Thursday, March 21, 2019

Opera browser for Android now comes with a free VPN built right into it.

I use Opera browser on my Windows Computer and the reason for that being that the browser comes with a VPN built right into it. A VPN allows users to browse the Internet in a secure way and I strongly recommend you use one when connected to a public network. Unfortunately, not all browsers offer this feature. But that changes today thanks to Opera. Users won't need to subscribe to a third party VPN.

Opera had a free dedicated VPN app for Android back in 2016. However, the app was shutdown in 2017. Two years later, Opera is now offering the VPN functionality right into the Opera browser for Android; which, if you ask me, is awesome.

Turning on the VPN is very easy. Simply tap the new VPN icon at the top left corner of the browser and toggle it on. It's as easy as that. As with the dedicated app, The VPN feature remains free to use.

The new VPN feature is available in version 51 of the app. The update is available in some countries to download. But it's not available yet in Mauritius at the time I'm writing this post. Do check out in Google Play Store as the update gets gradually rolling out. Safe browsing to you all.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

SofaScore introduces graph with monthly average player ratings in latest update for Android.

Today SofaScore published an update to its Android app that should make stats geek happy. The app already offers a myriad of built-in tools for users to keep track of their favorite teams and players performance. In today's update, SofaScore introduces graph with average player ratings per month, the ability to switch players with a simple swipe, and more. See the full changelog below for details.
  • Graph with average player ratings per month (in player details). Tap on the graph to change between number of matches and average rating.
  • Swipe left or right to change the player in pop-up (from lineups and box-score).
  • Dropdown menu for easier selecting statistics in "top players" and "top teams".
  • "Matches" tab in Manager page.
  •  "Media" tab in Motorsports.
The update is available for download in Google Play Store.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Formula 1 app for Android updated with new leadership board for 2019 season.

We're a week away from the beginning of the 2019 seasons and the official Formula 1 app for Android has been updated based on fan feedback. At least, that's what the app "What's New" says.

The app has been redesigned with an optimized live leadership board. With that, users will be able to see more drivers data. I haven't seen what this change brings yet as I haven't downloaded the update yet. And I'm not even sure it will show more driver data. But I'll keep you posted next week after the new season begins.

This update will also allow fans to track driver data with a split screen of the live leaderboard data. Just select a driver and the app will display the driver's data in the other half of the screen. A much welcome addition.

That's all about it for now, but I expect to see another update before the Melbourne GP. The app has yet to be updated for the year 2019 calendar. So expect another update during next week.
In the meantime, download the Formula 1 app update in Google Play Store.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

SofaScore for Android now provide links to similar tournaments and detailed Baseball match statistics.

You're a sports fan and away from a TV set while your favorite sport is live on TV, SofaScore is the app you need on your Android device to follow the games and should the name be any indication, SofaScore will bring live scores to your device as well as short videos of the actions. Since SofaScore covers pretty much of any sports, I strongly recommend you download it.

The app was updated today with the following new features:
  • In tournament details, we have added links to similar tournaments (other league groups or tournaments on the same division level).
  • Match statistics in Baseball are now divided to batting, pitching and fielding.
Check out SofaScore in Google Play Store.

SoloLearn, the free learn to code app, now supports App shortcuts.

Learning to code takes time and a lot of practice but that shouldn't deter you from trying. It's similar to learning any spoken language - the more practice you have, the better. And I believe any kid and adult today should learn to code. If you're asking yourself where to start, I have an easy answer for you. Android has a lot of learning apps in the store and there's two that I can recommend and SoloLearn is one of them.

SoloLearn gives you a wide choice for you to pick from as a beginner. You can easily pick among various coding languages such as C++, C#, Java, SQL, HTML5 etc. With SoloLearn on your device,  you can learn wherever you are and compare your progress with other members of the community and exchange ideas them, making the learning experience fun and engaging.

Whether you're a kid or not and want to start coding, SoloLearn is your starting point. The app will track your progress and even deliver a certificate at the end of the course that you can print out and add to your CV.

