Google Play Music Update Brings Songza Integration

After purchasing Songza earlier this year, a company which created “contextual expert-curated playlists to give you the right music at the right time,” it appears that Google is ready to unveil the work it has done to integrate the service into their own music platform, Google Play Music.

From what has been announced, the integration is somewhat minimal, but users will see a big difference in the Listen Now section of the application. Once the application is updated on your device, you will see many more “expertly curated” playlists that are suited to time of day, weather, activities, and the date.  (more…)

Botanicula, From Makers of Machinarium, Hits Google Play for $4.99

Fantastic, another game from the makers of Machinariumanam that I have no idea how to pronounce. The newest game, called Botanicula, has been published to Google Play for the price of $4.99.

In this title, you take control of a little group of forest-type flower creatures, navigating a world that looks quite treacherous. Using each character’s ability, you will lead this group of misfits through a gorgeous world, avoiding baddies who would love nothing more than to destroy you.  (more…)

Material Wallpapers App Brings Even More MD Hotness to Your Phone

A new wallpaper application called Material Wallpapers, available on Google Play for the price of free, brings even more Material Design loveliness to your smartphone.

We noticed that when we posted up the official MD wallpapers from the Nexus 5 last week, not many of you were impressed with the nature pictures and wanted more CG images. With that noted, this pack should be more to your liking.  (more…)

The Missing App Gap Between Android and iOS

After reading Kellen’s iPhone 6 review and discussing the lack of an app gap on the Droid Life Show, I thought I should revisit my conviction that there were still some apps that could not be found or matched on Android.

It had been about a year since I last checked for certain kinds of apps and my tastes have changed some, so I figured I should take a look.

To my delight, I discovered that eight of the apps that I love to use that I thought were iOS only are now either available on Android or have comparable counterparts from another developer.  (more…)

Gmail 5.0 Will Add 3rd Party Email Support, Including Yahoo and Outlook

When Google pushes out Gmail 5.0, an update that will for sure include a full Material Design makeover, another accompanying feature may end up being the star of the show for many. How would you like to access your third party email accounts through the Gmail app? According to the Gmail 5.0 app that we just poked around inside, the app is going to support Yahoo, Outlook and “more” email services very soon.  (more…)

This is Google Play Music 5.6.1640 With a Material Design Makeover

By the time Android 5.0 “Lollipop” officially arrives for the world to use with the Nexus 9 on November 3, I would imagine that Google will flip the switch on a number of massive updates to its core Google apps. We are talking design overhauls of Gmail, Maps, Drive, and Google Play Music with Material Design. But, since we know that many of you would rather not have to wait another couple of weeks to see what’s in store, we thought we should point out that a number of the new re-made apps have surfaced through a leak that has been incorporated into a Nexus 4 ROM. That’s right, someone leaked a ROM from the Nexus 6, which included all of the refreshed Google apps, like Play Music.

So yeah, this is what Google Play Music 5.6.1640 looks like. How pretty is this?  (more…)