Google snaps up award-winning iOS photo app Snapseed, attempts to take on Instagram and Facebook

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard mention of the photo-editing app Snapseed for Android. Even then, it was only demoed for possible release on select Android tablets. It now appears that the award-winning photo editing app will make its way to the Android masses, however a timeline hasn’t been announced. This awesome app comes by way of Google’s acquisition of Nik Software, the German developer of Snapseed. While they acquired a few other photo apps developed by Nik in the deal, make no mistake, Snapseed was their true target.

As mentioned, Snapseed is an award-winning iOS photo app which retails for $4.99. It took home honors of “iPad App of The Year” in 2011 due in part to its robust editing features. Google is no doubt looking to integrate their new acquisition in with Google+ which would instantly make it a competitor to Instagram and Facebook in terms of photo-editing capabilities via the Google+ mobile app. What do you think of the acquisition? We can all think of times in the past when such acquisitions didn’t go quite as planned.

source:  The Verge

Kindle Fire HD shows its guts in iFixit teardown

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Who doesn’t like a nice teardown every now and then? Our friends at iFixit just did one on the Kindle Fire HD and found it to be as easy to repair as the Nexus 7. Based on a scale of 1 to 10, iFixit gave it a 7. Other notables were that the rear case was easy to open, the design is simplistic with fewer components, and the LCD and front glass will need to be replaced together since they are fused together. Hopefully you will never have to do this yourself, but if you find yourself in need or maybe the geek in you is just curious, hit the source link to find out more.

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Motorola DROID RAZR M review: small but large and cheap but powerful

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Recently Motorola unveiled three new members of the RAZR family. The DROID RAZR HD and the DROID RAZR HD MAXX are nice editions, but it’s rare that the highlight of an event such as this would be the budget phone. The DROID RAZR M is much smaller than the original RAZR, but packs the same 4.3-inch display since it’s edge to edge. That’s not even the best part. The best part of it is that it’s priced at $99 on contract. Can the DROID RAZR M compete with the big boys? Hit the break to find out and you can also check out our initial hands on review.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Pirateville – The Enchanted Box [Gaming-Casual]

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There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of hidden object games as of late. It’s just a matter of picking what theme floats your boat. Nevosoft just released another one called Pirateville: The Enchanted Box, which is about a Pirate named Sharpshooter Jack. One day he found a mysterious ancient box, but it was locked. There has to be something important or valuable in it right? As he tries to figure out the secret behind this box, he will meet with spirits and become a psychic as well as escape from prison and learn his destiny. It’s up to you to figure out what’s inside the box. If you love hidden object games as well as some mystery and romance, this game will be right up your alley.

Features:

  • An incredible story of pirates, treasure and an ancient curse
  • Sixty-five challenging levels
  • Colorful locations and interesting quests
  • Challenging mini games
  • Amazing graphics and music

Pirateville: The Enchanted Box is Free so you have nothing to lose. Take a look at the quick demo video below and hit up one of the download links to get started.

 

 

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Quick Rant: Android Portable Media Players Are Not Just A Waste Of Consumers’ Time And Money, But A Waste Of Time And Money From Android Manufacturers As Well

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As Android continues to grow as the preferred ecosystem among people worldwide, we are seeing an explosion of innovative and impressive devices. I’m not talking about an explosion of just smartphones either. We are seeing an explosion of devices designed to improve your TV, full-fledged gaming systems, innovative tablets and even a nifty camera or two. Now while those type of Android devices are impressive and all, there’s a type of Android device that I failed to mention and for good reason— Android portable media players or PMPs for short. Android PMPs are neither innovative nor impressive– compared to other Android counterparts. Generally speaking, Android manufacturers generate buzz and excitement for various products, yet consumers never hear anything about PMPs and see any real excitement or reason to talk about them. Knowing there’s no real push or excitement for PMPs, is it really important for Android fanatics or even the average consumer to go out and buy a PMP? More importantly, is it important for manufacturing giants like Samsung to continue churning out PMPs, despite there being no major push or excitement these devices? I will respectfully say no to both questions.

In the interest of full disclosure— even though I am an editor of this great Android website and have a great deal of passion for the Android ecosystem, I’m by no means an Android fanboy. I own numerous Apple products including an iPod Touch for my commutes on the New York City Subway or for use when working out. I love technology as a whole— but when it comes to having my personal media player on the go— music, video, pictures and gaming for example— I would rather use an Apple iPod Touch before using an Android PMP, without hesitation. The Apple iPod Touch has set the standard when it comes to managing a consumer’s personal media, while giving the same consumers items like an impressive display, abundant number of applications and plenty of accessories for starters. Android PMPs on the other hand often feature uninspired designs, horrendous features (i.e. lackluster displays or Gingerbread) and few, if any accessories available. Simply put, Android PMPs are a waste of money and resources for consumers and manufacturers and that’s why the average consumer should not even bother with Android PMPs. I’m sure many of you are interested in seeing my reasoning for my strong claim, so go ahead and jump past the break to see my thoughts in greater detail.

