Some Android users have noticed an updated version of the Google Play Store has started to roll out today. The update takes the Play Store up to version 4.1.10. The previous version that was publicly rolled out, and which most people probably have installed, was 4.1.6. With such a small increment in the version number, this is likely just some bug fixes. Some early reports indicate it may address some location issues and some text layout problems.
If you want to give it a try, you can download the .apk using the link below and then manually install the new version. Otherwise, be patient and your device should update itself eventually.
Over the weekend we showed you leaked screenshots of a new Gmail interface. Today the new tabbed interface, which Google says “puts you back in control,” has been announced. The new design features five tabs – primary, social, promotions, updates, and forums – in which Gmail will automatically sort your incoming mail. This is just another step in decluttering and simplifying your email experience.
The tabs are pretty self explanatory, social is for emails from social networks, promotions is for coupons, updates is for confirmations and receipts, and forums is for messages from discussion boards and mailing lists. Primary is of course for everyday email that you don’t want sorted. » Read the rest
Verizon’s Galaxy S3 was a bit behind on features and updates, but according to a newly released support document, that’s about to change. The Verizon variant is slated to receive an update to build number VRBMD3. It’s a Jelly Bean update that (finally) includes multi-window functionality. Of course, it’s not only a multi-window update, as you’ll see other features such as S Beam’s Auto Share Shot, improved hotspot reliability, carrier billing in Google Play, the Best Shot mode in the camera, and a long list of other fixes and enhancements.
The update isn’t live yet, but since the support documents are up, it shouldn’t take too much longer. Hit the link below to check out the full changelog.
Spotify has finally answered the pleas of its users to add landscape support to its hugely popular Android application. Starting today, the company will begin a staged rollout of the update, so you’ll have to keep checking to see if you got the update. This is a great addition to the app as they now face increased competition from Play Music All Access. Check out the link to the Play Store after the break. » Read the rest
Sprint and HTC are releasing their first update over-the-air for the HTC One. This update, labeled version 1.29.651.10, includes BlinkFeed improvements, a new Sprint Zone client, and improved back and home key sensitivity.
The most notable of these is the improved key sensitivity. Users have complained that the capacitative back and home buttons were not properly reacting due to the touch targets being placed too close to the screen. This update is supposed to increase the size of the touch targets, hopefully fixing the problem for HTC One users. The update is expected to be rolled out to customers in stages, beginning today. To check for it, you can go to Settings -> System Updates -> HTC software update -> Check Now.
While many were disappointed to hear nothing of a new release of Android yesterday at the Google I/O keynote, there is some good news on the horizon. An update is coming, and it will feature Bluetooth Smart support. It would be a bit odd to have an Android OS update for something as trivial as this, so we’re obviously expecting some more new features to come with the update as well.
The Android team could be slowing the pace at which they release updates so that they can give manufactures a chance to can catch up, and so that they can also improve their overall reputation for slowly released updates. Either way, we’ll know what comes of all this in a few months. More to come…
With Google I/O 2013 about to open, Android users poking around in their settings have noticed some new sync settings are available for their Google accounts. The additions appear to be part of an update to the Google Sync Services app that was pushed out to Android users over the last few days, taking the app up to version 3.1.36. The first new addition is a toggle to sync or not sync “App Data.” It is unclear whether that means Google is syncing data about the apps on a device or whether this is a new service that app developers can use to have in-app data sync’ed via Google’s services. The second new toggle is for “Sync People details” which is different from contacts. Again, it is not clear exactly what data may be getting sync’ed. It could be tied into Google+ or it may possibly be related to the new Google Play Games service expected to be announced at Google I/O 2013. » Read the rest
Samsung have begun rolling out a Jellybean 4.1.2 update to Galaxy Ace 2 users in Germany, with other markets on the way. The update breathes new life into Samsung’s entry-level device, completely updating their Touch-Wiz UX interface. Samsung also says the device should feel faster and bring improvements to battery life as well. If you are in Germany, feel free to get the update through KIES/OTA. If you prefer to flash manually (or aren’t in Germany) hit the source for downloads. » Read the rest