We are about a month away from the Galaxy S 5 launch, which will not only bring updated versions for most TouchWiz apps, but it will also bring a few brand new apps. Many of these apps leaked and are available to download right now. They include S Note, WatchON, S Health, S Translator, the calculator, and Gear Manager.
The only caveat, and a major one, is that you need a Samsung device running Android 4.4.2. Plus, some of the apps need to have the previous version uninstalled, which requires root. And of course, the Galaxy Fit won’t do much for you unless you have a Galaxy Fit, but you can at least see the UI.
Google has updated their Search app with a handful of new features, so you’ll likely start seeing a few new additions as you get the update. A majority of the new changes are in Google Now’s information cards, including extra information for Cricket teams, sports card improvements, and expandable information in cards relating to stock information. Outside of the Now cards, Google has improved image searching, adding in the ability to open an image in a browser to quickly save it. One of the biggest pain points of Google image searching with the app was that it was impossible to save a picture if you needed to store it for later, so this addition is a welcome one. Google has also separated hotword detection in the settings to make it quicker to toggle.
Like other Google app updates, you can expect this one to roll out over the next few days. Hit the link below to see if the update is live for you yet.
Play Store Download Link
YouTube received an update today, but it isn’t the update you’re probably used to. Once you update, you’re going to get nothing new expect that the icon in the top leftt of the UI that has a bone inside. It symbplizes Google’s “dogfooding” program, or internal testing program, for those not familiar with the term. The program brings a menu with ExoPlayer options inside. Not quite sure what exactly the options do, and there’s a good chance this update was sent out mistakenly.
The update brings YouTube to version 5.5.26. It doesn’t seem like there are any other functional changes, but if we find something, we’ll be sure to let you know. Find a download link past the break to push the update to your device, if you haven’t yet received it.
Thanks to the trusty @evleaks twitter account, T-Mobile might be landing Sony’s Xperia T2 Ultra handset sometime this year. T-Mobile also has the Sony Xperia Z1s, so it looks like T-Mobile wants to keep Sony’s devices in their lineup. For power users, the T2 may not be as attractive as it’s more of a mid-range device. You won’t find waterproof capabilities in this one, and the specs include a 6-inch 720p screen, a Snapdragon 400 processor, and 1GB of RAM powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
No other details on launch date, but more will come as we find out. I’m hoping T-Mobile keeps this Sony trend and also releases the recently unveiled Xperia Z2!
The much popular Threes! puzzle game on the iOS platform has finally made its way onto Android via the Google Play Store. Threes! is one of those puzzle games that takes a minute to learn, but then you find yourself diving into it for hours. For a limited time only you can purchase the game for 33.33% off at $1.99. QR code and download links after the break!
There was some word that Asus was working on a gaming device, and now it looks like it’s a definite thing. The image above appeared on Bluetooth SIG’s website, with a description for the “Asus Game Box.” The description says that the above wireless controller is for an “Android system for gaming markets.” It runs on USB 3.0 and will pack a 430mAh rechargeable battery for 12 hours of gameplay.
Previously leaked benchmarks described a Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage running Android 4.3. There’s still a lot more information to uncover, but this is a start.
Source: Bluetooth SIG
Via: Android Police
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 has been rumored for quite a while now, but we haven’t had any formidable evidence of its existence until now. Today, the 10.1 inch LTE tablet has passed through the FCC certification process, hinting at a launch soon. Benchmarking site GFX Bench has information that suggests a 10.6 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a 3 megapixel camera on the back and a quad core Snapdragon 400 chipset clocked at 1.2 GHz. The 10.6 inch display may be a typo, as Samsung tablets usually feature a 10.1 inch display.
In addition, the device will have Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat and other hardware features like 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The features suggest a tablet that won’t be nearly as expensive as we initially thought.
Via: Cult of Android
Google is hard at work today releasing updates for some of its apps, one of them being the Google Wallet app that received an update earlier today bringing the new “Orders” feature. Now it looks like Google Translate is next in line to receive an update.
The new update improves the stability of the app and fixes bugs and crashes. Aside from this, the app now supports handwriting in 13 more languages : Arabic, Bosnian, Cebuano, Gujarati, Hmong, Kannada, Maltese, Mongolian, Persian, Punjabi, Somali, Tamil, Telugu. Read more
Google announced today that it’s rolling out a new update to its Google Wallet app that will bring a new feature called “Orders”.
With Orders, users can now easily track their online purchases as well as receive notifications of status updates regarding the shipping and delivery of their purchases. In addition, you can view receipts of your past online purchases.
Google said it will fetch the receipts you receive in your Gmail in order to find out the orders that you’ve made online. Read more