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Latest Google Maps update brings better Android Wear navigation notifications

Posted by wicked October - 25 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

 

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Google is currently rolling out a pretty hefty update for its official Maps application. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade brings Android Wear users “improved navigation notifications” for when they’re using the service on-the-go, in addition to the usual multitude of stability improvements, speed optimisations and bug fixes.

Hit the break below for the full changelog.

  • Hindi now supported, including voice navigation
  • Improved navigation notifications on Android Wear devices
  • Bug fixes

To install the update, simply open up the Play Store on your device, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of the screen, select ‘My Apps’ and click on GoToMeeting. Next, hit the update button and the application will instantly start to download and install the upgrade from the Google Play servers. Alternatively, you can scan the QR code below to initiate the procedure.

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Play Store Download Link

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Hitman GO update brings a bit of Hitman 2 to the table

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Square Enix has a big gift for fans of the Hitman franchise today, at least for those who also favor playing the titles on their mobile devices. First up is an update to the diorama-esque Hitman GO title, adding a bit of nostalgia for those who have played the game’s Silent Assassin sequel. But more than that, there is finally the addition of cloud saves plus a temporary price drop to celebrate the update. There’s even some good news about the more Hitman-like Sniper title coming soon.

Continuing its tradition of bringing memorable locations from its bigger titles, like the “The Opera” from Hitman Blood Money, Square Enix is bringing Hitman 2 Silent Assassin’s iconic St. Petersburg map to Hitman GO as the latest mission box. And by “box”, they do almost literally mean a box, because, if you have forgotten, Hitman GO plays out more like a board game set in a cardboard diorama world. This new box brings 8 new levels set in Varosnij Square. As before, to access this new box for free, you need to have completed at least 140 missions. Otherwise, you can also cough up $0.99 to buy the new levels if you’re in a hurry.

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The update also finally ropes in cloud saving, meaning your save games can now be stored on the Internet, meaning you can pick up where you left off, no matter what device you’re on. And that bit might be even more useful now since Square Enix is releasing the update on both Android and iOS at the same time. To celebrate this expansion, Hitman GO’s prices will be taken down a notch, now available for only $1.99. There’s very little time to deliberate the matter though, as it will only last until the 29th of October.

Square Enix is also teasing that their other mobile Hitman game will be launching soon. How soon? They’re not exactly saying. Unlike Hitman GO, Hitman: Sniper returns to the roots of the franchise and is billed as a “competitive sniping game.” That said, based on early sneak peeks, it won’t be a faithful rendition of a full Hitman game either. It will instead be like a “vertical slice” of a Hitman title, focusing on short mission-based bursts that seem to be the trend of many mobile games these days.

Download: Hitman GO on Google Play Store
SOURCE: Hitman.com

Android Wear now has GPS and offline music support

Posted by wicked October - 23 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Google has today published details of a major update it’s currently pushing out to all International variants of the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and Moto 360 located in the US.

The upgrade primarily focuses on implementing some new fitness functionality into Android Wear by taking full advantage of the smart watches integrated GPS sensors. Users will now be able to track their distance and speed during a run, walk and bike ride, without actually having to have a smartphone connected.

This latest firmware also lets users upload and store music on the physical memory of their device, enabling them to listen to music on a run, walk or ride via a pair of Bluetooth headphones with no active connection required between their smartwatch and phone.

Hit the source link below to hear exactly what Google has to say about the update.

Source: Google

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LG G3 now receiving major stability update

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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LG is in the process of pushing out a relatively major over-the-air stability update to all unlocked variants of its flagship smartphone, the G3, currently located in India, Thailand and a bunch of European countries. Sadly, this upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, such as Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it does include a handful of ‘system stability improvements,’ which are geared towards making a user’s experience better when using the device.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

Enhancements:

  • Valuepack upgrade
  • Apps
  • Google patch

If you own an unlocked variant of the LG G3 and have not yet received the OTA update, you can head into “Settings,” then “About Device,” and select “Check for Updates” to manually scan for the upgrade. Alternatively, you can wait until you receive a push notification on your handset prompting you to download and install the update.

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Google Earth 8.0 Hits Google Play, New 3D Rendering Tech And Refreshed Maps in Tow

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It has been quite some time since the last major Google Earth update, and the Android app was really beginning to stagnate. Allaying fears of abandonment, Google today released a new version, Google Earth 8.0, that introduces a revamped rendering engine, better maps, and slight UI enhancements.

The biggest improvement by far, Google claims, is the new 3D rendering technology. Representing the first engine overhaul since Google Earth’s inception, the change should result in sharper and more fluid animations while zooming around 3D buildings, structures, and topography.

Other tweaks regard mapping data. Historically, Google Earth has not received road and places information as quickly as Google Maps, but now the two are synced. Labels should be easier to read, thanks to a few color and contrast tweaks.

