Minuum keyboard rolls out version 3.0 with Material Design, multilingual typing support

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If you’ve ever tried any third party keyboards on your Android device, there’s a decent chance that Minuum was one of them. Today, version 3.0 of the space-saving keyboard has begun rolling out, packing a slew of new features including Material Design and experimental support for simultaneous use of multiple languages.

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McDonald’s increases sales by beaming offers to smartphones in beacon pilot

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McDonald’s is testing Bluetooth beacon-based offers in at least some of its locations as it pilots beacon platform Piper that works with both Android devices and iOS devices using Apple’s iBeacon framework.

Piper announced today that it’s testing its beacon platform in McDonald’s franchises in Columbus, Georgia and pushing deals out to users that download its mobile app that sends location-based offers when users come in contact with its beacons. Read more

Secret update basically copies Yik Yak, brings communities and cute new mascot

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Secret was one of the first to the anonymous social network category of apps, but Yik Yak recently took the spotlight and started really catching on with the college crowd. It appears that Secret felt a bit threatened by its university-based competitor. Today, the app has been updated with a completely new appearance, a new, cuter version of its fox mascot, and a re-imagined way of communicating with those around you anonymously.

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Inbox for Android updated w/ enhanced support for tablets and Android Wear

Inbox for GmailGoogle, as part of its Update Wednesday regiment, has started rolling out a new version of its Inbox app on Android. Inbox is Google’s latest attempt at making it easier to manage email. The app initially launched back in October and is still accessible by invite-only. Today’s update to Inbox adds a handful of notable features:

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IP Cam Viewer update lets you monitor your security cameras from Android Wear

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IP Cam Viewer is well known in the Android community as being one of the best solutions for keeping an eye on IP cameras in live time, but the app is also known for having a really bad user interface. Today, while IP Cam Viewer’s UI is still as ugly as ever, a slew of really useful new features have been introduced, including the ability to monitor cameras on your wrist via Android Wear.

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Fleksy becomes Android’s first GIF keyboard, gains support for extensions, new themes, and more

A major update to the Fleksy keyboard for Android was released today, adding several big new features and a handful of new themes to the popular app. The update adds the ability to insert GIFs into your text messages and elsewhere, making it the first GIF keyboard for Android. That’s done through a new feature called Extensions.

Extensions allow the user to specify certain optional features to be included on the keyboard. Some of the extensions that come with the new app include a fifth row on the keyboard for numbers, the aforementioned GIF keyboard, and even an app launcher at the top of the keyboard. Several others are also included.

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Google Drive gets voice search via Google app on Android, My Maps, & uploading from other apps on iOS

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Google announced today that an update rolling out to its Google Drive Android and iOS app will allow users to search for files using the Google app with voice commands, access Google’s My Maps feature, and more. iOS 8 users will also now be able to upload files from other apps following today’s update.

On Android, you can now search for files in Drive from the Google app. For example, you could say “OK, Google — search for holiday letter on Drive” to get to your files without opening the app and typing keywords. 

The ability to upload files from other apps into Drive is limited to iOS 8 users, and the Google My Maps integration is limited to viewing and sharing the custom maps currently.

For creating custom maps with Google My Maps, you’ll still need the desktop app. Earlier this month Google integrated the My Maps custom maps creation tool into the web version of Drive.

The updated Google Drive app for Android is rolling out over the next few days.

Upcoming 2.3 Pebble update brings actionable Android Wear notifications and more

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Pebble users have been left in the dust this year as Android Wear has taken hold over the smartwatch market–and offered some functionality that Pebble and other companies haven’t yet implemented. Today, Pebble has announced that they’re taking a step toward bringing their smartwatch offerings up to par with Wear, showing off a new upcoming software update that’s going to add actionable notifications and slew of other great features.

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Google Drive adds support for importing OpenOffice (ODF) file formats

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Google announced today that it’s now officially supporting ODF files in Google Drive allowing users to import all three major ODF file formats. That includes .odt files for documents, .ods for spreadsheets, and .odp for presentations, the file types used by applications like Open Office and others supporting the open platform.

Alongside announcing the new feature, Google noted a few other improvements headed to at least the web version of the Drive apps: Read more

Netflix for Android updated w/ Social Recommendation feature, Android Wear support coming soon

SOMO ScreenshotsNetflix announced in a blog post this evening that it is pushing out an update to its Android app with a handful of new features. First off, the update introduces a new “Social Recommendation” capability, which has been available on iOS for some time now. This feature allows users to easily and privately recommend shows that they love to friends and family, right from an Android device.

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You can now control your Nest with Google Now voice commands

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It was only a matter of time following Google’s acquisition of home automation company Nest earlier this year that users would begin receiving the best of both worlds. One of the first marriages of each company’s products and services is Google Now integration with Nest, allowing for users to control the smart thermostat using voice commands. Read more