Fleksy gets Arabic and Chinese support, plus several new premium themes


Fleksy has received a pretty substantial update that brings in support for two widely requested languages: Arabic and Chinese. By adding in both of these languages, Fleksy opens itself up to be much more competitive in an international market, especially China’s rapidly growing smartphone market.

If you use Fleksy in any other language, these new languages might not be such a big deal, so to make up for it Fleksy has added four new premium themes for the keyboard. The four themes, Key Lime, Sunflower, Sun Kiss, and Blood Red, all look pretty much like what you would expect from the names. But hey, new colors and customization options are always nice.

Dish Anywhere app updated with a slew of new features

dish anywhere

If you’re a Dish network customer, you should absolutely be using the Dish Anywhere app. The application allows you to access your home DVR from anywhere with your Android phone or tablet, and even lets you sling live TV to your device and set up recordings. The app has received an update today that brings many new features, including a new  image-heavy interface that’s much easier to navigate.

Amazon discounts Chromebooks for back to school sale

Acer Chromebook C720 rear view half closed

Google has positioned Chromebooks as an excellent laptop to choose for educational purposes, and so far, they’ve sold fairly well. If you’ve been thinking about picking one up, you’re definitely going to want to check out Amazon’s pretty big sale on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes for back to school. Some models are seeing around $20 – $40 price drops, but others, like the HP 11-inch Chromebook, have dropped about $80 down to $199.

HTC Gallery app updated to allow users to share Duo Camera photos on the web


One of the coolest selling points on the HTC One M8 is the Duo Camera setup, which lets users snap photos then apply depth of field focus and other effects after the fact. It’s a fantastic feature that, until now, has been limited to the HTC One M8 and the newer HTC Butterfly J. But thanks to an update to the HTC Gallery app on the Play Store, you’ll now be able to share your photos on the internet and allow others to toy with the photos, including adjusting depth of field focus and other post-processing effect.

Verizon Push to Talk Plus now available for select smartphones

Verizon LTE

Verizon has officially announced that a few handsets on its LTE network will now be able to use the carrier’s Push to Talk Plus features, including the Samsung Galaxy S 5 and the Droid MAXX, among others.

The service offers a handful of very useful features for businesses and employers, including Late Join which allows employees to jump on a conference late without missing the entire conversation, and Talker Priority that allows the leader of a conversation to speak over anyone else on the call. It might not help those of you that only use Push to Talk for smaller conversations, but for businesses they’ll definitely be fantastic additions.

Updated Android L preview builds available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7


If you have a Nexus 5 or a 2013 Nexus 7, you’ll now be able to flash an updated version of Google’s Android L Developer Preview. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be too much added to these builds that isn’t currently available, but it does include the necessary bits and pieces for the Google Fit Platform. There might also be a few stability fixes and the like, but don’t expect much else.

Hit the link below for the downloads for your Nexus device.

source: Google Developers

VSCO Cam 3.0 update includes VSCO Grid to showcase your shots


One of the most popular photography applications across the world is getting an update today that makes it much more social. VSCO Cam is getting a major update and version 3.0 includes the VSCO Grid. It is a hub for a users content that is showcased for others to see. But that is just about it. To build a social following, users can search for others to follow and enjoy their VSCO Grid. There are no comments or likes to be dealt, just follows and shear appreciation.

In addition to the integration of the VSCO Grid, the app has an cleaner user interface with improved sharing functionality. It is now more efficient for a user to share images to other social media services. And, of course, VSCO has improved behind the scenes performance enhancements.

Hit the break for download links.

uBeam’s working prototype will charge devices via ultrasound across the room


I often wonder if wireless charging hasn’t caught on because people are waiting for what I call “true wireless charging.” The only working method we have right now is by placing your device(s) on a charging mat, which doesn’t feel all that wireless. Sure, you don’t have to “plug” a wire into your device, but there is one connected to the mat that your device is sitting on.

Google Fit now available to developers as a preview SDK


Google announced Google Fit at Google I/O, which will gives developers the tools to build amazing fitness apps. The set of APIs can store and access data from fitness apps and sensors on Android devices or other wearables. With the user’s permission, apps will now be able to access fitness history data allowing for detailed insights, personalized coaching, recommendations, and more.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha shows up at the FCC


As we wait for Samsung to officially announce the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, their attempt at a metal-bodied smartphone, we have been treated to leaked images like those showing the device next to an iPhone or what the white version will look like. Now we have something a little more official in terms of the device moving to market, an entry in the FCC database. A version of the Galaxy Alpha going by model number SM-G850F received its FCC approval, so that is one more item marked off the checklist to bring a smartphone to market.

The model that was tested by the FCC does not appear to be one headed for North America. However, many anticipate some version of the Galaxy Alpha will make it to the U.S. market, possibly through AT&T or T-Mobile. Samsung is expected to make the official announcement next week on August 13th, so that may give us a better idea as to who may ultimately have access to this device.

source: FCC
via: phoneArena

NFL Now takes the field to provide video highlights and news


The NFL has released a new app, NFL Now, geared to users who prefer to get their NFL updates through videos. The app gives users access to new videos added daily, including real-time highlights served up on game days. Users can also access, for a fee, the NFL Films archive of shows. The NFL promises all of the content can be accessed through an easy-to-use interface for displaying content on your phone or tablet. While it seems like an app of this nature screams out for the ability to connect to a Chromecast, there is no indication that users can do that.

Hit the break to check out some screenshots and a download link if you want to give NFL Now a try.

LG announces new LG G3 A variant of their flagship


LG has announced yet another variant of their LG G3 flagship smartphone. This new version is dubbed the LG G3 A and falls somewhere in between the LG G3 and the LG G3 Beat. The G3 A will come equipped with a 5.2-inch display running at 1920 x 1080 resolution powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor clocking in at 2.26 GHz. The G3 A will come with a little less memory, only 2 GB of RAM, but otherwise most of the specs are the same including a 13 MP rear camera with laser auto focus. LG says they have added some new software to this version that will give users some control over functions via wrist movements while holding the device.

Sony’s IFA 2014 press invite leaks online, teases new devices


Sony’s press invite for its IFA 2014 press conference and product unveiling has leaked online, and it teases some new devices as well.

The event will occur on Wednesday, September 3, from 16:15 to 17:00 CEST and, according to the photo above, will include new Xperia unveilings, which was already expected. We have less than a month until IFA, so expect more of these leaks to come out before then!

Via: Xperia Blog
Source: Eprice

Android Device Manager joins the update club


Joining the batch of small updates that Google rolled out over the past day is an update to the Android Device Manager. The update really only adds one new feature, the ability for someone who has found a smartphone with the ability to call the owner. The lockscreen implemented with this change will display a big green button for the finder to use to “Call Owner.” 

New Xperia tablet pegged for launch


It appears that Sony Mobile is looking to add a new Xperia tablet to the family, following a post on an Indonesian site showing a new tablet with a model number of SGP621. The model number suggests that the tablet will sport LTE and continue the line of Xperia Z tablets with the LTE Z2 and the Tablet Z sporting model numbers of SGP521 and SGP321 respectively.