Google releases beautiful new messenger app with material design

androidpit-messenger-2 (1)This morning a new update for the SMS app appeared on the Google Play store. The update finally brings material design also with tons of new colors and animations that make the app a pleasure to use as your default SMS app. Google has also added a few new features to the app such as the ability to block people, rapid photo sharing and full emoji support. You will be able to download the app on any device running android 4.1 and above. I have been using the app as my default SMS app for awhile and my initial impressions are pretty good. The only complaints I have pretty minor. For example I don’t like that it won’t display the time the message was sent and some of the colors the app picks by default for each contact can sometimes be kinda weird but overall its a pleasant experience.

Review: Nexus 6 Specs

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Nexus 6; Specs


Base Price from Google PlayStore: $649 

OS- Android 5.0 Lollipop

Screen: 5.96″2560×1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi)

16:9 Aspect Ratio

Gorilla Glass 3; Same as the Motorola Turbo

Camera: Rear Camera 

13MP with optical image stabilisation

Dual LED Ring Flash

f/2.0 Aperture

4K Video Capture at 30 FPS

Front Facing Camera:

2 MP

HD Video Conferencing

Size: 82.98 mm x 159.26mm x 10.06 mm

Weight: 184 Grams

Color: Midnight Blue, Cloud White

Channels: GSM, CDMA,WCDMA,LTE,CA DL

Audio: Dual Front-Facing Speakers

CPU: Quad core Krait 450 CPU 2.7 GHz (Qualcomm SnapDragon 805 SOC)

GPU: Adreno 420

Ram: 3GB

Wireless: 802.11 ac 2 X 2 (MIMO)

Bluetooth 4.1

NFC (Capabilities)

Ports:  Micro USB 2.0

Nano SIM

3.5 mm Audio

Battery: 3,220 mAh

Talk: 24 Hours

Standby: 300 Hours

Internet Use: 8.5 Hours, (WIFI) 7 Hours (LTE)

Wireless Charging (Built In)

Turbo Charger gives up 6+ hours with 15 Minutes Charging Session

Review: Motorola Droid Turbo specs

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The Motorola Droid Turbo.

Specs:


Display: A 5.2 ich Quad HD (2560X1440) 565 ppi, Gorilla Glass 3

Processor: Snapdragon 805 quad core, 2.7 Ghz, Adreno 420 GPU

OS: 4.4.4 KitKat (Lollipop Update Soon)

Storage: 32/64 Gigs

RAM: 3 GB

Size: Ballistic Nylon: 73.3 x143.5 mm, Curve is 8.3 – 11.2 mm

         Metalized Fiber: 73.3 x 143.5mm, Cuve is 7.8-10.6 mm

Weight: Ballistic Nylon: 176 grams

              Metalized Fiber: 169 Grams

Networks: LTE. CDMA/EVDO. Rev A. GSM/EDGE, Global Mode

Design Selections: Metalized Glass Fiber

                                 Metallic Black

Color Selection: Metallic Red, Metallic Black

Battery: 3,900 mAh, Up to 48 hours;

             * 15 minutes of charging gets 8 hours of use (Requires Turbo Charger in Box)

             * Wireless Charging Capable

Camera: 21 MP Rear in 4:3. 15.5MP in 16.9: f/2.0, 4K video and dual LED Flash

Moto Software: Moto voice, Moto Actions. Moto Display. Motorola Migrate. Droid Zap.

                           Highlight Reel. EAC, Quick Office. Zap Zone. Zap 2 TV.  Zap with Voice.

Emulators will no longer work on iOS

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Apple will soon release the first major update to iOS 8, iOS 8.1. This update will introduce some new useful features such as the much anticipated Apple pay, but it will also patch some exploits and loopholes which some third party developers are currently taking advantage of. One of these loopholes allowed iOS users to run emulators on their phones to play old console games. The loophole in question consists of changing the date on your device to the previous day, downloading the app from Safari and then changing your date back again.

Impressions- Android L, iOS 8

List of new features on the upcoming updates for Apple and Android devices.

