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Google has announced that they are rolling out support in the Gmail web client for users to access all of the photos from their smartphone when composing new messages. To take advantage of the new features, users do have to have the Auto Backup feature for photos enabled on their Android powered phones. When composing a new email message, users can click on the Insert Photo button to be taken to a new dialog. In the past users were given the option of uploading an image from their computer or pasting the URL for a photo. The new dialog box adds tabs for Photos and Albums stored on a user’s account via the Auto Backup.
In addition to easily inserting an image backed up from their smartphone, users can insert an entire album, useful if one has gone through the effort to organize images into albums. Google also says images can be resized in the compose window using dragging handles.
The update will start rolling out today.
source: Official Gmail Blog
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Dropbox announces Carousel: new gallery app for sharing, organizing, and backing up photos to the cloud
Dropbox is on a roll. After announcing that they’ll be officially bringing Mailbox to Android devices later today, they’re also announcing their all new gallery app for Android and iOS called Carousel. Because simply dragging and dropping folders into your Dropbox account probably isn’t the best way to keep everything organized, Carousel looks to make this process easier by automatically grouping photos according to when and where they were taken.
Photos are also backed up to the cloud, stored in their full resolution, and are extremely easy to share with loved ones. There’s even a social aspect where friends and family can comment on photos that have been shared with them, or add a few photos of their own.
We have a feeling Carousel is the fruit of Dropbox’s acquisition of Snapjoy back in 2012. Dropbox says Carousel will be available later today, and we’ll be updating this post later with a Google Play link as soon as it is. Check out the launch trailer below.
Update: Link is now live.
Download on Google Play: Carousel
letZi – multi-device photo viewer
Rating: not yet rated
Price: free App Store
Houdah Software is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of letZi (“let see”) for iPhone and iPad. letZi is a multi-device photo viewer. It lets you show photos to nearby friends. On their own iPhones and iPads. One device is used to present the photos. Up to 4 close-by devices all display the current photo simultaneously. letZi leverages iOS 7.1 “multipeer connectivity” to broadcast photos to nearby devices. No configuration needed.
With iPhone it is easier than ever to take pictures. iPhone is not only a thousand songs in your pocket. It’s thousands of photos ready to be shown to friends and family. Showing photos on iPhone however is not that great an experience. Everyone is leaning over your shoulders, bumping heads, trying to catch a glimpse. Your photos deserve better. With letZi your friends get to see your photos at their best. Full screen. Close up. Without distractions.
It’s like having multiple prints of your photos. Your friends get to enjoy your photos on their own phones.
True to their word, Oppo today launched their latest flagship smartphone, the Oppo Find 7, and this is probably the first time we’ve ever said this, but surprisingly, the rumours about it were true. As Oppo alluded to, there will be two versions of the Find 7, both with a 5,5-inch screen. The lesser of the two models will have a Snapdragon 800 (2.3GHz) processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 2,800mAh battery and 1080p display which will retail for $499. The more hardcore Find 7 will instead have the newer Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 3,000mAh battery and the vaunted 2560×1440 (2K) resolution display. That isn’t even the good news yet…
Prior to today’s announcement, we were getting some mixed messages about what the Oppo Find 7′s camera would be like; rumours repeatedly suggested the device would have a 13MP camera however photos from the device kept leaking out that could only have been taken with a 50MP camera. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that both these suggestions were true: the Find 7 will indeed only have a 13MP camera, however through the magic of Pure Image 2.0, Oppo’s new image signal processor, the Find 7 will be able to create fantastic 50MP photos (see here for some of the giant leaked photos). It will be able to do this by rapidly taking 10 consecutive photos, then combining the “best” four photos to create the full 50MP image; take that Nokia Lumia 1020!
The camera will also be able to record videos in 4K resolution (30fps), slow motion videos (100fps) and 32 second long exposure photos. Perhaps most interesting for those of the selfie-persuasion, the front facing camera will be a 5MP affair with an aperture of f/2.0; for those looking for a comparison, the iPhone 5S rear camera has an aperture of f/2.2.
