YouTube Gets Mobile Live Streaming

YouTube has been in the live streaming game for a number of years now, but you have never been able to live stream from a mobile device. That seems odd, since YouTube is still video king and Google is a company who has heavily invested its future in mobile. Instead, those who want to live stream from anywhere on mobile have had to turn to services like Periscope and Facebook, who were early into mobile live streaming game.

Today, YouTube is joining the party. As a part of VidCon, YouTube and Google announced that mobile live streaming is arriving to a select group of YouTubers immediately and will then rollout “more widely soon.”  (more…)

WhatsApp Users Place 100 Million Calls Every Day

When you have billions of users and are on the phones of 1 in 7 people across the globe, it makes sense that your usage numbers fall into the “Holy sh*t, that’s a lot of” category. The latest example of such from WhatsApp was announced today via blog post, where the increasingly popular chat app said that its users place 100 million calls per day. PER DAY. Another way to put that would be 1,100 calls every second on WhatsApp.

How cool.  (more…)

Universal Search Comes to Netflix on Android TV

According to simultaneous tweets and G+ posts by official Android accounts, it appears as if Netflix has finally been added to Android TV’s universal search function. That means you should see suggestions for Netflix and also find search results for Netflix shows when you use the main Android TV search functionality.

I don’t know why this wasn’t there from day 1, but it is now.  (more…)

PlayStation Vue Coming to Android Next Week

Coupled with the announcement that it is now available for Roku, PlayStation Vue will be made available on Android devices beginning next week. If you are sitting there asking yourself, “What on Earth is PlayStation Vue?,” think of it as a Netflix-like cable TV competitor. With it, users get access to on-demand content, livestreaming TV shows (55+ channels on the basic package), as well as a feature called My Shows, which is a cloud-based DVR. To sum it up, it’s yet another option for those looking to ditch their dinosaur cable TV provider, angled directly at PlayStation console owners.

With PlayStation Vue available for Android, subscribers can watch all of their content directly from their smartphone or tablet, so long as it is running Android 4.4 or newer. Additionally, the app will support Chromecast or any Google Cast-supported device, such as an Android TV box (NVIDIA SHIELD) or HDTV with Google Cast built-in.  (more…)

DEAL: Get Nova Launcher Prime for Just a $1

If Nova Launcher is a treasure chest inside of an old cave, Nova Launcher Prime is the key that opens it. For who knows how long, Nova Launcher Prime is on sale for just $0.99, down from its usual price of $4.99.

With the Prime key, users unlock many of the special features that Nova Launcher offers, such as gestures, unread counts, the ability to hide apps, and additional scrolling effects.  (more…)