Google is giving away a 60 day free trail of Google Play Music All Access to all Chromebook users, as long as they haven’t used a trial in the past. All Access allows users to listen to as much ad-free music as they want, as well as allowing users to add albums to their library.
Normally All Access runs for $9.99 per month, which certainly isn’t bad at all. If you decide you don’t like it in the end, just cancel the service.
Source: +Google Play
TWRP 2.7 has been released, bringing a large list of new features, such as new graphics rendering changes for a smoother user interface, mouse support via USB, and so on.
Unfortunately some older devices will no longer be supported, especially devices that can’t handle the new SELinux support, as SELinux support requires devices that can handle Android 4.1 or higher. Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be able to install Android 4.4 on your device, but the team needs someone with one of those devices to properly test.
Hit the break for the full list of new features!
Google announced a new incentive program in which you can refer your friends and colleagues to Google Apps, and make $15 per new user. The philosophy is that many current Google Apps users learned about the service through word of mouth, so they are trying to build on that momentum.
If you’re interested in joining the referral program, you only need to sign up with your name and email address. They will also need your tax payer ID as well as a bank account to receive direct deposits. You will receive your payments for each user that has paid for at least 120 days, and it’s limited to 100 users.
source: Google Enterprise Blog / Sign up
T-Mobile recently began pushing out Android 4.4.2 for the Galaxy Note 3, and now its the Galaxy S 4’s turn. The update for the S4 is beginning to roll out over the air and through Samsung Kies with build number M919UVUFNB4.
The update is a hefty 388 MB and brings improved stability, and major features include white status bar icons, improved performance, reduced memory usage, improvements to Samsung’s onscreen keyboard in landscape mode, inbuilt wireless printing support, ability to select the default launcher and messaging app from the settings menu, a camera shortcut and full-screen album art on the lock screen, and new emojis.
The Samsung Galaxy S 5 will launch globally next month, but thanks to a 45-day ban in South Korea, it might not sell as well early on. South Korean carriers, SK Telecom, KT corp, and LG UPlus are banned from signing up customers or replacing phones from April 5 to May 19. The Galaxy S 5 will go on sale right smack in the middle of those dates, on April 11.
Videos of the all new HTC One have appeared, disappeared, and have been both useful and useless. But now we finally have some really nice high quality photos of the upcoming device. Some of the photos even compare HTC’s new flagship with the HTC One Max.
The photos have been posted on Weibo. Expect more leaks to come before the device’s March 25 unveiling date. Hit the break below for more.
Last year Qualcomm announced they were bringing a new Snapdragon processor, the 805, to market in 2014. A good bet for the first device to come with this new chipset powered by four Krait 450 cores would have been one of the flagship devices from a market-leading manufacturer. However, it appears Pantech has stolen the spotlight with the pending release of their new Pantech Vega Iron 2 smartphone.
The Vega Iron 2 appears to be intended for the Korean market only, although one of the four variants is carrier free and could be sold in other markets. In addition to the Snapdragon 805 processor, the Vega Iron 2 is supposed to come equpped with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, 32GB and 64GB storage options, and LTE-A support.
via: GSM Arena
At Sundar Pichai’s keynote at the SXSW (South by Southwest) conference, he mentioned that Chromecast would be hitting “many more countries” in the coming weeks.
These countries include the UK and Australia, which had been rumored since last month. Because the device’s SDK was released in February, you can expect the capabilities of the dongle to expand in the next few months as well.
He didn’t talk about sales figures, but mentioned that the numbers are in the millions, and is continuing to grow rapidly.
During the keynote Pichai also mentioned that an Android SDK for wearables would be coming in the next two weeks as well.
Source: The Next Web
Last week a video revealing the all new HTC One appeared on YouTube— it wasn’t the best review, but it showed the device in all its glory. This made some HTC execs unhappy, which caused him to later pull the video off of YouTube. Although some have downloaded the video’s content and posted it elsewhere, many are still looking for more information on the new device.
A new video, posted by another user, appeared on YouTube yesterday. It was a minute and 30 seconds long, and didn’t share any of the specs. The person shooting the video stated, “I’ll wait for HTC to do that.” The video was dark and grainy and didn’t really give any information that we don’t already know, so it’s not really worth watching. Either way, the video was recently pulled off of YouTube by the user.
Update: As expected, a few other people downloaded the video before it was pulled and re-uploaded it. We have the original video after the break.
Like so many tech companies, ASUS is scrambling to become a player in the “wearable device” market. According to previous reports, their first device to reach the market is shaping up to be a smartwatch that will be “feature packed.” In an interview over the weekend, chairman of the board Jonney Shih indicated the new device will likely be used to complement a smartphone as opposed to being a standalone device. He also hopes to incorporate “more natural user interfaces such as voice or movement controls.” Read more