Apps can be fun, but they can also serve another purpose. In going about our daily lives, we often turn to apps on our smartphones and tablets to assist us. What if those apps did more than just help us out? Here are five that aim to give back, and all you have to do is use them.
Google has dished up a new integrated smart TV system for your television set called Android TV - but you won’t necessarily be buying a separate piece of equipment to get it. Android TV will be brought to the market in a variety of ways - some in-set, some out. This system begins its roll-out with a number of 2015 television sets from Sharp, Sony, TP Vision, and Philips.
After sourcing outside entities to make their hardware, Barnes & Noble is now spinning of the Nook division from the company proper. They’re going to pursue having the Nook division spinoff into a standalone entity, effectively creating two companies. One has the potential to sustain the troubled waters ahead, while the other may not.
A significant security issue has been discovered in the Play Store, where Developers have been leaving keys inside the software. Those keys can lead to data being compromised, and can affect us even when the app is not in use. Google is currently working with the researchers responsible for this discovery on a fix.
You know that something is near completion when certain sources "accidentally" publish something meant for a later date. That could very well be the case for Google Play Store in Germany, which, for a very brief period, put up a page that revealed the LG G Watch's presence. Though to be honest, it really doesn't say much about it at all.
A recent lawsuit overseas suggests Google is exercising anti-competitive actions. The crux of the complaint has to do with Google strong-arming those app download portals that aren’t theirs, effectively placing a scarlet letter on anything that isn’t the Play Store. Part of the complaint asks that Google take smaller app portals under the Play Store umbrella, but should they?
Amazon recently introduced their streaming music service, which finally opens up their massive catalog for our listening pleasure. They’ve also entered a crowded, changing music landscape which has migrated from downloading to streaming tracks. Like Apple’s acquisition of Beats, it seems the online shopping giant just couldn’t resist. Is Prime Music worth it, though? We compare it with similar services to find out.
Social apps like Swarm want to be more contextual, attempting to know where you’re at and who you might know nearby. By tracking your location, the aim is to get you communicating with friends, even hanging out if you can. A new report suggests Google is doing the same, building it straight into Android in an upcoming Play Services release. Dubbed “Nearby”, the goal is to let devices communicate without you having to do a thing.