Lumific is a Solid Gallery Alternative for Those Not Wanting to Use Google’s Photos

A number of you who recently updated to Lollipop have made it clear to us that you are not at all excited about the fact that the stock gallery option on Nexus devices has turned into the Photos app that is attached to Google+. I think it’s safe to say that not all of us are ready to just hand over our entire photo collection to Google’s social network and cloud. And there is nothing wrong with that.

So what kinds of options do you have in the third party world for a gallery app? You may want to check out Lumific(more…)

Google is Halloweenifying Your Photos Through Google+

To get into the Halloween spirit, the Photos app from Google+ is now Halloweenifying your photos, allowing you to create your very own spooky scenes or scary portraits.

Creating your own Auto Awesome photos with Halloween effects is very easy. To start, open up the Photos app on your device, then hit the three star button in the top right corner. From there, select either Spooky or Fun Effect. Then, choose your photo. Once you hit “okay,” Google+ does its magic.  (more…)

Google+ Update Polishes Up the UI With More Material Design

Google+ received a minor update (4.6.0.76908267) on Android this morning, flush new Material Design tweaks. From what we can tell, there aren’t any new major features, but the app is certainly more polished than ever as we approach an Android L launch.

If you compare this new G+ to the old, you will see changes to the post button (now red), polish in menus, a simpler Photos layout, and a general flattening of all the things.

We have the .apk below in case the update hasn’t arrived on your device through Google Play.  (more…)

YouTube, Android Device Manager, and Google+ Receive Minor Updates

Over the last couple of days, Google issued updates to YouTube, Android Device Manager, and Google+. In tow with the new versions are little more than minor usability improvements and minor stylistic enhancements. Complete design transformations are probably a ways off – closer to Android L’s finalization, most likely – and there aren’t any overt signs that certain highly anticipated features are nearing the implementation stage. Still, we’ll take what we can get. (more…)

Google+ Lifts Name Restrictions, Call Yourself Whatever You Want

When Google+ was first launched, the company was very adamant about having “real” people be a part of their community. This made the overall feel of the social network more genuine.

As years have passed, Google is now relaxing a bit about the name you can use on your profile, allowing those who wish to remain anonymous to still be a part of the G+ community.  (more…)