Google Now Launcher Now Available to All Android 4.1+ Devices

A new update is rolling out to the Google Now Launcher, making it available to just about all devices running Android 4.1+. That’s right, if you have been frustrated at the lack of compatibility for Google’s own launcher with top devices, you can finally relax.

For those new to the Google Now Launcher, think of it as the name suggests, a simple launcher that allows you to easily access Google Now. With the GNL as your launcher, Google Now can be accessed with a swipe from left-to-right. It’s also buttery smooth, gives that stock Android look, and has extra large icons for those needing a pixel explosion. To see it in action, check out Google’s new promo video for the launcher below.

The update just went live for all today, so go grab it.  (more…)

Google Planning Workshop Through Play Store, Create Custom Cases for Your Nexus 5

It appears as though Google will soon be making the Nexus 5 a bit more customizable, at least, according to the newest leak from Android Police. In screenshots reportedly ripped from a dog food version of the Play Store, Google is working on a Workshop, which will allow consumers to create and customize their very own Nexus 5 covers, as well as custom live wallpapers to go along with their exterior theme.  (more…)

Top 5 Android Apps: July 2014

Another month down, another list of the best Android apps available is ready.

For the month of July, you can tell that we reconnected with an obsession over wallpaper apps, since three made it onto the list. Outside of eye candy, we also found an amazing app that lets you toggle system settings through Google Now without root, checked out the new NPR One app, and watched as Google brought Material Design to one of our most used apps, Chrome Beta.

Below are the top 5 Android app for July 2014.  (more…)

Top 5 Android Games: July 2014

The end of July as come, so it’s time to look at the best Android games that crossed our desks. This month, we saw the release of a few great Indie games, meaning that the titles didn’t have major backers funding their development. In a few cases, these games end up being some of the best, but of course, there is no doubt that big time publishers can push out great work too, as we saw with Gameloft in the release of Modern Combat 5: Blackout.

A couple of the games we list this month feature addictive characteristics, meaning it is easy to die in the game, but even easier to press “replay.” In addictive games, you want to try again, hoping to do better than you did the last round. Other games for this month include a puzzler, platformer, and a FPS title.

Below are the Top 5 Android Games for July 2014.  (more…)

Hulu Plus Brings Free Content to Android Users in Latest App Update

Starting today, after updating the official Hulu Plus app in Google Play, Android users are being treated to free content, courtesy of Hulu. For some odd reason, Hulu has granted Android users to sample free content, just as you would on their website from anywhere you are, as long as you have a data connection.

Undoubtedly an attempt to get you signed up for their monthly service, which runs $7.99, Hulu is allowing access to the latest and past episodes of a few good shows, including America’s Got Talent, and more.

Here is a excerpt from the company’s announcement.  (more…)