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Google Maps 7.0 for Android starts rolling out

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Google has started rolling out an update to the Maps application on Android, which brings it to version 7.0.0. The biggest change in this update is a refreshed UI, which was first displayed back at the Google I/O 2013 event.

The updated UI brings the Android version of the app in line with the iOS version, along with the new beta of the web version. There is a new, always visible floating search bar on top, which isn’t really any quicker to use but has slightly more functionality built-in, namely the ability to quickly set a navigation route and look up contact details. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini comes back to the office, says it will stay for a complete review this time

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Samsung Galaxy S4 mini was announced a month after the Galaxy S4 flagship hit the shelves worldwide. The mini version is powered by a less capable dual-core Snapdragon 400 chipset but still runs on the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean skinned with Samsung’s own TouchWiz and promises the same solid smartphone experience as the flagship.

We did an extended preview at the announcement day, but now we get finally to meet with the final unit and do a complete review. Read more »

Nokia releases HERE Drive+ for non-Lumia devices, voice-guided navigation comes for a fee

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If you’re of the small demographic who own Windows Phone 8 devices devices not made by Nokia (which is now under 20% of WP users), you’d be glad to hear that Nokia is making its HERE Drive+ navigation service available to all WP8 smartphone.

Until now, HERE Drive+ and its global, offline turn-by-turn navigation was exclusive to high-end Lumias, and one of the key advantages to owning a Lumia over other WP8 devices. Read more »

Twitter updates apps to add DM sync, improved search

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Anyone who uses Twitter regularly knows how annoying it is to receive a direct message (or DM, as they are commonly known) on one of your Twitter apps and read it, only to find it still being marked as unread on all the other apps. Thankfully, the latest update fixes this issue, at least on the official first party Twitter apps.

In a co-ordinated update to its iPhone, iPad, Android, OS X apps, as well as TweetDeck, Twitter Web and Twitter Mobile, Twitter now syncs your read DMs, which means reading them on one device automatically marks them as read on other official apps. Read more »

Android 4.2.2 update for Samsung Galaxy Grand coming soon, test ROM leaks

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We already know that quite a few Samsung smartphones and slates will get to taste Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean eventually. The previously leaked list includes both single and dual SIM models of the Galaxy Grand.

What we didn’t know though is when to expect those updates to launch. Well, it seems the new firmware for the ample-screened Samsung Galaxy is just around the corner,. Read more »

Download these great games and apps for free on occasion of App Store’s fifth anniversary

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It’s not everyday that the world’s most popular application store turns five years old so it’s natural that some celebrations are in order. Although it hasn’t quite reached that milestone just yet, some of the developers have decided to go ahead and start the festivities anyway.

Starting today and for a limited time, these apps and games are free on the App Store. For now, the list includes titles like Infinity Blade II, Badland, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Tiny Wings, Traktor DJ, Barefoot World Atlas, etc. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Camera app successfully ported to work on Galaxy S4

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Samsung Galaxy Camera, the Android based point and shoot camera comes with a specially designed camera app, which offers some cool features for advanced photographers.

But you no longer need to get the Galaxy Camera to enjoy those as the app has been successfully ported to work on Samsung Galaxy S4, courtesy of an XDA developer. Read more »

MEGA launches an app for Android

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Kim Dotcom’s file hosting service MEGA now has an official app for Android called, well, MEGA. The app isn’t new per se – MEGA just acquired one of the top third party apps, which is a wise move instead of developing your own app.

The MEGA app should be familiar to those who have used apps for other file hosting services before. You can manage your account, create folders, upload and download files, move, rename or delete them, search for them or even share them. There is also a camera sync feature that automatically uploads your camera images to your MEGA account. Read more »

Google publishes Beautiful Design 2013 collection on Google Play, gives 11 apps a pat on the back

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Google has published the Beautiful Design Summer 2013 collection on Google Play and the heap includes 11 beautiful apps with well-crafted design details.

Google has set a very high standard for this category and these applications pay attention to detail, which makes an app truly beautiful, transitions are fast and clear, layout and typography are crisp and meaningful. Read more »

An Android vulnerability lets you modify apps without breaking signatures

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A vulnerability in Android that exists from Android 1.6 Donut, allows you modify any signed application into a Trojan program and steal data or take control of the OS, according to mobile security firm Bluebox.

The San Francisco-based company has found out the security glitch present in Android affects 99% of the devices and the company claims to have informed the Google developers about the flaw in the OS. Read more »

Latest Vine update for iOS brings new camera tools, channels and revining

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Vine has updated the iOS version of its app with several new features. First of all, there are some new camera tools such as grid mode, focus and ghost. Focus allows you to tap on the screen to focus at a particular point (usually tapping on the screen starts the recording). Ghost places a translucent overlay of your last shot on the viewfinder to make composition easier.

The other new feature is channels. There are now 15 channels that you can upload your videos to, such as comedy, music, art, cats, dogs, etc. and you can also choose to view Vines from a particular channel. Read more »

HERE Maps now available on Nokia Asha 501

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Nokia has just released HERE Maps of its latest Asha 501. Nokia promised to bring us soon its mapping service to the new Asha platform during the Asha 501 announcement event and it kept its promise.

This beta version of HERE Maps is specifically designed for devices without GPS, but still offers drive, walk and public transport directions. Read more »

Xperia Honami camera app ported to Xperia Z, ZL and Tablet Z, brings manual settings and AR features

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The Sony Xperia Honami is expected to be Sony’s foray back into the cameraphone business and leaked software gives us a peek of what to expect. XDA-Developers member krabappel2548 has ported the camera app to the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL and Xperia Tablet Z.

The Sony Xperia Honami is expected to run on a Snapdragon 800 chipset and pack a 20MP camera that shoots 4K video, but the lesser sensors didn’t prevent the current crop of Xperia devices from running its camera software. Read more »

Skype for Android gets a major update, UI overhaul

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Skype for Android has received a huge update to version 4.0, alongside a bevy of new interface changes and optimizations.

The new Skype for Android 4.0 takes many design cues from Windows 8′s Modern UI. Read more »

Good news for smartwatches: apps can read and dismiss notifications in Android 4.3

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An Android 4.3 build for the Samsung Galaxy S4 leaked a few days ago and it was found to contain some hidden enhancements that point the way to some new features in the future. They have to do with notifications.

The first is a Notifications screen, which acts as history of all your recent notifications, even the ones you’ve dismissed (those are the grayed out ones, the others are notifications still visible in the notification area). Read more »