Boost Mobile’s Moto G receiving Android 4.4.4

Moto_G_Back_Camera_TABoost Mobile Moto G users, it’s your lucky day. Android 4.4.4 is on its way to your devices. The update includes the newest version of KitKat, an update to the camera which allows you to pause video with a new button on the viewfinder, an updated dialer user interface, and the new Motorola Alert app, which sends periodic alerts with your location to your selected contacts.

To download the update, you need at least 50% battery and Wi-Fi once you get the notification to download.

Source: Motorola

Amazon Fire TV heading to Europe, UK and Germany first

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The US has had their fill of Amazon Fire TV for a while now, but Europe’s getting their first experience with the set-top box. Amazon’s launching Fire TV first in Germany, and then the UK. In Germany, it’ll begin shipping September 25 for €99, or €49 with Amazon Prime, while in the UK, it’ll be £79, or £49 with Prime.

This deal’s only valid for the next five days, so if you’re across the ocean and interested, act fast.

Source: Engadget

First Samsung phone with Snapdragon 410 coming?

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Samsung seems to be ready to release an Android phone that will be their first with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410. It’s called the SM-G5309W, and we know a little bit about it now that it’s shown up on China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center. There’s nothing flashy about the design, but the insides include Android 4.4 KitKat, a 5 MP front-facing camera, 8 MP rear camera with flash, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage space, and microSD card support. And of course, the SM-G5309W comes with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 chipset (including an Adreno 306 GPU).

The device is made for China, but we could see variations reach other areas.

Source: TENAA

Via: Phone Arena

Sony teases dimensions in vague tweet ahead of IFA 2014

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Sony tweeted the above picture today, with a caption of “What could these numbers possibly mean? #SonyIFA #IFA2014.” Obviously the first reaction is to assume the numbers are dimensions of a device, but they are nothing like the leaked dimensions of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. It may not even be describing the dimensions of a smartphone, since the tweet was sent out by Sony UK, and not Sony Mobile. I guess we’ll have to wait and see for the truth.

Source: @SonyUK
Via: XperiaBlog

Snapchat’s “Our Story” sharing service live

snapshat_our_storyFor recent big events, Snapchat has opened up a feature that allowed users to beam their photos of the event to a public story, aptly named “Our Story.” During those test events, including the FIFA World Cup and Lollapalooza, over 350 hours of media were uploaded. It’s no longer a test now, “Our Story” is open to everyone.  With the latest update, a new Live section appears just below Recent Updates in the app after you capture a photo or some video footage, or alternatively via the Stories button on the edit screen. From there you have an option to select the appropriate event.

Source: Snapchat

Online statuses now appear in Hangouts on Gmail

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Something that’s annoyed a lot of users since Google Talk became Google Hangouts is the scattered contacts list. Google’s fixed that, by having friends who are online shown first, followed by those who aren’t. You can also pin your favorite contacts to the top so you can easily communicate with them. Still, you can message offline contacts of course, and they’ll get the message the next time they check Hangouts. 

Source: +Gmail

Google checking out former Los Angeles airplane hangar for new office

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Google seems to be looking in to the possibilities of creating a new office space in a former airplane hangar in Los Angeles. The hangar was owned by Howard Hughes in the 1940s and has been a filming location for movies such as Michael Bay’s recent Transformers and Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day. The building is one of many in the area, but most have already been leased by various companies as office spaces, including YouTube. 

Source: WSJ

Leaked Xperia Z3 photos show the device dismantled

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With the Xperia Z3 set to be announced next week, all the leaks are coming in. Xperia Blog has gotten their hands on some of the clearest pics we’ve seen thus far, of the device in all different angles and even disassembled. Looking at the picture, we can now see the the device will come with a hefty 3100maH battery. You can check out all of the photos of the device via the source link.

Source: XperiaBlog

Nova Launcher Beta updated to include new drawer animations

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Nova Launcher Beta has been updated once again, this time bringing new app drawer animations among a lot of other bug fixes. Some of the new animations included are circular opening, slide up motion, and a lot more. In addition,app drawer search now shows recently installed and updated apps without search query.

To download the beta, you have to be part of Nova’s beta community. To do that, head to the Google+ community, add yourself, opt-in to the beta program on Google Play, and finally download the beta from Google Play.

You can check out download links and a changelog past the break.


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Microsoft reportedly working on Chromecast competitor

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With Chromecast’s booming popularity, everyone’s trying to come up with a competitor. Count Microsoft in. According to recent FCC filings, there’s a device Microsoft is working on codenamed HD-10, which features WiFi, HDMI support and a USB connection. A separate filing at the Wi-Fi Alliance website details that the device will use Microsoft’s Miracast to stream from a Windows Phone or Windows laptop to larger screens. This is obviously still very much in the works, so there’s still a lot to learn about the speculative device.

Source: The Verge