Holification Nation releases beautiful new Instagram app

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While Instagram recently revamped the Apple version of their app with iOS7, the Android version of the app wasn’t so lucky, and remains a bit of an eye-sore. Luckily, there are 3rd party apps to remedy this, such as the new one by Holification Nation.

The new Holification Nation Instagram app is not the first app that the two-man team have revamped. Also on the list are Grooveshark, Steam and Snapchat, and the list continues to grow.

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Win a red Google Nexus 5 by telling Google what you’re passionate about

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, Google is giving away the chance to win a red Google Nexus 5! All you have to do is tell Google what or who you love by submitting a picture of a person, place or thing.

To enter the competition you must be over the age of 18, live in the US, and submit an image that qualifies. If you meet those requirements you can head over to the official contest page to submit your entry. You also should share your photo on your preferred social media site with the tag #iheartred. You could also win $25 in Play Store credit.

Source: WF-Site

Sony ends support for twelve older smartphones, including Xperia S, ion, and go

Sony-Xperia-T-Front-End-Logo-DAPFor every phone, there comes a time that support diminishes. Sony made it clear today that that time has come for twelve of their devices that fall outside the 18-month update window that Google and Android have put in place. The complete list:

  • Xperia arc S
  • Xperia S
  • Xperia SL
  • Xperia ion
  • Xperia acro S
  • Xperia go
  • Xperia P
  • Xperia J
  • Xperia micro
  • Xperia sola
  • Xperia tipo
  • Xperia U

Source: Xperia Blog

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 gets leaked

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Courtesy of @evleaks, we have an image of Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 tablet. After looking at the image, there are only three noticeable Verizon ‘stamps.’ Verizon’s logo, 4G LTE logo, and 4G LTE indicator are all present. Other than that, it looks like any other Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 tablet. Yesterday, it was announced that the tablet would cost $850. But now with Verizon radios included, that price could reach or go north of $1000. If this tablet is a must-have, get your credit card ready for February 13. Read more

Verizon Moto G receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat starting today

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About 3 weeks after the European Moto G started receiving the Android 4.4.2 update it’s the Verizon model’s turn. It seems that a number of people who currently own the Verizon Moto G have been getting the update.

The Moto G will now be able to use many of the recent Motorola apps that are available on the Play Store for easy access.

Source: Android Central

US Cellular Moto X will receive Android 4.4.2 beginning today

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The soak test for Android 4.4.2 already went out for the T-Mobile Moto X last week, and it looks like US Cellular will be next. According to sources, the US Cellular Moto X (XT1055) will receive Android 4.4.2 as early as today, with the full rollout occurring February 12. The update will bring camera enhancements, support for Google Print services, and other improvements.

Source: DroidLife

comScore releases December 2013 U.S. smartphone market share report

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Today comScore released their smartphone subscriber market share report for December 2013, showing trends in the smartphone industry in the U.S. Apple ranked as the top OEM with 41.8% of the market share, while Android ranked as the top smartphone platform, with 51.5% of the market share.

The report also includes information about smartphone properties and apps, with Google Sites ranking as the top smartphone web property with 88.3% reach, and Facebook ranking as the top mobile app with 77.4% reach. Other popular apps include Google Play, with 53.9% reach, and Pandora Radio, with 48.7% reach.

Hit the break to see the rest of the results.

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Galaxy Gear gets a $120 discount in India, but expect a global wide price slash

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One of the biggest issues I had with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear was the steep price point it had upon launch. Today it has been cut by $120 in India only, but you can expect a discount on the Galaxy Gear worldwide in the next coming weeks. With the Gear 2 expected to be unveiled in the next month or two, a price cut is definitely needed.

For the people that have a Galaxy Gear, how do you like it? And was it worth the initial price you bought it for? Let us know!

source: Samsung

Google, Cisco agree to cross-licensing patent deal

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Google has made another cross-licensing patent deal. Last month, Google and Samsung made an agreement for the next ten years. This time around, Cisco and Google have formed a partnership to share patents in order to avoid potential patent lawsuits in the future. Dan Lang, Cisco’s Vice President of Intellectual Property, said “In today’s overly-litigious environment, cross-licensing is an effective way for technology companies to work together and help prevent unnecessary patent lawsuits.” As of late, many companies have been embroiled in patent lawsuits and some have taken the easy way out. This deal shows Google and Cisco want to put up a good fight.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier tie-in app coming next month

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Comic book fans now have something to look forward to in both March and April. Prior to Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s film release on April 4, Marvel will release a tie-in app next month. Although the game will have the same name as the film, it will feature a unique story. It meshes “combat action and flexible tactical options for a complete Marvel experience that teases the upcoming movie.” The graphics are comparable to comic books, or the Borderlands series if you are an avid console gamer.

Hit the break for the official trailer and full press release. Read more