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Google Search app for Android updated with improved Google Now functionality

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The Android version of the Google Search application has been updated and improves upon the Google Now functionality on Jelly Bean devices. There are some new cards that provide you with even more information. For example, Google Now will tell you about events nearby your location or provide suggestions to help with your research (not sure how this works).

There are some functionalities that have been borrowed from iOS, such as the Passbook like ability to automatically pull up boarding passes from your Gmail to be scanned when you reach the airport and the Siri like ability to post status messages on Google+ using just your voice. Read more »

TomTom for Android updated, compatibility issues fixed

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Up until now, the TomTom GPS navigation app for Android had one severe handicap: it wouldn’t run on displays wider than 480 pixels.

The latest update fixes that, and adds several other optimizations as well. Read more »

Google releases completely revamped v2.0 of Gmail app for iOS

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The previous Gmail app for iOS is the most famous Google-made app for iOS, but for all the wrong reasons. Although a lot of people did use it because it included support for push mail that the native iOS client lacks for Gmail, it was nothing more than a wrapper for the mobile web version of the service, which rubbed people the wrong way.

Enter v2.0. Google has revamped the Gmail client for iOS, which has reportedly been in works since the past six months. The new client looks nothing like the old one and is more in line with other recent iOS apps released by Google, such as Google+, Google Search, Google Drive and YouTube. Gone is the web-UI like design of the previous version, replaced by a clean, minimalist and spacious design. Read more »

Chrome’s popularity on Android grows, iOS users show it no love

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Google has such a huge presence on the web that it was only logical for it to make its own browser – and Chrome was born. Recently, Chrome has been expanding its reach to mobile territory but growth has been slowed by its requirements – unlike the stock Android browser, Chrome runs only on Android 4.0 and above (and 2.3 Gingerbread still holds over half the market).

According to Net Marketshare‘s numbers, Chrome is the browser of choice on 4.03% of Android devices. Those Nexus devices that come with Chrome only probably helped push the numbers up. Read more »

Gmail for Android 4.0 and 4.1 gets a major update, finally lets messages fit your device’s screen

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Android’s previously leaked, long overdue Gmail update has landed on devices, running Android 4.0 and up. Users of such devices can freshen up their native email clients from the Google Play store.

The most important new feature of the update is the long-requested ability to fit messages to the device’s screen. Read more »

CyanogenMod teases Android 4.2.1 ROM for Galaxy S III

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The team behind the popular Android ROM has hinted that the release of their next build (based on Android 4.2.1) is imminent.

Steve Kondik, the man behind CyanogenMod, posted a screenshot showing the new version number running on a Galaxy S III. Read more »

Unlock your Samsung Galaxy S III and Note 2 phones for free with this simple hack

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A new method of circumventing the carrier SIM restriction on Samsung Galaxy S III’s and Galaxy Note II’s has been uncovered.

All you have to do is enter a code from your devices’ menu; there’s no need to send information to a website, pay anything or wait for an unlock code. Read more »

Jolla’s CEO answers user questions about Sailfish, demos it on video

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Sailfish OS is the big hope of MeeGo fans everywhere. Jolla, the people behind Sailfish, showed off their creative new UI about a week ago and how it takes MeeGo’s heavily swipe-based interface even further. But the short video was not enough for all the MeeGo enthusiasts out there, so Jolla’s CEO, Marc Dillon, took the time to answer some user questions.

Mr. Dillon demos the things that are working on a Sailfish-running phone, including how many apps the UI can handle at one, landscape mode, going between app and homescreen, and more. Read more »

Photoshop Touch updated for iPad mini and 7-inch Android tablets

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Adobe’s Photoshop Touch may not be quite in the same league as its desktop counterpart but compared to other image editing applications available on mobile it does allow you to do a heck of a lot more.

The app was so far only available on tablets on both the platforms and was optimized for the bigger 10-inch displays. In the latest v1.4 release, however, Adobe has optimized it for smaller tablet displays. The UI is now optimized for the iPad mini and 7-inch Android tablets, such as the Nexus 7, up to a minimum resolution of 1024 x 600. Read more »

Google updates Google Drive and Chrome apps for iOS and Android

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Google has updated their Google Drive and Chrome apps on both the platforms.

The new Google Drive app gets a slew of new features but the biggest one is the ability to edit spreadsheet within the apps, which makes it so much more useful now. Read more »

Microsoft releases Outlook.com app for Android

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Microsoft has released the Outlook.com app for Android. It is, as you would expect, an email client for your Outlook (previous Hotmail) account. What you wouldn’t expect is just how badly made this app from Microsoft is.

Just looking at the screenshots above you can see what is wrong with the app. It looks like it went into development when Gingerbread came out and since then no one told Microsoft about ICS and Jelly Bean. Read more »

Google Play reviews now use your Google+ profile ID

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Recently, Google updated the comment system on YouTube and allowed users to use their Google+ profile ID in place of a generic YouTube ID to appear next to their comments. Now they have done something similar for the Google Play.

Now when you try to leave a review on Google Play, it will tell you that your reviews will appear under your Google+ profile ID. Unlike with YouTube, however, you don’t really get any say in the matter. Read more »

Here are some of the best iOS app sales and then some

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After telling you all about the greatest deals we could find in the Google Play store yesterday, today we thought it’s high time to scour the Apple iOS AppStore and bring you the best deals this week. I have the honor of taking you through the titles that had their prices slashed today or a day or two ago.

The links I’ve prepared point to the online version of the US AppStore, but usually you can find the same app in your own regional stores at (relatively) the same discount. Ok, let’s not waste any more time and get to the lists. Read more »

US Turkey day sees lots of app discounts in the Google Play Store

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As part of the Thanksgiving celebration and the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many apps in the Google Play Store are have received reduced prices.

We already knew Gameloft was having a sale on some of its games, but some Reddit users have managed to find a huge growing number of other bargain priced apps earlier today. Here go the more popular among them. Read more »

Google expands indoor navigation to desktop Google Maps, adds thousands of new floor plans

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A while back Google unveiled indoor plans for Google Maps on Android smartphones. As of today, the service is also available on the desktop web version, which you probably use on your computer.

Not only that, but the map data is no longer limited to places in France, but has now been expanded to include select locations and places of interest in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Japan, the UK, the US, Sweden, and Switzerland. Read more »