Beats Music v1.2.0 Update Adds Verified Badges, Sentence History, and More

Beats Music (anyone using it?) received an update today with four new features that the Beats crew said you asked for. The goodies include a Tune Your Taste options for switching up the “Just For You” recommendations. Sentence History has also been added, so that you can view your most recently played songs from The Sentence. Finally, Beats Music now has verified badges (to show how “legit” someone is) and improvements to the app that should fix a bunch of bugs.

The update is live, so go grab it.  (more…)

Journey is a New Journaling App With a Material Design State of Mind

Journey, a new journaling app released to Google Play, wants you to rediscover the joys of writing about your life through the “warmth and humanity” of its beautiful UI. As I mention, this is a journaling app, but after spending a few moments with it, I think you will agree with its creators that the design certainly makes you want to start documenting your life adventures.

The app features a Material Design-like interface in parts. The top navigation bar screams MD, as does the tablet interface, but the rest of the UI should be very familiar to those who have used Android apps at all over the last couple of years. There is a slideout navigation drawer, “+” button to add new posts, action overflow menus to access more options, and simple swipe navigation to get between entries.  (more…)

Friday App Sales: Dead Space, NBA Jam, Sprinkle Islands, Beautiful Widgets Pro, and More

With the weekend finally upon us, you may be looking for something to eat up your time. If playing games on your phone sounds fun, Google Play currently has a massive list of apps and games on sale, with a few really good titles up for grabs.

For starters, you can grab a couple of Final Fantasy games for just $8 each, Dead Space for $2, NBA Jam for $1, Beautiful Widgets Pro just $1, and a ton more.  (more…)

Friday Poll: Which Google App Would You Like to See Receive a Material Design Makeover Next?

While cruising through /r/Android on reddit, we came across an interesting poll, asking folks which Google app they would like to see receive a Material Design makeover next.

Now that we have Google+, Chrome Beta, and a bit of Google Play updated with the new UI, there is a long list of other Google applications that could use it. While all of these apps are completely functional in their current state, the inner fanboy in all of us would love to see all of them updated with the Material Design look, but the only question is, which one do we want next?

While my personal request would be for Google Play Music, Hangouts, and Gmail (maybe not in that order), we know that eventually all of these apps will receive a massive facelift.

Answer the poll below, then go ahead and give us a brief explanation as to why in the comments section.

Which Google app would you like to see receive a Material Design makeover next?

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Batman Arkham Origins Updated on Google Play, Still 1.6GB of IAPs

A newly-updated Batman game is available on Google Play, Arkham Origins. While this same title is rather popular on consoles, it appears that Warner Bros. decided to switch up the gameplay on the Android version, making the game play more like Injustice: Gods Among Us. While it isn’t bad gameplay, although can become monotonous, we expected a bit more of a challenge.  (more…)

Verizon Tests New Bloatware Process on the G3: Installs Apps on Setup, But They can be Fully Uninstalled

Verizon pinged us this afternoon to point out a new bloatware application installation process they are currently testing with the LG G3. On the G3, users may notice during the activation and setup process that there are apps being installed in the background that will eventually show in the app drawer. These are applications that in the past have come pre-loaded out of the box on Verizon phones, only Verizon doesn’t appear to want to do that anymore.

The downloading of these bloatware apps does not count against your data plan. Verizon also noted that these can be uninstalled just like any other app you would download.  (more…)