Monthly Archives: May 2013

Android

Twitter releases updates, tweet in less than six seconds

twitterTwitter released a new update for Android users today, making tweeting “even easier and more seamless.” Here are a few of the new features according to Twitters official blog:

  • Photos: When you add a photo to your Tweet, you’ll see a full preview of your photo, not just the cropped version. We’ve also redesigned the experience to make it easy to share a photo from your camera roll: simply click the photo icon on the bottom right corner of the Tweet box.
  • Accounts: When you compose a Tweet, you’ll see your avatar and username, giving you a better sense of how your Tweet will actually appear. If you tweet from multiple accounts, it’s now easier to select the account you want to use by simply tapping on your avatar.
  • Location: You can still add or remove your location from individual Tweets right from the Tweet box.

 

Twitter also added a feature that will allow users to see more info about interactions on Twitter right in the Notifications Drawer. With just a swipe, you can expand the notification and see more details. All of these updates combined will supposedly allow users to send a tweet in less than six seconds!

To check it out, grab the update now on Google Play.

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Google announces new Gmail experience for desktop and mobile

Google today announced a new inbox for the Gmail desktop and mobile experience. Rolling out gradually over the next few weeks, users will find that the inbox is a much more streamlined and personalized layout.

Details, as expected, include new categories for social, promotions, and updates. Should you not like the way things look you can revert to a more classic design however, we get the feeling that this is the future of email organization.

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Check out the video below for a quick demo on how things look. Keep an eye on your inbox when notification in the next couple of weeks.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 with AT&T friendly LTE receives the FCC’s approval

ATT_620x350Not a fan of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi only? Not to worry, as the opportunity to buy an LTE version could be coming soon. The FCC just gave their blessing on a version that includes an 850 /1900 GSM radio along with LTE bands 2, 4, 5, and 17 (all signs of hardware that plays well with AT&T’s network.)

Now don’t get too excited yet, as the FCC’s approval doesn’t mean that it will be released or that AT&T will announce a carrier version. There is hope however, so hang on tight. We will make sure to update you as soon as we know more!

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Engadget

 

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The HTC “phablet” is real, and it’s coming

Earlier today I mentioned HTC’s recent ego-boost, and their plans to take on Samsung once again with a line up of three new devices in the future. One of those devices mention was referred to as HTC’s uniquely dubbed “phablet.” Well ladies and gents, I am happy to give you a little more detailed information about this interesting device.

HTC T6 InfoHTC is indeed working on a so-called “phablet-class” smartphone with pen-based input, in an attempt to challenge their biggest competitor. The T6, as it is code-named, is a 5.9-inch full HD device, powered by a Qualcomm MSM8974 (aka the Snapdragon 800.) It is rumored to include BoomSound speakers and an optically-stabilized UltraPixel camera in the back. It will also have 2GB RAM (storage may be as low as 16GB,) with a microSD feature to help soften the blow. Need that front-facing camera? Don’t worry, as it is said to offer an impressive 2.1-megapixel, wide-angle configuration. It should be no surprise that Sense will be on HTC’s largest handset, but it will be updated with a version of BlinkFeed said to incorporate more partners, more customization options, and the ability to save content for offline consumption.

On top of all that, not only are we hearing that HTC is selecting their pen in a very careful manner (we’re not quite sure if Scribe is powering this device,) but HTC is also looking at including biometrics, in the form of a fingerprint reader, to the table as well. From what we have heard they are being smart about it, and mounting the sensor on the back of the tablet, so that it instantly turns on when it is handled.

Impressed? Wait until you read this. The T6, due to launch in late summer or early fall, will supposedly run Android Key Lime Pie under the hood. Take that with a grain of salt however, as the newest version of Andy isn’t expected to be released until the end of this year. With all of these new pumped-up features from HTC we must ask: Is your interest peaked?

