If you're a Telegram user (hi), then you'll understand how cool this latest news is. The privacy-focused messaging service is finally getting custom theme support on Android, which is just fantastic. You have three basic ones to start, and one of those is dark theme.
It's Presidents Day in the US, which means a fair number of you are probably sitting around enjoying your day off (unless you aren't American or your employer hates freedom). What should you do with your free time? Maybe check out some apps and games. You don't even have to spend a lot to do it. There are some very attractive sales in the Play Store right now.
In what appears to be a server-side update to the service, WhatsApp has announced a new "statuses" feature today that really isn't about chat status so much as it is a rip-off of Snapchat's Stories (which was earlier ripped off by Instagram last year). If you know what Snapchat Stories is, you know what today's WhatsApp update is: it really is that similar. Take a look at the video and screenshots below.
WhatsApp statuses expire after 24 hours, you can place pictures, videos, or GIFs in them, and they can then be personalized with emoji, text, and drawings. It even has a Snapchat-like "seen by" counter.
SSH clients are commonly used for connecting to remote Linux/Mac computers, and there are a few good choices for Android. While JuiceSSH is more feature-packed, ConnectBot has always been fast and functional enough for my needs. ConnectBot has just been updated for the first time since 2015, and it brings some much-needed changes.
There's a nifty feature lurking in the latest Chrome Beta (and dev, for that matter) version on Android. If you download a file and there happens to be a file of the same name already in your downloads directory, Chrome asks if you want to replace it. That's a kindness even desktop Chrome doesn't provide.
A few weeks ago, we reported on Facebook's testing of a new bottom navigation bar, showing 'Home' and 'Explore' feeds. We've now received word that Facebook is testing some more bottom tabs, except this time, they've been moved from the top.
The tabs, which were previously on the top under the app bar, have now been repositioned to sit at the bottom, much the same as the Facebook app on iOS. The app bar has been slightly re-designed as well, with a new layout and icons. There are also less tabs on the bottom, with the Friends and Marketplace entries missing, although other screenshots we've received have the Friends tab, so Facebook may be testing multiple iterations.
If you head over to myaccount.google.com/dashboard, you'll find there's a listing for the Play Store on this repository of your various Google account stats. The figure is "installed apps," which is the number of apps Google knows you have installed on devices over your entire account history.
Android Wear 2.0 is sure getting a lot of support from developers. Maybe it's the fact that the old way of installing apps on the watch (by bundling the small watch's APK file with the main phone app's APK) won't work with Wear 2.0. Maybe it's the long developer preview period that gave teams and individuals the time to update their apps. And maybe it's Google incentivizing everyone to get their apps on Wear 2.0. Who knows?! The end result is that a lot of apps over the past couple of weeks have been updated to work with Android Wear 2.0.
The latest app to join the fold is Foursquare City Guide.
There are a ton of people, even non-techies, who use Google Photos. After all, why wouldn't you? It's free with unlimited storage, allows you to access your photos from any device with the Internet, backs files up automatically, and is just an awesome tool in general. Photos' latest tweak for the web allows users to see which albums a particular photos belongs to.