Microsoft Launches Suite of MSN Apps to Google Play, Includes Weather and Sports

The team over at Microsoft published a few MSN apps to Google Play this afternoon, five to be exact, ranging from apps for sports to weather and news. The Bing-powered apps are MSN News, Sports, Food & Drink, Weather, and Health & Fitness. These apps center around Microsoft’s ecosystem, utilizing their sources to bring you the latest info on what’s happening.  (more…)

Amazon Releases New Shopping App Because Its Old App Broke Google Play Policies

Back in September, Amazon updated its main application on Google Play to include the option for everyone to install not only Amazon Instant Video, but other apps from their store as well. The app was alive and well for some time, but according to Amazon, Google made a change to its Google Play policies shortly after, putting their app in violation. To comply with Google’s new policies, they have since released a new app called Amazon Shopping that no longer includes direct access to Amazon’s Appstore, and instead tells users that they need to open Amazon’s site on their browser to install their store’s apps, including Instant Video.  (more…)

Action Launcher 3 Released to Google Play, Rewritten and Redesigned

Chris Lacy is back, and this time, he has a completely rewritten and redesigned launcher app for the Android world. Titled Action Launcher 3, the app has been rewritten from the ground up, and wouldn’t you know it, a new pricing scheme has also been deployed.

Chris states that the update, “takes everything people really loved about Action Launcher in the past, mixes it with Google Now Launcher, and infuses it with Material Design.” Sounds like the ultimate 3rd party launcher to me.  (more…)

Indiegogo Launches Official Android App, Browse Campaigns and Follow Your Favorites

Crowdfunding does not appear to be going away anytime soon, even though it seems many projects end up being nightmares for consumers. From what I have seen, there are either ridiculously long delays, or even worse, the product is nowhere near as advertised. It seems as though Pebble is the most successful project to come from this environment in our industry, but there are surely others I am just unaware of at this time.

Putting my feelings aside, Indiegogo has launched its very own Android application this morning, allowing users to take advantage of its services while on the go. For example, if you just can’t get enough crowdfunding in your life, you can browse countless categories of campaigns, and then end up tracking the ones you care about. Users are also encouraged to look into campaign perks, as well as share campaigns with friends.  (more…)

Chromecast Update Brings Guest Mode, Beta Mirroring, Fresh Material UI

The Chromecast app received an update yesterday that not only included the much anticipated Guest Mode, but the UI of the app also got a fresh Material Design makeover and screen mirroring is open in beta to most devices running Android 4.4.2+. The update is rolling out in stages (of course it is) on Google Play or can be sideloaded using the link we included below.  (more…)

Camera FV-5 Updated With Support for Android 5.0 Camera API

Even though Google announced that a new camera PI in Android 5.0 “Lollipop” would be able to handle things like RAW image capturing and more manual controls over things like shutter speed and focus, we have yet to really see any of the camera apps on Google Play take advantage of them. Camera FV-5 was updated today, and it appears to be one of the first.  (more…)