When it rains, it pours. But in the world of mobile rumors, when it leaks, the faucet opens and all of the images of secret test devices start flooding social media posts and our inboxes. The latest smartphones to fall prey to this adage are the ones that constitute Motorola's upcoming portfolio.
First up, the much leaked Moto G 3rd Gen (or Moto G 2015) has found itself in the hands of a guy in Mexico who proceeded to photograph many of its angles.
Previously, users who had downloaded some Play Music songs for offline playback and toggled the app's setting switch to use SD card storage found that their tunes disappeared when the phone was rebooted or the card was removed and reinserted.
If you use SoundCloud to listen to music and audio from your favorite artists, podcasters, DJs, and other audio genies, you've probably wondered why the Android app doesn't have the "related tracks" feature that has been present in iOS and the web version for a while. After all, it's so much easier to discover new tracks to your liking when they're recommended based on what you already know you love, than to go manually hunt for them and fall into a spiral of mediocre audio that doesn't suit your taste.
VLC For Android has been steadily improving over the past months, but today's beta update is a big step forward to the app that even the developers acknowledge as a "major release."
VLC went through a hardcore bootcamp between versions 1.3.2 and 1.5.0, emerging with enhancements all across the board. Internally, the app's code has been rewritten to be faster and to require fewer permissions especially on KitKat devices and above. Externally, the app's design has been given a small facelift to better fit Material's clean and elegant look.
Version 4.9 of the Google app began rolling out late yesterday, but it's not sporting a lot of obvious additions. The only immediately visible changes appear under Settings -> Now cards, where a new toggle has been added to enable or disable lock screen notifications based on cards. Some updated text also appears below the new toggle, if you care about that sort of thing.
The Android L developer preview remained largely static in the time between its launch and Lollipop's official release. That isn't the case with Android M, which Google says will receive monthly over-the-air updates. The first of them is now available for the Nexus 5 and 6.
Several FCC filings for the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 and all-but-confirmed Galaxy S6 Edge Plus were located today, including Verizon and AT&T models of each. The N920V (Verizon Note 5), G928V (Verizon S6E+), N920A (AT&T Note 5), and G928A (AT&T S6E+) all have publicly available test information, furthering rumors that the devices will launch earlier than normal.
Normal, by the way, tends to be October here in America. The Galaxy Note 4's street date last year was October 17th in the US and in many countries around the world. This time, the rumor is that a mid-August launch will follow with retail availability just a week later in many markets, and that is quite a shift.
Readers, we have a confession to make. This update to the Amazon shopping app actually came out on June 30th, over two weeks ago. Sorry about that. We spotted it, both on the Play Store and on APK Mirror, but didn't notice anything particularly new about it because Amazon neglected to upload a change log. They've done so today, and the new version (126.96.36.199 on my Nexus 6) actually adds some important new features to the app.
First of all, you can now use the official Amazon shopping app in Mexico thanks to the Amazon.mx expansion announced last month. If you've received an Amazon gift card (paradoxically available at many retailers which Amazon actively competes with), you can now scan it with your smartphone's camera to add the credit instead of laboriously punching in numbers.
There have been Warhammer 40K games on Android before. They have not been particularly good, mostly because they simply slap the license on top of an existing mobile game style and hope the dedicated fans will spend some money. Not so with Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf. Not only does this game come from HeroCraft, a developer that can generally be relied upon to create decent games, it's a top-down, turn-based strategy title. What an idea!
Space Wolf is closer to a tactical strategy game than a straight-up board game adaptation, but that makes sense in the context of the medium.
In the latest version, Dropbox adds a much-needed favor for collaborative teams and users who rely on effective communication across updated files. But who gives a crap about that, because the app has also added GIF support.
Version 3.0.1 lets you view animated GIFs right in Dropbox without popping out to an external app. That should be useful for... OK, it's not particularly useful for anything, except that one time that you need to instantly distinguish between the original and reverse of that one dog image when you attend a GIF party via your tablet. But now you can totally do that!