Snapchat slingshots back at Facebook, launches “Our Story” social sharing feature

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Yesterday, Facebook launched Slingshot, its own version of Snapchat, in an effort to try to steal back some of the market share it has lost to various social startups in the past few months.

But Snapchat was prepared, and launched a new feature to its own app yesterday as well, to try to combat Facebook’s efforts. The feature is called “Our Story,” and does not require an update to the app.


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1Password app gets major update

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If you are in need of a password manager that will work on your Android device, you may want to check out 1Password from AgileBits. The developers have released an updated version that received a major facelift compared with the old version. This new version is such a major change that anyone with the old version will not be able to update their app, they have to install this completely new version.
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HTC One (M7) on Sprint now getting Sense 6 update

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When HTC announced the HTC One (M8) earlier this year, they indicated they were putting in place a new policy to keep older devices updated for at least a two-year period. This meant their new Sense 6 UI layer would eventually rollout to owners of the HTC One (M7). In April HTC announced the update was being pushed out to carriers and should be certified for delivery before the end of May. Both T-Mobile and Verizon have already started rolling out the update over the past couple weeks. Now owners on the Sprint network can breath a sigh of relief as it is their turn to get the new version.
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Google’s camera app getting an update with new timer and aspect ratio options

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Google is rolling out an update to the Google Camera app that’s currently available on the Play Store. The update isn’t major, but it does add two new timer options for photos (3 seconds and 10 seconds) and you can now choose between either a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio for your photos. Changing aspect ratios is going to depend partly on the megapixel count of your device camera, but it’s nice to see the options there.

Google is pushing out this update slowly, like always, so keep an eye out for it in the Play Store. If you’re impatient, you can grab the APK directly from the link below, courtesy of Derek Traini on Google+.
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Samsung S Health app gets Stress level monitoring feature

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Samsung has released an update to their S Health app update that leverages the heart rate sensor in the Samsung Galaxy S 5 to measure a user’s stress level. The app appears to work by having the user touch their finger to the touchscreen to start the process. It is unclear what other inputs the app uses to determine stress level. In the past, companies have obtained stress level measurements by factoring in things like number of emails or text messages or employing sensors to measure changes in the skin.

Stress level can be checked on a regular basis and the app can create charts showing stress levels on an hourly, daily or monthly basis.

source: Sammy Hub

Google Now can now handle timer queries through device’s native timer apps

 

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Google Now was previously able to handle time queries, but all timers were run through the Google Now application, and not through your phone’s native timer application — until now.

With Google Now’s latest update, users can say “set a timer for [time]” and a card will appear letting users know that the timer is about to begin, and you will then be directed to your native timer app.

According to various users, this is currently working for a number of phones not running stock Android, including the HTC One M7 and M8, the Moto X and Moto G, the LG G2,  and most Galaxy devices.

Source: Reddit

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.
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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