‘SPURV’ project brings windowed Android apps to desktop Linux

Collabora is a software development and consulting company based in the United Kingdom. In a blog post, the company described its new “experimental containerized Android environment,” which allows Android apps to run in floating windows alongside native applications on desktop Linux.
You can read all the technical details at the source link below, but put simply, ‘SPURV’ creates a virtual Android device on your Linux computer, much like Bluestacks and other similar tools. Read More’SPURV’ project brings windowed Android apps to desktop Linux was written by the awesome team at Android Police. …

‘SPURV’ project brings windowed Android apps to desktop Linux

YouTube Music can now act as a media player for files stored on your phone

Update 1: 2019/03/26 4:23pm PDT
Our friends at 9to5Google reached out to let us know offline playback may have appeared as early a v3.03, though that version doesn’t exhibit the behavior in our tests.
Google has been pitching YouTube Music as an eventual replacement for Google Play Music since the company refocused what it was for last year, but it’s still missing plenty of features. You still can’t access your Google Play Music uploads from YouTube Music, and there’s no easy way to import playlists or libraries between the two services. Read MoreYouTube Music can now act…

YouTube Music can now act as a media player for files stored on your phone

Google Duo v49 prepares video effects for Holi and video invites [APK Teardown]

Duo has left us waiting on the launch of some big new features, including group calling, but the latest update to v49 doesn’t appear to be launching either of those quite yet. However, there are a couple of smaller touches to discuss, including special effects for the Hindu festival of Holi and some type of new video invites.

Teardown
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Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android’s application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information. Read MoreGoogle Duo v49 prepares video effects for Holi and video invites [APK Teardown] was written by the…

Google Duo v49 prepares video effects for Holi and video invites [APK Teardown]

Google Sheets hits 500 million installs on the Play Store

Google’s Docs and Sheets apps were both published on the Play Store in April 2014. Docs hit 500 million Play Store installs in October of last year, and it’s now Sheets’ turn. By comparison, Google Slides is still at the 100 million mark, though we wouldn’t be shocked to see it reach 500 million soon as well.

Given that people are more likely to use a word processor on their phones and tablets than a spreadsheet editor, it’s no surprise that it took Sheets a few extra months to hit the same 500 million mark as Docs. Read MoreGoogle Sheets hits 500…

Google Sheets hits 500 million installs on the Play Store

Make photos into spreadsheets with the latest Excel beta on Android

Back in September, Microsoft teased an interesting new feature at its annual Ignite conference: Insert Data from Picture — a combination of OCR (optical character recognition) and AI (unicorn dust) that promises to convert pesky printed material into rows of editable Excel data (the office format of champions). Beta users of Excel for Android were supposed to get the feature “soon,” which turned out to be five months later — it’s now live, and works pretty well for a first iteration. Read MoreMake photos into spreadsheets with the latest Excel beta on Android was written by the awesome team at Android…

Make photos into spreadsheets with the latest Excel beta on Android

Google Messages v4.0 adds support for Smart Reply in Spanish and group conversation renaming [APK Download]

Google’s Messages app, then called Android Messages, first received Smart Reply functionality in late 2017. A year and a half later, Messages v4.0 is adding support for Smart Reply in Spanish, as well as the ability to rename group conversations. For the impatient among you, we have the APK ready for download.

WHAT’S NEW

Smart Reply is now available in Spanish
You can now rename group conversations

Gmail has already offered Spanish Smart Reply support since mid-2017, two months after the feature was initially announced, so the lengthy wait for Messages is a bit odd. Read MoreGoogle Messages v4.0 adds support for Smart Reply in…

Google Messages v4.0 adds support for Smart Reply in Spanish and group conversation renaming [APK Download]

Gboard v8.0 brings back the clipboard, prepares tool for helping other users enable languages [APK Teardown]

A new version of Gboard hit last night and it appears to be taking a second run at enabling the clipboard that began going live a few months ago. Unfortunately, there are still some problems. Gboard is also taking a run at adding a feature to help your friends and family enable additional languages on their devices, and a tool for exporting your personal dictionary. And as usual, there are dozens of new languages supported for people from around the world. Read MoreGboard v8.0 brings back the clipboard, prepares tool for helping other users enable languages [APK Teardown] was written by…

