The Android world is constantly changing and new devices, new apps and new technology are coming onto the market literally every moment of the day. This week some important news has been announced that changes the outlook of the Android market. Google Play has begun its redesign, Facebook have finally unveiled the Facebook home app and Google Bable has made its unannounced arrival in secrecy.
Official roll out of Redesigned Google Play store – April 9th 2013
There were rumors last month that that Google Play would be launching a new design and these rumors have evaporated now the launch has been made official. Starting on April 9th the new look Google Play store will begin to appear on Android phones and tablets running Android 2.2 and above. It may take a few weeks for all devices to receive the update, but don’t fret, it’s on its way. You will see a focus on bigger images, similarly themed content grouped together, a new recommendations section and a more simplified purchasing process.
Facebook unveiled their latest app Facebook Home
Rumored to be the new Facebook phone, we finally saw the official announcement of Facebook Home, the app that will turn your phone into a Facebook phone so to speak. The idea behind Facebook home is to turn your mobile device into a ‘social powerhouse’ that will focus on the people that you interact with.
The new apps will only be available at first on the HTC First, One, One X, Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, and Note II. The apps will cover chat options and cover feed.
Cover feed will be your devices new homescreen and lock screen that will feature full screen photos from your Facebook friends, chat heads and some notifications. You will have the option to double tap the photos for an instant like and a swipe to move to the next image.
You can read more about Facebook Home by clicking here…
Google Bable is coming to town
And if Facebook Home isn’t enough to keep you busy, Google Babel looks set to launch. The rumors have been running for a while that Google Babel is going to take over the Google communications currently in Gmail chat. The name Babel appeared in Gmail notifications and it has appeared in some other data related files fuelling the rumor that the launch is imminent.
Babel could still be designated as a pre-release name for Google’s unified messaging service, but one way or another, the evidence supporting the fact that such a service exists is mounting. At this point, we’d be shocked if something wasn’t unveiled in the coming months.