Google Wallet App Updated With Automatic Transfers

According to the changelog posted for the latest update to Google Wallet, the service now supports automatic transfers for when money is received. Do note, while the app states the feature is inside, it is reported that it won’t go live until next week.

As an example for how this could be useful, if your friend sends you $20 to pay for half of the dinner you just split, that money will no longer sit inside of your Wallet account until you take action on it. With the update, that money will automatically be sent to either your bank account or debit card, depending on which option you prefer.  (more…)

Auralux: Constellations, the Sequel, Now Available on Google Play

A week or so ago, I mentioned that Auralux: Constellations would soon launch on Google Play. As a big fan of the first Auralux, I was happy about this. The game is now available on Google Play, free to download, and it’s way better than I initially anticipated.

While the overall gameplay is still the same real-time strategy concept as the first title, there have been major improvements made to the graphics and feel of the game. Everything seems much smoother, especially when commanding larger forces. To go along with those updated graphics, you can even change the color of your forces, choosing primary and secondary colors. You can even change the colors of your enemies.  (more…)

Hangouts Chrome Extension Getting ‘New Experience’ on August 31

An update for the Hangouts extension on Chrome is inbound, one that Google states is pretty much required to use. On August 31, the update will go live via the Chrome Store, and for new users, the updated version will be the default Hangouts “experience” they must use. However, for existing users, they can choose to not update to the new experience, at least until Google forces them to on October 16.

So, what is in this new experience that makes it required to use? According to Google’s rather short post, “the new experience brings together multiple chat windows into one and makes it easier to see more chat content.” For anyone using the current Hangouts extension, this is essentially what we have already been using. Instead of multiple little chat windows, all of Hangouts will remain in one window, with users still able to pop-out a chat if they wish.  (more…)

Google Search Now Lets You Play Solitaire or Tic-Tac-Toe

From within the Google app (or on the desktop), you can now play solitaire or tic-tac-toe without ever installing either game. Thanks to the power of Google, each game is essentially embedded within search results, giving you quick access to two of the all-time classics.

In solitaire, Google is giving you easy or hard options, which means single card or triple card dealing. The works as you would expect, with tapping and dragging of cards until you can stack them all.  (more…)

Prisma Bringing Offline Styles to Android “Very Soon”

Prisma, that one app everyone was talking about for a few days, then was forgot about because Pokemon GO was conquering the world, made an important announcement yesterday. Taking to its Facebook page, the company announced that offline styles will be available for Android users “soon,” while iOS users can apparently benefit from the change already.

The way Prisma works, or at least, did work, was you would send your image up into Prisma’s servers, which would then use a neural net algorithm to produce a stunning work of art based on a style you liked. The process is actually quite complex, and sometimes, the servers would crash and users couldn’t utilize the service. Now, with the move to offline, a device’s onboard CPU will handle the computing, meaning we won’t need to worry about overcrowded servers anymore. It remains to be seen for Android users if this move will be seen as positive or negative.  (more…)

My Favorite Wallpaper App: Backdrops

We take wallpapers pretty seriously around here. For the most part, I enjoy a few of the pre-installed wallpapers on select devices, but to really provide a sense of individualism for my smartphone, I require a fancy wallpaper and “hot” icon pack. Focusing purely on the wallpapers, there’s one app I tend to use more than any other, and that’s Backdrops.

We have written about Backdrops on a couple of occasions, but in reality, we talk about it all of the time. Whenever someone asks us about a wallpaper we are using, it’s typically always from Backdrops. This is what makes Backdrops so clutch. It’s not a set amount of wallpapers in an app, as people are always adding new and awesome papers inside. Only high quality content is approved by the Backdrops team, meaning you will only see great wallpapers.  (more…)

Chase is Reported to Support Android Pay Beginning September 7

Yup, at last, Chase will support Android Pay. In a leaked photograph of a Chase “Enhancement Guide,” the company claims it will bring support on September 7, allowing members to take advantage of Google’s mobile payments platform.

Which members can use it? Well, if you use a standard Visa-branded credit card or consumer debit card, you can use it. Support will also be available for business debit card and Chase Liquid card users.  (more…)