If there's one trend every Android users should be very happy to see taking hold, it's the growing popularity of manufacturers putting their apps in Google Play in order to make the update process faster and smoother. Sony is starting to embrace that trend.
My living room currently has three different options for streaming web content to the big screen, and LG today announced that it wants to be able to control all of the major options with a Connect SDK that developers can use to control multiple platforms.
In my recent comparison of Cortana to Google Now and Siri, I noted that Apple iOS was the only tool that didn't have song identification built into its search tool. That may change in the next version of iOS. According to Bloomberg, Apple is partnering with Shazam to let users listen to a song and discover its title and artist. Launching Siri and saying "What song is playing" will identify the song and then use Apple's music services to purchase the song or create an iTunes Radio station.
One would think reading an eBook would be straightforward and universal across devices, but Samsung and Amazon have partnered to create a unique experience strictly for Samsung's Galaxy phones and tablets.
In the event that someone is away from his or her computer and needs to access files on it, Google has released an app to make that possible. The Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android connects to software on the desktop that makes it possible to remotely control a Windows PC or Mac OS machine. An Android 4.0 or later device and this Chrome browser extension are required to use the app.
Google today released an all new camera application that's designed to greatly improve the experience of taking photos with a stock Android device. And even people with non-Nexus smartphones like an HTC One M8 or Samsung Galaxy S5 can use the app because it's available in Google Play.
Attaching photos taken with a smartphone has become easier in the latest update to the Gmail web app. The new Insert Photo button lets users share photos or entire albums from their Google+ accounts, including those uploaded from a phone using the Auto Backup feature.
There's always been an excuse to not use Windows Phone. With Windows Phone 8.1, which tries to plug in many of the weakspots of the operating system, the list of reasons not to use it is getting smaller.
It's not Siri, it's Cortana. Microsoft's intention to build an assistant with personality aims to be something more special than Siri, and the beta version of the feature shows that's it's already more than halfway there.
The beta version of Google's Chrome for Android has updated to offer a few new features that can be tested now before they head to the main app channel, including better support for viewing web video and casting it to devices.