WordPress is a clutch tool for most bloggers, as its easy-to-use, versatile interface provides essentially everything one needs to get content on the internet. For the longest time, however, the associated app hasn't been the greatest thing to use (read: it kinda sucked); today, however, it has been updated to v2.3 which brings a new Holo UI, along with a few new features.
Howdy, Sprintsters! If you're a Note II owner, it's time to head into Settings > About Phone > System updates again, as The Now Network is pushing another OTA to the massive handset. It's a small one, with only a couple of fixes in tow:
- Waking a device with the home key incorrectly brings up the Recently Use applications screen
- Home Screen security updates
Exciting, no? At least you'll have a safer home screen and won't have to deal with seeing recent apps when you turn the device on with the home button post-update, though. So that's something.
Facebook did a soft launch of its new Home launcher late last week, which left a lot of its international users out in the cold. Good news: if you've been dying to get your hands on Home, it's now available outside of the US. Of course, device restrictions still apply, as the app is only available on a handful of handsets right now:
- HTC One X
- HTC One X+
- HTC One
- Samsung Galaxy S III
- Samsung Galaxy Note II
- Samsung Galaxy S 4
And if you like what it has to offer but aren't necessarily sold on using it full time, there's an easy way to keep all of Home's functionality without sacrificing your existing launcher.
If you're an avid Twitter user, then there's a good chance Falcon Pro is your go-to client on Android. For good reason, no doubt – it's fast, full-featured, and well supported. Today, the dev once again proves the latter, as the app is getting a nice little update to v1.8, which brings a handful of useful features to the app:
v1.8 - 16/04/2013
- New : *Starred Users* Inline Articles preview with offline access (enabled for all Starred Users that you follow)
- New : *Starred Users* Individual notifications (disabled by default)
- New : *Starred Users* Offline access
- New : translations (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Polish & Norwegian.
Press, arguably the most well-designed Reader client of them all, got a sizeable update today. It's the "biggest update yet," in fact. Climbing up to version number 1.2, Press got some useful new features. Though this update isn't the one with which Press migrates to "a new backend syncing solution" as it is promised to do once Reader takes its final breath, it's definitely an update worth looking at.
First up, Press now has widgets, both large and small. The small one is basically an unread count, while the larger can show top articles from your "all unread" list or a specific subscription list within your account.
Let's get one thing out of the way first: if you've never heard of BLU Products, it's a company to keep an eye on moving forward. Why? Because we all love affordable unlocked devices, which happens to be what BLU specializes in. And today, the company announced the Jelly Bean (4.1.x) update for the Vivo 4.3. So, not only does it provide crazy-affordable devices (the Vivo is $199 off contract), but it also supports them. Good Guy Blu.
Customers who already have the Vivo 4.3 are encouraged to "call customer service [...] for more information on how to update their device."
Aside from the bump in Android version, the company also announced that the device will be available in three new colors beginning today: Energy Neon Yellow, Pearl White, and Glimmer Pink.
If you happened to be one of the less than 13 people who shelled out $550 to get Verizon's variant of the Galaxy Camera, then a nice update is heading your way. It appears to bring some pretty useful new features, like S Memo, a new Help App, four new Smart Modes, and a nifty remote view finder.
So far as the new Smart Modes are concerned, the update brings scenes for dawn, indoor parties, snow, and food to the device, for a total of 19. In addition to those, you can now access the GCam's view finder via your Galaxy S Series, Tab Series, or iPhone with the companion app, which is pretty rad.
In the cutthroat world of mobile office suites, developers are always trying to bring more features to the table so you'll pick their offering as your go-to. And when it comes to that arena, I personally can't say anyone does it better than Mobile Systems with Office Suite Pro. It's been my personal choice for, well, a long time.
Today the office-on-the-go was updated to version 7.1, which brings with it several new features, including some rather unique options:
What's in this version:
New features in 7.1:
*Oxford Dictionary of English integration (available as a separate add-on product)
*Ability to perform Google search form Word documents
*Insert image from camera (in Word/Excel/PowerPoint)
*Better compatibility with QuickSpell
*Tables resize in Word (separate branches)
*Dual screen support
*Links and Shadows support in PowerPoint
*Image replace in Word
*Improved font formatting and Autofill with cell dragging in Excel
*Improved UI in Excel sheets
*Sheets reordering in Excel
As you can see in the above list, this version has "dual screen support" –
whatever that means (seriously, what does that mean?
When it comes to pushing Jelly Bean to devices, Samsung wants us to know that it hasn't forgotten about any of its current-gen devices. Take today's update for example – do you remember the Galaxy Victory? Didn't think so. Still, Samsung and Sprint are sending the 4.1.2 update over-the-air right now.
The update brings several features to the less-than-memorable handset:
Jelly Bean offers users stunning graphical capabilities with expanded feature functionality, including:
- Google Now™
- Expandable, actionable notifications
- Android Beam™ now lets you send photos and more.
- Widgets work like magic as you place widgets on the screen, everything else automatically moves to make room; when they're too big, widgets resize on their own.
A few months ago, Microsoft announced the SmartGlass app for Xbox, a companion application that allows you to navigate and control your console from your phone or, up until recently, 7" tablets. Now, version 1.5 has rolled out that adds support for larger slates. Including 10" devices like the Nexus 10, which is kind of great.
On a larger tablet, the UI actually doesn't look much different from the interface on the TV itself, so it's extremely intuitive. Also, this update brings an always-on state, so your device won't shut off while you're using the companion app. SmartGlass is free on the Play Store and the update is available immediately.