19/07/2012 - Google Play Music app update brings tweaks to Now Playing, Recent, playlists and widget
Ever since introducing the Google Music app in beta last year its developers have been hard at work trimming away the rougher edges and that's never been more evident than in the new 4.3.606 version now available for download. While Google Play Music's overall look hasn't shifted significantly, the changelog and a quick spin using it reveal nearly every screen has had some slight change. As seen above, the recently played screen now features larger album art, while the action bar has been adjusted with different transport controls. In this version, users have the ability to adjust and reorder music in the Now Playing queue, while a refreshed widget shows off album art and allows for thumbs up without opening the app. The settings menu has a direct link to the Nexus Q control app (assuming you can run it, and have one), hit the Play store for the updated version to try it out yourself.
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Google Play Music app update brings tweaks to Now Playing, Recent, playlists and widget originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Google Play Music | Email this | Comments
Scalado just released Album, its first ever Android app to land in Google's Play store. The company -- which is best known for imaging technologies such as zero shutter lag, Rewind and Remove -- usually provides software to device manufacturers instead of end users directly. Album is billed as "a simple to use, high performance, photo/video viewer with a clean and smooth user interface" that handles pictures up to 200 (!) megapixels in size. The app costs $0.99 and is available for both smartphones and tablets. It features some interesting touches, like the ability to browse geotagged images using a map view.
We had the opportunity to take Album for a spin before launch and the app offers an intuitive and responsive user experience. Beyond organizing photos into the usual bins -- like the camera roll and the folders on your device -- the main screen lets you browse content by time (monthly) and location (including nearby). You can delete, share, rotate (in place) and crop pictures, plus display file info and turn images into wallpaper. The grid view uses animated thumbnails for the videos, and supports multiple selection. While not groundbreaking, this is a solid app and the aforementioned map view is worth checking out. Take a look at our gallery below, and hit the break for Scalado's demo video and PR.
Gallery: Scalado Album hands-on
Scalado Album launches for Android, we go hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 Apr 2012 06:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Google Play store | Email this | Comments