Samsung recently started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II to give it the same Nature UX experience as its successor. Now, the Koreans have open sourced the kernel used for the update, which will help developers of custom ROMs.
Samsung has steadily been releasing source codes for the kernels used on its phones (the Galaxy S II ICS kernel was released in March), trying to play nice with the developer community. Read more »
Dropbox has updated its app for the iOS platform to version 2.1, adding some cool new features to it.
The most notable improvement is the ability to view PDF files through the app’s very own PDF viewer. This mean you don’t have to use the smartphone’s preinstalled PDF viewer anymore. Read more »
Opera has announced that it has acquired Skyfire Labs, the company that made the Skyfire browser for mobile, for $155 million. The acquisition will allow Opera access to Skyfire’s Rocket Optimizer Software.
Rocket Optimizer works by compressing multimedia content such as images and videos on web pages on Skyfire’s servers and then sending them to the device, thus considerably reducing the bandwidth requirement on your device and the strain on mobile networks. This is similar to the way Opera Mini browser works, but Rocket Optimizer can also work with videos, something no other browser can. Read more »
Google Now is pretty handy, but you need to check either the notification area or the app itself to see the cards. Not very good for at-a-glance info, is it? This is why the fourth update of Now brings the handy service in widget form.
A couple of new cards are tagging along too, they’ll make going to the movies and house hunting easier. Read more »
Popular instant messaging client WhatsApp has gone through a major UI redesign on Android. While the former version was nothing more than just a slight revision of the iOS app, the latest update takes advantage of the new Holo UI guidelines for Android.
Right off the bat you’ll be able to see that the menu bar on top is now flat and in line with the new UI guidelines. Drop into a conversation and you will find new flat message bubbles and a redesigned text input field. Read more »
Google started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 update for some of the Nexus devices a couple of days ago. Although there was no official list of improvements released for the new version, we are now seeing reports from people who managed to get the update on their device.
Android Police has made a short list of new changes that were made in this version of Jelly Bean. The major one seems to be the ability to use the notification screen shortcuts as actual toggles, something that was not possible before (it would take you to the particular option in the Settings app). Read more »
It looks like the recently launched iOS 6.1 jailbreak tool evasi0n has been doing quite well, people! Cydia’s creator Jay Freeman told Forbes that the tool has been used to hack 7 million iOS devices since its release a few days ago.
The abovementioned number includes 5.15 million iPhones, 1.35 million iPads, and 400,000 iPod Touchs – quite an impressive number given the fact that evasi0n has been out for only four days now. Read more »
Skype has updated its iPhone and iPad app to version 4.5 bringing some needed new features as well as the usual bag of bug fixes and performance improvements.
Now whenever a call is dropped, Skype’s automatic call recovery will kick in and redial the contact for you. The order in which instant message conversation appears is now correct, too. Read more »
Twitter has released updated versions of their mobile apps, with the Android version getting the bulk of the changes. Among the list of improvements common to both iOS and Android versions is a new Discover view, which shows a single stream of tweets, trends, activity and accounts to follow.
The search has also been update and now presents you with accounts, tweets and pictures relevant to your query. The Connect tab has been updated to show only Interactions view now but you can switch it to show only mentions from the Settings menu. Read more »
Have you ever thought about how the latest evasi0n jailbreak actually works and what it took the evad3rds team members to overcome the hardened defenses of Apple’s latest devices? One of the team members, David Wang, a.k.a. @planetbeing, who was one of the two people who were personally responsible for finding the exploit in Apple’s code, sat down for an interview with fellow tech journalists and explained the whole process.
The evasi0n jailbreak was launched only 2 days ago. More than 1.7 million iOS devices were jailbroken in the first 24 hours, according to Cydia’s download stats. What’s more – the half of that number was reached in mere six hours of the release of the jailbreak tool. Read more »
Twitter users on Android have been waiting for this day for a long time now but it’s finally here. After being teased for almost a year, the developers of Carbon have finally released the Twitter client on the Play Store.
The app was shown off on Twitter last year and then an early alpha was released for a few users. After that the app was delayed indefinitely because the developers could not release it as a paid app on Play Store as it wasn’t supported in their region. After that it was announced that the app would be released as a free app but even that got postponed indefinitely. Read more »
Almost three years after the launch of Epic Citadel for iOS, Epic Games has finally released the Android version of the app on the Google Play Store.
For those who are not aware, Epic Citadel is based on the Unreal Engine 3, and back when it was released on iOS, served as a way to highlight the capabilities of the engine on the mobile platform (it was later put into use in Infinity Blade). On the Android version, however, Epic Games has built-in a benchmarking utility, which helps gauge the performance of the hardware as well. Read more »
Angry Birds Space just got stripped from its fastest growing mobile game laurels. Imangi Studios’ Temple Run 2 snagged the title away from Rovio by hitting 50 million downloads in 13 days – a cool 22 days quicker than what it took Angry Birds Space.
The impressive download count was achieved across Apple’s App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Market Place. Read more »
If you are an Android or an iOS user, you’ll be familiar with the Speaktoit’s Assistant for sure. It’s a third-party assistant like Apple’s Siri and Google Now and does an excellent job.
It’s a really nice alternative (sometimes even better) than the default voice assistants and I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that the app is now available on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 as well. Read more »
Did you miss the BlackBerry event that just concluded? Don’t worry, a recording of the event is now available online for your viewing pleasure.
In case you’ve missed or want to watch again the BlackBerry 10 OS and the Z10 and Q10 smartphones announcements, or just want to see Alicia Keys one more time, then you should proceed this way. Read more »