SmartGlass app can now control TV through Xbox One

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The new Xbox One SmartGlass app has been able to allow users to control their Xbox from their phone for a while now, but with a new update, users can control much more than just that.

TV and App channels are now shown on a new OneGuide page. Users can also now browse TV channels if they have service. Not only that, but the update also includes a number of smaller tweaks, such as new notifications options, a redesigned Home screen, and so on. The app, as usual, also includes an on-screen keyboard, which allows for much easier searching and typing. Hit the break for the Play Store download link and the QR code.

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Motorola Assist updated to improve driving detection

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Motorola Assist was updated today to version 2.2.35, adding a number of changes. These changes should be very welcome ones for users of Motorola Assist.

This update allows the app to be able to detect when users are at home and read incoming calls and texts out loud. Essentially, users can have all their texts and incoming calls read out loud to them. The update also brings improved driving detection. Users should remember that the majority of these features only work on the Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, Droid Maxx and Moto X. Hit the break for the QR code and Play Store download link!

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Amazon announcing new device on June 18, probably its first smartphone

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Ready or not, Amazon has something to announce on June 18 in Seattle. The company posted a video of some people getting hands on time with an unseen device. Simply put, all of the people are floored by whatever it is they are playing around with. One woman says “it moves with me” while some of the other participants move around watching the device. This is what basically makes it a lock that on June 18 (which is right on schedule), Amazon will unveil its first smartphone. The device will allegedly have 3D object recognition and it very much seems that the participants in the video were utilizing that.

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Motorola DROID line (2013) going directly to Android 4.4.3

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Owners of a DROID Ultra, MAXX, and Mini on Verizon no longer have a reason to be discouraged about the software. The latest version of Android, 4.4.3, is coming! David Schuster, part of Motorola’s Software Product Management team, says that some issues with Android 4.4.2 rollout led to a delay and when it was resolved, the company opted to just wait for the next version (which they new was on its way).

So now the company is focused on Android 4.4.3 and plans on pushing it out to the DROID line of 2013 as soon as possible. With how quick other Motorola devices are being updated to Android 4.4.3, do not expect to be waiting very long.

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Angry Birds Stella spin-off coming this fall, Rovio shares gameplay screenshot

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Rovio knows that we all just cannot get enough Angry Birds in our lives. So the developer has announced the spin-off Angry Birds Stella will arrive in September. The image above was shared and shows the titular character beside her friends and foes.

Shortly after the game is available this fall, Rovio has a short television series ready to be released. It will tie-in with the game and be comprised of thirteen episodes that are six minutes each. That segment of Angry Birds Stella should be ready in November along with plenty of other Angry Birds Stella franchise-related items.

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HTC One Remix for Verizon press render shows the device’s front and back

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Here is a pretty clear look at the upcoming HTC One Remix. In case you were unaware, this is just the HTC One Mini 2 with a different name just for Verizon. Everything looks the same as the other device, save for branding. Verizon has stamped its front and back with some logos. The front has replaced HTC’s very own logo with Big Red’s. And the back has the usual Verizon logo and 4G LTE logo. Nothing too surprising here.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

Nova Launcher update brings “OK, Google” hotword and slight design fixes from the beta

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One of everyone’s favorite Android launchers is receiving an update that puts it even closer to the stock launcher. Nova Launcher’s latest update adds the “OK, Google” hotword commonly found with the Google Experience Launcher. This feature requires Android 4.1 or higher and a device than can sit in low power consumption while listening (as not all devices can do so). Another addition is the fixes, tweaks, and changes made within the beta version of Nova Launcher. They have all been brought over to the stable release in the Play Store.

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Google Translate now shows definitions, synonyms, usage history, and more

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Next time you need to know how to say “hello” in French, Google Translate may give you more than just that. Google is experimenting with offering much more information than just a straightforward definition. Basically, everything down to the word’s usage history can be found through Google Translate.

I have noticed Google Search doing all of this for a few months, but now it seems that Google Translate is getting the same kind of attention.

Source: Google Translate
Via: Google Operating System

Image of Verizon branded Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet surfaces

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We have read rumors that Verizon was considering adding the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet to its portfolio of tablet devices available for consumers. That rumor picked up some new steam today thanks to a leaked image posted by Twitter tipster @evleaks. The image is a front and back view of the Xperia Z2 Tablet showing Verizon branding laid down right in the middle of the back of the device. Of course, we still have no idea of when this may happen, but the existence of a pre-release image could be an indication that the wait may not be too much longer.

source: @evleaks (official site)

Chrome Web Store now links to Android apps

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A new update to the Chrome Web Store was recently launched, now showing links to extensions and apps that will also work on Android. The store will have a link that says “Available for Android,” allowing users to link directly to the Google Play Store.

The links are currently only one way, and links to the Chrome Web Store from Google Play are not yet shown. This move might signal that Google is planning on merging the two stores.

Source: Google System