OTA updates hit the Samsung Epic 4G Touch and ZTE Fury

Most Android users know there is nothing better than a nice software update. For some, OTA updates are like Santa coming to your house, but with just one present. Luckily Sprint is rolling out small updates for both the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, and the ZTE Fury.

Starting off with the Epic 4G Touch, the software has been updated to version S:D710.10S.FI27 which carries a few fixes and bug tweaks. There is nothing major, but here is what you should notice:

- Ability to edit internal out of office message on Email 

- VPN access over 3G fix

- MMS send/receive over 3G fix 

And to tag along, the ZTE Fury is getting some new software also. Upon installation, you will see that it’s version N850V1.0.0B14 in the phone’s settings, and it provides only a few tweaks just like the Epic 4G Touch update. The fixes include:

- Speaker phone improvements 

- Battery consumption improvements

- Updated Network Option settings


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Firefox for Android gets update to include new Reader Mode, performance and security enhancements

Long-time Firefox users who enjoy both the desktop and mobile versions will be pleased to know Mozilla is working to keep the mobile version’s updates consistent with the desktop version. Mozilla was not the fastest developer in bringing their web browser to Android devices, but now that they have it available, they certainly seem to be moving ahead at full speed in supporting it and trying to keep it up-to-date. Yesterday they released an update to bring it up to version 16, which puts it slightly ahead of the desktop version which saw version 16 released today and updates have not yet rolled out to all users.
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Google Play Magazines adds content for Australia, improvements for all

As part of Google’s improvements to the Google Play store during 2012, this past summer they announced the addition of magazines and TV shows. The announcement was made in conjunction with Google I/O and the Google Nexus 7 tablet release. Today Google released an update to the app making it available for users in Australia. Along with the new content, Google also indicates general improvements for all users have been included in this latest update, including performance improvements in page flipping and rendering.

If you are interested in upgrading or grabbing the Google Play Magazines app and giving it a try, hit one of the download links below.

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Google Developer Team Releases Android 4.1.2 Factory Images For The Nexus 7 Tablet & Galaxy Nexus Smartphone

 

Excellent news for unlocked Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 owners like myself who enjoy the pleasures of fiddling with those respective devices. The Google Development team has officially released the official Android 4.1.2 build JZO54K factory images for the unlocked Galaxy Nexus (“takju”) and the Nexus 7, respectively. This means that should you happen to take your general tomfoolery too far and create an “oopsies”, you’ll be able to restore the device back to normal as if nothing ever happened. And who wouldn’t want the ability to bring their device back to its original state?

Full details and links to the factory images are available once you hit the source link below.

source: Google Developers

Newest CyanogenMod 10 Nightly ROM released, brings Android 4.1.2

For those of you that roll with a custom CyanogenMod 10 (CM10) AOSP ROM, today’s Nightly release (Oct. 10) comes with a slew of merged updates, including bringing your device up to Android 4.1.2. Those fine folks over at CyanogenMod sure do work quickly. If you remember, it was just yesterday that 4.1.2 was released to AOSP and began rolling out to the Nexus 7 via OTA.

Unfortunately we were only hit with the requisite “improves performance and stability and fixes bugs” change log  from Google, and pouring through all that developer jargon in the official commit logs can be daunting in figuring out what has been changed or updated. Additionally, it’s still a little early to gain any takeaways from real-world testing of 4.1.2. However, based on a few lines in the commit logs we can see that one particular bug in 4.1.1 with “failing to connect to WPA enterprise wireless” has been addressed in 4.1.2. There also seems to be a few mentions of the browser, audio, camera, the kernel itself, and a slew of other updates.

If you’re on a recent CM10 release (within the past week), you can grab today’s release containing 4.1.2 from right there within your ROM by navigating to the CM Updater (Settings > About Phone > CyanogenMod updates). Otherwise you can grab it from your favorite source. If you’re new to the CM10 custom ROM scene and like what you hear, you can navigate to their site to read up on their AOSP custom ROMs for a multitude of devices.

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Angry Birds update comes with 15 levels inspired by Bad Piggies

The most recent Angry Birds update brings a connection to their recent spinoff, Bad Piggies. What better way to promote the new game than by incorporating it into the game that started it all. This update gives you 15 pig themed levels and 15 Surf ‘n Turf levels. There are also some new power-ups such as Super Seeds, the Almighty Sling King and Birdquake. These are in-app purchases so be prepared to pay before dropping a Birdquake. It will interesting to see if Rovio will also incorporate some Star Wars themed levels in future Angry Birds updates before the release of that game. Use the Play Store link or QR code to download the update.

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Microsoft to release Office 2013 for mobile platforms, including Android, in March 2013

Speaking in the Czech Republic today at a press event, Microsoft product manager Petr Bobek revealed a native version of Office 2013 for Android will be released in March 2013. Reporters at the event indicate they were provided with a press release from Microsoft’s Czech Republic team that seems to confirm Mr. Bobek’s claim. According to the release, Microsoft will be releasing versions of Office 2013 for Android along with native apps for iOS, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, and Symbian. A new version of Microsoft’s Office Web Apps is also in the works.

The timeline set forth in the press release indicates Office 2013 will be available starting in December 2012 for business customers with a consumer release scheduled for February 2013. That will be followed by availability of the mobile versions in March 2013 and updates to the Office 365 application. A U.S. representative for Microsoft confirmed versions of Office will be available for Windows, Android, and iOS devices, but retail availability has not been announced.

source: The Verge

Featured Play Store Newbie: Montessori ABC Game For Kids [Education]

One of the best things to come out of the smartphone/tablet boom is there are a lot of educational apps for kids. It’s amazing how much further ahead my son is than I was at his age. We all want our children to read ASAP, but they need to learn the letters first. Montessori ABC Game For Kids is a new app for toddlers and pre-schoolers that will help them learn the letters, the sounds of each letter, and words that start with each letter.

What makes any education app successful is the combination of education and fun. If the app can give your child entertainment, then he or she will be eager to learn. Montessori ABC makes things interactive with an alphabet game through beautiful flash cards. Your child will tap images and blinking areas to see the spelling of the words as well as hear the sound each letter makes in a word. Every time a letter or object is touched, a cute animated video will appear which will continue to encourage them to keep playing.


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Samsung Galaxy S III Mini details get leaked, full specs revealed

It seems near impossible for a company to have an official announcement these days without details of said announcement getting leaked ahead of time. Coincidence or creative marketing? In this day and age of viral marketing, I wouldn’t put it past companies to go with the latter. And let’s face it, we love it regardless. The latest in the line of leaks is in regards to the “mini” Galaxy S III (GT-I8190) that was just confirmed by Samsung late last night. A lot has been revealed today courtesy of a German website about what exactly that mini version of the Galaxy S III will encompass ahead of its official reveal on October 11th in Germany.
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