Android App Updates – Nov 21st, 2014: Twitter, Swiftkey, Google Keep, WhatsApp, Amazon, Motorola Camera, Nook Audio Books


Twitter Adds DM TweetingTwitter

Twitter has just recently updated their app yesterday to now allow users the ability to tweet in Direct Messages. This gives users the ability to now share a tweet privately where prior to this update anytime you would retweet something it would become public. This new DM tweet capability allows for private conversations about specific tweets involving you and the person you send the message to. To start sharing tweets privately, just long press a specific tweet in the official Twitter app and select share via Direct Message.

Swiftkey Gets Material With New Keyboard ThemesSwiftkey-Themes-AH-5

If Swiftkey is your third party keyboard of choice, then this latest update might be music to your ears. It provides a brand new theme pack of 5 different keyboard themes which are all inspired by Material Design. It might not be full fledged lollipop, but it just might help you get the most out of what you have to make your device look as much like it has lollipop installed on it as possible. The new themes include Material light and dark, like we see in the actual Google keyboard, and Material Pink, Material Orange, and Material Phosphor.$0.99 wins you a single theme, while you can get all 5 for just $2.99.

Google Keep Gets Updated With note Sharing FeatureGoogle Keep

Google's ever popular app for taking notes and syncing those notes across devices with the same connected Google account, called Google Keep, is letting users now share notes with friends and family members through the latest update. The update began rolling out a few days ago so you should already have gotten it or see it in your "my apps" list in the Play Store. In addition to sharing lists, you'll be able to search for lists by color, just in case you have a ton of lists and notes saved in the app.


 WhatsApp Gains End-To-End EncryptionAH whatsapp 1.0

Security has become a huge thing in the past year and all the extra emphasis on security has gotten some users concerned about teh security in their favorite apps. Messaging apps remain among some of the most popular applications used in our smartphones, and security is just as important here as it is in other places. This is why WhatsApp has added end-to-end encryption to their messaging app in the most recent update, giving users a little more peace of mind that the messages they send are a little more secure than they were before.

Amazon App Gains Support For Android Wear And LollipopAmazon Android Wear

If you use the Amazon app to buy goods while you're on the go, you'll be happy to know that the app was just updated to support Android 5.0 Lollipop. On top of this, shopping through the Amazon application just became a little easier as the update also brought along support for Android Wear devices. You can now use your voice to search for products, or to add things to your Amazon wishlist all without having to pull out your smartphone.

Motorola Camera Gets New Timer Options In Latest UpdateMoto Camera

Motorola has updated their camera app again recently, bringing in some handy new features. The timer option now has the ability to be set for 3 seconds or 10 seconds, and you can now flip back and forth between front facing and read facing cameras with the double wrist flick gesture. You might also notice a little more inspiration from Material Design, which is to be expected now that Lollipop has officially released for a handful of different phones, the Moto X, and Moto G included.


Barnes and Noble Offers Free Audio Books With New Nook Audio Books AppNook Audio Books

If you like reading books but aren't as keen so much on the reading part, Barnes and Noble is offering users a couple free audio books with the download of their new Nook application, which includes Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Seabiscuit by Lauren Hillenbrand. The app is live on the Play Store if you're interested in taking a look at it.

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