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30
Aug
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Sound Off! Are you sticking with Facebook Messenger?


Facebook’s Messenger app isn’t new — it’s been around since 2011. It was up to users to decide if they wanted a separate app or if they liked exchanging messages inside the regular Facebook app. Now if users tap the message icon on Facebook, a message appears telling them to move over to Messenger. It’s no longer an option; it’s a requirement Facebook put in place to deliver “the best mobile messaging experience possible.”

This sudden shift isn’t sitting too well with users, evidenced by a 1.5-star rating in the App Store and lots of complaints on Twitter, ironically. Though I used to send messages often, it’s not important enough to warrant having another app on my phone and so I’ve parted ways with that feature. Doesn’t matter how adorable Pusheen may be. What’s your take? If you’re using Facebook regularly, have you complied with Facebook’s demand or have you given up? Head on over to our forums and let it out.

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29
Aug
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Xiaomi Mi 3 temporarily discontinued in India in order to pitch for Redmi 1S



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Here’s some disappointing news for all the Indians who were unable to purchase the Xiaomi Mi 3 in a series of ‘Flash Sales’. Manu Jain, Head of Xiaomi Indian has confirmed that they have decided to temporarily discontinue the Xiaomi Mi 3 in India in order to shift their focus towards the more affordable Xiaomi Redmi 1S which will be available starting September 2. The last sale of the Xiaomi Mi 3 was on August 26 – and like all its previous sales, all the phones vanished within seconds. Hugo Barra has confirmed that the company has managed to sell over 95,000 units of the Mi 3 across India from all of its flash sales which created a stir in the Indian smartphone market.


“Over next few weeks, we will focus on Redmi 1S, and Mi 3 won’t be available. We will take the final call after few weeks, once we have more visibility / data points.”

Xiaomi RedMi 1S is an entry-level smartphone by Xiaomi which has been launched in India at a dirt-cheap price of INR 5,999. It features a 4.7-inch HD IPS LCD display, a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It features dual SIM card slots, an 8MP camera on the back and a 1.6MP camera on the front. Xiaomi RedMi 1S is up for pre-order exclusively on Flipkart and will be available in a variety of colors. It will go on sale next week, only pre-registered buyers will be able to buy the phone on September 2.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Specifications

  • 4.7-inch IPS LCD screen, 1280 x 720 pixels, 312 ppi, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, MIUI v5.0
  • 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot
  • 8MP primary camera, autofocus, single LED Flash, 1080p video recording and 1.3MP secondary camera
  • dual-SIM (3G + 2G), Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth v4.0, A-GPS and microUSB v2.0 port with OTG
  • 2,000 mAh battery

Xiaomi is all set to launch the 5.5-inch mid-range phablet, the Redmi Note in India sometime in October while the recently launched the Mi 4 will be launched in December.


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29
Aug
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Nokia’s HERE Maps is coming to Android as a Samsung exclusive


Nokia's HERE Maps Comes to Samsung Galaxy Devices

Relations between Google and Samsung are already a little tense, but the Korean smartphone maker may just have elevated those frustrations a little further. Extending its existing deal to provide mapping data on Samsung’s Tizen wearables, Nokia (the part that wasn’t sold to Microsoft) today confirmed that it will bring HERE Maps to Android for the first time, giving Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners advanced access to its own Google Maps alternative.

After Nokia jettisoned its smartphone division, the company doubled-down on HERE, striking deals with a few of its former rivals, including Amazon, Jolla and, of course, Samsung. The app itself comes with many of the features you’d find in Google Maps, but also excels in some areas where Google doesn’t. A couple of examples include true offline maps, which are currently supported in 95 countries, and LiveSight, which lets users navigate to landmarks by following virtual signs on their screen. If you don’t own a Samsung smartphone, don’t fret, Nokia says that HERE Maps will come to other Android devices by the end of the year (note: you can still use Google Maps, even on a Samsung handset). The HERE Maps beta will make its way to Galaxy phones when the 3G-enabled Gear S smartwatch goes on sale, which is expected sometime in October.

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Source: HERE

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28
Aug
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Microsoft OneDrive for Android now lets you mix business with pleasure


OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service formerly known as SkyDrive, just got updated across several platforms. Most significant, perhaps, is its Android app refresh that adds OneDrive for Business integration, so you can easily access both personal and work files without having to switch accounts. You can now also set up a PIN code on the Android app and access OpenDrive files from within other apps. The iOS app, on the other hand, has a new native search box and an AllPhotos view, where you can see all your images arranged chronologically in one window. Finally, the app for Windows Phone 8.1 now has access to the recycle bin, which is extremely useful for people with jittery, delete-happy fingers. If you’re on iOS and Windows Phone but would rather get those sweet, new Android features, though, don’t worry — Microsoft’s bringing them to your platforms in the coming months.

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Source: Google Play, iTunes, Windows Phone Market

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28
Aug
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Android Lemon Meringue Pie gets spotted in Chromium issue tracker as build LRW50D



android lemon meringue pieThe Chromium issue tracker is often a good place to spot a new Nexus device or build of Android, and today appears to be our lucky day. Sported by a device known as the “New Nexus7″ – make of that what you will – a certain build of Android has been spotted with build number LRW50D. We know it is Google convention to always start the build number with the letter of its code name, at this point suspected to be Android Lemon Meringue Pie. What follows is usually a series of unique identifiers that let us know exactly when the build was created. In this case, it appears the build is from the 19th of August, 2014 and is the fourth version of the build that day. Naturally, the date isn’t an exact science due to some code inheriting dates, but it’s definitely in the right ballpark.


