Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Comment threads are coming to Instagram soon.

Today Instagram announced a new feature that is not yet readily available but will be deployed in the coming weeks on Android and iOS. The new feature is something that should have been into the app since its inception, but no. So today, Instagram has announced that they will soon bring threads to conversations; real threads like the ones that will group together a conversation by slightly increasing the indent to the right. Instagram says comment threads "help you keep track of conversations and make it easy to respond to a specific thread. This update will make your feed an even better place to share interests, get inspired and connect with others.

It's about time.

Instagram made the announcement on the company blog and you can read the full post here. Download Instagram in Google Play Store.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Google Calendar lets you easily reschedule events with drag and drop.

Google Calendar got a little bit better today with a new feature that will let users quickly and easily reschedule events, reminders and goals directly from Day, 3 day and week views by dragging and dropping. Simply press and hold on an entry in the calendar to move it around. 

That’s certainly a quick way to get things done in the calendar. However, I did not get it to work with any of my events and reminders – I do not have any goals. On the other hand, it worked perfectly with the English Premier League reminders from ecal.

How do like the new drag and drop feature? Let me know in the comments.

Update or download Google Calendar in Google Play Store.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Learn to code with SoloLearn on Android with your friends.

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 coding. Now, if you're asking yourself where to start, I have an easy answer for you. Android has a lot of learning apps in 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.

The community is what's going to get you going and SoloLearn is well aware of that. In the last update to their Android app, they added the search functionality for you to quickly search your followers and following list.

This update also includes a fix about a wrong round bug in the Play section. I'm not sure what that means, but it's been fixed. So that's a good thing. The update also includes the usual bug fixes and improvements.

So, 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.

To get started, download the app free in Google Play Store and enjoy coding.

Friday, August 4, 2017

How to add emojis to Telegram messages on Android with keywords?

Version 4.2.2 of Telegram on Android lets you search or add emojis by typing the ':' keyword followed by the type of emoji you want. For example, if you're feeling relieved, type ':relieved; feeling satisfied, type ':satisfied'. I don't know about you, but I find this tedious. I'd rather browse for the emoji, which, to me, is way faster and easier

This update also lets you find messages from a particular user in any group. According to the changelog, to achieve this, tap '...' in the top right corner when in a group. Tap 'Search' and the new 'Search by member'. Then select a user to browse through all of their messages.

That's it for this update, which you can download in Google Play Store.

Switch between light and dark theme in Skype for Android.

I hope you made peace with the new skype. The new Snapchat-inspired design of Skype has provoked a kind-of over-reaction from users. At least, this is what I think because I like it for the simple reason that I grew tired of the Skype design of old. Sure Microsoft made mistakes, but well, at least they are listening. Take the new ‘activity indicators’ for example. Microsoft omitted this feature in the new release. Now, with this update, users will be able to see who’s currently active in chat list again. And there’s more.

When Microsoft redesigned Skype, it was all white. Not a wise choice knowing that a totally white screen puts pressure on the battery and on the eyes. So Microsoft added new themes where users will be able to switch between light and dark theme. This feature is available in the settings. To get to it, tap your profile picture, then the settings icon at the top right of the screen. Scroll down to theme and tap the Light or Dark buttons according to the preference. I always switch to a dark theme in apps when I can and Skype is no exception. I’m not sure that saves battery, but it does make it easy on my eyes. In case you’re wondering, I have no problems with my eyes. 

So, make sure you download Skype on your Android device via the Google Play Store to take advantage of these new features. I nearly forgot, Skype will also let you reorder your chats by recent, unread or active.

SMS in Android Messages can now be marked as read in notifications.

I still use SMS sometimes, but I've long transitioned to messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. And for the rare times that I use it, it's good to see Google keeps adding new features to Android Messages.

The latest update allows users to mark a message as read right in the notification area. A feature that I find particularly useful. Before this update, 'Reply' was the only option available in the notification area and swiping the message away after reading did not remove the unread badge on the Android Messages icon. The 'Mark as read' option fixes that problem. So thanks for that Google, but there's another feature I think you could add up there: A delete button.

Many online services still sends out SMS messages with code for authentication and since messages can be read without opening the app, a delete button in the notification area would make perfect sense. 

Do you think a 'Delete' button in the messages notifications will be useful?

