Foursquare, one of the long-standing kings of social check-ins, pushed out a major UI update to its Android app this afternoon. We are still awaiting an official changelog, but the changes are pretty obvious at first launch. Actually, before you launch the app, you will probably notice the brand new iOS inspired, cartoonishly flattened icon. From there, it only gets more iOS-like even with an Android hamburger slideout navigation. (more…)
Last month, Nike introduced the world to its new fitness band, the FuelBand SE, as a follow-up to its original wearable activity tracker. I was excited at the time even though the story of the original FuelBand in relation to Android users is not a pretty one, to say the least. With the introduction of the newest version and its brand new feature-packed iOS app, I had high hopes of Nike seeing the light or at least recognizing that Android is the most popular and widespread mobile operating system on the planet. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to care because Android manufacturers aren’t Apple. I didn’t make that up, their VP of Digital Sport actually said that. So once again, there is no Android experience for the Nike FuelBand SE, only a web portal that fails to provide access to any of the new useful features that are included in the iOS app.
But you know what, I still bought the damn thing. (more…)
For any iOS users that are currently looking to pick up a Moto X through MotoMaker, Motorola released a tool this week that should make the data migrating process extremely simple. If your life’s work, such as all of your contacts and important meetings, are stored in iCloud, you can migrate all of that over right through MotoMaker. As soon as you purchase your new device, you will be prompted to migrate data from your iPhone. To do so, just throw in your Apple ID and password, and let the process begin. (more…)
Nike took the stage in NYC this morning to announce their newest fitness product, the FuelBand SE. It’s a revamped version of the FuelBand introduced in 2012, but includes all sorts of upgrades in areas that most users (including myself) were asking for. But for Android users, did we finally get official app support? Ugh, is all I have to say there. (more…)
Even after a new Google Search update for Android and the introduction of hashtags to searches came across the wire yesterday, Google has decided to continue improving their bread-and-butter product again today. For starters, the iOS Google Search app has been updated to include the clever “OK, Google” voice activation command. But more importantly, your Google Now notifications for things like Reminders, now sync between Android and iOS. So if you wanted to use your Android tablet to remind yourself to pick-up a 6-pack of Jubelale later in the day, you could in theory take an iPhone with you later on and still receive the reminder.
Also, Google is continuing its overhaul of mobile search results. You should see a look that is “cleaner and simpler, optimized for touch, with results clustered on cards so you can focus on the answers.” (more…)
Guess what, a software update can’t actually waterproof your phone. A phone (at least any of today’s current models) can’t sense “changes in thermo-distribution” and shut your phone down should it come in contact with water. What am I referring to? This week’s iOS 7 waterproofing debacle of course. (more…)
We don’t want to get into the argument of which OS is better, which one looks cooler or anything like that. People like what they like. And you know what, we like the look of iOS7’s Control Center. While the basic idea of having system toggles and controls have been a part of Android for some time, the way Apple implemented it looks pretty nice. An Android developer decided to bring Control Center to Android and it works wonderfully. (more…)
With more than 280 million tweets sent out using location services, you would hope all of that data could be used to at least make something interesting, right? A company was able to gather this information and place a lighted speck on the map for each tweet, creating a very pretty map for users to check out. What takes the map over the top is that you can toggle between views of tweets from iOS, Android, BlackBerry and “other” device individually. Plus, they can be layered. Very cool. (more…)