Google has been pretty good about supporting both iOS and Android over the years. For the most part, all of their biggest services have been pushed to iOS as apps that are mostly as good as their Android counterparts. There are a few that haven’t quite reached the other side, though, namely Android Wear and Keep. I don’t think anyone is missing Keep, but can you imagine a world with Android Wear on iOS? That would mean Android Wear smartwatches competing directly with the soon-to-be-available Apple Watch. Like, that means watches that actually look like watches that aren’t of the 1992 calculator variety. Ooooh, controversy. Ooooh, competition. Ooooh…ooooh.
According to a report out of The Verge, who spoke with a “source close to the (Android Wear) development team,” Google is close to “finishing the final technical details.” Finishing the final technical details. Mmmhmmm then. (more…)
“Boutique” watch company, Olio, announced a limited edition smartwatch today called the Model One. The watch comes in both silver steel and black editions, with the steel starting at $595 and the black at $745. The watch is unique in that it carries a “round” watch face, but also because it works on both Android and iOS. (more…)
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…)
Last week, a report surfaced which claimed Google was to release a kid-friendly version of YouTube in app form for Android devices on February 23. Today, that same application launched onto Google Play and Apple’s App Store for download by all, called YouTube Kids. (more…)
While not exactly directly Android-related, we still thought many of you would like to know that Pushbullet released all sorts of new goodies this morning, including a Mac app, Safari integration, and iOS notification mirroring. Again, this isn’t directly Android-related, but I know that many of you own Apple computers, could potentially use Safari, and may own an iPad outside of your Android phone. Since we are massive Pushbullet fans around these parts, we know that we are certainly excited for the new Mac app. Pushbullet all the things, right? (more…)
Have you ever wondered how much revenue some of the top mobile games on the planet rake in? Curious to know what the cost is or the number of developers it takes to make a “game of the year” type title for mobile? Maybe you have always wanted to see proof that iOS really does trounce Android when it comes to number of downloads or users of popular paid apps or games? Or maybe you have no interest in any of that, but would potentially be interested in looking at some cool numbers in neat infographic style? We have that for you below.
Thanks to the @ustwogames, the makers of the incredibly popular Monument Valley, we get a decent look inside their successful 2014 launch. (more…)
A couple of weeks ago, Dropbox announced that it had partnered with Microsoft to include Office integration within its web and mobile apps. The move is a big deal for Office users, as they can access and edit Office documents from within Dropbox, a cloud storage solution that can be reached from just about anywhere and on any platform. In a blog post today, Dropbox announced that the new functionality is now available on Android.
To get started, they remind you to update to the newest version of Dropbox, then open any Office document, spreadsheet or presentation from within Dropbox. You should see an “edit” icon that will let you start editing. Once you are finished editing, your document will then save automatically back to Dropbox.
Give it a shot and let us know how it goes. (more…)
Google just announced a brand new email experience called Inbox. Inbox, created by the Gmail team, is an email app that bundles similar emails together so that you can quickly swipe them away. Inbox will highlight important info from messages, like flight itineraries, event info, photos or documents, so that you may not even need to fully open them at this particular moment. Inbox also lets you set reminders, snooze items, and may even assist you along the way by providing useful information for tasks it sees that need to get done.
It sounds a lot like Mailbox, which is awesome, because I have given my life over to the task-oriented approach of Mailbox. Return to Google, I may. (more…)