Chrome Beta for Android has seen another update, this one bringing it to version 32. It fixes a few known issues, and brings to light a few that still need fixing. Like most updates, it’s incremental, but interesting.
Those who have fallen in love with the new home launcher and app drawer introduced in Android 4.4 might not have to wait for a distant or even non-existent update just to enjoy it. Popular Nova Launcher has just announced a new beta that attempts to emulate some parts of the brand new look and feel of the latest Android version.
Twitter for Android joined the group of apps that had a beta test program back in late-August. The beta program is handled through the Play Store and available for those who want early access to new features. Not to mention, those who are willing to provide feedback and possibly put up with some quirks and issues.
With the rate that new mobile devices are churned out and bought these days, there is bound to be one or two old, unused tablet or smartphone lying around in people's homes, gathering dust. While more advanced or adventurous owners might have some esoteric idea for those gadgets, regular users might just opt to dedicate the hardware for something less grandiose, such as a digital photo frame to showcase your family photos in the living room.
Firefox Beta for Android has received yet another update. This latest update has recently landed in the Play Store and it brings an updated startup screen. This is being called "Home" and it is described as being a place where users can get "quick and easy access to their browsing data."
Themer launched earlier in the month and as we often see with items that require an invitation -- there was quite a bit of hype surrounding the launch. For those that somehow missed that, Themer is a launcher replacement that allows you to quickly and easily customize your Android handset. While the Themer team has yet to take the app out of beta status, they have graduated from private to public.
It seems that Aereo has kept to its timetable this time and has made available its promised Android app. However, the app is currently still in beta and is available in only seven markets where the service is available.
Launchers have been a rather hot topic for Android users lately. There has been two recent arrivals, though, they are both still in private beta at the moment. The launchers are Themer and Aviate. We took a took at Themer last week and more recently, an invite to Aviate has arrived. We have only spent about a day with Aviate so far, and while we have some issues, there does appear to be some potential.
There are plenty of available options for Android launcher apps. In fact, it seems we are having a run on launchers that are arriving in beta form. Just recently we took at look at Themer and while we haven't gotten hands-on with this other just yet, we are looking forward to taking it for a test drive. The other launcher is called Aviate and it has just recently arrived in the Google Play Store.
The Chrome Beta Android app is a solid way to get a bit of an advance look at what is coming in the general non-beta release. And in this case, you can comfortably rock the regular Chrome and Chrome Beta apps side-by-side. One example was the new gestures and search improvements. These rolled out in the beta in late-August and arrived on the non-beta side earlier this month.