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Google+ for Android and iOS gets a ton of new features, now supports communities and Photo Sphere

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Google has updated the Google+ application for both iOS and Android, giving the latter slightly more features.

Now, Android users can take advantage of the full-size photo upload option in the Google+ app, allowing them to share images of up to 5GB. Read more »

WhatsApp arrives on Windows Phone 8

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Last week we told you that popular instant messaging service WhatsApp will soon be making an appearance on the new Windows Phone 8 platform, and it has.

WhatsApp is now available on devices running Windows Phone 8. As before, it’s free for the first year and then it’s $0.99 per year. The application is similar to the one on Windows Phone 7.5 in every way, which has also been updated to v2.8.10. Read more »

Sony’s Xperia launcher is now available for any Android device running Ice Cream Sandwich

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If you’ve been craving to give the launcher Sony has been using in its Xperia line-up of devices, now you can. Thanks to XDA member ra3al, you can now install the Xperia Launcher on any Android device running ICS or Jelly Bean.

Both tablets and smartphones are supported, so as long as you have the version requirement covered, there’s nothing to stop you from giving the launcher a try. Read more »

Google shows no interest in developing for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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The Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 app ecosystems are slowly starting to build steam, although you may have noticed a lack of participation from one of the biggest developers out there: Google.

If, however, you were in the hopes that Google may in fact be working on addressing this, then you are mistaken, because Google has chosen not to develop for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 for the time being. Read more »

Microsoft adds ability to install apps from microSD cards in Windows Phone 8

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Microsoft has just added a useful new feature to the Windows Phone Store that lets you install apps from the microSD card, if your device supports one. This is convenient for those who don’t have a data connection on their phones.

Now, when you go to an app page on the Windows Phone Store web page, you will see an option to download and install the app manually. Click on that and the app starts downloading automatically to your computer. Once done, you can then transfer the XAP file to a microSD card and then install it on your phone. Read more »

Google releases Sound Search app for Android

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Google recently incorporated the ability to recognize songs in the latest Google Search update. Now they have released a standalone app that can be installed on Android.

Called Sound Search for Google Play, the app takes the form of a widget that you can keep on your homescreen and tap when you want to find out what song is playing near you. Other than guessing which song it is, the Sound Search app also provides a link to purchase it on Google Play and maintains a list of your searches, that can be synced across your Android devices for future reference. Read more »

Facebook for Android to get a lot faster with an upcoming major update [UPDATE: It's live]

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Well, it looks like the policy of stimulating its employees to adopt Android smartphones has yielded results for Facebook. An update for the social network’s Android app scheduled for later today, is bound to significantly increase its speed and overall performance.

In order to achieve the above result, Facebook’s app developers have done away with HTML 5 coding. Read more »

Google launches Play Magazines in the UK, leaves continental Europe hanging

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Slowly but surely, Google is making its various Play Store departments available in Europe with the latest addition being the Play Magazine landing in the UK.

Now the Brits will be able to subscribe to their favorite magazine publications or buy separate issues cheaper than their print counterparts. Read more »

Drive+ Beta for Windows Phone 8 gets updated

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Nokia’s Drive+, Nokia’s exclusive offline SatNav navigation app on Windows Phone has had its Beta version updated.

The new update enables more efficient battery use when the app runs in the background plus a few other improvements. Read more »

Google Currents 2.0 brings new UI, loads of other changes

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Google has updated the Google Currents application to v2.0, which brings with it some really nice changes. First of all, the UI has been changed and looks nothing like the previous version. It now has more in common with some of the other recent Google Android apps, such as YouTube and Google+.

The application features a new editions list that can be accessed from swiping from the left side of the screen. You see all your categories and the selected sources within. You can customize this list by adding or removing the sources. Read more »

S Beam shines in Samsung’s latest ad, Santa takes one for the team

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Samsung USA’s latest ad portrays a typical family holiday scenario. In comes “Santa” down the stairs (yeah, chimneys are overrated) to give the kids some presents.

Long story short he falls while trying to impress the kids and the fail gets caught on camera thanks to an Galaxy S III that was lying around. Read more »

VLC Player developers talk about a version for Windows Phone 8

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Recently, the developers of the popular VLC Player started a Kickstarter project to fund the development of their Windows 8/RT application. So far, their progress has been pretty good and they have managed to raise over $20,000.

Now they have announced that they are also working on a version of the app for Windows Phone 8. Thanks to the new common kernel shared by Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, porting the app from one platform to another has become quite easy. Read more »

SkyDrive for iOS update stalled as Microsoft and Apple argue over App Store fees

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If you have the Microsoft SkyDrive app on your iOS device, you may have noticed that it hasn’t been updated since June. It’s not because Microsoft hasn’t been working on an update for the app but because Apple has been holding it back.

The reason for this is due to a major change Microsoft has added to the SkyDrive app in the form of a subscription model that lets users upgrade their storage by purchasing extra storage space. This is where Apple’s in-app purchasing guidelines kick in and where the main point of contention between the two companies is. Read more »

Android YouTube app updated, brings new UI for 10″ tablets

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Google has released an update to the YouTube app for Android, bringing a refreshed user interface for the 10″ tablets.

The update comes soon after YouTube launched its newly redesigned website, and makes better use of the ample screen estate 10″ tablets provide. Read more »

Samsung releases second video showing off the Galaxy S III Premium Suite

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Samsung recently released the first video demonstrating the Android 4.1.2 update for the Galaxy S III that brings with it Samsung’s Premium Suite of applications, which are basically features that were previously exclusive to the Galaxy Note II.

Now they have released the second and what seems like the last video in the series, that showcases a few more features in this rather feature packed update. Read more »