 

 

 

Source: The Unlocker

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Specs for Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and waterproof Galaxy S4 Active leaked

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It was only time before the specs for Samsung’s impending two devices in the Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy S4 Active were to become available. Here’s what you can expect with the S4 Zoom:

  • 4.3” 540x960px Super AMOLED display
  • 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU, no LTE support
  • Android Jelly Bean OS
  • 8 GB of built-in memory, micro-SD support
  • 1.9mpx fron facing camera
  • 16 megapixel main camera, with 10x Optical Zoom
  • Bluetooth 4.0LE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, A-GPS
  • 1900 mAh battery

As for the waterproof Galaxy S4 Active:

  • 5” Super AMOLED Full HD display
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
  • LTE support
  • 16GB of built-in memory, microSD support
  • Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, IR blaster
  • 2600 mAh battery

While the Zoom looks more like a watered down S4 with a better camera, the Active is more or less the same as the S4 but will have a more “rugged” outer shell and will be waterproof. No news yet on which US carriers will sell these devices, but I’m sure we’ll know more sometime next month.

source: Hi-Tech

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Android chief Sundar Pichai reassures us that the Nexus program will stay alive

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With the current announcement of the two “Nexus Experience” devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, many have wondered what that will do to Google’s Nexus device line. Rest assured as Google’s own Sundar Pichai assures us all that the Nexus line will be alive and well. We can most definitely expect Google to continue, after all the sales of these Nexus devices has never been Google’s number one priority, having a pure Google device out there for developers and enthusiasts is why Google releases these phones/tablets in the first place. I truly feel that the Nexus line is essential and vitally important to Android’s ecosystem.

During the All Things Digital conference Pichai was also candid about Samsung’s huge success in the mobile industry due to Android. While some speculate whether Google should be worried about Samsung overshadowing them, Google and Pichai certainly aren’t and is happy with the success the South Korean company is enjoying. While the same can’t be said about the company that Google actually owns in Motorola, I’m sure Google’s plans for the company has still yet to be seen and with the recent announcement of the Moto X, maybe things may change in the near future.

What do you guys think about Google keeping the Nexus line alive and is happy with what it provides to the Android community as a whole?

source: Phandroid

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Google’s Regina Dugan shows off electronic tattoos and edible passwords at D11 conference

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Regina Dugan of Motorola/Google showed off some pretty neat things today at the D11 conference in California. Apparently the company is working on an electronic tattoo that can be used for authentication purposes. It is being made by a company called MC10, which Motorola is partnering with. Another similar product she talked about was vitamin authentication. Dugan showed off a pill that can be swallowed, battery-powered by stomach acid, and can produce an 18-bit internal signal essentially making the swallower’s body a living, breathing password. And here’s the kicker— the electronic tattoo was actually in use on her own body.

Dugan explained that this isn’t anything that’s going to be shipping anytime soon, and that none of their future products will require this type of technology in order for it to work. Good to know Google won’t be force-feeding us pills and tattooing us all in order to achieve ultimate “Big Brother” status… or will it?

Totally innovative and awesome— if it can be built, why not build it?

Source: All Things D

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APPTEASERS: 15 great Android apps you should know this week (May 30)

APPTEASERS is a collection of apps and games that are new to Android, recently updated, discounted, etc. Whatever the case, we think they’re worth exploring and are willing to bet that many of you would enjoy a few of them.

We understand that we won’t get every single app that crosses our path but we hope to filter things a bit and pass them along to you, dear reader. What you’ll find below is a quick plug for apps and games, occasionally using the developer’s own words to describe the title.

Note that this column is not intended to be a list of “must have” apps but more of a random assortment of titles you might not already know about. No, these are not always new titles. Yes, they can be from big name developers and little indie teams as well.

Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Google+ as we showcase different apps over there as well!

soho

SO.HO [SOHO Social Launcher] – Why bother with just a simple Facebook home experience when you can also have Instagram as well? Recently updated this one gets better all the time. What we really like about it is that you do not have to commit to an all-or-nothing experience. While you are at it, go ahead and add Twitter as well! FREE

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Bloglovin – This free application is a handy and clean way to keep up with your favorite blogs – ahem. Features include categories,  a popular section, sharing and easy search. Download this one and discover new website that you previously did not know existed. FREE

kabbee

Kabbee – Those of you who live in London or who may be visiting might want to check out this application. Recently updated, it provides quotes and other data to help you find the best mini cab. There are more than 60 fleets contributing information and the location aware feature helps you find something quickly. FREE

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Categorical – Remember playing the board game Scattegories? Here’s a fun take on the premise, but with a slight twist. Instead of starting with a specific letter you must include a set of letters in your answer. Log in with Facebook and challenge friends or go it alone. FREE

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HealthTap MD – Designed for doctors and specialists, this app helps them find new patients, enhance their reputation with colleagues and patients, and more. The brand new AppRX feature helps people to discover the best, most practical, most practical, and helpful apps as recommended by actual doctors. FREE

