Like many users, I installed Adobe’s Revel application the day it came out. Well, that was a little over one month ago, and I am just now beginning to feel the crunch that Adobe places on users after the first thirty days. Let me explain.Revel is a fantastically designed photography application, and is nothing short of what you would expect from Adobe. The application was initially released on iOS way back in 2011, but it made its way to Androidin March 2014. A bit behind, but forgivable for an application the promises powerful sharing and privacy options. Privacy is at the forefront of this application, and users must be explicit in choosing who has access to view or add photos to specific albums. The application has some simple editing tools, and albums can be updated by anyone with the given permission. Even better, this application syncs across devices, and lets users access Adobe’s .
Revel is a fantastically designed photography application, and is nothing short of what you would expect from Adobe. The application was initially released on iOS way back in 2011, but it made its way to Androidin March 2014. A bit behind, but forgivable for an application the promises powerful sharing and privacy options. Privacy is at the forefront of this application, and users must be explicit in choosing who has access to view or add photos to specific albums. The application has some simple editing tools, and albums can be updated by anyone with the given permission. Even better, this application syncs across devices, and lets users access Adobe’s Cloud to edit photos in Photoshop and Premiere Elements 12.
The modular phone is becoming more of a reality with Project Ara and Google have now shown developers just what is required to create swappable parts for the modular device.
As part of this, Google has posted the Module Developers Kit (MDK) which contains the information required for developers to get started.
Essentially, Google, and only Google at this moment in time, create the skeleton of the devices and the slots are then populated by third parties. This creates a lot of combinations and form factors of devices for Project Ara, some of which are detailed in the guide which breaks the devices into three sizes.
Google is also planning on putting together an online marketplace to offer guidance and the tools for customers to create their own modular phone, and whilst the developer kit is still very immature, it shows Project Ara is gaining some traction.
LG have begun rolling out Android 4.4.2 KitKat to their LG G Pad 8.3 tablet via an over-the-air (OTA) update in Europe. LG were expected to release the update, so we knew it was coming, but LG jumped the gun and are issuing the update early.
The 4.4.2 KitKat update for the LG G Pad 8.3 weighs in at around 300MB so is quite a significant package for the tablet, which brings some added functionality:
- Android 4.4.2 OS upgrade.
- LG Knock Code.
- Improved system performance.
The Knock Code bundled with the update builds on the popular Knock On feature by LG, whereby you could tap on the screen to wake the device. Knock Code takes this one step further by enabling the user to unlock the device using any one of 86,367 different combinations.
You should see your device prompting you that an update is available on the LG G Pad 8.3, but if not it can be manually triggered in the Settings app.
Well, that just about seals it for me. Google Play Music is now available in SONOS, meaning you can stream your entire library of uploaded music to your various connected speakers.
As one of the only holes I could see in the SONOS experience, the inability to play the tracks in My Library has been a pain point for nearly a year. I pay for the Google Play Music All Access plan and have added scores of individual tracks, albums, radio stations, and more over the last months. But, as much as I love my growing collection, I’ve not been able to pipe it throughout my house. And, as much as I love SONOS, I’ve always held out hope that it would one day let me add my music.
Just as I had hoped, you can pull up music by songs, albums, genres, and artists. What’s more, you can even pull up the “I’m feeling luck radio” and explore options. It’s all there.
You might not see the Google Play Music feature in the official app, but it’s in the beta version. Check back later today
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some more uploading to do.
Looking to pick up a new Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 over the next few days and weeks? What are you going to do with that old device? Amazon says they’ll take it, and they’ll even pay you for it.
Amazon’s Trade-In program is not necessarily new but, considering the timing, it’s worth reminding you that it exists. If you have an old smartphone and don’t plan on keeping it, you could earn a little scratch buy giving to Amazon. Regardless of whether you bought that phone from them, Amazon wants it. Actually, they’ll take all sorts of electronics, textbooks, CDs, movies, and video games. Go ahead, grab that box full of stuff you can’t part with and finally part with it.
Right now Amazon is offering great trade-in values* on top smartphones:
- Samsung Galaxy S4, Black Mist 16GB (AT&T) $190
- Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB, Blue (Verizon Wireless) $100
- Apple iPhone 5 16GB Black–(AT&T) $224
- Apple iPhone 4S 16GB Black – (AT&T) $154.30
- HTC One M7, Silver 32GB (Sprint) $123
As long as your stuff matches the description you provide Amazon and is in at least “acceptable” condition, you should be good. The process is free (shipping, too) and takes up to 10 days to complete.
Stock SMS messaging apps are often known for being boring, lacking options, and overall just providing a bland user experience. Hello sms aims to fix the drab look, as well as give you a more organized and streamlined inbox.
Hello sms organizes your conversations unlike any other messaging app, and does so by sorting conversations in tabs that run along the left side of the inbox. It’s a very beautiful design that is obviously inspired by simplicity and ease of use. Perfect for the on-the-go texter who prefers a clean and polished look.
Qualcomm has recently announced their new Snapdragon 808 and 810 processors to be added to the top-tier of mobile processors. With the Snapdragon 801 just beginning to make its way into handsets, we thought it might be awhile until we see the new ones make their way into consumer hands. That may not be the case, thanks to a new leak from the Chinese source, CNMO.
The leak is specifically claiming that the ZTE Apollo, ZTE’s upcoming flagship, will be toting Qualcomm’s new 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor. It is also rumored that they will announce the phone along with the ZTE Athena in the second half of 2014, specifically September. If that is the case, the new processors will have to be on the fast track in order to get into our hands in time.
In the same release, Qualcomm outed that the processors won’t be in consumer devices until the first half of 2015. That being said, the folks over at Qualcomm must be working pretty hard to beat this 2014 release date.
A recent update to Pushbullet adds some well-requested features.
Users of the desktop notification app, listen up! You should be receiving an update regarding a few really useful features. With the update, you will now be able to see the full image preview when an image is pushed to the desktop. Before the update, the notification card would only show the image name, which wasn’t really the most functional way of getting the image.
What’s more is that Pushbullet now has Tasker event plugin support. Users are now able to have Tasker react to just about any message they receive on their mobile devices. Note that Tasker needs to be updated to version 4.3 in order to take advantage of this feature.
T-Mobile on Wednesday introduced its latest service option, the $40 Simple Starter plan. Touted as part of something larger unfolding this week (Day 1 of 3), the plan provides unlimited talk, text, and 500MB data with tethering for only $40 per month.
“Un-carrier is a movement, not a marketing strategy. We are freeing consumers from the predatory practices of traditional US wireless companies and that includes these plans that start with a low price and a low data limit, but then hit you with insane fees if you send one too many emails. It’s wrong!.. I know we have it right and when we all are done reporting results from the first quarter – I think you’ll share my conviction.” – John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile.
The new Simple Starter Plan launches April 12 and is designed for “value conscious” customers. As of today there are no other wireless carriers offering single line $40 rate plans with 4G LTE data included.
T-Mobile CEO John Leger penned a blog post today, thumping the proverbial chest and promising more great things ahead.
Not only aren’t we done, we will never be done. We’ve hardly gotten started. We will keep listening to our customers because they are innovating and showing their creativity in the way they are using wireless.