In our last “3 Android Apps Worth Owning” piece which didn’t really have much of a focus, we talked about the best reddit app with a Material Design coat of paint, our favorite way to keep up on sports that completely avoids ESPN, and a really simple, yet useful package tracking service that works with 200+ carriers. This time around, we are focusing more on getting things done on your Android device through screen recording on Lollipop devices, doing something as simple as filling out a form or document (signing one too), and bringing the best feature introduced on Android in years to any handset, all for the price free.
Here are another 3 apps worth owning. (more…)
During last year’s Google I/O, when the company announced and displayed Material Design for the first time, they previewed a non-existent music app that looks nothing like today’s Google Play Music. Of course, what Google showed off was simply what Material Design could be, and thanks to a soon-to-be-released app called Gramophone, folks who wished they had that music player might be in luck. (more…)
Cyanogen announced this morning that they have taken in an additional $80 million in funding through a recent financing round. Congrats! The companies involved in the round are some heavy hitters like Twitter, Qualcomm, Telefónica Ventures, and Rupert Murdoch. There were other “yet to be announced partners” as well. Thanks to this round, Cyanogen is now valued at roughly $1 billion. That’s pretty awesome news for a company that was originally an open-sourced ROM started by a single dude who was just looking to tinker a bit with Android’s code.
Ahhh, America. (more…)
Released exclusively for iOS devices, Instagram introduced a new app called Layout this morning, enabling users to make photo collages super quickly. Much like apps such as Diptic and Photo Grid, you can place your photos into a grid, allowing you to show off multiple images in a single post on Instagram. (more…)
Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, says Google Glass is not dead. Even though the company shut down the Explorer Program and moved Glass away from Google’s Project X wing, Schmidt states that Glass won’t be back until it is “ready for consumers.” (more…)
Best Buy is hosting a really solid 4-hour sale today that slashes $100 off Google’s new Nexus 9 tablet. Both the 16GB and 32GB black models are included, so if you are interested, you can get into a Nexus 9 for $299 or $379, respectively. Most of us always thought the Nexus 9 should have been priced at $299 and $379 out of the gate. In other words, this deal is completely worth it.
Best Buy isn’t just stopping with the tablet itself, though. They are also offering up the Magic or Smart Cover for the Nexus 9 at $29.99 (normally $39) and the Keyboard Folio for $97.49 (normally $129).
Finally, the Chromecast has been dropped to just $29, which is a $5 discount.
The deals are live now and end at 3PM CT.
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Making rounds on the web, it is reported that future buyers of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be able to remove and disable almost all of the phone’s pre-installed “bloatware.” However, nothing about this is exactly new, considering Android as an OS has allowed for the disabling of apps for quite some time. (more…)
Smart Lock is arguably the best new feature in Android “Lollipop.” With a secure lock screen set, Google gives you a number of options in Smart Lock to keep your phone or tablet quickly unlockable when the device is near you, but can forcibly lock it when you step away from it or should you leave it behind. In the latest update to Android 5.1, Google added yet another option called On-body detection. (more…)