While the Find 7 is definitely an incredibly interesting device, unfortunately it will only be shipping with Android 4.3. The lower-powered Find 7, also known as the Find 7a, will be available sometime in mid April and the more powerful Find 7 will become available in May or June, presumably for sale globally.
What do you think about the Oppo Find 7? Are you considering getting one? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Oppo is jumping ahead of the curve today with the announcement of their latest flagship handset. It’s the Oppo Find 7, and it’s being billed as the world’s first phone sporting a camera sensor that can take 50 megapixel photos.
Oppo Find 7 Camera details
The sensor itself isn’t 50 megapixels — it’s actually Sony’s 13 megapixel Exmor IMX214. So how did Oppo achieve the feat? The Find 7 does this with a new image processing feature called Pure Image 2.0, which makes the image chip fast enough to take 10 photos in really quick succession.
The phone then automatically selects 4 of the best images and pieces them together to produce a photo that packs in a lot of pixels. 100% crop samples of the photos (courtesy) indeed prove that the camera produces shots which retain a very impressive level of detail, even for objects that are far away.
And that’s just the start of it. The camera also features 4K HD video recording, 100 frames per second recording for slow motion video, an HDR mode, the ability to shoot in RAW, the ability to shoot video directly to GIF format, and the ability to set exposure to up to 32 seconds. Wowza. We’re not saying this thing could produce DSLR-level photos, but you don’t get features like that in typical smartphones.
Other Oppo Find 7 specs
So how about the rest of the phone? It’s equally impressive in all the right areas, with a spec sheet daring to rival any top smartphone on the market today. Note that there are both standard and premium versions of the device. The standard specs will be listed below, with the premium equivalent in parentheses. Here’s the quick list:
- 5.5-inch 1080p display (2560 x 1440 premium)
- Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor (Snapdragon 801 with Adreno 330 graphics premium)
- 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage premium)
- 3,00mAh removable battery with VOOC Fast Charging technology — charges up to 75% in 30 minutes
- 13MP rear camera with LED flash; 5.0 megapixel front camera
- GPS w/ GLONASS, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- 152.6 x 75 x 9.2 mm, 171 g
Sitting on top of Android 4.3 is Oppo’s Color OS 1.2, which features decent customization and some interesting gestures for doing things like launching camera, weather and other favorite apps. It’s largely the same as Color OS on the Oppo N1, which you can read more about in our Oppo N1 review.
Oppo Find 7 availability
There’s no way you can’t want this thing by now, but how can you get it? Well, you can probably rule out the possibility of your carrier offering one, though Oppo will be selling these direct to consumers online starting mid-April (add a month or two for the premium version).
Those in China can find them in local shops starting tomorrow, and it will be available in White and Midnight Black.
We’ve seen the teasers and we’ve seen the leaks, so it’s about time to see the real thing. Oppo has finally unveiled the Find 7 in Beijing just now, and as promised, this Android 4.3 device really can take 50-megapixel photos! But as with many things in life, there’s a catch here: the sensor is actually a 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 CMOS, so it’s a software trick. Still, the results we saw earlier were surprisingly good, so read on to check out how it’s done and what the rest of the phone is like. %Gallery-slideshow184804% %Gallery-slideshow184798%
With just a few days left to the official announcement of the Oppo Find 7, a new set of leaked photos of the device along with the retail boxing surfaced on the web today , thanks to folks over at chinese website, IT168.
The device looks pretty large and similar to the Find 5 except that it rocks a rounded edge but what’s more important is the hardware fixed into this beast. The device is said to come in two variants, both featuring 5.5 inch screen but with different specs. There is one variant that is rumored to come with a 1920×1080 resolution display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 2 GB of RAM. Another variant is said to sport a 2560×1440 resolution display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3 GB of RAM. In addition, past rumors suggests that the rear camera will be 50 MP’s which is unbelievable, but who knows.
Check out the leaked photos after the break.
Oppo is set to officially announce its next flagship smartphone, the Find 7, on March 19th.
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The Facebook app for Android was updated today, bringing a number of new features to the app, especially surrounding photos. The app now allows users to be able to post photos in the comments sections of posts, which has been doable in the desktop version of Facebook for a while now.
