Bubble Zoom in Google Play Books is the Best Way to Read Digital Comics

Introduced at the best time, given this week is SDCC, Google Play Books is getting a new feature exclusively for those who enjoy reading comic books on digital devices such as tablets and smartphones. Called Bubble Zoom, this feature intelligently recognizes text bubbles inside of digital comics, allowing users to follow a storyline more interactively. It gives off the sense that the comic is alive, making the act of reading a bit more fun.

To get this feature working, all a reader must do is tap on the screen and the text bubbles will follow along with your taps. It’s not automated, so you don’t need to worry about the bubbles going too fast.  (more…)

Night Light Feature for Google Play Books Makes Nighttime Reading Easier on the Eyes

Google Play Books, Mountain View’s dedicated book and magazine reading app, is receiving an update via Google Play that brings a new feature called Night Light. With Night Light, Play Books will automatically adjust the amount of blue light given off from the display, which can be disruptive to human eyes at nighttime. When the app senses sunlight getting low around you, the color changes to an amber hue, which will be easier on your eyes for nighttime book consuming. Yum yum.  (more…)

Google Play Books Receive Update to Better Handle Comic Books

In an update to Play Books from Google, enjoyers of comic books will find a new way to enjoy their reading on mobile devices. Thanks to the update, when you are viewing comic books through the Play Books app, you can turn your device to the side, allowing you to view comics and read them with vertical scrolls. It should bring an easier way to digest each cell individually, instead of cramped on a single page.  (more…)

Google App Update Wednesday: Maps, Camera, Calendar, Sheets, Slides, and So Damn Many More

You probably already realized this, since we wrote up three Google apps with updates before noon, but yes, today is Wednesday and that means Google is unleashing new goodies upon us. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the updates that have already rolled out today (some yesterday too), along with download links and details to their changes (if they have any). A bunch of these updates are minor bug fixes, but a few do have substantial changes.

Should other apps receive updates, we will try our best to update the list.

Go get ’em!  (more…)

Google Offering Up Free eBook on Android Photography Through Google Play

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Google is currently sending out invitations for Android users to download a free copy of Android Photography, an eGuide written to assist smartphone users in taking better pictures. The book is written by Colby Brown, a professional photographer who specializes in fine art, so you know you at least have someone that is quite competent in walking you through the process. (more…)

Android 4.2.2 “Jelly Bean” Headed to Google TV, Play Books Gets an Update


There is a ton of good stuff coming out of this year’s Google I/O, so while we take a break from the madness, let’s try to get you caught up on the happenings. Last night, an update was pushed out to Google Play Books, allowing for users to upload their own files such as PDFs and EPUBs. There is also a refreshed design for your library and table of contents pages.  (more…)