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Moto X (2014) now receiving Lollipop update in the UK

Posted by wicked December - 21 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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If you own a Moto X (2014) and reside in the UK, you may want to listen up, as Motorola has just started pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of the handset located in the region.

All the changes you’d expect to find in Lollipop are bundled into this upgrade, including support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being distributed in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device, you can search for the update manually. To do so simply follow the four steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”
  3. Hit “System Updates”
  4. Tap on “Check for update”

If you own a 2104 Moto X and you’re situated in the United Kingdom, why not drop us a line in the comments section below letting us know when you receive the update?

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Google+ Auto Enhance expands its reach to videos

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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When uploading photographs to Google+, you may know them a bit different about them. The social network will actually aim to make them better with a feature called Auto Enhance. It makes slight changes here and there, some of which may go unnoticed by the user. Auto Enhance is now capable of working with video uploads rather than just photos. Tim St. Clair, the Google employee that shared news, says it will “make your videos look and sound better.” Google+ will analyze the the picture and audio quality and provide users with a side-by-side comparison to see which one is preferred.

Hit the break for directions and the video demonstrating the feature.

From Google+ on the web:

  1. Open a video
  2. Click “More”
  3. Select “Auto Enhance”

From the Google+ Photos app:

  1. Open a video
  2. Tap the overflow menu button
  3. Select “Auto Enhance”

Pretty simple, right? Go ahead and enjoy your revitalized videos!

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Source: +Tim St. Clair

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Minuum Keyboard receives 3.0 Update

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

WHIRLSCAPE INC. - New Mobile Keyboard MinuumPopular 3rd party resizable Android Keyboard Minuum is receiving an update to its features, bringing a new design along with some neat new features.

The update brings the keyboard up to date visually with Lollipop, meshing with the material look of the rest of the OS. New theme additions help complete the visual package as well, especially the new Christmas themes. As far as fixes and improvements go under the surface, the new multilingual mode lets you type in many languages at once and the newly improved autocorrect both make this update even better.

The update is free  to those who already own the app, but if you don’t have it yet, you’ll need to pay. Normally the price is $4, but there is a limited time 50% off sale at the moment, so hurry and grab the keyboard and its fresh update for only $2.

Are you a fan of Minuum? Let us know what you think about the keyboard in the comments below!
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Disney releases Club Penguin for Android with some holiday flair

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

club penguinDisney’s successful kid-friendly MMO, Club Penguin, has finally made its debut on Android, just in time for the holidays. It features the full experience that you would find on the desktop version of the game, so if you’re looking for a child-oriented game to sink your teeth into, this is a solid option.

The game lets kids create their own penguins and explore Club Penguin while playing games, chatting with other players, and scooping up collectables. And since we’re right in the middle of the holidays, Disney has themed the entire game in a Christmas skin for the first ever Merry Walrus celebration.

Like other MMOs, this game does require a subscription to access a bulk of the features. One month runs $7.99, three months is $19.99, and six months is $39.99. Any Android users that sign up for a month of service will also get a free bonus month to gift to a friend. The more the merrier, right?

Hit the link below to download the game.

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RunKeeper update brings support for GPS in Android Wear devices

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

RunkeeperRunKeeper has released an update to their app that brings a pretty cool feature to users that have a GPS-enabled Android Wear smartwatch. The newest version of the app will let you launch RunKeeper on your smartwatch, then take a jog without having to keep your phone on you thanks to the built-in GPS. You obviously won’t be able to keep up with a data connection, but once you get back home and reconnect with your phone, the app will pick back up and sync on its own.

There aren’t a ton of Android Wear devices with a GPS to take advantage of the new feature, but if you own Sony’s latest Smartwatch 3, you’re in luck. We’ll also very likely see more smartwatches pick up GPS in the next few months, so just think of this update as preparing for future devices.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Metal Frame Pictures Shown In Alleged Leak

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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I think it’s safe to say that the rumor mill for the Samsung Galaxy S6 is going to really hit its stride leading up to CES 2015. Rumors of hardware specs, what the case is going to look like and even whether or not it will be unveiled at CES 2015 seem to be debated by many sources. That being said, nowhereelse.fr is reporting that it has gotten its hands on pictures of the S6′s metal frame.

The pictures show some freshly tooled metal bodies for a smartphone, but it is debatable that these belong to the S6. Only time will tell, but we do know that Samsung is wanting to go back to the drawing board with the S6 in what it calls “Project Zero.” Could this mean that Samsung’s Galaxy S6 will sport a unibody metal frame as these pictures seem to indicate?

Is that a step in a direction of what consumers want or what Samsung thinks consumers want? Let us know in the comments below. Personally, I’ve never been bothered in the least by plastic.

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Androidify Santa appears in new Google ‘Be Together Not The Same’ commercial

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Google continues their “Be Together Not The Same’ campaign with a little Christmas love. In this short spot, Santa delivers a round Android Wear smartwatch, what could be a Nexus 6, and a tablet to some lucky children (or adults). There’s only one problem. He has a hard time getting the tablet in the stocking. Check it out after the break.

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Google Inbox users can now invite ten friends to use the service

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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If you’re lucky enough to be using Google’s new Inbox application, you’ll be glad to hear that you now have ten golden tickets to send to family and/or friends requesting them to join you in the beta testing action this holiday season.

Inviting someone to use Inbox is extremely simple. All you have to do is open the Inbox mobile app, hit the compose button and locate the ‘golden ticket’ icon. Tap it, and an ‘Invite to Inbox’ email will be created. All that’s left to do then is choose a recipient, and you’re good to go.

If you aren’t already part of the beta testing action and have just received an invitation to the join in on the fun, we’d love to know your thoughts — so be sure to drop us a comment in the section below.

Source: Twitter

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[APK Download] Google updates Opinion Rewards app with Material Design

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Google has just updated its Opinion Rewards application in the Play Store. The app now has a new ‘card view’ and a completely redesigned user interface, which complies with the company’s recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

For those unaware, the app allows its users to take part in quick surveys in order to earn Google Play credit and, believe it or not, some of the survey’s are rather fun and are a good way of passing the time. Users can earn a maximum of $1.00 in Play credit for completing each survey, which asks questions like, “Which logo is best?”, and “When do you plan on traveling next?”

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being distributed in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device, you can search for the update manually. To do so simply head into the Play Store,” then “My Apps,” and select “Opinion Rewards.”Alternatively, you can scan the QR code below to initiate the procedure.

If the update’s isn’t ready for your device just yet, don’t worry. You can always navigate to this page to manually download and install the APK on your handset.

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Sony publishes changelog for recent Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact update

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Just over a week ago, Sony started rolling out an over-the-air update to unlocked models of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact located in the US. At the time of release, we didn’t know exactly what the upgrade consisted of, but, thankfully, we do now as the Japanese company has posted an official changelog on its website.

Hit the break below to see what you can expect from build 23.0.1.A.5.77.

  • Enhanced audio volume in notifications and ringtones
  • New Xperia™ camera app: Portrait retouch
  • Improved Exchange ActiveSync performance
  • Fine-tuned audio for speakerphone
  • Stability and performance improvements

So it’s mostly bug fixes, but we’re not complaining. In our eyes, any update, big or small, is a step in the right direction as it shows that manufacturers are committed to making their devices the best they can possibly be.

If you haven’t downloaded the upgrade yet, head into ‘Settings’, ‘About Device’, then tap ‘Check for Updates’ to manually install it.

Source: Sony

 

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