We know how difficult it can be waiting for a staged rollout to hit your phone, so if you are trying to download version 5.0 of Instagram from Google Play, you no longer need to wait. Version 5.0 features Instagram Direct, which allows users to send private videos and photos to each other, as well as private messages. It’s a feature many folks have been wishing and hoping to see come to the service, so it’s nice to finally have it arrive. (more…)
Swiftkey, a 3rd party keyboard that remains one of the favorites around this site, received a beta update to version 4.5 this morning that finally introduces emoji and an optional number row. Seems silly, right? That we’re talking about an update that introduces 500+ emoji. Oh, how the times have changed in this funny tech world. But hey, emoji. (more…)
Instagram, the filter-centric social network, took to the stage this morning before a small crowd of press to announce their latest experiment, Instagram Direct. Instagram already lets you share photos with everyone on your list, but no real option for messaging and keeping up with specific followers. Instagram Direct allows users to share photos with select groups of people to keep that inside joke a secret or share something special with a loved one. (more…)
The Droid Life Show: Episode 44 kicks off tonight at its usual time of 6PM PST, 9PM EST. This is our second to last show of the 2013 year, and you know what, we are quite saddened by this. But don’t worry, we think 2014 has major things in store for the Android world, and we have our arms wide open for whatever it is. Tonight, the full DL crew will be in attendance, covering Google’s blitzkrieg of device releases yesterday (we should have ours in hand soon), and a vast variety of other subjects. You won’t want to miss it. (more…)
A new game hit Google Play this week, one which is not only fun to play, but also helps those who suffer from malaria. The game is called Nightmare: Malaria, and it covers an adventure through the body of a young girl suffering from malaria. The goal is to kill mosquitoes and collect teddy bears scattered through levels. At the end of levels, there are safety nets which will protect you from harm. To add a bit of A-list status, Susan Sarandon was hired to play the voice in the game, which some of you might enjoy. (more…)
A new update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Verizon has been approved (and may even be rolling out already) as build VRUEMK2. The update appears to be pretty minor while addressing a few bugs here and there. Things like Email connectivity have been improved, along with making data roaming more consistent in Canada and Mexico, and better connections while using proxy servers.
But maybe most importantly, the update makes it so that non-Samsung chargers will work correctly with the phone. For those of you with multiple chargers lying around from various phones, throw yourselves a little party. (more…)
Gmail received a really nice update this morning to version 4.7. In the update, the Gmail team has introduced Vacation Responder, as your way to set an “out of office” through the Gmail app, rather than the web. They also are finally allowing you to attach more than just photos and videos. With 4.7 onward, you can attach almost anything from PDF files to .zips to documents to .apks (as long as they aren’t over 25MB). And last, you can print hard copies of emails thanks to built-in print settings (as long as you are on Kit Kat). Oh, you should see performance improvements on devices with low memory, thanks to Project Svelte.
As always, we have the .apk available for you to download below should you not have received the update through Google’s stage rollouts method. (more…)