We gave you an overview of the new Google Photos app earlier today, but there's a lot more to see than can be covered in a single post. We're breaking some of the new features out so we can go over them in detail. First up, the new link sharing component of Google Photos. Not only can you share photos or videos in a snap, you can preserve some of your privacy while doing it.
The latest update to Google Keep doesn't add a whole lot, but if you're used to adding reminders based on location, you might notice a new feature. Now when adding a location-based reminder to a Keep note you'll be treated to a new Google Maps screen, allowing you to see the spot on the map rather than guessing at a text-only address. Here's the difference:
Apps with tens of millions of users tend to either spend a lot of time and effort conforming to Android's visual standards... or spend none at all, considering their own cross-platform UI more important. Dropbox has tended to fall into the former category, but it's taken them a while to get on board with the Material Design standards introduced with Android 5.0. That changes today: version 22.214.171.124 adds a new UI that follows the Material Design playbook.
There's little doubt in anyone's mind that Microsoft has been marching forward with its cross-platform strategy over the past months. The company has been releasing more and more apps for Android and iOS, trying to spread its wings beyond its own operating systems and grab a few users across the pond. While some of these apps are the serious productive tools that we expect from Redmond, others have been quirky, experimental, and sometimes even wtf-worthy. That's not the case with OneClip.
Most updates to the Chromecast app don't warrant a full post around here, but holy crap, you guys. This one has backdrop history, finally. The app will now let you page through the last few images displayed on your Chromecast so you can find out what they were.
The app has a few layout changes to accommodate the new focus on backdrop history.
In Part 1 of this teardown, we saw what may be the return of Android@Home, or at least something similar. There were also new pieces to Nearby, Google's unique technology for finding two devices (and people) in close proximity, and a possible (subtle) change to the way Smart Lock responds to wearable devices. In Part 2, we'll continue with the possible centralization of Chrome Sync to Play services, project Sidewinder, a mysterious appearance by Facebook, and more.
If you're looking for a nearby place to eat and want directions on how to get there, open Google Maps first. If you try using the Google Search app or the web, you probably won't get the results you want.
You see, Search is currently having a hard time giving out directions. If you tap the icon underneath a restaurant, it will open up Google Maps, but after that... nothing.
Sony's decision to drop the Walkman brand from its music app left people strangely upset, but maybe this will cool some hot heads. The latest update of the beta music app adds Google Cast support. It's "experimental," but it's better than nothing.
Here's the full changelog for the new version. It's more than just the casting support, but not much more.
Google Cast support (Experimental feature)
Crisper album art in lock screen (Lollipop devices)
Download music info moved to Settings
Misc bug fixes
You need to have a Sony device to use the music app, just like when it was still called Walkman.
NVIDIA is getting ready for a big push with the GRID gaming service and the SHIELD console. GRID has been free so far, but it's expected to transition to a paid service soon. So is it worth it to pay monthly for access to streaming games? That all depends on the value you're getting, doesn't it? A page put up by greenrobotgamer.com calculates how much the GRID catalog is worth, and it's a lot—over $960 right now.
I remember the Cartoon Network of the early 2000s, back when shows like the Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, and Ed, Edd n Eddy were the latest things out. But the channel has moved on to a new generation. These days I find myself writing about cartoons I've never heard of, like Steven Universe and Mixels. The latter apparently involves tribes of colorful creatures that defend Mixel Land from destructive things called Nixels.