Pebble has pushed through an update for 2.0 of their Android app, still in beta form, but “fixes the most annoying bugs.” Pebble notes on their blog that Android Beta11 “improves stability considerably” and brings an official release one step closer for users to fully access the Pebble appstore on Android. For those users who have the smartwatch, Pebble notes that you’ll need to remove previous Beta versions and install this one. (more…)
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Pebble Android 2.0 Beta 11 now available for developers, brings stability and ‘fixes the most annoying bugs’
We were pretty thrilled that BlackBerry included Dropbox and Box API support out of the, err, box when BB10 was announced just over a year ago, but today the company has worked with Microsoft to bring OneDrive cloud storage support to its devices.
The app works identically to its Dropbox and Box counterparts: users can automatically schedule photo and video uploads to the service-formerly-known-as-SkyDrive, and see one’s personal documents. Users can create links to share files and folders with others and even stream videos straight from the cloud.
HTC posted another poor showing in its February 2014 consolidated earnings details. The company posted approximately $238 million in revenue, down 36% from the same time a year ago, and 25% from January.
The Taiwanese company is trying to weather the storm as it waits for the introduction of its newest smartphone, the all-new HTC One, which will be announced on March 25th. They launched two smartphones at MWC this year, the low-end Desire 610 and mid-range Desire 816, both answers to promises of trying to reach markets with lower cost thresholds in 2014. (more…)
BlackBerry started testing an advertising platform within its social network BBM Channels that would see either sponsored invites or sponsored channels posts. The goal is to make BBM a source of revenue for the Waterloo-based company, but the specifics how this would impact the overall experience of BBM was limited.
BlackBerry took to their company blog to “set the record straight from the get go” about how advertising will work on BBM. Jeff Gadway, head of product and brand marketing for BBM, stated that “this is not traditional advertising by any stretch of the imagination” and that ads “will in no way impact the chat and sharing experience.” (more…)
Apple’s latest version of its mobile OS is expected to launch this week, according to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber.
He notes that the company, which has been beta testing iOS 7.1 for months, plans to launch it alongside an app meant for streaming its iTunes music festival being held next week in Austin, Texas, during SXSW. That app will reportedly require iOS 7.1 to function, so one can only deduce Apple will make the OS publicly available in the coming days.
iOS 7.1 is unlikely to have many user-facing changes — small improvements to certain aspects of the user interface, including minor reworkings of the Phone and Camera apps — but will reportedly fix a number of stability issues, including random reboots, that have plagued iOS 7 users since the launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c in September.
Mobilicity has been on its last legs for many months but amidst all the speculation of going under, the carrier is still around and looking for some Spring rejuvenation.
Bringing back its popular $30 per month all-in promo, Mobilicity says you’ll score Unlimited data, Canada-wide and global talk, North American long distance, 30 Minutes North American voice roaming, voicemail, caller ID and call features.
The fine print notes the promo is for new activations and is “Subject to change without notice.” In addition, it seems that you’ll also have to sign up on their prepay option: “Save $15/month on our $45 unlimited plan while customer’s account remains active with Mobilicity and on automatic monthly payments (preauthorized credit/ debit payment).”
Pretty solid deal for those interested in taking a risk.
As we inch closer to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 introduction, we’re seeing an increasing number of leaks from unverified sources. The latest comes from UnleashThePhones.com, the source of many previous WP8.1 leaks, showing Microsoft’s ‘Cortana’ voice assistant in action.
While we’ve already seen screenshots of the interface and heard details about an accompanying “Notebook” feature, we now know that Microsoft is adding a number of customization features into the software. Cortana looks to require a Microsoft login to function, which will likely sync and store information between the phone and the cloud server. (more…)
Android may be fragmented, but it’s becoming an increasingly reliable development platform, with a number of versions that no longer force app creators to sacrifice features in the name of compatibility.
As of March 3rd, Android 4.x comprises over 80% of all users, with Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) making up 62% of the total number of Google Play-connected devices. Android 4.1 leads the way with 35.3%, a small decrease from last month, while 4.2 and 4.3 get notable bumps, up 0.8% and 0.7% respectively. Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) continues to drop as OEMs update their products to Jelly Bean or KitKat, down 0.9% from the month earlier. (more…)
An overlooked announcement during last week’s extremely active Mobile World Congress was an update to Shazam’s iOS and Android apps. The company is refocusing its discovery engine on content besides music, making it easier to find information on select TV shows and live TV events.
At the same time, the new app showcases friends’ music tags in a beautiful new interface that, now available for both iOS and Android, connects with Facebook, Google+ for social interaction and sharing, YouTube for music videos, and LyricFind for words. (more…)
Roam Mobility continues their expansion into Canadian retail stores. After successfully sealing deals with London Drugs and 7-Eleven, the Vancouver-based company announced that their SIM cards are now available at 265 Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
Roam offers low-cost U.S. text, voice and data roaming packages and Emir Aboulhosn, founder and CEO of Roam Mobility, said “our new partnership will help us reach more Canadians who want to avoid roaming fees when they visit the US.”
Canadian carriers have dropped their roaming rates over the past number of months, mainly mandated by the CRTC, and Roam’s plans range from $3.95 per day to $89.95 for 30 days with 9GB data.