The Next Time You Search for Symptoms on Google, You Won’t Leave Thinking You Have Cancer

If you have ever tried using Google to determine if you are really sick by looking through symptoms, it’s entirely possible that you ended your search thinking something could be seriously wrong with you. How could my minor headache and cough possibly be linked to pseudohypoparathyroidism or hypoparathyroidism? Don’t worry, you are not the only one who uses Google to check their health. According to Google, millions of searches are performed to check symptoms, and because of this, the company is revamping the symptom search experience.  (more…)

Chrooma Keyboard Updated With Google Keyboard 5.0 Features, Google Now Integration, Much More

Exiting the existing beta channel, Chrooma Keyboard for the public was updated to version 3.0 this morning, bringing hefty changes to the already incredible 3rd-party keyboard app. Inside of version 3.0, the Chrooma team has implemented what appears to be all of the major changes that arrived for Google Keyboard 5.0. These changes include dragging on the space bar to move the cursor, as well as swiping on the space bar to enable a one-hand operation mode.

On top of the Google Keyboard feature forks, Chrooma also added in its own ingredients, such as an improved Action Row, Google Now integration for built-in search, and two new keyboard styles with key boarders.  (more…)

DEAL: Fenix for Twitter Drops to $2.99 ($2.50 Off)

While we’re out here getting all excited about Flamingo, the shiny new Twitter toy on Android, we shouldn’t forget about Fenix and its revived self. Still one of the best Twitter apps available, Fenix has never been cheap. Today, though, you can pick-up one of our favorites for just $2.99, a steep discount from its usual $5.49 price tag.

Why do we love Fenix? It’s powerful, has a great UI, gets regular updates, supports multiple accounts and gestures everywhere, has TweetMarker and Readability support, includes timeline and mentions widgets, and is on Twitter’s list of apps that should be able to add new subscribers forever, unlike others who have run into token problems in the past.  (more…)

Video: First Look at Android Apps on Chromebooks

As we noted this morning, Chrome OS 53 is rolling out to Chromebooks, bringing with it Google Play and Android apps. Three devices are scheduled to receive that access this month and the ASUS Chromebook Flip just so happens to be the first to go live. Since we have one in house, it’s only fitting that we take it for a spin to show you just how this whole Android-on-a-Chromebook thing is going to work.

Keep in mind that this is Chrome OS 53 in the developer channel and it is running on the Chromebook Flip, which isn’t exactly the most powerful of computers (2GB RAM, 16GB storage, Rockchip 3288-C). What I’m trying to say is that there will be bugs and slowness – lots of both. Not only that, but things aren’t going to be the smoothest or quickest just yet, since this is the first release and all. Still, this is pretty cool stuff.

In the video below, you’ll see how to get setup with Google Play on your supported Chromebook and take a tour of the store, install an app or two, and then enter a quick walk-through of apps and games up and running on the device.

Enjoy!  (more…)

Remember ADW Launcher? It Just Got Its First Major Update in Years to V2.0

The last time I wrote about ADW Launcher was in October of 2012, where I said it had returned from the dead. Since I already took that metaphor, I’m not exactly sure what to say now that it has returned some four years later. That’s right, ADW Launcher or ADWLauncher or ADW.Launcher, is back and with a huge update to version 2.0.

What is ADW Launcher? I don’t necessarily want to go into all of the history, but ADW was once a big part of CyanogenMod before standing on its own as one of the most customizable launchers in the game. It was a really, really good launcher for a long time and did a bunch of stuff before anyone else, but the gap in updates always made it a tough sell. You just never knew if it was going to be abandoned or supported.

Yet here we are, four years after its last update, talking about it. Weird how this works out some times.  (more…)

Google is Rolling Out a “Beta” Section and Beta Controls in Google Play (Updated)

In later afternoon breaking news, it appears as if Google has started rolling out a “Beta” column or section in Google Play under the “My apps & games” area. This section, as you can imagine, lists out all of the apps you are currently signed-up to beta test through Google Play. That’s awesome news and should help us all manage the apps we are helping test, something Google mentioned was in the works at Google I/O(more…)

SwiftKey Beta Updated With Awesome Clipboard Feature

The SwiftKey beta application is receiving an update today, bringing with it a new Clipboard feature for users. When using, the Clipboard will allow users to maintain, albeit for a limited amount of time, a list of text that is copied (or cut) on Android. Items that are copied or cut will remain on the list for an hour, granting quick access to the information you copied via SwiftKey Hub.  (more…)

Album Slideshows Come to Google Photos

Slideshows are now available through Google Photos within individual albums. To get started, open up the Google Photos app, go inside of an album then select a photo you want to start the slideshow with. Once you hit the three-dot settings button, the top option will be Slideshow. Once tapped, a slideshow of the photos will begin.

If you wish to project your slideshow to your HDTV, you can simply cast the show via Chromecast or Android TV. And yes, the Slideshow feature is available on your desktop computer, too.  (more…)