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Android inching closer to Apple as app revenues expected to double to $6.8B

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According to the latest report from ABI research, Android smartphone app revenues are expected to reach $6.8 billion – nearly twice more than last years numbers.

While that may sound like a lot, that’s only about 60% of the total posted by iOS – the clear leader in app revenue amongst all mobile OS’s. Read more »

Shazam for Android gets faster song recognition and UI overhaul in v4.0

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Shazam, the popular song identification app, has just been updated to version 4.0 for Android.

The latest version promises faster song recognition, as well as a completely new user interface with large screen optimizations for tablets. Read more »

Nokia announces HERE Auto smart navigation for cars and Companion app for smartphones

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You may or may not know this but Nokia is behind the maps in most in-car navigation systems (4 out of 5 cars, claims the company) and today Nokia is introducing HERE Auto, which brings their mapping and smartphone prowess to the car.

Here Auto is Nokia’s offline navigation solution – turn by turn voice guided navigation for 95 countries (in 2D and 3D, with street level and satellite images). There’s an SDK too, so HERE Auto functionality can be extended with music and social networking apps. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear app leaked through screenshots

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We all know Samsung is working on a smartwatch that would be announced at the IFA event in Berlin next month along with the Galaxy Note III. Samsung themselves have confirmed both devices. But we are yet to get a glimpse of what either devices will look like.

While we haven’t made much progress on that front, we do have what looks like legit screenshots of the Galaxy Gear application that would control the smartwatch. The app is supposedly responsible for letting you pair your smartphone with the watch using NFC, personalize it using different clock faces and even send compatible applications over. Read more »

Motorola posts Moto X kernel source for ROM builders to play with

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Motorola has posted the kernel source code for its latest Moto X smartphone, as required by the Android license agreement.

Source codes are available for all three Moto X device variants, the XT1053, XT1056, and XT1058, and allow you play around with the kernels as you please. Read more »

Infographic shows majority of apps in app stores go without updates and little interest from users

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Companies behind mobile OSes love bragging about how many apps there are in their respective app stores, but mobile app testing company StarDust has conducted a 6 month long study and found things they wouldn’t be so proud about.

The study looked into how many old apps get updated and how many don’t get updated at all. The results of the study are presented as an easy to digest infographic. Read more »

Get Motorola Moto X’s touchless voice control for your droid now with the Open Mic+ app

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Part of Motorola’s Moto X X8 chipset is the always-listening core that activates the phone and Google Now with the magic words “Okay Google Now”. That little neat trick made geeky smartphone-loving hearts everywhere skip a beat and many wanted to get the feature for their not-Moto X Android smartphone.

Thanks to Open Mic+ that feature is available to all, ad-free and for the price of none over at the Google Play store (links after the break). Read more »

Samsung is promoting BlackBerry Messenger in Africa, “coming soon to Galaxy smartphones”

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BlackBerry Messenger was supposed to hit the Android and iOS app stores today, but there’s nothing just yet (but you can try the beta). More interesting is that Samsung has now kicked-off its promotion of BBM – earlier this month the two companies struck a deal to promote the messenger in Africa.

CrackBerry forum member PauloPlmenta spotted an ad of the Galaxy S4 running BlackBerry Messenger during a football game (Manchester United vs. Chelsea) broadcast in Mozambique. Read more »

‘PhoneLocator Pro’ for Android app review

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Lately our smartphones have become one of our most precious possessions, partly because they store so much of our private data but also because they are usually quite expensive. That’s why theft is as great a worry as it ever was, while misplacement is quite the nuisance. Luckily we’ve got remote management and phone tracking apps to help us in these times of distress. Recently, Google has also recognized the importance of remote tracking our smartphones and has delivered its first attempt in the category.

PhoneLocator Pro is one of the most functional `third-party application for the Android platform, that helps you track and remotely manage your smartphones. Today, we will take a look at the features and the functionality of the app to see if it’s worth your cash. Read more »

Delta Air Lines equips its flight attendants with 19,000 Nokia Lumia 820 smartphones

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In line with its promise to garner wider enterprise usage this month, Nokia has delivered big time as its partnership with Delta Air Lines has come to fruition.

Some 19,000 Lumia 820′s have been deployed to Delta flight attendants, complete with special additions to streamline onboard purchasing from passengers. Read more »

Chrome Beta update adds universal image search, new gestures

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Aside from the regular Chrome web browser Google supplies a Beta for eager users, wishing to check out the latest developments before they come to the battle-tested app.

Said Chrome Beta app, has received an update, which brings along new gestures, which work more intuitively than before, aiming to reduce accidental tab switching while panning and scrolling around pages. There’s also a universal image search option, allowing you to search an image through Google, like you can on the desktop version of the browser. Read more »

Swiftkey Cloud exits beta, released today as part of Swiftkey 4.2

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The popular Swiftkey keyboard replacement app for Android has been updated to version 4.2, which includes the addition of the new Swiftkey Cloud service.

Swiftkey Cloud syncs with your Gmail and Facebook accounts (and others) and learns from your typing style. You can then transfer it across multiple devices easily. Read more »

Google Maps now supports real time Waze reports on Android and iOS

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Just two months after Google acquired the community-based traffic and navigation app Waze, the company’s Maps app now supports real time incident reports. The information will come directly from reports submitted by the Waze community, but the feature won’t be available everywhere.

At first users in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US will benefit from real time accident, construction, road closure and other reports submitted from Waze users. However, Google Maps isn’t the only app that benefits from the collaboration of the two companies. The Waze app has been updated as well. Read more »

Nokia Transit for Series 40 leaves its beta tag behind

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Nokia has released the final version of its popular public transport information app dubbed Nokia Transit for the Series 40 platform. The app, which was previously beta and exclusive to Lumia phones has now been made available to the Asha platform and Series 40 users can enjoy it as well.

The Transit app is very useful and is great for finding nearby stations. You can search for them by address and once you find the one you’re interested in, the app displays departure times allowing you to plan a route to your destination. Read more »

Update to YouTube for Android brings new features dressed in new UI

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Google released a major update to its YouTube app for Android. The new version brings new features, dressed in a brand new, even more user-friendly UI.

The most notable new feature of the redesigned YouTube app is a multi-window feature. It allows users to have play their video in a small window while browsing the endless amount of available content. Read more »