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Facebook now lets you do video calls via Messenger

Posted by wicked April - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Facebook seems to be giving its messaging service Messenger a lot of power lately. After introducing a whole bunch of great features these past weeks, they now bring what may be the most useful yet: the ability to make free video calls through the app itself. The social media giant wants to keep it at par with a lot of messaging services in the market, particularly its erstwhile rival, Apple, whose Hangouts is one of the most widely used free video call services (known as FaceTime).

Using the video call is pretty easy on the Messenger. You can start making one from any conversation you’re having and all you need to do is tap that video camera icon (obviously) on the top right corner of the screen. It is also platform agnostic, so if you’re on an Android device and the person you want to video call with is on iOS, that is not a problem, as long as that person is also on a mobile device, like you are. No word yet if this will also eventually extend to tablets and desktops.

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Messenger users already have the ability to make free voice calls through the app, but sometimes, voice calls and even typing messages isn’t enough. Adding this video call feature will further expand Messenger’s features and market, and will probably add more numbers to its already huge current base of 600 million users. The past weeks saw features like sending money to friends, Messenger Platform, and Businesses on Messenger, introduced to users, and probably attract more Facebook users back to the Messenger fold, after initial complaints about turning it into a stand-alone app.

The video calling feature is only available in several countries for now (Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay). But of course, you can expect it to roll out to other regions and countries in the next few months.

SOURCE: Facebook

Google Keep for Android Wear allows note-taking without typing

Posted by wicked April - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Google Keep keeps on  imrpoving and helping more Android users with its features. The productivity app went live officially two years ago and has since received numerous updates. The latest one includes new organization features plus sharing of “to do” lists with family. While taking notes on the Android app is already possible and is actually easy and convenient, it needs to be updated for use with Android Wear on a smartwatch.

App is supported to work on a smartwatch so you can read through notes, create a new one, or view the recent ones. With this update, you can make a new reminder or create a new note without having to type words on the very small screen. Just “speak” and the watch will automatically save your notes and set reminders for future reference. To make a new note, tap on the plus sign then speak. To view a note, simple swipe or down and tap.

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The new app update also allows a user to add labels for better organization. You can add “To dos”, “Important”, or “Inspiration” as labels. You can use any word to label your notes to help you stay organized. Make sure you remember the labels though.

You can now also add recurring or frequently used reminders so you don’t miss any regular to-do tasks. You can access Keep anytime as it’s always within reach whether on your smartwatch, computer, smartphone, or tablet. You can even set a location-based note or reminder to pull up a note. So whether in school, office, at home, or simply in the grocery, you can see your notes and to do list for that particular place.

Download Google Keep from the Google Play Store

SOURCE: Android

T-Mobile starts rolling out Lollipop update for the Note 4

Posted by wicked April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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As T-Mobile promised last week, it has now begun pushing out the long-awaited Android 5.0.1 update to all carrier-banded variants of the Galaxy Note 4 located in the United States. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, in addition to a ton of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the mosttimely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being rolled out 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”

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You can now create a note or set an alarm on your smartphone from desktop

Posted by wicked April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Thanks to a nifty little update from Google for its Search application, Android users now have the facility to set an alarm and send notes to their smartphone or tablet directly from a desktop.

To take advantage of this functionality, simply head over to Google’s homepage on your desktop, then type in “send a note” or “set an alarm” followed by the relevant details.

If you’d like to find out more, hit the source link below.

Source: Google

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Lollipop Now Rolling Out to T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 (Updated)

Posted by Kellex April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

On Friday, we told you that T-Mobile had received “technical approval” on the Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 4 and was planning to push the update to users starting today. Sure enough, it’s happening. A couple of our readers, along with many more in various forums throughout this vast Android-filled internet are all receiving the update.

T-Mobile hasn’t yet posted their own details for the update, but I’m guessing that will happen soon, whenever their community manager wakes up and starts work for the week. 

To check for the update, head into Settings>About phone>Software update.

As we have more, we will update this post.

Update:  Changelog is live! It looks like software build N910TUVU1COD6, Android 5.0.1, and a 1.1GB download. Be sure you have lots of battery!

Cheers Tyrone, Randy, and @Timbahhh!

Lollipop Now Rolling Out to T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 (Updated) is a post from: Droid Life

t mobile galaxy note 4 tweetT-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 4 has received technical acceptance for its Lollipop update, according to T-Mobile’s senior product manager on Twitter. Don’t bother checking your phone for the update just yet, since technical acceptance doesn’t mean an immediate rollout. It does mean, however, that you should be seeing an OTA update on your Note 4 sometime next week.

