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Creating and sharing themes for Samsung Galaxy S6 coming this April

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The latest version of Samsung’s proprietary launcher – TouchWiz – finally introduced themes support. The Galaxy A series (A3, A5 and A7) were the first devices to feature TouchWiz themes, joined by the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy S6 later on.

Unfortunately the default themes are just few and may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The Chinese models of the Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7 and Galaxy Note 4 already have a solution – a theme creation tool that allows you to design and share your very own theme. Read more »

Samsung will unify the web browser app on its phones, tablets and TVs

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While many Android vendors have switched to Chrome and the default and only web browser out of the box on their phones, Samsung maintains the heavily-customized Internet app. Tizen Indonesia has revealed that the app will be rebranded Samsung Browser and will be available on all Samsung platforms.

This covers everything from phones and tablets (Android and Tizen) to TVs. Read more »

Windows Phone already has an unofficial Periscope app

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Just yesterday Twitter launched its entrant into the rapidly growing live video streaming app space. It’s called Periscope, and for now it’s only available for iOS. Twitter did promise an Android version, but remained absolutely mum when it comes to Windows Phone.

Not to worry, though, for there is already an unofficial alternative for Microsoft’s mobile platform. Telescope for Periscope has been created by a developer who was eager to use Twitter’s new service on Windows Phone. Read more »

Vine ups video quality to 720p HD

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Better late than never, as they say – Twitter’s Vine has finally entered the HD age. The service, which lets you create six-second videos that run in a loop, has just announced plans to upgrade the quality of its recordings. Believe it or not, Vine videos have so far been 480p.

Not anymore, though. Expect to see 720p HD videos on Vine (both through the service’s mobile apps for iOS and Android, as well as embeds on websites) “over the coming days”. Above you can see an image that should apparently give you an idea about the quality differences, since it shows the same Vine in 480p on the left and 720p on the right. Read more »

WhatsApp for iOS to get voice calling feature in a matter of weeks, co-founder says

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Less than a couple of weeks after there were reports of the voice calling feature being tested on WhatsApp for iPhone, co-founder Brian Acton has revealed that the feature will be made available to iOS users soon.

Although Acton, who made the revelation at Facebook’s F8 developer conference yesterday, first said that the feature would roll out in a couple of weeks, he later backtracked from the statement, saying that it will take “several weeks”. Read more »

Twitter launches Periscope live video streaming app for iOS

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Today Twitter has officially outed its competitor for media darling Meerkat, a live video streaming app that’s gotten a lot of coverage recently. Twitter’s version of this is called Periscope, and is now available for iOS. An Android app is reportedly in the works, but no launch timeline has been given.

Like Meerkat, Periscope is a live video streaming app that’s easy to use. When you start broadcasting, your followers will immediately be notified, and they can comment and send you ‘hearts’ in real-time (these seem to be Periscope’s version of Facebook’s Likes). Read more »

Microsoft Office suite to be free for devices under 10-inches

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Microsoft did surprise many by announcing the free upgrade of the Windows 10 for everyone in China. Even those who’re on a pirated copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8. Now the company plans to take over the mobile space by making the Office suite free for the devices with screens smaller than 10-inches.

Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for Office 365 Client Apps and Services, noted in a blog post that Office suite will be offered for mobile platforms with a freemium model. That means, the Windows, Android and iOS device owners will get the productivity apps of Office suite. Read more »

WhatsApp is working on Google Drive integration to back messages, media

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While many await the voice calling to be enabled through WhatsApp, the instant messenger developers are addressing another problem. Whenever one uninstalls WhatsApp, changes devices or performs factory reset, all previous conversations as well as media gets wiped out.

WhatsApp is now able to fix that by integrating the Google Drive to backup chat logs and media files. On WhatsApp Translate forum, several sentences listed for translation mentions – preparing Google Drive to backup messages and media. Read more »

New Opera Mini update for Windows Phone brigs a fresh GUI

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Opera Mini has been around of Windows phone devices, since September 2014, so quite some time has passed. The browser is still in beta, but a brand new update signifies that development is still active on the project.

The new version comes with a total redesign of the user interface. Everything looks slicker and feels smoother. The update does not come with a detailed change log, so there might be some more improvements hidden away, under the fresh new exterior. Read more »

Android devices by Samsung will ship with Microsoft productivity apps and services

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Microsoft and Samsung announced an expansion of their global partnership. Going forward, the Korean giant will pre-install Microsoft applications and services to its Android hardware.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge will ship with Microsoft OneNote, Skype, and 100GB of OneDrive cloud storage. Read more »

Layout from Instagram lets you create photo collages, only on iOS for now

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Instagram has launched a brand new app today, and this one is focused on doing one thing only – photo collages. These have become immensely popular lately, and the Facebook-owned company apparently couldn’t stay away from the field.

So it’s releasing its own contender in this space, officially called Layout from Instagram. Right now it’s only available for iOS devices, with an Android version supposedly arriving “in the coming months”. Read more »

Amazon to offer “unlocked” Android apps through its store

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Amazon is one of those instantly recognizable online vendors that are constantly trying its hand at new services and consumer markets. Besides goods and books, both digital ant traditional, for which the store is best known, Amazon probably has the most diverse catalog from all the major online stores, including movies, music and also Android apps.

It is undoubtedly hard to achieve popularity as an app store under Google’s own mobile OS, which, has its own proprietary shop and is not too keen on sharing sales profits. Still, Amazon has managed to stick with the niche and in order to do so, often resorts to quite impressive app promotions, like the regular “free daily apps”, which is even currently available with 43 titles, to celebrate the store’s forth birthday. Read more »

Google is pushing on-body detection smart lock for Android

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Google updated the Play Services quietly to add a couple of new security options. Smart Lock got new Trusted Places along with the existing Trusted Faces. To take the Smart Lock further, Google is now rolling out an “on-body detection” feature in the Smart Lock mode.

The idea is to let your phone detect its proximity to you in order to save itself and your data from being stolen. The new on-body protection feature uses the accelerometer to estimate whether you’re holding the device or it is in your pocket. Read more »

Google Play Books is coming to Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Slovenia and Slovakia

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Google has recently updated its availability support page, and there are five new names eligible for the tech giant’s own digital book store – Google Play Books. The list now includes Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Slovenia and Slovakia, which should now be able to access the service.

Play Books hosts both paid and free digital copies and has a formidable database, which, of course, is not really surprising, considering all the effort Google has been putting into digitizing content in recent years. The service is also quite convenient, as it allows you to upload your own books, acquired outside Play Books and read them as well. Read more »

Google Docs update brings full screen document review

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Google has rolled out a nifty update for its Docs app for Android devices. The new version brings the capability to review a document in full screen mode.

At times, one just has to read an entire document before editing the text and saving the changes. Read more »