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Facebook is making Messenger Lite available in 150 more countries, but probably not the US

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

The Facebook app and Messenger are commonly criticized for being too large and consuming too many resources. For people in emerging markets with less powerful devices, that can be an issue, which led Facebook to develop Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite. Now, Messenger Lite will be available to download in 150 more countries. Probably not in 'Murica, though.

Making sure that everyone can have a great experience with Messenger irrespective of the age of their smartphone is very...

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Facebook is making Messenger Lite available in 150 more countries, but probably not the US was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook is testing a floating button for suggested videos

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

It seems like every week there's something new popping up in Facebook's Android app. I've lost track and count, but I'm fairly sure we've never seen them mess with floating action buttons (FAB) in this way before. Two tipsters have reported seeing a new FAB in Facebook for suggested videos... and really, that's about it.

Tapping the FAB opens a new page that shows a list of videos suggested for you to watch. Because Facebook needs you to watch more videos, obviously, and a FAB is one of the best ways to attract a user's attention and/or elicit accidental taps.

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Facebook is testing a floating button for suggested videos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Photos v2.14 is preparing personalized experiences and sharing suggestions based around facial recognition [APK Teardown]

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

photos

When the Photos app launched in 2015, Google had already been working on computer vision for many years. It was no surprise that object recognition was a major draw for the app, and automatic sorting of pictures by person with the use of facial recognition became a must-have feature. Google is now looking to leverage this technology to make the Photos app a bit more social. A teardown of the latest Photos update reveals the service will soon offer additional features based around facial recognition, and even encourage users to share pictures with the people detected in them.

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Google Photos v2.14 is preparing personalized experiences and sharing suggestions based around facial recognition [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome Remote Desktop updated with improved performance, more responsive click-drag, and more

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

We live in a marvelous age when you can use a computer without being anywhere near it. All you need is a remote access app like Chrome Remote Desktop on your phone. That app is getting an update today, which includes a number of cool optimizations.

Here's the changelog for the latest update.

  • Added Multi-Window support for Android Nougat.
  • Improved desktop image quality, responsiveness, and battery consumption.
  • Improved responsiveness of click-drag operations.
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Chrome Remote Desktop updated with improved performance, more responsive click-drag, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Walmart Grocery is a new Android app for all your food shopping needs

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

US retailer Walmart has just added another app to its burgeoning selection on the Google Play Store. The oft-maligned company already has several Android apps available with varying degrees of success. With Walmart Grocery, food shopping could be a whole lot easier. The new app allows you to select your items, make a payment, and organize delivery or collection. A similar experience can already be had at its regular, non-grocery stores with the Walmart app.

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Walmart Grocery is a new Android app for all your food shopping needs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google App 7.1 beta is testing a search bar in the notification panel and may begin showing pollen counts [APK Teardown]

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

google

The Google app is responsible for a pretty staggering number of features ranging from the standard search interface, a voice assistant, and even a fully functional launcher. The latest update coming through the beta channel doesn't seem to have any new features going live quite yet, but there are a lot of changes to text and other resources, including the removal of all references to Bisto from the last teardown.

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Google App 7.1 beta is testing a search bar in the notification panel and may begin showing pollen counts [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Messages v2.2 cleans up the setup for solo and group messaging, allows adding new people to conversations [APK Download]

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

messages

Not all updates have to introduce a big feature to make a big difference. The latest version of Android Messages demonstrates just that. It includes a couple of relatively small changes to the way group messaging is set up and should be a little faster for most people, and might remove some confusion for a few.

The screen for creating a new conversation in earlier versions was geared in favor of group chats.

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Android Messages v2.2 cleans up the setup for solo and group messaging, allows adding new people to conversations [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Fit v1.64 for Wear 2.0 can now identify strength training exercises and automatically count reps [APK Download]

Monday, April 24th, 2017

fit

Google Fit stands as one of Google's only flagship apps on Android Wear, and may be the only one of its apps that matters more on a watch than it does on a phone. There's a new version of the app available on the Play Store for both watches and phones, but this update is all about adding a big feature for Wear. There's a new mode for recording strength training and similar activities that involve counting reps.

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Google Fit v1.64 for Wear 2.0 can now identify strength training exercises and automatically count reps [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps v9.51 beta adds new details about parking, prepares to improve route planning with parking suggestions and traffic charts [APK Teardown + Download]

Friday, April 21st, 2017

maps

It's time for another update to Google Maps. Like so many other version bumps, this one includes a couple of great gifts to get users where they want to go. The focus of this release appears to be directed at parking. There are now indicators to show if there is on-site parking and whether it's free or paid. The theme continues into the teardown with a feature that will help drivers plan to find parking near their destination before getting there.

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Google Maps v9.51 beta adds new details about parking, prepares to improve route planning with parking suggestions and traffic charts [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Remote Camera App

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

We had a question sent to us the other day asking if we knew of a good remote camera app for Android phones. Now I suppose it depends on exactly what that means but I took it to mean an app that could be used to remotely take a photo on another camera… From my own research I can’t find anything that is suitable, there are a few camera apps that allow you to use your phone as a webcam or remotely turn the camera on your phone on/off from your PC but they’re mostly not very good.

Now, there is a DSLR camera remote app for the iPhone, created by onOne and maybe if enough people ask them they will port it across to Android phones:

http://www.ononesoftware.com/blog/dslr-camera-remote-feature-requests/

Please let us know if you’ve found any apps that would work or if you know of a high quality remote camera app for Android submit it to this site, don’t forget screenshots when you submit.

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