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  • Watch: Here’s how Chromebooks run Android apps from Play Store

    Google made tech headlines when it announced that the Play Store was coming to its Chromebook laptops. But how will it all work? Fortunately, the Mountain View firm has published a YouTube video (spotted by Android Central), outlining the process. The video shows the Play Store working like a normal Chromebook program, with Google's Kan Liu saying that it would function like any other Android device. Want to install an app? Then merely hit the "install" button and track the progress via the Chrome OS notification centre. Liu said that general Android app notifications would "seamlessly" open in the Chrome OS notification centre. Chromebooks have a reputation for being...

  • Pinchworm, Vector 2 & more: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. We're back with a gander at some of the latest and most notable games for your mobile device, so let's get on with it. Highlights in this edition include Vector 2, an addictive tennis title and a game from former Facebook employees. Pinchworm (free - iOS) I didn't get a chance to actually try this out, but Pinchworm stands out thanks to its creators, being former Facebook employees who decided to create the...

  • Here are the inaugural Google Play Award winners

    Apple has held mobile app/gaming awards for a few years now, but Google has decided to do the same this year, announcing the winners today. The Best App award went to Houzz Interior Design Ideas, which allows you to browse over ten million photos of home interiors/exteriors (categorised by rooms, style etc). The app even connects you with architects, designers and other experts. The award for Best Families app was clinched by logic puzzle title Thinkrolls 2 (R39) which delivers over 270 levels for kids between the ages of three and nine. The Best Game nod went to Supercell's mega-popular Clash Royale, which really needs no...

  • 6 great apps that can shoot & edit RAW photographs

    Yes yes, shooting RAW photos on your smartphone is a bit of a weird thing to do. After all, it's more suitable for dedicated cameras than anything else. Still, if you know what you're doing and are aware of the limitations of mobile cameras compared to DSLRs, it's worth a shot. We picked a few camera apps that spit out RAW files... Camera FV-5 One of the pioneering RAW apps on Android, Camera FV-5 offers plenty of photography bang for your buck (the app is available in lite and paid flavours). The program delivers an array of manual controls (shutter speed, exposure value, ISO), RAW DNG output, an...

  • Yep: Chromebooks to get Google Play Store, outselling Macs in US

    Be sure to catch all the news, views and analysis of Google I/O 2016 on Gearburn via our portal, and live blog. Several weeks after it first leaked, Google has announced that its Play Store is indeed coming to Chromebooks. The world's most popular app store will be coming over to Chrome OS pretty much intact, the company said in a blog post. "This means you'll be able to download and use Android apps, so you can make a Skype call, work with Office files and be productive offline - or take a break with games like Minecraft, Hearthstone or Clash of Clans,"...

  • Google I/O 2016: Allo and Duo apps revealed

    Be sure to catch all the news, views and analysis of Google I/O 2016 on Gearburn via our portal, and live blog. Let's face it: Hangouts leaves a lot to be desired. Google fans have been pining for a replacement app for a while now, so we're glad to see Google reveal Allo at I/O 2016. The Android and iOS app is touted as a "smart messaging service", harnessing your cellphone number for starters (much like WhatsApp). Allo also delivers integrated Google Search - kind of like Gboard, right? But one of the coolest features is the smart reply capability, akin to Inbox, which allows...

  • Bushido Bear, Titan Quest & more: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn’s Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. On the lookout for the best mobile games but have no idea where to start? Well, it's time for our weekly look at some of the more notable titles to be launched in recent days. Two drastically different hack-and-slash titles, a Monument Valley-style game and an "interactive adventure" title round out our picks this week. Bushido Bear An action game about a sword-toting bear? Yeah, Bushido Bear ticks most of the boxes for a quirky mobile...

  • Meet Gboard, Google’s keyboard for iPhone users

    Apple took a page out of Google's playbook when it announced support for third-party keyboards on iOS 8. This of course meant that fan-favourite keyboards Swiftkey, Swype and more were no longer the sole domain of Android. One notable omission has been Google's native keyboard, but the Mountain View company has now released a rather feature-filled app in the form of Gboard. The biggest feature is integrated Search functionality, which should make for a more streamlined approach, the company said in a blog post. Google said that until now, users had to leave the communications app and then open Google Search to find relevant...

  • 4 apps that’ll make face-swapping adventures even funnier

    The past few months have seen face-swapping applications explode in popularity, making for some entertaining (and freaky) moments. Which ones are worth downloading though? We picked several face-swap apps that are worth a look. Snapchat Okay, so it's not a dedicated face-swap app, but Snapchat's augmented reality effects include a face-swapping option in it. All you have to do is hold anywhere on the screen and then swipe to the face-swap mode - make sure a friend is right next to you, of course. Snapchat is free to download on Android and iOS. Face Swap Live This little app catapulted up the charts a few...

  • Google sets sights on better accessibility in Android

    Smartphones are amazing tools, but there's no doubting that platform-holders can do a little better when it comes to accessibility. Apple has done a good job of implementing tools in this regard, such as Assistive Touch, zoom support, Braille Display connectivity, VoiceOver screen reading and more. Now, Google is upping the ante with its own technologies. Google beefs up voice commands Most prominently, the company has announced a closed beta for a new app, called Voice Access. The app lets people navigate through their phones without using the touchscreen. Google says that people who might want to use the app include those with paralysis, tremors and...