Samsung put a number of exclusive features on their high-end Android devices, like Smart Stay and Smart Rotate. Now, using the GMD Smart Rotate app you can replicate both of those features on a non-TouchWiz device (or on a lower-end Samsung).
The free version of the app implements Smart Rotate – it uses the front-facing camera instead of the accelerometer to rotate the screen. The advantage is that there are situations where the accelerometer gets it wrong – e.g. when you’re lying on your side or if the phone/tablet is on a flat surface. Read more »
A few hours ago Apple released a new iPhone 5 commercial featuring Serena and Venus Williams advertising the Do Not Disturb feature. Yeap, that same thing that made the New Year’s Day a silent one for a few million iOS 6 users.
And it’s still broken. Enjoy! Read more »
The Do Not Disturb mode introduced with Apple’s latest iOS 6 appears to have a serious bug. Since the turn of the year, it stopped functioning as promised and prevented quite a lot of people from getting their calls and messages.
The DND feature allows you to set a period of time when your iPhone will stop alerting you of incoming calls, messages and notifications. It doesn’t affects the alarms though. Read more »
Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store has steadily been making progress, at least as far as the number of applications are concerned. 2012, in particular, seems to have been a good year, with over 75,000 new applications been added to the store, roughly doubling the overall number.
Back during the launch of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft had said that they had over 120,000 apps on the Windows Phone Store, although no further update was provided on that number this time. What we do know is that customers are now downloading an average of 54 applications to their device, which is over half of what iOS users do. Read more »
Dropbox has released a new beta version (or Experimental Forum Build as it calls it) of its app for Android, version 18.104.22.168.
The app brings the ability to share multiple photos or add them to albums (which in turn can also be shared), UI improvements and the usual array of bug fixes. Read more »
Good news for loyal Windows Phone users, as both versions of the platform have received updates today.
The Windows Phone 8 default Maps app got an update, while Nokia has just released Bluetooth Share app for Windows Phone 7.8. Read more »
Popular instant messaging service WhatsApp has made their iOS client free of cost for a limited time. Unlike on other platforms, the iOS version of WhatsApp has an upfront cost of $0.99 for the client.
WhatsApp is available on several other platforms, including Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS, Symbian and even Nokia Series 40. However, on other platforms, the application is free to download and use for a year, after which there is a $0.99 yearly fee. Read more »
Flipboard has been available on both Android smartphones and iOS devices but it’s just now that it comes to Android tablets.
The app has been tailored specifically for the various Android screen sizes and display resolutions. Read more »
Tumblr has finally released an iPad version of its iOS application. Although the iPhone version has been available for a while now and was recently given a major facelift, the iPad version was nowhere to be found.
Among the new features is a UI optimized for the iPad’s bigger display. You get a navigation bar on the side that stays there permanently unlike on the iPhone version. Read more »
According to DigiTime’s often reliable undisclosed Taiwan supply chain sources Nokia could be close to release a 10″ slate running on Qualcomm hardware and Windows RT software.
Nokia allegedly has had talks with chip-maker Qualcomm and manufacturer Compal Electronics to start production of the said tablet and could announce it in late February at the Mobile World Congress. Read more »
Nokia’s cinemagraph camera feature in its Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones has been updated with new sharing options.
The new release of the Cinemagraph app is version 22.214.171.124 and includes a new Share menu option, which offers sharing via Facebook and Twitter, email or messaging. Read more »
Apple has released the iOS 6.0.2 update for the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini. The only major change in this update is that it fixes the Wi-Fi bug that a lot of users were experiencing.
Since the iOS 6 update, several users reported unable to connect to their local Wi-Fi. The next update, iOS 6.0.1, was supposed to solve this issue and while it did for some users others continued to face it. Read more »
After being dropped out of iOS 6 by Apple, the YouTube app became a standalone application that had to be downloaded from the App Store. But one of the biggest shortcomings of this app was that it was meant only for content consumption, and there was no way to upload videos from it.
Google has now released a separate application for the iPhone and iPod touch, whose only purpose is recording videos and uploading them on YouTube. You can shoot and do quick editing to your videos from within the app itself or upload one of your existing videos. Read more »
Microsoft has released a new version of Facebook app specifically for Windows Phone 8. In case you’re not aware, the Facebook app for Windows Phone is actually made by Microsoft, unlike the apps on iOS and Android, which are made by Facebook itself.
The new app mostly concentrates on the performance improvement, which is evident as soon as you launch the app, as everything from scrolling to opening pages is faster now. Other changes include support for multiple resolutions possible on Windows Phone 8 and multiple tile sizes. Read more »
The latest Dropbox update for iOS devices brings along a simpler new design and an updated Photos tab with a Timeline view.
The app seems to work smoother now and looks less cluttered with the new, clean UI refresh. Read more »