So far, there’s no way around it – Vine on Android has been an awful app. Today’s update, which includes features that should have been part of the first release, like front-facing camera support, should make the app a little better. Overall speed improvements, UI improvements, and bug fixes should also make the app a lot more user friendly as well. Vine suddenly has to working on catching up to Instagram with video, which has a user interface that is miles ahead of the current Vine app that has an average rating of 2.9/5.0.
You can see the changelog and download the update from the Play Store link after the break.
Are you a jealous GSM HTC One owner that wants a stock Google experience after seeing the new Google Play edition devices that were released earlier this week? Well, you’re in luck. Rooted HTC One users can now flash a rom that runs the same Android 4.2.2 that the new devices run, thanks to XDA Developers user bigxie. To flash the rom, you will need an unlocked and rooted HTC One running a custom recovery. Once flashed, your HTC One experience will be almost exactly like the Google Play edition experience, complete with the new camera app and everything.
Source: XDA Developers
Development for Facebook’s Android app, which used to seem like an after thought, is taking a step forward as Facebook has announced that they will take part in Android’s new beta program. We’ve already seen this new program being used by apps such as Falcon Pro and Nova Launcher to test new releases with a small number of users to correct issues. Facebook hopes that this will help improve performance and reliability across all phones, all the way from a years old Gingerbread device to a few days old Google Edition Galaxy S4.
To join the program, you’ll need to head to the Google Groups link below and join the group to become a beta tester. After that, you can download the beta version of the app from the Play Store like normal. To report bugs in the beta version, just head to the settings menu and tap the “Report Bug” icon.
Source: Facebook Engineering, Google Groups
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T-Mobile has a little event in New York City on July 1oth, which will probably cover phase 2 of their UNcarrier plan and the Sony Xperia Z. According to a leaked T-Moble roadmap, a “Major EIT Release” is scheduled for July 14, and a few days later, on the 17th is “Device Launch Day”. The devices in question include the Sony Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 925, and the T-Mobile 768, which will probably be a low-end device from Huawei or ZTE.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is working on a videogame console, a smartwatch and a followup to the Nexus Q. None of this is surprising as we have heard tidbits about all three. The big question is when we will actually get to see these devices? According to WSJ, one of them will be launched this fall. The gaming console is probably the most intriguing and one has to wonder why Google would get into this game? One big reason might be that Apple is rumored to be doing the same thing as part of its next Apple TV release. The Nexus Q followup is clearly a TV box of some kind and will most likely be the next generation Google TV that everyone is waiting for.
We heard reports of Android-powered laptops back in April, and WSJ confirmed that HP is working on them with the next version of Android. Speaking of the next version of Android, it is known internally as “K release”, or shall we say Key Lime Pie? As we reported earlier, it might be compatible with lower end devices as in ones with as little as 512MB of RAM.
We all know life can be hectic at times. Keeping track of your family’s dentist appointments, movie nights, organizing dinners, parties, etc. can be tiresome, especially if you don’t have an efficient and easy way of keeping track of it all. If you aren’t already aware of this simple solution, allow me to introduce you to Google Calendar.
If you are one of those users that really likes the Google Now app on your smartphone or tablet, you will probably be happy to know that Google is bringing the technology to their Chrome browser and Chrome OS. The two pieces of software have had a flag for several weeks to enable Google Now in the developer editions, but there were no servers available for a connection. Google apparently is making progress on turning on the feature and has lit up some servers as users now get a notification that asks whether they want to enable Google Now Cards. The feature is present in the Chrome browser on OS X 10.8 and Windows 8. By incorporating Google Now cards into the Chrome browser, Google may be able to expand awareness of the technology to users beyond those with the most recent Android devices.
In addition to the presence of Google Now cards, it looks like Google has improved the control panel for setting notification preferences for web apps and extensions a user may have installed. Joining Google Now in these settings are Google+ Photos, Google Documents, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Gmail, HootSuite, NYTimes, Scratchpad, Seesmic, and TweetDeck among others.
What do you think? Are Google Now Cards something you would welcome on your desktop or will it be too much information?
Apple had submitted a bid to include the Galaxy S 4 in their current lawsuit with Samsung, and it seems as though U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal has since turned it down. The argument to include Samsung’s newest flagship was apparently not persuasive enough, and would create “undue prejudice” for Samsung.
Here’s what Grewal had to say:
Throughout the hearing, Apple warned that excluding the Galaxy S4 would result in yet another case with more claims of infringement and would require Apple to continue to play, in counsel’s words, ‘whack-a-mole’ with Samsung. Apple presented the exact same argument to Judge Koh during an April 23, 2013 hearing during which she required them to set a schedule to drop products and patents. Judge Koh was not persuaded by this argument and neither is the undersigned.
Apple already needs to dismiss without prejudice several products from this case and so a new trial would be likely regardless. Given the likely undue prejudice to Samsung and Judge Koh’s directives regarding the management and progression of this case, the court DENIES Apple’s request to add the Galaxy S4 to its contentions.
This news comes in the wake of U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh requesting that Apple reduce the number of devices on their list of infringing devices. She later decided that the Galaxy S 4 should not be included in the list because it was too new to the market and Samsung shouldn’t be expected to deliver all of the required information in time for upcoming hearings.
Norton is famous for privacy and security protection, including some work done on Android. Yesterday, they released a new version of their latest Android application that contains their new Mobile Insight technology, which analyzes different aspects of Android applications to see where major security breaches may be coming from.
Norton says Facebook was made aware of the issue and is working to fix the vulnerability, which should be pushed out in their next app update. Facebook has also deleted those numbers from their servers, so fortunately it wasn’t a malicious security breach. Still, though, those privacy features in Cyanogenmod are looking better and better.