One thing that has so far differentiated Skype from other messaging services such as WhatsApp or Viber is the latter two’s focus on using your phone number as an identifier. That, though, is about to change.
Microsoft has just announced that the next version of Skype for Android will be able to add people from your phone’s address book. Read more »
If opening the cover of your G3 smartphone to fire a game was just too much work for you, then Puppy Pop is just the app you need. In addition to being able to check the time, place calls and take photos without having to open the QuickCircle case’s cover, G3 users can now play games too.
LG has announced a new game dubbed Puppy Pop – a match-three puzzle game developed for G3 with QuickCircle Case to be played through the window. Read more »
Samsung’s marketing team is probably large enough to populate the Allure of the Seas ocean cruise ship and its members certainly don’t lack inspiration. None of ads we’ve seen recently, however, comes close to company’s promo spot for the Association of Surfing Professionals, which it is sponsoring.
The product per second ratio is pretty low compared to the standard norm of Samsung ad spots, but that’s intentional, as the video’s mission is to inspire you. Its tagline is “Every day is day one” and stands behind the message that whether you’re a pro or a rookie, hopping on the surfboard and riding a wave is as exciting as your first day. Read more »
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi’s capable Tegra K1-based Mi Pad tablet has finally made its way to western markets. Offering iPad mini-esque specs at a price that’s considerably lower, the Mi Pad is certainly an interesting proposition.
Currently, Xiaomi’s official shop is listing the 64GB Mi Pad for about $380 (€290), and can ship to most countries in Europe for $19, if you’re willing to wait 7-20 days for its arrival. Read more »
Xiaomi let reporters fondle its new flagship, the Mi 4, so now we have the first benchmark score and several photos from the 13MP camera.
Also, hands-on photos show off two of the custom backs for the Xiaomi Mi 4 – wood and stone. Read more »
Google has started rolling out an update for the Play Store application on Android that updates the UI with Material Design elements. This is the same update we heard about before back when it had leaked.
Those expecting a complete UI overhaul might be a bit disappointed, however, as this can only be called a semi-Material Design update. The only thing changed here are the product pages for the apps, games, movies, music, magazines and books. The actual homepage (which is terrible, by the way) and the category lists still look the same as before. Read more »
eBay’s barcode scanning software, RedLaser, is now branching out from just Android and iOS.
It’ll now be available for Google Glass as well, so you’ll be able to take a look at products in the store and see if you can find them cheaper on eBay, just at a glance. Read more »
Is inputting a password or using the Face Unlock feature on Android too annoying for you? Then you’ll be happy to hear that Motorola has another solution for unlocking your phone: digital tattoos.
The phone manufacturer has joined forces with VivaLnk to give you a temporary tattoo that will last on your body for as much as five days. What’s special about this tattoo? Well, all you need to do is tap your phone on the area you’ve placed the phone-unlocking-ink and voila! Your phone will be unlocked. Read more »
In the battle of the mobile personal assistants, Google Now seems to have the edge compared to Apple’s Siri. At least that’s what a study conducted by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has found.
Google’s service has become slightly more accurate than Apple’s, despite the situation being the opposite last December. Read more »
Amazon has silently released a new app for Android, which is already available in both the Play Store as well as the retailer’s own Appstore. It’s called Amazon Wallet, but despite the name it doesn’t let you make mobile payments, nor can it store your credit and debit cards.
For now, what it does do is act like a storage space for your various gift and loyalty cards from different stores, with options to organize those as you see fit. The app is still in beta, though, so more functionality is expected to come in the future. Read more »
Last week a couple of pictures surfaced showing a deformed back panel on an apparently overheating Exynos-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4.
According to the information received by early adopters the slate would get so hot that it would cause its thin plastic back panel to bend at certain spots. Now Samsung has officially addressed the issue saying the problem lies with a limited number of defective back covers and the processor isn’t to blame or fear. Read more »
It’s a story as old as time – tech time that is. At first when Samsung bashed Apple in ad form it was amusing to some and not so much to others and now it’s just par for the course with big company rivalries.
The latest Samsung ad is nothing new really – an iPhone user that’s oblivious and insecure and a Samsung Galaxy S5 user that is upbeat because his phone has a big screen, which evidently is what the first guy is dying to have added in the next iPhone. Read more »
Motorola US is doing some spring cleaning and has put up an array of accessories on a clearance sale. The prices of some products have been significantly slashed so if you wanted a power pack, headset or other accessory for your Moto now’s the time.
Also cases and shells for the Moto X and Droids are 50% off, screen protectors – 25%. Read more »
Microsoft is shutting down Nokia’s Android program, but this can’t stop the determined Finns from bragging their custom launcher on the Nokia X2.
Despite that all future Nokia X designs and devices will be immediately transferred to Windows Phone, Nokia has launched a promo video of the enhanced Fastlane feature on the X2, which is now smoother and offers more information with a quick glance. Read more »
File this under ‘This is why we can’t have nice things’. In fact, those were the exact words of Gameloft community manager on the game’s Facebook page. And he does have every right to be annoyed.
As it happens, Gameloft gave away early access copies of the iOS version of their latest Modern Combat 5: Blackout game to contest winners. Instead of being thankful and playing the game as they were expected, some of these people cracked the game and uploaded it on pirating sites. Read more »