The app also now allows users to be able to delete and edit photo albums from their device. You can also untag yourself in photos, as well as upload more than one image at a time. Last but not least, it’s now easier for users to pin and unpin posts to groups.
Facebook seems to be getting closer to rolling out the flat UI to everyone, and some users have reported to already having the new UI. Hit the break for the download link to the updated version of the app!
Come comment on this article: Facebook Android app updated, bringing photos in comments, ability to delete albums, and more
Folks on the stable release of Facebook are picking up some much-needed app improvements that have been in play on the Facebook beta channel for some time. The updates this time around mostly have to do with photos and photo management, starting off with the ability to post photos in comments on other posts. Further, you can now delete and edit your own photo albums, untag yourself from photos and upload multiple photos at once to a group. Group administrators have new options for pinning and unpinning posts, as well as managing pending and reported posts.
Samsung’s new 16 megapixel camera in the Samsung Galaxy S5 can capture photos with more pixels compared to the 13 megapixel sensor in the Galaxy S4, but what has the South Korean company done to improve overall performance? The answer is their ISOCELL CMOS technology, which introduces several new breakthroughs in mobile photography that enables DSLR-like photo quality in a sensor thin enough for a phone.
Truth be told, the person presenting the technology in this video throws a ton of terms that may go over a lot of people’s heads, but if you see the type of photos they say you can produce as a result of all that, that’s all you’ll need to know to get excited about the device’s camera sensor. You’ll be able to see the samples Samsung provided in the gallery below.
Of note is the sensor’s ability to capture lowlight photos with great clarity and quality. Of course, we can’t speak to these claims ourselves without having had a chance to test the device, but you can bet we’ll be looking to do that once the Samsung Galaxy S5 hits the market. Watch the quick presentation above.
With the official launch event in less than 2 weeks now, we’re still getting very mixed messages about the Oppo Find 7. What we know for sure is that there are going to be two variants of the device, one with a more standard 1080p display and the other with a 1440p display, better known as a 2K display. Earlier today, a leak from red dot 21 suggests that at least one of the devices with have a Snapdragon 800 processor and a 13MP camera, though this contradicts the suggestions that the device might actually have a 50MP camera which has previously come in the form of a photo. Well, today we have yet another reason to believe the Oppo Find 7 has a 50MP camera, or to be precise, eight reasons.
Eight more photos have leaked out, which you can check out above, all bearing the resolution of 8160×6120. This massive resolution, which can only be taken by a 50MP camera, has been the basis for the rumour that the Find 7 has such a camera, though it’s definitely a puzzle given all the information we have currently. The only evidence we have is that the EXIF information states that the device which took these photos is the Find 7, but this could easily have been forged. I guess the only way to know for certain is the wait for 11 days till the March 19th event, but for now, we can just enjoy these incredibly detailed photos.
What do you think about these photos? Do you think the Oppo Find 7 could really have a 50MP camera? Let us know what your thoughts are on this rumour in the comments.
Just in case you hadn’t already had your fill of photos of the All New HTC One, here are another set of leaked photos for you to enjoy. By now, there’s very little that we haven’t already seen of the device after quite a lot of it was covered in a 12-minute walkthrough video leaked earlier this week, but apparently that’s not going to stop anyone breaching HTC‘s non-disclosure agreement.
While the photos might not generally be of particular interest, there is one photo which shows the All New HTC One‘s performance on the Quadrant benchmarking software. Seeing as the All New One outperforms the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Xperia Z Ultra, both which possess the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, it’s pretty fair to conclude that the All New One is probably making use of Qualcomm’s newest chipset, the Snapdragon 801. While that’s just speculation, with 3 weeks still to go till the big day on March 25th and the rate at which these leaks are coming, we wouldn’t be surprised if we had a specifications leak in the very near future.
What do you make of these photos and the benchmark? Does the All New HTC One perform as you expected it to? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Android’s Google+ app is seeing a big update today that adds in a few new features, all focused on photo editing. It’s a gradual update that will slowly roll out to devices over the next week or so.