Grab the update in Google Play Store.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dailymotion on Android finally gets Chromecast support.

Compared to YouTube’s 1 billion downloads, Dailymotion’s 10 million downloads is measly in comparison. Just so you know, there’s other apps in the store for video lovers and Dailymotion is one of those.

The app has been updated today which finally adds support for Chromecast. Yes, you read that right. It’s been one of the most awaited features and Dailymotion users will finally get to watch their favorite videos on a big screen. I’m not sure that will help increase the number of subscribers though.

Download Dailymotion in Google Play Store

Version 3.8 of Microsoft Arrow Launcher for Android is now rolling out to the beta channel.

Hey folks, version 3.8 of Microsoft Arrow Launcher is out through the beta channel and while there is nothing much to it in terms of new features, Microsoft is introducing the “Me avatar”, a sort of Me tile which former or current Windows Phone users will remember. 

Users will need to sign in with their Microsoft account to have their profile picture displayed at the top of what Microsoft calls the -1 page – you swipe from the right to the left on the home screen page to access it. Tapping the profile picture takes you to a Microsoft page where users can manage their accounts and services they’re subscribed to and obviously change their profile picture.

Here’s the rest of the change log:
1. News: the redesigned News card.
2. People: See your Outlook contacts in People card and let Arrow help you merge duplicate contacts.
3. Calendar: Redesigned Calendar card shows your upcoming appointments.
4. Setting: Reset Arrow settings to default settings.
5. Folder spacing/layout improvements.
6. Additional bug fixes.

Again, this update is available to those who are in the beta program. Check the Google Play Store page of the Arrow Launcher to join the beta program to get the latest features before they go public. Just bear in mind that these updates may contain bugs.  

Saturday, July 22, 2017

WhatsApp on Android lets you quickly search for emojis.

WhatsApp published another update today for users to search for emojis while in a conversation. Users simply have to tap the emoji icon which will reveal the emoji search icon. From there, type anything you want and WhatsApp will retrieve it for you. For example, the screenshot above brought up rabbit emojis after I typed rabbit. Just type anything you can think of and WhatsApp will show all the emojis related to your query.

For heavy emoji users out there, make sure you check out the update in Google Play Store.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Adobe Acrobat Reader now lets you quickly edit and change font when reviewing documents.

Adobe Acrobat is the de-facto standard for viewing portable documents on mobile and desktop devices across platforms, so it’s one of those apps you need to download on your devices to view such documents as, say your bank statement, utilities bills, etc. Those documents sent by your bank are not editable for obvious reasons but if you subscribe to Adobe’s services you get to create your own or even edit those sent to you provided you were given the required permissions from the author. 

In a collaboration environment you get to share your thoughts about the contents. And todays update allows users to quickly edit and change the font when reviewing documents. This update comes in handy when you want to make your comments stand-out right on your device when on the go instead of having to wait when you get back to the office. In this update, Adobe also added accessibility support for bulleted lists.

To get the job done wherever you are, make sure you download this latest update from Google Play Store.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Microsoft Apps is an app that lets you easily browse all of Microsoft's offering on Android.

With their “Mobile First” strategy, Microsoft has a lot of apps on the Android platform. So much that it can be daunting to keep track of them all. Aware of this, Microsoft built an app called Microsoft Apps that provides an easy way to find all of Microsoft’s offerings on Android in one place. The app will even notify you when an update is available.

Microsoft has updated the app today, which raises the version number to 2.2 and while it does not introduce new features, Microsoft worked to reduce the app package size and memory usage. It is always good to see developers continuously working to make their app less resource hungry.  That’s it in this update. But do check this app as it is really useful to keep tabs on Microsoft slew of Android apps.

You can download it free in Google Play Store.

WhatsApp adds support for sending documents of any type and text formatting in latest update

If you are not in the WhatsApp beta program, you should check the latest update that was published to the store earlier today. As a member of the beta program, I have been using these new features for a while now and it is great to see WhatsApp finally bringing them to the masses. And if you want to be among the first to try these new features, I strongly advise you join the beta program. You can do that in the apps page in Google Play Store. Let’s see what’s new in this update.

WhatsApp will now let you send files of any type as attachment by tapping the attach icon within the app. Prior to this update, and if I’m not mistaken, WhatsApp only supported PDF files. With this update, WhatsApp supports any file type you have stored on your device.

