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Tip: You Can Now Find Your Lost Phone by Typing “Find My Phone” in Google Search

You can now go to Google.com in a web browser and type “Find my phone” to see the exact location of your potentially-lost device. How cool is that?

Google will now locate your phone through Google Search, just like it does in the Android Device Manager app. All you need is the latest version of the Google (Search) app installed and this should work. It may ask that you sign-in to your Google account before it completes the task, but seriously, that’s it, at least according to a G+ post today from the search giant.  (more…)

Google’s New Handwriting App Lets You Handwrite Text in 82 Languages

Earlier today, Google decided that you needed to ditch the keyboard and get back to handwriting messages to friends and family. No, this is not a 2-week late April Fools’ joke from the company that dominates April 1. This is a real deal app that clearly took some work to get right.

The app is called Google Handwriting Input, and it’s actually pretty neat. You can handwrite in 82 different languages and watch as Google places them as words in a message field for sending or searching or whatever. They even included emoji drawing-support, so you can draw a unicorn or a sun or a simple smiley face. It’s also pretty good at reading the scratchiest of chicken scratch.

Give a shot.  (more…)

Little Worlds Turns the Moto 360’s Flat Tire Into Something Fun

If you were looking for the #1 criticism of the Moto 360, it would without a doubt be the “flat tire” that sits at the bottom of its screen. The “flat tire” of course, is in reference to the black area at the bottom of the watch’s face that hosts display sensors, which allow it to auto-adjust brightness. Motorola chose to include this area, because they wanted to make a watch that had as little bezel as possible. If they didn’t go this route, they would have created something similar to the king of bulk and bezels, aka the LG G Watch R. Sure, the watch would have had a fully rounded display, but again, it wouldn’t look as nice as it does.

Still, some can’t “unsee” the flat tire. If you are in that boat, then might I suggest you check out a watch face app called, well, Watch Face. The full name of the app is actually “Watch Face – Minimal & Elegant,” but we are pointing it out today because it was recently updated to include a new featured called Little Worlds that aims to put to use that flat tire area.  (more…)

Chrome 42 Stable Arrives for Android, Brings Site Notifications

Back in March, Chrome Beta received an update to version 42 that introduced site notifications, as well as an easier way to add your favorite sites to your home screen. That update is now available for the stable version of Chrome.

I wish I could tell you exactly how site notifications work, but I have yet to encounter a website that offers them. Have any of you run into a situation where a website offered you notifications? If so, I’d love to hear about how they work.  (more…)

These Icon Packs are Hot: Miu, Belle, and Vee

Admit it, your life has been missing some heat. Icon heat. Icon hotness. The “Hot.” Paris Hilton. Today, we bring it all back with a 3-pack. Yes, these icons are hot.

We were only slightly busy over the last two months covering a couple of devices you may have heard of, the Galaxy S6 (review), S6 Edge (review), and HTC One M9. With two of the three out of the way, we needed a break for a minute, which is code for – we needed to freshin’ them up with an icon pack or two. You see, when we do reviews, we almost always review a phone without a third party launcher, so that we can give you our thoughts on the stock experience a manufacturer intended. Now that reviews for the new Galaxys are out of the way, Nova is on and so are some icon packs.

Here are the three I am currently juggling.  (more…)

Google’s “Designed For Families” Highlights Family Friendly Apps and Games

This morning, Google announced a new family-focused experience that will soon arrive on Google Play. It’s called Designed for Families, and as the name suggests, is a way for Google to partner with developers to curate content that would be best suited for families and kids and pets. In the coming weeks, this new Designed for Families section will arrive with both apps and games that are age-appropriate, family-focused, and trusted.  (more…)

WhatsApp Gets Material Design Makeover

WhatsApp, an app that is huge around the globe, but not so much in the US, received a big update today with touches of Google’s Material Design. I wish I could tell you what’s new or how the app looks, but having never used the app in all my days covering Android, I have no idea. I don’t even have any contacts in my phone who use it, so I can’t even test it. In fact, I just sent messages to myself in order to at least capture some screenshots. It’s a lonely world. Just being honest.

Soooooo, WhatsApp! It got a big update today!

Edit:  A poll is now up! We want to know who is using WhatsApp.

In order to get the new stuff, you’ll have to install it directly from the WhatsApp site, which we have linked to below.  (more…)