One of the new features is a non-destructive editing mode, which now lets users continue editing photos on a device other than the original device that started the editing. A full resolution can be backed up on a desktop, touched up on a tablet, then finished up on a smartphone, and all of the changes can be completely reverted at any time. Before now, if you began editing a photo on a phone, you wouldn’t be able to get the original photo back if you finished editing the photo on a different device like a laptop or tablet. On top of the editing feature is a whole new set of filters and creative tools that borrow heavily from Snapseed.
Viewing photos is also getting improvements, including an “All” view mode that lets you see literally every one of your photos, regardless of where it was backed up from. Currently, extremely large libraries won’t show all photos just yet, but the G+ team is working on getting those functional. There’s also a scrollbar in this mode that lets users quickly go forward or backwards to find specific photos.
If you use Google+ to manage your photos, this update definitely looks like it’s going to be helpful for you. Keep an eye out for your app updates, this one should be showing up over the next few days.
source: Vic Gundotra
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Google+ for Android has seen an update today, and it’s all about your photos. With several tweaks to the app, users are being gently encouraged into making Google+ their go-to source for all things photography. In a lot of ways, it’s picking up where Picasa left off.
The most purposeful twist is the editing feature. The app now has a non-destructive editing feature, which means you can start editing on your phone and pick it up later elsewhere. Changes are saved to the cloud in real-time, so you don’t have to tie yourself to one device, or even finish editing before you leave the app. If you decide you don’t like what you’ve come up with in editing, you can revert to the original — from any device.
The photo layou has changed as well, with all photos for all your devices being laid out in front of you. You can also via photos by date with the “All” view, just by sliding your finger up and down a scroll bar. Sounds a lot like iPhotos, but hey — it works. For larger libraries (which you likely don’t have — we’re talking thousands of photos), the photos won’t show as they will with smaller libraries, but google says they’re working on that.
Google has also slapped in more editing tools, with a bit more Snapseed mixed in. We now get one-touch filters like Drama and Retrolux, and editing tools like crop and rotate. the update is rolling out incrementally, so don’t be alarmed if it takes a few days to reach you.
- Google reportedly lobbying against proposed ban on Glass while driving
- OmniVision image sensors dance with Google’s Project Tango
- Google Now launcher available in the Play Store to Nexus and GPE devices
- Android chief Pichai says there was no WhatsApp offer from Google
- Google’s Project ARA to get first Developer’s Conference this April
It’s always fun when we get to see a leaked image of a highly anticipated device before its release. Chinese certification agency TENAA, the equivalent of our FCC, has recently certified the Oppo Find 7. The documentation includes live photos of the device, one of which you can see above. The photos confirm the phablet’s design that had already been leaked.
As a reminder, the Oppo Find 7 will come in two versions – one with a 5.5″ 1080p display and another with a 5.5″ QHD (2560 x 1600) screen. According to leaked benchmark scores, both will be powered by the Snapdragon 800 chipset (four 2.3GHz Krait 400 cores, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM), pack 16GB storage and offer a 13MP rear and a 5MP front camera. It is still unclear whether they will come with Jelly Bean or KitKat to begin with.
Come comment on this article: Photos leaked of Oppo Find 7 after certification
The photos that have surfaced show that the device will in fact have a dual camera, as well as a dual LED flash. On the front of the device, we can see that there is a lack of hardware buttons, which really comes as no surprise.
The HTC M8 is expected to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 as well as a 5″ 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, and include Android 4.2.2 out of the box.
Source: No Where Else
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Google will be keeping with their tradition of holiday-themed Auto Awesome photos tomorrow for Valentine’s Day. If you upload a photo to Google+ of people kissing, floating hearts (as seen above) will be added to the photo to make it “extra-special.” You can keep it private, or make it public for all the world to see. It’s up to you— try it out now!
Source: +Erik Murphy-Chutorian
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Recently, this message was sent to us via The Droid Guy Mailbag together with the photo that can be seen above:
“I am experiencing some problems in my Samsung Galaxy S3 SD card camera folder. The problem is that the names of the photos are not appearing as they should be. The filenames of my photos were replaced by gibberish characters.”
