After Samsung’s recent benchmark boosting situation came to light, a lot was talked about how it made the process of benchmarking devices and comparing scores with other handsets irrelevant. But out of all the benchmark software developers out there, Futuremark, developers of 3DMark, were the only ones who delisted the offending Samsung devices from their benchmark scores to keep things fair.
However, in the latest Android 4.4.2 update issued to the Galaxy S4 and the Note 3, Samsung removed the code that allowed the benchmarking apps to run faster than any other normal app on the device. Following this decision, Futuremark has decided to relist the Samsung devices that are running the latest update. Read more »
Mozilla’s getting a new CEO: Brendan Eich.
He’s replacing Gary Kovacs, who announced that he would be stepping down about a year ago. Hit the jump to find out what Eich’s vision for Mozilla is, now that he’s calling the shots. Read more »
Epic has been working on the new Unreal Engine 4 since 2003. UE4 entered its final stages of development in 2012 when it was made available for licensees.
Now, two years later, at the Game Developers Conference, Epic has finally launched the Unreal Engine 4 and its first stable release is already available to the developers. Read more »
The Facebook Beta app for Windows Phone devices has received a slight update bringing it to version v188.8.131.52. The release brings some bug fixes and minor changes.
The company hasn’t specified what are the exact fixes, but we are sure they killed a bug or two. As WMPoweruser reports, many users have been complaining to bugs related to photos in the app. Read more »
Amazon’s Appstore is celebrating its third birthday today. Naturally such occasions deserve gifts and Amazon is giving plenty of free apps today.
You can have $50 worth of apps today for free, but hurry up because the offer will expire in a few hours. Read more »
With the Windows Phone 8.1 moniker being confirmed a couple of times already by Microsoft, Nokia has been quick to update its cool Glance app and make it support the upcoming update of the OS.
The update now lives in the Windows Phone store and the only thing that Nokia has added is “Support for Windows Phone 8.1″. We don’t know if Nokia had to do a lot of modifications to the app to make it work, but certainly the Finns have made Glance play nice with any new APIs that WP 8.1 might bring along. Read more »
Jolla has recently confirmed a Sailfish OS ROM is in the works and will become available for various devices later this year. A few smartphones were even showcased over the MWC 2014 running on the Sailfish OS.
Now you can see for yourself where the project is going. A Jolla developer has released a 3-minute walkthrough video of Sailfish running on Samsung I9305 Galaxy S III LTE. Read more »
Motorola introduced a refreshed camera interface with the Moto X and later on released it as a standalone self-titled camera app in the Google Play store.
Now the app is getting an update which adds the option to take photos using the volume keys. The option has been standard in stock Android for some time now and most manufacturers have implemented it into their own camera apps, but it’s better late than never. Read more »
Oppo Find 7 went official yesterday in two versions – one with a 1080p display and one with QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) screen. While the QHD model will hit the stores in two or three months, the 1080p edition has already gone one sale and is available to everyone who wants to purchase it right now for $480 in China.
Well, we imagine lots of people has already bought Find 7 smartphones, because the hands-on videos have already started popping on YouTube. Read more »
Google has added two new voice commands to the Search app on Android that will let you launch the camera on your phone or tablet using just your voice.
If you need to take a picture, all you have to do is hit the microphone button or say “Ok Google” and then say the voice command “Take a picture”. If you want to record a video, say “Record a video” instead. If you think this is not very useful, then you are absolutely right. Read more »
Last year, Microsoft released a version of Office for the iOS platform but it wasn’t what everyone had expected. For starters, it was only available on the iPhone and not the iPad where it would be more suitable and secondly, it was a free app that was limited to only those who had an Office 365 subscription.
Microsoft will now be rectifying the first problem by unveiling the iPad version of the ‘Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers’ on March 27 at an event in San Francisco. The event will be hosted by Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, and will be his first since taking up the position. Read more »
CyanogenMod 11 Nightly builds are now available for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. This is the first CyanogenMod treatment the Xperia Z1 Compact is getting since its launch earlier this year.
CyanogenMod 11 is based on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat version. The custom ROM weighs about 250MB and you can have it right now. Read more »
We’ve caught glimpses of HTC’s Sense UI through leaked HTC M8 / All New One videos, but HTC’s current flagship will get it too eventually. Here’s a screen recording of Sense 6.0 running on the HTC One.
You’ll spot several changes to how things look in the new UI starting with the lockscreen. Note that it’s a beta ROM and might not have been finalized. Read more »
Nokia Refocus app was initially exclusive to PureView devices, but now it’s rolling out for all Lumia phones. Yes, even the Lumia 520.
Refocus requires the Nokia Black update, so make sure you have that installed before downloading the app. Read more »
Replicant, a third party developer of an open source Android distribution, claims to have stumbled on a backdoor program that makes it possible for the modem to modify the phone’s onboard storage.
The purported affected devices include the Samsung Galaxy S, S II, and S III, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, Galaxy Note and Note 2, and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Tab 2 10.1. Read more »