Evernote and its companion app, Skitch, have both received updates today that are some pretty handy productivity features. First up, Evernote has now been given the ability to edit Office documents, such as files from Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, thanks to integration with MobiSystem’s OfficeSuite app. The files are stored in Evernote, edited in OfficeSuite, then immediately mirrored back in Evernote. There have also been quick reminders added, so you can set a due date for any individual file. If you use your Android device as a productivity tool, this update is going to fit you perfectly.
In addition to the Evernote updates, Skitch has also received an update that’ll allow you to annotate your PDF files on the go, for Premium users, at least. There are also a handful of stamps available to mark your PDF files for feedback, which is a welcome addition.
Overall, it’s definitely a handful of worthwhile updates for some already great applications.
All indications are that we will see the new Nexus 7 next week, but who wants to see it a little early? Unfortunately we don’t know if it’s a near final product or an early prototype. Among the pictures, the unit has listed specs, which do appear questionable.
The obvious is that it’s made by ASUS and includes a 7-inch LCD display. It has rear and front cameras, 5MP and 1.2MP respectively. Where things get fishy is that it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. With the latest rumor that the price of this tab will go up to $229, that doesn’t make sense. Most rumors indicate a Snapdragon 600, but who knows, maybe there will be multiple versions.
The next item is the RAM, which shows 4GB. We have yet to see a device with 4GB nor have we ever seen a rumor of one, so I’m not buying it. One interesting spec is dual speakers, but they are placed at the back. I would love to see an IR blaster, but no mention of it. Hit the break for more images and video.
We have already spotted a black version of the Motorola DROID ULTRA as well as a white version as Motorola gears up to unleash a new batch of DROID devices upon the world. Joining those two versions may be a red version of the device as seen in a render discovered by @evleaks. Like the previous images, the render reveals a carbon fiber type look to the device’s case, which is marked with the Verizon logo on the back.
We are still waiting on more details about the specs for these devices. The answers may not come until Verizon’s press event scheduled for July 23rd in New York City. Joining the DROID ULTRA in Verizon’s lineup could be the DROID Mini and the DROID MAXX.
Do you think Motorola’s strategy to release multiple color options for a new device will be successful?
HTC may not be the only Android smartphone manufacturer looking at a mid-year update of their flagship device to take advantage of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 800 processor if a recently discovered AnTuTu benchmark scored is to be believed. The AnTuTu entry is listed as a GT-I9506 variant of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and is supposedly similar to the LTE-A version, but intended for the global market.
The benchmark shows a device running a Snapdragon 800 at 2.3GHz with an Adreno 330 GPU. The score of 31123 is consistent with the Snapdragon 800. If a new, faster version of the Galaxy S 4 is on its way, it could be announced at IFA 2013 on September 3rd in Berlin. At the same time, this could just be a fake as AnTuTu benchmarks are not that difficult to manipulate.
Sprint’s HTC One variant is expected to see an update today, as was confirmed by Sprint’s website. The update is 1.31.651.2 and includes an “HD Voice enhancement,” and allows Sprint’s ringtones to show up in the ringtones list. Some bug fixes are expected to be included as well. Check to see if you have the update and let us know how it went.
Source: Sprint Community Forums
Samsung quickly changed the way we multitask and use apps with its implementation of the Multi Window. This feature allows Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy S III users to use two apps simultaneously. You can check your Gmail while watching videos on YouTube or look up a map while talking to someone in Hangouts without having to switch to the app completely.
Samsung created a Multi-Window tray with Android 4.2.2 that makes it easy to open apps into Multi Window. It can be placed on either the left or right side of your home screen and you have complete control of what apps show in it. Of course if you don’t have Multi Window enabled, you may not even know it exists. Hit the break to find out how to enable, hide, move, and edit the Multi Window tray.
Google’s head of both Android and Chrome, Sundar Pichai, will be leading a ‘breakfast’ event by Google next Wednesday, where some Android announcements are expected to come.
We didn’t see an Android 4.3 announcement at Google I/O in May, so perhaps we will this time, as its release seems more and more imminent every day. A Nexus 7 successor is also possible. We could also see something on the uber-hyped Moto X, however it is unlikely. (August is getting closer and closer, though.)
Don’t worry if you don’t have an invitation though, because the entire event will be live-streamed on Google’s website. We’ll give you guys the link when we have more details.
Over the years, Gameloft has really associated itself as the top-of-the-line gaming developer company for mobile devices, as it puts out one hit after the next, successfully showing how mobile gaming has become very similar in quality to console gaming. Since the company’s Facebook page launched in 2009, it has reached 10 million ‘likes,’ and they’re looking to celebrate by giving away some free stuff!
Check out their Facebook page in the source link below where they’re hosting some activities, as well as the ability to make your own infographic.
Source: Gameloft Facebook
Despite all the angst Google Glass has induced due to the picture and video capabilities of the devices which seem to dominate early adopter use cases, Google Glass probably has much more potential to change how people use technology when other apps start to roll out. Augmenting reality using Google Glass is one such use that has a lot of potential for future development. The first steps to that goal were recently released by the development team of Brandyn White and Andrew Miller, part of a project called OpenGlass that is working on an open-source library for Google Glass. Their new demonstration shows how the concept of augmented reality could be used to discover more information about the real world environments all around us. Read more