How to Fix Galaxy S3 SD Card with Corrupted Filenames
Whenever I encounter glitches in my SD card like when the photos won’t display correctly or the texts appear to be askew, this particular solution always works:
1. Safely eject the Galaxy S3 SD card.
2. Transfer the SD card into the reader of your computer. Do not use the USB cable at this point to transfer files.
3. Move all its files into a directory in your computer. For a more organized way of storing them, make a new folder and label it accordingly. Put all your camera files there.
4. Check the filename of your photos if they are still using the same gibberish texts. Try manually changing them into your preferred filenames.
For a quick way to do this (in Windows-based computers) highlight all your photos using your mouse and right click on one of them while highlighted. Choose rename on the options that will appear and type your desired filename. This would set a filename to all your photos with numbering at the end of each filename.
Click the photos as well to make sure that they are not corrupted.
5. Put back the SD card to your phone.
6. Reformat the SD card using your Galaxy S3.
7. After reformatting, plug the USB cable this time of your phone this time to your computer.
8. Copy all the photos from your computer to your phone.
9. Disconnect the cable properly.
10. Check the transferred files if they are working correctly.
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Judging by how nice the design of the Ascend P6 was, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that the device’s successor, the P7, will look just as nice, or even better.
Thankfully, in a series of leaked photos, we got a nice look at the back panel of the phone, which should be released at Mobile World Congress at the end of February.
In terms of specs, here’s what we have so far:
A 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear shooter, a 1.6GHz HiSilicon chipset.a 2,460mAH battery and Huawei’s EmotionUI 2.0 Android skin.
Hit the break for a larger photo of the device’s back panel.
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We’ve seen plenty of leaked photos of the upcoming HTC M8, and many of them were fake. New pictures (which, admittedly, also could be fake) have appeared on a Russian site, as well as a list of specs.
Here’s what the new information revealed: a 5-inch display (.3-inches more than HTC One), 1080 x 1920 resolution, quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, dual-sensor 5MP Ultrapixel shooter on the rear, Android 4.4.2, and Boomsound speakers.
Take this all with a grain of salt— official word should be coming soon.
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A good number of smartphone or tablet users prefer their device to look clean and nondescript, but not everyone shares those tastes. It seems that Google might soon be releasing a new variant of its latest Nexus 5 smartphone that will try to appeal to a color-loving market and will make you see red, literally.
Of course, there will always be cases and covers to suit your tastes, but there is something to be said for devices that come in your preferred color right out of the box. That may soon be the case should this leaked photos prove to be true, at least for those with an affinity for the vermilion shade.
A set of photos were leaked out that first showed a Nexus 5 box teasing a red back and side coloring. This later progressed into a pair of photos showing the smartphone itself, or at least its rear end. Here we see what truly looks like a red rear cover for the smartphone, though based on the box graphic, the front bezel remains black.
As of the moment, there is still no confirmation, official or otherwise, about the existence of this rare creature. Nor is there any word if there are other colors also available. We’ll just have to wait and hope that this is a real thing and that it won’t be a one-time deal that will last only a promo.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2′s stock gallery app is a good photo manager. Among its basic functions are stocking up photos in an orderly manner, create thumbnails, view pictures depending on user’s preferences and of course, delete them if the owner wishes so.
Deleting of photos are very easy yet there are a lot of people who find this operation so difficult to do not because the procedure is complicated but because deleted photos may still appear in the gallery moments after they have already been deleted, which is, of course, strange to many owners.
Well, we have received several emails describing this very same problem. If you are one of the people who is currently bugged by this issue, this post is for you. But don’t worry, it’s nothing serious.
Understanding the Problem
Before anything else, there is some information you need to know about your Android phone. When you take photos using your phone, the gallery app will manage the output. All pictures will be store locally and can be viewed by either navigating to your phone’s internal storage or microSD card or by launching the gallery app.
When your phone is connected to the internet and syncs are on, the photos will automatically be synced to your Google Plus or Picasa accounts (both are Google products). So, there would be multiple copies of your photos. When you delete any photo using the gallery app and the sync is on, copies stored in the cloud will be synced to your phone that is why even when you successfully deleted a picture, it would appear as though the deleted item return.
