Images of rumored redesigned Google+ app leak

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We’ve heard rumors of an interface redesign for many of Google’s core apps, including Gmail and the calendar app, so it makes sense that a redesign would follow to the Google+ app. Some leaked screenshots from Yoel Kaseb on G+ show the app in action, and although he said the app is pretty unstable as is, I doubt Google would go through that much effort to redesign something unless they were serious about moving forward with it. » Read the rest

HTC releases duo-camera SDK for developers

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HTC has released their SDK for the duo-cameras on the HTC One (M8) for developers to take advantage of. The SDK contains plenty of APIs, libraries, and samples for reference, so it shouldn’t take long for a developer to work that into an app.

To download the SDK, you’ll have to create an HTC Dev account, but after that, it’s free to use. Now that it’s available for everyone, we just have to wait and see how many apps take advantage of the unique features that HTC’s camera offers over the competition.

source: HTC Dev

Google’s Project Ara phones will be available to purchase in January 2015

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If you’re waiting to get your hands on a Project Ara device, you’ll only have to wait until January of next year. Google has announced that the customizable devices will be available to purchase in January 2015 through a configuration tool similar to Moto Maker for the Moto X. Project Ara plans to go beyond the simple color tweaking that you could get through Moto Maker, though, and it will allow you to change the components and design of the phone, in addition to different colors and materials. » Read the rest

Vivo Xshot will have a 24 megapixel camera with OIS and f/1.8 aperture

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Vivo’s previously rumored Xshot has finally had its camera hardware revealed, and it looks pretty impressive at first glance. The Xshot will sport a Sony 24 megapixel rear camera along with a great f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization, plus dual LED flash. It will be capable of shooting 3D pictures as well as 4k video, and the dedicated camera button makes a return on the side of the device. » Read the rest

Samsung files trademarks on Galaxy V:, Galaxy Adore, and Galaxy S Fitness

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Samsung has recently filed for trademarks on a trio of products, including the Galaxy V:, (including the colon, for whatever reason) the Galaxy Adore, and the Galaxy S Fitness. There’s nothing to go on to figure out what these devices might be, but the Galaxy V: and Galaxy Adore definitely sound like smartphones. The V could be a different line from Samsung’s traditional Galaxy S line, and the Galaxy Adore sounds like it could be a phone geared towards women. Galaxy S Fitness could either be a wearable fitness device, or it could possibly be a service that ties into S Health.

Samsung typically announces these things soon after filing for trademarks, so expect some news about this stuff in the near future.

source: SamMobile

Best Android keyboard replacement apps [April 2014]

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Over a year ago, we covered some of the best available replacement keyboards for Android devices. Many of those keyboards are still fantastic options, but they’ve been updated to include great new features, and other keyboards have hit the Play Store that are just a little better than what was available a year ago. Keyboards are still just as important as always, so we’re going to give you an up-to-date guide on the best of what’s available.

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PayPal announces fingerprint based payments on the Galaxy S 5, plus Gear 2 and Gear Fit apps

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New Samsung Galaxy S5 smarphone, Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Fit fitness band are displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Samsung and PayPal worked closely together to get payment support set up with the Galaxy S 5′s fingerprint scanner, and today PayPal officially announced fingerprint-based payments would be going live in 25 countries. The system uses a fingerprint to log into a user’s PayPal account where they can check and manage their balance as well as make mobile and online payments at any retailer that supports PayPal. On top of that handy new feature, PayPal has also announced there will be a PayPal app for the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit that lets you check your account balance and send and receive money through PayPal.

To push adoption of this service, PayPal is giving away $50 in promotional offers for people that buy a Galaxy S 5. Putting that promotion on top of the tons of freebies Samsung throws in with their Galaxy Perks, and the S 5 might be the most overloaded device ever released.

If you’re buying an S 5 anytime soon, be sure to check out these PayPal payments.

source: PayPal

Lenovo debuts ThinkPad 11e, a kid-friendly convertible tablet with Chrome OS option

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Here’s something you probably didn’t know. When Lenovo purchased Motorola, they also announced a brand new convertible laptop. The Motorola acquisition was such huge news, though, that the new device completely fell through the cracks. Fast forward a few weeks, and the new ThinkPad 11e is going out for some tech sites to go hands on with it.

The laptop will come in four different styles, depending on the OS  you want on the device and if you’re interested in a touchscreen. You’ll be able to choose between a standard, non-touchscreen model, or a folding, Yoga-esque design with a touchscreen. Both of those models also come in two flavors for the operating system, so you’ll get to choose if you’d rather have a traditional Windows 8 computer or a Chrome OS computer. The laptops are designed for kids and students, so they’re not exactly the slickest looking devices ever made, but they do have an Intel quad-core Bay Trail CPU and a 16 GB SSD (for the Chromebooks) so they’re sure to zip right along. » Read the rest