Facebook Messenger To Only Require Name And Number To Use Service, Pushes SMS One Step Closer To Extinction

 

Facebook’s Messenger app has loosened its chains a little and is on its way to being a viable replacement to standard SMS. Hot off the heels of integrating itself with standard texting, Facebook recently announced that users will no longer need to sign into to their Facebook accounts in order to use Messenger— instead, users will only need to provide a name and a number in order to communicate with their friends— similar to what GroupMe or WhatsApp does already. There seems to be some sound reasoning to this decision as Facebook is looking to compete directly against iChat and BBM users. More importantly– the new Facebook Messenger app will be set up as a more efficient and more compelling alternative to the slow and outdated SMS standard.

While the new advancement of Facebook Messenger is exciting and all— most users probably shouldn’t expect to see the new update at least right away. It’s worth noting that India, Australia, Indonesia, Venezuela, and South Africa are the only countries able to take advantage of the new update for now. Knowing Mark Zuckerberg though– it probably won’t be too long of a wait to see other countries take advantage of this sooner than later.

source: The Verge

Canadian Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphones Starting To Get Jelly Bean Update

 

Right on cue, the Canadian variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III has begun receiving a heavy scoop of Jelly Bean across the major carriers. The latest update brings the Canadian builds to I747MVLDLK4 and will bring the usual Jelly Bean goodies like Google Now and Project Butter, as well as custom items like a sizable pop-up screen and additional home screen modes. All in all, the official update being launched should make those already awesome devices just a wee bit better.

The update is available now and can be found using Kies Desktop software or if you are the impatient type— you can always go to your Settings and manually grab the update OTA. Happy updating!

source: SamMobile

Microsoft Updates Its Xbox SmartGlass App To Include Support For 7-Inch Tablets, Adds In Bug Fixes For Good Measure

 

Most of us who happen to use our Xbox devices religiously got our very first taste of a native Xbox app for Android, but sadly— we quickly realized only smartphones were able to get in on the mobile action, not tablets. Fortunately, Microsoft has heard our cries and complaints and released another update to the SmartGlass app, this time adding official support for 7-inch tablets (like the Nexus 7), which ultimately bodes well for those with big hands such as yours truly. In addition to adding official 7-inch tablet support, the update brings some minor bug fixes and specific crashes when accessing the settings and when you go back to the achievement screen. Looks like the SmartGlass app is slowly, but surely getting better and better.

The update is available now in the Play Store, so be sure to grab it by clicking on the Play Store link or scanning the QR code.

 

 

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Google Drive Gets Updated To Bring Even More Functionality For Users

The Google Drive app has just been updated to include some major functionality improvements that should bode well for all of you power users out there. The latest update brings the app to version 1.1.470.11, which includes an improved UI and the following:

 

  • Edit Google spreadsheets in new native editor
  • Edit contents of tables in Google Docs editor
  • Formatting is maintained when copy/pasting within Google Docs
  • Single tap to enter edit mode in Google Docs editor
  • Add a shortcut to Drive files/folders to your homescreen for quick access
  • Send Link now supports copying link to clipboard

 

These certainly look to be welcome improvements, though we here at Talk Android have noticed that URLs don’t show up as linkable when typing them up within the app and need to be corrected from a desktop computer or laptop instead. Nevertheless— users of Google Drive should be pretty happy with the update and will be hard pressed to find anything else to complain about.

 

 

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Android 4.2.1 Update Now Ready For The (“Takju”) Galaxy Nexus

 

We’ve already seen the Android 4.2.1 update being pushed out to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10— but now the venerable Galaxy Nexus smartphone is starting to get some love too. Thanks some keen eyes, we now know the minor Android 4.2.1 update is now available for the takju variant of the Galaxy Nexus. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when the other variants of the Galaxy Nexus will see the update, but the hope is that it will be sooner than later… especially since the latest Android build is already in the open for all the tinkerers out there.

If you’re on the “takju” variant of the Galaxy Nexus, hit the download link below to grab the update and flash that sucker on your device today. All of you other G-Nex owners just sit tight and be patient for now— your update will be here before you know it.

Download: Android 4.2.1 for takju Galaxy Nexus

ASUS Currently Working On Getting Android 4.2 Update For Its Devices, Fails To Specify Which Ones Exactly

 

ASUS is no doubt one of the more likeable Android manufacturers simply in part, because they push out timely software updates to most of its premium devices. So with Android 4.2 officially out, ASUS tablet owners are anxiously waiting on if/when their device will get the latest update as well and ASUS seems to have given an indirect answer. According to a recent phone call from a Transformer Prime owner to an ASUS customer service rep, ASUS is currently working on getting the Android 4.2 update out for its products, though the rep failed to mention specifically which tablet models would get the update. The hope is that tablets like the Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity tablets will see the updates since they’ve gotten lots of Jelly Bean love already, though it remains to be seen if devices like the Transformer Pad 300 will get the update.

Naturally, we’ll be on the lookout to post official guidance on its Facebook page regarding the Android 4.2 updates or hopefully see a leak or two in the meantime.

source: Android Planet
via: Phandroid

Google updates Play Store to include new UI features

Google has rolling out an update to the Play Store since late last night, and even though it doesn’t have any drastic changes, the UI and recommendations have been polished up, which is a nice touch. The most notable difference is the post-install screen after installing an app; it’s a clean looking screen with  a button to quickly enable automatic updates. There’s also improvements to recommendations, which connects to your circles on Google+ to suggest apps and media.

This brings the Play Store up to the version that’s shipping with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. Hit the link below for the download if you just can’t wait for your Play Store to update automatically.

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Facebook Gets Updated To Give Users Ability To Share News Stories And Improved Photo Sharing

 

Facebook has gotten a much needed update recently. While the update version will vary with each device, Facebookers can look forward to some much-welcomed features such as the ability to share a news story right from your timeline to your friends and family, an enhanced status update feature and an even better means of photo tagging. All in all, the latest update just makes sharing your life with your family and friends even easier than ever before.

Of course the world is anxiously awaiting the arrival of that native app just around the corner, but every little update helps, right? Hit the Play Store link or scan the QR code to grab the latest update today.

 

Google TV Gets Updated To Include “PrimeTime”, Voice Search & Expanded YouTube Capabilities

 

Google TV has seen some noteworthy updates during its brief life, but it appears the latest update will give the platform some of the neatest features yet. The latest update includes features like Voice Search (giving the ability to say CNN for example and go straight to the channel), PrimeTime which is an even more enhanced TV guide and the ability to play YouTube content from your smartphone or tablet straight to your Google TV unit. So just to sum up— users will have even more options to sit down and zone out when checking for the seemingly infinite number of TV content out there.

The update will begin rolling out on LG Google TV units over the coming weeks, which older generation units should see the update being pushed out in the coming months— so the wait shouldn’t be too much longer.

source: Google TV Blog

Pulse News Gets Completely Revamped In Version 3.0 Update

 

It’s no secret that Pulse News holds an incredibly special place in my heart, so you’ll have to excuse me if I can’t contain my excitement for its latest major update not just for me, but for all Android users. The latest update which brings Pulse to version 3.0, brings not only a new app logo, but improved navigation, a more comprehensive search and infinite scrolling of stories within the app. While there are a ton of improvements– the app continues to be straightforward simple and easily the best way for all Android users to keep up with all their favorite stories from their favorite sites.

The latest update is available now in the Play Store, so be sure to hit the link or scan the QR code in order to grab it today.

 

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