Solution to the Problem
Using your common sense, you can solve this problem and you don’t even need to have a tech-savvy brain to do this.
- Disconnect your phone from the internet or turn off all syncs.
- Delete photos you want to get rid of.
- Using your computer, log into your Google account and go to Google Plus or Picasa.
- Delete photos you want deleted from Google + and Picasa.
- From your phone, launch the gallery app and see if the picture you deleted would appear again.
- If it does then it could be just the cache so you need to clear Gallery’s cache by going to application manager under Settings.
- If clearing the cache won’t solve the problem, then proceed with clearing the data.
- Once you deleted the photo from the Gallery, Google + or Picasa, you can turn the syncs back on.
This simple procedure would surely solve problems related to pictures coming back of the gallery app on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or any android device. I hope this helps.
To people who may have some insights on other ways to solve this issue, feel free to contact us.
Tell us your phone problems
The solutions we provided here are based on reports and testimonies from owners who have encountered these problems. I also ask my XDA developer friends regarding some of the problems. Now if you have other problems or questions with your smartphone that you want answered, don’t hesitate to send us email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We don’t guarantee a reply to all emails because we receive hundreds of them daily, but rest assured your email messages will be read by me. But I urge you to provide as much details as possible so I could easily find references and compare your problems with reports from other owners. If your problem is as common as others, there could already be solutions that exist and I would surely point you to them. Screenshots often help so attach one if you can.
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The first photos of the Geeksphone Revolution, a smartphone that will dual-boot Android OS and Firefox OS, have leaked online by German site Mobile Geeks. The Revolution will come in black and white, and will be equipped with a 4.7-inch IPS qHD display, a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom processor, and a 2000mAh battery.
There will be three capacitive buttons on the front of the slightly curved device, which will reportedly come at a budget-friendly price. The Revolution is just the latest in a wave of popular dual-booting devices, and it’s certainly one to keep an eye on.
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Find yourself tweeting a lot of photos this time of year? Well, the microblogging outfit has just made that task easier for iPhone users. Twitter made a change to its iOS app today that automatically brings up a device’s photo repository first, instead of the usual keyboard for composing a 140-character message. Need to type a text-only update? Tapping in the white box will bring up the requisite tool for doing so. It seems the company has taken notice of increased snapshot popularity as it continues to roll out new items like the recent images in Direct Messages and retooled filters. Photo-first composition shows up in the iOS version automatically without the need to update; however, there’s no mention of the feature hitting the Android app.
Source: Twitter Mobile
Google is pushing out a nice festive little update in the play store for Google+. While you are viewing one of your photos in Google+ you can give your device a little shake to make it snow. Shake your device again to save the snowy photo and share it with your circles. The update also automatically refreshes friends locations, includes a variety of photo improvements and the usual bug fixes.
1. Shake your device to add snow to your photos. Many of you enjoyed last week’s#AutoAwesome snow (http://goo.gl/913KlK), so we’re adding another way to let it snow this holiday season. Just open one of your photos, shake your device, and snow will start falling. Shake again to save. (http://youtu.be/YWRa6Cz6m_M)
2. Search across more stuff, from a single box. Now you can search for posts, people, photos and communities — all from one place. So the next time you’re looking for something specific, just tap ‘Search’ and type what you want.
3. Control who can buzz your phone, without missing notifications from others. If you only want certain people to be able to buzz your phone (like family), simply adjust your “Who can notify me” settings. Notifications from others will now appear in “Everything else,” so you can read them whenever it’s convenient.
4. Explore content by category. Now when you visit the What’s Hot stream, you’ll be able to “go deeper” on a number of different categories — from Music and Science to Sports and Photography.
5. Spread the love this holiday season. Now when you +1 posts in the stream, you’ll see something lovely.
In typical fashion, the update is rolling out gradually through the Play Store to everyone. That process can take a a little bit of time. If you don’t like waiting then you can go download it from our sister site, Gappsearly and pick up v4.2.4 right now, enjoy.