Gboard v8.0 brings back the clipboard, prepares tool for helping other users enable languages [APK Teardown]

YouTube Music finally comes to Android Auto [APK Download]

There’s probably no other feature that’s more often cited as missing from YouTube Music than Android Auto support. Sure, you can manually start and control the app on your phone while it’s connected to the car and get music, but this is clearly not what people are asking for. Hints about in-car support were added to the apk a few months ago, but that promise has finally come through. As of version 3.03, you can now use YouTube Music directly through the Android Auto interface. Read MoreYouTube Music finally comes to Android Auto [APK Download] was written by the awesome team…

YouTube Music finally comes to Android Auto [APK Download]

Tidal competitor Qobuz is coming to the US with audiophile music streaming

Since its introduction in 2014, Tidal has been the main provider of high-bitrate music for streaming in the United States. However, the company is more well-known for its controversies — like alleged inflation of subscriber numbers and artists bailing out — than its actual service. Tidal now has some added competition, as French streaming service Qobuz has expanded to the United States.
Qobuz has four plans, with no free tier available. Read MoreTidal competitor Qobuz is coming to the US with audiophile music streaming was written by the awesome team at Android Police. …

Tidal competitor Qobuz is coming to the US with audiophile music streaming

Chrome Beta 73 adds copy and share buttons to address bar, improves media playback on PCs, and more [APK Download]

Now that the Stable version of Chrome 72 is out, Chrome 73 has moved up to the Beta channel. While there are a few nice improvements on Android, most of the new features in this release are for desktop platforms. Without further ado, let’s take a deep dive into Chrome Beta 73.
Address quick actions
As we previously reported, Google has added a series of buttons to Chrome’s address bar on Android. Read MoreChrome Beta 73 adds copy and share buttons to address bar, improves media playback on PCs, and more [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police. …

Chrome Beta 73 adds copy and share buttons to address bar, improves media playback on PCs, and more [APK Download]

26 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games to finish January

The end of January is nigh upon us, but that also means it’s time for another round of app sales. Today’s list is much shorter than Monday’s; better yet, it still has a couple things worth noting.
Free
Apps

All Language-Camera Translator PRO $1.49 -> Free; 1 day
Applock – Fingerprint Pro $4.49 -> Free; 4 days
Binary Calculator Pro $0.99 -> Free; 5 days
Business Calculator Pro $1.49 -> Free; 5 days
Photo Editor Pro – Filters, Sticker, Collage Maker $4.99 -> Free; 6 days
Salesforce Scanner $3.99 -> Free; 6 days

Games

Fractal Space HD $2.49 -> Free; 1 day
PUSH $0.99 -> Free; 1 day
Cubes $0.99 -> Free; 2…

26 temporarily free and 27 on-sale apps and games to finish January

YouTube reorders video resolution options so it’s easier to pick the highest quality first

One feature I wish YouTube had is an option to select a default resolution for video playback. My internet situation is so bad (WiFi is rather slow, 4G has a silly cap) that I always resort to 360p or 480p to avoid buffering or eating through my plan, so for now, I have to open the quality picker each time and choose the one I want. Those of you who are luckier than me had to do the same, only you’d be picking the highest quality instead. Read MoreYouTube reorders video resolution options so it’s easier to pick the highest quality…

YouTube reorders video resolution options so it’s easier to pick the highest quality first

Microsoft Edge now warning users about fake news (since y’all were too naive to spot it yourselves)

Microsoft is planning big changes to its Edge browser, but the Chromium redesign is still off in the future. For now, the Android and iOS versions of Edge have gotten an update that adds a feature called “NewsGuard.” It’s off by default, but when enabled it will tell you whether or not a news website is trustworthy. Naturally, some sites are not happy with the results.

NewsGuard is not part of Microsoft—it’s a startup based in New York that aims to fight misinformation. Read MoreMicrosoft Edge now warning users about fake news (since y’all were too naive to spot it yourselves) was written…

Microsoft Edge now warning users about fake news (since y’all were too naive to spot it yourselves)

Google Duo v46 adds partially working ‘Favorites’ list, prepares Valentine’s Day video effect [APK Teardown]

An update to Google’s Duo app began rolling out earlier today, and unlike many other recent app updates, there’s actually a brand new feature that doesn’t appear to be locked behind a server-side switch. Unfortunately, it also appears that it may not be working properly, and might have been left enabled by accident. Duo is also preparing a special video effect in honor of Valentine’s Day.