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First iPhone 5 benchmark shows double the performance and faster than most Android devices

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Everybody has been waiting patiently for iPhone 5 benchmarks and it looks like we have our first one from Primate Labs’ GeekBench. Apple is touting the new A6 processor in the iPhone 5 to be twice as fast for general operations and graphics. In the latest score on GeekBench, it hit 1601, which is actually 2.5 times faster than the iPhone 4S (629) and about double that of the iPad 3 (766). The A6 is a dual-core that runs at 1.02GHz and the iPhone 5 sports 1GB of RAM as well.

How does it perform against Android devices? Well there were earlier reports stating that the iPhone 5 beat every Android device because the listed benchmarks showed all Android devices with scores lower than 1601. The best Android device was the Nexus 7 with a score of 1591 followed by the international quad-core Galaxy S III, which was 1560. Somehow things have changed as their main benchmarks page now has the international Galaxy S III with a score of 1628 and the Nexus 7 at 1604. In fact, it looks like they are updating their page every so often so things could change again.

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Samsung Announces The Galaxy S III Smartphone To Launch With Wait For It… Android 4.1 Loaded Out Of The Box

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The citizens of Singapore will now be able to have a device the rest of the world doesn’t for now– a Jelly Bean-powered Samsung Galaxy S III LTE smartphone. That’s right friends, Samsung is currently getting ready for the launch of the device by the end of September. Even more exciting is the fact this version of the smartphone will feature a quad-core Exynos processor instead of the dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, while also featuring a whopping 2GB of RAM. Customers in Singapore can expect to pay around S$998 (US $801.86) for the newly launched device.

Oh and Samsung Singapore also took some time to make owners of the existing Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone happy too as it confirmed the existing smartphone will get the Jelly Bean update sometime in the near-future. Considering there are multiple leaks of the Jelly Bean build out there at this time, we suspect the update is due out for arrival soon— very soon.

source: CNet Asia
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Featured Play Store Newbie: St John Ambulance First Aid [Health & Fitness]

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The very popular St John Ambulance First Aid app made its way to Android a few days ago. We hope you never experience an emergency situation, but in the event one does happen, the St John Ambulance app could be a life saver. It has been determined that nearly 150,000 people die in England and Wales where first aid could have given them a chance to live.

With St Johns Ambulance, you will find all the latest first aid advice and protocols for any emergency situation. You will get simple to read illustrated guides along with voice instructions. It should be noted that St Johns Ambulance is based solely upon UK protocols, and the service numbers will only be for the UK and European locations. It’s a free app that every Android user should install. Just hit one of the download links below.

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Samsung Galaxy S IV Rumored To Be Revealed At MWC 2013, Will Bring LTE And A 5-Inch Display

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In the midst of the whole Samsung Galaxy S III mayhem and pandemonium, it’s never to early to think about the next follow-up of the Galaxy S series, right? Well, a few individuals connected to the Korean giant seem to think so. According to the Korea Times, the Galaxy S IV smartphone will be revealed at Mobile World Congress for 2013 and be on sale in stores by March. The Korea Times also highlights the device will grow in size, as an OLED display will come in at 5-inches and feature LTE. The end goal of this new smartphone will be to send a “clear message” to Apple, while ushering in a new era of smartphones.

Naturally, we’ll take this one with a grain of salt— but then again, it’s never to early to get in on the hype of Sammy’s next big thing.

source: Korea Times

User Agent Profile For Samsung GT-I9260 Smartphone Leaks

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It looks like we have another follow-up to a certain Samsung device. If you recall last month, we casually made a mention of a mysterious Samsung GT-i9260, which was originally believed to be a possible successor to the current Galaxy Nexus smartphone– but is more likely to be some sort of an enhanced version of the current Galaxy Nexus or the Galaxy Premier smartphone. Originally, we were treated to some major specs identified in the original leak such as an A9-based dual-core processor, 8MP camera and the addition of an SD card slot— and now we have a User Agent Profile that gives us even more details. According to the User Agent Profile, the GT-i9260 has a resolution of 1280 x 720, which almost mirrors the current Galaxy Nexus. However, something that is a bit unusual is the fact that the CPU listed is identified as the “ARM11″ unit, which may indeed stand for a ARM’s Cortex-A11 processor since you know— the original ARM11 CPU powered the original Android smartphone and all. Nevertheless, this processor is listed and is expected to be clocked much faster than the processor found in the Galaxy Nexus.

So all in all, this device could either be a minor refresh of the current Galaxy Nexus or we can see a brand new Galaxy Premier smartphone (which I personally think is the more likely scenario). Either way, now that we have the User Agent Profile, it shouldn’t be too long before we get additional details.

source: Pocketnow