Report: Microsoft’s Cortana is Coming to Android

According to a report out of Reuters, Microsoft is preparing to bring its personal assistant over to both Android and iOS. We are talking about Cortana, of course, the smart assistant named from the Halo character that is currently a Windows Phone exclusive feature. The plan is to release Cortana onto the desktop when Windows 10 is released later this year, then move it onto other platforms, like the one we talk about on the daily.  (more…)

March Madness App Updated With Refreshed Look, Ready for the 2015 Tourney

The official NCAA March Madness 2015 app has been updated with a refreshed look for this year’s tourney. The app takes on some of Google’s Material Design, but overall, just looks a lot more modern than in past years.

The app itself isn’t doing much at the moment, but will come Sunday when the brackets are set. Once that happens, you’ll be able to join the official Capitol One March Madness Bracket Challenge, make picks, check scores, learn about all the Cinderellas, find the best storylines, and of course, watch all 67 games live.  (more…)

Evernote Gets Its Material Design Update

Evernote pushed an update to its Android app yesterday, an update that brought a Material Design flavor with it. The update isn’t necessarily an overhaul, by any stretch of the imagination, but it does bring added polish in areas like colors, typography and flatness, to give it that Material feel throughout. The Evernote designers focused on creating independent layers and subtle animations to give the impression of depth and a “sense of hierarchy.”

The update also adds things like customizable quick notes, long presses to add or remove quick note options, a revamped navigation, simpler navigation drawer, and more.  (more…)

Download: Android 5.1 OTA Updates for Nexus Devices (Updated)

Now that Android 5.1 has begun rolling out, we are starting to capture over-the-air (OTA) .zip files for you to sideload should you not feel like waiting for the update to hit your device. The first to arrive is for the Nexus 5, but we wouldn’t be surprised if either Nexus 7 or the Nexus 10 or the Nexus 6 weren’t far behind.

As we continue to receive new file URLs that are direct downloads from Google, we will continue to update this post.  (more…)

Chrome 41 Comes to Android With Pull-to-Reload, Chrome Beta 42 Adds Site Notifications

The Chrome team is “exhilarated” and “delighted” today to announce updates for its Chrome apps for Android.

Chrome stable received the bump to version 41, which includes pull-to-reload from the top of most websites. Trust me when I say that this is one of those features you will soon not be able to live without. If you have used pull-to-reload at all in the beta builds, you know what I mean.  (more…)