Tag Archive: Apps


Everything you need to know about sideloading apps for your Gear VR

Sideloading apps onto your phone is easy and lets you access apps you can’t get on the Google Play Store.

The Gear VR is one of the most accessible forms of virtual reality available today because it runs right off of your Samsung phone. Initially, there are plenty of apps that you can download from the Oculus Store, or the Google Play Store. However, if you’ve found an app that you want to try that isn’t on  [Read More…]

This $379 Chromebook can convert into a tablet and lets you access Android apps alongside ChromeOS

The Thrifter team is back again with a great deal on Samsung’s Chromebook Plus that you won’t want to miss!

The Samsung Chromebook Plus is one of the newest Chromebooks around, having just been introduced in January this year, and is currently $ 378.74 on Amazon. It shipped at a starting price of $ 449. While it has seen a few drops here and there since then, this is the lowest it has ever dropped. Pretty much everywhere else,  [Read More…]

Google Play Store’s new Android Excellence collections highlight top apps and games

Google is making it easier for users to identify quality apps and games in the densely populated Play Store by introducing the new Android Excellence collections. The idea behind the Android Excellence is enabling Play Store editors to highlight the best Android apps and games of the quarter via a dedicated section. The apps and […]

‘Android Excellence’ highlights the Play Store’s best apps and games

Google’s new Android Excellence category tells you what you should download from the Play Store, and what developers should emulate.

Google has launched a new category within its longstanding Editor’s Choice section of the Play Store: Android Excellence.

According to the company, “We’ve seen a significant increase in the level of polish and quality of apps and games on Google Play,” and is taking a quarterly approach to recognizing those titles. For users, an app highlighted by  [Read More…]

Google introduces reCAPTCHA Android API to keep mobile apps safer from bot abuse

Adding reCAPTCHA functionality is but another tool for Android developers to keep their apps secure.

Machine learning and security were big themes at Google I/O, including making the Google Play Protect service more visible to users. In a recent post on the Android Developers Blog, Google has announced the first reCAPTCHA Android API as part of Google Play Services.

If you’ve spent any time on the internet over the past 10 years, you’ve surely run into Google’s  [Read More…]

How to uninstall Gear VR apps

Uninstalling Gear VR apps is easy from within the Oculus app.

Gear VR delivers all sorts of excellent experiences that are delivered right from your phone. However, the day may come when you need to unistall a few apps to make enough room for something new. When that time comes, the process is very simple, you just need to deal with it from inside of the Oculus app. We’ve got the details for you here.

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Google Chrome’s latest update helps soup it up for more robust web apps

With every new update, Google appears to be readying Chrome for a future where few “real” apps exist.

If you’re an Android user, Google Chrome is probably your mobile browser of choice. And if it is, then this latest update might get you excited about a future where you don’t even have to worry about having an entire app installed to get to its best functionality. Many of Chrome 59’s new features  [Read More…]

These are the Chromebooks that can run Android apps from Google Play

Android — and 1,000,000+ apps — on your Chromebook is awesome.

Updated June 2017: The method to enable unofficial server-side support for certain Chromebooks has been changed and updated.

But not every Chromebook is going to get updated to have Google Play and Android apps. And most of the ones that will are in a long testing process.

We all hate waiting. And we all hate updates that break things. Google and the people who made  [Read More…]

Facebook wants teens to use its apps, but not without parental guidance

A new messaging app from the social network is aimed at teens and will focus primarily on offering robust parental controls.

There is code inside the main Facebook app that refers to a yet-to-be-released messaging app aimed especially at teens.

According to The Information, the app is called “Talk” and it’s developed to offer a bevy of parental controls. It’s restricted to users 13 years or older and teens won’t need their own Facebook profile to access the app.  [Read More…]

Plex finally brings Live TV to its apps, coming first to Android TV

Plex is an incredible media server, but one thing, in particular, has been missing until now. Live TV.

You’ve been able to record over the air (OTA) TV for a while now with Plex DVR, but that has required the use of the web app and you haven’t actually been able to view things as they broadcast. That’s all changing as Plex is flipping the switch on live TV channels inside the Plex client apps, beginning withAndroid  [Read More…]