Google is rolling out the latest version of the Play Store, 4.3.10, and this one has some cool changes in store for us. The first is a Recently Updated section which will show you the apps that recently got updated. They will appear at the top of your installed list and are temporary. This is perfect for those of you that are set for automatic updates and mistakenly cleared your notifications.
The next one is going to make things cleaner in your notification panel. Right now, your notification panel shows each app that got updated on a separate line. Now with 4.3.10, it will combine all the apps that got updated into one line. Much cleaner.
These are the major changes. If you want to see some of the other stuff, hit the source link. We also have download links for you after the break. Enjoy!!
Everyone’s favorite launcher replacement has received an update today that should please many. With the 2.2 update we see custom docks as well as custom unread notifications. You can change colors, add custom tray patterns and so on. If you’re one of those that dropped the few bones it costs to get the Prime features then you’ll be seeing new scrolling effects. One such scroll feature mimics the glass transition seen in Touchwiz. What you won’t see though is the associated lag that comes with Samsung’s skin.
Either way I highly recommend that if you have the app you update it. If you don’t have it; get it. If you haven’t bought the Prime features yet; do it. You won’t be sorry. You’ll find your download via the source link. Enjoy!
source: Nova Launcher via the Play Store
Football season is approaching fast, and Gameloft is preparing, as they have released a new trailer for NFL Pro 14. According to Gameloft, this new version of the game will be more immersive, more realistic and more social than its predecessor. All 32 teams will be available for you to play as, and you’ll be able to compete with your friends using Facebook leaderboards. There isn’t a release date given yet for the Android version, but the iOS version will arrive on August 7.
You can view the trailer after the break.
On the heels of the LG G2 launch we are expecting later this week, we’re learning that the device will come with new and improved headphones in the box. Called the Quadbeat 2, they are going to be a step up from the original Quadbeat that come with the Optimus G and G Pro. Bass will be deeper, beats will be more natural, and peak sounds will be better managed, with less distortion. We’ll get to see them for real in just a few days.
Via: Phone Arena
HTC’s marketing department is getting busy again, this time apparently starting to feed the rumor mill concerning the HTC One Max. Over the weekend a couple images leaked of the HTC One Max, a phablet type device intended to compete against devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Not to be outdone, HTC released a Vine video today that says “Here’s to change” and “Big things ahead.” At the end of the video you can catch the image of a gentleman in a suit carrying a briefcase hopping of a helicopter. This could possibly be the first hint of Robert Downey, Jr. in an HTC ad since he was signed by the company in June as an ambassador.
“I’m on a diet” is probably one of the most popular phrases to be uttered by anyone on this side of the planet. In a world where food rules all, we certainly have to watch what we eat and how much of what we eat. Android developers have certainly done their part to help out dieters in ways that were not even imaginable ten years ago. Check out my list of the top five dieting apps available for Android devices.
Verizon Wireless announced a new data plan today for consumers who may be looking for a lower-cost data plan for their smartphones. The new 500MB tier Share Everything plan includes unlimited calls and texts across multiple devices and a pool of 500MB of data per month for only $40. There is a $40 per month charge per smartphone or $10 per month per tablet. For an individual with only one smartphone, that comes up to $80 per month for only 500MB of data. For $90 that same consumer could get 1GB of data or for $100 per month they could get a 2GB plan. It is a bit of stretch to see the value in the plan compared to the options with double to quadruple the available data, but for a user on a strict budget it may meet their needs. Consumers could probably shop around for some prepaid plans to get a better deal though.
The new offering comes about a week after AT&T announced their own low-cost Mobile Share package that provides 300MB of data for $20 per month with a $50 per smartphone fee, making it effectively $10 less than the Verizon plan, but with a data limit that is only 60% of what Verizon is now offering.
source: The Verge
At the recently held Def Con 21 security conference in Las Vegas, security researcher Craig Young with Tripwire demonstrated a proof of concept for a vulnerability in the way Android handles one-click authentication for web sites and apps. The authentication method is called “weblogin” and works by generating a unique token that is used to directly authenticate users via their Google+ accounts. Young’s proof of concept demonstrated how a rogue app could steal the weblogin tokens and redirect them to an attacker. Once they have the tokens, attackers could then impersonate victims with a variety of Google services like Gmail, Google Apps, Drive, Calendar and Voice. Read more
EETimes analyst Alice Sun has become well-known for her informed insights into the mobile phone and tech industry, and last week claimed that HTC’s chairwoman, Cher Wang, had decided to sell the company.
Sun has been very reliable with her information in the past, however HTC’s China head, Ray Yam, shot down the rumors through a text message:
“Based on recent inquiries related to rumors that HTC is looking to sell the company, we want to confirm that those rumors are untrue. HTC is committed to innovation and will continue to deliver new designs and products to consumers worldwide. We appreciate the support and affirmation of our customers and have new initiatives underway to further build our global presence and a full resurgence of the HTC brand.”
Wang also had some assuring words for her colleagues at HTC’s corporate family day event which seemed to echo what Yam had said.
Although this is just a rumor at this point, the fact that it came from a reliable source certainly brings it all into question. Only time will tell.