Google’s payment app, Google Wallet, has received an update that should make life a bit easier for heavy users of the app. The latest update, build 9.0-R206-v14 for those keeping score at home, makes finding your transactions much easier than before and getting details about those transactions. It’s all part of a much improved search feature inside the app in an effort to give you transaction details.
Google Maps for Android has been updated with several new features for users. Probably the biggest update is the ability to view your timeline within the app to see where you have been on particular days. It’s a great way to see where a daily journey has taken you, especially if you have had some flights in the mix. This latest update is version 9.12.0 for those keeping score at home and it is available now for both Android phones and tablets.
If you are a Samsung Galaxy Tab owner who bought from late 2013 to 2014, the wait for Lollipop may finally be over. Late last week Samsung began pushing out the Lollipop 5.1.1 update to several Galaxy Tab models, all of which are 32-bit versions of their tablets. I can confirm that my Galaxy Tab 4 has received the update and a collage has reported his Galaxy Tab 9.7″ model has received the update as well. You will need to check on your individual devices to make sure you have the update available although it should be pushed to you & you will be notified.
For those of you who have Pro model 64-bit Galaxy Tabs, your wait is a bit longer.
Diet and exercise are pretty obvious points when it comes to a healthy lifestyle but sleep is equally as important. Without enough sleep, we have all kinds of issues from the self evident drowsiness to a loss of mental sharpness. It also leads to challenges around diet and certainly impacts our desire to exercise. Who wants to go to the gym tired? That’s why the latest update to Fitbit for Android is really important. In this latest update, version 2.8 for those keeping score at home, you have the ability to set a nightly sleep goal. In fact, this entire update is essentially dedicated to sleep with other features added around sleep and sleep goals. If you already use your Fitbit to track your sleep nightly then this new update will give you new insights and help you focus on getting the right amount of rest you need each day.
Unquestionably, one of the most anticipated device launches of 2015 happens today. At 10:00 PM EDT (7:00 PM PDT) the all new OnePlus 2 from OnePlus will be launched in a virtual reality event that will be streamed from Hong Kong. The good news is even if you did not get your hands on the seemingly rare OnePlus VR cardboard glasses, you can still watch the event on your current Android phone with the OnePlus 2 Launch app in the Play Store.
Product launches tend to be the same. An auditorium, a keynote, and a seated audience. For the OnePlus 2 launch, we didn’t want a barrier between us and our community; we want to invite you into our world, because you’re a major part of it. That is why we will be unveiling the OnePlus 2 in a VR experience. Starting July 27 at 7:00pm PST, everyone around the world can stream our launch
Clearly OnePlus is wanting anyone and everyone to watch the event and considering it and the app are free, why not?
Just a month after its big Le Mans update, Real Racing 3 has received another massive update that brings a host of new features, cars and tracks. If you are a Porsche fan, you will just love this update! Even if you aren’t, the new daily reward system is much improved for those who play the racing sim daily and want to race against your friends? It’s easy now with the Android Party Play functionality built into the game.
The latest update to Real Racing 3 is build 3.5.2 for those keeping score at home and it is a massive 581MB download. You will absolutely want to be connected to Wi-Fi to download it so you don’t eat up a chunk of your monthly data allowance.
The collage making app for Instagram, Layout from Instagram, has been updated with a new feature that allows you to add borders to your photos in your collage. Previously the app would let you put your collage together but there were no borders available between your photos. That changes now and a small white border is between each photo if you chose to add it.
This latest update is build 1.2.2 for those keeping score at home and as the name suggest, Layout from Instagram only works with Instagram. Once you create your collage you can post it to your Instagram feed from the Instagram app.
Google Docs continues to evolve into a powerful word processing app and the latest update gives users even more ability when it comes to Microsoft Word docs. You have been able to track changes in Word docs being viewed and edited by Google Docs and now you have the ability to reply to comments in those docs, not just read them. This latest update is build 1.4.272.12.35 (gotta love Google’s version numbering system!) and it is for both Android phone and tablet devices.
Yelp for Android has been updated for Android Phone users that brings the restaurant, bar and coffee shop searching app, quite literally, closer to home. With this latest update, which is now available in the Google Play Store, you can add a Yelp search bar to your Home Screen that makes finding a restaurant, coffee shop or bar quicker than ever. The updated build is version 7.6.1 for those keeping score at home.
If you haven’t used Yelp in the past, it is a service that allows you to search for just about anything near you. Aimed mostly for restaurants and bars, you can also find things like hotels and business such as salons, spas, petrol stations and shopping malls. Plus, as a free member of Yelp, you can review these places for others to read and make their own decisions to visit. The Yelp for Android app has always been quite robust and feature rich and this update should make it that much more powerful for those who use the app and service today.
The second game of the Angry Birds franchise, Angry Birds Rio, has been updated for Android phones and tablets with an new coin bonus for completing 2 or 3 stars on each level. The new coin bonus is aimed to make it quicker and easier for players to get power-ups and other bonus features in the game without necessarily having to spend real money. The update is build 2.4.0 for those keeping score at home and even if you have been playing the game for a while, it is worth the update to get some new and improved power-ups.