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Acer now preloads Swype keyboard on its smartphones

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Acer has signed a partnership with Nuance, the company making Swype, to bring the virtual keyboard to current and upcoming smartphones of the company.

Swype is now shipping on Acer’s Liquid S1, Liquid S2, Liquid X1, Liquid Jade, Liquid Jade S as well as the E3, E600 and E700. To enable it, you have to go to the input and language settings on your phone and change the default keyboard to Swype. Read more »

Twitter adds internal browser to Android app in the beta version

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Twitter is testing an internal browser for its Android app, which has been enabled for those on the beta channel. It’s a server side change that will automatically be enabled without having to update the app.

The current stable version of the Android app includes an optional quick read mode, that strips the page of its usual formatting and presents a simplified text and image view optimized for mobile reading. This new update will put the browser in your Twitter app, so links will look exactly like they do in Chrome. Read more »

Facebook’s Snapchat competitor now lets you explore and follow interesting people

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Slingshot, Facebook’s answer to the very popular Snapchat, has today added a couple of new features. On both its iOS and Android apps, you now have a brand new Explore view.

This surfaces “funny, inspiring and creative people from across the globe”. It’s basically a list of popular people who are active on Slingshot. And you can immediately follow those who you consider to be interesting. Read more »

Samsung creates official hands-on videos for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, reveals packaging

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Samsung has decided to create its own hands-on videos for the recently announced Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. These include an ‘official unboxing’, in which the Korean company reveals the packaging of the handsets.

The new boxes can be seen in the image above, and they’re certainly simple and understated. Samsung’s ‘official hands-on’ videos each focus on one aspect of the two new smartphones. Read more »

Sony BSP60 Smart Bluetooth Speaker to cost €299

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Sony introduced a nicely designed Sony BSP60 Smart Bluetooth Speaker at the MWC expo a few days ago. It looks quite futuristic and offers a plethora of functions.

When the speaker is fully opened, it’s reminiscent of a retro style alarm clock. It’s not merely a speaker with a built-in amplifier which just pumps out what you feed to it, though. It’s NFC-enabled and has its own display with 4 capacitive buttons to control volume and sift through its various functions. Read more »

Chrome for Android will be dropping support for Ice Cream Sandwich

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Chrome on Android has really come a long way since its release back in 2014. 22 versions have been created, each one more capable than the previous and Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich was the scene, on which everything started.

The team behind Chromium, the open-source project which powers the development of the Chrome browser, has announced that it is leaving behind the software’s original Android 4.0 home, which will no longer be supported after version 42. Read more »

Glympse location sharing app gets more car-friendly with a car mode and MirrorLink integration

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Glymspe has released a new application today, which is meant to simplify the usage of the location sharing service within vehicles. The new application is essentially an add-on to the main app and provides a new simplified dashboard interface as well as MirrorLink compatibility.

If you are unfamiliar with what Glympse does, it is basically a very user-intuitive location sharing service. It is meant to quickly tell your contacts where you are and when you are arriving all in a very simple manner.

To do so, you just fire up the app, select a contact and a period for active location tracking and simply hit send. The recipient will then receive a link where he or she can track you current whereabouts until the period you specified expires. Read more »

Google changes its stance on Android Lollipop disk encryption from mandatory to optional

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Last year, when Google announced Android 5.0 Lollipop, one of the key features was full disk encryption that would make it impossible for someone to get data off your device even if they had the device. While this worked in a very specific scenario (it required having a passcode lock on the phone) it was still more secure than before.

Unfortunately, this came with a terrible performance penalty, as noted by AnandTech and Ars Technica in their reports, where the new Nexus 6 with disk encryption was slower than the older Nexus 5 in several tests due to its permanently enabled encryption feature. Read more »

Google is rumored to be working on Android Wear app for iOS

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A new rumor out of France claims Google is currently working on releasing the Android Wear app for Apple’s mobile platform. As you might have imagined, this would enable smartwatches running Android Wear to work with iPhones and iPads.

As this is nothing but an unconfirmed rumor at this point, the usual pinch of salt is advised. The new app for iOS could be launched during Google’s I/O developer conference in May, but it might get officially teased even sooner – so as to make (at least some) people think twice about buying an Apple Watch. Read more »

Google allows preinstalling Waze app on Android devices

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While most handset makers are reducing the pre-installed ‘bloatware’ on the Android devices, Google has added the social traffic and navigation app – Waze in the basket of Google Mobile Services (GMS). Now handset makers will be able to pre-install the Waze app as part of the GMS bundle on the newly sold Android devices.

Waze provides smart navigation solution to its users thanks to the crowd-sourced data collected by those very users. The data includes traffic conditions, road obstacles, or even police traps and is seeded to users in real time through the app. Read more »

Updated Google Play Services 7.0 will bring better performance and experience for both Android users and developers

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Today the new version of the all-important Google Play services framework was announced through the official Android developers blog. This new version is a major update, hence the version number 7.0 and brings about numerous new features, APIs and optimizations to existing features, which will allow both developers and users to make the most of their applications, mobile hardware and the services Google provides.

For anybody not exactly sure what Google play services is or what it does – it is probably best known as the app that helps you seamlessly update your other applications through the Play store. It is actually far more powerful than a simple update delivery system. It is actually a whole framework, or collection of functions or API’s which allow developers to easily access various hardware features on your device, as well as remote Google features, such as maps, authentication and others within their applications. Read more »

Wiko Highway Star 4G and Highway Pure 4G hands-on

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Wiko announced two new smartphones yesterday and we have the hands-on impressions for you now. The Highway Star 4G and Highway Pure 4G are are both quite the lookers but also boast impressive specs.

The higher end of the duo is the Highway Star 4G and rocks a matte aluminum unibody with flat front glass. It also comes in various color options like Silver, Gold, Grey and Bleen (the cyan one). Read more »

Samsung details the process behind the glass and metal on the Galaxy S6 edge

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Behind the beautiful design of the glass and aluminum body of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge, there is a lot that goes on to make the phones look and feel the way they are. Both the phones use glass on the front and back, with the S6 edge having a curved glass on the front, and both phones have an aluminum frame that goes around and inside the phones.

The glass on the S6 edge is made using a process called 3D thermoforming, where the glass is pressed between two moulds after heating it to 800 degree Celsius, which gives it the curved edges on either side and it is then polished to give it the desired finish. Read more »

Android TV update will transform your phone into a gamepad

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You will soon be able to use your Android smartphone as an Android TV controller. An update to Google’s TV platform will allow the sweet functionality.

The search giant is about to launch an update to Google Play services, which will bring a Nearby Connections API. Read more »

Mortal Kombat X for mobile devices is coming in April

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Warner Bros Interactive announced that it will launch Mortal Kombat X for mobile devices. The latest installment of the legendary fighting game will land on iOS and Android in April.

Developed by NetherRealm Studios, the mobile version of Mortal Kombat X will mix fighting with card collecting. Read more »