Lately Google has been cranking out important updates and improvements to many of its products across all of its platforms (Android, IOS, Gmail, etc). Today we see yet another improvement coming out of the Mountain View company, this time in connection with its quickly growing Google+ social network. The company announced on its blog today that it will be rolling out a new feature within Google+ called “Google+ Communities”. Google+ Communities act as a hub around which people with common interests can gather, discuss, debate, trade ideas and more. In essence it functions in many ways like a Facebook “group”, but catered toward specific interests. The communities are arranged by topics (photography, surfing, Android, music) so people of a like-mind can flock together, make new friends, network and more.
We previously mentioned to you that Google Now recently got an extensive update, but Google went ahead and updated its Card List to show you Googlers just how vast the update is. In addition to seeing the Activity Summary and being able to help with your holiday travels, Google Now users can see all the Cards (both new and old) available, while getting a general description of what each card does. It’s a pretty extensive list, so all of you Jelly Bean users (especially those of you new to Jelly Bean) will want to hit the source link to get a general idea of the different cards available and how they can be useful to you.
source: Google Support
As we rapidly approach the new year, we are rapidly gaining new details of Sammy’s “Next Big Thing”. Also known as “Project J”, the Galaxy S IV is expected to have top-line features like a brand new quad-core Exynos processor, a 13MP camera and most noteworthy— a revolutionary display. While the expected 441 ppi density of the display is sort of been there, done that already, the Galaxy’s S IV’s potentially unique display will have something competitors will not have: an unbreakable plane. Similar to earlier reports we’ve heard in the past, analysts expect to see not only an unbreakable display panel in the Galaxy S IV, but they expect that consumers will eventually see possibly a bendable-type display material as well. Adding fuel to the rumor fire, Samsung is reported to begin production organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays in the first half of 2013, which will be seen in the Galaxy S IV or Galaxy S V smartphones, as indicated by analyst Mark Newman of Stanford Bernstein in Hong Kong:
“Eventually, they’ll have unbreakable and flexible displays. Either the Galaxy S IV or S V will have unbreakable and even possibly flexible and foldable displays by 2014. That’s going to be a game-changer.”
You know what they say folks— when there’s smoke, there’s fire. It’s looking more and more like the next Galaxy(s) are going to be straight up beastly (and revolutionary) devices. Your move Apple & HTC?
The much anticipated SwiftKey Flow Beta has now arrived and ready for all to download and try. I’ve been playing around with it for a couple of days now and even though it’s in beta, it’s been very solid for me. I’ve had a couple of mistakes here and there, but nothing too major. It is by far my favorite keyboard to use as of now and I’m excited to see how much better it can get.
Give it a go and let us know how you like it!
The Oppo Find 5′s spec sheet has popped up and is making its way to the US. The specs seem right up there with the current powerhouses and with an off-contract price of just $499, it is definitely something some people may look into. The device has a 5″ 1080p display, Qualcomm’s latest quad-core S4 pro processor, 2GB’s of RAM, Android 4.1.2, a 2,500 mAh battery and 16 GB’s of on board storage. Most importantly, the device will work on T-Mobile’s and AT&T’s HSPA+ network.
Will this off-contract device be something any of you guys willing to give a shot? Hopefully we’ll get some pictures of it soon!
According to some research recently done by Canalys, the distribution of wealth from app sales is pretty heavily skewed towards the top. According to their findings, a group of the top 25 developers rake in about 50% of all money made through Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. They reportedly made $60 million over a 20-day period at the start of November 2012. Even more interesting is that 24 of the top 25 are game developers. (Pandora was the 25th with its radio application)
QThru, the provider of a mobile point-of-sale platform, announced today new apps for Android and iOS that will enable users to shop and checkout at physical stores using only their smartphone. The app gives you the ability to scan barcodes of items to add them to your shopping cart, then use a function called Q-Code to pay via a kiosk with the total transmitted to the account you have connected with the app. Beyond the in-store experience, the app provides other functions, like the ability to create shopping lists, find deals, create favorite items, research item details, and track total spending. QThru also indicates the app has a custom scale solution to handle purchases of produce or other items by weight.
Read the full press release below and then hit the download links to install the app on your device before heading out to find a participating retail store.
If you’re already tired of SoundHound, and you feel Shazam is a little too antiquated, then you’re in luck. Rhapsody has entered the song-match app game with their new app called – wait for it – ‘SongMatch’. While the app is free and does not require a Rhapsody subscription for the basic app which gives you tracks, artist info, and track listings, the real upside is if you do have a subscription. If you’re rocking a Rhapsody subscription, you can instantly launch playback of the song or album when a match is found. Rhapsody also creates a special SongMatch playlist in your account based on your prior matches. Anyone out there tired of the other song-match apps willing to give this a try?
A trio of Google’s apps received updates today, joining Google Search or Google Now on Jelly Bean devices. Google Translate received a major update, now providing the ability to recognize Chinese, Japanese and Korean using a device’s phone. The capability is limited to horizontal text only for now, but we can only imagine the ability to translate vertical text must be in the works. Google also added eleven new languages, Afrikaans, Croatian, Czech, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian, Welsh, to the list that can handle handwritten text.
HTC has released some excellent phones over the last year, but word on the street is they are planning to up the ante in early 2013. Several sources have begun mentioning a mysterious flagship phone with the code name of “M7″. According to the tipsters the M7 will come equipped with a 5-inch HD display (probably the same 1080p monster found on the Droid DNA), a Qualcomm APQ8064 quad-core processor, and a 13-megapixel camera, all wrapped in a high quality uni-body aluminum shell that HTC has become known for. The device is said to be slated for a Q1 release date, and HTC is currently working with parts suppliers to ensure a delivery of 4 to 5 million units. It sounds like HTC is working hard to turn around its falling financial numbers.