Good news for you Verizon HTC One Max owners – your phone is being updated to the latest version of HTC’s third-party firmware. That’s right, Sense 6.0 is headed your way through a 613.5MB update that brings your device up to software version 3.09.605.2, includes a revamped BlinkFeed experience, several updated core apps, new font and color customizations and a handful of important bug and security fixes that should improve the performance of your device.
You can go ahead and see if your device is ready for the update by heading to Settings -> About -> Software Updates. If you don’t see it just yet, don’t worry, it’s on its way.
Source: Verizon Wireless
A new update to 1Password, the universal, cross-platform storage for all of your account passwords, is being pushed out today. There’s some good stuff and some bad stuff. The good news is that there are new features, but the bad news is that 1Password is switching to a “freemium” style pricing model, which means the app is free to download, but certain features will cost to enable. That means you can pick and choose the features you’d like to download instead of paying a fixed price for all of the features.
In addition to the above changes, 17 new languages have been added in, vaults can be created right through the mobile application (no more desktop version required), and much more. Download links past the break.
Source: Agile Blog
AT&T has released the latest version of Android 4.4.4 to their Moto X customers. The update isn’t very significant, bringing only a few security and backend fixes, but one interesting change is the addition of the ability to turn off the carrier name in the status bar.
The rollout for 4.4.4 is a wide release, meaning all you have to do is head to Settings > About phone on your Moto X and check for updates, and you may very well get it on your first try.
Today, Google unveiled a new user interface for YouTube’s television app. The rollout began with the Xbox One, and will roll the new app out to other streaming devices over the following weeks. The app makes navigation simpler by making things easier to find thanks to slideout guide on the left side. Once signed in, you have your subscriptions, recommendations, open playlists, and more.
Source: YouTube blog
A new update to Dropbox was pushed out today, that allows users to preview PDF, Word, and Powerpoint documents before downloading and sharing, which is sure to save some time. In addition, the search function has been improved to include recent search tracking, typehead suggestions, and the highlighting of search terms.
Check out a full change log and Play Store download links after the break.
Having a direct connection to websites you’re trying to connect to makes things a lot faster, but underwater cables take a lot of time, effort and money – hundreds of millions of dollars, in fact. Google and a host of telecom giants (China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit, KDDI and SingTel) are backing FASTER, a $300 million fiber optic cable that runs between Japan and the US.
The name is pretty self explanatory, as it hopes to make things faster by having a cable that offers 60 terabits per second of bandwidth between the two regions. You won’t see a difference until the cable is functional by the second quarter of 2016, but speeds are sure to be faster across the internet as a whole.
Source: Urs Holzle (Google+)
According to benchmark site GFXBench, Samsung has another phablet on the way. While the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will have top-end specs, this Samsung SM-G739F has more midrange specs in comparison. The phone comes with a 5.5 inch screen, with resolution of 720 x 1280. Under the hood is a quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU with the Adreno 305 GPU handling graphics.
Also on board is 1.3GB of RAM and 12GB of native storage, 7MP camera on back, with a 2MP camera in front – both capable of shooting 1080 x 1920 video – and Android 4.4.4 pre-installed. Not much is known besides these specs, but we’ll let you know once we hear more.
Source: Phone Arena
Until now, Verizon users that had a line that was grandfathered into an unlimited data plan could upgrade a line for a feature phone to a new and discounted smartphone, and then move the phone over to the unlimited line in order to keep the unlimited data package while still keeping the $9.99 per month feature phone line price. Verizon is reportedly on their way to ending this workaround, by requiring its current subscribers who upgrade or activate a new smartphone on a two year contract to keep their selected data package for the length of their contract.
This change has not yet been confirmed by Verizon Wireless, as it is based on rumors sent to Droid-Life, citing unnamed sources — and _DroidForums.net, but would make sense.
Gmail has a lot of neat features that gives them a leg up over other providers. Here’s a new one – Google has added an “unsubscribe” button to mailing list emails that lets you unsubscribe from lists with just a few clicks. Basically, if there’s an unsubscribe option hidden somewhere in the email, Gmail will find it and link it at the very top of the message. It won’t fix all of your email clutter woes, but it’s a start.
The latest app to add support for Android Wear is a big one – Facebook Messenger. According to Facebook’s Ian Lake, Facebook Messenger v9 adds the ability to respond directly to messages using your voice, as well as send a “like” thumbs up to recipients. You’ll also be able to mute notifications on your phone or Android Wear device.
Aside from Wear support, the update also adds some “improvements to make the app faster and more reliable”. To get this update, head to the Google Play link past the break.
Source: +Ian Lake