Sunday, January 31, 2016

Drippler finally adds bookmarked drips synchronization across Android devices.

Drippler is a nice little app for Android that was designed to help users make the best of their devices by bringing tips and other cool tips for their phone. The app gathers information about your device and gets personalized tips for both phones and tablets. Drippler also makes for a great news app about Android of course and works with Android Wear too.

The official name of the app is Drippler Tips For Your Android and it was updated today with a most welcome feature. Drippler lets users save bookmarks, called 'drips' in the app. Unfortunately, these drips do not sync across devices. That was until today. The app is now capable of synching bookmarked drips across all signed-in Android devices. Thanks Drippler for that. This update also fixes several connection issues and bugs.

If you want to make the most of your Android device, I recommend you download Drippler Tips For Your Android in the Play store.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Google adds more than 30 languages to events smart suggestions in Calendar app.

After the addition of 54 new country holiday to the Calendar app, Google is now bringing smart suggestions in more than 30 languages. As you already know, when creating events within the Calendarvapp and you start typing, matching suggestions appears that you can choose or ignore. The app also suggests places you've been at and add directions as well. Of course you can add people to those events without sending them an invite, but you can call or message them within the event. Again, you can do all that in more than 30 different languages.

Here's how:
  • When you begin typing an event title, you’ll see matching suggestions―choose one or keep typing. 
  • Tap “at...” to add a location to your event and later get directions.
  • Tap “with...” to add people to your event, so you can easily call or message them from the event. This won’t send them an invite.
  • English only: Tap “on…” to easily specify the date, time and duration of the event
The newly supported languages are:
Arabic (ar), Chinese (Simplified) (zh-CN), Chinese (Traditional) (zh-TW), Dutch (nl), English (UK) (en-GB), French (fr), German (de), Italian (it), Japanese (ja), Korean (ko), Polish (pl), Portuguese (Brazil) (pt-BR), Russian (ru), Spanish (es), Spanish (Latin America) (es-419), Thai (th), Turkish (tr), Bulgarian (bg), Catalan (ca), Croatian (hr), Czech (cs), Danish (da), Farsi (fa), Filipino (fil), Finnish (fi), Greek (el), Hebrew (iw), Hindi (hi), Hungarian (hu), Indonesian (id), Latvian (lv), Lithuanian (lt), Norwegian (Bokmal) (no), Portuguese (Portugal) (pt-PT), Romanian (ro), Serbian (sr), Slovak (sk), Slovenian (sl), Swedish (sv), Ukrainian (uk), Vietnamese (vi) 

Source: Google
Download: Google Play Store (This update may not appear in all regions right away, but it sure is coming)

Google adds 54 new country-based holiday to the Calendar app.

I started an app project over year ago on Windows Phone, which was a local holiday app which is still available today in the Windows Store. The idea came because I was frustrated that builtin calendars on my phones did not have country's holidays listed or in the case this feature was there, Mauritius was not in the list of supported countries. So I made the app to save holidays to my calendar which then replicated to all my devices whether they be Windows Phone, Android and iOS. Today, Google is going the same way by adding 54 new country-based holiday to the Google Calendar app, bringing the total of holiday calendars to 143, including Mauritius. This new feature is already available for download in Google Play store.

Follow the steps to add or change National holidays:
  1. Open the Google Calendar app
  2. In the top left, touch the Menu icon > Settings > Holidays.
  3. Touch the name of the current country.
  4. Touch a new country to add it, or touch the currently selected country to remove it.
Source: Google

Friday, January 29, 2016

Outlook for Android now lets you search for colleagues right form the People tab.

Outlook for Android
Microsoft has updated its Outlook app for Android today. While there's nothing for end users in this one, pro users gets all the love this time. If your company has deployed Exchange and Office 365, then you will be able to search for colleagues email address right from the people tab. This addition should make things a little easier for road warriors. Check out the update in Google Play store.

Flipboard for Android gets leaner and faster at loading images.

Flipboard fans can enjoy an update today of their favorite digital magazine which does not introduce anything new, but is rather a few improvements and fixes. After installing this update you should notice an improvement in image loading speed. The folks behind Flipboard also reduced the app memory usage making it "leaner". Finally, for those who use Tumblr and linked their account to Flipboard, an issue with image loading has been fixed. 

