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Hangouts 2.0 on iOS brings new UI, stickers, location sharing and short video messages

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Google has released a major update to the iOS version of the Hangouts mobile app. Whereas the previous app left a lot to be desired and didn’t look or work as you’d expect from an app on iOS, the updated version completely changes that and also adds some new features.

One of the most noticeable changes in the new version is the new UI redesigned for iOS 7. Read more »

FCC comes out with their own iOS speed test app

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Want a speed test app for your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad? Why not try out the FCC’s?

The speed test application from the Federal Communications Commission measures mobile internet speed and provides a visual breakdown for you to enjoy. Read more »

Android is not designed with safety in mind according to Sundar Pichai

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Sundar Pichai, the head of Android at Google made an interesting statement regarding the safety of the popular mobile OS. According to the executive, Android was designed with freedom, not safety in mind.

Mr. Pichai delivered the words as a response to a question from a journalist regarding the high amount of malware targeting Android. Read more »

Facebook Messenger for Windows to shut down on March 3

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Those of you using the Facebook Messenger on Windows probably got the same message as myself this morning. According to the notification, the Messenger will stop working on Monday, March 3.

There is no explanation why Facebook decided to kill its standalone messenger app, but it isn’t unexpected. Read more »

The 2013 Nexus 7 gets a dock, wireless charging stand too

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The ASUS Nexus 7 (2013) is getting some new accessories to play with – a dock station with HDMI output for 1080p content enjoyment on a TV or monitor and a Qi wireless charging stand.

Sadly for 2012 Nexus 7 owners the new toys will only be pairable with the newer model. The Wireless Charging Stand, however will be able to recharge any Qi-enabled device you have on you. Read more »

Microsoft updates Skype for Windows Phone with minor improvements

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Microsoft has issued an update for Skype on Windows Phone bringing the app to version 2.16.0.266. Available in the Windows Phone Store, the new Skype version fixes bugs and introduces slight improvements in the sign up/sign in process for users.

Now, first-time Skype users will have no choice but to register with the same Microsoft account that they’re currently using on their phone. Anther minor improvement is the introduction of the typing indicator icon whenever someone is writing you. Read more »

Google Now Launcher from Nexus 5 now available for other Nexus devices

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One of the features that was exclusive to the Nexus 5 so far was the Google Now Launcher, that allowed you to go to the Google Now screen just by a swipe on the homescreen and to bring up the voice search simply by saying “Ok Google”.

Google has now released the Google Now Launcher on the Play Store and made it compatible with a wider range of devices, For now this includes only the Nexus devices and the Play Edition devices. Which means you can officially install it on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, Galaxy S4 GPe, HTC One GPe, Moto G GPe, Xperia Z Ultra GPe and the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe. Read more »

3 LG L series phones available for pre-order through Clove

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The LG L40, L70, and L90 are all available for pre-order through Clove starting today.

There’s no set date when the phones will arrive, but we do know a bit about their specs, as these phones all made an appearance on the Mobile World Congress which is currently going on in Barcelona. Read more »

New HTC One YouTube teaser

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HTC has released a video that teases their upcoming HTC One handset.

The next HTC flagship phone should be making its debut on March 25th in New York. Read more »

Some of the most popular Android apps are available on the Nokia X, here’s the list

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While handling the Nokia X phones we installed a couple of benchmarks from Nokia’s app store and it dawned on us that it will be interesting to find out just how rich the app store is on what is basically Day 1.

We opened Google Play Store on one of our standard Android phones and checked the Editor’s Choice and Top Free sections, then we searched for those apps on the Nokia’s. Read more »

IE11 on Windows Phone 8.1 caught on video

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Internet Explorer 11 has been captured on a short YouTube video and users can take a look at some of the mobile browser’s new features.

It includes Reading Mode, the ability to save passwords, and stop and refresh buttons in the address toolbar. Hit the jump to learn more about these new features. Read more »

Nokia X and XL camera samples

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The new Nokia X line of phones slot between the Lumia and Asha families and tout affordability as one of their key features. Still, the Nokia XL has a 5MP camera with a 1/4″ sensor, the same setup as the Lumia 520 (no 720p recording though). The Nokia X has a 3.15MP camera with a smaller, 1/5″ sensor.

We snapped photos with both for an early glimpse of what those cameras can deliver. Read more »

Nokia X and XL benchmarks

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Nokia X is a brand new platform but its app store felt acceptably full, considering it launched just a couple of days ago. There we found a couple of the usual benchmarks we run (there’s also the browser-based SunSpider) so we decided to find out how the Nokia X and XL stack up against the competition.

The Nokia X prioritizes affordability over performance, Nokia made it clear that Lumia is its top performer. Read more »

Samsung releases Gear 2 and Gear Fit SDK

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Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo went official just three days ago, running on a Tizen-based OS. This time around though Samsung has confirmed both smartwatches will support third-party apps.

The lack of third-party apps was a major drawback on the first Gear watch and we are happy to see Samsung is changing its strategy. So, just as promised at the announcement, the SDK for the Gear 2 duo is now live. Read more »

Amazon slashes Kindle Fire tablets in the UK by 20%

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Amazon launched Instant Video and Prime Instant Video in the UK and to celebrate, it slashed 20% of all Kindle Fire prices.

The offer is valid until March 4, so you have about a week to decide. Read more »