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Acer reimagines “Extend” app
You can now save all your Spotify tracks for offline playback with just one tap
Pushbullet launches Google Play beta program
Redesigned dialer app introduced in Android 4.4.3
The much anticipated LG G3 was officially unveiled last week, but despite rumors suggesting that the device would feature a metal body the device ended up being made of plastic.
LG‘s Vice President of Mobile Design, Chul Bae Lee, recently spoke on the subject, saying there were a number of reasons for using plastic instead of the metal. The first of those reasons being that the device would cost $300 more.
While we still don’t know the official price of the device, it has popped up on a number of pre-order sites with a price of £499.
Motorola’s Moto G has caught a lot of attention, becoming the company’s best-selling smartphone ever. Now, those who are on Verizon’s prepaid plan can get the device cheaper than ever, at just $49.99 off contract.
The factory images of Android 4.4.3 were posted earlier today, and there are a few changes in the new operating system. One of those changes is the new, refreshed dialer app.
The interface of the new app now features some of the lighter colors and qualities that we’ve seen in other recent Google app updates. The color scheme is now blue, black, grey and white, and the action bar at the top of the app is now blue rather than grey. Google itself has said that this year they would be shifting their focus to design, and some major changes are expected to be revealed at this years Google I/O.
The Google Play Store has undergone several updates within the past few weeks, all of them welcome additions. Now, Google has added an option to view the permissions an application requires within the “Additional Information” section of the app’s Play Store page.
T-Mobile recently tipped off the media that the Android 4.4.3 factory image would be released to Nexus devices, and it looks like that tip-off was right. Google released the factory images for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 on their images and binaries pages. You can hit the source link to download it for yourself, or you can wait for the over the air update.
Source: Google (Factory Images), Google (Binaries)
As we witnessed during the month of May leading up to LG’s unveiling of the LG G3, the company does not seem to mind an increasing cacophony of leaks and rumors about their devices. We are definitely starting to see that trend take shape with regard to the LG G Watch, slated to be the first Android Wear device to hit the market, possibly by July in some parts of the world. The latest bits of info to surface on the rumor mill involve a possible USIM-equipped version and some graphics, including a boot animation, for the device. Read more
With the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S series expected to be fairly soon, some people are getting more anxious about the specs of the devices to be released. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has popped up a few times over the past few months, but we haven’t seen any specs, until now.
The device is now said to include an 8.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. It will also include an 8-core processor with a speed of 1.9 GHz, 3GB of RAM, and Android 4.4.2 out of the box. We also know the model number of at least the Chinese version of the device, which is SM-T705C.
Acer originally released their “Extend” concept a while ago, allowing users to connect their smartphone to their computer and use it as a dock with a keyboard and a spare battery. But that concept has been completely reimagined.
Extend is now simply an app that users can install on their Windows PC and use to control their phone. It can be connected both wirelessly, or via USB, and once it is connected, the phone screen appears in an emulator box. Users can then drag and drop files onto their device and off of their device. The performance of the app is also good, depending on the phone. Acer is aiming for at least 24 frames per second.
Pushbullet is a popular service that allows users to push links, photos, and other content to their mobile devices, while also pushing notifications and phone calls to the desktop. Now, the creators of Pushbullet have created a Play Store beta program, allowing users to test future version before stable builds are released.