Pinterest Receives Update on Android With New UI, Simplified Navigation

The Pinterest app for Android received a makeover today that introduces some Material Design, like a more vibrant, intuitive experience “that’s native to Android,” all of which was done in about three weeks time. The developers behind the app also improved the navigation to make it easier to jump around the app, plus the performance should be noticeably speedier. Pinterest claims that they reduced the launch time from 5.3 seconds to 2 seconds.

It sounds like the update is taking advantage (ugh) of Google Play’s staged rollout “feature,” so it could be a few days before you all see the new goodness.  (more…)

Dropbox and Microsoft Office Integration Now Available on Android

A couple of weeks ago, Dropbox announced that it had partnered with Microsoft to include Office integration within its web and mobile apps. The move is a big deal for Office users, as they can access and edit Office documents from within Dropbox, a cloud storage solution that can be reached from just about anywhere and on any platform. In a blog post today, Dropbox announced that the new functionality is now available on Android.

To get started, they remind you to update to the newest version of Dropbox, then open any Office document, spreadsheet or presentation from within Dropbox. You should see an “edit” icon that will let you start editing. Once you are finished editing, your document will then save automatically back to Dropbox.

Give it a shot and let us know how it goes.  (more…)

SwiftKey Drops Theme Packs Up to 66% for Black Friday

Add Swiftkey to the list of players participating in this year’s Black Friday weekend. Starting today at 9AM Pacific, the popular keyboard that recently received a major performance improving update, will see discounts in its theme store by up to 66% for US consumers, which means a drop for all themes from $2.99 to $0.99.

You will find packs like the Premier pack (10 themes), Minimal pack (5 themes), and the newly introduced Material pack (5 themes) all a part of the weekend deals.

If you are outside of the US, Swiftkey is also discounting theme packs by 50% for a limited time.  (more…)

7 New Apps Gain Casting Support Today: Comedy Central, Encore, Nickelodeon, and More

The Chrome team announced that it has added casting (previously Chromecast only, but casting is everywhere!) support for seven new apps this morning…or developers of these apps have now built in support for casting…whatever, you get it. The list of apps includes Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go, Nickelodeon, TuneIn, EPIX, YuppTV, and Encore.

The list grows. Get to casting!

Don’t have a “cast” capable device? Amazon has a $3 discount on the Chromecast. Or there is the Nexus Player through Google Play for a more robust solution.  (more…)

Forgotten Shores Chapters for Monument Valley Now Available as $1.99 IAP

The long-awaited Forgotten Shores chapters for Monument Valley are now available on Android through the app itself, priced at $1.99 as an in-app purchase. In the newest set of levels, you will help the same young girl as before, but taking her through much different worlds. To start off, from what I experienced, it appears we are off to a land of fire and brimstone.  (more…)

Morning Routine Update Brings a Material Design Explosion That You Have to Play With

Before you even read this, you may as well go install Morning Routine right now. Trust me, it will be worth it. Even if you don’t need an alarm app (yes, this is an alarm app), I think you will enjoy this app’s Material Design explosion. If you ever wanted to see an app showcase the fun that can be had through Google’s new design language, this is it. In fact, I’m not sure anyone can even top it. Actually, that’s a challenge to all app developers – try and beat this redesign. (more…)

Pebble App Update Brings Complete Notification Support for Android Devices

An updated version of the Pebble smartwatch application has hit Google Play, which brings a major feature update for all users. That feature, of course, is full notification support. Much like we saw on previous renditions of Samsung’s watches, only select application notifications were able to be pushed to the device on your wrist. Now, finally, any app can have their notification be pushed, all decided by the wearer and not the manufacturer.  (more…)