WATCH: Google Shows Off Android Apps in Action on Chromebooks

Select Chromebooks are getting Android apps any day now and if you aren’t already as excited as me, we (finally) have the video of the announcement event from Google I/O to help get you there. This video, in case you were wondering, is of the mini press event that Google held during I/O to both announce and demonstrate how Android apps will work on Chrome OS.

During the roughly 25-minute briefing, Google not only walked through scenarios where the seamless integration of Android apps in Chrome OS can help you really get things done, just like you would on a full-blown PC, but they also “geeked out” a bit on how all of this works. The talk notes the Linux container they use to run Android Framework in, on top of Chrome OS, which allows them to keep up with security and have an integrated UI.  (more…)

Official: Get Ready to Hate Your Instagram Feed

According to Instagram, users miss an average of 70% of their photo/video feeds. Sure, if you follow 1K+ people, that’s likely, but why are you following so many people in the first place? How is that a meaningful experience? Apparently that doesn’t matter to Instagram, and starting today, as the company announced in March, a new algorithm is rolling out to everyone’s feeds, bringing the most popular posts directly to the top of your feed. FML. FML! (more…)

Facebook Messenger Users, You Now 1,500 New Emoji to Play With

An update for Facebook Messenger is completely revamping the emoji experience inside of the communication app, but it’s not just the addition of new emoji that has people excited. According to Facebook, 10% of all messages sent via Messenger include emoji, and considering how many messages are likely sent on the service, that’s a crap ton of emoji.

Inside of the update, FB is bringing 1,500 newly designed emoji to public, including gender-agnostic options and multi-colored emojis. For multi-colored emoji users, they will get to determine the skin tone they prefer, including dark, pale, or The Simpson’s yellow. For those who prefer female emoji, an entire set of emoji catered for ladies is also available, including a female police officer, female runner, and others.

However, probably most importantly, FB is rolling out a new emoji standard for all users (iOS included), which means no one will be confused by that odd looking smiley face from iPhone users anymore. All emojis, regardless of platform, should look the same. No more emoji confusion! This also includes the times when you are sent an emoji, but your system does not recognize it, leaving you with a blank box. FB wants to cut that experience out completely.  (more…)

Google Maps Gets an Official Beta, Sign-Up for It Now!

Google Maps joined the Google App as having an official beta version this afternoon, and you can sign-up now!

All you need to do is hit that link below, click the “Become a tester” button, and then head to Google Play to “update” to the beta version. It’s just like you have done with the Google App and Nova and any other beta through the Play store. That same link below will allow you to leave the beta test as well.

The new beta version is 9.27.0.  (more…)

#NewVSCO is Coming Soon for Android, Offers Newly Designed Community and Search

An updated VSCO app is soon to make its way to both Android and iOS. Not only does the update include a fancy new UI, but VSCO has essentially reworked the entire platform to offer more of a community-driven experience.

Once updated, users can still look through other content creator’s work, as well as search for topics they want to see photos of. While the ability to share your photos with the VSCO community has been there for quite awhile, this update should bring much more attention to that experience.  (more…)

Samsung Pay Now Available in Spain

Hey, Samsung Pay is now available in Spain! Outside of the US, Korea, and China, this is the first new market (and first in Europe) to get access to Samsung’s best-in-the-business mobile payment app, so that’s kind of a big deal…if you live in Spain.

To start, Samsung Pay will be eligible for use with cards from CaixaBank and imaginBank, and should hit Abanca and Banco Sabadell “soon.” As for supported businesses, customers will be able to use Samsung Pay at contactless terminals all over the place, but Samsung says that it is working with brands like Cepsa, Cervecería La Sureña, Domino’s Pizza, El Corte Inglés, Fridays, Ginos, Grupo DIA, and Starbucks to add more value.  (more…)

Google Keep Now Previews Links, Autocompletes Lists and Dodges Duplicates

A newly available update for Google Keep, the relatively simplistic and bare-boned note and list taking app, is bringing three new features. Now, when inserting links into notes, a preview of the link will be displayed inside of the note, making for a more fancy and info-centric appearance.

When making grocery lists, Keep can help you by autocompleting whatever it was you were going to write. For example, if you type “App,” Keep will fill in Apples, Apple Juice, or whichever word matches what you were trying to type from a list of possible options.  (more…)