nowPaper Features Google Now-inspired Artwork, Perfect for Any Home Screen

Right before the DL Show last night, I was turned onto a wallpaper collection called nowPaper that is available on Google Play. If you have ever opened Google Now on your phone or tablet, then the inspired artwork should look quite familiar, featuring well-known landscapes and cityscapes from across North America.

Each area featured in the app has multiple papers, allowing you to choose the time of day you would like to have on your device. There is dawn, afternoon, evening, and night. Even cooler, the app has a newly built-in Muzei plugin, allowing you to switch wallpapers automatically depending on what time it is. If it’s 12 in the afternoon outside, you will see a shiny bright wallpaper on your phone. If it’s 10pm and getting late, you will see the nighttime wallpaper.  (more…)

Dead Trigger 2 Receives Major Tournaments and Purgatory Arena Update

A massive update for Dead Trigger 2 is now available for iOS and Android devices, which includes the highly-anticipated Tournaments feature. In tournaments, Madfinger Games creates unique challenges within the game, then has players decide how they will play out certain scenarios. Tournaments take place inside of arenas, and the publisher also added a new one of those, too.  (more…)

Amazon Instant Video App may Finally Come to Android, Release “Imminent”

In comparison to other platforms, Android has a lot of apps – over 1 million, in fact – but the catalog is far from complete. A few high-profile omissions have made the parity gap painfully perceptible, small as it is. However, according to one report, partial assuagement may be just around the corner. Amazon Marketing Director Russell Morris reportedly told PC Advisor that Amazon Instant Video, a long-awaited app, is due for “imminent” arrival on Android. (more…)

Google Wallet Update Lets You Manage/Use Gift Cards, Request Money, and Pay Without Fees

Google Wallet received a solid update this afternoon that brings in features which could make the app immediately more useful. For one, Google Wallet now lets you manage gift cards (check balances) and redeem in stores using the app, rather than having to worry about carrying around the actual cards. You can also request money from friends, instead of only being able to send in the past. Finally, sending money using your debit card is now free. In the past, Google used to tack on a decent sized fee when sending money unless you were sending with cash that was already loaded in the app.

Participating merchants for the new gift card management include AMC, Best Buy, Nike, Sephora, Toys R Us, TGI Friday’s, and Whole Foods.

You can grab the update on Google Play now or sideload using the apk below.  (more…)

Chrome for Android Updated, Brings Improved Text Rendering and Doodles on New Tabs

An update is being pushed out to the Chrome browser app for Android devices, one which includes improved text rendering, plus a multitude of bug fixes. Google also notes that upon opening a new tab page, a friendly Doodle will be there to greet your eyes.

In addition, a few security fixes have been addressed in this release, which includes a URL spoofing fix, as well as an origin policy bypass fix.  (more…)