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Nokia Z Launcher beta update adds icon pack support

If you are a user of the Nokia Z Launcher app, you may be waiting for the app to leave beta and go to official full release. The app has been updated recently, but it is still listed as a beta. If you are unfamiliar with Z Launcher, the app is designed to learn how you use your phone and give you faster access to your favorite apps.

Peak wearable now with smartphone notifications, data export

If you're constantly being berated for always picking up your smartphone because you're waiting for an important message or you're on a run but you need to get a call without breaking your stride, this means it's time to get a wearable. There are so many options out there now, as compared to a few years ago, and so you need to research which one should fit your lifestyle. Peak is one of those clamoring for your attention, and if it's notifications and lifestyle monitoring you're after, then this might be a pretty good deal.

Android Wear messaging app adds FlickKey

Did you know you can type on your smartwatch? Even on a small screen, users can still reply to messages using voice recognition or simply by typing. But with the size of the screen, typing can be very limited. It's not easy to type letters on such a small screen but Wear Messenger messaging app is adding the FlickKey Keyboard for Android. This solution aims to attract more people to jump into the bandwagon of smartwatches.

Google Search movie results updated, now shows Material Design elements

Most people don't care much about how search results look on their  mobile devices. What matters most is that results shown are relevant and helpful. But it would be nice if all results are displayed nicely like the refreshed Google Search results for movies. An update was recently released for the Android app as announced on Google's official G+ page. Actually, not much information have been posted but the GIF image below showcases the nice user interface of the updated Android app.

Xbox One SmartGlass Beta finally gets OneGuide support

Looks like Microsoft is cooking up something tasty for its Xbox One faithful. It has just updated the beta version of its SmartGlass app with one very important feature: OneGuide. Now users in selected areas will be able to look up what's showing on TV right from the Android app itself. Thought just a small addition, it heralds the arrival of even more features expected to come really soon now.

JotterPad 11 is a writer’s delight, save work in multiple formats

As a writer, finding the correct writing apps for your Android device can be quite a daunting -- if not impossible -- task, just because devices are not built with writing (typing) in mind. There are those that go over-the-top and take the joy out of the writing experience completely. Then there are those that are too minimalist you don’t seem to be able to do anything at all. Thankfully, for all you writers-on-the-go out there, there’s the wonderfully blissful JotterPad 11, the latest iteration of the mobile text editor for Android.

Journal with Narrate update: Material Design, new sharing features

Journaling isn't just the property of famous people, high school students who are forced to do so as homework, or lonely people who cannot keep their emotions in check. It has become a tool for self-improvement, a creative outlet for some, or just a way for people to talk about things without having to post them on social media for all the world to see. And while writing on an actual journal is still the way to go for some, apps have also invaded this world as well.

Sonos beta update: multiroom features, smoother switching

Audio streaming app Sonos has brought (and brought back) several new features to its beta version, and it looks like they're really pushing multi-room features and functionalities to attract even more audiophiles to try using their app. The update gives users the ability to switch faster and more smoothly in between their different music sources, accessing all of them just by using one app.

Snapchat’s Discover lets media publishers enter their ephemereal world

Messaging apps are continually evolving into more than just ways to exchange messages or even pictures. With so many out there like LINE, Viber, WhatsApp, etc, competitors are pulling out all the stops to become the app of choice. SnapChat has a following all its own, with the ephemeral nature of the pictures exchanged. Now they're branching out into publishing as they introduce a new feature called Discover, where media companies can now also enter their realm with pictures, videos, and stories.

Twitter rolling out group messaging, 30-second video uploading

Different social networks are doing everything they can to catch up with each other as they unroll more new features that seem to be in response to other features that their competitors have. Micro-blogging juggernaut Twitter is no exemption as they are currently rolling out new features that include group messaging and uploading videos directly. While these already exist in other social networks like Facebook, Vine, etc, having them on Twitter will be a boon (or bane) to the dedicated user that prefers them over their competitors.
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