The Swarm for Android app has received a huge update this week, bringing a whole new line up of stickers to the app and a new sticker book. The update will vary in version number depending on your device. In my case, my KitKat running BLU VIVO IV is on version 2015.05.04.19 for those keeping score at home. The update brings back many of the elements of Foursquare before the company decided to split up the apps last year. Swarm is the dedicated check-in app while Foursquare is the local content app (which is pretty good BTW). When they did this split, things like Mayorships and stickers went away from a collecting point-of-view. While Mayorship still hasn’t returned, you can now at least see in one place all of the stickers you have earned (use to be called badges) in one place, the Sticker Page.
Microsoft has released another update to Outlook for Android today, bringing improved navigation and several bug fixes to the app. The update, version 1.2.5 for those keeping score at home, is available now and is highly recommended for those who are using the email app. While the improve navigation elements actually were release last week in version 1.2, they have been smoothed out a good bit in this update. You shouldn’t see the hesitation many users were experiencing when moving between accounts or from mail to calendar or people for example.
Google has released an update to Google Maps that will be a welcome update for those who use Gmail. The update will have a varying version number based on your device but on my BLU VIVO IV phone running KitKat 4.4, I’m on version 9.8.1 for those keeping score at home. The biggest update is much improved Gmail integration where you can easily find your next reservation.
For owners of the Google Nexus 9 Android tablet, today is a good day. The over-the-air update to Android Lollipop 5.0.2 is now rolling out and you should check your device to see if you have it available. Navigate to Software Update under About Device and you can check for the update there (or if it is already downloaded to your device, you’ll be prompted to apply the update.
Now for those of you scratching your head and thinking, “But didn’t Google release Android 5.1.1 for other devices, including the older Nexus 7 tablet?” Why yes, yes they did.
Today Microsoft has released a new update to their suite of Office for Android apps. The update applies to the tablet versions of these apps (remember, you have to use Office Mobile for your sub-7″ devices) and impacts Word, Excel and PowerPoint. There are a lot of things that have been improved but the biggest news is support for Android Lollipop 5.x, the latest flavor of Android. The updates are version 16.0.3930.1010 for those keeping score at home and that version number applies to all three apps.
The Facebook for Android app has been updated today, bringing with it several new features including the ability to Like posts, photos and Pages even when you are offline. The update, version 22.214.171.124.15 for those keeping score at home, is available now in the Google Play store and of course is free. There are several new features in this release so it is certainly one to go get.
The Dropbox for Android app has been updated with a new feature that allows users to preview an Excel file prior to actually opening it with the Excel app. The update, version 126.96.36.199 for those keeping score at home, is available now and it is designed for both Android phones and tablets.