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SwiftKey releases Frozen-themed virtual keyboards in time for Christmas

It's been a year since Frozen-mania snowstormed its way into the theaters and children's (and adults!) hearts. But it's still not over, especially if your kids still break out into song (okay, admit it, you too) when they hear the opening notes of "Let It Go" or beg you for Olaf plushies this Christmas. SwiftKey says it's better late than never as they release Frozen-themed virtual keyboards for you and/or your kids.

Yatse remote for XBMC/Kodi gets Material Design love

For you to be familiar with Yatse, you have to first be acquainted with XBMC – recently renamed to “Kodi” for copyright and legal reasons. Kodi is one of the most complete media player suites out there, bar none. That is the reason for its popularity in the media enthusiast community, but it’s about time that you get to know it as well. Yatse is the remote app that brings it all together, and it just got recently updated with some Material Design aesthetics.

Netflix’ Social Recommendation features now available for Android

One of the better things that have come out from this whole social network revolution is that recommending things we love to our friends has become easier and faster. The days when we listen to what critics or advertisements tell us to watch or listen to is all but over. One of the biggest pop culture enablers, Netflix, has finally added the Social Recommendation features for Android devices, months after it launched on other platforms.

Viber Games to come soon to your Android smartphones

Nowadays, just being an "ordinary" messaging service may not be enough anymore, given the fierce competition with all the free messaging apps available for mobile devices. Viber is one of the most popular ones, but they're not resting on their laurels. They recently announced a new platform called Viber Games, which will be rolling out to several countries in the next few days and is expected to launch worldwide by January 2015.

QuickPic now supports more cloud apps to organize your pictures

With the amount of pictures that we take and upload everyday, storing images in our devices and organizing them into easy to search and view galleries is a challenge. One of the best apps that can do this for you is is QuickPic and their latest update brings you even more features including support for Android 5.0 Lollipop and support for other cloud storage apps.

BBM for Android update: Lollipop, stickers and longer timer

Just in case you've somehow forgotten, BlackBerry Messenger is still alive and is on other platforms as well, giving the loyal BlackBerry users a free messaging connection to those on Android, iOS, etc. The latest update brings a host of other features that has been available in other messaging apps but is now just being adapted by BBM. Still, better late than never.

Android Community Weekly Digest: Dec. 14, 2014

Things have been relatively quiet on the mobile front this week, seemingly the great quiet before the storm. Of course, that doesn't mean nothing of importance passed us by. This week saw one of the biggest updates to Android Wear: official support for watch faces. We've also seen a good number of games land on Android. India also continues to be mired in controversy . This is your latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from December 8 to December 14, 2014

Google Translate adds 10 more languages from Africa, Asia

How many times has Google Translate "rescued" you from a potentially difficult situation when you badly needed to know how to say "how much is this?" or "can I ask you out on a date?" in another language? It's always handy to have the app on hand, especially when you're traveling to another country where communication may be difficult. They have now added 10 more languages to their system, which includes languages from Africa and Asia.

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.

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]
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