Chrome 51 Arrives on Android, Officially Kills Off “Merge Tabs and Apps”

I hope you weren’t a fan of Chrome’s “merge tabs and apps” option that was introduced back with the launch of Lollipop, because Google fully killed it off today with the update to v51 of Chrome stable. That’s right, once you update Chrome with today’s release, you will no longer be able to merge your tabs into your app switcher. RIP?  (more…)

Fleksy Isn’t Dead, Should Have Updates in “Next Couple Weeks”

Over the weekend, a reddit thread suggesting that popular keyboard app, Fleksy, had been abandoned, really picked up steam and caused a number of its users to worry about future support.

The thread pointed out that the app hadn’t received an update in almost two months, even though it previously seemed to receive them every couple of weeks. The keyboard’s social media accounts have also all basically gone silent since early March, plus some of the changes that were introduced in the last big update are head-scratchers (like the removal of cloud syncing and all premium features going free). Oh, and the support site is 100% offline(more…)

Project Fi Adds US Cellular to Gain More Coverage and Speed

Project Fi added a third network today in US Cellular. That means Project Fi users now have access to three different networks, further enabling the ability of Fi to get you on the best connection at all times.

For those not familiar with US Cellular, just know that it’s one of the larger mobile networks (they claim to be the 5th largest) in the US with coverage in 23 states. The company is headquartered out of Chicago, has 4.8 million customers, and runs a network on LTE and CDMA.  (more…)

Android N Name Reveal Coming in a “Few Weeks”

This morning, the official Android Twitter account gave us a timeframe of sorts for when we can expect to find out what the “N” in Android N will stand for. Their plan is to reveal the name in a “few weeks,” which, at least to me, sounds a lot sooner than initially expected.

We aren’t supposed to see a final stable Android N until later in Q3 after another couple of preview releases arrive in June and July, but a “few weeks” seems to suggest that we could know the name by the end of June. It could be that when the APIs and SDK go final in the June preview that Google will then announce the name.  (more…)

Slack Rolls Out Calls Feature to All

Slack, the team workplace chatting service that only tech nerd press seem to drool over constantly, every day, on Twitter, as if they are the “In” crowd because they use Slack and you don’t, rolled out a calls feature to all yesterday, after having been in beta for months.

Not familiar with Slack? That’s OK! Not everyone is tech nerd press who live in a bubble of obnoxious tech elitism and feel like they need to tell you each time that Slack receives an update, that “this is the app our team uses!” It really is just a workplace or team or group chat app (it’s on Android, iOS, Chrome, and desktop) that has a lot of really neat features that make it a powerful tool that you may talk about incessantly, assuming you like to get excited about your team workplace chat apps. I know I don’t!  (more…)

Google’s New iOS-Exclusive Motion Stills App Technology May Come to Google Photos

Try not to get mad at what I’m about to say, but Google released another iOS-exclusive app today. I’m sorry! I’m just the news deliverer! Would it help if I told you that we could see the technology from this app on Android? Better? OK, let’s talk about the app.

It’s called Motion Stills and it allows users of iPhones that shoot Live Photos (the short video clips taken before and after pictures in the iPhone camera) to turn them into easily shareable GIFs. It’s probably awesome. It also uses some video stabilization magic to make them super cool.

Here, check out a few of Google’s examples.  (more…)

Twitter for Android Gets a New Look With FAB, Swipe-Able Columns

Twitter for Android is getting a major update today that introduces a new UI to better align with “the best of Android.” That really just means that Twitter is ditching their previously confusing UI for a column-style approach that can be swiped through, a navigation drawer, and a floating action button (FAB) for spamming off poop emoji in a hurry.

This update has actually been in beta for a few weeks and I have had a chance to play with it quite a bit. It is 100% an improvement over the previous versions of Twitter that I always found to be a confusing mess to use. I wonder if Joaquim (of Falcon Pro fame) had anything to do with the update? Hmmm. Hmmm. (Looks below at animated GIF) HMMMMM.  (more…)