WhatsApp also improved the camera feature in that users will be able to swipe up to see all their photos and videos on the device. A quick and easy way to attach these files to a message with less navigation.

Since WhatsApp is all about messaging that involves mainly text, users will be able to format text to make them bold, strikethrough or italicize. To do this, users must tap and hold to select a word or more and select whichever format they want from the contextual menu.

Finally, WhatsApp made some design improvements for voice and video calls. 

Make sure to update WhatsApp on your device to enjoy these new features. It is a free update in Google Play Store.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SofaScore now lets you jot down notes in match details.

SofaScore has been updated today as it prepares itself for the next season of the English Premier League - and maybe for other leagues across the globe, but I'm a fan of EPL. 

In this update, soccer fans will be able to jot down notes within the app. An icon has been placed next to the sharing icon in the match details page. This feature could prove useful if you need to remember something related to the game.

The other feature is about TV broadcast. When the latter is "available in a certain country, this will be showed directly on TV channels country list (green dot)."

SofaScore is available free in Google Play Store and contains some in-app purchase.

Pocket Casts for Android updated to version 6.2.9.

Shifty Jelly, the company behind the excellent podcast app Pocket Casts, has posted an update which raises the version number to 6.2.9. The company has been kind-of building some hype as they gradually published new updates until. “Will the next update deliver the crazy version number or tank the ending like LOST (ugh! Still hurts).” I did not watch the show, but I trust Shifty Jelly will release something exciting. 

In the meantime, check out what’s new in this update:

1. The end of episode sleep timer option now stops right at the end, and won’t delete or mark the episode as played.

2. Podcast title sort now ignores ‘The’. You might think that’s _meh_but wow you people wouldn’t stop emailing us about it!

3. Added Ireland, Netherlands, Poland and South Korea to discover countries.

4. Fixed crashes on some lower end phones.

Grab the update in Google Play Store.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Udacity improves the built-in video player with variable playback speeds and more.

Udacity is a great learning platform and if you want start a new career or simply learn new technologies, Udacity is the way to go. It is, in my opinion, the best online learning platform, especially if you want to learn coding. And their app on Android is nice considering that you can watch videos offline. A feature they added in the last update for the Android.

In today’s update, which brings the version number to 3.5.0, Udacity added variable playback speeds, multiple playback quality settings. All of these can be accessed by tapping the Settings icon on the video itself.

Check out Udacity in Google Play Store and enjoy coding.

Google updates Docs, Sheets and Slides with new formatting tools.

Google has updated its productivity suite today and in case you’ve never considered Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, you should do so for the very simple fact that they are free to use on any Android device. Of course, they do not offer the powerful features found in Microsoft Office, but what makes Google products interesting are their simplicity of use and collaborative features.

In this update, Google added the following features:

Google Docs: Easily format tables, images and drawings with new toolbar items.

Google Sheets: Easily format images and shapes with new toolbar items.

Google Slides: Easily format images and shapes with new toolbar items. 

These features are already available in the Android version of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but if you’re a Google user, you will find these new formatting features useful.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Launcher 10 brings Windows Mobile live tiles to Android and it looks great.

Android is the most customizable mobile OS on this planet and you’ve probably read that several times and as such the Google Play Store offers a wide choice of launchers for you to use if you do not like your device’s default one. I currently use Microsoft’s Arrow Launcher, which is to me the smartest launcher available on Android as it learns from my daily usage and habits to push up the apps I use most to the top for quick and easy access. This post, however, is about another launcher that Windows Mobile fans will very likely appreciate for its similarity to Windows Mobile live tile screen. Actually, it brings the Windows Live tile experience to Android.

It’s name is Launcher 10 and is available free in the store with in-app purchases. This launcher brings Windows live tiles to Android making it look like a Windows Mobile device. The live tiles will show notification for the calendar, contacts, clock etc. Tile badges will show number of missed calls, unread messages etc. And like Windows, swiping from the right will reveal the all apps list, while pinned apps can be resized. Additionally, users can choose the tiles color, transparency, tap and hold to reposition them, and unlike Windows Mobile, Launcher 10 supports landscape mode. The tiles will rearrange perfectly to fit as you rotate your device. 

