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Samsung Gear Live getting a software update

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Samsung has started rolling out a software update for Gear Live. The update will change the build number to KMV78Y, which is about the only thing we know it does so far.

The update had started rolling out for the LG G Watch earlier and it fixed the corrosion issue with the charging connectors on the watch. The Gear Live had no such issue, so it’s hard to tell what exactly the update does on the latter, other than bringing the two devices at parity. Read more »

Facebook Messenger receives barrage of one-star reviews amid forced switch

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As has been expected for quite a while, Facebook has started taking the Messenger part out of its official app for iOS and Android this week, prompting those who want to use the feature to install the standalone Messenger. To say that this hasn’t gone well with users would be an understatement.

Facebook Messenger is now the No.1 app in the iTunes App Store for iOS, but it has a paltry one-star rating. It’s unclear if something like this has ever happened before – for the most downloaded app in the App Store to have such dismal reviews. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 hands-on

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The Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is the Chinese company’s first tablet attempt, and we’ve got our hands on the import in our latest hands-on video.

The Mi Pad takes some obvious design cues from the Apple iPad mini 2, but comes in significantly less than the Cupertino offering. But is it worth it? Let’s find out. Read more »

Meta M1 is a steam-punky premium smartwatch

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Meta used to be the king of the smartwatch roost back in the day, but they’ve been pretty quiet on the wearable front. That is, until now.

Meet the Meta M1, which goes on pre-order today. Read more »

Oppo outs ColorOS V2.0.0i Beta for Find 5

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The Chinese designer and manufacturer of high-end smartphones Oppo released a new ColorOS Beta for the Find 5. Version V2.0.0i brings a host of improvements to the company’s 2012 flagship, though there’s no official word on which Android version it is based on.

Color V2.0.0i Beta brings a revamped, more minimalistic UI redesign. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook event scheduled for August 20

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Samsung and Barnes & Noble announced a partnership that should have come to fruition in early August. However, it’s early August already and the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is nowhere to be seen. A press invite for August 20 means things will finally get a move on later this month.

Samsung and B&N will be hosting the event at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square, New York. Read more »

HTC Flounder/Volantis premium specs leak again, confirmed by South Korea certification authority

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The upcoming HTC Nexus 8 tablet has visited the rumor mill again with uprising Twitter leakster @UpLeaks sharing some of its key specifications. The slate, which has been called Volantis and Flounder before, is called by him the T1 and appears to have gone through a certification process in South Korea.

As far as specifications go, the HTC T1 will be one of the first to feature the 64-bit Nvidia Tegra chip, 4GB of RAM and will run Android L out of the box. Read more »

Android YouTube app now supports 1440p resolution

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Google recently introduced the option to select the resolution of the video you are watching in the Android version of the YouTube app. Depending upon the device you are using, the maximum resolution option would differ, although it is known to get confused at times.

So far, the maximum resolution option available in the app was 1080p, even if you have happen to have a smartphone or tablet with higher resolution. But to address that minor inconvenience, the app now goes up to 1440p on select devices. Read more »

VSCO Cam for Android updated to v3.0

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VSCO has updated their VSCO Cam app for Android to version 3.0. The update was released on iOS months ago but it took them quite a while to bring it to Android.

The main feature in this update is the ability to find and follow other users of VSCO Grid. VSCO Grid is a social network where you can upload images from the VSCO app. So far, the only way to view and follow the profiles of other VSCO users was from the website or the iOS app but now you can do it from within the Android app as well. Read more »

College campuses allow for visual tours with Google Maps

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Thinking about checking out potential college campuses, but don’t have the time to see them in person?

Fret not, because Google’s got you covered. You can now take online tours of College Campuses right through Google Maps Street View. Read more »

Google updates Android L factory images for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

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Google updated the Android L factory images for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. The new builds carry the version number LPV81C and replace the previously available version LPV79.

The new Android L factory images bring few novelties to the table. Read more »

HTC One (M8) Duo Camera effects can now be shared online

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Today HTC’s published an update to its Gallery app in the Play Store. This update enables owners of the One (M8) to use the new Duo Effects Gallery, which is a Web viewer that lets you share the interactive viewing experience of the Duo Camera’s effects with anyone.

This Web interface lets people you’ve shared your works of art with change the focus point in an image, as well as choose which part of the picture has effects applied. UFocus, Foregrounder, and Dimension Plus effects are now shareable with whoever you like. Read more »

CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4) ported to Nokia X

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The original Nokia X trio will not see an update to the second version of the platform and the platform itself is on its way out. If you did get a Nokia X, though, you’ll soon be able to join the Android 4.4.4. KitKat crowd with CyanogenMod 11.

“Soon” because the current version of the ROM lacks three key features: Wi-Fi, camera and storage. Read more »

Google updates Search and Play Music apps

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Google has launched updates for its Search and Play Music apps, bringing some additional features that won’t remain unappreciated.

Starting with Search, Google has enhanced the support for deep app linking and search within them. However, these features require developers to implement them first within their apps. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi 3 hands-on

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Xiaomi’s Mi 3 has had a long trek westward to our studios, but finally the device has made its way here and we’re ready to give the popular Chinese smartphone our full review treatment.

But before that, we’ll be taking a quick look at the device in front of our camera. The Mi 3 comes in a stylish unibody that houses a robust quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset alongside Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM, all at a price that’s significantly lower than most flagships. Read more »