Group Program Manager for Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant Marcus Ash confirmed over Twitter today that the popular feature will be coming to users in China and the UK in the coming weeks.
In general, mobile virtual assistants are severely limited by the Chinese government in terms of what they can do, but if Cortana is able to get an unfiltered release there, it could spell a significant advantage for Windows Phone in the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market. Read more »
Some time ago Lenovo previously announced it will roll out official Android KitKat updates for its 8″ and 10″ Yoga Tablets in June. Well, it is June already and the updates have indeed began seeding to the Yoga slates out there.
You can now get Android 4.4 KitKat for the Yoga Tablet 8 over the air. It is about 450MB big and will bring new dialer, messaging, clock apps plus refreshed notification area. Some of the Lenovo’s exclusive apps will are also getting an UI overhaul. Read more »
Notable software developer George Hotz or ‘geohot’, known for jailbreaking the iPhone and the PS3 console (for which he even got sued by Sony) has developed a new one-click root app for the AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5.
Called Towelroot, the app will let you root your Galaxy S5 simply by clicking on one button. Although the app is designed specifically for the Galaxy S5, geohot says it will also work with almost any phone with a kernel built before June 3 (prior to Android 4.4.3). Read more »
Google Maps now joins the Android apps list with over 1 billion downloads, following Gmail which founded the club a month ago.
Maps has always been one of the most successful Android apps and the 1 billion downloads mark represents unique accounts that have downloaded the app (multiple downloads from one account are counted as 1). In fact, Google Maps was the first ever Android app to reach 50 million downloads in 2011. Read more »
Firefox OS is being ushered in as a low-cost, non-resource hungry smartphone OS, but the architecture of the operating system does have some benefits that could extend to other platforms.
Firefox OS’ apps are basically web applications, that are mostly built-on HTML5 and Jaca Script, so they can be used both on the phone and in a phone’s browser. Because of this, the apps run pretty much natively on Android phones. Hit the jump to learn more. Read more »
Remember Friendster? It was was one of the first social media networks, long before MySpace and Facebook. Well the founder of Friendster, Jonathan Abrams, has raised $1.7m for Nuzzle, an iPhone app that was released about a month ago.
What is Nuzzel? It’s an aggregator that compiles all of the news stories that have been shared from your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Read more »
Love your Windows Tablet but wonder what it would be like to rock Android on your device? Well then you might want to take a look at Console OS.
The program should provide a solution for users who want to run Android natively on their Windows tablet or PC easily. Read more »
The latest installment in the popular Angry Birds franchise has just been released for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices: Angry Birds Epic.
But if you think this is your typical Angry Birds game, then think again. Epic is actually a tun-based RPG, yes, you read that correctly. Read more »
A new Candy Crush Saga game is now available for download on the Android’s Play Store. It’s called Candy Crush Soda Saga and you bet you’ll be matching candies in soda-like environment.
The game is free of charge, but as usual relies on lots of in-app purchases. Read more »
Uber may be the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to mobile taxi services, but what if there was a way to lower the cost of your ride by sharing a car with other passengers?
That’s the question that Hitch, a new ride-sharing mobile application, looks to answer. Read more »
Windows Phone may be improving as a platform, however, its biggest flaw is its lack of apps. Microsoft has steadily been rectifying this, especially on the social network front.
It looks like Pinterest is the latest social medium to give Windows Phone some love, as they have released a beta application for Microsoft’s platform. Read more »
Are you a Google Wallet user on iOS that has been looking for a faster way to use the service to buy your stuff?
Well you’re in luck, as Wallet’s 2-tap instant checkout’s been made available for Apple’s mobile platform. Read more »
The Android OS-based Nokia X series lack Google Play services, including Play Store, and that’s why Nokia has provided its own Nokia Store to take care of your app hunger. It isn’t the only app repository for the Nokia X, but it is the default one and surely the most visited one.
Today Nokia rolled out an update for the Store making it even easier to browse the app catalog and install new apps. Read more »
Popular Android keyboard application SwiftKey today decided to drop its $3.99 price tag and go free on the Play Store. The change comes with the latest update, that also brings with it many other features.
One of the features is a new content store that will let you download premium themes for the keyboard. SwiftKey previously came with a handful of themes built-in, but now you can download more from their store. Those who previously purchased the keyboard will get premium themes worth $4.99 for free. Read more »
Popular password manager app 1Password has finally been released on Android in proper form. The app is available on iOS, Mac and PC but the previous Android version was completely outdated and not fully functional.
For those that are not aware, 1Password generates strong passwords that you can use on websites. The app automatically enters them for you as well and logs you in with one click on websites so you don’t have to remember them. It protects your passwords with a master password and syncs them across platforms using Dropbox. Read more »