Google just released an iOS version of its Google Play Movies & TV app. You can use it to stream your existing content, but you won’t be able to make purchases.
The app is designed for both iPhone and iPad. Streaming video only works on WiFi at the moment. Chromecast owners on iOS can celebrate yet another option for streaming video to their HDMI dongle.
After just three months after being acquired by Google, Bump — a company that makes data sharing tools — is calling it quits. In a blog post today Bump CEO and cofounder David Lieb said that Bump and Flock will be shut down on January 31, 2014.
Back in September, we announced that the Bump team was joining Google to continue our work of helping people share and interact with one another using mobile devices.
Carbon for Twitter is one of the last great non-official Twitter apps and today it got a huge update with a shiny new redesign.
The update brings a shiny new interface as well as a host of new features. The app now includes a Do Not disturb mode, the ability to tap images in the timeline, and Vine videos now loop and play in full screen mode. The update is rolling out to the Play Store now.
After a month of lagging behind its Android counterpart, Google has finally updated Google Play Music to include features missing from the initial release. In addition to a UI refresh for iOS 7, the app now includes “I’m Feeling Lucky” radio, which builds an instant playlist based on the user’s listening habits, and genre radio stations for paying All Access subscribers. Added creature comforts include the ability to search for genres and auto-playlists — all the better to enjoy the service’s more than 20 million songs.
Pebble announced earlier today that it will launch an app store, called the Pebble Appstore, sometime in “early 2014.” The Pebble appstore will include six categories at launch — Daily, Remotes, Sports & Fitness, Notifications, Tools & Utilities and Games — as well as a dedicated area for watch faces.
Netflix has rolled out support for multiple individual streaming profiles within a single account using its Android app. The new version 3.1.0 allows filtering queues and suggestions from others using the same account
The profile switcher is accessible after selecting the current profile under the slide-out menu from the left. According to the changelog this new version also brings an enhanced search, with support for people and related titles. The latest version of the app should be available on Google Play now. Continue reading
Microsoft’s Skype application has undergone another big change, and version 4.5 is headed to Google Play. Like the last major update, this focuses on tablet design. Included are the bug and crash fixes and support for devices you would expect, but there are also two new features for tablet users.
The first is a picture-in-picture window for video and voice calls. You can now move out of the Skype app but still interact with a floating window of the active call. This is a tablet-only feature, though you will need to allow permission for it on phone installs as well.
Motorola has updated the Touchless Control app in Google Play, and this time around it’s more than juts a bug-fix. The latest version of the application allows for more commands to work while your phone is locked, and the ability to speak your PIN number to unlock it. The change log:
More Google Now commands now work without having to unlock your phone first. Personal information such as emails, messages, and contacts are still protected by your PIN or password.
Say your pin to unlock your phone when using Touchless ControlNew listening tone when you say “OK Google Now”Compatible only with Android 4.4 KitKatBug fixes