Video: Google Play 4.9.13 Tour!

The new version of Google Play is rolling out today as version 4.9.13. Up front, it doesn’t look like a massive overhaul, since the category and main pages haven’t been touched, but individual listings for apps, music, books, and movies have all been given a Material Design-like makeover. In other words, they are now super pretty with new sliding animations, layout changes, big imagery that takes center stage, and lots of white space (if that’s a good thing). (more…)

Download: Google Play 4.9.13 Rolls Out, Features New Design in Listings

A new version of Google Play began to rollout this afternoon as build 4.9.13. The update doesn’t initially look like that big of a deal upon first launch, but once you jump into an individual app, book, album, or movie listing, you will immediately know that this is pretty major. The individual listings all appear to be designed with Material Design in mind. There are beautiful sliding animations, big imagery, and an overall cleaner layout.

We will have an overview video of the changes coming in a minute, but for now, get to downloading.   (more…)

HTC Begins to Break Down Firmware, Releases Sense Keyboard to Google Play

Like Google and Motorola before it, HTC has uncoupled a system app from firmware. HTC Sense Input, the default keyboard on HTC devices, made its unceremonious debut on Google Play this morning.

Predictably, Sense Input is only compatible with the HTC One (M7), HTC One (M8), and the latest phones in the Desire series. Sense seems to be a requirement, too – the keyboard won’t install on Google Play Editions of either One.  (more…)

Amazon Wallet App Hits Google Play, Stores Gift and Reward Cards

Within the last week, Amazon snuck their new Amazon Wallet application onto Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. The app, which will be featured on the Fire Phone, stores gift, reward, and loyalty cards, so that you can access them at any time without actually holding the card. Once scanned into the app, you can bring cards up as barcodes or QR codes for using at merchants. With “supported” merchants, you can even check  gift cards balances, similar to what the latest Google Wallet update offers.

This is not a mobile payment app.  (more…)

Twitch for Android Updated to Version 3.0, Adds Enhanced UI and Expanded Search

An update has been pushed to Google Play for Twitch users, one which brings an enhanced UI, more features for finding your favorite broadcasters, and a new chat section which keeps you in touch with streamers.

Upon opening the app, users are met with almost every game they could ever want to watch livestreamed, led off by the most popular. Once on a channel, you can subscribe to the broadcaster, as well as join the chat channel, allowing you to chat with fellow Twitch users and the broadcaster themselves.  (more…)

Facebook Introduces Save Feature for iOS, Android and Web

If you have ever come across a link on Facebook, but you didn’t have time to click and explore it, Facebook has introduced a new Save feature, allowing you to essentially create a bookmark library for your account.

Saved links and posts will be saved for you in the tabs section on iOS and Android devices, as well as accessible through your web browser.  (more…)