App

Google Search app just got smarter

The Google app has just received a special update in time for the arrival of the Android Lollipop. One of the most notable changes in design is the search results page. It’s more Material Design-ish now with a simpler layout, fluid animations, and bolder colors. This will be more obvious on Android Lollipop-powered smartphones and tablets.

Google rolls out new Messenger app

After the main Google app and Google Keyboard are updated, here’s a new Messenger app from Google. This is a new app that is meant for SMS messaging so you can stay in touch with family and friends all the time. This also allows MMS messaging to any phone, as well as, group texts. If you still want to share more media, you can do so and send photos, audio messages, and videos.

FastMail email, calendar, contacts app now available on Android

Signing up for a free email address is as fast as (or even faster) than brewing your own cup of coffee nowadays. And with all the free email services out there, would you even consider paying for one? Well, if you're sick and tired of all the ads that hound your Gmail or Yahoo account or you're paranoid about how Google seems to be taking a peek into your emails to give you contextual ads, then those are legitimate reasons to go to something like FastMail. The paid email service finally now has an Android app, which might make it a more attractive alternative to those who are dissatisfied with free accounts.

YouTube now brings easier music search, subscription service

If you're one of those who leaves a YouTube playlist streaming on your device or desktop while working or studying or reading, then the newest update from the video network might make you dance like Taylor Swift in Shake It Off (Hi Spotify). The app will now make it easier for you to look for your favorite songs (and even albums) from your favorite artists, and will now even offer a streaming subscription service. Just think of it as Google Play Music but with videos.

HTC BlinkFeed update: more social and personalized

While Android apps are generally "OEM agnostic", which means any smartphone running on the platform will be able to install and use them (with a few exceptions of course), lately we've been seeing a mini-trend of some brands bringing their proprietary apps to the Google Play Store. Motorola and Sony have brought their apps to that marketplace, although their target is still their own users. HTC is another manufacturer that has brought some exclusive apps to GPS, all the better to update it faster of course.

Android Wear companion app gets an Android Lollipop update

The past weeks have seen Google rapidly moving many of its apps into the age of Lollipop. Many Android Wear owners, however, might have been left wondering if and when they will benefit from such changes. Well, wonder no more, as the awaited update for smartwatch companion app seems to be on its way. And the best part is that the update will bring more than just a pretty Material face.

Record your guitar riffs on your Android phone with iRig HD-A

Back in the day (well, just a few years ago actually), in order to make a decent recording of you playing your instrument or singing, you needed to go to a recording studio or have high-tech (and expensive) recording equipment at your house. But of course, now there are apps and gadgets for that and all you would need is an instrument, a plug, an Android device and of course there's also an app for that.

Global Assault squad-based RPG blasts onto Android

RPG gamers looking for a new game for their Android devices might want to check out Global Assault. The game has 3D graphics and lets you play against other players from around the world. In the game, the Heroes of Havoc fight against the Shattered Sun forces in turn based combat.
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