Google's Wallet app for iOS has just received its first update since its release back in September. The new Google Wallet 2.0 brings forth a few new features that will make using the money service much easier for iPhone users. The update adds a new feature that lets users add credit cards to their wallet by simply snapping a photo of the card and more.
Single Sign-on is also now supported, and users who use other Single Sign-On compatible apps from Google can switch to the wallet app and sign in automatically. Additionally, the physical Google Wallet Card can now be used to withdraw funds from user's iOS Wallet account at ATMS, or any location that accepts MasterCard.
Android tablet owners in the UK will be happy to hear that today, Sky TV launched its Sky Go app for Android. While the service has been available on Android-based smartphones for a while now, but today marks the firs time it has been available to the public on Android Tablets.
Unfortunately, not all Android tablets are supported by Sky Go at the moment. For the app to work on your device, the tablet must be at least in the 7-inch class or higher, and Android 4.0 or higher is required. This means that the vast majority of tablets released in the last two years are compatible and all the modern t-inch or larger tablets will work. A 3G/4G or Wi-Fi connection is also required, but that is almost a given at this point.
Over the last 18 months or so, we have watched Beats by Dre work to get a Spotify-like music streaming service off the ground, and it appears that it just may happen come January 2014. According to Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers, the company is prepared to launch next month, and while he did not mention any specific date, many suspect it to happen during CES.
"Beats Music is real. We're in an internal, private beta with people who know and love music (including a few of my personal heroes). We're providing a few artists and other influencers access to familiarize them with the service and get their early feedback," said Rogers. "We're making improvements based on that feedback. We can't wait to share it with the world, and are set to launch in the US in January."
Rogers also announced that the Beats Music has partnered with AT&T which could see the service pre-installed on iOS and Android phones sold by the carrier. Beats also announced that users can head over to Beatsmusic.com and register their user name now to ensure they get something unique and personally identifying.
WhatsApp is arguably the most popular messing apps on the planet with more than 350 million active monthly users, and today iOS users are beginning to receive an updated version of the service. This morning, WhatsApp released an updated version of its app for iOS that includes new features and performance tweaks.
The first thing users will notice is that the app now has a entirely new look, and the UI has been improved for better efficiency and appearance. The app now also features new "Broadcast to List" functionality that lets users send messages to specific contact list, which means you can now mass message co-workers, friends, family and more. New notification sounds, larger image thumbnails, and image cropping functionality have been added with the update. Head over to the source link below to download the new version of WhatsApp for iOS.
The CM Installer has been removed from the Google Play Store, according to the official CyanogenMod blog. CyanogenMod Installer is an application that allows you to get a custom ROM onto the device. CyanogenMod have said:
Today, we were contacted by the Google Play Support team to say that our CyanogenMod Installer application is in violation of Google Play's developer terms.
They advised us to voluntarily remove the application, or they would be forced to remove it administratively. We have complied with their wishes while we wait for a more favorable resolution.
To those unfamiliar with the application, it has a single function - to guide users to enable "ADB", a built-in development and debugging tool, and then navigates the user to the desktop installer. The desktop application then performs the installation of the CyanogenMod on their Android device.
After reaching out to the Play team, their feedback was that though application itself is harmless, and not actually in violation of their Terms of Service, since it 'encourages users to void their warranty', it would not be allowed to remain in the store.
When Kim Dotcom first launched MEGA almost a year ago, he said that one day it would become the go-to cloud storage service for everyone, and today MEGA took its next step in that direction. MEGA announced today that it has finally launched an official mobile app for iOS.
While there are many cloud storage services out for iOS, MEGA's biggest draw is 50GB of space for free which is encrypted with 256bit AES algorithms making it virtually crack proof. Additionally, for just $10.99 per month, an additional 500GB of storage space can be added which outpaces Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box by quite a bit. The app is available now in the Apple App Store and can be found at the source link below.