Get Flipboard in Google Play store. It's free.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Microsoft Translator for Android now supports sharing translations from history.

Microsoft is offering a minor update to its popular translator app for Android. Microsoft Translator is fast growing in popularity in the Play store with other 500 thousand downloads. Translator was also the first app of its category to support Android Wear, beating Google on it's own turf. Today's update adds the ability to share translations from the app history. Of course, this update includes the usual bug fixes.

The update is available in Google Play Store.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Microsoft's Picturesque Lock Screen for Android gets support for NFL.

Microsoft's Android exclusive lock screen app, Picturesque, has been updated today with support for NFL. Once this option is activated in the app's settings, Picturesque will display games notifications right on the lock screen. Previously, only Cricket was supported and Microsoft plans on adding more sports soon. The update also contains some performance improvements and bug fixes.

Download the app or grab the update free from Google Play Store.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Microsoft adds "schedule a call" and ability to open docs in Office to Skype for Android.

If you are among those who wanted the ability to send and receive documents in Skype, Microsoft has made it possible to open such files directly in the Skype app for Android, provided you have the Microsoft Office apps installed on your device. In case you don't, you will be prompted to download them.

Microsoft is also letting Android users schedule Skype calls within the app simply by selecting a contact and clicking "schedule a call" in the menu to add to Outlook Calendar. Microsoft states in the change log that another calendar app can be used.

Download the free update in Google Play store.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Pocket Casts gets a big update with date filtering, support for Marshmallow and more.

Pocket Casts, the popular podcast app for Android, is starting the year with quite a big update. The app now lets users filter podcasts by date and adds support for Marshmallow, meaning Pocket Casts is now capable of saving app settings across devices with auto backups. Check out the full change log below. That's quite a bit of reading:
  • You can now filter episodes by time. In the filter settings page there is a new option called “Released in the last” which you can set to 24 hours, 3 days, 1 week etc. We have changed the episode filters new users will have and this update will also add them to your list of filters.
  • Marshmallow Auto Backup feature added so if you have app backups turned on (System Settings app -> Backup & reset) it will backup your Pocket Casts settings and database so after restoring a phone your app should look a lot more like it did.
  • Switched to Marshmallow permissions. We now only have one permission that requires user approval, the storage permission. The app will only ask for permission for this if you change your storage location to a custom folder.
  • Stats page data is now included in your sync account so if you reinstall they aren’t lost. The stats page is now a summary of stats across all your devices.
  • Improved switching to a custom location so it picks up any existing episode files in the new location.
  • Improved the search for podcast interface.
  • Improved voice control. Give these a try after you have said “OK Google”
    “Listen to PODCAST NAME in Pocket Casts”
    “Listen to PLAYLIST NAME in Pocket Casts”
    “Listen to Up Next in Pocket Casts”
  • New discover Nearby animation.
  • Added a message for the podcast grid if you don’t have any podcasts.
  • Faster podcast unsubscribe.
  • Fixed issues with video player in landscape.
  • Fixed mailto linking in show notes so it opens your mail client with all the fields populated.
  • Fixed sync issue with very old starred episodes.
  • Fixed the episode time left not updating in the list when returning to the app
  • Emojis are now supporting in the show notes and episode titles.
  • Lots of little fixes
Download the update in Google Play store.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Flipboard app update fixes YouTube video playback, WhatsApp & SMS sharing and more.

Flipboard, one of the best news reader, released an update for Android today. There's no new features but a few fixes instead. So grab the update from Google Play store if you have been experiencing these issues.

Here's a list of the fixes:

  • Sharing to WhatsApp and SMS fixed.
  • YouTube video playback issues fixed.
  • On Demand image feature fixed.
  • ESPN app launch issue from select articles fixed.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pushbullet now supports MMS.

Pushbullet is starting the year with a pretty big update for those out there who still send MMSs. In case you forgot, MMS are picture messages that we used to send before smartphones were invented. OK, That's a bit exaggerated, but I do not know anyone around me who still sends MMS. The folks behind Pushbullet seems to think the contrary and decided to bring MMS support to the app.

Today's update will let users send picture messages via Pushbullet. Since the app is cross-platform, you will be able to send picture messages from a PC, a Android device  running Lollipop or more. 

So if you're still sending MMSs around, check out the latest version of Pushbullet in the Play store.