Viber, the popular cross-platform messaging service for smartphones, is no longer just for smartphones. The company has today launched new desktop applications that allow you to chat with friends; send stickers, emoticons, and photos; and make calls from a Mac or PC.
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Google has confirmed that it will drop WebKit for its own rendering engine called Blink in “around 10 weeks.” The company has already begun testing Blink in Chrome Canary builds — the beta version of its popular browser — but it will rollout the change to stable Chrome builds with version 28 for both desktops and Android devices.
Google Chrome for Android finally has the ability to sync your saved passwords and auto-fill data with your desktop, thanks to its latest update. Chrome already syncs your bookmarks and your open tabs, but this is one handy feature it’s been missing until this week.
Apple is beginning to close the gap on Samsung over shipments of smart connected devices, which includes computers, smartphones, and tablets. The Cupertino company grabbed 20.3% of the market by the end of 2012, according to IDC, while Samsung just about had the edge with a 21.2% share.
Asus clearly has an issue. It cannot make a device that has just one purpose. One of its tablets is also a phone, the other turns into a laptop, and its smartphone transforms into a tablet. Now the Taiwanese company has a Windows 8 desktop that’s also an Android tablet.
Meet the Transformer AiO.
The popular Dolphin Browser for Android and iOS has been updated today to introduce a number of handy new features. In addition to one-tap sharing to Facebook and Twitter, users can enjoy Evernote clipping, and the ability to sync bookmarks and tabs between Dolphin and their desktop browser.
Move over Webtop, there’s a new player in town. That’s right, Ubuntu for Android is now a reality and will soon turn our smartphones into full desktop solutions. Once built in, users will be able to dock their phone and have Ubuntu load up and run concurrently with Android (since they share the same kernel). Once booted up you’ll have all the features of a full Ubuntu desktop experience such as: Chromium web browser, VLC Player, Thunderbird email client, and more. The hardware requirements for integration are pretty straight forward and could actually be implemented into devices already on the market. All that’s needed is: