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Google have updated their Google+ for iPhone app, and with it, are headed in a new direction, a "simpler, more beautiful Google" as they put it. Today's update really pushes photos and videos, which is the Google+ experience the Mountain View-based company wants to head toward, some of the new features are:
- Whether you post photos or articles or text, we're making 'em look gooood
- We're adding crisper fonts, larger profile pics and a friendlier homescreen
- We're making the stream easier to scan, and easier on the eyes with overlays, gradients and other visual elements
On top of this, "fun and performance" has played a key role in Google+ for iPhone 2.0, with the following additions:
- Conversations fall into view as you move forward and backward in time
- Optical cues (like parallax) help the mind linger on individual posts
- Important actions like +1 now float atop the stream, making it easy to endorse all your favorites
Google have said that the iPhone update is rolling out to the App Store as we speak and that the Android update is coming in a few weeks, "with a few extra surprises". We'll keep you posted on that one.
Our Mobile App of the Day is eBay for iPad.
The eBay for iPad app lets you sell, search, bid, buy, browse, and pay in an interface optimized for the iPad. With seamless scrolling, advanced search, and high resolution pictures - you've never seen eBay look so good. The app takes advantage of the iPad's stunning image resolution, large touchscreen, and on-the-go portability to deliver a revolutionary shopping experience.
Customize your homescreen with your favorite searches and keep track of what's popular along with eBay's Daily Deals. Found something you can't keep to yourself? Share it with your friends, family, and social circles on Twitter, Facebook, email, and SMS messaging.
The eBay for iPad app is a must-have for savvy eBay users.
What's New in Version 2.0.0
★★★★★ With this many new features, fixes, and user requests, it's hard not to be excited!
Redesigned for the Retina display and packed with added enhancements like better search, a back button, and the ability to revise listings.
Adobe released Photoshop Lightroom 4 to the public two months ago now, but the software is now available through the Mac App Store. This isn't ground-breaking news, but it is to note, as its the most substantial Mac App Store release for Adobe yet.
Adobe don't just have Photoshop Lightroom 4 on the Mac App Store, they also have Photoshop Elements 10 Editor and Premiere Elements 10 Editor, as well as the subscription-based Revel. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is priced at $149.99, which is identical to the pricing of the boxed version. Adobe does offer a $79 boxed upgrade version for users who own previous versions of Lightroom.
Adobe also offers the boxed Lightroom 4 at a discounted $99 if you purchase it with one of Adobe's Creative Suite 6 bundles. What do you think of the pricing? $149 for the boxed version, and $149 for the digital version?
At the CTIA Wireless conference, Pandora CEO, Joe Kennedy told the crowd that the music streaming service has slammed past 150 million users. This huge mark now makes Pandora the second most downloaded app of all-time in Apple's App Store.
Pandora have high hopes that this is just the beginning, and that with several major deals pending, Kennedy could definitely be correct. Pandora is reportedly trying to get their service integrated into the vehicles of virtually every car maker, just like satellite radio. At the moment, there's no ETA on when, or if this would even happen, or if the company would charge a subscription for vehicle service.
Last year Pandora removed the 40-hour listening cap on free accounts, as well as updating the site's layout with improved features. You can now share stations with friends through a URL unique to that particular station. On top of this, there's a share button for Facebook, Twitter and e-mail to help sharing.
I love Flipboard, I use it on my iPad and I think it's a perfect reading app. News today has arrived that Flipboard has floated over to Android. Flipboard was pre-installed on the Samsung GALAXY S III which had people thinking it would arrive baked onto the phone.
But, XDA forum member "Valcho" grabbed the APK off one of the GALAXY S III's at the launch event, and put it up to download here. So if you're rocking an Android-based device, grab the APK and get to it now!
Flipboard initially started off as a browser for Twitter and Facebook, but with the built-in support for Google Reader feeds, Flickr photos and other real-time media streams, it really is quite a powerful app. Now that it's arrived for Android, I can put it on my GALAXY S II and enjoy Flipboard when on the toilet. Yes, I'm one of those smartphone users.
