You Can Now Enter a Beta for the Google Cast Receiver App

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Google has opened up a beta for the Google Cast Receiver app, allowing developers to ensure their apps will always work when a new version is getting pushed. Sure, we aren’t developers, but we still want the latest builds out there, so anyone can join if you’re interested and own the required hardware. If you download and want to ensure you’re on the beta, look for version 1.26.93139, that’s the current beta build. With it, you can test anything you want, but again, it’s mostly for ...

You Can Now Use Waze Right From Android Auto in Your Car

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Even though many would say Google Maps remains superior to Waze, the community-based navigation platform does have its benefits. If you enjoy Waze, and also have a dash unit with Android Auto in your vehicle, you’ll be happy to learn that you can now access the service as soon as you plug in your phone. So long as you select Waze to be your default navigation app when you first plug in your device with the latest Waze app update installed, all of the same Google ...

OnePlus Pushes Launcher and Weather Apps to Google Play for Easy Updating

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If you’re utilizing a OnePlus device, take note that the official OnePlus Launcher and OnePlus Weather applications are now available directly inside of Google Play. As we’ve seen before, this is done to allow for quick updates, thanks to the removal of these apps from the system itself. As for what’s new, the launcher details performance improvements and general bug fixes, while the weather app says it has UI optimizations, 15-day forecasts, and performance improvements. Of course, if you don’t have a OnePlus device, don’t go looking ...

Nova Launcher With Sesame Shortcuts is Pretty Sweet

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Nova Launcher is already a fantastic 3rd-party launcher, but with the latest inclusion of support for Sesame Shortcuts, it just got a whole lot sweeter. Sesame Shortcuts, which is a separate app download from Google Play, offers the ability to access various shortcuts throughout your device. With it, you can quickly access different apps, contacts, messaging, Google Search, plus a whole lot more. As an example, if you type “B” into the search box on Nova Launcher, you’ll find every app that starts with B, conversations ...

Motion Stills Brings Google Research’s Stabilization Hotness to Your Phone

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In June of last year, the Google Research team launched Motion Stills for iOS. Why only iOS? Don’t ask me. If you aren’t familiar with this app, it allows you to snap Live Photos, then share them as short videos loops and GIFs. With the help of advanced stabilization techniques, the loops tend to look pretty slick, too. Anyway, the big news today is that this app is now available for Android, too! As Google details, there have been some changes for this release, one of them ...

Google Play Now Offers More Finely Curated App Recommendations

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As of today, Google Play has an officially overhauled Editors’ Choice section, featuring a more curated experience. In this section, there are themes that editors handpick applications for, such as RPGs, puzzle games, and road trips. If you’re looking for a cool new app today, there are already 14 different themes to go through. For those curious, you can access this new section via desktop or mobile, limited to select markets for the time being (don’t worry, the US is covered). Google states that this editorial ...

Google Makes Your Google Feed Smarter, Gives You More Control Over It Too

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Should you frequent the Google app to check on your day and hope to see relevant content to your life and interests, you’ll love today’s news from Google. The feed portion of the Google app is getting improvements that aim to show you more info based on your interests, but also by allowing you to easily fine-tune the topics that show up there. Google says that the feed in the Google app is now a “smart feed” that changes as your interests do. You already see ...

Bixby Voice is Officially Here for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the US

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Bixby Voice is now available on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in the US after a few month delay and short testing period through an early access program. That means you now have the full Bixby experience that was first revealed during the S8’s unveiling. We took it for a good spin a few weeks back – feel free to give that video a look. To get Bixby on your Galaxy S8 or S8+, you’ll only need to hit the Bixby button on your phone ...