Leaked pictures show WhatsApp integrated within the Facebook for Android app

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Several leaked images of Android’s Facebook app shows it being integrated with WhatsApp. As a refresher, Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $22 Billion last year and we’re finally starting to see the results of that merger. In the images, you can see the much familiar WhatsApp logo on a send button that Facebook has now added, as compared to the older version without it.

Android pioneer Andy Rubin to launch Playground Global

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Andy Rubin, one of Android’s pioneers, is set to launch his company Playground Global. As a reminder, Rubin left Google and Android about two years ago in order to start up this company. According to Rubin, Playground Global is a firm that will provide support and advice to tech start ups that make devices. While still new and relatively small, the company has already lined up a heavy list of investors such as Google and Hewlett-Packard, and raised over $48 million.

A render of a mysterious new Sony device has surfaced; Possible Z4 design?

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For the past year or two, I’ve always felt Sony’s Xperia Z line has been the most underrated of Android flagships. Thus, I’ve been eagerly waiting to see what they have in mind for their Xperia Z4 device – which brings us to the image above. As you can see, a new Sony render has surfaced and could possibly be our first look at the upcoming Xperia Z4 that’s slated to be unveiled this April with a Summer release.

VSCO Cam updated to version 3.2 – lets you copy and paste your edits to various photos

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The popular photo editing app, VSCO Cam, has been updated to version 3.2 and brings forth a couple of new features and updates. The biggest update to mention would be the ability to copy and paste edits that you have made to a photo and apply it to any other photo that you wish. This new feature should be a godsend to avid VSCO users as editing a large batch of photos could be made easier and quicker.

The update also includes TIFF image import and various performance improvements such as editing times. QR code and a download link will be provided after the break!

Keep a lookout on Project Vulkan, it could drastically increase your mobile gaming experience

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You may think the graphics of the games on your mobile device are great, but in reality it could actually be a lot better than it currently is. Vulkan, which is a project that’s being worked on by the alliance behind the OpenGL video standard, lets app writers take direct control of graphics chips and wring out extra performance on many devices. In theory, this should allow you to experience richer graphical visuals along with smoother framerates. 

Sonos Controller for Android updated to version 5.3

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Upon weeks of beta testing the update, Sonos is officially updated to version 5.3 and is now live on the Google Play Store. The update fixes what was wrong with the previous version and improves upon it. Room control should be a lot easier, moving back and forth between screens is now easier, and the design of tablets has also been updated/improved. Here’s a couple easy tips for you to get used to the update:

  1. Three taps to party mode. Put the finishing touches on your party prep with a playlist to set the mood throughout the house. Use the new drop-down at the top center of our app to easily group or ungroup rooms in just a few taps.
  2. Retrace your steps. Change your mind on what you want to play? Swipe down to instantly go from Now Playing to browsing. To go back one step further to the menu, swipe right from the far left to view all of your music sources.
  3. Distractions welcome. If you want to go back to listen to a part you missed, the track progression bar is now more prominently displayed in your Now Playing screen, just below the album art. Drag it to whatever point in the song you want to play.

QR code and download link below.

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Audi USA will equip all of its 2016 cars with AT&T’s LTE service

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Building upon its previous arrangement, Audi and AT&T have reached an agreement to have all of Audi’s 2016 vehicles to come pre-installed with AT&T’s LTE service. This deal offers Audi drivers the ability to add the LTE service for an extra $10 per month. In addition, a new capability of AT&T Drive is added where the car can connect to the company’s Digital Life home security and automation platform. This enables the user to control parts of their home straight from their vehicle.

For a little more info, check out the source link after the break!

source: Fierce Wireless

Samsung Electronics talks about their new image sensor and NFC IC

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Samsung seems to always look for ways to further improve their customers user experience with their devices. Yesterday the company announced an 8-megapixel (MP) RWB (Red-White-Blue) image sensor based on ISOCELL technology and an NFC (Near Field Communication) integrated circuit (IC) with improved RF (Radio Frequency) performance. According to Samsung’s VP of Systems LSI marketing:

“With our new RWB ISOCELL image sensor for richer images and NFC IC with outstanding RF performance, we are excited to offer mobile users more convenient imaging and connectivity applications.”

The 8MP image sensor will provide much better front facing camera quality with its excellent low light image quality.  BussinessWire goes on to explain how this kind of technology will benefit the user:

Softcard mobile payment to end March 31st

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It’s no secret that Softcard wasn’t exactly the biggest hit whether it was on AT&T, T-Mobile, or even Verizon. Thus, come March 31st the service will cease to continue and will stop working. Both the app and your account will cease to exist. I’m sure you won’t exactly feel too sad as there will be plenty of other mobile payment options, namely Google Wallet (Android Pay), which will replace Softcard. For a little more info, check out the source link after the break.

T-Mobile Galaxy S6 to be priced at $699?

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T-Mobile is currently running a contest where you can enter to win a brand new Samsung Galaxy S6. In doing so, the carrier outed the price ($699). We don’t know which model it’ll be, but one can assume it’s most likely the 32GB variant. Keep in mind that this is $100 more than what the HTC One M9 will cost ($599).

Either way, the pricing is pretty much what we expected. If you’d like to enter the contest, hit up the source link below after the break!

Google Inbox updated; Adds minor UI tweaks and more functionality [APK Download]

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Google has updated their Inbox app and provides some nice UI changes along with a couple new features. First off, Android 5.0 Lollipop users will now see their status bar change to the color of their action bar. More importantly, different notification sounds can now be attached to different accounts in Inbox which enables you to decipher which account your notification came from. Other additions include shortcuts to features like composing a new message and now you can switch through your several accounts swiftly by swiping left or right.

An APK file is available for download after the break!

According to Gartner, Apple beats Samsung in smartphones sales for first time since 2011

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Gartner, a research firm, claims that in Q4 of 2014 Apple slightly edged out Samsung as the world’s number one smartphone distributor with 74.83 million sold as opposed to Samsung’s 73.03 million. It is also noteworthy that this is the first time Apple has been atop of Samsung since 2011 and Gartner correlates that with Apple’s success with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While Samsung still outsold Apple for the entire year of 2014, the drop in Q4 is still a cause of concern for the company according to a Gartner rep:

theScore sports app gets its Material Design update

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theScore, probably my favorite sports app, just received its long awaited Material Design update. While the app itself remains unchanged, the subtle UI change to match Lollipop is always nice to see.

Out of curiosity, what are some of your favorite apps to keep up with your sports scores? QR code and a download link after the break!