Via Android Police
GPe Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 ditch 'Gallery' in favor of G+ 'Photos' app
We suspected it was coming ever since we powered on the Nexus 5 to find both "Gallery" and "Photos" occupying the app drawer. And now the inevitable has come to pass — the stock Android "Gallery" app has been phased out in the new Google Play edition Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3, having been completely replaced by the new Google+-based Photos app.
It's a curious move given that the Nexus 5 shipped with a new Gallery app just over a month ago, and that Google highlighted a bunch of new editing features in that app as part of the 4.4 release. That said, the writing was clearly on the wall when Nexus Camera app was integrated with "Photos," not "Gallery" in the recent Android 4.4.1 update. The move also raises the possibility that future Nexus devices will follow this lead, though precedent suggests that "Gallery" will remain on devices that currently have it.
The elimination of "Gallery" means the new Google Play edition devices will have to make do without the comprehensive photo editing features found in the app. "Photos" offers some editing options, such as filters and frames, but nothing as full-featured as its rival. We're willing to bet these capabilities — including exposure, contrast and curves sliders, among many others — will be patched into "Photos" at some point in the near future, completing the transition from Gallery to Photos.
In any case, it's another example of the expanding reach of Google+ across all the various Google properties. And that could be seen as a good or a bad thing depending on your opinion of Google's social network.
Slight UI revamp to for the stable release
Twitter has updated their mobile app this afternoon, and updaters will find two sizeable changes. The first is a shot at other messaging services — photos in direct messages. Twitter has long been a popular social network, but their direct messaging options are sparse compared to alternatives. The inclusion of photos will help here, and may lure more people to use Twitter for messaging that other services.
The second change is the timeline navigation and alerts. Swiping to the left or right will move you between your stream, the Discovery section where you'll find trends and tailored content, and the Activity timeline to see what your friends are doing and who they are doing it with. The badges at the top have been changed, making unread tweets and messages more prominent, with an ability to turn on notifications for a single user by starring their profile.
The new version is in Google Play now, waiting for you to go update.
Christmasfy – Photo Booth Editor with Holiday Christmas Stickers!
Price: free App Store
Touche Apps today is pleased to announce the release of Christmasfy 1.2.1, their fun new and easy-to-use entertainment app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Christmasfy was developed for people who love sharing their photos on social networking sites. People can decorate their images with Santa Claus hats, beards, snowflakes, or add a reindeer and Christmas tree to their living room.
Upon launching the app, the user has the option to take a photo, select a photo from their library or select any colour as a background. The items that can be used to decorate the photo will appear at the bottom of the screen. The user can browse over 200 items across 20 categories until they find exactly what they are looking for. Placing items consists of tapping the item and then tapping the screen where they would like to place it. Items can be moved, resized and rotated using pinches and gestures. Items can also be mirrored if they desire or certain items can be placed in front of others if they are placing many items.
A mysterious Sony smartphone made a very brief appearance in the company’s global mobile site a few days ago. While we haven’t gotten anything new about this Sony Xperia Z1S, these bunch of leaked photos confirm the device’s existence. That is, if the source is to be given credence.
The most that can be said about the Xperia Z1S is that it has a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. The rest of the specs can be attributed to a collection of rumors, such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 2300 mAh battery. There is also talk of IP55 and IP58 level dust and water resistance, but a lot of these specs are mostly taken from the current flagship, the Xperia Z1.
These new set of photos don’t add anything new except for a peek at an actual device that is supposedly the Xperia Z1S. A snapshot of the device’s About page does confirm the presence of Qualcomm’s latest mobile processor. The Android version, however, is set to Android 4.3, unlike the previously rumored Android 4.2.2, which, of course, is welcome news. According to the source of this leak, the custom Sony launcher exhibits some slowing down, but it happens so rarely to have any negative impact on the overall experience.
The Xperia Z1S is believed to be the international version of the Xperia Z1 f, also known as the Honami mini, which is only available so far in Japan. The photos do seem to support that speculation, showing the device measuring 60 mm x 120 mm. This is, of course, all presuming that the smartphone displayed in the photos is indeed the Xperia Z1S. We’ll just have to wait for more information or an official announcement from Sony to really find out.