Duolingo, the free-as-in-beer language learning app from the creators of Captcha and ReCaptcha, has received a design overhaul in its 2.0 version for Android. While the app only recently debuted on the platform, Duolingo 2.0 sports a clean, modern design that makes it easy to learn one of the six languages it supports, including Spanish, French,
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Google’s former head of Android has a new focus, but it is in line with tenets of his former accomplishments. Andy Rubin, the man behind Google’s fast-growing mobile operating system, and who stepped down as Android’s chief earlier this year to pursue other projects, finally has a title. Rubin will be in charge of a
Any.DO’s popular Cal app, released earlier this year on iOS, has arrived on Android after an extensive beta test. The animation-happy calendar app offers semantic input (“Lunch with John at Moxie’s, 2PM January 4th”) and extensive social integration, Cal provides one of the best time- and appointment-tracking experiences on Android.
A few days before the announcement of the Nexus 5, Google touted the integration of SMS into Hangouts, its successor to its GTalk IM service. Now, a month later, an issue is starting to gain volume within the Android community, and it applies to everyone who’s switched over to Hangouts as their primary messaging app.
There are some phones that change an industry, and the Nexus 4 was one of them. Released for a ridiculously low $309 CDN ($299 USD) in early November 2012, the device went on to reveal the limitations of the carrier-free OEM strategy. Lacking LTE and felled by an underwhelming camera and poor battery life, the
After what seems like forever, WhatsApp has updated its popular IM client with an iOS 7-friendly look, ridding itself of what was arguably the ugliest interface in messaging on any platform. Seriously, it was hideous. While the updated design doesn’t look especially original, WhatsApp has done a good job translating its core messaging service to
Koush’s AllCast has had a long road to this point, initially using Google’s unreleased Chromecast API to transmit local content to the company’s new $35 HDMI dongle. Now, in light of Google’s delayed release, AllCast is being released to the Play Store in beta, able to steam local video content to one of many DLNA-compatible
CyanogenMOD users, take note: stable builds of CM10.2, based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, are rolling out to most supported devices. While Nexus devices dating back to the Nexus S are support, other handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, LG Optimus G, Sony Xperia ZL and others are supported as well. CyanogenMOD
There’s a new launcher in town, and it brings the KitKat aesthetic to any device running Ice Cream Sandwich and higher. Based on the Android Open Source Project version of the Android 4.4 launcher, KitKat Launcher+ offers what one would expect from a modern Android homescreen, and adds a few extra tweaks for good measure.
Another month brings an update to Google’s Android distribution chart. This tracks devices that actively visit Google Play Store and for the first time OS 4.4 KitKat has made an appearance — now confidently on 1.1% of Android devices. Not too bad considering the OS is fresh and only been available to the masses for