I know, the wait is going to be tough. You’ve made it this long, what’s another few days?

source: Twitter

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SwiftKey Hub now available for easier access to features, settings

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

It may still be in its beta phase, but it looks like SwiftKey for Android is bringing out all the bells and whistles with every update, to make you realize you need to get it as your new virtual keyboard for your smartphone. You may call it a mini make-over, as the latest version contains a new SwiftKey Hub located conveniently, and a new “sleek, modern look” that makes your smartphone look even nicer.

The SwitfKey Hub is now more conveniently accessible so that you can customize your virtual keyboard just the way you like it, and access the other features as well. Once you press the Hub key, you’ll see that it is divided into three screens: Personalization section, the SwiftKey Store, and the Settings menu. The personalization part shows you the SwiftKey Cloud, access to SwiftKey Support, social media sharing options, and even interesting statistics on your typing behaviour. The SwiftKey Store of course gives you access to various themes and lets you change your existing one without having to leave the app.

The Settings screen brings you the other customizable options, like choosing the layout, sound and vibration, advanced options like text correction. The visuals in this section have also been updated. The SwiftKey update also brings adaptive layouts to the Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati and Marathi languages. The developers also revealed that they are in the early stages of a collaboration with Dashlane, which will stash your commonly used passwords (securely of course) and predict when you will be needing them.

Currently, only beta testers that have Dashlane will be able to access the last feature we mentioned. Meanwhile, you can check out if the update to SwiftKey Hub for Android has already rolled out to your device.

SOURCE: SwiftKey

Samsung starts distributing Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 4 in Croatia

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Samsung has now begun pushing out the long-awaited Android 5.0.1 update to all unlocked variants of the Galaxy Note 4 located in Croatia. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, in addition to a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the mosttimely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being rolled out 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”

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Lollipop finally arrives for Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 finally have something to cheer about. The OEM announced that the tablet will finally receive the Android 5.0 upgrade, a month after the bigger version, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 got its Lollipop on. However, the update that will be rolling out to the tablet is version 5.0.2, and not yet the latest one, version 5.1 which has been rolling out to some devices already.

The folks over at SAM Mobile previewed a test build a few months back, and it was still 5.0.2. So somehow, they were expecting that the actual update months later would be the latest one that has been received by the other OEMs. Unfortunately, Samsung is still at the 5.0.2 version, and there isn’t any reports yet when it will be releasing 5.1. Some devices even have 5.2 already, but that’s just for the Nexus, as of course faster updates is one of its selling points.

If you’ve been following all the Lollipop news, then the new features and improvements you’ll get with this update shouldn’t come as a surprise. So that means improved notifications, a new multi-tasking menu, and speed and performance improvements. In terms of aesthetics, unfortunately, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI still hides most of the Material Design improvements.

As with all updates, the roll-out occurs in phases, so don’t worry if you still haven’t gotten it yet through Samsung Kies. But if you’re impatient and want it now, there are firmwares available out there, if you know where to look.

VIA: SAM Mobile

Twitter Highlights gives you the best tweets that you may have missed

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Twitter is a really great source of news, useless information, new online discoveries, and yes, even conversations with friends. But with the amount of people that you follow, and with the limited amount of time (we assume) that you have for checking on your various social networks, some things may be lost in the void. Twitter is introducing a new feature called Highlights that will make you get the best out of the micro-blogging site and it is also personalized according to what you need or want to see.

Basically, it is a “fast and simple summary of Twitter” or rather, on the things that are relevant to your life, or to the life that you’re telling Twitter that you have. They will look at the conversations that seem to be popular with the people that you follow, the tweets of accounts that are connected to you, and even events or trending topics in the area where you live in. They also look at the trending topics within your network and the accounts that you follow.

So basically, you’ll receive a notification from Twitter that your Highlights are ready, and it will then lead you to that section in your app. You’ll just swipe right to left to view the stories, click on the ones that interest you, and when you reach the end, swipe one more time and it will go back to your regular timeline. You’ll be receiving Highlights up to twice a day, so that should give you time to read at least once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

This is not an automatic thing for your account and you would need to opt-in. Just go to your Settings, select your account, go to mobile notifications and then check the Highlights box. If you don’t see it yet, then maybe the roll-out hasn’t reached your account yet. It will initially be available for English Android users, but eventually, they would probably expand the scope more.

SOURCE: Twitter

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