If you’ve owned a recent Samsung device, you’ve probably seen their instant messaging client ChatOn somewhere on the device. ChatOn was Samsung’s in-house competition to apps like WhatsApp that came preloaded on nearly every Samsung smartphone.
Unfortunately, it turns out that just being preloaded on devices wasn’t enough to strike up users, and Samsung has announced that they’ll be gradually turning off the service around the world. Since profits have been constantly declining this year, Samsung’s management is looking to focus on successful key areas of their business while chopping off the services that aren’t doing well. Samsung’s music and video hub closed earlier this year, and now you can throw ChatOn to that pile.
To kick off Black Friday and the shopping holiday season, SwiftKey has started a sale on keyboard themes in their theme store. The individual themes aren’t marked down, but you can pick up entire theme packs up to 66% off, which is a great deal.
These theme packs are only available on Android, so be sure to pick up a few to show your iOS friends that some Android apps still have some pretty cool exclusive stuff.
Microsoft and Dropbox had previously announced a partnership integrating Microsoft Office with Dropbox’s excellent cloud storage services. The new features have finally rolled out to the application, so users will now be able to edit Office documents from within Dropbox, or to save their files directly to Dropbox from an Office program.
The new features have made their way to the Android and iOS versions of the app, so you should be able to access the new stuff by updating your app. We should see the improvements on the web versions of the services soon.
Google’s new Material Design look for apps is a big step up from what we’ve previously seen, so many developers want to try to implement that bright and bold three-dimensional look on their applications. Fortunately, they can do that thanks to a ported library of assets from Google that developers can ship with their apps, so even older versions of Android get to enjoy Material Design aesthetics.
Amazon is starting off their Black Friday deals with a ton of phones for a dollar or less on all three major carriers. These are obviously on-contract devices, but if you’re planning on starting up a new line of service or upgrading any lines, these are some pretty great deals. You can snag a Galaxy S 5 for just a dollar, or an LG G3 or HTC One M8 for a penny. Some of the deals vary depending on carrier and whether or not you’re going for a new account or upgrade, but the deals are worth looking through if you’re in the market.
One of T-Mobile’s more popular decisions lately has been to remove music streaming from what counts against a customer’s data caps. This Uncarrier 6.0 move meant users could stream as much Spotify as they’d like and it wouldn’t count against any of their monthly data allotment, which is great for heavy music streamers.
The carrier has slowly been adding new music to what’s covered under that Music Freedom umbrella, and today they’ve announced 14 new services that you can now stream without worrying about data usage, and Google Play Music has finally made the cut.
Just in time for Black Friday, Google Shopping results have gotten several new features to make your Black Friday shopping that much easier. According to Google, nearly 50% of holiday shoppers between the ages of 25 – 34 use their phone to buy other things while standing in line, and Google wants to take advantage of that to help you find the best deals as quickly as possible.
Samsung’s profits have slowly been declining all year, and we’ve heard multiple reports that the company is working on changing their business plan going into 2015 to try and turn things around. The latest information comes from the Wall Street Journal and claims that Samsung is considering a drastic change in management after the Galaxy S 5 completely missed its original sales target.
Early reports say Samsung is planning on moving J.K. Shin out of his role as co-CEO and head of Samsung’s mobile division. Shin currently leads that part of Samsung’s business, and he’s been around since Samsung gobbled up tons of early market share with the first few Galaxy S phones. To replace him, Samsung is looking at giving one of the other co-CEOs, B.K. Yoon, control of the mobile division. Yoon currently runs Samsung’s home appliances and television business.
When buying a new phone, sometimes consumers want to know how tough the device will be to repair in case something goes wrong with it down the line. Fortunately, sites like iFixit do everyone a favor by ripping apart high-end phones to see how easy it’ll be to replace components and screens.
If you were considering picking up an AT&T subsidized Nexus 6, you might interested in seeing just how much the carrier has altered the device. Fortunately, most things are intact, including the stock ROM that ships with the other versions of the phone. There are a few small differences, however.