If anyone here is using Koush’s AllCast beta application, which allows users to stream on-device videos to almost all of their TV-connected devices, a newly updated beta application is available through Google Play. Since the old beta version is set to expire, you will definitely need to pick up this new version if you plan to continue using the service. (more…)
While the Google Experience Launcher found on the Nexus 5 is great, and adds quick access to Google Now among other nice features, it isn’t very customizable. Grid size options are non existent, adding and removing additional homescreen pages is a pain, so at times it can be a big downer. A developer has released a new version of the launcher called KitKat Launcher+. With this launcher, users can tweak the grid size, add and remove pages without having to place widgets or icons on the page, plus you can hide the Google Search bar. It’s definitely worth a look if you need more options for your launcher. (more…)
Two games that many Android users have been patiently waiting for have finally hit Google Play. Both released over the holiday weekend, Ridiculous Fishing and BADLAND should serve endless hours of entertainment for those who download them. In BADLAND, you play as a black blob-like character who must make its way through various levels filled with puzzles and mysteries. The game has won many mobile awards and should deliver quite the experience for new players. (more…)
Back in March, we gave you a not-so-pleasant update on a funded IndieGogo campaign called Misfit Shine, a wearable activity tracker (like a Fitbit) that is easily one of the most elegant designs you’ll see in the industry. Their team announced at the time that they had dropped Android support, even though they had initially said it would be a part of the product’s launch. As a well-funded project at over $800,000 with thousands of backers, this wasn’t exactly the start that a potential Android userbase was looking for.
As months have gone by with iOS-only apps available, we had almost forgotten about the Misfit Shine altogether. And then out of no where this past week, they announced that Shine for Android was “coming soon.” They haven’t exactly given a firm date, but we do know that it’ll support Android 4.3 devices with Bluetooth 4.0. (more…)
After a pretty short stint on Google Play, the CyanogenMod Installer app has been completely removed voluntarily by the CM team, after being told by the Google Play team that the app was in violation of certain developer terms. While the app is essentially harmless, Google’s issue is that it directs users to void device warranties by unlocking bootloaders and flashing third-party software, which is apparently shunned by Android’s maker. This was an issue that was brought up by users when the app first launched, but apparently nothing was done about it. (more…)
A new game is making its way to Google Play on December 4, Knightmare Tower, a game that has seen quite a bit of success over on Apple’s iOS platform. In this title, you play a knight that must save the kingdom’s 10 lovely princesses who have been kidnapped and placed high in a tower. Using tilt and tap controls, you bounce your knight off of nasty looking monsters, while also collecting coins to upgrade your armor and weapons. (more…)
We are suckers for a well designed Android app, so from time to time we watch the Android team’s “Android Design in Action” show to see what kinds of tips they can offer to developers, to stay up-to-date on new design guidelines, and also to see what apps they find to be well-designed. In the latest episode that aired yesterday, a number of members from the design team took a turn at walking through some of their favorite apps. You’ll see one of our favorites, Timely (16:15), along with the new Play Newstand (6:15) app, Foursquare, Etsy (20:20) and others. (more…)