Apple iOS 8 -

The new Apple Fitness App. A replica of Samsung Fitness App

The new Apple Fitness App. A replica of Samsung Fitness App

  • Apple iOS 8 – A total overhaul of the existing iOS 7 update from last fall
  • To create their own cloud service for documents (iCloud Drive). Ex. “Google Drive”
  • Finally bringing third party keyboards to iOS 8 . (Swype and swiftKey)
  • All Photos now live in your iCloud Photo Library
  • Messages that would self destruct on its own . That is basically a copy of snapchat.
  • Interactive Notifications. (Respond to text from iOS 8, Facebook Banner, Event Invitation “Accept or Decline,” Shortcuts to Favorite and Recent contacts.)
  • Safari copying Chrome with viewing all tabs in one page
  • Health – Fitness app to monitor your heart rate monitor, calories burned
  • Switching devices being able to finish one email on all devices.
  • Spotlight- Now gives Wikipedia Entry, Nearby Places, trending news

 

Android L-

The overlook of Android L

The overlook of Android L

  • Icon Change
  • Overhaul of Kit Kat UI Design – Changes of the App icons
  • There are now animations for almost any action you take.
  •   Return button is now a triangle pointing to the left
  •   Home Button- Circle
  •   Multitask- now looks similar to the tabs view in Chrome.
  • DialPad- Changes to Kit Kat DialPad, Dialpad pops up when you press the blue button on the bottom right hand corner.
  • Contacts- More intuitive easier navigation to a certain contact.
  • Keyboard- A more flat Keyboard as like in iOS 7 Keyboard, A wider keyboard for users with bigger fingers to use easier.
  • Settings App- Becomes more intuitive than Kit Kat with a more organized looking tabs. (It also now comes with a search function)
  • Volume – Pop up on-screen slider to turn on “Do Not Disturb,”
  • Calendar app- Becomes a more organized by color for events in a list.

 

TWRP comes to android wear smart watches

TWRP-Android-Wear-940x757Team win recovery project’s custom recovery now has official support for all the current android wear smart watches: the Samsung gear live and the LG G watch. Now owners of these two watches will be able to flash custom ROMs, make nandroid backups and much more. Even though currently there aren’t many ROMs available for the two watches….

TWRP is one of the most popular custom recoveries available on android it’s widely used in the modding community to install third-party firmware like cyanogen mod and paranoid android onto android devices. Just cause TWRP has arrived on wear doesn’t mean it is completely stable. For instance, it isn’t optimized for android wear’s small screens (seen in the photo above) and I can’t even begin to imagine how it will fit on wear watches with circular displays like the Moto 360.

Facebook requires users to use their messenger app

facebook-messenger-newUIOn Monday Facebook said that if users want to chat on Facebook they’ll have to do it through the standalone Facebook messenger app. Facebook first released messenger in selected European countries in April but since then it has spread throughout the world. Now, when users try to send a message using the Facebook app they will be prompted to download messenger if they haven’t already installed. According to Facebook currently 200 million people use their messenger app every month. Facebook also said that messenger is much faster than the Facebook app about 20% faster. The Facebook messenger app is currently available for both android, iOS and even windows phone.

Source: cnet.com

Dinosaurs and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Dinosaur extinction could have just been really, really bad luck. The 6.2-mile-wide20140728-184644-67604129.jpg Chicxulub asteroid may have caused the mass extinction. “The asteroid almost certainly did it, but it just so happened to hit at a bad time when dinosaur ecosystems had been weakened by a loss of diversity. If the asteroid hit a few million years earlier, when dinosaurs were more diverse, or a few million years later, when they had a chance to recover as they often had done before after diversity losses, then dinosaurs probably wouldn’t have gone extinct,” said University of Edinburgh vertebrate paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Stephen Brusatte.
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Google Chrome Beta update for android brings new material designed look

chrome-material-640x414Google currently is rolling out a new update for Google Chrome beta for android. The new update brings with it a simplified signing process and some new design elements which resemble google’s material design language.

The new sign in process will automatically sign you into all Google related apps and services like Google plus, maps and even YouTube. The new build also contains lots of bug fixes and performance improvements you can download Google Chrome Beta from the play store or download the APK online.

45 Year Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

432773It has been 45 years since the landing of Apollo 11 at Tranquility Base. It was seen as and still is one of the greatest feats of human kind. For this years anniversary here are a few interesting facts about the Moon.
1. Tides are caused by the Moon’s gravitational pull on the oceans, causing a bulge of water on either side of the Earth.
2. The Moon is drifting farther from the Earth each year, 3.8cm/y
3. All 24 feet that have touched the moon, 12 people, belonged to American males
4. Despite Lunar missions being named “Apollo” Apollo was the Greek god of the Sun, with Artemis the goddess of the Moon
5. NASA plans to send more people to the Moon by 2019
6. During the Cold War America considered nuking the Moon in order to show strength over the USSR
7. There are “Moon Quakes” caused by the gravitational pull of the Earth
8. The Moon isn’t perfectly round, more egg shaped
9. There are trees planted across the US that had visited the Moon as seeds
10. Gravity on the Moon is 17% of that on Earth