Google Play Music app updated to version 5.0.1041J


Google Play Music has been updated and given some features that I had no idea it didn’t even have. The official version is 5.0.1041J and includes:

* Added option to delete tracks
* Can share song and add to playlist from Now Playing screen
* Remove from My Library now supported

For some reason I always thought the ability to delete tracks has always been there. Either way, good to see it being added. Links to the Play Store will be right below!

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Nvidia releases video showing off final firmware of Shield with some pre-loaded games


This recent video uploaded by Nvidia shows off the Shield project in its final form (firmware wise). Also in the video is Sonic 4 Episode II and Expendable Rearmed being showcased and will be part of pre-loaded games that will be on the device. The device has been up for pre-orders since May 17th and will currently run you $350. Check out the video right after the break!

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HTC accusing Samsung for ‘using component shortages’ as a competitive weapon


The HTC One has been a great success thus far for the struggling company with more than 5 million units sold to date. While it’s a great number, HTC claims it could have sold even more if it wasn’t for supply shortages. It’s not new news that the HTC One did suffer some serious supply shortages upon its release earlier this quarter. What’s interesting about this comment by HTC is that they’re not blaming the lack of supplies via production, but yet they’re blaming other companies like Samsung claiming they use it as a “strategy” to essentially bottleneck other companies such as HTC in selling more of their devices.

HTC’s own Jack Tong used the HTC Desire as a prime example of this. 2 years ago when the Desire was selling quite well for the company, they had to halt the production and ultimately affected some of its sales because Samsung stopped supplying the company with the AMOLED screens that were being used on the device. HTC was forced to slightly redesign the phone and supply it with an LCD screen instead. It was then that Tong mentioned,“We found that key component supply can be used as a competitive weapon.”

source: Focus Taiwan

Infamous Motorola X phone will come out by October and is packed with several different sensors


Well folks, some actual “real” facts have finally surfaced concerning the infamous Motorola X phone. Coming from Motorola’s own Dennis Woodside himself, the device will come out this October and most of it will be built in Fort Worth, Texas. Woodside even gave a slight tease mentioning the device is already in his pocket.

You can expect the device to feature a galore of sensors. One being a sensor that can detect when the device has been taken out of the pocket, and even a sensor that will detect how fast you’re currently traveling if you were to be in a car that way the phone will act differently for safety measures.

Sadly that’s all we know about the device, screen size, processor and everything else is still up in the air. I’m sure more about the device will surface sometime this summer as it will eventually have to pass through the FCC. Stay tuned!

source: All Things D

Twitter updates to 4.1, gets richer notifications, new compose mode


Until version 4.0, Twitter’s Android app seemed like an afterthought to the iOS version. 4.0’s overall was a welcome change, and 4.1 adds even more features, including rich notifications and simplified image sharing.

The folks at Twitter have taken advantage of Jelly Bean’s rich notification capabilities, and now notifications show profile pictures of those who have interacted with you, as well as a list of interactions if you have multiple. In addition, the compose window, which used to be a pop up, has been transformed into a real window. Image sharing is now incredibly easy through the new compose window, as you can now choose the photo you want to share straight from the app, without opening your phone’s gallery. Also the full preview is visible, instead of the cropped version that used to be shown. Twitter brags that you can now tweet a photo in under six seconds, and I just attempted and confirmed their claim.

Other tweaks in 4.1 include easier account-switching, removed borders for more reading space, and the ability to remove your location from individual tweets. You can read the full change log and download the updated app after the break.

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New Google Play Store 4.1.10 update starting to roll out


Some Android users have noticed an updated version of the Google Play Store has started to roll out today. The update takes the Play Store up to version 4.1.10. The previous version that was publicly rolled out, and which most people probably have installed, was 4.1.6. With such a small increment in the version number, this is likely just some bug fixes. Some early reports indicate it may address some location issues and some text layout problems.

If you want to give it a try, you can download the .apk using the link below and then manually install the new version. Otherwise, be patient and your device should update itself eventually.

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Gmail gets new tabbed inbox, Android update “available within the next few weeks”

gmail_update_screenshotOver the weekend we showed you leaked screenshots of a new Gmail interface. Today the new tabbed interface, which Google says “puts you back in control,” has been announced. The new design features five tabs – primary, social, promotions, updates, and forums – in which Gmail will automatically sort your incoming mail. This is just another step in decluttering and simplifying your email experience.

The tabs are pretty self explanatory, social is for emails from social networks, promotions is for coupons, updates is for confirmations and receipts, and forums is for messages from discussion boards and mailing lists. Primary is of course for everyday email that you don’t want sorted. Read more

Huawei CEO denies lowball price rumors for Ascend P6, defends quality of Chinese devices


As if Huawei doesn’t have enough of a challenge breaking into Western markets with their smartphone devices, they have been dealing with an Internet rumor swirling around the price of their forthcoming Ascend P6 smartphone.  Although the Ascend P6 has not yet been released, reports surfaced indicating the device would be priced at about $330. Huawei CEO Richard Yu had some especially harsh words regarding the source of the rumors, which he posted to his Weibo account: Read more

MediaTek back again with new, tablet-oriented quad-core chip


MediaTek has announced a new quad-core processor to be added to their portfolio that they hope will find its way into tablet devices. MediaTek is producing a new MT8125 chip to meet the needs of the fast-growing tablet market. The chip is based on a quad-core Cortex A7 cpu running at 1.5HGz and a PowerVR Series5XT gpu. MediaTek is incorporating MiraVision technology into the tablet’s SoC to be able to support high-end multimedia capabilities. The MT8125 will support full HD 1080p video playback and recording and will be able to drive screen resolutions up to 1920×1200. Along with the multimedia features, MediaTek says the chip can support 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE and WiFi options, meaning tablet producers can more easily offer a variety of options for consumers. One of the first devices that appears headed to market with the new MT8125 is the Lenovo IdeaTab S6000.

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