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…)

Samsung’s Game Launcher App Reported to Receive UI Update, New Features

Reported by SamMobile, the Game Launcher application for select Samsung Galaxy devices will soon receive an update, bringing with it new features for gamers to take advantage of. According to the information received, once Game Launcher is updated, users will see a new UI for popular titles, as well as trending titles that players may want to try out. On top of that, the new interface will showcase games in a tiled grid format, detailing individual game notifications for easy consumption. (more…)

Pokémon GO Public Launch for Android Happening Next Month

Even though I still don’t have a beta invite (thanks a lot, Niantic), the public launch of Pokémon GO for Android will take place next month in July. During Nintendo’s E3 livestream, it was announced that the Pokémon GO Plus hardware, which allows gamers to play the game without needing to take your smartphone from your pocket, will launch for $34.99.  (more…)

Fleksy Team Acquired by Pinterest, Keyboard Will Soon be Open-Sourced

“I can’t help but think this feels a lot like the silent abandonment that comes with a company being acquired.”

That was the statement I left you with last week when we talked about the sudden silence of Fleksy as rumors swirled of them abandoning the app. From their dead support site to the lack of updates and general quietness on previously active social media accounts, it made sense that Fleksy was about to be (or had been) acquired by someone. Today, Fleksy announced that they have indeed been acquired and the company who has done so is Pinterest(more…)

Google’s Nearby Connects Your Device to the World Around You

Yesterday, while we were busy with Lenovo and Moto announcements, Google detailed its Nearby feature for Android users. With the launch of Nearby, users who choose to interact with beacons around them can stumble upon helpful apps and webpages when they are out and about.

For example, if you are inside of a CVS Pharmacy, your smartphone can notify you that you can print photos while at the store directly from your phone’s gallery. Or, if you are taking a United flight, Nearby can notify you to download the United app from Google Play for access to free entertainment while you wait for your departure.  (more…)

You Can Now Leave Video Comments on Facebook

Showcased at Facebook’s Hackathon event earlier this year, a feature that allows users to upload video comments to people’s posts drew quite the attention. Over the past few months, the FB coders behind the feature worked to get it up and running on both desktop and mobile, then tested it among peers at Facebook. The feature is now available for all, accessible via a desktop computer, Android device, and iOS.  (more…)

Uber Introduces Scheduled Rides to Let You…Schedule a Ride

If there is one feature that Uber has desperately needed since launch, it would be the ability to schedule a ride. The thought here is that you probably know ahead of time that you’ll need a ride, but you don’t necessarily want to deal with last minute requests and would instead like to set something up ahead of time, you know, to cross it off the list of “Sh*t to do before my trip.”

Today, Uber is introducing Scheduled Rides globally. As the name suggests, you can now schedule a ride with Uber anywhere from 30 minutes to 30 days in advance.  (more…)