Local radio streaming service app; iHeartRadio has put out a new update for their Android app with some neat new features. Among the new features are lock screen and notification dock players which will make accessing the volume, play and pause buttons much easier since you won't have to go open up the app to do so.
iHeartRadio has also added local news, weather and traffic updates which are accessible through the user created stations. Pages for the iHeartRadio Talk shows can also be found in the app, you can also now set up notifications for news or music. If you want to try out these neat and useful features check it out on the Google Play Store.
BlackBerry Messenger is undoubtedly one of the most popular messaging services in the world, and since its arrival on Android and iOS it has grown even bigger. Today BlackBerry announced that it has partnered up with 12 Android Smartphone OEM's and struck a deal that will see BlackBerry Messenger pre-installed on their devices.
While this may sound like a major leap forward for the Canadian smartphone manufacturer, none of the 12 OEMs on the list are big-ticket names such as Samsung, HTC, LG, or Motorola. The listed OEMs are all respected names in their regions, so this could be a very big deal in getting BBM into more emerging markets.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is making a comeback on iOS, windows phone, android, and kindle. Rockstar has remastered the 2004 PlayStation 2 classic with better visuals. Characters and cars have been updated to have a better overall look and better shadow detailing.
San Andreas for mobile devices has been redesigned to be used with touchscreen devices. The game will also include support for MFi controllers on Apple devices. An improved checkpoint system as well as three different control setups for driving and maneuvering have also been added.
Instagram has shifted from a photo-sharing application, mainly for your food, to a video-sharing app to compete with other apps and social networks, but now there's news that the Facebook-owned company is working on a private messaging function.
According to "well-placed" sources of GigaOm's, the new feature would compete with Snapchat, who is rumored to be worth up and above $4 billion. The new feature would have group messaging functions, and would be baked into the upcoming new version of Instagram, which is expected to hit before the end of tthe year.
We should find this quite ironic, because Instagram is owned by Facebook, and we posted up a story about Facebook trying to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion, but were declined.
We took a look at the Chromecast when it launched, but Google has pushed out an updated Chromecast application, with a redesigned look, and a few new features.
A pull-out drawer makes an appearance, finally, with a link to Chromecast-compatible apps hidden away in that pull-out drawer. In that same drawer, you'll find the settings menu, too. There's a new timezone selector, which shows the relative time to GMT, as well as your Chromecast's MAC address, if you need to do some tinkering around in the networking side of things.
Google Play will be introducing their new tablet section in the Google Play store today. Users will now see a "Designed for tablets" area for your apps. Other apps will be under the "Designed for phones" section, tablet users will still be able to download these.
Developers will be optimizing apps and games just for use on tablets so you can get a better overall experience. Tablet users can set up their tablets much better and not have blown-up phone apps. App developers will need to check and see if their apps work against a tablet optimization checklist and fix them accordingly.
Today reports have surfaced that indicate that the industry's largest mobile music streaming service, Spotify, has managed to secure $250 million in financing which raises the company's valuation to the $4 billion mark. That is up more than $1 billion in just one year.
Unfortunately, even with a valuation of $4 billion, Spotify can not seem to make money. The cause of its negative cash flow stems from what many consider an antiquated business model that many big-name record labels are holding onto quite tightly. Spotify has managed to increase its revenue in just one year to more than $600 million, but its losses also increased to $77 million. Unless Spotify figures things out in the next few years, we may have to bid adieu to the streaming service we so dearly love.
Today Google released an update for its Translate app for Android that brings forth a newly redesigned user interface as well as a few new features I am sure we all will appreciate. The new UI is much cleaner and more modern looking, and brings everything more inline with the current theme of other Google apps.
The app now also features support for Hebrew, Greek, Javanese, and Esperanto. Users can switch languages by simply tilting their device, and loading new screens by tapping the microphone. The app can also use your built-in camera to decipher text in Malay, and Ukrainian, as well as a wealth of other languages. Google has also fixed a few bugs and tweaked the app for better performance and after a quick test on my HTC One, I can say that the app does feel much faster now.
Today Microsoft has released a major update for SkyDrive on the iOS app users have the ability to automatically upload their camera photos into the SkyDrive cloud storage. Microsoft says they are "looking at" doing the same for Android users.
