Last week there was an update to Google Play Books that finally allowed users the ability to upload PDFs. However, that appears to be a short-lived feature as it’s gone in this week’s update. According to a spokesperson at Google, the reason that it was removed is that it was considered experimental and it should come back in a later update.
The 3.1.23 update offers some lower light reading improvements as well as bug and performance fixes. If uploading PDFs is important to you, you can always choose to ignore the update. Other than that you can still use the web interface for your uploading convenience.
source: Android Police
We have heard that Samsung will be launching four new tablets early next year, and now we have a little more information about them. The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (SM-T110/T111) will be the first to launch, and will probably be shown at CES. It will have a 7-inch display and will be available in Cream White. Next up is the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (SM-T320/T325), Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 (SM-T520/T525), and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (SM-P900/P905) that will land in February. These tabs will be available in either black or white, and you can expect 16GB of storage for the Tab Pros, while the Note Pro gets 32GB. We are also expecting AMOLED displays on these three tablets.
We’re not sure if these are on top of the rumored 10.5-tablet that we heard about a couple of days ago, or if that tablet is actually the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 with misinformation regarding the display size.
Professor Kim Yun-hi, a leading researcher at one of South Korea’s top universities, believes that devices with truly flexible displays will be commonly available sometime in 2014. She’s not talking about things like Samsung’s Galaxy Round and LG’s G Flex; those devices are curved, but not really flexible devices, per se. Not only that, but she also believes that within just a few years, we’ll see folding, rolled up screens make their way into the likes of Galaxy Gear-esque devices, too.
Most of Kim’s claims are based on the fact that her group of researchers have developed a flexible organic polymer that would actually allow flexing and folding in a screen, where the “curved” displays available now are just, well, curved. Many companies are apparently seeking that technology for use in their OLED panels, so that’s a good sign that there’s some serious interest in it.
Of course, if the mainstream consumer doesn’t care to adopt flexible phones, it’s all going to be a moot point. It’ll be interesting to see how most customers react to this inevitable wave of new devices.
source: Korean Herald
via: Phone Arena
Koushik Dutta, developer of tons of popular Android apps like Helium, DeskSMS, and AllCast (just to name a few), has had his ROM Manager app yanked from the Play Store over developer violations. The violation in question? An old method of paying for a ROM Manager Premium license through PayPal.
Google apparently sent Koush an email giving him 6 weeks to remove PayPal IAP options from all of his apps. He removed it from Helium, but hadn’t managed to get around to fixing up ROM Manager. 4 weeks into that 6 week deadline, Google has taken the app down. Read more
Earlier this month, Samsung said that they would unveil different color options for the Galaxy Note 3 based on regional market preferences. In South Korea, one market preference color seems to be red. In addition to Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink, customers in South Korea will now be able to purchase the Galaxy Note 3 in “Merlot Red,” which you can see above.
Samsung says that the color will appeal to both men and women agross all ages, and will come with a matching S Pen and leather back, just like the other color options.
Source: Samsung Tomorro
Some poking around in the settings for Google’s Search app shows it is largely incompatible with many of the apps on a typical smartphone or tablet. This means that users hoping to take advantage of “universal search” are unlikely to get the results they were hoping for. Universal search has been the subject of patent skirmishes, especially for Samsung devices. Nonetheless, the function is now present and has been for a while on Android powered devices. With universal search, users can get results not only from the web, but from applications that are running on their device. As the latest analysis shows, the applications capable of delivering results to Google Search are made up of a small list. Read more
A number of options are available to those who want to use their smartphone as a TV remote. In fact, devices like the Galaxy S4, HTC One and the LG G2 all have built-in IR blasters and come pre-installed with apps that are meant for controlling your TV. Now Comcast has their own app which is aimed at controlling the new generation of Comcast XFINITY boxes. That includes the boxes that have the new black UI in place of the older blue one. Hit the break for more info and download links.
You may have forgotten all about Facebook’s Home launcher that was released earlier this year and was even pre-installed on a few phones, but Facebook still remembers their attempt to get in front of more users. More importantly, Facebook decided to make some improvements to Home and an update to the launcher is now available in Google Play. Read more
When the Moto G was released last month. Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside indicated the device would be updated to Android 4.4. KitKat by the end of January. Apparently being connected to Google comes with some benefits, like the ability to accelerate the development and release of Android updates for Motorola devices. Moto G owners will be happy to know that the update to KitKat is now rolling out to their devices, well ahead of schedule. Read more