As of the end of last week, Google opened up a new way for developers to hypebeast their upcoming app releases through Google Play. As you can see in the images here, Google is allowing select publishers to put their apps up for pre-registration, so that interested fans can be notified the minute they are released. (more…)
Flickr received a massive update to version 4.0 today that introduces an auto-uploader, a new “elegant, approachable” design, easy photo edits, improved browsing, and better searching. The update isn’t just on Android, though, instead Yahoo is pushing this overhaul from the web and out to all of their properties, including iOS. (more…)
According to a report out of Bloomberg, Google will introduce pretty cool new privacy controls at Google I/O this month, which is a fancy way of saying that they are about to let you pick and choose which permissions are given to an app before you install it. (more…)
[DLF], or Droid Life’s Favorite, is a series of articles reviewing our favorite apps in a given category. The goal of these articles isn’t to extensively review every single option out there and determine which is “the best,” but rather to give you a few of our favorite apps in a category. This week we look at Droid Life’s favorite podcast app.
I listen to a lot of podcasts; twenty-two to be exact. I drive for at least an hour total commuting to and from work and I usually take an hour lunch break, so I always have at least two hours a day to fill with podcasts and music. Because I spend so much time listening to podcasts, it’s really important to me that I have a good looking, well designed podcast app.
I started listening to podcasts way before Serial made them “mainstream.” When I started listening to podcasts on Android my app of choice was Google Listen, an app that Google rarely updated and eventually abandoned. Today there are tons of podcast apps, but only one of them is really worth your time and money. (more…)
For months, we were confused as to why Google created and introduced their own Messenger app when we were all expecting Google Hangouts to become the standard for all messaging needs throughout Google’s services. From instant messaging to texting and MMS to in-document chats, Hangouts is supposed to be the guy (or gal). Remember that almost two years ago to the day, Google told us that Hangouts was the “future.” It even looked like they would deliver on that statement for a while, after introducing SMS into Hangouts and starting the integration of Google Voice. But again, here we are years later and that future sure is taking its sweet time arriving.
After digging around in Google’s Project Fi support site last night, I think we now know why Google created their own Messenger app – Hangouts just isn’t ready for prime time yet when it comes to SMS, MMS, and group messaging. In fact, Google recommends Messenger over Hangouts. (more…)