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Google Releases Google Play Movies in Malta, Right After Play Music

Google Releases Google Play Movies in Malta, Right After Play Music

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Just a day after launching Google Play Music and Play Music All Access in Malta Google’s taken the wraps off of Google Play Movies.

The service brings a new tab to the Play Store on mobile and web, of course, and users can both buy and rent movies from the store and view them on the phone, tablet, or PC. If you’ve got a Nexus 5 you can grab an HD copy of Gravity for free!

Anyone want to make a bet on if anything’s coming today? I’m guessing Play Books, but we don’t have till we have it.

Google Play Music & All Access Now in Malta!

Google Play Music & All Access Now in Malta!

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Literally minutes ago Google seems to have finally opened up Google Play Music to the Maltese islands (and a few other countries, one would assume), not only allowing one to stream their own private collection online but to also purchase tracks and albums through the Play Store.

Screenshot_2014-11-03-20-17-06 croppedThe first change you’ll notice is that opening the Play Store directs to a general page with three sections up to: Games, Apps, and Music. Click on the latter and you have full access to the Music Play Store, with all prices in Euros.

The Google Play Music app also features All Access and you can get it for only €5.99 monthly plus a 1 month free trial if you sign up before January 2015, as compared to €6.99 for Spotify Premium, which became available earlier this year.

But I can’t see it on the Play Store!

No problem. It should show up just fine on the web, but on your phone I suggest going into Settings> Apps > Play Store and hitting clear data. That should do the trick!

Hat tip to my good friend Zach for pointing it out!

Gmail 4.2 Now Available On The Play Store

Gmail 4.2 Now Available On The Play Store

 

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Google just made version 4.2.1 of its Gmail client available to all through the Play Store. This was initially a Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus exclusive. What’s new, you might ask? Check out Google’s statement after the break.

Easy resizing, swipe to archive and more added to Gmail on Android

Today we released version 4.2.1 of the Gmail app for Android, making it easier to both view and read your messages.

No longer will your favorite email newsletters get cut off at the edges; with this latest version, you can now choose to have the emails resized to fit neatly on your screen and pinch to zoom for a closer look.  You can turn on auto-fit underSettings > General Settings.

When you are checking mail on the go, sometimes you just want to get through your inbox quickly. With that in mind, we’ve added a swipe feature that allows you to do just that. Swipe left or right to archive, directly from your inbox. Just visitSettings > General settings > Swiping conversation list if you prefer to delete from the inbox.

In addition, all of your great photos – from pics of your dad’s epic renovation project to candids of your dog napping – are easier to view at a glance. When you open a message with photo attachments, you’ll see thumbnails of each picture. Tap on a picture to go to a gallery where you can easily swipe through all the photos. And speaking of attachments, you can now attach videos that you’ve taken on your phone.

That’s it in a nutshell. Mind you, it’s only for devices that are on Android 4.0+. Get it from the Google Play Store here.

Pattrn for Android: A Techno Speak Review

Pattrn for Android: A Techno Speak Review

Pattrn on the Xoom and Galaxy Nexus

Right at this very moment the homescreen on my Galaxy Nexus is perfect. Over the past 10 months I have fine tuned it to a point where I can probably use it with my eyes closed. My most used/most important apps are all in their respective folders, all the widgets are set to display all the information I need at a glance, I’ve got contact shortcuts, etc. That doesn’t mean I’m happy though. The one thing I can’t seem to get right is the wallpaper.

I’m guessing most of you out there have been through this. First you get bored of the stock wallpapers. Then you try a photo, but all the interesting details are hidden behind widgets and icons and whatnot. My solution?

Patterns. Nice, modern (or classic, or art nouveau) patterns. Pattrn is an app built around that. But how good is it?

What is it?

Pattrn is a simple app that connects to a database of high resolution wallpapers online. Officially,

Pattrn is an unique wallpaper app for phones and tablets that gives you access to the huge collection of patterns created by the COLOURlovers community.

That’s it in a nutshell.

What does it do?

Pattrn let’s you browse 2 categories of patterns: Latest and Popular. Each category gives you a snippet of the pattern which you then press for an expanded view. In this screen you can “star” the pattern (thus adding it to favourites), see the primary colours (limited to 5), and set it as your wallpaper.

One major feature that I love, however, is the option to change wallpapers on a weekly (every Monday) or daily basis. The wallpapers can be sourced from your favourites (that’s what I went with) or you can let Pattrn surprise you. The choice is nice and greatly appreciated.

On a tablet, it’s gorgeous. Features are identical, with the only difference being that the tablet UI makes the most of the larger screens to show you a larger pattern.  You can’t swipe from category to category, these are instead listed on the left.  Search is at the top right.  Very easy to use, quite intuitive.

What doesn’t it do well?

Not much, actually, but there are a few niggles.

Firstly, load times can be a little slow. I’m not entirely sure if its my network or the app itself, but the Latest column is slow to load both on WiFi and 3G.

Secondly, I think the You column could use some eye candy. For instance, instead of 2 buttons why not have 2 sections with thumbnails of the patterns stored in each? It’s a small detail that would help to make a great app perfect.

The tablet version has one particular caveat.   Unfortunately, any patterns you starred on your phone will NOT be synchronised with your tablet. However, I reached out to Pattrn’s developer, Lucas Rocha, who has this to say:

Yes, I have plans for syncing your favourites, wallpaper history and saved searches to the cloud. I’m still figuring out the infra details for it to happen.

Conclusion and Rating

If you crave beautiful patterns some and/or variety on your homescreen then go and get Pattrn right now. If you hate patterns, well, why are you still reading this?

I’m always on the lookout for the next best app, but I really can’t see myself ditching this for another app soon. Pattrn aims to be one thing, and one thing only, a portal to the COLOURlovers database, and its execution is near spotless.

Check out a gallery of screenshots here and get the app from the Google Play store here.