Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III finally receives 4.3 update

samsung-galaxy-s3-jelly-bean-420x309AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular already got their Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.3 updates last month, but Verizon users were still waiting. Thankfully for them, the wait is over, as 4.3, along with the Samsung Premium Suite is being rolled out to devices as we post.

Along with all the improvements 4.3 brings, Samsung Knox support, Galaxy Gear support and a few added enhancements to Samsung’s existing software, including things like multi-screen and multi-window support, are also included with the update.

Remember that despite the roll out beginning, it could take a few days for the update to reach your device.

Source: Verizon


Big update to Press for Android brings new themes, gestures, more


Press is one of the best RSS readers for Android, and it’s even better after the latest update. A new dark and light theme, gestures, accessibility options, and KitKat compatibility are among the important features part of version 1.5.  The full list of features include:

  • Dark theme
  • All new light theme
  • Immersive mode when viewing articles (KitKat devices)
  • One-tap saving to Pocket/Instapaper (configure in Settings)
  • New gestures in article list
  • Swipe to mark as read/starred
  • Swipe and pull left/right to reveal quick actions
  • Font scaling for accessibility
  • Localization for several languages
  • Bug fixes, performance enhancements

Head past the break for a download link.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4, Note 3 getting KitKat at the end of January, according to French carrier


According to French carrier SFR, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Note 3 will be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update at the end of next month. This matches with a schedule that was leaked a few weeks ago. Considering the GS4 received Android 4.3 last month, it seems that Samsung is working at a decent pace to make sure its smartphone owners get the latest version of Android. So keep an eye out next month for the update.

Source: SFR (French)
Via: SamMobile

SwiftKey update includes new winter theme, updated install process

swiftkey_winterSwiftKey’s newest update isn’t a huge one in terms of functionality, but it keeps up with the season by adding a new winter theme. The new theme, which you can see above, coats your keyboard in a frosty blue and covers them with snow. A gust of wind trails your finger as you swipe past your desired letters, which then show up as large snowflakes while you type.

In addition to the new theme, the update also brings a new installer, which now automatically downloads language packs. A number of bug fixes are also included. Head past the break for a download link.

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Photos and Specs for Oppo R1 Leak Revealing Glass Back with Metal Construction


Images of the upcoming mid-range Oppo R1 have leaked online. The phone that has a “new revolutionary sensor for great night shooting,” has been revealed to sport metal construction with a glass backing. The power button, as well as the volume rockers, will be of metal construction as well. This shows a premium build quality even if the leaked specs of the phone aren’t considered state of the art. They include:

  • 5-Inch 720p display
  • 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex A7 MediaTek MT6582 Chipset
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of Internal storage
  • Android 4.2.2

That being said, release details along with pricing and availability are unknown at this time. We’ll update you as soon as we know more, but even if these specs are considered “mid-range” maybe Oppo will fine tune the experience a la Moto X style.

source: Weibo
via: VR-Zone

Google Glass XE12 update brings Hangouts, YouTube and photography with a wink


In one of the biggest updates to Google Glass since it was released, Google has released XE12, bringing a number of new features to the software. This update comes after many were wondering why they hadn’t gotten their monthly update in a while, but as it turns out, the reason is because this update is one of the biggest to date.

One of the biggest features of the new update is that Glass is now iOS compatible, as long as iOS users download the MyGlass app. The app was spotted on the Apple App Store earlier today and was taken down, but it should be up again soon.

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Featured Android Game Review: Strategy & Tactics: Medieval Wars


HeroCraft is building upon their success of the Strategy & Tactics series by releasing a 3rd game, Strategy & Tactics: Medieval Wars. You guessed it, this one is set in medieval Europe. You will lead the armies of England and France, as well as the armies of the crusaders in three campaigns.

The gameplay is the same as Strategy & Tactics: World War II and Strategy & Tactics: USSR vs USA. It’s a lot like Risk in that you need to knock out other armies to take over regions. You won’t find any explosions or amazing graphics, this is pure strategy on hand drawn maps. You will need to make decisions based on the strength and/or weakness of your soldiers. Should you divide and conquer or keep them together? Battles will take place during the Norman Invasion, the Crusades, the Hundred Years’ War, the Reconquista, the War of the Roses, the Albigensian Crusade, and endless peasant riots. You can also play against friends in Hotseat mode.

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Pebble App Store Coming in 2014, Available for Developers Now


Pebble announced today that their Pebble Developer Portal is now available for Pebble Watch App developers. That means that developers will be able to upload their apps today to be available in the upcoming “Pebble Appstore”. You’ll be able to browse several different categories once the appstore goes live. They are:

  • Daily
  • Fitness
  • Games
  • Notifications
  • Remotes
  • Tools & Utilities
  • Watch faces

The kicker is that should an app require an iOS or Android companion app developers will be able to link to those respective apps in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

source: Pebble Developer Blog

Spotify updated on both Android and desktop, features minor interface tweaks, new artist pages

Spotify update

The Spotify app on Android recently received an update. It isn’t a big one, but you’ll see that there are newly designed login and signup pages, as well as image galleries and play counts in the artist section.

Both the PC and Mac versions have also been updated, but feature a much different interface than previously seen. It’s darker, and artists now have circular avatars. There don’t seem to be any new features, though. If you haven’t received the update yet, expect to get it soon. Hit the break for a screenshot of the new desktop version as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.

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