Google IO 2015 Coverage

Instagram updated with Google Nexus 7 and Flickr support

If you’re one of the lucky few that own a Google Nexus 7, I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that the all popular Instagram for Android application has been updated to officially support the tablet. If you attempted to install the application previously, you were greeted with a device incompatibility message. In addition to the Nexus 7 support, the latest update also includes the ability to share photos from Instagram directly to Flickr in the sharing menu after you’ve saved your image.

With its popularity on iOS, Instagram made a huge splash once it became available for Android users. It is safe to say that this is great news for any Nexus 7 owner. Hit up the Google Play Store download link or QR code after the break!  Read more

In a surprising twist, Verizon and Samsung will unlock Samsung Galaxy S III bootloader

For one to say that this whole “Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III locked boot-loader” fiasco has been tumultuous would be quite the understatement. First, Samsung acknowledged the locked boot-loader and stated that it’s the direction they have and always will believe in. Soon after, Samsung and Verizon announced a developer” edition of their Galaxy S III that will feature an un-locked boot-loader tailor made for developers and hackers. While that made some happy, it came with a hefty $599 price tag and obviously doesn’t do much for the customers that have already purchased or pre-ordered their Verizon Galaxy S III.

Now in a sudden, and quite surprising twist, it seems as if Samsung and Verizon are planning on a software update that will un-lock the Galaxy S III’s boot-loader. Several customers have reportedly been receiving e-mails from Verizon customer service reps acknowledging a supposed software update that will un-lock the boot-loader. Here’s one of the emails that a reader from Droid Life received from Verizon:
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Nexus 7 Gets A Small OTA Update To Build JRO03D

A little surprise was waiting for me on my Google I/O Nexus 7 tablet today. Looks like the tablet is getting a very small 859kb over-the-air update that brings the build number up to JRO03D. I haven’t noticed anything new with this update except for a slightly more verbose About screen, which now shows the FCC ID, IC and model number.

This update hasn’t moved the version number at all, so it’s still at Android 4.1.1. This is the second OTA update for Google I/O Nexus 7’s, the first one nudging the version number to 4.1.1.

If anyone else gets this update and notices any other changes, please post in the comments below.

IMDB for Android Updated With Many New Features

With so many blockbuster movie hits this summer, it’s always nice to see our favorite movie database app updated with a plethora of new features. The Internet Movie Database has updated their Android app with several new features including:

  • Sharing – check in on Facebook & Twitter to share what you’re watching
  • Recommendations – discover other titles you might be interested in
  • Mobile IMDb message boards – join in the discussion on your Android phone or tablet
  • Filming locations & soundtracks – learn even more about the movies you love
  • Similar titles – discover new movies and TV shows
  • Metacritic – now see both the IMDb user rating of a title as well as how the film critics scored it
  • Amazon login – log in using your Amazon account

The IMDB app is a wonderful and feature filled app that you can grab for free at the Play Store. Hit the break for download links.

 

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Sprint Updating Samsung Epic 4G Touch to Ice Cream Sandwich Starting Today

Earlier this week we reported that a leaked document suggested an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for Sprints Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch was due out sometime this week. Sprint has officially announced the pending update, and Epic 4G Touch users should expect ICS to start rolling out today. According to Sprint, here’s a short list of some of the new features that we should expect with the ICS update: Read more

AT&T latest to roll out OTA update to remove universal search on Galaxy S III

AT&T has joined the ranks of carriers rolling out an OTA update for the Galaxy S III.  Part of the update is removal of local (on device) search. In addition to the change in the search function, no doubt a move undertaken by Samsung as part of their ongoing legal battles with Apple, the update also provides a new radio (UCLG1).

source: Android Central

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III Receives Security Update

Sprint just released an OTA update for their Samsung Galaxy S III. The software version is L710VPLG2 and according to Sprint, it provides a “Google security update.” The user should feel nothing relatively new with this update, it seems as if Sprint is just enhancing the security of the phone. Nonetheless, it’s always good to give your phone any beneficial update. Hit up the source link for more information!

source: Sprint

YouTube App for Android Gets an Update, Now with Refined UI

Last year Google completely redesigned the YouTube app for their Android 4.0 ICS update. Today they’ve unveiled yet another redesign for their upcoming new firmware Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The app looks wonderful and fluid. Google has given their YouTube app uniformity with their other apps such as the new re-designed Google+ app. The main page gives you a “card” like system of your subscriptions and you can scroll down for new videos. To access your main menu and everything else, you just simply swipe to the right and you are brought to the main tabs. I love the update, it’s elegant and all of the important aspects are now easier than ever to access. You can download the new update via the Google Play store with links after the break:

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