There’s no arguing that Android could feel a little sluggish at times, especially when faced with less capable hardware. Even in its latest, Ice Cream Sandwich release, Google’s mobile OS feels like it could do with more code optimization. And that’s exactly what the Linaro team has done.
The indie developers created an optimized, faster and streamlined Android 4.0.4 build called Linaro, which performs up to 100 percent faster than the AOSP (stock) version. Read more »
Since the Galaxy S III is the official phone for this year’s Summer Olympics, Samsung and Eurosport have made a sweet deal to celebrate the largest sports event.
European Galaxy S III owners will be offered an exclusive one-month free access to the Eurosport Player, granting them live video streaming of various Olympic events right on their phone. Read more »
Adobe has updated the Flash Player for the desktop and Android. On the desktop, the Flash Player 11.3 now supports keyboard input even in fullscreen mode and low latency audio support for streaming audio and Sound API. Other features include sandboxing which is available for Firefox users on Windows. On the Mac, you now get the ability to upgrade the Flash Player in the background. It also comes signed with the Apple Developer ID so it can work with the Gatekeeper feature in the upcoming OS X Mountain Lion.
On the mobile front, 11.3 update adds stylus support for Android 4.0 devices. Read more »
The Facebook App Center that we talked about before has now gone live. Currently, it is only available on the web version of Facebook but it should soon arrive on iOS and Android as well.
Like we said before, the App Center will house all the web apps and games that you currently play on Facebook in one place and also add mobile apps to the mix. However, unlike other mobile app stores, the Facebook App Center won’t actually house the mobile apps but will direct you to the application stores of their respective platforms. Read more »
You might’ve thought that since Facebook cashed out $1bn for Instagram, the company will be more focused on integrating into the world’s largest social network, than providing updates for its the mobile app, but that’s still not the case.
The latest Instagram release has just hit Android and you’d be happy to know that it fixes some nasty bugs and improves searching. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy S III records videos with impressively high quality, but what if we told you that it’s doing so without even firing on all cylinders? And now, thanks to custom ROM developer hyperX, you can squeeze every ounce of performance from the flagship device.
The newly released mod enables a new superfine mode for the 8-megapixel camera and lets it shoot full HD 1080p videos with a bitrate of 30 Mbps and192 kbit stereo audio. Read more »
Dropbox has launched an update for its Android application bringing its version number to 2.1.4.
There aren’t too many new features in the latest version, though. Added is a Korean language support, which should be great news for Korean Android users. Read more »
Nokia has launched an updated version of its Transport app for Windows Phone 7.
The new release comes with updated detailed timetables for more than 100 cities around the globe such as New York City, London and Berlin as well as estimated routes in 410 cities. Read more »
The popular Instapaper app for iOS is now available on Android as well.
If you’re unfamiliar with the app, it lets you take any website and save it in a newspaper-like format for offline reading later. It’s specially designed to support all sorts of screen sizes and aspect ratios, from phones to large tablets – even NOOK and Kindle tablets. Read more »
Microsoft SkyDrive for Apple’s iPad got bumped up to version 2.1. The app’s update brings support for the Retina Display of the popular slate’s latest incarnation.
You will now be able to open multimedia files from within the app at a rather eye-pleasing 264ppi. Read more »
The world’s most popular mobile browser, Opera Mini, has now been updated to version 7 and brings the new Smart Page feature. What this does is brings all your news and updates from your social networks onto a single page.
Once you install the browser, you will notice a new Home tab. Here you will see your bookmarks, the news feeds you have subscribed to and updates from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Read more »
Flipboard for Android didn’t launch as the company planned. This however, hasn’t stopped them from launching a Beta version to see how it handles on the various droids out there.
The company seems to be testing the water first, before launching the final version of the app, and is eager to collect as much of the user feedback as possible in order to ensure their app is working flawlessly. Read more »
Get this one while its hot! The Dropbox app for the Samsung Galaxy S III, which offers 48GB of free cloud storage for all S III owners, has been ported for other devices.
This means that you’ll be able to install the dropbox apk from the S III on your device (if it’s rooted), and get some free cloud storage love. Read more »
Samsung has stepped up its game with Music Hub, now offering unlimited streaming of your music and access to a library of over 19 million songs for 10 euro a month.
Currently Music Hub is a Galaxy S III exclusive but will become available across Samsung’s smartphones eventually. Read more »
A little after Samsung’s new Siri-killer app S Voice leaked, the South Korean company blocked it on non-Galaxy S III devices. Now that restriction seems to have been lifted as the app started working again, even on phones by other manufacturers.
We’re not sure what caused this change of heart or how long this will last, so you’d better hurry and ask S Voice all the joke questions you can think of before Samsung flips the off switch again. Read more »