Google has been busy lately updating its apps. Not only has the tech giant made enhancements to the main Google app, it has also updated its Google Keyboard app as well. And now, Google is releasing a new Messenger app, which is now available for download from Google Play. Messenger is a nifty instant messaging tool that lets users send and receive SMS and MMS messages, participate in group chat conversations, create and transmit audio messages, and many others.
A new app called Snowball has just been launched today. Running on Android (for now), Snowball serves as your smartphone's universal inbox for all your messaging clients, collating all messages from SMS, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Snapchat, and WhatsApp, to name a few. When installed on your smartphone, Snowball's icon should appear right on the Android homescreen as an icon. But why launch on Android first, and not on, say, iOS? Well, the background of the app's creators, Anish Acharya and Jeson Patel, may have something to do with it. Acharya and Patel had met at the University of Waterloo before ending up in the city of Seattle with the two working for Amazon and Microsoft, respectively. They would later partner to form and then sell SocialDeck, a company that publishes mobile social games, to Google back in 2010. In their Google stints, Acharya would later run the mobile product for Google +, while Patel would found Google Play Games. From Google, Acharya would later go to Google Ventures where he worked as an investing partner for a few years. Needless to say, both have roots in Google and solid ties to the Android team, so debuting their Snowball app on Android makes a lot of sense.
Back in August earlier this year, Nokia had announced that the Here mapping app would be coming to Samsung Galaxy phones. Well, it appears that the wait is over, especially for Samsung users who can not wait to use the navigation app in their Galaxy handsets. The Here maps app is officially available for download on the Galaxy app store beginning today. For the uninitiated, Here is a mapping app that Nokia created and kept -- even when software making giant Microsoft acquired the Finnish phone maker's mobile device segment. Previously, Here was only available for use on devices that run on Windows 8, Windows Phone, or Fire OS (the operating system used by Amazon for its Fire phones). Now, the Here maps app will finally be made available for Android users, too. Android users who are familiar with the app will be delighted to know that the Android version also comes with the features found in the Windows Phone and Fire OS versions. These features include turn by turn navigation, 3D, flat and satellite maps, the ability to use maps even if offline, and of course, Collections, a feature that collects the user's favorite hangouts. Aside from the mapping features, Here's Android version also includes Here Drive and Here Transit, which allows users to plot their trips while riding public transport.
See how easy it is to setup and use your Google Wallet on a Sprint Galaxy Nexus to make purchases at vending machines and local businesses using this exciting new NFC technology.
Wirefly's Scott Lewis takes you through the step by step process of setting up a Google Account and activating your Google Wallet. You will also see how easy it is to make a purchase using Google Wallet.
Scott will also show you how to look at your activity log to see your transactions on your Google Wallet.
The HTC EVO 3D has made it fun to take 3D videos and photos. However, once you have 3D content, sharing it with others is not so easy. The EVO 3D doesn't supply a way to convert 3D videos to 2D, but it does have an easy way to convert 3D photos to 2D. Once photos are in 2D format, they can be viewed on any computer and smart phone.
Google recently announced a new music service, called Google Music. Still in beta status, Google Music is sending invitations to interested people who want to try Google's "cloud-based" music storage and playback system. Using Google Music, a music fan can upload some favorite tunes to Google, then play them back on a cellphone... anywhere and at any time. In fact, the music can be played back on up to eight different cellphones, although they will all need to connect to the same Google account to access the music. With an attractive and friendly user interface, Google Music makes it easier to organize and listen to your music - no matter where you are.
We've downloaded quite a few Android apps in our day, and use a fair number of them on a pretty regular basis. When it comes down to it, though, there are five Android apps that we've been able to agree that you'd have to pry from our cold, dead hands.
Are there any Android apps that you feel similarly strongly about? Let us know in the comments.
With more than 16,000 apps available, and new ones being added daily, finding the cool new ones can be a bit challenging. Read this insider's guide to get the scoop straight from Stewart Wolpin, a smartphone expert with over 25 years in the wireless industry.
Thanks to a new app courtesy of Google, Android users have yet another way to quickly find contacts, applications, bookmarks and songs on their smartphones. Dubbed Gesture Search, the new app lets users find content by drawing letters on the screen.
If you are armed with an Android phone, frequently on-the-go, and unable to stomach the idea of fully parting from your blog for any extended period of time, this list of free Android apps will help keep the blogger in you in the know and even allow you to expertly share your thoughts and opinions from almost anywhere.
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