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Samsung on Monday announced that it will hold an event in London next month, presumably to launch new devices in its Android and Windows lines.
The company sent out an invite for its June 20 "Samsung Premiere 2013," promising news on both the Ativ and Galaxy Brands. Samsung uses Galaxy for its line of Android-based phones, tablets and cameras, while Ativ is used for Windows phones and tablets.
We expect Samsung to show off some of the latest products it's announced, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom.
Samsung said in the invitation that the event will be held at the Earl's Court exhibition center in London, and will also be Webcast on YouTube.
Samsung Galaxy Gear prototype leaked by Venturebeat who got to spend some time with the smartwatch. What you see above is a snapshot of a Galaxy Gear promo video, as the media wasn't allowed to take photos of the actual prototype it had. Anyway, the display of the Galaxy Gear is 3" in size and is of the OLED variety. The screen is square, but sadly its resolution wasn't disclosed.
Samsung Galaxy Gear itself is colored in dark gray and black and sports built-in speakers in the strap. Naturally, there'll be more colors on the way, but they weren't detailed. On the top side, there's also a 4MP camera, which is used to record health data as well as taking pictures. There's a special piece of software which recognizes if the food is fat or contains grains.
The site also claims that the Gear will have 10+ hours of battery life, something which was rumored recently and has made people look at it with disdain even before its upcoming official announcement. The Gear will connect to a smartwatch via Bluetooth, and also via NFC as we'd learned from the screenshot of the Gear Manager companion app.
IFA is just a couple of days away and the Samsung Unpacked event is promising to be a blast with the Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Gear smartwatch making their first official appearance.
Some countries in Europe can now look and book their plane tickets using Google Flight Search. This allows travelers in France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK to easily book flights to selected destinations. Google Flight Search links airline websites according to your search parameters such as budget, destination, date of arrival or departure, etc.
You can easily compare lists of bookings from any countries or even airlines and it caters to various European languages, Basque, Catalan, Dutch, English, French, Galician, Italian and Spanish. You can also choose to view prices of tickets using your local currency.
Google now makes trip planning easier with this functionality and it can easily be accessed using your mobile devices, too, so it is an added convenience. Furthermore, Google and its reputation in providing the best services means that this service will only get better as time goes by.
The Android 4.3 update is now rolling out to the Galaxy Note II in Canada, on multiple carriers, such as Mobilicity (SGH-T889V) and Videotron (SGH-T999V). The OTA update should be showing up on devices in the next few hours, though users can also update via Kies.
As we're sure you're aware by this point, the big 700MB+ update brings all sorts of improvements to the two phones, including support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung's KNOX enterprise software and a visual refresh of some menus and icons throughout the system.
The Android 4.3 update brings the following changes and features:
- - GALAXY GEAR Support
- - TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
- - Samsung KNOX
- - Samsung Wallet (Pre-loaded)
- - Better RAM management
- - Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
- - New Samsung Keyboard
- - GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
- - New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
- - New screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
- - Daydream
- - Driving mode
- - Actionable notifications
- - Move-to-SD-card feature
- - New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
- - New Additions in Notification Centre
- - Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface - Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
- - Implementation of Voice controls (Let's you control various parts of the phone using voice commands - Galaxy S4 feature)
- - New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
- - Full screen Samsung apps
- - New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)
Imangi Studios has launched a free, ad-supported version of its updated Temple Run 2 game on Google Play for Android users. Until recently, the popular "infinite runner" game was exclusive to iOS devices.
Temple Run 2 features a glitzy, vibrant feel in addition to a generally busier milieu and a new mine cart level.
Previously, the mine cart level was used as the definitive mark of disgrace in a video game. As times change, the standard has been lowered by all this informal trash.
For now, we'll settle for the amazing Super Hexagon until we are totally irritated. For those who prefer informalities, Android Temple Run 2 is here.
Source: Google Play Store
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Android handset users with the CNN app on your device, there is an update waiting for you that brings live streaming video from CNN to your phone. Make sure you check it out.
What's in this version:
- Now you can watch your favorite CNN shows LIVE on your Android Phone.
- The CNN Mobile app now features the iconic James Earl Jones 'This is CNN' welcome greeting. This feature is optional and may be switched on or off at any time through the User Settings.
- Minor bug fixes
Finally, SwiftKey is out of its beta stages and version 4 is now offered for sale at $1.99 on Google Play. This application extends the capabilities of some phones and tablets that do not have keyboards such as the Galaxy Note II and other HTC devices. Some smartphone users are not satisfied with their own keyboards and can also download the trial version of SwiftKey prior to buying it and most do because it is very simple to use and makes typing and keying in text messages easy.
It does well with the predictive text input and the new version also features "Flow" that makes it really easy to type in new text. All in all, there are fairly plenty of nice reviews for the SwiftKey and it fares well where most keyboards fail such as how easy they are to use with smartphones or mini tablets that have smaller than 5.5 inches display. SwiftKey is quite satisfactory on this aspect.
Google Maps is an authority for all those who travel on the road and the Google Maps Transit is very effective for those who use public transportation. It is accurate and comprehensive and it also provides information on schedules of buses that ply on Salt Lake City Area and live train departure times on NY subway.
Other useful information that you could get using the Google Maps Transit are the estimated time of travel, estimate fare for many cities in over 25 countries in the world as well as pick-up points that you can view live.
Google Maps is available for Android devices and the iPhone and you can already try the application to see if it helps. Also, according to Google Map's Partnership Development Manager, Soufi Esmaeilzadeh's post on their blog, if you work in a transit agency, you can interact with Google to help make the service bigger and better, so that more people can benefit from the useful information that it can offer.
Google's new Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One phones go on sale today, also called the "Google Play Edition"-- and in an unexpected twist, the devices are giving us a glimpse at some subtle changes that appear to be on the way to Android.
If you thought the version of Android installed on the Google Play Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One would be identical to AOSP, think again. Reviewers at some media outlets able to get their hands on test units noted a few, relatively minor differences between stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the software pre-installed on the Google Play Edition phones. Though not much more than subtle UI enhancements, the incongruities are worth a quick look.
Here are some things that have caught my eye so far:
- A new Camera app interface
- A slightly tweaked app drawer design
- A new live wallpaper
- A new default lock screen clock
- A different boot animation
Check out all the details here
Great news Google Music fans, Google Play Music All Access is now available in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom.
You can now Sign Up for a 30 day trial, followed by a special locked in price of £7.99/month for being an early subscriber. Normal price will be £9.99 after this initial deal expires on 15th September.
Those of you waiting for this service on iOS still don't have a clear picture as to hen the app will arrive, but judging by the fact that iTunes Match is now working almost world-wide, there might not be a need for a rush.