Playing video games is for losers, apparently - these days all the cool kids watch other people play video games. Twitch, the platform of choice for your non-video game-playing needs, has updated its Android client with a few handy features in version 3.2. Both of them come straight out of YouTube's bag of tricks, but that's OK - every video player should let you do this stuff.
The first thing you'll notice is that Twitch now has a pop-out mini-player that lets you browse for a new stream while watching your current one.
Firefox 37 is the latest stable update to grace the open source web browser. It introduces new locales (Albanian, Burmese, Lower Sorbian, Songhai, Upper Sorbian, and Uzbek), changes the default search provider to Yandex for Turkish users, and improves download performance thanks to alterations in the back-end.
The most visible change for most users is likely a tweak to the URL bar, which now shows a website's address instead of its title by default.
It's easy to forget that Opera is still out there with all the talk of Chrome and Firefox, but it's still a capable browser. Even more so after it switched to a Chromium base a while back. The beta version of Opera is getting an update today, and it's based on a new version of Chromium with a few added features.
Here's the changelog for the new Opera beta.
Tab synchronization: new view for synced tabs, new layout in Tab manager
Improved Text wrap
New progress bar
Opera Turbo replaces Off-road mode
Upgrade to Chromium 42
Various stability and usability improvements
The 64-bit support isn't going to make a ton of difference right now as there are almost no Android devices with 64-bit cores.
Inbox repackages Gmail in a way intended to alter how you approach email. Each incoming letter is a task that you can mark as complete, rather than done. Those you don't want to deal with at the moment, you can snooze to come back at a better time of day.
This snooze functionality previously provided a few pre-selected options—such as morning, afternoon, evening, tomorrow, next week, and some vague point in the future—in addition to the ability to set a specific time manually.
One thing that Facebook has not been well-equipped to deal with is children. No, I don't mean teenagers. Most users are familiar with the barrage of photos that accompany each birth in the family of a Facebook friend, which often involves a mess of tagging of one or both parents in every baby photo. For parents themselves, they struggle sorting out photos of their sons and daughters unless they just dedicate albums to the children specifically.
HTC has uploaded two apps onto Google Play intended to facilitate future updates. One of the two will look familiar to people who have owned some of the company's previous phones. The other is something new. Both are presumably only compatible with the M9 for now, as they're not playing along with the M7s and M8s that we have lying around.
HTC Calendar is the former. It doesn't look all that different from prior versions.
Before you complain in the comments about the fact that all of these apps added Chromecast compatibility weeks ago... well, I suppose there's no power in the 'verse that can stop you. We reported that the TED Talks app got Chromecast powers back in November, but apparently Google's Chrome blog just spotted that today, and the Pac-12 app got it back in February. Qello Concerts? It was enabled on March 18th.
Most people have been tethered to a single phone number across the span of years and multiple carriers. Maybe you don't want to give that number out to both friends and business acquaintances, though. Flyp is a new app that lets you use multiple numbers on your phone, each of which can be assigned a different purpose.
Flyp seeks to stand out from the crowd by making its extra numbers more full featured and less "disposable" than burner services like Hushed.
Cerberus is a popular app that extends Android's tracking and anti-theft abilities with a host of new tools. Developer LSDroid tend to release updates often, and the latest one fixes an important bug and adds a few more features. Notably, Cerberus can now disable your phone's ability to lower the status bar on the lockscreen, where the Quick Settings menu displays by default in Android 5.0 and 5.1. That will keep thieves from easily disconnecting from Wi-Fi or data networks.
Viber is one of numerous services that offer free messaging and calls using your phone's data connection. It's got a few hundred million downloads (no big deal, right?), and at least some of those people will be happy to hear there's Android Wear support now. Oh, and some other stuff.
Here's the changelog for the newest version of Viber.
Become an Admin and manage your group chats; edit info and delete participants
Android Wear support – send and receive messages from your watch
Clearer contact info – see a person’s name and photo when you interact, even if they’re not saved in your contact list
Public Chat enhancements
Android Wear watches don't have speakers right now, so you're obviously not making VoIP calls on your wrist.