Xiaomi app store hits 10 billion downloads, plans to go international


Although it is not a well-known name outside of the Chinese market, you may recall that Xiaomi managed to grab the number 3 spot as a global manufacturer of smartphones during the third quarter. The phenomenal growth Xiaomi has achieved in the sales of smartphones is helping the company in other ways, like the recent accomplishment of having 10 billion apps downloaded from their app store. That has translated to 364,000,000 yuan ($59 million USD) paid to developers from January to October of this year. This strong growth has prompted the company to start looking outside China. Read more

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime for Boost Mobile slides through the FCC


A new device from Samsung arrived at the FCC within the last twenty-four hours, showing it is destined for Boost Mobile. The model number for the device is SM-G360P. This is expected to be United States version of the Galaxy Core Prime.

The specifications for the Galaxy Core Prime are on the low-end. The price stays low to remain an entry-level handset for customers. The device has a 4.5-inch display (800×480 resolution), Snapdragon 410 processor with 1GB of RAM, 5MP / 2MP cameras, 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slat, and 2000mAh battery. Right out of the box is Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

Source: FCC
Via: Phone Arena

YouTube adding easier URL switching for larger YouTube accounts


It is probably a dream of most YouTube content creators to build an empire of fans who regularly check a channel for the latest video to be released. To reach that point though, virtually everyone has to start from scratch with no fans. The problem is the creative process can take many different turns and where a user may start a YouTube with one name, over time that can change to something else. Until now, getting a new custom URL changed meant starting a new channel and hoping your followers find their way to it or living with the old name. YouTube announced yesterday that they are changing that to make it a little easier, at least for larger accounts. Read more

Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio now on sale in Google Play Store


If you are hoping to grab a Nexus 9 for $100 less than the regular price thanks to the trade-in deal Best Buy is running you have a new way to spend those savings. The Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio is now on sale on the Google Play Store site with an indication that it is in stock and ready to ship in 1-2 days. You will use that $100 credit and then some as the case runs $129. Read more

Samsung possibly facing trademark infringement from Milk Studios


The music and video streaming applications from Samsung are called Milk Music and Milk Video, respectively. The somewhat strange names, though, are not as unique as one would think. Multimedia company Milk Studios has filed a lawsuit against Samsung regarding trademark infringement. The complaint specifically goes after the music streaming service, claiming that Samsung did indeed know of Milk Studios’ existence.

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Cyanogen announces Themes, turning customization into personalization


The software experience provided by Cyanogen is about to become much more tailored to each and every user. The company is well-known for its deep customization capability, but the new Themes app takes things further. Themes for Cyanogen OS devices gives control to what the user experience is like. It is effectively a way to fully personalize a device. What kind of things can be personalized? Everything from the font to status bar and more.

Stay tuned for when the Themes app is available. As for pricing, Cyanogen has yet to say if all themes will be free or premium options carry a price tag.

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Samsung’s ChatOn messaging service being phased out


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. Read more