Motorola's desktop Connect software and Android app received a significant update today, adding support for a host of MMS features previously not available. Most importantly, Motorola Connect can now actually display MMS messages, be they picture messages or group messages. You can also respond to such messages now through Connect, though only using the SMS protocol. That means you can't send pictures from Connect, and you can't send group messages, either (replies will only be sent to the original sender).
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iOS-using Pebble owners have been able to enjoy Pandora music controls on their monochrome chronometers since last month, and now Android's finally catching up. Pandora has announced on the company blog that Pebblers (Pebbles? Pebblerites? Pebblians?) with Android phones and tablets can now control the Pandora app's playback using their smartwatch.
The Pandora Pebble app itself will allow users to change stations, thumbs up or down songs, skip songs, as well as start and stop playback - the basic kind of functionality you'd expect.
Google Glass is receiving an update today - build XE17's release notes just went live on the Google Support site, and they're about as terse as you can get: "XE17 fixes some bugs that caused Glass to unexpectedly restart. Even more improvements are coming soon. Stay tuned."
And that's all she [or he] wrote, folks. The update comes less than a month after XE16 was released, bringing Glass up to Android 4.4, adding photo bundles, sorted voice commands, improved battery life, and more.
Have you ever happened upon an attractive, dog-having single person in your local park and attempted to strike up a conversation about the fact that you, too, have a Canis domesticus and a picture of said animal that you would like to show this attractive dog-having person, only to be rejected because your phone's small display does not adequately represent your canine companion's intense cuteness? Good news! AT&T will soon be stocking the Asus PadFone X, a Certified Dog Photo Presenting Device (CDPPD) that will ensure the only reason you'll ever be shot down is for any other reason aside from not having a big enough screen to show someone a picture of your dog on.
Bookmarks - we all use them. Sometimes. Maybe. Maybe not since like 2011 in my case (I really, really don't like bookmarks). But bookmarks have remained a relatively unchanged experience on desktop browsers even since the Netscape days - you CTRL+D, the page goes into a list, maybe that list has folders, and that's that.
This stale experience has helped give rise to read-it-later apps, content aggregators, and even social networks (Pinterest, for example).
Qualcomm released a substantial update to its Toq smartwatch today, taking advantage of a hardware feature few even knew the device had: a microphone. The 1.5 software adds the ability to respond to SMS messages on your phone through the watch using your voice, which is then converted to text using Nuance's STT technology. Oddly, no other voice control features are included with this update, though arguably the ability to reply to texts is one of the more common things you'd do with a smartwatch to begin with.
Last year, I reviewed the original Galaxy Gear. Considering how that went, I'm not sure I am exactly the "ideal" candidate for reviewing the new-and-improved Gear Fit, but hey, it came with the Galaxy S5 I reviewed, so here goes nothing.
Samsung started over when it designed its new line of second-generation Gear devices, dropping the Galaxy branding and Android along with it, opting instead to power these new smartwatches with Tizen.
Google's releasing two new apps for Android and iOS today: Google Docs and Google Sheets, dedicated editors for documents and spreadsheets. Aw yeah.
Both apps are totally offline-enabled, so no connection is needed to edit or create new sheets or documents. There's also a dedicated app for Slides coming soon, so we'll be on the lookout for that. For now, the apps don't seem to do any more than the Drive editor did, but the very fact that they exist probably means we can expect Google to start crafting more fully-featured experiences for these products down the line.
The Galaxy S4 was the most popular Android smartphone of all time. The Galaxy S5 will likely take that title soon enough. Say what you will about Samsung's choice of materials or its design aesthetic, its phones are incredibly popular and well-liked by a great many people. The Galaxy S5 won't cause the faithful to waiver, either - it's an absolute affirmation of the company's commitment to improving its flagship product with every generation.