Winter is here, along with the new Game of Thrones game! Hangouts is also feeling fresh and Blackphone is making a big move for its phone.
Everyone has been enjoying the all new Game of Thrones game from Telltale games. The game launched in all platforms last week, while the PS3 got it yesterday. Android was last in line, getting it today, but it’s nice to see that it came so quickly.
All Telltale had told us was that the Google Play Store would see the launch “later this month”. We expected a longer delay, but we are glad to tell you there is no need to wait. You can go get the Game of Thrones game from the Google Play Store at a $4.99 price point.
Opinion: The game is said to capture all sides of the show – both the beauty and the gore. There is also cursing, sex, killing and all that, so get your heart ready for a good emotion roller coaster.
Hangouts is simple, resourceful and very convenient to use. You can even use it for text messaging and Google Voice calls, yet it feels like such a sleek app. Google has done a great job with it, and they are not stopping anytime soon.
The Hangouts app for Android has just been updated with a very hefty update that is also to come to iOS very soon. New features include a set of 16 sticker packs, new video filters for video calls, the ability to add people based on their phone number, easy location sharing and “last seen” timestamps.
By the way, the “last seen” stamps feature, which show you when users were last active, will be rolling out over the coming week. Be patient.
Opinion: I have to say I am most excited about location sharing and the “last seen” feature. I am just not much of a video call and sticker packs guy. Which new features are you most eager to test?
You have likely never heard of the Blackphone – it’s a device that focuses on security and privacy. After being announced at MWC 2014, it has become what could be the most secure phone around. So much that it doesn’t even have support for the Google Play Store (Google would own your data).
This has proven to be a burden for many users. After all, no one wants to install apps manually, right? This is why the company has announced the upcoming launch of a security-based app store, along with a new version of PrivatOS.
This app store should become available in January, so we don’t have much longer to wait.
Opinion: I actually used a Blackphone for some time and can tell you how annoying it is to not have the Google Play Store available. This is why the phone only sells to a small niche market. If they had an app store, their audience would quickly grow. There’s also rumors of a Blackphone tablet coming, so the app store would be a great addition.