Google Gives Its News And Weather App A Dark Theme


For many years, Google’s News And Weather app was relegated to almost abandonware status.  Horrific aesthetics, a clumsy interface, and a lack of real purpose made News And Weather a real blemish on Google’s otherwise magnificent portfolio of well-designed apps.

Then, when the developer preview for Android L was crescendoing, Google unveiled its apps’ new material design makeover.  News And Weather was one of these apps to get a fashion fix, which came as quite a bit of surprise to some as it seemed that Google had all but ditched it.

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Samsung to permanently discontinue WatchON in several markets


Samsung first introduced the WatchON service with the Galaxy S4 last year allowing customers to use it as a remote or a TV guide for Samsung TVs or set top boxes. But now, some users of the app are receiving notifications informing them of the platform’s demise. It is said that WatchON will cease to function after December 31, 2014 in all markets except the U.S. and South Korea. Read more

T-Mobile postpones Nexus 9 launch


T-Mobile appears to be having a rough go of things when it comes to launching this year’s Nexus devices. First, T-Mobile didn’t receive their shipment of Nexus 6 phablets from Motorola and the company was forced to push back its launch by a week. Next, T-Mobile’s delivery of the 64GB model has been less than stellar. Finally, as of today, the company appears to be pushing back the launch of the Nexus 9.

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Nexus 6 is now available in the UK via O2


Good news for those of you in the UK who have been interested in picking up Google’s new phablet. O2 finally has the Lollipop filled Nexus 6 moving through its sales channels. Through the company’s Refresh tariff — the program that allows customers to upgrade their devices whenever they want — the company has a special offer on the table where you get the device, unlimited minutes, texts and 2GB of data. You’ll get this special offer for £38 per month.

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Specs of HTC’s upcoming “Hima” flagship leak out


It’s no secret that HTC is prepping the launch of the One M9 in its research labs as we speak. And now, a new leak courtesy of @upleaks has revealed the alleged hardware specs of the smartphone codenamed HTC Hima. According to the source, the smartphone will pack a 5 inch 1080p display along with a 20.7-megapixel rear camera (possibly from Sony) and a 13-megapixel or 4-megapixel front camera. Read more

Snapdragon 810 could cause delays for both the Samsung Galaxy S 6 and LG G4


Companies only get one or two shots each year for flagship devices so they want to make sure they utilize the best specs available at the time. For next year’s devices, that means the Snapdragon 810, which is Qualcomm’s first 64-bit octa-core processor.

The early consensus was that the 810 wasn’t going to be available till June of next year, so I really didn’t think Samsung and LG would include it in the Galaxy S 6 and G4, but according to a report out of Business Korea, both companies are trying to utilize the said chip.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Starts Rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S5 – In Poland


Predicting a rollout of new Android software is difficult at best and impossible at worst. Even though Google officially released Android 5.0 Lollipop nearly a month ago, less than 0.1 percent of Android handset owners are running the new Material Design-based software. Even some Nexus users don’t yet have the update.

So it comes as no surprise that OEMS, with their custom overlays, are typically a bit later to the party than their Nexus cousins. However, owners of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 eager for that Lollipop with a dash of TouchWiz can breathe a sigh of relief, as the handset has finally started receiving the OTA update – in Poland.

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AirDroid 3 officially released with several new features and visual improvements


AirDroid is one of the best tools available for managing your Android device wirelessly from your computer. While the current version is great and full of useful features, the developers have updated the app to include several new tweaks, bringing AirDroid up to version 3.0.

AirDroid now supports full device mirroring, so any notification on your phone will appear on your desktop. If you have a rooted device running Android 4.0 and above, you’ll even be able to initiate screen mirroring to quickly respond to those notifications and navigate your phone with a mouse and keyboard. It’s a pretty similar approach to Samsung’s Side Sync app, so if you’ve ever used that on a Samsung device, you’ll know how it works. Read more

Google introduces “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” to do away with annoying captchas


Solving captchas can be quite annoying when you’re in a rush to shop at a website or sign into your account. And for years, Google has heard users complaining about simplifying the experience to distinguish humans from robots. And today, the Mountain View giant has introduced a massive update to its CAPTCHA experience which completely does away with the need to enter a string of random characters. Read more