Why is Android Still the Second Platform Developers Work On?

Every year we see the same promise: this is the year that Android-first development will become a reality. At the same time we see big companies like Instagram repeatedly introduce new apps that are iOS-only. Android has been able to tout more market share than iOS for quite some time, but that doesn’t seem to have translated into app developers releasing Android apps at the same time as their iOS counterparts, much less Android-first. Over the past few weeks I’ve been talking with developers and researching why this is still the case.
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IFTTT Introduces the Android Battery Channel to Help You Conserve and Track Battery Life

If This Then That, better known as IFTTT, introduced a new Android Battery channel today to help all of us better manage battery life, trigger related actions when our phone is charging or not charging, and maybe even squeeze out a bit of extra juice when we are in the danger zone. The channel is live through the web, but does come in an update to the Android app as well.  (more…)

Qi Wireless Charging is About to Get a Whole Lot Faster

The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) announced this morning that a new Qi wireless power standard specification “paves the way for fast charging of mobile phones.” In other words, wireless charging will soon have fast charging capabilities, similar to what is found in devices currently equipped with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. I’ll say that again – wireless charging is about to be fast, just like turbo or fast charging is.  (more…)

Tip: Play Music Update Gives You Specific Control Over Music That Goes to Your Android Wear Device

Tucked away inside the newest update to Google Play Music (v6.0.1942S) are greatly improved controls over the downloaded albums or playlists that sync with your Android Wear device, should you have one connected. A user over at reddit noticed that after updating, you no longer just have the all or nothing option, where the check of a box told Play Music to either send every single thing you have downloaded to your watch (starting with the most recent) or your watch gets nothing. Instead, you can tell Play Music which albums and playlists you want sent over.  (more…)

“Undo Send” Comes to Gmail on the Web, Likely Coming to Mobile Apps Soon

Back in May, Google introduced an “undo send” button to Inbox, both on the web and in mobile apps. The feature wasn’t new to many of us, as it had been baked into Gmail for much longer, but only as a “Labs” option for those who knew it existed. Yesterday, that all changed when Google brought “undo send” out of Labs and into general settings on Gmail for the web. Yes, friends, you can now “Whoops!” and un-whoops on Gmail on much more stable terms. Or for some of you, for the first time now that the setting isn’t hidden away.  (more…)

Instagram 7.0 Adds New Explore Page, Makes Search Actually Useful (Updated: APK)

Instagram is pushing a major update to version 7.0 today that introduces an all-new Explore page, along with search functionality that is actually useful.

In the new Explore page, users will find “trends as they emerge in real-time,” trending tags and places, and new curated collections of things like extreme athletes or musicians, “glimmering islands,” architecture, etc. Instagram wants you to not only find the hot happenings near you, but also those around the globe as they are happening. So much happening.  (more…)

Google Play Music Gets Free, Ad-Supported Radio Streaming in US

Google just announced that Google Play Music now has free, ad-supported radio streaming in the US. That means anyone can login to Play Music, pick a curated playlist, and enjoy free tunes.

The lists could be workout jams, those made to help you wake up happier, something to boost your energy, or hits that will help you wind down for the night. Google has a “team of music experts” who craft each station song by song, “so you don’t have to.”

The free streaming service is available today on the web at music.google.com and will rollout to Android and iOS later this week.  (more…)