told you about an exciting new development with the Google Calendar app(well, exciting if you're a productivity nut and/or a Google fanboy), long considered to be the unloved, original child of calendars. Now the APK for the new, sexy version of the app is available, and you can enjoy its shiny design and featueres even if you're not yet on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

8 more countries can now access Google Play Movies

Do people still go to actual movie theaters? Do people still watch TV on the actual TV set? Some would say there are still "old school" media consumers who prefer to access their movies and TV shows in its original format. But a lot would say that digital content has already eclipsed movie tickets and TV viewership, or at least it's getting there. Google Play Movies continues to expand its reach of bringing this digital videos to your Android devices, and now 8 more countries have been added to their list.

Disney movies to come to all your Android devices soon

If you've already reached your saturation point for the ubiqutous animated movie about ice queens and talking snowmen, then you just might have to brace yourself again, if you have Android devices that your kids love to use. Walt Disney Studios and Google Play have inked a partnership so that Android users will have access to all Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies that they'd like to buy, wherever they want to view it.

Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet upgrade: PS4 remote, camera apps and more

With all the excitement about Sony's new flagship, the Xperia Z3, owners of the previous flagship Xperia Z2, as well as the Z2 Tablet should be forgiven for thinking that the OEM has already forgotten about them. Apparently, the folks over at Sony were working hard on bringing a major software upgrade, and instead of releasing it next year, they've decided to go ahead and give their users an early Christmas gift. New features include the much talked about PS4 Remote Play as well as the social camera apps exclusive for Sony Xperia users.

Pocket 5.7: Material Design, Google Now search integration

Your favorite (well, at least it is our favorite) offline reading service Pocket has received an update which makes it virtually ready for Android 5.0 Lollipop. Version 5.7 has now adapted its own version of the Material Design while still remaining essentially Pocket-like. The update also brings the ability to search for items in your app through Google Now. Android apps are "cleaning house" like crazy in preparation for Google's major update which is expected to start rolling out in the next few months.

ASUS releases three apps for upcoming ZenWatch

ASUS' first Android Wear smartwatch, the ZenWatch, is not yet out in the market, but ahead of its official release comes three apps to prepare you for your new wearable (well, if you're planning on getting one at least). The ZenWatch Manager, Remote Camera and Wellness apps were created to enhance your ZenWatch experience, although one app can actually be used with other smartwatches on the Android Wear platform.

Activision launches COD: Advanced Warfare companion app

If you’re not the PC or console gaming type, then you probably won’t have noticed that Activision’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – the next addition to the famous first person shooter (FPS) franchise – dropped today and is available for purchase already. And to enhance your console gameplay, Activision has come up with a companion app to add little boosts to your new COD game.

HTC releases RE app to accompany its RE camera

You didn't really think they would release a camera that doesn't have a viewfinder right? HTC's weirdly-shaped RE camera will soon be available in the market, but ahead of its release, an app to help you use it has been released for Android devices. The companion app will serve as a viewfinder, controller, and gallery viewer to the standalone camera. This is part of HTC's foray into the digital imaging market, which also includes the HTC Desire Eye and a collaborative video editing app.