Sony is ending its attempt to bring its wildly successful console gaming brand to Android devices. PlayStation Mobile, which launched in 2012, was a hub that allowed high quality games to be accessible for PlayStation Certified devices. That certification will no longer be handed out to any future devices. Sony is keeping the service running smoothly on such devices running Android 4.4.2 and below; however, anything with Android 4.4.3 and up are being left in the dark. With future versions of Android, there are no guarantees that PlayStation Mobile will continue to operate correctly with software updates.
Source: Sony Japan
Much emphasis gets put on the contract side of T-Mobile’s business and how it competes with Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, but the prepaid section of the market has been a point of focus for the Un-carrier too. According to John Legere, that focus has paid off, as T-Mobile has officially passed the other three carriers to become the top prepaid carrier in the US.
There are not many complaints when it comes to the HTC One (M8). It flaunts an aluminum unibody, sharp display, and BoomSound speakers. With that last one, though, comes some disadvantages. The speakers take up a decent amount of space and then HTC’s own logo-stamped bezel gets stacked on top of that. So the biggest issue people have had with the device is its bezels. It seems like HTC has a response by working with an audio expert.
For their next flagship, presumably called the HTC One (M9) for now, the company will work with Bose Corporation in order to make a more efficient set of stereo speakers. In return, the bezels of the device can be reduced and achieve the near edge-to-edge display that so many other hardware manufacturers are working towards. Bose has solely focused on the audio equipment industry, so HTC is outsourcing the work to a company that very well knows what potential solutions are.
Via: Phone Arena
For the month of June, the top smartphone manufacturers in the United States did not see much of a change in United States market share. Apple and Samsung, the two leaders, are the only of the top five manufacturers to see growth. LG, Motorola, and HTC all saw very small changes that went south; however, none of the declines were more than -0.6%. Also, those three companies combined have yet to near Samsung’s 28.6% market share in the United States. On the overall software front, Android still leads iOS by an amount nearing 10%.
Hit the break for details on what mobile applications have the most reach.
Google latest acquisition is the instant messaging company, Emu, that left beta status earlier this year. Emu set itself apart from other messaging services by allowing users to use voice controls to do things like set calendar appointments and other tasks, not unlike a Google Now or Siri. Not only that, but Emu used contextual information from the conversations you were having to make recommendations on things like restaurants or places of interest that you might enjoy.
Google is pushing out an update to Google Search, bringing the app to version 3.6. This is a really minor update with the only visible change being the ability for developers to deep link app information through Android’s linking API. This basically means you’ll be able to be linked directly to content in another app, if you have it installed and the developer has implemented it within their own application.
Google is pushing out updates to a few of its apps, including Hangouts, YouTube, and Play Music. None of the updates are huge, but they bring a few extra features that are definitely worth having.
Need a new phone for back to school? Motorola has you covered with a great sale on Moto Maker where you’ll be able to pick up an off-contract Moto X for $299. That’s just the 16 GB, but if you need more space, the 32 GB is only $324 and the 64 GB is $374. This deal will run through tomorrow, and you’ll still get all of the great customization options that Moto Maker offers.
Those are all solid prices on a very great device, and even though it’ll be a generation behind once the Moto X+1 launches later this year, the Moto X has already been confirmed for Android L, so you’ll at least be able to keep up on software.
Hit the link below to start customizing your Moto X.
source: Moto Maker
Gmail has a lot of neat features that gives them a leg up over other providers. Here’s a new one – Google has added an “unsubscribe” button to mailing list emails that lets you unsubscribe from lists with just a few clicks. Basically, if there’s an unsubscribe option hidden somewhere in the email, Gmail will find it and link it at the very top of the message. It won’t fix all of your email clutter woes, but it’s a start.
The latest app to add support for Android Wear is a big one – Facebook Messenger. According to Facebook’s Ian Lake, Facebook Messenger v9 adds the ability to respond directly to messages using your voice, as well as send a “like” thumbs up to recipients. You’ll also be able to mute notifications on your phone or Android Wear device.
Aside from Wear support, the update also adds some “improvements to make the app faster and more reliable”. To get this update, head to the Google Play link past the break.
Source: +Ian Lake