Back at the Google I/O keynote where Google announced Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, one of the new features for the Play Store that Google talked about was Smart App Updates. This is basically delta updates for your apps, which means whenever there is a new update available for your installed apps, the Play Store will only download whatever is new within the APK instead of downloading the entire app all over again.
According to Google, Smart App Updates are only a third in size, which means you save a lot of time and data in updating apps. This feature has now been activated on the Google Play Store and some apps are already making use of it. Read more »
It has been rumored for a while that Twitter may be looking to shut down third party Twitter clients completely and only allow the use of its own official clients, available on nearly every platform right now. And while that hasn’t happened yet, the latest announcement from the company’s developers blog does make it more difficult to be a third party Twitter client developer.
Twitter announced that it will be releasing v1.1 of its API, which is what applications that access Twitter have to use. This new API comes with a ton of new changes and restrictions, which further drives home the point that Twitter does not like third-party clients that mimics the site’s functionality. Read more »
The immensely popular photo sharing mobile app Instagram got bumped to version 3.0, people. The update adds a number of new talents to Facebook’s recent acquisition. Among them is the ability to add location to your photographic exploits, as well as infinite scrolling.
The new feature of the application is called Photo Map and allows you to add your shots to a map with a single tap of your finger. Read more »
In case you weren’t convinced enough that Google Play Store gift cards are in the works earlier today, we have another argument to help you in the process. Photos of the actual gift cards have surfaced, thus proving that the Google Play Store is about to get yet another step closer to its Apple rival.
As you can see in the photo above, the Google Play gift cards will come in at least $10 and $25 flavors when launched. Read more »
We’ve seen our fair share of tough Android phones, but there are rugged Android tablets as well, like the Fujitsu STYLISTIC M532. It’s a 10.1″ slate powered by Tegra 3 and running Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
The STYLISTIC M532 has been MIL-STD-810G certified, so it should survive rough transport, work in low and high altitudes, temperatures and humidity along with drop and dust resistance. Read more »
Sony is expanding the number of other manufacturers that will produce PlayStation Certified devices. First was HTC (announced at E3) and now at gamescom they announced that Asus and Wikipad are joining the fold.
Sony announced that PS Mobile will be coming to Tegra 2 and 3 devices early last year. Read more »
Google released updates for two of their major apps on the same day. The first is the Google+ app, which gets some cool new features. The first one is that the Google+ app now allows teenagers to create and join Hangouts from their mobile, which wasn’t possible before due to age restrictions.
Another cool feature is that the mobile app now allows you to do Hangouts on Air using your smartphone, something that could only be done on desktop before. In case you are not aware, Hangouts on Air lets you create webcasts over Google+. Read more »
Popular aftermarket Android keyboard SwiftKey has issued yet another update, which adds a couple of new features. The most noticeable are the two new themes, Sky blue and Fuchsia.
Other than the themes, the latest update also adds support for two new languages – Malay and Urdu, along with voice input for Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean and finally some bug fixes. Read more »
Razer has announced two new products for the gaming populace. The first is a keyboard called DeathStalker that comes with Razer’s Switchblade UI on a touchscreen display placed next to the keyboard. We first saw this UI on Razer’s Switchblade concept and then on the Razer Blade laptop and the Star Wars: The Old Republic gaming keyboard.
The DeathStalker keyboard comes with the same basic system that has ten configurable keys on top to which you can assign any function. Each key has a color display within that shows the icon of the function you have assigned to the key. Below the keys is the LCD touchscreen that displays game related information and can also work as a trackpad to control your mouse pointer. Read more »
During the US announcement of Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 10.1, we found out that the Korean giant has sold 10 million Galaxy Note devices worldwide. The news was brought by Younghee Lee – Samsung’s SVP and head of global marketing.
The impressive number includes sales of both the international Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 and its US sibling, the AT&T flavored, LTE sporting I717. Read more »
According to its creators, what you see below is what the new iPhone 5 will look like. The beautifully looking render is made with a few reasonable points in mind. It has the same screen resolution as the iPhone 4/4S to save iOS some effort, a thinner body and a smaller connector.
Now judging by all those rumors, it’s all but guaranteed that the new iPhone will have a larger 16:9 screen, so chances are the guys from 3d-desk didn’t get it quite right. However you can’t deny that this is what the iPhone 4S should have looked like. Read more »
The folks over at Dropbox have always been keen on getting the community in on their beta builds, and this latest version is no exception.
Highlights include improved video playback, as well as the ability to open Dropbox files directly from other applications. Read more »
EA has announced that their own game distribution store Origin is now coming to several new platforms, including OS X, Android, Facebook and Smart TV.
The Origin client is currently only available on Windows and offers similar functionality as Steam. You can browse through EA’s game collection and purchase them from within the client. EA games offered through Origin are often priced lower compared to other stores, such as Steam. Read more »
Pinterest is a social photo sharing website that was released last year, where users ‘pin’ the photos they like (not necessarily their own but also something they found online) and thus share it with others. You can also follow other people and see the images they have pinned. The site categorizes pictures into various categories so it becomes easy to look at pictures from categories you like.
Last year, we got a mobile application for the iPhone, which for a long time remained the only mobile application for the service. Now, after over a year, Pinterest has released an Android as well as an iPad version of its mobile app. Read more »
In order to bring it in line with its latest software creations such as the Windows Phone OS and Windows 8, Microsoft has completed a thorough redesign of SkyDrive.com. Along with its new web interface, the software giant’s cloud service sports a number of improvements to its functionality.
The abovementioned tweaks include improved, faster syncing with both Windows and OS X. Read more »