When you snap a photo using the iPhone's default camera app SkyDrive will back it up into the cloud service. The automatic cloud uploading is not on by default, when you update the app you will be able to go into the app and enable this feature. The automatic cloud backup isn't only for photos either it works with your videos as well. Your photos and videos will be backed up over Wi-Fi unless you enable it to do so over your mobile data.
SkyDrive gives you an option to automatically re-size your photos so they don't use up all your cloud storage. The interface has also been updated to better fit iOS 7 with a cleaner look and larger thumbnails. The update for SkyDrive on iOS is available now and can be downloaded through Apple's App Store.
Google has updated its Google translate app for Android. The update brings more supported languages, gesture, and better speech translation. The app has a "new sleek look" according to Google. Google says the app can now have good "fully translated back-and-forth conversations." The update's conversation translator has been improved greatly.
One of the new features the update brings is gesture support, you can turn your phone and it will switch between languages. Google has added Malay and Ukrainian to the apps camera translation, and Javanese, Hebrew, and Esperanto to the handwriting feature. The update is available to download through the Google Play Store, Google mentions the update is coming out today and tomorrow.
The Xbox One launches on Friday, with launch-day gamers getting to experience a full, proper, dedicated YouTube app. Microsoft and YouTube announced the news today.
Better yet, the Xbox One version of the YouTube app will include both voice, and gesture controls, which will let users watch and scroll through videos, as well as channel subscriptions. On top of the voice and gesture controls, Kinect-based voice commands will be at play, with users starting the voice control by saying "YouTube" and then "pause," "play" and "fast forward."
Slice has been out for iPhone and Android phones, but it is now available for download on Android tablets. Tracking packages can be annoying sometimes, with Slice you can just sign in to your email account and the app will find all your tracking numbers.
It keeps an organized record of all your online purchases, sort of like a receipt. Slice will help you track your packages and sends you notifications, for instance if your package has been sent or delivered. It will even tell you If the product you purchased gets a recall. Slice is out now on Android tablets and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
Google has released a credit/debit style card for Google Wallet. It does not include NFC, but you will be able to use your Google Wallet card at an ATM. It will also come in handy when you want to use your Google Wallet, but the retailer you're at doesn't have a NFC enabled paying system. Google Wallets can now allow users to transfer money to other users and access it quickly. The app will also notify you of your card activity.
Google has spent $300 million on making Google Wallets and it hasn't been extremely popular, maybe the ability to use an actual card might bring more users in. The card will have a $5,000 24-hour limit. The Google Wallet card is free to account holders and can be ordered through their Wallet account or on the release of the updated app. It is available to order now and should take 10-12 business days to ship. The Android app update will be available this week.
Where would the world be today if we did not have services that let us apply fun and artistic filters to our images? Ok so maybe we would be in the exact same place with the only difference being that I would not be writing this news post. Today Instagram announced that it has finally launched a version of its app for Windows Phones.
That's right boys and girls, now those who own Nokia Lumia devices as well as all other Windows Phone devices now have access to the same zany, and creative photo filters that Android and iOS users have had for a while now. While the app is there and appears to function, some features are missing such as photo tagging, viewing Geotaxis, and taking photos from within the app. Instagram says that they are not finished with the app yet, and will be updating it soon to add in new features, and make the Instagram experience on Windows phone as enjoyable as possible.
With more newspapers, magazines, and publishing companies moving away from print media and into digital form every day, managing all of your subscriptions and content is becoming increasingly more difficult. Google hopes to fix those issues with its newly launched Google Play Newsstand app.
The app currently provides access to more than 1900 publications with both free and paid business models. The Android app allows users to chose which newspapers, magazines, blogs, and websites that the user may want to read, and then formats them all into a mobile friendly version for easy reading on your smartphone or tablet. The service is a direct competitor to Flipboard, and is expected to replace Google Currents, and will allow offline access to selected content as well. Android users can head over to the source link below to pick up their free copy of the app today!