In the latest update, the app adds support for App shortcuts. Users will be able to create shortcuts to their courses, actions, and more. This update also includes the usual bug fixes and improvements. Download it in Google Play Store and start learning.

F1 TV Pro now available in Cyprus, Greece, Malta, and Portugal.

We're a month away from the 2019 F1 season and the Android app has been updated today. Fans of the sport in Cyprus, Greece, Malta, and Portugal will be able to watch the races on their devices by purchasing an F1 TV Pro subscription. The ability to watch live races on Android phones and tablets was released last year in a few countries. It's great to see the offer being extended to more countries.

This update also allows users to stream live races on the F1 TV app. Previously, this was only possible on the F1 app. If you live in one of the above-mentioned countries, download the Formula 1 app in Google Play Store.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

New Microsoft Launcher Beta update introduces daily rewards cards and more.

Today Microsoft has released another update for Microsoft Launcher beta on Android. For users who installed the beta version, Microsoft added a daily deal card that allows users to earn rewards for using Microsoft Launcher and "completing other tasks."

This beta version of Microsoft Launcher also introduces the following features:
  • Non-full screen folders for easier one-handed use and large-screen devices.
  • Long-press shortcuts enabled on icons even when the home screen is locked.
  • Customers can send a CPU profile through "Contact Us" in Settings in case of performance issues.
  • Launcher font size will now respect the system font size.

These features are currently available in the beta version of Microsoft Launcher. Anyone can join as a beta tester by signing in on the app's page in Google Play. If you'd rather wait, it should not take long for the features to reach the release version of the app.

Beta testers can download the update on Google Play.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Google wants you to share calendar files via SMS.

Google, or someone at Google, thinks that Android users want to share calendar events via SMS. Yes via SMS. What a great useless idea. I never share calendar events and I doubt I'd do it via SMS, which I consider as obsolete in the age of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other cross-platform messaging apps.

Similar to Apple, Google believes you need that feature. You just don't know it yet. Now you have the ability to share calendar events via SMS with friends.

The update is rolling out now in Google Play Store. You have no choice but to download the update and move on.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

New Adobe Photoshop Express for Android lets you seamlessly share photos to Instagram.

Adobe Photoshop Express for Android just got better today thanks to an update that will make users happy, especially those with an Instagram account. Instagram is a very popular photo sharing platform, more popular than Snapchat and gradually gaining more and more users. A popularity that parent company Facebook is now trying to monetize and I'm not sure that move will play well with users. Only the future will tell. but I digress.

In this update, Adobe is adding the square aspect ratio for Instagram. Users will be able to share photos to Instagram "without worrying about the 1:1 aspect ratio. PhotoShop Express will handle that automatically. This is a great addition.

PhotoShop Express now supports "Split Tone". This new feature will let users "add different colors to the shadows and the highlights of an image to create a surreal effect."

That's it for this update. Head over to Google Play Store to download or update Adobe PhotoShop Express and enjoy hassle-free image editing to share on Instagram.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Amazon will roll out continuous scrolling and a new mobile-friendly format for magazines in the coming weeks.

Amazon Kindle for Android received an update today. However, the update prepares the app for upcoming new features. Amazon announced the updates will be rolling out in the coming weeks, with no precise dates.

The first item listed is the ability to activate continuous scrolling in the app in the Aa menu. The latter is found at the top of the app and lets readers change font size, color and more. I'm not a fan of continuous scrolling. I prefer to manually turn the pages. Call me old school if you want but that's how I like it and no doubt a lot of readers out there will enjoy continuous scrolling.

For the readers with magazine subscriptions, Amazon is introducing a mobile-friendly format for the following magazines initially: Food Network, Cosmopolitan, Time, Popular Mechanics, and 200 others. That's a lot for initial titles. No doubt, subscribers will appreciate.

I will update this post when Amazon starts rolling out these new features in the coming weeks. In the meantime, download the update in Google Play Store.