If you are a previous Windows Mobile user or fan or would just like to experience live tiles on your Android device, Launcher 10 is definitely worth a look. To help you make up your mind, check out the change log for the latest update:

1. Most widgets should now fill the full size of the tile if you have turned off the tile background behind widgets option.

2. Tile labels and live tile text should now scale to fit the tiles. Now if you change the number of tile columns, the text will scale to ensure a consistent look.

3. Added a preference for tile label text size so you can customize the size of the tile labels.

4. Added a preference for app list size to allow for custom sizing of the all apps list (text and icons).

Launcher 10 can be downloaded in Google Play Store.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Google Chrome loads pages faster and consumes less memory.

Google Chrome is by far the most popular mobile browser and in the desktop world too. I have often tried to move away from it adn give browsers like Opera, Firefox a try, but did not last long. Opera is the browser that I have the most because of its data saving feature, the first browser on the market with such a feature. Now that Chrome also let me save some money and data, that relegated Opera to the background, only being used to test new updates. Speaking of update, Chrome was updated to version 59.

Chrome 59 will now load pages faster for a better browsing experience and consume less memory thanks to an updated JavaScript engine. There is also the usual bug fixes and performance improvements.

Check out the update in Google Play Store and happy browsing.    

Telegram on Android now supports 10000 members super groups and bot payments.

Telegram, the messaging app for Android, has been updated today. Before this update, the app supported the creation of groups of up to 5000 members, which is a lot. In this update, users will be able to add up to 10000 members in super groups. Isn’t that insane? Not sure you have that amount of friends or maybe you use Telegram for professional reasons, but managing and moderating such a big group is no easy task. That’s why Telegram added granular rights for the super group admins and they will able to temporarily ban misbehaving members among other things.

The update also adds an event log that records all “service actions taken by members and admins in the last 48 hours – with search and filters.” Admins will also be able to search for specific users among groups. 

Telegram added Android Pay support for bot payments if you use this service. Finally, the app will now show photos and videos together when sharing them.

If there’s something for you in this update, get it in Google Play Store.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Microsoft updates OneNote on Android with Web Clipper and simplified navigational controls.

OneNote is my go-to app for note-taking on my devices. Thanks to cloud sync, my notes are available to me no matter which device I use and that and the fact that the app is free and full-featured, does not need any second thoughts.  Besides note-taking, I use OneNote mainly for recording my family health records, which proves handy when visiting our doctor. But Microsoft wants OneNote to be more than just a note-taking app. Today’s update is just another proof of that.

Microsoft updated the app today “to simplify navigation controls and enhance usability for users who use assistive technology.” I cannot comment more on this as I’ve not downloaded and installed the update as I’m writing this. But there’s more.

The web version of OneNote lets users save an entire website with OneNote Web Clipper. Microsoft is bringing this feature to Android for users to easily save websites on their Android devices just like on the desktop.

Android users can get the update free in Google Play Store

Monday, June 26, 2017

Yahoo Mail on Android updated with easy access to Smart Views.

Yahoo Mail users are in for a treat today with an update to their favorite email service on Android. If you belong to this group, head over to Google Play Store to update the app and see how the Search bar inside the app has been improved on.

After applying the update, Yahoo Mail users will have easy access to Smart Views and their recent searches right beneath the Search bar. As shown in the screenshot above, the app makes it easier to filter the searches by category without having to manually navigate to the default folder category: People, Travel, Shopping, Social, Finance.

Check out the update in Google Play Store.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Readers can now read left-aligned text (ragged right) in Amazon Kindle on Android.

Amazon just made it easier to read books in Amazon Kindle on Android. In an update published recently, the Kindle app adds the ability to read books using left-aligned text. The default was justified text, that is text aligned on both left and right margin. Most, if not all books are left justified while the right margin is either ragged or justified too. For the latter, this is commonly known as centered text, which can create awkward spaces between words.

The new alignment option is not enabled by default and may not apply to every books in your library of the Kindle store. To enable left alignment, tap the Aa settings at the top of the screen inside books that support Enhanced Typesetting.

It's great that Amazon added this feature and give the choice to readers to enjoy the best reading experience. Personally, I'll stick to the justified layout. I've grown so accustomed to that layout. Download the update in Google Play Store.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Periscope lets users buy Super Hearts for broadcasters to redeem for cash.