For amateur cartographers, Google Earth has also gained the ability to import KML files from Google Drive.

Predictably, the update is rolling out in stages. If you have not downloaded Google Earth to your device, though, follow the link below to install it.

Play Link

Via: Google

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HTC EYE update rolls out for T-Mobile One M8, Verizon tomorrow

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

As promised, HTC has started the push to get its new EYE features to its flagship smartphone, at least for those who purchased one under T-Mobile‘s patronage. This practically puts the One M8 on the same level as the surprisingly premium, except in looks, Desire EYE, with the added bonus of a premium design and duo camera setup. Meanwhile, Verizon customers need not gnash their teeth as the OEM promises the same treatment for the Verizon One M8 tomorrow, at least if all goes well.

HTC semi-surprised the mobile world when it revealed its new digital imaging thrust from multiple fronts, from an odd-looking but decent RE camera, to the high-end but plastic Desire EYE, to its new suite of camera apps and software as part of its new EYE Experience package. The latter, which came with the HTC Desire EYE by default, was promised to trickle down to many of the company’s smartphones. Of course, it isn’t surprising that the 2014 flagship would be the first to get it.

Mo Versi, HTC’s VP for product management, yesterday tweeted about the upcoming EYE software update for the One M8 under T-Mobile’s care. That update has arrived today but also brought a small little surprise with it. The firmware update bumps the Android version to 4.4.4, marking the last KitKat version before the smartphone switches over to Android 5.0 Lollipop. The 4.4.4 update itself was quite small and rushed, practically just an urgent security update. So the real focus here is, of course, on the new EYE camera features. If you need to get up to date on those, HTC has provided some tutorials on how to use them.

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Mo Versi and HTC aren’t done yet. Taking to Twitter again, the exec noted that they have received technical approval for the same update, this time from Verizon. So Verizon customers need just wait for the update to roll out tomorrow, barring any last minute issues, to get the very same features on their HTC One M8.

SOURCE: @moversi
VIA: XDA

Samsung teases Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Samsung recently published a tweet teasing an upcoming Lollipop update for its flagship phablet of 2014, the Note 4. As you’d expect, updating their devices to Android 5.0 is a priority for any manufacturer, but what’s a little strange is that the South Korean company is already publicizing its plans to roll out the upgrade even though Google is still in the process of loading its servers with its final code.

This leaves one question on the tip of our tongues: How close can Samsung really be to rolling out the update? Unfortunately, there isn’t an answer to this question, but it is important to bear in mind that HTC is currently the only OEM to promise a delivery date, which is 90 days after they receive final code from Google. Seeing as the search engine giant hasn’t published this information as of yet, neither manufacturers could have possibly started on development.

So, understandably, we’re a little confused as to what exactly Samsung is teasing here. Is it just announcing that the update is on the way? Or is it actually revealing that it will be here sooner rather than later? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below.

Source: Twitter

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T-Mobile’s HTC One (M8) now receiving Eye Experience update

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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If you own a T-Mobile-branded HTC One (M8) you may want to listen up as the operator is now rolling out the much-anticipated Eye Experience camera user interface update to all variants of the smartphone currently located in the United States.

Hit the break to see the full changelog.

System Improvements:

  • Radio stability improvement
  • Transition improvements

Eye Experience Implementation:

  • Split Capture
  • Crop-Me-In
  • Photo Booth
  • Auto Selfie
  • Voice Selfie
  • Swipe-To-Switch
  • Video Face Tracking
  • Live Makeup
  • Video Screen Sharing

Application Improvements:

  • Camera stability
  • Video highlight stability
  • Zoe 1.0

To initiate the upgrade manually, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, followed by ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

Source: Twitter

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NVIDIA Shield tablet software update 1.2.1 now available

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

NVIDIA is good about keeping its Android-powered tablet, the Shield, updated and performing well. This tablet is squarely aimed at gamers and is most notable for having a fancy controller accessory to control the games. NVIDIA has announced a new software update is now available for the tablet.

The new update brings the tablet to software version 1.2.1 and adds several new enhancements and bug fixes. The update improves WiFi performance on the 5GHz band. Better WiFi performance is something that we all want.

NVIDIA also added in performance optimizations for encrypted devices. The big fix in this update is a remedy for an intermittent charging issue that some users have encountered. The new update landed yesterday.

The last update came on September 30 and brought the device to software version 1.2. It added a lot of new features including improved touch performance and lots more. The new update can be downloaded by going to settings, about Shield, system updates.

SOURCE: NVIDIA

Sprint now rolling out LG G2 stability update

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Sprint has today published details of an update it’s now rolling out to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G2 currently situated in the United States. Unfortunately, the upgrade doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of new features, but it does include a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Improvements to LTE attachment
  • Enhancements to HD Voice
  • Google security patch

If you own a Sprint variant of the G2 and want to initiate the upgrade manually, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, then ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

Source: Sprint

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