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While Apple has aimed to keep the design of the iPhone consistent over the last six years – same screen size, same form factor, same metal band antenna on the outside – Google has managed to keep fans excited by providing different variants of its flagship Nexus device every single year.
Sure, all those different screen sizes and hardware changes have helped push the state of horrific fragmentation in the Android market, but at least fandroids get new design choices every year. To celebrate the release of the Nexus 5, our friends over at GadgetLove created an awesome GIF GIF showcasing how the Nexus has evolved over the years.
Check it out below:
Instagram announced new versions of its app on Android and iOS are now available. The Android 4.2 update adds the intelligent photo straightening tool that iOS users have been enjoying for a few months now.
The iOS 4.2.1 update doesn’t contain any major new features, although Instragam did add new settings that let you mute the playback of video with your ringer switch, or leave it always on. You can also choose to preload videos over Wi-Fi only or leave it always on as well. Unfortunately, there’s still no slo-mo support.
Android users who don’t have HBO Go access have had limited options for checking out HBO’s most famous shows like The Wire and Game of Thrones, but the premium-cable giant is finally ready to start offering a selection of its shows on Google Play.
Starting today, Android users can purchase episodes from seven of HBO’s top shows from the Google Play store. The list of shows includes The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, Girls, Veep, True Blood, The Newsroom, and Game of Thrones.
All of the shows have been available on iTunes for a while now, however, Google Play’s prices are much more competitive as most seasons are 10 bucks cheaper than on iTunes. Prices per episode vary from $2-$3 while an entire season can cost you up to $29.
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Samsung’s chief product officer for the mobile division of Samsung Electronics, Kevin Packingham, has left the company after being a key player in the introduction of several of the past Samsung Galaxy devices.
Packingham’s reasons for leaving the company aren’t clear at this time, as the New York Times reports that Samsung and Packingham have declined to provide details about the departure. However, a Samsung spokeswoman did offer the following statement regarding the departure:
When it comes down to who will control the future of the PC, Microsoft, Apple and now Google are battling it out for control of the incredibly important education market, and more specifically, schools.
Not only do school contracts provide each company with massive sales orders, but it allows iOS, Windows, or Chrome to take root in kids lives as they hopefully take their OS of choice with them into the workforce. While Microsoft has asserted its dominance in schools, Google’s VP of product management for Chromebooks, Caesar Sengupta, says 22% of the school districts in the U.S. are now using Google Chromebooks.
Samsung has reputation of making smartphones with screens bigger than the Hindenburg and the newly released Galaxy Note 3 is no different. With a 5.7-inch display the Note 3 is one of the most monstrous phablets ever built, which is cool if you’re using it as a tablet, but really sucks if you’re trying to hold it in one hand and make a phone call.
To make things easier on its single-handed users, Samsung has included a hilarious new tiny screen mode feature called “Use for all screens” that shrinks the UI of the
smartphone phablet down to a window that’s small enough for you to use with one hand. To make things worse you’ll have to dive deep into the settings to toggle the tiny screen mode. The only other option was to shrink the size of the actual device, but rumor is Samsung decided that’d be too elegant.
Here’s a video by Android Central on how the setting works:
The fury of Apple fans was ignited again last week as Samsung was caught shamelessly copying the Apple’s new golden iPhone creation – the golden iPhone 5s - when the South Korean smartphone maker announced it would be selling a gold variant of the Galaxy S4. Apple fans were quick to dismiss the smartphone as another copycat move,but Samsung took to its corporate blog to explain that it’s totally not copying the gold iPhone because they’ve made tons of gold phones in the past (kind of).
Facebook announced this afternoon that Android and web users will now be able to edit status updates after they have been posted, meaning you can finally cleanse your status update masterpieces of careless typos without losing your cherished likes, comments and shares.
The new feature should be live on the web and Android versions of Facebook later this afternoon, but iOS users will have to wait a short while before it hits iPhones.
The iPhone 5s might be the closest any smartphone’s ever come to perfection, but none of its shiny glass, metal and chamfered surfaces really matter if they can stand up to some daily wear and tear. To see which new smartphone is the most durable, the gadget insurance company SquareTrade pitted the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c against the Moto X and Samsung Galaxy S4, in a series of damage tests, including getting dunked in water.
In the end, Moto X came out on top, with the iPhone 5s coming in a close second. The Galaxy S4 on the other hand didn’t fair too well, and was dominated by everyone, including the cheaper the iPhone 5c.
Watch the full results below:
Yahoo may have received all of the attention lately for its boring new logo change, but it appears that Google might be changing the design of it’s logo as well.
Deep in the heart of the latest Chrome for Android beta, Ars Technica has managed to unearth what appears to be a new Google logo that ditches the beveling and shadows of yore for a flatter, modern look with some desaturated colors.
Google hasn’t commented on the new logo, and quickly removed it from the beta. However, it looks similar to the design direction Google has been taking lately, and you can still pull it from Google’s servers, so it’s possible we’ll see it used company-wide in the near future.
Here’s how it compares to the old logo: