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Android Icons To Get A Makeover

Google redesigned some elements of the Android operating system in the latest KitKat update, but it seems more changes are on the way.
According to a new report, Google is working on redesigned icons for the Android operating system, which looks much more elegant compared to the current icons.
The news comes from Android Police, but before we get any further, do keep this thing in mind that there’s always a chance for rumors to be incorrect, no matter how authentic the source is — Android Police has a decent track record when it comes to Android-related information.
The new styles are known as “Moonshine” internally, and the icons looks a little flatter compared to the current ones. The icons look quite similar to the web icons for Google services, and an image has been released that compares the current icons with the proposed ones.
Source: Android Police
Monday, April 14, 2014

Samsung Gear Now And Gear Solo Trademarks

We heard before that Samsung is working on a new smart watch, the Samsung Gear Solo, and now two new trademark filing have been discovered for Samsung Gear devices.
The new trademarks that Samsung has filed with the USPTO are for the Samsung Gear Now and the Samsung Gear Solo, both devices are expected to be smart watches
We also heard that the Samsung Gear Solo, will be a stand alone device that will come with cellular built in, this would allow this new smartwatch to function without the need for a smartphone or tablet.
The Samsung Gear Solo will apparently let you make phone calls, send and receive texts, read emails, and more without needing to connect the device to a compatible smartphone.
As yet there are no details on when Samsung will launch the new Gear Solo and Gear Now, we do not have any information on the specifications on the Gear Now.
Source kopengalaxys5.
Friday, April 11, 2014

Samsung Gear Fit Teardown By iFixit

The Samsung Gear fit is part of Samsung’s latest smart watch range, the device is designed with fitness in mind, and it features a curved AMOLED display.

Rounding out the Samsung-o-Rama, today we focus on taking apart the Gear Fit. This little gus has quite the unique construction, given its general shape. But our wrists are round and it’s supposed to look like a band—so that’s to be expected.

According to iFixit, the Samsung Gear Fit score 6 out of 10 on their repair index, with 10 being the easiest to repair, the Galaxy S5 scored 5 out of 10 and the Samsung Gear 2 scored 8 out of 10.

Source iFixit

Samsung Galaxy S5 And Gear Devices Are Launching Globally

Company has confirmed the global launch of the Galaxy S5 and its latest gear devices.
As well as the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit are now available around the world, although these devices have been available in some countries over the last few weeks.
“The refined design and technological innovation of our new Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear devices are the direct result of Samsung listening carefully to what consumers wanted in the next generation of mobile technology.” said JK Shin, CEO & President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We carefully crafted each device to offer a sophisticated, superior mobile experience that let consumers stay connected in their own way to focus on what really matters to them.”

All of these new Samsung devices are now available in 125 countries around the world, which include the US, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia, you can find out more information over at Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Teardown By iFixit

The Samsung Galaxy S5 launches tomorrow, although the guys from iFixit have already managed to get their hands on the handset, and have taken it apart.

Every so often, our Earth-bound teardown team gazes skyward. Today, we look to take the Samsung Galaxy S5 to pieces. Will this device be immortalized among the stars of repairability—or will it plummet to the ground like a blazing meteorite?

According to iFixit, the Samsung Galaxy S5 score 5 out of 10 on their repair index, with 10 being the easiest to repair, you can find out full details on why the handset is difficult to repair over at iFixit.

Source iFixit

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Apple Wants $2.19 Billion From Samsung

In the last court case between Apple and Samsung, Samsung ended up having to pay Apple $930 million US dollars, although the court originally awarded Apple a higher amount.
We heard recently that Apple was rumored to be seeking damages of around $2 billion from Samsung in the latest court case, and now the exact figure has been revealed, Apple is looking for $2.19 billion US dollars in damage from Samsung.
Apple hired a damages expert for the current trial, Chris Vellturo, who explained to the jury that the damages were a combination of lost profits and royalty fees for devices that Samsung have sold. Apple is claiming that Samsung sold 37 million smartphones and tablets that used their technology.
“It’s a very large market and Samsung has made a lot of sales into that market,” Vellturo said, before getting into the specifics of how he came to his estimate. Samsung’s alleged infringement, he said, came at a time of dramatic growth in the market as many people were buying their first smartphone.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the latest court case between Apple and Samsung, although we suspect that this one will probably take as long as the last one to reach a final conclusion.
Source recode, Techmeme
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Leaked Screenshots of Gmail for Android

Gmail for Android is one of my personal favorites. It’s one of the best email client I use to get all my emails. According to a new leak, the official Gmail app for Android will soon get a new update that brings a bunch of new features as well as a new UI.
The UI looks a lot elegant compared to the current version, as well as a new pinned system and the ability to temporarily quiet an email notification.
According to the guys at Geek, there will be more tabs, including Travel, Finance, Purchases, along with the usual Primary, Social, and Promotions. Additionally, users will also be able to pin images which will let the email float on top of your inbox, along with a toggle button to let you view the pinned emails as well as unpin them to make them go back to their original place. The latest update will also allow users to snooze an email for a specific amount of time, depending on the users’s needs.
We want our readers to take this with a pinch of salt, as it’s not an official app, and is not confirmed to reach end users. It could be that Google is just testing out new features, and since the company revamped its Android app last year, it might be a little difficult, but you never know.
Source: Geek
Sunday, April 6, 2014

BBM Gets Updated

There one area where Blackberry is receiving a some what decent response is the Blackberry Messenger app for Android and iOS. Released last year, the app has managed to grab 85 million users, and consistently working on adding new features to the app for all platforms.
Recently, the company released another update which introduces a number of new features and bug fixes, including stickers support, increased file transfer size and more.
In the latest BBM, users can get stickers from the BBM shop and use them in chats. Stickers are available in packs of 20-25, some of them are free while others come with a price tag. Additionally, the latest update increase the file transfer limit to 16MB in chats, as well as the ability to send images in a multi-person chat.
Here’s a complete change log:
  • Add more fun to your BBM chats with the introduction of stickers available in the new BBM Shop
  • Increased file transfer size (16MB) lets you share higher quality photos, bigger files and longer videos
  • Picture sharing in multi-person chats makes it easy to send a pic to a group of people so you can all talk about it together
  • Other bug fixes and performance improvements
Head over to the App store or the Google Play Store to grab the latest BBM.
Saturday, April 5, 2014

Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor for iOS and Android

If you have been patiently waiting to get your hands on the new Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor that was unveiled earlier this year, you will be pleased to know that the Bluetooth 4.0 device is now available to purchase and supports both iOS and Android devices.
Previously the wired Withings Blood Pressure Monitor only supported iOS devices via a wire connection, but since the addition of the new Bluetooth connectivity users with either device can now wirelessly monitor and track their blood pressure with ease.

Withings also offers an electronic wireless scales that can also be used with their companion applications to monitor your health, weight, and BMI, that when combined with your blood pressure can alert you to any changes that might require medical assistance. To learn more about the new Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor and how it works watch the video below.
The new Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is now available to purchase for $129. For more information on the new Bluetooth blood pressure monitor jump over to the Withings websitefor details.
Source: Withings

Facebook Messenger Beta Updated

Not too long ago, Facebook announced its Facebook Messenger Beta program, giving users interested in testing new features on the app before they are released for the stable version.
If you’re enrolled as a tested in the Facebook Messenger Beta for Android, now might be a good time to check the group as the company has released a new beta that comes with several new features on board, including the ability to forward messages, conversation shortcuts and much more.
The group feature can come in quite handy, especially for people who talk to a specific group of people. You can also forward a message or an image to anyone in your contact list as well.
Here’s a complete change log of the latest Facebook Messenger Beta:
  • Groups: Now you can create groups for the people you message most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place
  • Forwarding: Want to send a message or photo to someone who isn’t in the conversation? Just tap to forward it on
  • Conversation Shortcuts: Create a shortcut so that you can get to any conversation right from your home screen
  • Plus, continued improvements to make the app faster and more reliable
Joining the Facebook Messenger Beta program is pretty simple. All you need to do is join the Beta tester group on Google Groups, Allow beta downloads by clicking “Become a Tester” in the Play Store and download the latest version of the Facebook Messenger app from the Google Play Store.
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sprint Updates HTC One Max with Android 4.4.2 KitKat

HTC did a pretty good job in updating the HTC One to KitKat in a timely fashion. Last month, HTC Product team did an AMA on Reddit, and mentioned that HTC One Max will get the chocolaty taste of Android 4.4.2 KitKat in March.
It turns out they are on time as Sprint has started rolling out the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the HTC One Max in the US.
The latest update bumps the software version to 2.09.651.1, and also comes with a bunch of improvements including Sense 5.5 UI, which comes with minor enhancements and bug fixes. Additionally, it features all the sweetness of Android 4.4.2 KitKat including restyled white icons, improved SMS capabilities with an option to select Hangouts as the default SMS app, new Bluetooth profiles, Cloud Print support, SDC support and more.
The update is rolling out as we speak, but you may not get the update on the first day. It might take a little while for the process to complete, but the impatient ones can manually check for it by going to Settings > About Phone > Software update > Check now. If you already received the update, let us know in the comments with the improvements you can notice.
Source: SprintEngadget
Friday, March 28, 2014

Microsoft Office for iPhone and Android Available for Free

Office for iPad has launched yesterday, which includes Word, Powerpoint and Excel, but it’s not just the iPad.
Office is also available for iPhone and Android in the respective App Stores, and best of all they are available as a free download.
The much awaited Office for iOS and Android lets users create word documents, view them, edit spreadsheets, create presentation, ability to connect your cloud storage account and save the documents/spreadsheets online for quick access anywhere and much more.
However, there’s small catch here: the free version comes with a very limited functionality as it only lets users view and save the documents. If you want to create new ones or edit the ones save in your device, you must have an Office 365 subscription which costs $9.95 per month. Microsoft also announced a personal subscription that costs $6.99 so if you have it, you’re good to go, otherwise you way find it to be a little useless for editing documents.
Head over to the Google Play store or iOS App Store to grab Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint). What do you think about the apps? Were they worth the wait?
Source: Office Blog

Twitter iOS And Android Apps Get Photo Tagging

Twitter has released a software update for its Android and iOS apps, the update brings a range of new features to both apps, including photo tagging.
The updated Twitter apps for iOS and Android will, now let you tag up to 10 people in each photo, you can now also share up to 4 different photos in each tweet.
Tag up to 10 people in a photo
Tagging people in a picture makes conversations around photos fun and easy. And tagging doesn’t affect character count in the Tweet — you can tag up to 10 people in a photo and still have all 140 characters at your disposal, making it easier to connect with your friends. If you’re the one being tagged, you’ll get a notification. You can adjust notifications, as well as who can tag you, in your Settings.
Share up to 4 photos in a single Tweet
And now, you can also share a series of photos that automatically create a collage. Just tap on a preview to get the full image and slide through the group. The ability to upload multiple photos is starting to roll out today on iPhone, and is coming soon to Android and Whether you’re on iPhone, Android or, you can view Tweets with multiple photos.
You can find out more information about the updated Android and iOS mobile apps from Twitter over at the official Twitter blog at the link below.
Source Twitter

Apple Working On iTunes App For Android?

According to a recent report by Billboard, Apple is working on an iTunes app for Android, and Apple is apparently in talks with the various record labels regarding the app.
Apple is apparently looking at ways to boost its iTunes store, as digital album sales are down around 13 percent and digital single sales are down 11 percent.
Whilst sales may be down, revenue from streaming services is increasing, and this is apparently what Apple is looking into for Google’s Android platform.
iTunes has always been a closed application, and has only been available on Apple’s own mobile devices, although the desktop iTunes app is available on multiple platforms.
Source Phandroid
Monday, March 24, 2014

Google Has Released New Developer Videos For Android Wear

Both the new Motorola Moto 360 and the LG G Watch will run Google’s Android Wear, and now Google has provided more information for developers on this new version of Android.
The videos below are designed to show developers how easy it is to get their applications ready for Android Wear, and if apps already have notifications, then they will be easy to make work with Android Wear.
Android Wear will make use of the Android listener service for notifications, this was introduced to Android will the launch of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
You can find out more details about the new Android Wear for developers over at Google’s Developer Preview at the link below.
Friday, March 21, 2014

Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch Announced

Motorola has announced a new smartwatch, the Motorola Moto 360, this will be the first smartwatch to launch with Google’s new version of Android for wearable devices, Android Wear.
This is one of the first smart watches that we have seen that features a round design like a traditional watch, and from the photos and video it looks very impressive.
Moto 360 keeps you on time and up to date without taking you out of the moment or distracting you, telling you what you need to know before you know you need it through subtle alerts and notifications. With just a twist of the wrist you can see who’s emailing or calling, what time your next meeting is or a friend’s latest social post.
Moto 360 also responds to your voice. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions like who won the Stanford vs. New Mexico game or what time your flight leaves, or to get stuff done like scheduling an appointment, sending a text, setting an alarm or taking a note.

Motorola have said that the new Moto 360 will go on sale this summer, and will be available in a range of different styles, it will launch in the US first and then roll out globally.
Source Motorola
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Google Maps For Android Updated

Google has been busy updating several of its apps in the past few weeks, introducing several new features. Not too long ago, the company pushed updates for Google Wallet and Google Translate with a few exciting features.
These are not the only apps, recently, Google also pushed an update for Google Maps for Android. It’s not a big update, but still comes with several handy features on board. Dive in to find out more.
Along with the usual bug fixes, the latest update comes with a handy new feature that shows you upcoming events at the venues you’re visiting. For instance, if you’re in an exhibition area, it will show you the upcoming list of events in that particle venue, just below its address. Sounds interesting? Well, it is.
Apart from the list of upcoming events, you can also tap and hold anywhere on the map on your Android device to drop a pin and save the location, if you’re a frequent visitor of that place. Additionally, you can also share that location as well.
If you’re a regular Google Maps for Android user, you can grab the latest version from the Google Play Store using the link below.
Saturday, March 15, 2014

Google Nexus Smartwatch Specs Leaked

The Google Nexus Smartwatch will apparently come with a 1.65 inch IPS LCD display that will be equipped with a resolution of 280 x 280 pixels.
The device will feature 512MB of RAM, apparently the exact processor that the Google Nexus Smartwatch will come with has yet to be decided by both Google and LG.
Google announced on Monday that they would be launching a new Android SDK for wearable devices in the next two weeks.
We suspect that the Google Nexus Smartwatch will launch at the Google I/O developer conference, which takes place in June.
This will give developers a couple of months to use the new Android SDK for wearable devices, to develop applications that could be used in the new Google Nexus Smartwatch.
Source @evleaks
Image Credit Digital Trends
Friday, March 14, 2014

Facebook Android App Updated With New Photo Features

Facebook has released a new update to their Facebook Android application which brings with it a number of new features for handling photographs within your account, which have been available via the desktop Facebook for some time.
Now Facebook Android users have the ability to edit or delete photo albums directly from their Android smartphone or tablet and Facebook has finally added the ability for users to post photos as comments on posts and status updates.
These features have been available for some time via the desktop version and have been requested by Facebook users on mobile devices. Another new feature within the latest Facebook Android application is the ability for those of you who manage groups to be able to pin and photos within a group.
Facebook has also made a number of user interface changes and is rolling out its flatter design to more users within the update, as the company tries to unify the experience for all Android users, however some smartphones with physical buttons will still use the gingerbread style menus for a little while longer.
For more information on the new Facebook Android App jump over to the Facebook website for details.

Instagram For Android Updated With New Sleeker, Faster Design

Instagram have released an update version of their app for Google’s Android platform, and the update brings an improved design to the app on Android.
According to Instagram the new look for the app is designed to make it faster and more responsive, here is what the developers have to say about the update.
These changes mean a faster, more responsive app. Your profile screen now loads twice as fast, and we’ve cut the overall app size in half to increase speed throughout Instagram.
By making our design cleaner, we’ve also made Instagram for Android easier to use. We’ve simplified our visuals throughout our app, making use of valuable screen space for small devices and feature phones and rearranging our design to keep buttons within easy reach as you navigate the app on a larger device.
You can download the latest version of Instagram for Android over at the Google Play store, and you can find out more details about the update over at the Instagram blog at the link below.
Source Instagram
Wednesday, March 12, 2014


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