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Nova Launcher 3.0 is out, supports “Ok, Google” commands

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Nova Launcher is one of the most popular homescreen replacement apps for Android and today it got an update to version 3.0. We featured the app back in our Android for beginners guide and dubbed it as one of the best in its category.

With the latest Nova Launcher version, there are a number of cool new features, chief among which is the ability to make Google searches by saying “Ok, Google”. This command is taken from the Google Experience Launcher and is now available in a number of other launchers as well. Read more »

Latest Spotify update lets you download your whole music collection

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The latest Spotify update doesn’t bring a laundry list of changes, just one important one.

The music service is making it much easier for you to download your entire music catalog for offline listening. Read more »

Update to Instagram for iOS and Android brings new editing tools

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Instagram for iOS and Android got treated to a major update. Version 6.0 of the popular app brings new image editing tools which are certain to appeal to the photo sharing crowd.

With the latest version of the app, Instagram users for iOS and Android can adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth, and other aspects of their photos. Read more »

iOS 8 Safari scores 440 points on the HTML5 test, still lags behind Chrome

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Apple didn’t spend much time detailing the new Safari version that comes as a part of the iOS 8 update, only mentioning its slightly altered UI and improved search box. Today, however, we learn that it will also bring improved HTML5 support.

Benchmarks of the new mobile Safari appeared in the HTML5test.com database, showing that the browser scores 440 points (out of 550). That’s notably better than the 412 score of its predecessor and even beats the Android 4.4 KitKat stock browser, which achieves 428 points. Read more »

Updated Google Glass with Diane von Furstenberg design to launch tomorrow

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Google Glass is a revolutionary product with a major issue – a lot of people just can’t swallow how it looks. Google is great at tech and software, but for the design the company is bringing in outside help. First, Ivy Ross who was head designer for Mattel, Disney, Calvin Klein and others. Now, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg.

Von Furstenberg has already worked with Glass by having her models wear the gadget at a New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 show. Read more »

Sony Xperia T3 promo video arrives, focuses on design

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Sony has just brought its Xperia T3 smartphone to life and as the tradition goes on such occasions, we get a promo video highlighting the smartphone’s key selling points. If you don’t feel like reading through all the technical specs this is where you can get a quick overview of the mid-ranger strengths.

The video is mostly about the design – Sony is pretty proud of the Xperia T3′s ultra slim waistline and its steel frame. Other features that get a mention are the 8MP camera that comes complete with a bunch of Sony home-baked apps and the 5.3″ Triluminous display of 720p resolution. Read more »

Google releases Android 4.4.3 factory images, pushes it to AOSP

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After T-Mobile started rolling out the Android 4.4.3 update to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 in the US, Google has now updated its factory images and binaries page with the latest update. The factory images are available for the aforementioned devices as well as the Nexus 10.

The factory images will come in handy to anyone looking to flash their device with the latest update but those who are not sure should stay away from them and wait for the update to be available for download over-the-air. Read more »

Dell announces their affordable Venue 8 Android tablet

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Want a decent Android tablet that won’t break the bank? Then you may want to keep an eye on the Dell Venue 8.

It’s an Android slate that retails for $199 and packs a fairly decent list of specs. Read more »

Asus unveils two new Transformer Pads, 10.1″ Android tablets with keyboard docks

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Asus unveiled two new Transformer Pads, Android 4.4 powered tablets with keyboard docks. Those shouldn’t be confused with the three other Transformers unveiled today as they are mostly Windows devices.

Anyway, the two new tablets both fall under “Transformer Pad” name but they are actually two fairly different 10.1″ tablets. Read more »

Asus unveils four new laptops – Book V, Book T300 Chi, Book Flip and Zenbook NX500

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Asus unveiled a large number of devices at the start of Computex, including four laptops – the Asus Transformer Book V, Transformer Book T300 Chi, Transformer Book Flip and Zenbook NX500. To call the Transformer Book V a “laptop” would be like calling a centaur a horse, however. Asus calls it “the world’s first five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop”.

It’s the device Asus was teasing with the blender video. Read more »

KitKat updates now seeding on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Note 10.1 2014 Edition LTE

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Samsung is now seeding Android 4.4 KitKat firmware updates for two of its most popular slates – the original Galaxy Note 10.1 and the LTE flavor of its successor – the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition.

Samsung began updating the Wi-Fi-only (Exynos-based) Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition six weeks ago. Now that its LTE-enabled Snapdragon 800-powered sibling is jumping on the KitKat bandwagon as well, we guess the 3G-enabled models should follow suit soon. Read more »

HP SlateBook PC goes official with 14-inch display and Android OS

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HP announced the budget-friendly SlateBook PC. The 14” notebook runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box and will ship in sleek-looking black color scheme with yellow accents.

The HP SlateBook PC is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC with 1.8GHz quad-core CPU. Read more »

Weekend poll: LG G3 faces the Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2, One (M8) and Oppo Find 7 in the ultimate flagship battle

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New week, new weekend poll and this one is sort of epic. The LG G3 is upon us, flaunting its QHD 5.5″ display in the faces of the competition. What competition you ask? Naturally, the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One (M8) and, for good measure, the Oppo Find 7.

You don’t need us to convince you that this one is hard to miss on. Your anticipation in the polls is going to give us an idea how you feel towards the LG G3. So, without further ado, let’s kick things off. Read more »

Sony Xperia M2 battery life

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Our review of the Sony Xperia M2 is live at our homepage and it’s time we share the full battery breakdown with you. The Xperia M2 has a 4.8″ display that needs to be lit up, but it also comes with a energy-efficient Snapdragon 400 chipset and a big enough 2,300 mAh Li-Ion battery unit.

We’ve already seen the 6″ Xperia T2 Ultra, also powered by the Snapdragon 400 SoC, do great in our battery test, so we’ve expected decent results from the Xperia M2 too. Without further ado, here are our battery impressions. Read more »

Motorola Moto E hands-on

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Motorola Moto E has just arrived at our office bringing KitKat experience on the cheap. Google’s latest version of the OS lowered Android’s minimal system requirements thus retiring the good ol’ Gingerbread.

So, the Moto E is running on a low-end Snapdragon 200 chipset with a dual-core Cortex-A7 processor and 1GB of RAM. This should be more than enough to handle the Android 4.4 KitKat hassle-free on the 4.3″ qHD display. Read more »