You can now edit and share playlists on Google Play Music

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Following an update to Search and the release of new Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps in the Play Store, Google is now pushing out a small update to Play Music.

The seemingly only change in the update is the ability to change the name and description of a playlist, as well as to share your playlist with friends, straight from the device. Previously, these features were only available in the web interface of Google Play Music. To access these new features, just click on the Menu button and pick them from the overflow menu.

Play Music version 5.5.1509O should be heading your way right now, though you can check for yourself from the My Apps section of the Play Store. Or, if you’re new to it, check the Play Music app in the Play Store.

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How to install the Amazon Appstore on your Android

Is the Google Play Store not giving you what you want? Perhaps you may want to try the Amazon Appstore.

Although seasoned Android users may already know about this process, here is a walkthrough for those new to the platform. For those who don’t already know, you can download apps from sources other than the Google Play Store. Probably the next most popular way to do this is from the Amazon Appstore (the same app store that the Kindle Fire tablets use).

Amazon offers a free paid application everyday, something that Google Play only does on a rare occasion. That may be reason enough to install it, but it also offers some great recommendations as well as exclusive apps.

Since the Amazon Appstore isn’t available in Google Play, you need to do a few extra steps in order to get it installed. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to install it on your Android.

1. Enable “Unknown sources” on your device

Before we begin, there’s a setting that needs to be changed on your device. First, navigate to the Security tab in your Settings menu. If you’re on an older Android device, you may need to navigate to the Apps menu under Settings. Once in the Security menu, scroll down until you see “Unknown sources”. Make sure the box is checked.

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This feature is on your Android device to ensure that your phone stays safe. When this box is checked, it allows applications to be installed on your device that aren’t in the Play Store.

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Unofficial Google URL Shortener app hits the Play Store

URL Shortener

Google’s URL shortening site known as goo.gl is quite a nifty tool to shorten massive links within the web. This URL shortener has now made its way to Android thanks to developer Thomas Devaux. The app is available as a free download in the Google Play Store now with a very nifty user interface and the ability to sync with your existing Google accounts as well. Users can also access and find all the URLs shortened in the past right within the app. The app almost looks like it’s designed by Google, so credit must be given to the developer.

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How to boost the speaker and headset volume on the Nexus 5

First thing’s first, you need to have root access for this trick, and you need to be comfortable flashing a zip in Recovery Mode. Ok, if that hasn’t sent you running for the hills, let’s proceed with a simple trick to get much better sound quality and volume from your Nexus 5‘s rather pathetic speaker and volume control, even after the improvements brought by Android 4.4.1 and 4.4.2.

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Even the new, slightly ”bigger” Nexus 5 speaker is pretty poor. / © Android Lab

The best thing about this trick is that is doesn’t distort the sound like a lot of Play Store volume enhancer apps do. All you need is one of the four flashable zips on this XDA Developer’s thread – either the headphones and speaker zip, the headphones-only or speaker-only zip, or the revert to stock zip – saved to an easily locatable place on your Nexus 5. You don’t need them all but there’s no harm in having them all either. Android 4.4, 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 are all supported, just get the right zip.

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Top 5 photo and video gallery replacement apps for Android

There’s still another piece to that puzzle: apps for viewing your artistic creations. Sure, you could use the built-in gallery app on your phone, but there are plenty of excellent alternatives in the Play Store that give you more flexibility over organizing and viewing your pictures. In this guide, we’re going to go over the top ones. Hit the break to get started.

QuickPic is an excellent photo viewing application in the Play Store that’s been around for several years. It has a nearly perfect 4.7 star rating from 166,000 users, which is impressive however you slice it. It’s a very simple gallery replacement that focuses on speed and stability, but throws in a handful of extra features to stay competitive with other apps available.

The developer focuses on crystal clear photo viewing, as well as wide device compatibility. It uses a custom decoder for viewing pictures, which boasts better quality viewing of your photos compared to other apps, and thanks to how lightweight and efficient the app is, it can easily browse even the largest photo collections without slowing down. It also supports just about all major photo file types (excluding TIFF files) and most standard video files, as well as GIFs. Navigating those pictures is buttery smooth and has most functions than a stock browser would have, such as double-tapping to zoom and pinch to zoom, and it even comes with some basic photo editing tools, like cropping, rotating, and setting wallpapers.

The interface of QuickPic is just as great as its feature set. There are several options for viewing your photos, including the standard gallery view, a grid view, a list view, and a file explorer for finding specific files. It can also be set up to include only certain folders and exclude others, as well ashiding and password protecting other photos. Throw in a fully optimized tablet interface and you’ve got a very well-rounded, easy-to-use gallery app.

QuickPic is free and works on any Android device running Android 2.0 and up, so everyone should be able to at least give the app a spin to see if it works for them.

Fish Bowl is probably the most feature-rich gallery app you’ll find on this list. It has all of your standard photo viewing features, such as different ways to view pictures and albums and the ability to move and organize your galleries, but it goes above and beyond in the organization category. Fish Bowl allows you to set several albums as “favorites” that pin to the top of the application, giving you easy access to them regardless of where they are in your gallery list or on your phone. If you have lots of work pictures that you regularly need to pull up to show others, you could pin that album to the top of your galleries to cut down on the time it takes to look for what you need. The app also allows you to set different pictures as the cover photo of all of your albums, which is a nice touch for customization.

Fish Bowl also makes sharing photos very easy with it’s optional Photo Guard app.  It offers a built-in one step resize and share option, which basically crops and compresses your pictures and sends them to another application in one click. It’s designed to make sending a picture via MMS or email much quicker, and keeps you from running into MMS message limits or waiting around while a 13 megapixel photo uploads to an email. You can also add notes to individual photos or even entire albums, similar to some of the gallery features Samsung has implemented into their TouchWiz gallery recently. The notes won’t share to other apps or through MMS or anything, but for organizational purposes, it’s a pretty handy feature. There are also options for hiding photos and albums as well as a deletion guard to prevent you from accidentally trashing any pictures.

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The Best Music Streaming Apps on your Android

Play Store has billions of apps available at the click of a button, a list of some of the best alternative music streaming apps available on your Android device. See the video below

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