What’s New

Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)
Added: Add to Favorites

Favorites

If you call more than a handful of people through Duo, your list of recent contacts might be overflowing. Read MoreGoogle Duo v46 adds partially…

Google Duo v46 adds partially working ‘Favorites’ list, prepares Valentine’s Day video effect [APK Teardown]

Smart finance tracking app Albert debuts on Android with personalized money advice

The good old days of managing personal finances on a huge spreadsheet are behind us. Now, there is a bevy of money-tracking apps out there that pull data from banks and other financial institutions, to help users set and stick to a budget. Mint has traditionally been the most popular service in this category, followed by YNAB. Another player in the space, West Coast-based Albert Corp, now has an Android app available for download, and while it’s technically unreleased, you can already get a head start on managing your finances. Read MoreSmart finance tracking app Albert debuts on Android with personalized…

Smart finance tracking app Albert debuts on Android with personalized money advice

QuitNow! can help your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking [Sponsored Post]

Quitting smoking can be incredibly difficult, but one app might just be able to help — QuitNow! It encourages you to drop cigarettes with achievements, statistics about your health, and a community of ex-smokers ready to help you through the process.
Kicking the habit of smoking is obviously good for your health, but it can be difficult to understand exactly the difference it makes. That’s why QuitNow! displays information about your post-smoking self on the home page (see the first screenshot below). Read MoreQuitNow! can help your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking [Sponsored Post] was written by the awesome team at…

QuitNow! can help your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking [Sponsored Post]

15 tips and tricks for Chrome on Android (2018 edition)

Last year, we compiled a list of 15 tips and tricks to get the most out of Chrome on Android. The browser has plenty of hidden features, either tucked away behind flags or simply not pointed out by Google. Since that post was published, several of the features we highlighted have been removed (like the Chrome Home UI), and new ones have been added.
As such, we thought it was time for another Chrome tips and tricks post. Read More15 tips and tricks for Chrome on Android (2018 edition) was written by the awesome team at Android Police. …

15 tips and tricks for Chrome on Android (2018 edition)

DJI Mimo app for Osmo Pocket video editing hits Play Store

DJI’s recently-announced Osmo Pocket is a snazzy little stabilized 4K camera — think a GoPro on a gimbal. But one thing that wasn’t snazzy was using DJI’s GO app to edit video. Thankfully for anyone that picked one up, the company has just released a new DJI Mimo app specifically for editing and viewing content recorded on the Osmo Pocket.

The app can connect to your Osmo Pocket remotely, providing a live HD feed of the current recording, as well as built-in editing options that I’m told beat the pants off of DJI’s old solution. Read MoreDJI Mimo app for Osmo Pocket video…

DJI Mimo app for Osmo Pocket video editing hits Play Store

Google Maps tests directions screen with refreshed Material Design, rolls out For You tab to 130 countries

With every few updates, Google Maps seems to walk closer and closer to a full-fledged refresh of its Material interface, helping it go along with the new direction Google is taking this year with its app design language. We’ve seen a new look for the main interface, an updated side menu, overhauled hotel listings, new fonts in many places throughout the app, a persistent Overview/Reviews/Photos bar on some place listings, and even an update to the look of the app on Android Auto. Read MoreGoogle Maps tests directions screen with refreshed Material Design, rolls out For You tab to 130 countries…

Google Maps tests directions screen with refreshed Material Design, rolls out For You tab to 130 countries

Google confirms Allo will shut down, Hangouts Chat and Meet coming to non-corporate users

There has been a whirlwind of rumors around Google’s messaging strategy over the past few days. First we heard that Hangouts might be shutting down, with a Google product lead refuting the claims, then a report came out that Allo is also shutting down. Google has now published a blog post to set the record straight, and it seems the rumors were mostly true.
The announcement mostly reiterates what we already assumed was true — the company is focusing on Android Messages and Duo for consumers, and Hangouts Chat and Meet for businesses. Read MoreGoogle confirms Allo will shut down, Hangouts Chat…

Google confirms Allo will shut down, Hangouts Chat and Meet coming to non-corporate users