The “New Nexus7″ part of this story is probably of no consequence – this is most likely just the 2013 Nexus 7 – however it’s clear that it was running some form of Android L when this issue was made. Myce.com, who found this issue, also notes that numerous references to “lmp-dev” were made in the code; we know that “lmp” is also referenced within the Android SDK itself, which originally gave birth to the Lemon Meringue Pie rumours.

Source: myce.com


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26
Aug
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Google News and Weather joins the modern age with Now-like cards


The stock Android faithful have been peering at the same UI inside its News and Weather app for quite some time, but today there’s a welcome update. Folks carrying the unskinned version of Google’s OS are now privy to Now’s card-based organization for recent headlines with the weather forecast for the current location situated up top. You can toggle that meteorology widget off and on, or set it to stay with a locale of your choosing or track conditions in multiple places. Swipe through sections with ease, and as you might expect, those handy home screen widgets got a refresh of their own to match. The update seems to be rolling out to compatible devices now, so if you can’t snag it yet, sit tight ’cause it’s on the way.

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Via: Android Central

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26
Aug
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Canadian cable giants launch a Netflix rival


A curated Shomi movie section

Canucks don’t have much choice for streaming video services. Netflix is the de facto pick, and its Canadian division’s selection (historically smaller than in the US) isn’t going to satisfy everyone. However, cable giants Rogers and Shaw think they have a better option for some viewers — they’ve just unveiled Shomi, a mostly TV-focused service that might have a few aces up its sleeve. The offering blends automatic recommendations with handpicked selections; if you’re looking for nothing but comic book adaptations or movies with dating disasters, you may have an easier time finding what you want. Shomi is also leaning heavily on exclusive deals for past seasons of big TV shows like Modern Family, New Girl and Sons of Anarchy, so it may be your best bet if you’re looking for a Hulu Plus equivalent.

The service will initially work on mobile devices, the web, Xbox 360 consoles and cable set-top boxes when its public beta test launches in the first week of November. Naturally (if unfortunately), Rogers and Shaw customers will have first crack. The pricing is definitely competitive at $9 Canadian per month, although you may not want to chuck any existing subscriptions just yet. While Shomi will have 340 TV series and a strong dose of Canadian content (30 percent), it has just 1,200 “cult-classic and fan-favourite” movies — if you want to watch a recent blockbuster, you’re probably better off sticking with Netflix for now.

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Source: Shomi, Canada Newswire

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26
Aug
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BitTorrent Sync lets you share folders on your PC using web links


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Yes, cloud services like Dropbox make it easy to share folders through public directories and links, but you still have to put those folders in the cloud in the first place. Wouldn’t you rather share them straight from your PC? BitTorrent hopes to make things that direct with its big Sync 1.4 update. Now, you can share folders with others just by giving them web links; you don’t have to wait for the files to reach a remote server, or rely on Sync’s slightly more obtuse Key system. You don’t have to sign up for an account, either, and you can still limit access to prevent others from messing with precious documents. About the only headache is that your recipient needs Sync, although BitTorrent promises that it will walk first-timers through the process.

The 1.4 release is also an excuse for BitTorrent to give Sync a much-needed interface makeover. While a lot of the basic concepts remain intact, the new front end is both prettier and easier to understand on Macs and Windows PCs — arguably very important when people are more likely to be trying Sync for the first time. You can grab the desktop upgrade (which includes Linux) right now, and matching updates for both Android and iOS should be ready later today.

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Source: BitTorrent Blog

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26
Aug
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Everyone’s making a sapphire phone, here’s Huawei’s


Rumors of the next-gen iPhone donning a scratch-proof sapphire screen have been going around since the Apple sapphire plant announcement, and it appears that Huawei wants in on the hype, as it prepares for the launch of a sapphire edition Ascend P7. While no price has been announced just yet (it’ll naturally be more expensive, of course), a Huawei rep told us that said phone will be available in its Chinese online store in limited quantity, with the first batch due in September, followed by another lot in November. If all goes well, Huawei will become the first Chinese brand to sell a smartphone with a sapphire screen, but it’ll have to act fast as local rivals Xiaomi and Vivo are also rumored to be mulling sapphire devices.

The scarcity of the special edition P7 casts doubt on the feasibility of making large sapphire screens more mainstream: It’s very costly, plus the hard material becomes more brittle when scaled up, as our own Brad Molen established from multiple interviews. Having said that, the sapphire-encased Kyocera Brigadier is already available stateside for a mere $400 off-contract, so it’s just a matter of time before everyone else gets their hands on the same screen supplier.

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25
Aug
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Huawei boss says Tizen has ‘no chance’ of success


Fans of mobile operating systems not called “Android” or ‘iOS” might be sad to hear what Huawei’s head honcho just told the Wall Street Journal. In an interview, Richard Yu spoke about the company’s plans regarding Tizen, Windows Phone and a long-rumored homegrown OS, and basically said they were all doomed.

According to the executive, unnamed mobile networks had asked Huawei to make Tizen smartphones, but Yu feels that the platform has “no chance to be successful.” It’s a bit of a u-turn, since the company has previously had a research unit looking into the Samsung-made software, but Yu said that he shut it down.

On the subject of Windows Phone, Yu conceded that Huawei had spent two years losing money on its W series handsets, saying “it has been difficult to persuade customers to buy a Windows phone.” That’s why, at least for now, a follow-up to the promising, yet flawed W1 and W2 is off the table.

That leaves the company with Android as the only thing its handsets can run, and when asked about this potential over-reliance on Google, Yu admitted that he’s concerned, but has “no choice.” On the upside, he did emphasize that he has a “good collaboration” with the search engine, before swiftly moving on to other matters, like writing off any plans for a homegrown operating system of its own. In his own words, Yu feels that “it’s easy to design a new OS, but the problem is building the ecosystem around it.”

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Source: Wall Street Journal

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