Nova Launcher Beta Updated With New Drawer Animations, App Drawer Search Additions

The beta group for Nova Launcher received an update for their launcher application today, one which brings new app drawer animations, as well as a few important bug fixes.

Detailed in the GIF image below, users can choose between a few nifty drawer animations, such as a circular opening, slide up motion, and others. To highlight the fixes, users were previously unable to manually change the app drawer icon on their home screen, but thanks to the update, this issue has been fixed. And here I was, thinking it was only me having the problem.  (more…)

Friday App Sales: Hitman GO, the Metal Slug Series, Apex Launcher Pro, and More

There is a new massive list of app and game sales taking place over on Google Play, so any plans you might have had for this weekend just went right out the window. So sorry about that.

Anyway, it appears as if the entire Metal Slug series of Android games are on sale for just $1, followed by the very popular Hitman GO for only $1.99. To follow it up, kovdev’s Nox icon pack (a personal favorite) is priced at just $0.99, while a huge lineup of Cartoon Network games is also priced at only a dollar.

For the full list of apps, plus links to Google Play to take advantage of the deals, look below.  (more…)

Google Search Can Now Understand Queries Spoken in Multiple Languages

Anyone here that can speak multiple languages, Google Search has received the perfect update for you. Starting this week, the voice-powered search feature of the Search app can now understand multiple spoken languages, without the need for switching between supported dictionaries in the settings menu.

To give you an idea of how this works, imagine yourself asking Google what the weather is like in San Francisco using English. Google will then relay those results to you. Then, imagine you asked the same question, but this time, in one of 50 supported languages. These languages include Spanish, Italian, German, French, and many more.  (more…)

Fragment is My New Favorite Android Wallpaper App

Fragment, a prismatic art wallpaper app that was introduced on iOS some time ago, is now available on Android. To say that this app is “awesome,” is probably not doing it justice. If you like wallpapers, custom ones at that, and prisms, you should probably grab this app.

The app allows you to start with new photos taken from your camera, grab images currently stored on your device, or ask the app for inspiration before creating your own prismatic masterpieces. Once you have an image ready, the app’s all-inclusive set of editing tools are at your fingertips. There are over a dozen frames, shapes, and patterns to get you going, options for rotating/resizing/framing/dragging/zooming/etc., and even sliders that will let you adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and more. The possibilities for creating a new wallpaper are practically endless.

If that all sounds like too much work, there is a shuffle button that will attempt to pair shapes and color adjustments for you on the fly. Tap it as many times as you would like until you find a combination that looks amazing. (more…)

T.E.C 3001 and Z Steel Soldiers are Tegra-optimized Games, Now Available on Google Play

Two new Tegra-optimized games are available on Google Play this week, T.E.C 3001 and Z Steel Solders. The games are promoted as perfect games for any new Tegra-powered device, such as the SHIELD Tablet or SHIELD Portable. And of course, if you have a SHIELD Controller for your Tablet, then checking these games out should be high on your list.  (more…)