Google Play Movies & TV gets new interface

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Google has released an update to their Play Movies & TV app that includes a new interface, a new feature, and a relocated feature. The first change users may note is the availability of the slide-out menu from the left that is becoming ubiquitous to Android apps. Using some of their search and prediction algorithms, Google has built a new Watch Now function that examines what you have been watching and predicts what you may want to watch next and presents these titles as suggestions. If you are someone who used the app to view your personal videos, don’t fret when you don’t see that option present. Google has relocated access to personal videos to the menu instead of being on the main screen.

The update started rolling out today. If you need to install the app or want to see if the update is ready for your device, try one of the download links below.

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Google DVX is possibly a low-cost Motorola device for emerging markets

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According to the rumor mill, Google and Motorola have a brand new device in the works that should see the light of day soon. Not everything they cook up is going to be flashy, though, so don’t confuse this with the X Phone. This mystery device has been internally coded the DVX, which is slated to be an extremely cheap device aimed at emerging markets. Unfortunately, that means no Snapdragon 800 CPU with a 4k screen, but this is still an excellent strategy for Google.

Google has pushing for decent specs on phones to be able to sell them at extremely affordable prices to consumers, which we’ve seen with the Nexus 4. It’s an excellent phone, but it isn’t ground-breaking as far as technology is concerned. By making an even cheaper phone, such as this DVX with Motorola, they’ll be able to price this extremely low to get smartphones in the hands of consumers in places where smartphones aren’t so common. The more people that have smartphones and internet access, the more people are going to bring in money through Google’s ad services. It’s a win-win situation.

There aren’t any definitive specs for the DVX, but as soon as anything pops up, we’ll let you know.

source: Phone Arena

Modern Combat 4 Meltdown update now available for download

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Gameloft’s Modern Combat 4: Meltdown received an update today that brings the version up to 1.1.0. Several key improvements to the game include, but are not limited to:

- 3 new maps, from Barcelona to Antarctica
– New “Demolition” specialization with 7 new perks including “Dedication” (dying from explosions won’t reset your streak) and “One Last Thing” (drop a grenade whenever you die)
– 2 new weapons: Special Forces Sniper Rifle & Grenade Launcher Pistol
– 2 new team multiplayer modes: Bomb Squad & Destruction

Check out the video and download links after the break:


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New Google Play Edition devices have a new camera app, drawer, and wallpaper

google_edition_one_s4The new HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 with stock Android have been released, and with their version of Android 4.2.2 comes a few unique touches to the UI. The camera app, which was rumored to get an update in 4.3, has a new stacked menu system for easier navigation. Another big change is that the app drawer has been switched from a 4×4 layout to a 4×5 layout to take advantage of the different screen sizes of the One and S4.

Other minor changes are the addition of a new red Phase Beam wallpaper to add to the purple and blue versions, and a new custom boot animation. The lockscreen clock on the S4 is a little different from Nexus devices, probably so that the phone correctly works with Samsung’s S-View flip covers.

Source: Computer World

Verizon to launch Motorola Droid RAZR Ultra and RAZR M Ultra, according to rumor

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I guess the RAZR line will live on. On the same day that a new Motorola logo was revealed that touts the company as “a Google company,” Twitter account @evleaks, which has proven to be pretty reliable in the past, has sent out a tweet saying “Coming to Verizon: Droid RAZR Ultra, RAZR M Ultra, from Motorola“. This is the first time we’ve heard about these devices, so there isn’t much to report past their names.

Could one of these names become the official name for the Motorola X? Who knows. We’ll let you know as we hear more about these devices.

Source: @evleaks

NVIDIA Shield now delayed until July due to a ‘mechanical issue that relates to a third party component’

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It was just last week that NVIDIA reduced the price of the Shield to $299 and set tomorrow as the release date. Unfortunately it didn’t pass the final quality test as a “mechanical issue that relates to a third party component” was revealed.

“During our final QA process, we discovered a mechanical issue that relates to a 3rd party component.  We want every SHIELD to be perfect, so we have elected to shift the launch date to July.  We’ll update you as soon as we have an exact date.” 

For now, it’s delayed until July, but no exact date was given. NVIDIA is working around the clock with the supplier to rectify the situation. I know this is bad news for some of you, but give credit to NVIDIA for making this move now. It certainly shows they are committed to releasing a product that meets the highest possible standards. We will update you as soon as a new date is announced.

source: NVIDIA

Google Search update adds TV cards, offers, music to Google Now

google-now-google-search-jelly-beanGoogle Search got an update today, and with it comes a few nice additions to Google Now. With the update, users can now speak to Now and tell the device to play music either on the device’s library, or via third-party apps like Pandora or Spotify. If the music you ask for isn’t in your library, Now can direct you to the Play Store to download. In addition to the enhanced music cards, support for voice action tips, TV information (if you’re using an WiFi connected television), and nearby offers have been added.

You can download the update, which is rolling out in stages, from the link past the break.
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HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 with stock Android now available on Play Store

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It’s time. The anticipated HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 running stock Android are now available in the Play Store. There’s no HTC Sense or TouchWiz on these devices. The bootloaders are even unlocked, and the phones don’t require two year contracts. The Galaxy S4, at $649 comes with 16GB of storage with microSD expansion, and the One, at $599 comes with 32GB without expansion.

If you’re in the mood for a Nexus experience on a non-Nexus device, you can preorder through the source link below. Google says that orders will ship by July 9.

Source: Galaxy S 4 Play Store | HTC One Play Store

Symantec releases new version of Norton Mobile Security

 

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Symantec’s Norton security line is one of the most trusted names in tech security. Today, they have released a new version of their North Mobile Security app with a plethora of new features. The biggest change is the addition of Norton Mobile Insight, which takes advantage of Symantec’s database of four million malware-checked Android apps. With the update, once a user downloads a new app, if Norton has it in their database, they will send the user information about the security and privacy risks for that app.

Norton Mobile Norton has also added Google Chrome web protection support and enhanced anti-theft capabilitie as part of this update. You can download version 3.5 from the Play Store link after the break.
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