Chrome for iOS Gets Another Cool Gesture Not in the Android Version

A couple of weeks ago, we highlighted this really cool swiping gesture in the iOS version of Chrome that allowed you to swipe down to refresh (like in Android), but also close or open a new tab. It’s super neat and we weren’t able to hide our jealousy at the time.

While we still wish Google would find a way to add that functionality into the Android version, an update to Chrome on iOS that was released today adds yet another gesture we wouldn’t mind having on this side of the mobile world.  (more…)

It’s #WorldEmojiDay! What’s Your Go-To Emoji?

🔥🔥🔥 It’s World Emoji Day! Trust me, I’m with you in wondering why that’s a thing 👀, but hey, it is. Embrace it or it’s going to be a long day on Twitter, my friends.

So, to show our support, let’s all share that go-to 👍 emoji that you seem to use over and over again. You know you have one. It’s the emoji that’s so convenient as it sits in your recently used list that you can’t help but tap it, even though deep in that emoji mind, you really wish you had the ❤ to branch out and be more creative like that friend of yours who always seems to have the perfect emoji for every situation. “Dammit, 🌊🌊🌊 wave emoji in our beach conversation! Why didn’t I think of that!” you constantly find yourself saying. It’s OK, the 😛 tongue face was cute…for the fifth time today. “Wait, I just typed out ‘peace’ but he went ✌!” It’s 👌, one day you’ll figure out that emoji are great word replacements. That is the point after all. Come 💪, today. This is the day.

What you got. 😎

YouTube App for Android and iOS Now Supports Playback at 60fps

The official YouTube application for both Android and iOS flipped a switch this morning, allowing mobile viewers to watch select videos in 60fps. I say select videos, since not all videos on YouTube are uploaded at 60fps. However, there is a healthy selection of content creators who upload in high resolution and frame rate, so finding high quality content to consume on your mobile device should not be an issue.  (more…)

Hangouts on iOS Just Got Updated to V4.0 – Bring on the Android Version (Updated)

A couple of weeks ago, we saw Hangouts version 4.0 leak for Android as a completely revamped application in terms of user experience. We still haven’t seen the update arrive on our favorite mobile platform, but it did hit iOS this afternoon. Actually, v4.0 that looks almost identical to that Android leak showed up on our iPhone 6, giving us all sorts of hope that the Android version isn’t far behind.

Below, you will see a series of screenshots from the application that should look quite familiar if you saw that v4.0 leak for Android.  (more…)

So Much Jelly: Look at This Neat Trick for Chrome Users on iOS

Over on the official Google+ page for Chrome, the team showed off a neat trick for iOS users, one which makes us, faithful Android fans, a wee bit jelly.

As shown in the above GIF, when a user pulls down on a tab, they can slide their finger ever so slightly to select between adding a new tab, refreshing the current tab, or closing the tab. Dang, that’s nice. (more…)

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.

Nest Introduces New Protect and Cam, Updates Software for Thermostat and Apps

Nest just exited the stage at their scheduled press event for today, announcing all sorts of new stuff that Nest fans will most certainly enjoy. They refreshed their entire product line, in case you were wondering. That means they showed off the all new Nest Cam, a 2nd generation Nest Protect, new software for the Thermostat, and a brand new app for Android and iOS.

I’ll try and recap the big stuff, but I highly recommend you dive into the press release below, because there is more stuff in there than I can even talk about without spending my entire day on Nest.  (more…)