Normally we just get a simple email for manufacturer events, but Vivo is doing something totally different and cool. They are sending physical invitations for the Xplay 3S event, but what’s really cool about it, is the card is NFC equipped and when holding your phone over it, you get a really cool augmented reality surprise. The phone should be unveiled on December 18, but hit the break to check out this very cool invitation. It’s by far the best invitation I have ever seen.
CES is quickly approaching and a lot of companies will be unveiling a few goodies. ASUS is one of those companies as they just sent out invites for an event on January 6, which is the big press day for CES. What exactly will ASUS unveil? Probably a refreshed tablet(s) for the Transformer line and/or MeMoPad is my best guess, but we will know for sure in just under a month.
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As always, Google has released factory images for their latest Android 4.4.2 update. They’re available for the Nexus 4 and 5, as well as both versions of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. These images are basically simple ways to flash your device back to completely stock Android, so this doesn’t mean they’re being pushed out OTA yet.
4.4.2 brought a handful of fixes, most notably a patch for an SMS vulernability and some voicemail delivery and notification improvements. If you need any of the factory images, you can find them at the source link below.
source: Nexus Factory Images
Remember that little vulnerability we heard about on Nexus devices that could be maliciously exploited to cause a device to lock up and reboot? Looks like Google has finally added a fix for that in Android 4.2.2, which should be rolling out fairly soon. There are no other camera improvements or anything like that in this update, but according to the 4.4.2 changelog, there were a handful of things that got patched. The most major one is that SMS exploit, but that doesn’t mean the few other things that were patched aren’t appreciated. If you’re a Nexus user, keep an eye out for this update.
Just in time for the holidays, Google has updated Google Keep on the web. It looks a lot more like the Android app. Here’s the changelog….
- Sleek new design: many of your favorite things from the Android app are now on the web – full color notes, text that scales to fit the note, and a custom font just for Keep
- Rearrange items in lists: keep everything in order, all the time
- Improved search: finding the note you’re looking for is easier than ever
- Navigation drawer: quickly switch between your active and archived notes, or get a custom view of all of your notes with reminders
Sources: Keep on the web / Chrome App Store
Google just updated the Gmail Android app to version 4.7 with a few new features. First is the ability to add an auto response for when you are on vacation. This was already available on the desktop, but now you can create your auto response message from anywhere. Next up is the ability to attach just about anything to your emails. Previously you could only attach photos or videos. but now you can attach PDFs, ZIP files, and documents.
The last two deal with only KitKat devices. You can now print your emails using the built-in native printing that’s available in KitKat and you there is also some performance enhancements with low memory devices as part of Project Svelte (KitKat).
This is a staged roll out so you might not see your update right away. Hit the break for download links.
With Motorola’s big $150 off sale, it wouldn’t be surprising if there was a delay with shipments, but it looks like Winter Storm Dion is adding to the mix as well. Motorola’s plant is in Fort Worth, Texas and in one of the areas that Winter Storm Dion hit. Normally it takes about 4 days to get your phone, but that has increased to 13 days. Phone Arena reached out to Motorola and they responded with….
Unfortunately a winter storm is causing hazardous conditions in Fort Worth, where our factory is located. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our team members, as well as providing the highest level of service to our customers. We are taking steps to make up any lost time, but we anticipate some delays.
Why Motorola didn’t communicate this issue in a better manner, I have no idea, but things should be back on track very soon.
source: Phone Arena
There is no such thing as Christmas Eve without Google’s Santa Tracker app right? As promised, Google just updated it for 2013 with Chromecast support. Of course Santa won’t be making his rounds for a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, you will get a countdown timer and few games to play. Enjoy!!
Google Drive’s Spreadsheets were pretty good for something simple, but forget it if you wanted to do some serious analyzing. Google is looking to change that by re-introducing them under the Google Sheets name. It’s not just a new name as Google promises that it’s faster, can handle larger spreadsheets, and can be used offline.
They also added a couple of new features, including filter views, function help, and flowing text into empty cells. Filter views is unique to Google, and allows you to save and share different views of your data without actually changing what others see.
Hit the break for a quick video.