Here are some of the best apps and games that came out this week.
Here are some of the best apps and games that came out this week.
Google has released a major update for Chrome OS, which brings with it several changes. For starters, there is now a new Chrome OS Launcher, which has better search experience, voice search, and Google Now integration.
Other than that there is also a new Files app, which has been updated with new Material Design interface. Other changes include a new Calculator app, support for password-protected ZIP files, and default typeface on all Chromebooks being updated to Roboto Latin, Greek and Cyrillic scripts. Read more »
If you’ve used Android Wear with your phone, you’d have noticed the annoying persistent notification that sits in your phone’s notification drawer, telling you that an Android Wear device has been connected to your phone. As if you wouldn’t notice the watch sitting on your wrist.
With the latest Google Play Services update, Google has gotten rid of the notification. This means there isn’t another notification sitting permanently in your notification drawer that you couldn’t get rid of anymore. Read more »
Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is one of the most anticipated superhero movies (or just movies) right now. For the first time, we will be seeing Batman and Superman duke it out in live action on the big screen.
The movie is still a year away from launch and other than a few images of the characters we haven’t seen much. Until this drops by. Somebody managed to record a video of the teaser trailer that was screened in some places and so here we are. Read more »
Chrome for iOS got a major update today that added several useful new feature. The first one is a new widget that sits in your Today view. The widget allows you to open a new Chrome tab or do a Google voice search right from the notification window. And if you happen to copy a URL from some other app, the URL will appear in the widget so one click will open it straight into Chrome.
Another addition is pull to refresh, which lets you refresh the web page by pulling down on it, which was first implemented in the Android version of the app. What wasn’t in the Android version, however, was that you can pull down and then slide your finger left to quickly open a new tab or right to close the current one, which is displayed with a neat little animation. Read more »
Net neutrality has been a hot topic of debate in India the last couple of weeks. The issue started after Airtel announced plans of charging VoIP calls separately and later snowballed into a larger movement when the company announced free access to Flipkart on its network.
But Airtel wasn’t the only one violating net neutrality laws. Facebook’s internet.org intiiative, in collaboration with Reliance, did the same, giving free access to several sites to those on Reliance’s network. While this is a move was in the interests of the customers, especially those who cannot afford to pay for data packs to access the internet, it still violates the principles of net neutrality that dictates that all data should be treated equally. Read more »
Google has had a phone locating service in the Android Device Manager website for a while now. The company has now implemented the functionality within its search engine itself.
You can now simply search for ‘Find my phone’ on Google and a small window appears on the search page showing the map and your phone’s current or last known location. From there you can choose to give your phone a ring to help you find it if it’s around. You can also choose a different device from the drop down menu at the top if you have more than one Android devices. Clicking on the map will take you to the Android Device Manager website. Read more »
Apple has banned people from using selfie sticks or similar monopods within Moscone West or Yerba Buena Gardens during WWDC. The company has mentioned it as such on its WWDC General Instructions webpage.
To be fair, Apple has prohibited people from bringing any kind of serious photography equipment at the event and the selfie stick rule is to prevent people from blocking other people’s view with their obnoxious sticks. Read more »
If you’re into gaming you would already be familiar with Humble Bundle. They did an EA bundle a while back and have now released their second EA bundle.
The Origin Humble Bundle 2 comes with Dragon Age: Origins, Peggle, Dead Space 2, Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest (includes Medal of Honor Allied Assault and two expansion packs, Spearhead and Breakthrough), Command & Conquer Generals + Zero Hour. All of this can be had for as low as $1. Read more »
Extremely popular online card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, based on World of Warcraft characters, is now available on smartphones. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android smartphone, you can now download and play the game on the small screen.
Hearthstone is originally a PC game that was ported over to the iPad last year and later on to the Android tablets. Since then it was limited to the tablets, which made sense since the game requires moving around small objects that may not have worked well on small screen phones. However, with phones getting bigger every year, that may not really be a concern anymore, so it’s logical to have the game running on smartphones as well. Read more »
ASUS has announced a new fitness-centric smartwatch for your phone. Called the VivoWatch, the device is geared more towards fitness applications such as tracking your activities, heart rate, sleep pattern, etc.
The ViVoWatch seems to have a black and white display to save on power with a green LED strip below. The watch has a stainless steel body and an IP67 certification for dust and water resistance. Read more »
Apple Watch seems to have had a good launch day, if the data from Slice Intelligence is to be believed. The company tracked the e-receipts of 9,080 online shoppers who opted in to have their email tracked, the company estimates over 957,000 people purchased some variant of the Apple Watch in US alone.
Out of these, Slice Intelligence estimates 62 percent went with the cheapest Apple Watch Sport model, mostly in the Space Gray finish, with most of the rest preferring to get the stainless steel model. Read more »
Google has been experimenting with a new UI for the YouTube player. The UI has transparent player controls that show you the relevant buttons without blocking the video.
The UI is still in development and hasn’t been finalized yet. But if you want to give it a shot, there is a way. Read more »
Welcome to our new weekly feature, the Best Apps and Games of the Week. Here we will try to cover some of the most notable apps and and games that were released in the past week or so on the mobile platform.
The list will include both new and apps that received some major update recently. The list is not limited to any particular mobile platform, but considering the current situation you’d likely only be seeing Android and iOS apps in the articles. Read more »
The Honor 4X is the company’s latest entrant in the budget smartphone category. It is also the launch of Honor as a brand in itself, still owned by Huawei but running independently without the Huawei branding.
The Honor 4X is a competitively priced big screen smartphone. Some of the salient features include a 5.5-inch 720p IPS display, Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB RAM, 13 megapixel camera, dual SIM connectivity, 4G LTE, and a 3,000mAh battery, all for a price of Rs. 10,499 ($168). Let’s take a closer look at it. Read more »