Periscope, Twitter’s live video service, has been updated today and this new update should appeal to the service's fans as it introduces a feature that will allow them to show their love to their favorite broadcasters with Super Hearts.

Super Hearts, as described in the change log, “are new, sparkly, animated hearts, and some are even personalized with your profile pic.” So if static hearts are not enough, get ready to shell out some money  to send Super Hearts. Users will be able to purchase coins by visiting the coin store during a live broadcast to show their love or appreciation of the broadcast.

Periscope also have something for broadcasters. They will be able to join the Super Broadcasters Program and earn some cash. When users buy Super Hearts, broadcasters will accrue a star balance which they can redeem later. The program is currently only available in the United States and will roll out internationally soon. Learn more about the program here.

Periscope broadcasters and users can download the update in Google Play Store.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Apple Music for Android fixes an issue that may prevent listening to downloaded music while offline.

Tomorrow most of the world will be celebrating music day and Apple has issued an update for its Apple Music app on Android, surely unintentionally, to fix an issue that prevented listeners from listening to downloaded music while offline. The update also includes the usual “minor app and performance improvements”.

Apple Music on Android brings over 40 million songs for users to listen online or offline and the app has been downloaded over 10 million times. Which is not bad considering how antagonistic Apple and Android fans are. And the reviews in Google Play Store are quite positive. I cannot compare how Google Music fares against Apple offerings since the former is not available in Mauritius. However, Google Movies is open. Go figure.

If you’re a hardcore Android fan, or not, and would like to give Apple Music a try, go to Google Play Store to download the app and you can sign up for a free three months trial. An Apple ID account is required.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Apps update: Dropbox supports CSV file previews; Inbox by Gmail gets undo action inside notification.

A few apps in Google Play Store got minor updates, so I’m gathering the story for each update under one post. 

First in the list is popular Cloud storage service provider Dropbox. This is more of a fix in that the app can now handle CSV files preview within the app itself. This is all there is to this update, at least according to the change log. Get it in Google Play Store.

Inbox by Gmail also received what sounds like a nice feature. The change log states that “You can now undo an action taken inside a notification”. I have yet to give this a try. But basically, if you selected to delete an email in the notification tray and want to get it back to your inbox, an undo button will let you do that. Get Inbox by Gmail in Google Play Store.

Happy update.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pocket Casts update for Android builds more hype until the version number after 6.2.9.

The good folks behind the great Pocket Casts app are currently building some hype around version 6.2.9 of their excellent podcast app for Android. And they are aware of that since the “the suspense” is killing them too and me, as a matter of fact. To keep users excited about that mysterious update, today they published version 6.2.8 to Google Play Store. The one thing I don’t get is why so much hype for what seems to be a minor update. A major update in my opinion would raise the version number to 7.0. but let’s wait and see.

Todays update adds the following features and fixes:

New episode notifications now include Play next and Mark as played.

Fixed some playbacks errors, especially for shows like WTF with Marc Maron. Never heckle comedians people: you'll be one that walks away with philosophical egg on your face. Trust me on this one.

Until version 6.2.9 lands, check out this update in Google Play Store and enjoy your podcasts.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

SofaScore for Android now lets fans report confirmed player transfers.

SofaScore Live Score for Android has been updated to version 5.40.3 today and sports fans are going to love it. With most soccer leagues being on vacation and it is the transfer season, SofaScore wants to keep fans excited and this update brings some interaction in the sense that fans will be able to report confirmed player transfers. If fans spot a confirmed transfer in the news, they post about it within SofaScore by tapping on the pencil icon in the top right corner of the app of the player page and select "New transfer". They will be able to provide details as shown in the screenshot below, including the source of the information.

Eager to provide some breaking news to your favorites sports app? Head over to Google Play Store top update SofaScore to keeps tabs on transfers.

Emirates app on Android lets you access boarding pass offline and initiate a live chat for assistance.

Emirates Airline app for Android has been updated today with new features that make it easier for travelers to do much of the travel-related chores right on the device and having recently traveled by Emirates, I can say the experience is very good compared to the local airline app. One of the new features make the boarding pass available offline, which is very convenient as it avoids having to enable mobile data in order to access it. A minor thing, but a time saver.

