Android 5.0 Feature: Tap & Go Restore and Restore From Specific Devices

I would hope that I am not in the minority when I say that pre-Lollipop, the Android setup and restore process was terrible. In fact, I don’t know if we can even consider the previous process to be much of a restore process. In the past, you input your Google account credentials and then told it to restore, though you had no idea where it was restoring from, which apps would be downloaded automatically, and if you were going to spend more time after the restore uninstalling stuff than you would have freshly installing only the things you need. But with Android 5.0, you have two new options that have been so greatly improved, I can’t even think of an adjective to describe them other than, awesome.

In Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” Google is introducing two new options for restoring your devices – Tap & Go, and specific device restores. The first, actually works just like it sounds; you tap your old device to your new device and go! With specific device restores, this is Google’s way of letting you decide which specific device you want to restore from, a method that is incredibly handy should you deal with or have owned multiple Android devices. Both are equally great, so we wanted to make sure you understood each.  (more…)

HTC RE Camera Will be 50% Off Over the Black Friday Weekend

HTC is taking its “Hot Deals” series into Black Friday with a weekend-long price slashing of its new stand-alone camera, the RE. The GoPro-like hand held shooter normally retails for $199, but starting at 9PM Pacific on Thanksgiving (November 27), you will be able to buy one for $99, which is 50% off.

The deal runs from Thanksgiving through December 1 at 9PM Pacific, while supplies last.  (more…)

Pinterest Receives Update on Android With New UI, Simplified Navigation

The Pinterest app for Android received a makeover today that introduces some Material Design, like a more vibrant, intuitive experience “that’s native to Android,” all of which was done in about three weeks time. The developers behind the app also improved the navigation to make it easier to jump around the app, plus the performance should be noticeably speedier. Pinterest claims that they reduced the launch time from 5.3 seconds to 2 seconds.

It sounds like the update is taking advantage (ugh) of Google Play’s staged rollout “feature,” so it could be a few days before you all see the new goodness.  (more…)

Dropbox and Microsoft Office Integration Now Available on Android

A couple of weeks ago, Dropbox announced that it had partnered with Microsoft to include Office integration within its web and mobile apps. The move is a big deal for Office users, as they can access and edit Office documents from within Dropbox, a cloud storage solution that can be reached from just about anywhere and on any platform. In a blog post today, Dropbox announced that the new functionality is now available on Android.

To get started, they remind you to update to the newest version of Dropbox, then open any Office document, spreadsheet or presentation from within Dropbox. You should see an “edit” icon that will let you start editing. Once you are finished editing, your document will then save automatically back to Dropbox.

Give it a shot and let us know how it goes.  (more…)

SwiftKey Drops Theme Packs Up to 66% for Black Friday

Add Swiftkey to the list of players participating in this year’s Black Friday weekend. Starting today at 9AM Pacific, the popular keyboard that recently received a major performance improving update, will see discounts in its theme store by up to 66% for US consumers, which means a drop for all themes from $2.99 to $0.99.

You will find packs like the Premier pack (10 themes), Minimal pack (5 themes), and the newly introduced Material pack (5 themes) all a part of the weekend deals.

If you are outside of the US, Swiftkey is also discounting theme packs by 50% for a limited time.  (more…)

7 New Apps Gain Casting Support Today: Comedy Central, Encore, Nickelodeon, and More

The Chrome team announced that it has added casting (previously Chromecast only, but casting is everywhere!) support for seven new apps this morning…or developers of these apps have now built in support for casting…whatever, you get it. The list of apps includes Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go, Nickelodeon, TuneIn, EPIX, YuppTV, and Encore.

The list grows. Get to casting!

Don’t have a “cast” capable device? Amazon has a $3 discount on the Chromecast. Or there is the Nexus Player through Google Play for a more robust solution.  (more…)

Motorola Hosting 50% Off Music Accessory Sale Right Now, Ends Tomorrow

Motorola is getting in on the discounted shopping week this afternoon, hosting its very own Music Accessory sale. Starting today until tomorrow night at midnight (ET), Motorola offers you the chance to purchase various music accessory products for 50% off.

As of right now, the deals include a pair of SOUL Republic headphones for just $99, down from $199, or a Moto Stream for just $25, down from $50. As stated, it’s all 50% off.  (more…)