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Endomondo – Tracking and sharing your workouts gets even better with the recently updated Android app. It is now possible to tag friends you’ve done a workout with, and add photos and a status message directly  from the app. What’s more, there’s also the ability to share this “enhanced” workout on Facebook. FREE | PRO

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focus@will – Got some important work to do and need to focus on the task at hand? Check this free app out which features a music library specifically curated to help users focus and enhance retention. Designed to “soothe the listeners limbic system and strengthen the length of flow while working”, the it’s perfect for term papers, bloggers, and coders, and more.  Comes with 3 week full access trial period, after which you can either subscribe for $3.99 per month or $34.99 per year. Or, you can keep using the service for free, with time limited to 100 minutes per session. FREE

sci-fighters

Sci-Fighters – A simple premise that becomes quite maddening, you have to take on three opponents in an arena that is haunted by a monster. You must be the last man standing, but everyone gets a variety of weapons. Details include 2D gameplay mechanics, weapons like flash grenades, a monster potion, an ice-rifle, an automatic laser, and Heyzap! integration. $1.98

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UNO & Friends – The classic card game gets a helping of awesome with this brand new Android release. Features include Boosts and Super Boosts, customized cards, backgrounds, special effects, and other designs. Play against millions of others around the globe, against a Wi-Fi opponent, or a Facebook friend. Or all of them, we don’t cast judgment here. FREE

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After Earth – The official game to one of this summer’s more intriguing films, you find yourself as a highly-skilled Ranger, armed with equipment such as the Lifesuit, Cutlass, and SkipJack. You’ll traverse the various environments, take on human and alien enemies and more in an effort to stay alive. Yes, there are bosses, too. $.99

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Race Illegal: High Speed 3D – The Fast and Furious franchise may have gotten completely away from the road racing of the earlier film but that doesn’t mean you cannot still get your fix. This free game offers  20 race tracks, 9 cars to choose from, and a trunk full of customization options. Additional details include real driving physics, insane drifts and nitrous boosts. How do you stack up against the rest of the world? FREE

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Little Chomp – Part platformer, part physics puzzler, you need to traverse more than 50 levels across three different worlds.  Collect 108 unique butterflies in your climbing and chomping and participate in 160+ skill challenges. Brand new feature unveiled this week is continuous play mode called “Chompwood Arcade” and now supports the new Google Play game services (all leaderboard and achievements). $.99

Toca Hair Salon 2 – Cut hair, color and style hair pretty much any way you see fit with this kid-friendly game. Add some curls, shave a beard, trim a mustache, or spray a mohawk neon green. Accidentally chopped a bit too much off? Spalsh on some special tonic G.R.O.W. or throw on a hats,  some glasses or other accessories. $.99

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Hop on Pop – Father’s Day is coming up and what better way to get ready than to revisit the classic Dr. Seuss tale? A limited time promotion sees this one going for half price right now so take advantage of the savings. Details include a variety of reading modes, interactive images, narration, and animated pages. $1.99

Telly – Discover new clips, movies, and other fun content with this (newly) tablet-optimized social video app. Create your own videos with custom background music which can be shared to Facebook and Twitter or just sit back and let the carousel deliver plenty of wonderful videos. The more you use it, the better it it gets. FREE

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List of HTC devices slated to receive Android 4.3 arrives before version is even announced

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Well, this is certainly interesting. A list of HTC devices expected to receive Android 4.3 updates has surfaced before Google has even confirmed that such a version of Android exists.

You can see from the accompanied photo that a number of models should see the next release of Android come the 4th quarter of the year, including a handful of older (2012) handsets.

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In line to see Android 4.3 are the HTC One, One X, One X+, Droid DNA, and Desire HD. Unfortunately, there are a couple that will get left behind, including the Desire V, Desire X, Droid Incredible 4G, and One S.

Keep in mind that this list is unofficial and Google has yet to formally unveil an Android 4.3 build. With that said, this list seems fairly accurate at first blush; newer, more popular models getting the latest release while others stay back.

Via Phone Arena

 

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Asus Memo Pad successor leaks ahead of Computex 2013 launch

Asus is all set to launch an upgraded version of its Memo Pad at Computex 2013, which will kick off next week. The upcoming tablet is said to be named as Memo Pad 7 HD, according to a report from Yugatech.