Android

Moon Violet and Burgundy Red LG G3 variants out in August

While the US carriers that are offering the LG G3 have only been offering at least two colors to their customers, the flagship smartphone actually has five different color options: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, and Burgundy Red. The last two have not been released yet, but LG has finally made the announcement that it will finally be available starting August.

Paranoid Android 4.5 Alpha 3: choose your Recents style

Another week, another Paranoid Android Alpha teaser. And like the previous two before it, 4.5 Alpha 3 focuses on changes to the redesigned Recent Apps view. Aside from visual polish and performance improvements, the dev team is now allowing PA users to decide whether they want to use the new Material-inspired visuals or stick to the conventional KitKat style.

SwiftKey app improves and fixes features,brings new themes

The competition for virtual keyboards is heating up as apps like Fleksy and Minuum try to corner their share of the digital market. Just a little over a month since it became free for the Android platform, SwiftKey has released an update that brings even more improvement to its existing features, as well as bringing a few minor additions and offering a sale on its own SwiftKey Store.

Instagram launches new Bolt app in 3 markets outside US

Ah, so the “leaked” banner ads in Instagram about a new photo-sharing app are apparently, true indeed. The Facebook-owned Instagram has just announced they are introducing their first stand-alone app called Bolt, but for now, it will only be available in three markets: New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa. It will reportedly make messaging photos to your friends easier by eliminating a few steps in the process.

Samsung Z postponed again, spells trouble for Tizen

Samsung has finally confirmed what everyone already practically knows, or at least believes in their gut. Samsung Z, the Tizen-powered smartphone that was supposed to launch in Russia this quarter, is indefinitely delayed. More than just a disappointment to the already dwindling number of Tizen faithful, it is almost the writing on the wall for Samsung's latest efforts to strike on its own without Google.

NPR gets own Android app for easy access to shows,podcasts

Do you remember the last time you actually listened to an actual terrestrial radio? Chances are most of you would say it’s been months, years (younger ones would ask, what’s a radio again?). But public radio pioneer NPR has been able to adjust to the changes that the digital age has brought by bringing their programs online, producing hundreds of podcasts and continually creating digital content in the field of news and culture. Now, they have a new audio app, NPR One, that will make it easier for users to listen to their available digital content.

Samsung Galaxy Star 2 Plus launches in India

We’ve seen Samsung update their budget product line with upgraded devices running Android 4.4 Kitkat recently, and one of the first few markets that we’ve seen those migrate to is India, where the Galaxy Star 2 Plus has apparently landed. It is a small budget phone with modest specs, but notably, with Kitkat running the show.

Android TV ADT-1 dev kits start shipping to developers

To prepare the new Android sub-platform for its first actual launch later this year, Google has started sending the ADT-1 Android TV preview kit to would-be app developers. This will hopefully ensure that by the time Android finally makes its way to the living room, there won't be a dearth of apps, games and content that could steal the thunder from this new device category.

Facebook pushing mobile users to use Messenger app

As the famous quote says, there are only three certain things in life: death, taxes, and Facebook making major changes. Okay, we made that last one up obviously, but the still famous social networking app has been notorious for constantly making big changes to both its desktop and mobile apps, and not always to the liking of its millions of users. The latest big one is that it is slowly “forcing” Android users to switch to the separate Messenger app as they will disable messaging in the main app soon.
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