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On this week's episode: we continue our ongoing Android History series with Android 2.2, Froyo!
Music and social media go together like teenagers and places their parents don't know about. Music became such a big part of MySpace, it inspired the likes of SoundCloud. Music videos regularly rack up the most views on YouTube. Chances are, your favorite artists have a Twitter account.
Musicians have used Vine as another way to get themselves noticed and share their music with a new generation. Now Vine intends to help them out. Today it's launching Snap to Beat, an easier way to toss together seamless perfect loops.
Today's leak of the Huawei Watch on Amazon referenced the fact that the device was compatible with "iOS 8.2 or higher." Normally, it might be easy to chalk up such a thing to an oversight or automatic field-fill on the merchant page.
But I'd take stock in that information: we've learned from a second, reliable source off the record that Android Wear will be receiving iOS support soon. How soon? It's possible we could see an announcement some time around IFA, which happens Sept. 4-9, though the announcement may not necessarily be at the show or even during it - it's not exactly clear.
Regular charging is just so lame, right? Quick Charging is totally where it's at, but many phones that support Quick Charge 2.0 don't come with compatible chargers. Even when they do, you probably don't have spares for around the house or in the car. Well, now you can pick some up for cheap thanks to Newegg.
There's no shortage of budgets handsets floating around out there in the States, and Acer just threw its name into the arena with a couple of low-mid-range (that's a thing, right?) handsets: the Liquid Jade Z and Liquid Z410. Catchy.
I'll be the first to tell you that neither of these phones are meant for power users. Instead, they're for folks who don't care about any of the following: updates, speed, size, processor, or anything else really. I.E. - probably none of you guys.
But they are for users who care about one thing: price.
Now, if you're still interested, here are some details.
Inbox by Gmail is sort of an oddball thing...it started out as a simple, "fast" alternative to traditional email. The thing with that is, while convenient at first, it was quickly noticed how much stuff is actually missing. You know, stuff that most users want to use on a daily basis.
Over time, Google has added in several necessary features to Inbox, making it much more serviceable than it was at launch. As of yesterday, text formatting in replies on the web joins that list, so users are now able to use numbered and bulleted lists; bold, italics, and underline; and enter links.
In an apparent effort to boost app discoverability and engagement, it looks like Google is rolling out a beautiful new layout for "apps" search results on mobile. Doing a quick search for pretty much anything followed by the word "apps" will get you a grid of app results above the normal search results, each block colored according to the app's icon. Clicking the "expand" button opens up the grid, with more results smoothly flowing in. Check it out in motion below.
Worth noting is that these results seem to only appear on Android for now - the download numbers and ratings of course reflect Play Store stats, and each block will take you to the relevant Play Store listing.
Yesterday, we published an article asking an open question: what is up with T-Mobile band 12 support being removed from some unlocked smartphones?
Today, T-Mobile contacted us to speak about said article. Unfortunately, T-Mobile was unwilling to provide any official on-record responses to our questions. But after a short discussion, I can provide you some information I have learned on background (journalist speak for "cannot be directly quoted or attributed to anyone"). First:
On T-Mobile, any device on its network with band 12 LTE data support must also support T-Mobile Voice over LTE services and E911.
The E911 part isn't particularly important in terms of the certification requirement - all phones sold in America are technically E911 compliant, because by law they have to be.