In this week's Friday 5, Google Assistant finally comes to a wide range of Android devices and adds SMS functions, Twitch adds a Twitter-like broadcaster feed, Lightroom lets you take photos with HDR processing, Snapseed adds shareable templates, and the popular Calorie Mama app can detect your food based on a photo.Google Assistant extends its aid
Google Assistant, a conversational AI like Siri, has been built into Google's Pixel phones since those were launched in October 2016 -- but were found... Read More »
In this week's Friday 5, Amazon unleashes a Skype competitor, Facebook integrates real-time weather info, Flipboard gets an overhaul, Musical.ly introduces a video messenger called Ping Pong, and encrypted messenger Signal gets support (in beta) for video calls.Amazon Chime
Amazon surprised us this week with Chime (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac), an online meeting platform like Skype that uses the Amazon Web Services cloud to connect users. Like Skype, Chime has videoconferencing, teleconferencing, direct... Read More »
New Year's resolutions are typically firm on January 1 but tend to weaken by the middle of the month. However, if you can tough it out for 21 days -- the amount of time researchers have concluded that it takes to form a new habit -- then you'll be in good stead for the rest of the year. Download these apps to set goals, get fit, eat smarter, keep calm, sleep better, and learn new skills.... Read More »
Google wants to help get the old photos stuck on your fridge onto your phone, where you can save, edit, and share them.
Position your phone over a photo and tap PhotoScan's capture button. The app does its best to identify the four corners of the image, and then you follow an arrow to navigate your... Read More »
Android users have over 2 million apps to wade through when they visit the Google Play Store. And lots of third-party websites, including Download.com, also offer app downloads. How can you find the right app in a reasonable amount of time, make sure it's compatible with your device, and figure out whether the app and the store are legit? Here's how to safely and efficiently find, download, and install Android apps.Where to get Android... Read More »
Google's new Family Library service makes it easier to teach your family to how share, as it gives family members access to Google Play purchases.
With Family Library, eligible apps, movies, TV shows, games, and books purchased through the Google Play store are available to as many as six family members (ages 13 years and older) across their devices. Those with iOS devices or on the Web can watch movies and shows and read books.
You can automatically add purchases to the... Read More »
Topics: Android Software
If you've been following the VR craze, you've probably noticed that the headsets can cost several hundred dollars, and the games and apps aren't free, either. However, you can try VR on the cheap with free Android apps and the Cardboard VR viewer, available on Google's site for $15, along with several similar viewers. Cardboard's app helps you set up your phone and add apps to your library, though Google's app store doesn't do a good... Read More »
Your Android phone is just as useful as you make it. Organize the tiles on your phone's screens so you can stop hunting for your favorite apps and find them just a tap or two away.Organize your apps
The quickest way to bring order to your phone's screens is to alphabetize the apps or gather them by purpose: all messaging and email apps on one screen, sports apps on the next screen.
It's easy to rearrange apps. Tap and hold an... Read More »
Tech junkiedom can be an expensive business, since we're always eager to try new things as soon as they're available, instead of waiting patiently for discounts. But I noticed as I gathered this list of personal favorites for 2015 that these apps and services reduce my costs, bundle one thing into another, or both. Maybe my subconcious is trying to tell me something, but I've improved my quality of life (and the heft of my wallet) with regard to my... Read More »
Now that Google has released Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the big question is: When can Android owners download and start using it?
If you own a Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9, Player, or Android One, the answer is easy. Google is now sending out Marshmallow in stages, and depending on your carrier, you have access to it now or will shortly.
If you ordered the new Nexus 5X and 6P phones, Marshmallow will come installed on those devices.
But... Read More »