Google Drive app gets updated with lighter Holo UI and several new features


Google’s Drive app is starting to see an update (in the form of staged rollouts, of course) with “bug fixes and improvements.” Fortunately, those improvements actually mean something more than a bunch of under-the-hood tweaks that you may or may not notice.

First up is a tweaked Holo interface. It’s nothing major, but several aspects of the UI in the application have been made lighter to fit in with Google’s card-styled interface. The slide out navigation drawer is the most apparent aspect of the design to get this tweaked treatment. There are also a handful of new features, such as being able to pull down the list of your files to refresh it, a create bar at the bottom of the app for quickly creating new documents or uploading files, and a bunch of new tools for viewing and editing spreadsheets. Google has added in a Pause button to replace the Stop button when syncing files and a new filter to use when scanning in images specifically for colored drawings. If you’re the artistic type and like storing your work on Drive, that should be a handy feature for you.
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Latest Google Chrome beta includes new gestures and nifty image search features


Good news for you Chrome Beta users out there as the fine browser’s development team has announced a major overhaul of the popular browser, which should make more than a few of you out there very happy. Right off the bat, Google has included some new image search functionality— users can now press on an image and then have the option to search for that particular image within the default search provider (presumably Google). Additionally, the Chrome team went ahead and included some pretty slick gestures that allow the switching of tabs to be even more seamless and smooth. Users will now have the option of swiping horizontally across the top toolbar to quickly switch tabs or drag vertically down from the toolbar to enter into the tab switcher view. So yes friends— it appears that life just gotten a little better for us Chrome users, right?

The new features are available in the latest beta now, though there’s no word on when a full rollout will hit the masses just yet. Here’s hoping we’ll see everything available for the rest of the Android world sooner than later.

source: Chrome Blog

TED app reaches version 2.0 with in-depth localization in 20 languages


Android’s TED application already featured subtitles for TED talks in over 100 languages, but with version 2.0, TED is bringing some serious localization to the table. The app has been localized for 20 languages and includes everything from subtitles in videos to app navigation interfaces. It doesn’t sound like a major improvement, but localization on that scale is a pretty hefty feat to accomplish. This gives users in over 100 countries the ability to enjoy TED talks and audio streams thanks to the new version of the app.

If you use the app in English, you aren’t going to see much of a difference in the application, despite it getting a full new version number. Regardless, it’s not hard to appreciate the effort that went into getting that localization done.

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Google quietly brings back open-view option for offline maps in the new Google Maps update



Although the new Google Maps update has been nothing short of a Godsend, many some of you have complained about not being able to make your maps offline… despite Google actually leaving an indirect method to save maps and stuff. Fortunately, the Google Maps team (through its Google+ page) went ahead and listened to you all and implemented a simple “Make this map area available offline” card below the search box for easier access. Oh and Google quietly implemented a “Where’s Latitude?” as well for those of you who still want an explanation for why Google decided to chuck deuces to its Latitude service.

So yes friends, Google does listen and care about its minions. Huzzah!


HTC One S no longer receiving Android updates, HTC says


Unfortunate news for HTC One S owners: your device will no longer be receiving OTA Android updates. That means that the phone will forever remain on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean unless owners look elsewhere for custom ROMs to grab the latest version of Android, 4.2.2 and above. It certainly isn’t the best news, but it’s a sign of good things to come with the Google Play Edition HTC One, which will most likely receive updates very soon after a new OS release by Google. Hit the break for the press release by HTC.

“We can confirm that the HTC One S will not receive further Android OS updates and will remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed the HTC One S to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.”

Source: Engadget

Now you see it… now you don’t: Verizon pulls latest Galaxy S III update due to massive connectivity and battery issues


For those of you that may be affected, it’s recommended that you call Verizon and try to obtain a replacement device immediately. On the flipside— those of you who haven’t received the new build just yet, DON’T update just yet until a new fix has been put in place. Just saying.

source: Droid-Life


Multiple user accounts coming soon to Falcon Pro

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Falcon Pro, the excellent third-party Twitter client, has always lacked one important feature; multiple account support. According to a picture on Twitter from Falcon Pro’s developer Joaquim Vergès, multiple user accounts are coming soon in a Falcon Pro 2.0 update. In the screenshot, the feature looks ready for primetime, so hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to see that update go live on the Play Store. If you haven’t already used Falcon Pro, now’s a great time to check it out. It’s easily one of the best Twitter clients available, and it’s head and shoulders over the official Twitter app.

source: Twitter

Preliminary list of HTC devices set to receive the Android 4.3 update is unleashed in the wild



Google hasn’t quite announced its next Android version just yet, but that isn’t stopping big-name manufacturers from working behind the scenes to ensure which of its devices will likely make the cut and get the next coveted update. Thanks to the leaked preliminary list you see above, it’s looking like HTC already has an idea of which of its devices will see which of its devices will see Android 4.3 and others that well… won’t see Android 4.3. For the most part, it looks like owners many of the flagship devices released in the last 15 or so months should expect to see the next version of Android. This means that all of you HTC One X, One X+, HTC Butterfly (Droid DNA) and of course HTC One owners can go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief.

On the flipside, HTC One S and Verizon Desire owners are probably going to be out of luck— though there’s a chance that HTC will possibly update its guidance and figure that the those devices can handle Android 4.3 after all.

source: Technos Amigos
via: Phone Arena

Sony Xperia Z smartphone receives minor software update



A quiet software update has surfaced for you Sony Xperia Z smartphone owners out there. The firmware update keeps the Android software version at 4.1.2, but brings the device to version firmware number 10.1.1.A.1.253 and brings performance tweaks, along with the display calibration tool, new software key and navigational bar colors going from grey to black and the ability to disable the pesky notification light. For now, it’s looking like devices in the French markets are getting the update first, but devices in other markets should follow sooner than later.

source: Xperia Blog
via: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II to get Android 4.2.2 update, while the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 will see Android 5.0



We already know that Samsung is committed to bringing the best support possible for its legacy devices, but it appears that Samsung is certainly on its way to becoming the next Google when it comes to software updates of its devices. Let me explain— a “pre-list” has recently surfaced indicating which Samsung devices will be qualified for some major updates on the way in the near-future. According to the list, many 2012 or pre-2012 devices such as the Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy S II and original Galaxy Note smartphones are slated to receive the Android 4.2.2 update. Additionally, a handful of devices such as the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy 10.1, Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 are eligible for the not-yet-announced Key Lime Pie update. Moreover— while many of the mid-range devices may not qualify for the Android 5.0 update, Samsung is working on some sort of “value pack” update, which gives the older legacy devices some addtional functionality that other devices won’t have.

If you’re an owner of a Sammy device, it’s pretty exciting to know that Samsung is likely continuing to show some much-needed love to your old toy, isn’t it?

source: SamMobile