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Activate native call recording function in Samsung devices

It might be unethical (specifically when the person you're talking to doesn't know you're doing it) and maybe borderline illegal, but there are times when you just want to record the conversation you're having over the phone. While the old school feature phones do have this supposedly basic feature, OEMs have hidden the native call recording feature (probably to avoid problems with government) on the more widely distributed smartphones. But there is still a way to enable that feature because there's an app for that of course.

Pebble’s Android Wear compatibility now on full version

If you have a Pebble device but you're suffering from Android Wear envy, you need not "suffer" anymore. The latest firmware update of the wearable brings the compatibility with Android Wear from beta testing to full public release through version 2.3.0 of the Pebble Android app (compatible if your paired Android device is running on 4.0 or higher). You get functionalities that some of their smartwatches don't even have, but now the Pebble devices will be sporting.

Malware infected about 16 million mobile devices last year

Not that we don't know this one yet but millions of mobile devices have been infected by malware last year. According Alcatel-Lucent, a French telecommunications equipment company, malware affected about 16 million gadgets in 2014. The figure saw a 25 percent increase compared to the previous year. Mobile devices' malware infection rate is still at 0.68 perfect but mobile spyware is on the rise.

HTC Service Video Player app arrives at Google Play Store

There are a lot of HTC exclusive apps available but they don't always come to the Google Play Store immediately. The HTC Video Player has been ready for some time but it's only now the HTC app has been added to Google Play. Officially called as the 'HTC Service — Video Player' app, this one allows the phone to play streaming video and local files, thanks to a special decoding power.

Android debuts beta channel to test new WebView

How do apps show HTML content when they need to refer or point to a website? We’re glad you asked! That capability in Android belongs a feature called WebView. By the name alone, it allows apps to show HTML content from websites. To test and generate feedback for the newest version of WebView in Android 5.0, Android Dev has come up a new beta channel.

Disa to unite your messaging, comm services in one place

There are numerous instant messaging and messenger apps available for mobile devices but I know are clamouring for a more all-in-one messenger. Looks like Disa will be that one app to unite all your communication and messaging services right on your mobile device. This app reduces the clutter on your phone as it brings all messages in just one location. Some of the apps you can access include Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and YouTube among others.

Facebook might be bringing Material Design to Android app

It seems like Facebook is also giving in to Google's "gentle suggestion" of using the Material Design visual guidelines, at least based on some posted screenshots. Android users might be able to enjoy floating action buttons that look like the ones that have been seen on devices that already have already received the Lollipop update. There is no official announcement yet, but it looks like tests are underway, and it is something users can look forward to.

Google to deprecate Talk, asks users to switch to Hangouts

If you're one of those who are still desperately holding on to Google Talk and refusing to switch to the more updated Hangouts, then the latest news from product manager Mayur Kamat will make you a little bit sad. By February 23, Google is already deprecating Talk for Windows users, encouraging them to switch to Hangouts, which has been their main messaging app for the past few years.

Instant 2.0 helps track physical and digital activities

Are you one of those people who love to track everything you do, both digitally and even in real life? Before, we used to log everything in a diary or on a word or excel file (if you're really that anal-retentive). But when smartphones started becoming smarter, we suddenly had an app for everything. You can track how many steps you took, how many calories you ate, how much time you spent on Facebook, how much time you spent staring at your smartphone, etc.