SwiftKey got a new theme for winter this week. It's called "Ice", and it is what it sounds like. The alternative keyboard shows off a wintery look with snowflakes that collect at the bottom of the display as you type. The update in which the theme is included also includes an array of bug fixes.
While the app called AllCast was originally born of the creator’s wishes to connect more media to the Google device Chromecast, it’s made a significant expansion this week. This initial full release - out of Beta, that is - works with Roku, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Panasonic Smart TVs, Xbox 360, Xbox One, DLNA renderers, Google TV, and WDTV. Notice how Chromecast isn’t on that list?
LEGO has posted an app to the Google Play store that walks you through the process of building two model cars. The app provides animated, step-by-step instructions for creating them using LEGO's advanced TECHNICS set of blocks and parts. Oddly, the app is optimized for older tablets.
This week Google sprang a couple of devices on the public with little to no leaks or warnings, incredibly so, with the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition bringing up the tablet front. This device has landed on SlashGear's review bench this week complete with a standard AOSP build of Android inside, rolling with Android 4.4 KitKat to boot. You'll find this machine working with a cool 8.3-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution up front and a full metal jacket (aluminum, that is) around its back.
The first Sony-made device to appear amongst the Google Play Edition ranks has arrive on SlashGear's doorstep, that being the Sony Z Ultra. This device went by the name Xperia Z Ultra earlier this year before it was ushered in as a more pure Android experience from Google, here appearing with essentially the same specifications save the unlocked and un-skinned details within. Now we're seeing the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition ready for action here ready to roll for 2014.
This week the folks responsible for socking the Google Play store with the latest and greatest in Android devices have added another LG and a brand new Sony device to their ranks. What you'll find is both the massiveness of what was called (earlier this year) the Xperia Z Ultra as well as the LG G Pad 8.3, both of them being released with "Google Play Edition" on their box. These devices will be released in a manner not unlike that of the Google Play Editions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.
At the same time as the push for the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition this afternoon comes the official unveiling of the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition. This machine works with unlocked 4G LTE, GSM, UMPS, and HSPA+ and comes with a massive 6.4-inch display. Users will be working with the most "pure" version of Android 4.4 KitKat as well right out of the box.
There's a new tablet appearing soon from Google called the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition, the first tablet to enter this arena of "Nexus" devices. This isn't the first time a device has been released with a more "pure" version of Android - we've got the Nexus 7 and 10, after all, but it is the first time Google has worked with a manufacturer for a tablet to be released the same way the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Editions where. This machine will otherwise work with the same specifications as the original LG G Pad 8.3, for the most part.
Google has rolled out another Search for Android update, this one bringing with it more results across a wider range of mobile offerings than previously available. Namely, a Google Search query will now also include results found within apps, speeding up the entire search process, as well as pulling up app options from within Google Play, depending on the search term.