Google has released version 6.7 of Google Maps for Android. Sorry iOS users, but you guys are left out of the features that come with this update. Google Maps for Android now features indoor walking directions and Google Offers integration with participating venues. The announcement states that these features are only available in the United States, but it appears that the walking directions extend to Japan at the least.
Google Offers hasn't exactly spread like wildfire and is currently on the decline. However, this new integration within Google Maps should give the service a boost as it will allow users to purchase or use nearby offers straight from Google Maps. A perfect example is if you are taking a roadtrip and are looking for a place to eat.
Google's blog post:
Today, in the U.S. only, we're launching a way to discover nearby Google Offers in Google Maps for Android. To see great deals near you, tap on "Maps" to open the dropdown menu and then tap on "Offers." If you see something you like you can click on it to learn more. Some Google Offers can be purchased and saved for later while others are immediately available for free.
With free Google Offers, press "Use now" to redeem instantly or "Save for later" for future use. You can also opt-in to receive notifications in the app when there are offers near you.
Sending risque photos of yourself is pretty risky. Once the data that comprises that picture leaves your phone to another's, it can exist, be copied, or shared indefinitely. But what if you really want to send that picture of yourself in that tiny bikini to your boyfriend? Well, that's where Snapchat comes into play.
Snapchat facilitates the prevention of photos remaining on other people's devices after sending them. The person who sends the picture can choose how long the other person can view the image for after it is opened. The sender can choose anywhere from 1 to 10 seconds. After the time is up, the app deletes the data.
This isn't fully fool proof. The recipient could take a screen shot, but the app will notify the sender if this occurs. The recipient could also take a picture of the phone with a camera so that the app doesn't notify the sender. If a receiver goes this direction, however, there is a bit of quality loss. However, it is likely to aid in preventing some unwanted saving and sharing.
Video-sharing app Viddy is continuing its ride to super stardom, with the app hitting 26 million users and is growing by 500,000 new users each and every day. We reported last week that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had joined the video-sharing service.
Viddy is growing at this rate thanks to some of its celebrity users, like Zuckerberg, and investors such as Shakira, Jay-Z, Will Smith and more. Viddy is huge because it doesn't just relate to one subject, one person, or a group of people. It's video sharing for everyone. People from Bill Cosby, to Snoop Dogg are joining the Viddy ranks, and we can see it expanding from its 500,000 new users each day.
People are even referring to uploading a video to Viddy as "posting a Viddy", which seems to be catching on. Just like you'd tell someone who wants to search for something, you'd say "Google it". Vissy is definitely catching on, and it should see a surge when it jumps over to Android, too.
Our Mobile App of the Day is SwiftKey X Keyboard for Android.
- Android typing has never been this easy.
- * Global Mobile Awards Most Innovative App 2012 *
- SwiftKey X Keyboard makes typing much easier on your phone, replacing your touchscreen keyboard with one powered by smarter natural language technology.
- SwiftKey X understands how words work together, giving much more accurate corrections and predictions than other keyboards. Very sloppy typing will magically make sense, and SwiftKey X also powerfully predicts the word you may want next.
- SwiftKey X learns as you use it to make typing easier and even more accurate over time, and you can also personalize it using your Gmail, Facebook, Twitter or blog posts.
- This app is among Android's best selling apps for a reason -- it genuinely transforms your keyboard, making typing a breeze and saving you hassle every day.
As I reported yesterday, users of the iOS Rock Band app received a message that they would no longer be able to play the game and thanked them for 'rocking out with us.' Users, of course, flipped out and started posting bad reviews on the app and demanding their money back across a plethora of online communities.
The developers of Rock Band were caught off guard by the message, so they redirected all questions to EA Mobile. Apple additionally directed questions to EA, who remained quiet in the face of it all. EA has finally come out with a statement blaming the message on an error and that the game would still be playable.
Rock Band for iOS will remain live-the in-app message users received yesterday was sent in error. We apologize for the confusion this caused. We're working to clarify the issue that caused the error and will share additional information as soon as possible.
The app itself has also received a similar message in the same manner of the last message. If you're confused how the message got in there by error, you're not alone. I'd like to take this moment to throw out the possibility that EA was indeed shutting the game down, but has reversed the decision due to all of the public outcry.