The app will also allow travelers to establish communication with Emirates customer desk should they have any query. Another nice touch which speedier than being put on hold until an agent is available to take your call. To initiate the live chat, simply tap the three vertical dots in the upper right corner and select "Contact us". Then tap "Talk to us now". On doing so, the app will switch to the Chrome browser and pressing the "Start chat" button will establish communication with an Emirates employee. A quick and easy to get any issue resolved.

If you're a frequent traveler aboard Emirates Airline, make sure you download or update the app in Google Play Store to take advantage of these useful features. Bon voyage. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Google Calculator updated with text editing and new icon.

Today Google has updated the Calculator app on devices running Android Marshmallow or above. Owners of these devices will be able to edit the formula. 

After upgrading the Calculator app, users will see the cursor blinking in the text box, a visual indication that the text box is now editable. The cursor can be dragged around or a double tap on part of the formula will have it selected. A long press also will achieve the same result. Highlighting a formula will bring up a context menu with the option to cut, copy, paste, select all and MS (Memory Store).

Google added another small visual change to an existing feature. The Calculator has a drawer to the right side of the app. Slide the drawer to reveal more math operators. In this update, Google added a little arrow as yet another visual indicator.

Previous icon
New icon

Finally, the app icon has changed with the equal sign less prominent. Get the update in Google Play Store.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Gboard for Android now lets you draw emojis and does phrase suggestions.

Gboard is quickly becoming the goto keyboard on Android devices as Google keeps adding new features to it. Gboard has always been my default keyboard on my Android devices and today it has been updated, again. 

The first noteworthy feature happens in the emoji search box. Users can now tap the emoji handwriting icon and start drawing an emoji. Gboard's machine learning will automatically recognize the drawing and retrieve the results from its emoji list. See the GIF below to see how it works.

Gboard has also improved suggestions when typing text. The new update will predict what you plan to type and suggest phrase. Only English is currently supported, but Google said more languages will be rolling out soon.

There's more in this update, so check out Google's blog post. Head over to Google Play Store to get the update Gboard. The update may not be available yet in your region.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

English Premier League official app updated in preparation for 2017/18 season.

The start of next English Premier League season is two months away and the League's app on Android has already been updated for the 2017/18 season with the app showing the league table. Currently, Arsenal is at the top followed by Bournemouth, Brighton and Burnley. Last season champions, Chelsea, stands at number five. 

The next season starts on Saturday August 12 and concludes on Sunday May 13 2018. Will Chelsea raise the trophy again? Will Manchester City Pep Guardiola or Manchester United Mourihno or Liverpool Klopp finally be champions? One thing for sure, next season promises to be exciting. The fixtures for the 2017/18 season will be published on Wednesday June 14.

Head over to Google Play Store to update the Premier League - Official App and activate the notifications in the app settings to learn everything there is about the upcoming season.  

Friday, June 9, 2017

TuneIn introduces offline listening of audio-books for premium users.

Not everyone has unlimited data on their devices, so it is nice to see developers consider this important aspect of life when making apps for our devices. Today TuneIn, the online radio and music app for Android has been updated to allow premium users to download audio-books for offline listening. A download button is now available in the audio-book profile for users to download their favorite audio-books for listening on the go. Since audio-books are large files, the device must be connected to Wi-Fi to download. Remember, this new feature is available to premium users of TuneIn only. 

Version 18.0 of TuneIn also fixes an issue for a crash on Android TV; a fix for a crash on device rotation on Home; a fix for a bug that was occurring on deep links.

TuneIn brings over 100, 000 stations to your device for your listening pleasure. That's quite a large selection of sports, news, music and talks. Check out TuneIn in Google Play Store.

The free version of TuneIn can be downloaded here.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Udacity for Android now supports offline videos subtitle.

Learning new technologies nowadays is made easy thanks to sites like Udacity and I, for one, Know how beneficial such online learning sites help in my every workday and with internet connectivity continuously improving, that makes learning on the go a definite advantage. I remember the days when I was lugging around thick and heavy Microsoft official curriculum books. Fortunately, all these books now fit on my devices. Udacity, among others, brings learning to another level and today, Udacity published an update to improve the learning experience.

A few month ago, Udacity updated their Android app to allow downloading videos within their app for offline learning.  Today, the builtin video player now supports subtitles while in offline mode. This new feature can be disabled in the Settings page should users not want subtitles in offline mode. This update also includes the usual bug fixes and some small UI tweaks. The change log does not provide details about the latter.

