Google+ app for Android receives a fairly huge update

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Today Google updated their Google+ app for Android and gave it some pretty cool new features. First off, notifications are now systemwide, thus when you swipe away a notification or access it, it won’t be repeated on another device that you may own. I know how annoying that can get for some. They’ve also changed the look of notifications by giving you a bell icon if there’s a new notification that needs to be attended to. Along with the update is also a revamped notification tray to match Google’s other apps. For a complete changelog, hit the break!

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Leaked images of Samsung’s Galaxy NX Android Camera surface

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Yesterday we posted that Samsung’s own CEO confirmed the existence of a mirrorless Galaxy Camera 2 that will be unveiled on June 20th. Much to my surprise, it looks like Samsung isn’t done  as several leaked photos of another camera has surfaced. This one is called the Samsung Galaxy NX and is rumored to have a APS-C 20.3 Megapixel sensor, 1080p HD recording, a 4.8” HD display with Samsung’s Exynos 4 Quad-Core processor, 2GB of RAM and options of 8 or 16 GB’s of internal storage. Definitely high end specs for a camera.

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More screenshots of HTC’s Butterfly S; Will feature front speakers with “BoomSound”

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More screenshots of HTC’s upcoming Butterfly S device have surfaced and confirms that the all popular “BoomSound” feature will be on the device. While nothing else is rumored about the phone, we should expect it to have at least a 5-inch screen considering the first Butterfly was just that. We can also expect the Butterfly S to have the same features as it’s HTC One brother with the likes of BlinkFeed, an Ultra pixel camera, and Sense 5.0. As for hardware, this device will most likely don the Snapdragon 600 processor along with 2GB’s of RAM.

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The HTC M4 now confirmed to be the HTC One Mini… And here’s what it looks like

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While it was widely speculated, it’s now confirmed that the rumored HTC M4 is indeed the HTC One Mini. Seen alongside the HTC One above, the One Mini looks like an exact carbon copy of the One, just smaller of course. You can expect the One Mini to have a 4.3-inch display and while we don’t quite know the resolution or panel type of the screen, I’m assuming it’ll be a 720p S-LCD 2 or S-LCD 3 panel.

The One Mini will still have the nice aluminum body just like it’s big brother, but there will also be a plastic ring around the side. It also looses the IR blaster that the One has, but it looks like the BoomSound feature is still in tact. The One Mini will most likely have the same processor as the HTC First, a dual-core Snapdragon processor and will ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Stay tuned for more news on this device as it becomes available.

source: engadget 

T-Mobile launches ‘Bring your own device’ program on MetroPCS

 

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Recently T-Mobile has been able to officially secure its purchase of MetroPCS. Its first move is to get users to start using their GSM based service, or vice versa with Metro’s CDMA technology. In a sense, customers can go into a MetroPCS store with a device and activate it using T-Mobile’s GSM bands. The same can also be said with MetroPCS customers as they can head into T-Mobile stores and have their CDMA device activated. The MetroPCS BYOD program is only available in Boston, Dallas, Hartford, and Las Vegas with plans to expand soon.

Of course T-Mobile’s future plans for MetroPCS is to eventually use their LTE bands to help broaden theirs. That will take some time and I see this BYOD program a good step into getting customers into using both T-Mobile’s and MetroPCS’ service. This program is only for Android, iPhone and Windows devices. Sadly Blackberry phones will not be supported.

source: FierceWireless

AT&T to release Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE in ‘a few weeks’

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AT&T announced they will carry the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE in the next couple of weeks. So far no news on how much it’ll cost but I’m sure one can estimate by looking at other similar tablets prices.

As for specs, we can expect the Note 8.0 to feature a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4410 CPU with 2GB of RAM and will ship with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI implemented of course. Will you be grabbing one?

source: AT&T

Mirrorless Galaxy Camera 2 to be unveiled during Samsung’s June 20th event

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Thanks to Samsung CEO Shin Jong-Kyun, we now know that their next iteration of their Galaxy Camera line, the Galaxy Camera 2, will be unveiled during their event on June 20th. The big splash thus far on what to expect on the Galaxy Camera 2 is that it’ll feature a mirrorless camera.

I am by far not knowledgeable enough when it comes to camera’s, but it seems as if this feature should make it smaller and lighter while still offering a good sensor. Once June 20th hits, we’ll be sure to update you on what else is expected on this camera. Stay tuned!

source: Korea Times

Google releases Cloud Print app for Android

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I gotta admit, sometimes it’s the simplest things in technology that amazes me and blows my mind. One of them is being able to print documents and other files through the cloud. I mean, how amazing is that right? Today Google released their Cloud Print app for Android devices. The task is simple and in a couple of clicks you will be able to print your desired document from your Android device. The hardest part is probably setting your printer up to make it work with this app.

* Print from any compatible Android device to any Google Cloud Print connected printer
* Share a picture or a document from apps like Gallery directly to Cloud Print
* Track the status of your print jobs

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NVIDIA Tegra 4i is expected to debut in Q1 2014

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Earlier this year NVIDIA announced their new Tegra 4i processor that will have LTE onboard and it looks like it will be out in just over half a year from now in Q1 of 2014. Luckily the people over at Anandtech was able to their hands on an unbranded test device running this latest processor. This unbranded device comes with a 4.7″ 720p screen and a 13 megapixel camera.

NVIDIA also mentioned that once this unnamed device hits the market we can expect it to cost around $300-$400 unlocked. Seems like Google’s Nexus line pricing is really influencing these other companies to do the same doesn’t it? What do you guys think of this new processor, are you a fan of the Tegra or do you much prefer the Snapdragon or Exynos?

source: Anandtech

Steve Kondik, founder of CyanogenMod, seeks to protect Android devices with a system wide ‘Incognito Mode’

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I’m sure by now most of you are familiar with the recent news of the NSA scandal and what we once thought was private data now being accessed by the government. Obviously this doesn’t sit well with most and with smartphones being in most people’s pockets nowadays the threat of your data being exposed is dangerous. Steve Kondik, the founder of the popular 3rd party custom Android ROM CyanogenMod is figuring out a way to give Android an “incognito mode” so that it ensures no personal data can be leaked. Per Kondik:

I’m working on a new feature that will hopefully make it’s way into CM. It’s called “Run in Incognito Mode”. It’s a simple privacy feature designed to help you keep your personal data under control.

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