Gmail for Android gets updated with new features and UI improvements

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Google is issuing an update to the Gmail application today that includes a few new features and some user interface adjustments. A big change is the ability to save attachments directly to Google Drive instead of stuffing them on your phone’s cramped internal memory or SD card, which will make them much easier to access when you’re using something besides your phone. There are also brand new spam explanations, so if you dig through your spam folder you’ll get an explanation as to why that message was filtered at the top of the email. » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi version starts to receive Android 4.4 KitKat update

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Samsung has started to roll out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi only version of the tablet. This comes about a week after Samsung started pushing out the same update for the 3G version of the device. Users have indicated devices located in the U.K. are already receiving the update and it is expected to reach others areas in the coming days.

The update is just like the KitKat update issued for other Samsung devices. Users get all the features and benefits of KitKat like better performance, the white status bar icons, better battery life, full-screen album art  on the lock screen and wireless printing support. Users can navigate to Settings -> About -> Software updates on their devices to check for the update.

source: SamMobile

Original HTC One (M7) Developer Edition/unlocked models receiving update

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Good news for HTC One (M7) owners — you might have thought with the release of the M8, HTC forgot about you. But now we’re receiving news that the developer edition and unlocked models of the phone are receiving a pretty large update (667 MB), including Sense 6.

However, because of the device’s hardware limitations, motion gestures and the advanced DuoCamera effects like UFocus, Foregrounder, Seasons and Dimensions Plus are not included in the update. This was expected though, because the M7 only has a single camera on the back, and does not feature a depth sensor like the M8 currently does.

Let us know if you receive an update and how it goes.

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‘MapMyFitness’ updated with new UI, expanded features

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The ‘MapMyFitness’ app in Google Play was updated to version 3.0 just a few days ago, and boy does it look great.

Not only was there a complete UI overhaul, but several functions have been expanded as well.

There’s a new workout recording experience, a slide-out menu (which we’ve all begun to get very familiar with), new friending/social capabilities, new mobile graphs for post-workout use, and new MVP features including mobile coaching, custom spits, heart rate graphs, leaderboard filtering and live tracking.

The app is free, but the MVP advanced features will come at a price.  MVP pricing costs $29.99 annually or $5.99 monthly. All users will be able to take advantage of a free two week trial for the MVP features, and Galaxy S5 owners will get 6 months free.

Hit the break for a link to the app in the Play Store.

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Google Maps receives update in UK, now offers data on all trains, buses, trams and ferries

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Public transportation in the UK just got a whole lot easier thanks to Google Maps’ latest update.

In an impressive move, the app now can access all times and routes for every train, bus, tram and ferry in the region — almost 17,000 different routes.

Google Maps’ project manager, David Tattersall, said, “You’ll now know when the next trip is departing, how many stops and how far your walk is between each station. You can also pick your preferred method of travel and whether you’d rather walk less or make fewer transfers, so you can compare and choose the best option for you.”

Source: Pocket Link

Galaxy S5 updated, bringing faster camera and improved finger scanning

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The first Galaxy S5 update for the month is currently rolling out to the international Galaxy S5, with the update first being rolled out in the UK. The update will bring two major improvements.

First of all, the camera now opens much faster, which is a very welcome improvement considering the camera used to be quite laggy. Secondly, the fingerprint scanner is now much more accurate.

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TuneIn updates app, seeks to build social radio platform

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TuneIn has released an update to their TuneIn Radio Android app that not only overhauls the look and feel, it introduces some changes to the way the service works. These changes are part of an effort by the company to become more of a standalone social network platform focused on the online radio shows and stations that users access. Users will find that old methods like “favorite” stations have now been converted to “follows” and users now have access to a personalized feed full of updates. TuneIn will also use your history and the content you are following to suggest stations, shows and categories. TuneIn has also added a feature called “TuneIn Echo” that will let groups access content together. » Read the rest

Google pushes XE17 update to Google Glass to solve boot loop bug

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Google Glass updates are always welcome, but like any other electronic device, sometimes those updates bring problems in addition to features. The KitKat update for Glass, for example, brought along some great new features, but it also happened to create some nasty bugs that would cause Glass to get caught in a boot loop. While Google has tried to address the issue before, they haven’t had much luck, but today’s update labelled XE17 promises to finally cure that boot looping bug once and for all.

XE17 is otherwise a pretty small update from the last version, bringing only “reliability improvements” and no new features. Still, fixing bugs and bringing stability to a beta product doesn’t hurt. Glass owners, keep an eye out for this update.

source: 9to5 Google

T-Mobile LG G Flex receiving update today; It may or may not be KitKat

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Today T-Mobile is supposedly rolling out the KitKat OTA update for their LG G Flex device. Problem is, is it even KitKat? According to the source link below, it shows Android 4.2.2 as the software. At first I thought it may just be a typo, but the file size is a mere 149MB’s. Seems a little low considering the G2′s KitKat file was about 1.5GB’s in total. Of course, these are just my speculations. Also, it seems users from XDA are reporting that the update has been pulled with no reason given.

If you have a T-Mobile G Flex, have you gotten the update notification today? And if so, is it KitKat?

source: T-Mobile