Udacity is a great app for those who want and need to continue learning. Check it out in the Google Play Store.

Monday, June 5, 2017

SofaScore now provides list of missing and injured players for selected matches.

SofaScore Live Score app for Android received a minor update that brings additional data that will please the sports fans among us. The app will now show "missing and injured players below the lineups in selected matches." The change log does not provide any details about the selected matches but we can guess it will apply to the top of the leagues clubs.

The update also adds personal information on Cricket player as well as career statistics. Again, this is a minor update that raises the version number to 5.39.9 and can be downloaded or updated in Google Play Store

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Google Photos AI-powered archiving is rolling out now.

Google just made archiving photos a tad easier with a feature update rolling out now for Android, iOS and the web version of Google Photos. We take pictures of memorable moments and also of receipts, notes and other file types. However, we don't necessarily want to see them all mix up together. The new Archive feature will help handle all that and put some order in Google Photos.

The manual archiving is still there should users want to remove some pitures out of the main display. The new feature will use machine learning to find those photos you most likely would want to archive. Of course, users will still be able to review the suggestions and remove any photos they don't want archived. Archived photos can still be found under Archive in the app or on the web or when searching for them.

The feature is already available for Android in Google Play Store. Give it a try and keep your Google Photos main display neat.

Source: Google Photos

Friday, June 2, 2017

Google Sheets easily builds charts with a simple question thanks to machine learning.

Google Sheets on Android received some major improvements today. Thanks to machine learning, Sheets is now capable of manipulating data and displaying them in a meaningful way without much effort from the user. For example, creating tables in spreadsheets requires several steps, but thanks to machine learning and a simple question, and without the use of formulas, Google Sheets is capable building a chart for you. By a simple question, I mean something like "what are average sales on Sundays?". Just take a look above the Gif to get an idea of how it all works.

Google also improved the synchronization mechanism between Sheets, Docs and Slides. If you copied a table say between Sheets and Docs, a simple press of an update button will keep the two files or data source in sync.

This update also some more features to improve users' experience and efficiency:
  • Keyboard shortcuts: Change default shortcuts in your browser to the same spreadsheet shortcuts you’re already used to. For example, delete a row quickly by using “Ctrl+-.”  
  • Upgraded printing experience: Preview Sheet data in today’s new print interface. Adjust margins, select scale and alignment options or repeat frozen rows and columns before you print your work.
  • Powerful new chart editing experience: Create and edit charts in a new, improved sidebar. Choose from custom colors in charts or add additional trendlines to model data. You can also create more chart types, like 3D charts. This is now also available for iPhones and iPads
  • More spreadsheet functions: We added new functions to help you find insights, bringing the total function count in Sheets to more than 400. Try “SORTN,” a function unique to Sheets, which can show you the top three orders or best-performing months in a sales record spreadsheet. Sheets also support statistical functions like “GAMMADIST,” “F.TEST” and “CHISQ.INV.RT.”
Learn more over on Google Blog.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Amazon Kindle for Android now displays the clock right in the book or magazine you're reading.

One can easily lose track of time when reading and Amazon Kindle is aware of that. In their latest update to Amazon Kindle for Android, they introduced a clock that becomes visible at the top left corner of supported books or magazines after enabling the feature in the app settings. According to the change log, the same feature can be toggled on or off by tapping the upper, left-hand corner of the page. And I confirm that this useful feature just works.

In addition, Amazon also added a new font dubbed the Amazon Ember Bold in the Display Settings. A heavier font Amazon says may make reading easier.

Go check these new features by downloading or updating the app in Google Play Store.

CNN reintroduces Darth Vader's "This is CNN" in its Android app.

CNN completely redesigned their Android app back in February with a card-like view that required a lot of scrolling as one piece of news almost entirely filled the screen. After that first overhaul, CNN, probably listening to users complaints, brought changes by introducing a reading mode in May that let users remove the pictures to display only the news titles, thus requiring less scrolling.This has since been my default layout. Today CNN has again updated its app by bringing back the iconic James Earle Jones' "This is CNN" as in the previous version of the app, users will be able to activate or deactivate this feature in the app settings. The app also includes multiple bug fixes.

So if you're a fan of Darth Vader saying "This is CNN", go into the app settings to enable it. But first, head into Google Play Store to download or update the app.