comScore report shows Android OEM market share, Motorola barely seeing any improvements

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comScore’s latest smartphone market share report confirms the trend we’ve been seeing for a while now; Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the landscape, while most other manufacturers fight for the scraps at the bottom of the pile. The Q3 report shows that Apple lost roughly 0.2% while Samsung saw another growth of 1.3%, which combined puts the two of them in control of 66% of the market, or 2/3 of every smartphone. That’s rough for everyone else. Motorola managed to pull up into third place with 7% of total smartphone subscribers. Read more

Android 4.4.1 update (KOT49E) for Nexus 4 now available to download, instructions included

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The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 4 started rolling already. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, hit the break for full instructions.

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Android 4.4.1 update (KOT49E) for Nexus 7 LTE now available to download, instructions included

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The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 7 LTE started rolling already. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, hit the break for full instructions.

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Google Voice Search gets multi-language update

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Google Voice Search is finally getting an update that adds in support for languages besides just English. Previously, any questions you asked Google would get an English response, but now if you ask a question in French, for example, Google will read back results in French. If English isn’t your first language, this can make the entire Google search experience significantly better for you.

This update adds in support for French, German, and Japanese languages, and Google is committed to getting more languages and translations built in.

source: Inside Search

Android 4.4.1 update (KOT49E) for Nexus 5 now available to download, instructions included

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The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 5 started rolling a little quicker than we had originally thought. This update will dramatically improve the camera by making it faster. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, then hit the break for full instructions.

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Sprint sending out Moto X KitKat soak test invites

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Just about everyone with a Moto X has or is getting KitKat relatively soon. Verizon got the update first and AT&T followed shortly after. US Cellular’s update is even around the corner. And according to a tipster over at Phone Arena, Sprint is sending out soak test invites for the Android 4.4 KitKat update. If you’re part of Motorola’s Feedback Network, you are likely to have received the invite. Being a part of the soak test allows Motorola to have a sample size good enough to identify problems and fix them before a major roll out.

Sprint Moto X owners, have you received a soak test invite?

Source: Phone Arena

New update for Google Play Music rolling out

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Following up yesterday’s release of an update to Google’s Play Movies that enables saving movies in low resolution, Google has started pushing out an update to their Play Music app that enables a similar feature for music. Instead of giving users an option to save a smaller file, the app will now prompt users to save their music files to external storage if their device has any available. Google also added a standardized “Share” option to make it easier to keep your friends updated on what you are listening to. The code for this latest update reveals support for the redemption of coupon codes as well, though it is not apparent in the app how that might be done. Read more

Google Glass Explorers receiving invites to exchange for new version

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Google is giving Glass Explorers an opportunity to exchange their current pair of smart glasses for the new version. Explorers that purchased Glass before October 28 of this year are receiving invitations to exchange because the updated version is compatible with new accessories and prescription frames that are on the way. While Explorers are not required to exchange their Glass, it would be a smart move considering they would be getting a new piece of hardware.

Explorers have until February 5 to decide and it will take about 3 to 5 days after receiving your current Glass to send out a new one. So if you’re also unhappy with the color you chose, you can change that as well.

Source: SlashGear

Classic 1987 arcade favorite ‘Double Dragon Trilogy’ released to Google Play

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I certainly have no memories of this game, as it was released to arcades six years before my birth, but perhaps some of you will…

Double Dragon Trilogy, a favorite from 1987, has been released to Google Play.

It was one of the first co-op arcade titles, and now it’s ready to come to mobile devices everywhere. And you’ll get some extra material in this download, as the game includes the original game as well as Double Dragon 2: The Revenge, and Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone.

All of the same moves and special features are included, and it’s apparently a nice recreation of its older version for only $3.00. Hit the break for the full features list and a link to the game in the Play Store.

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Google+ automatically “Auto Awesome-ing” your holiday photos with falling snow and twinkling lights

Thanks to Google+, you can now “GIF-out” your holiday photos to send some pretty cool e-cards to family and friends.

If you take a photo featuring any kind of Christmas tree or snow, Google will automatically “Auto Awesome” your pictures and add snow or twinkling lights to it, turning them into GIFs.

The idea seems a bit corny, but when actually looking on it, it’s really not all that bad. Try it out for yourself! Let us know how it turns out. Hit the break for an example of a snowy picture.

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