Nokia’s touch-based Ashas are getting a couple of important apps – Here Transit Beta is now available to the Asha 50x range, while Viber has hit the Asha 3xx. Both of these apps were available for certain old-school S40 Nokias, but now owners of the touch-based Ashas can use them too.
Viber works just about like you would expect – it needs a mobile data connection or Wi-Fi, it supports push messages, it will sync your contacts and it even does voice calls, so it’s not just text. Read more »
Amazon released a firmware update for the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HDX. Version 3.1 of the company’s custom Android OS brings a host of improvements to Amazon’s family of tablets.
One of the most notable features which the firmware update brings on board is the ability to wirelessly stream video content from the tablet to another screen. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy Gear got treated to a major update which addressed one of its biggest shortcomings – its lack of proper support for notifications. The latest firmware for the gadget allows users to receive all types of notifications on their device.
Once applied, the update for the Samsung Galaxy Gear allows users to select the apps which send notifications to the smartwatch. Read more »
Slightly over a month after we heard about it being tested, the official Google Play Music app for iOS is now officially available. Interested users can now go ahead to the App Store and download the app.
The highly-anticipated application packs all the goodies which its Android and desktop counterparts have to offer. Read more »
Google has released updates to its stable and beta Chrome browsers for Android. To begin with the stable release of the app gets the functionality to print pages directly on KitKat devices.
Another feature which will slowly make its way to the browser is advanced autofill. It will, in essence, allow easier checkouts on sites that support autocomplete. The saved names, addresses, etc. from your desktop Chrome will sync with the mobile version of the app and, as websites begin to incorporate the feature you get auto form filling. Read more »
In a spectacular show of laziness, Apple finally got around to updating their own application to match the look of their own operating system. iBooks for iOS 7 finally sports a new look that is more in line with the rest of the OS.
First thing you’ll notice is that the icon has changed. The wood textured icon of the past has now been replaced with an orange one with an open book in the center. Apple continues the tradition of creating utterly lackluster icons post iOS 7 and this new one is just one of the many that actually looks worse than its iOS 6 counterpart. Read more »
Google has updated the Gmail app for iOS that brings some new UI changes specifically for the iPad. One of the changes is a new sidebar in the landscape view that lets you quickly toggle between different inbox categories and even accounts. It also shows you the number of unread messages in each category.
The portrait view has been updated to fill the entire screen so you see your messages even better. There is also a fullscreen message editor that makes better use of the large tablet display. Other than that Google has also improved the scrolling on the iPad. Read more »
The popular news-gobbling app Flipboard is now officially available for Windows 8.1 devices, including those running the RT version of Redmond’s OS. The application is available to install from the Windows Marketplace.
As expected, Flipboard for Windows 8.1 comes with all the features we’ve come to like from its iOS and Android relatives. Read more »
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the latest Asus Transformer Pad TF710T will be released on November 18.
The Tegra 4-based slate was launched with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but Asus seems to be ready with the new update. Read more »
Today Nokia released a new update for the HERE Drive+ navigation suite. It adds real-time traffic information, a route overview list with turn-by-turn directions and more.
The new version of Drive+ brings lots of new traffic features. You get real-time traffic info, which helps you to get very precise arrival times. You can also check entire traffic overview on your map. Read more »
Another thing that came along the Motorola Moto G announcement yesterday is the update to the Google Search app for Android. The latest version of Google Search is now available on the Google Play Store. The update brings to Android smartphones all the latest developments of Google Search, including prettier search results and a smarter Google Now. Of course, Google Now, as before, is only available to devices running Android 4.1 and above.
The new version of Google Search will allow you to have short dialogues with Google Now when you are conducting searches. In these dialogues, Google Now should be able to understand when you referring to your search term by an indirect pronoun instead of using the full name. It will also answer back when there are several options for action. Read more »
Facebook has released an update to the Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android that brings with it a complete overhaul of the UI. The design clearly looks like it was made for the new iOS 7 but carries over to the Android version as well.
At launch you’ll notice that the older dull gray and Facebook blue colors have been replaced by bright white and a brilliant blue combination. There are no more gradients and drop shadows anymore and the UI has a clean, flat UI that is consistent with the rest of iOS 7. Read more »
Nokia has released its Refocus app in the Windows Phone app store. The app captures a series of images (2-8 to be precise) with different focus points and then allows you to create the coveted selective focus effect of large-sensor cameras.
In order to get the app you’ll need to own a PureView Lumia (920, 925, 928 or 1020 quality) with the Amber software update installed. The Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet will be joining the list, too, once it hits the shelves. Read more »
Sony has released a new PlayStation App for iOS and Android devices, designed to help you connect with your PS4 console from anywhere. With this app you can see your PlayStation Network friends, see what they are playing, compare trophies and also chat with them.
You can also receive notifications, game alerts and invitations on the app and can use your phone as a mobile keyboard to enter text on your PS4, much better than doing it through the controller. Read more »
As promised, the developers from CyanogenMod Inc. released an installer to help users with flashing the company’s popular Android ROMs on their device. The app is currently available for free in the Google Play Store.
The app requires companion desktop software which is available to download on Windows PCs for free. Read more »