Motorola Moto G is surely one of the most commented smartphones this holiday season. It’s a quad-core device with a big 4.5″ IPS HD display, pure Android experience and amazing price tag.
We are now about to see how the Moto G’s 2,070 mAh battery holds up against its display and chipset. In theory it should provide you with much better endurance than the uninspiring Moto X, due to its lower-power chipset and slightly smaller screen. Read more »
Google has expanded the reach of Maps Navigation to 25 new countries across Africa, Europe, Central America and Asia.
Google Maps Navigation, which is still carrying the beta tag, is now available in 99 countries. The coverage in newly added countries is said to include all the major roads covered with turn-by-turn navigation. Read more »
We already know that Cut the Rope 2 will debut on December 19 as an iOS exclusive with an Android version following suit early next year.
But now Zeptolab has launched a trailer for the upcoming title which shows some new characters, gameplay and is quite entertaining to watch. We can’t wait for the game to hit – it will cost $0.99 for iPhone and we’re guessing will be either free with ads or the same price on Android smartphones when it drops. Read more »
Google has updated the keyboard application for its mobile operating system in an attempt to match the industry’s latest trends.
Google’s Android keyboard, which makes text input very easy with its gesture typing, now has an advanced option to switch the keyboard color scheme. Read more »
Google+ for Android has been updated and the new version of the social networking app comes with a host of new features along with search and notification enhancements.
The version 4.2.4 now allows you to search across more stuff from a single box, which means that you can now explore posts, people, photos, communities and everything else that’s on Google+. Read more »
Sony maintains AOSP releases – that’s clean, unmodified Android – for a number of its devices. The latest addition is the Xperia L, a mid-range phone, which is getting Android 4.4.1 KitKat.
Interestingly, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which recently gained a spot among the Google Play Edition devices, is not included yet. Read more »
Vivo’s initial invitation for the upcoming Xplay 3S was pretty standard – a tagline, time, and date. The new one is decidedly cooler – it’s a card with a built-in NFC chip that triggers an augmented reality presentation.
You’ll need to download the dedicated app but it’s worth it – an impressive presentation for an impressive device. Read more »
Pebble has officially announced the latest version of its PebbleOS. The newest firmware has version 1.14 and comes with a couple of cool new features, improvements and fixes to enhance the overall performance.
One of the major tweaks with the new OS is the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature, which blocks all the incoming notifications for a set period of time. Read more »
SwiftKey has released a new beta version of its popular keyboard that adds support for the much requested emoji feature. Previously, the emoji keyboard was only available on Nexus devices running 4.1 and above, even though emoji was available system-wide on other devices as well. A lack of keyboard meant you could only view them and not enter them, which thankfully SwiftKey fixes.
Now you can just press and hold the new line key and access the emoji keyboard. The emoji will appear black and while on devices running 4.1-4.3 and color on 4.4 devices. SwiftKey also recognizes key words, such as “sleepy”, “pizza”, “broken”, “cheers” and “kiss” and presents the appropriate emoji as a suggestion. Read more »
Instagram announced today a new feature called Direct, which enables you to share your videos and photos to a select friends or a group of friends.
The new feature was announced at a special Instagram event by the company’s CEO Kevin Systrom. He also shared that Instagram now boasts 150 million users, raising from 80 million in the beginning of the year. Read more »
You have probably heard of Google’s service dubbed Android Device Manager, which allows you to locate your misplaced Android device from the web and lock/erase it remotely should it get stolen. Initially the service was only accessible from the web interface, but now Google has officially launched an Android app that lets you use one of your droids to look up another.
Android Device Manager app allows you to locate your lost devices from another Android powered smartphone or tablet and helps you keep your personal data secured. Read more »
The latest Android Jelly Bean build has surfaced for the former Sony flagship, Xperia Z, and its softshell variant, the Xperia ZL.
The 4.3 build has recently leaked through xda-developers as a version which was destined for commercial outlets and members of the press. Read more »
EA/PopCap has pushed a major update for Plants vs. Zombies 2 for the holiday season. One of the changes is an upgrade to the map to make game progression quicker and easier. If you read our review of the game, you may remember we mentioned that although the game is fun, it makes you go back and play older levels (although with different gameplay) to earn stars to unlock the next world, which could get a bit tiresome. Thankfully, the new update fixes that.
Other changes include new Piñata Party levels, ability to invite friends and gift them in-game items and a new Turbo mode that makes the game faster by speeding up the planting but also the zombies, which is sure to make the game even more frantic. Lastly, there is also a new zombie, the Gargantuars. Read more »
Sony launched a dual USB flash drive, designed specifically for the needs of memory-deprived Android smartphone and tablet users. The gadget combines a full USB 2.0 port and a microUSB connector into a compact, sleek-looking body.
The new Sony flash drive offers USB on-the-go functionality (OTG) for devices running Android 4.0.3 and up. Read more »
Google pushed an update to Gmail for Android which brought several welcome new features to the table. They include vacation auto responders, enhanced attachment functionality, as well as the ability to print straight from your device’s email client.
The vacation auto responder in Gmail for Android works just as expected. Read more »