The features Apple Music has had for months are now finally on Android thanks to a new update.
First is video playback, allowing you to watch most music videos and soon, a Vice documentary called "The Score", a new Dr. Dre series named Vital Signs, and an Apple series about app developers.
Then there's family plans: if you're willing to drop $14.99 per month over the standard $9.99, you can share with up to five other people.
At long last, Facebook is today releasing its new Facebook app for Windows 10 desktop as well as a Messenger app. On mobile, its Instagram app debuts.
The Facebook app is available now and features a smaller style layout than with the previous app, which was very in your face. This one is much more efficient for taking in a lot of information and navigating between different sections. As well, performance is much improved with snappy loading of images as well as between clicks. Feature-wise, it supports Live Tiles for at a glance updates, Reactions, stickers in comments, and you can share photos to it through File Explorer (click the Share tab at the top of the window), among other things.
Arguably the best Android Facebook wrapper app Swipe for Facebook gets even better today thanks to some major design changes as well as new features.
Changes in the new 3.0 release include major stability and performance improvements (the developer is awfully excited when describing just how fast this version really is), automatic day/night theming (so the theme will change from light to dark the longer the day goes on if you want it to), Material design (pro users only), new menus, copyable text, fingerprint authentication, and more.
The appeal of Swipe is it lets you use Facebook on your phone without the crushing demand the official app places on your hardware, thereby slowing the OS down and draining the battery quickly. The developer achieves this by 'wrapping' the lightweight Facebook website into a convenient app. If you'd like to give it a try, hit the source link.
Microsoft's lovely Word Flow keyboard is now available to iPhone users. Featuring one-handed typing, customization options, tap or type input, and a pretty slick interface, you may well come to prefer it over the native iPhone keyboard.
The bad news is it seems be available only to US residents, and it doesn't support 3D Touch. If you're in the US and don't care about 3D Touch, though, give it the old college try.
Podcasts come to Google Play Music at last today, but unfortunately, the service is only for US and Canada residents. One of the beautiful things about podcasting is anyone in the world can hear it (in theory, anyway), so this is quite the detriment for many would-be users. We've contacted Google for comment and will update this story should we hear back.
Included features: podcast suggestions, subscriptions, notifications; missing features comprise mark as read, playback speed, and RSS, among others. In other words, this is a pretty bare bones service. On the plus side, the design appears great.
To try out Google Play Music podcasts for yourself, update the app through the Play Store now.
Microsoft's Windows Phone keyboard aka Word Flow is launching imminently on iOS, and it turns out the iPhone version will come with a couple extra goodies: customizable backgrounds (choose whatever image you like from stock themes or your own collection), and a one-handed mode which allows you to input text by moving the keyboard to the side (see it in action in the video below).
If you like, you can sign up for the imminent Word Flow beta here.
Google's latest Calendar feature extends beyond just helping you keep your plans: starting today, it helps you reach 'Goals'. You can get started easily: enter a goal like 'run 3 times a week' or 'work out more', and the app will help you find the time to do it.
If something comes up that prevents you from achieving a goal, Calendar will automatically reschedule. And of course, you can always defer a goal whenever you like, and Calendar will find another time for it. Even better: the more you use it, the smarter it gets at choosing times that work best for you.
Apple recently pulled multiple Reddit apps from the App Store, apparently due to its wariness of not safe for work (NSFW) content. Narwhal, Eggplant, and Antenna -- among many other apps -- were pulled.
Many apps have since been restored after removing their NSFW options; the official Reddit app doesn't seem to have ever been removed, although it was required to axe its "Safe for Work Browsing" toggle. With this, it's clear Apple wants Reddit app makers to avoid custom options on that front and to leave it up to Reddit account settings instead, possibly because having such a toggle implies said NSFW content exists.
"This is a feature we previously refined with Apple's help. We were surprised by the notice," said a Reddit employee under the username ggAlex. "We just resubmitted our build. We were not informed that Apple would be removing other apps. We were very upset to see that they did. Honestly, if we were interested in getting rid of 3rd party apps (which we're not), this would be the stupidest possible way to accomplish it."
"We suggest all 3rd party apps similarly remove settings for safe for work browsing."
Google has taken the liberty of refreshing its Play icon library, including Google Play, Play Store, Play Movies & TV, Play Music, Play Games, Play Books, Play Newsstand. Part of the aim, it says, is to achieve a uniform look across its apps, and that's certainly evident with the results.
The refresh will make its way across devices and the web over the coming weeks.
Nintendo has launched an app for Android and iOS in the US and Europe that lets you interact with your Mii and your friends' Miis. Miitomo, as it's called, features Mii creation, customization, photography, and social media sharing.
Also included: a minigame called Miitomo Drop where you 'drop' your Mii and depending on which platform it lands, you win a given prize (sometimes clothing). Drop costs coins which can be obtained through in-app purchases.