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Facebook messenger is one product from Facebook that has been developed ground-up to look innovative and operate in a new fashion, with it’s update, it brings quite a few new updates to the existing app.
One of the biggest and welcome changes is that one can now make free calls using WiFi. Yes, you can also use it over a normal data connection but it would not be recommended unless you have an unlimited plan. Here’s the full change-log highlighting what to expect in the latest update:
- Groups: Now you can create groups for the people you message most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place
- Forwarding: Want to send a message or photo to someone who isn’t in the conversation? Just tap to forward it on
- Conversation Shortcuts: Create a shortcut so that you can get to any conversation right from your home screen
- Free Calls: Talk as long as you want and stay in touch wherever you are. (Calls are free over Wi-Fi. Otherwise, standard data charges apply).
If you haven’t update yet, go ahead do it here
It really did seem that with the launch of the Galaxy S5, Samsung wouldn’t launch another piece of hardware any soon. Shortly after, we saw rumors of an unknown device with a model no. and now it is spotted in user profiles too.
We have learnt that the GS5 Active might arrive as Samsung’s model SM-G870, and that carrier variants may be coming to AT&T and Sprint. There’s still no sign of a Sprint model, but the UAProf for the SM-G870A (the A pointing to AT&T) has been spotted on Samsungs server.
We really don’t know much about the device at this moment except the fact that it would be carrying a 1080p display, what do you wish it has? Would you like the fingerprint sensor too?
Ah… the HTC One M8, a phone that truly benchmarks build quality with it’s brushed aluminium build and 90% metal wrapping footprint, while the gold color is available as an option, but what if you are a sheikh and want to get something more unique? Enter the HTC One M8 with real gold!
HTC has just announced the gold plated HTC One M8 for select markets, starting with the Middle East, prices aren’t disclosed but it shouldn’t be an issue when you an oil well in the backyard, right? There is really not much discussion here since HTC does see a market for ultra-premium products out there and to them it really wont matter if their smartphone is outdated the next year or the month, as long as the bling is still new!
It has been the ground where iconic Macs and the iPhones have been released, so what do we expect this WWDC to bring? Well, just like last year, Tim Cook’s keynote speech would bring along with it, the iOS 8 / iOS 7.x whatever it may be called to be released. On the hardware side of things, mystery of the new iPhone might not be unraveled so soon with the latest rumors suggesting a September launch.
While there is a long expected and rumored iWatch due to be released, and since this is a developer conference we may see the actual hardware itself with tools for developers.
Today we find a patent for the bayonet application that offers more concrete information as to how Apple plans to pull it off. The bayonet should probably be able to help snap on and off the lens. Obviously, registering a patent doesn’t make it mandatory for it to make it to the next iPhone, but seeing the number of experiments Apple is heard to be performing, it shouldn’t definitely be ruled out.
So at this Build 2014 conference, Joe Belfiore took the stage with the announcement of Windows Phone 8.1, while this article is being written, the conference continues, but here is a quick look at some new enhancements :
Joe Belfiore took the stage to get us started, announcing two new hardware partners, Micromax and Prestigio. Action center is a palace where users will not only see notifications, but can take a detailed look at phone status, including Dual SIM settings including custom quick toggles.
Also no more dealing with just plain solid colors as Live tile backgrounds, users can now select their picture to make live tiles more personal.
A more rumored feature for voice assistance called “Cortana” now officially makes it’s appearance. Users can access it using the search button while the Cortana learns from the “notebook” which holds your personal information. Cortana will be available as a Beta software in the US only and would be further made available after a series of tweaks in time.
Which feature excites you the most?
It was just last week when we heard the news that Google was going all the way and trying to mandate the “Powered By Android” logo to all OEMs for their boot screens and it seems that it is not just another April Fools’ hoax, the Moto X has just got one via an update.
Is Motorola doing this to be an early adopter of the idea or is there is something more behind the scenes? But it seems, for now that we are to see this coming on many more devices in the near future!
Regardless of how much Apple boasts about keeping their designs secure and private, we do know that once in a blue moon, an iPhone design gets leaked, and sometimes, like the iPhone 5, they are genuine!
Amidst a cloud of rumors about the upcoming iPhone 6, comes a leak that suggests its source to be a Foxconn facility where apparently the device is being tested. The leaked housing suggests that we are definitely getting a bigger and sleeker iPhone. Also the camera module that can be made out from the blurry picture, appears to be protruded, just like in the current iPod touch.
Well, in todays day and age it is very easy to 3D print a model to look exactly that way with low resolution photographs, but coming back to the point that Apple isn’t up to their mark in keeping secrets, we never know!
Just like everytime a new version is expected for release, developers get exclusive access to try it out, so supposedly, Microsoft will begin the Developer Preview Program for WP8.1 on April 10, a week from Thursday. This would give Windows Phone users with App Studio accounts the ability to install WP8.1 before the release of any formal updates from OEMs.
We would still like OEMs to post schedules for updates but till then in the meantime, the developer access is our best bet to getting our hands on.
4 GB RAM has been in talks ever since 3GB has been incorporated. Also, for the record the industry has taken a lot long to adopt 3GB compared to how soon the bump from 1GB to 2GB was. The rumors were pointing towards the Galaxy s5 having a 4GB RAM module but that clearly didn’t happen.
While the Grand S II as we saw it at CES 2014 packed just 2GB of RAM, the phone has recently resurfaced in China’s TENAA database with a listing that claims it now has 4GB. While 3GB is still rare, we really don’t see 4GB coming along so soon and easily.