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Korean consumers are getting upset over the rumors that Samsung is set to soon roll out with a new variation of the Galaxy S4, the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone line-up, which will access the so-called LTE Advanced network, industry sources said Friday.


A few days ago Samsung's co-CEO J.K. Shin confirmed an LTE-Advanced version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is in the works. As it turns out this version will run on the Qualcomm's most powerful chipset to date - the Snapdragon 800.


The new hardware will make the LTE-A model of the Samsung Galaxy S4 the new benchmark champ dethroning the current generation of Galaxy S4 smartphones (I9500, I9505, Active).


Just as expected the news about the new faster model of the Galaxy S4 has already upset lots of Galaxy S4 owners in Korea, where this faster and LTE-Advanced capable version is expected to launch.


"I might have not purchased the Galaxy S4 and waited for the newest model (the Galaxy S4 Advanced LTE network) if I knew my smartphone did not run on the LTE Advanced network," a consumer wrote on an Internet cafe.


I personally don't blame them.




Have you noticed that your new smartphone charges up quicker than your old one? You might want to thank Qualcomm and the Quick Charge 1.0 technology, which Qualcomm today announced is in more than 70 Snapdragon-based smartphones and tablets.


The rapid-charging technology can charge your phone up to 40 percent faster than previous generations, Qualcomm claims.


Last week at HTC's Frequencies event, our Chief Marketing Officer Anand Chandrasekher spoke with bloggers about a little-known Qualcomm technology which is designed to dramatically decrease the time it takes to charge the battery in a mobile device. We call this rapid charging technology "Quick Charge 1.0."


Qualcomm will release further details about Quick Charge in the coming weeks, but has listed all of the devices that currently feature the technology on its blog page. Check it out to find out if your handset is one of them.


Source: Qualcomm Blog

 



With the Beta release of Chrome for Android rolling out today, it's now easier to create shortcuts on your homescreen to do exactly that. When visiting a website you'd like to save, simply select "Add to homescreen" in the toolbar menu.


Anytime you'd like to open the saved website, you can just tap its icon in your homescreen. For some websites, the shortcut will open inside a full-screen experience and appear as a separate app in the app switcher.


Also new is the "new tab page" the mimics the design found on desktops. Search is now present right in the middle of the tab (redundant since you could also search from the URL/search bar/Omnibox), and your most frequently visited sites appear along the bottom for quick access. The update is said to go live at some point today, and if you haven't yet, you can live on the bleeding edge and download Chrome Beta for Android via link below.


Google Play Store Link

 



New Gmail Android app launched today, now you can save time on the actions you use most often: such as reply, archive, and search. If you're using Gmail on an Android 4.1+ device, the updated app lets you reply and archive messages right from notifications with one quick tap.


You can also combine this with existing notification features like the ability to customize which messages you receive notifications for and set up different sounds for individual labels. So if you filter and label all the messages from your mom, you could set a ringtone to let you know you received a new mail from her and then quickly reply.


The new app also introduces faster search and better search suggestions so you can find your messages quickly online and offline. You can get the latest version of Gmail on Google Play.


Google Play Store Link




The latest update also brings more bug fixes, including a fix for an issue that prevented users from making calls or changing their availability status to online. The update awaits you in the Google Play Store, so get over there and download it so you can finally sign out.


Features:


  • Find all your friends and family in an instant - With over 250 million people using Skype, you're bound to bump into someone you know.
  • Talk with your fingers - No matter where you are, your friends are always at your fingertips with free instant messaging.
  • Call your world from Skype - Talk to your heart's content with free voice and video calls to all your friends and family on Skype.
  • Low cost calls to mobiles and landlines too - Keep in touch, even if they're not on Skype, with low cost calls and SMS to mobiles and landlines on the other side of town or the world.
  • Share your favourite snaps - Got a favourite photo to share? Send it over Skype to friends and family and you won't have to worry about email size limits or expensive MMS charges.
  • Chat with anyone, anywhere - Skype's available on smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs, and even TVs. Whatever device your friends or family use, Skype just works. Simple.
  • Video messaging - Record life's everyday amoments and share them with the people who matter most, with free and unlimited video messaging over Skype.
  • Operator data charges may apply. We recommend using an unlimited data plan or WiFi connection.


What's in this version:


  • It's still the all new Skype, only now it's better...
  • Thanks to your feedback, you can now sign out from any of the home screens in addition to the profile screen. Just hit the menu key from any of them.
  • For good measure we've fixed some more bugs too, including one that might have prevented you from making any calls or changing your status to online.


Source: Skype


 



Shazam for Android version 4.0 has hit Google Play, adding a swathe of new features and design tweaks.  The new edition of the popular song recognition application can now return results far quicker than before, and the new user interface now features a Shazam dial rather than the "sweep" action of previously.


Shazam recognizes music and media playing around you. Tap the Shazam button to instantly match, and then explore, buy and share. You can Shazam as much as you want!


Once you've Shazamed something, you can:


○ Buy tracks on Amazon MP3
○ Watch the videos on YouTube
○ See what your friends have Shazamed
○ Use LyricPlay to sing along to streamed lyrics
○ Listen to the music you Shazam in Rdio or Spotify
○ Check out the artist's bio and discography


Google Play Store Link


 



Google Maps updated yesterday. In the update, we're seeing faster navigation, that also has route previews and better traffic overviews. There are improved hotel search results with sponsored rate and booking links (read: advertisements). And Google even included a "Tips and Tricks" menu that can be accessed through the slideout navigation, though it's nothing more than a redirect to a Maps support page.


Explore new places, discover local favorites, and navigate your world with Google Maps. Available on Android phones and tablets with a simple, easy-to-use design.


- Get where you need to go quickly with voice guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation, or try public transit, biking, and walking directions
- Find the perfect spot for any occasion with local reviews from trusted friends and experts
- Tour cities with stunning, 360-degree Street View and see inside restaurants, museums and more
- Sign in to save favorite locations, get tailored recommendations, and access past searches across devices


What's new:


- Faster access to navigation, complete with route and traffic overview
- Improved hotel search results with sponsored rates and booking links
- Tips and Tricks available in the side menu
- Bug fixes


Google Play Store Link

 

 



Google has now made searching a lot easier for mobile device users who prefer to use the web interface. Most sites already have sub-links that the user may access for quick browsing or to get to a particular page instantly. Before, only popular and high-ranking sites get to have these sub-sections but now, Google is making sure that "many" sites will already have these sub-links for ease of access.


Furthermore, other sites will have "Quick View" tabs that a user may hover on, again for ease of access. In Google's official search blog, a Wikipedia page is set as an example and you will see a screenshot of the diminutive "Quick View" tab with a blue background on the upper right corner of a selection. Currently, this feature is experimental but many sites and specific pages will be a lot easier to search for in the near future.


Furthermore, expect Google to include this level of user search using various languages, when the updates get better.


Source: Google BlogSpot

 

 


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