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When Google first announced Android Device Manager 3 months back, it was one of the best things that has happened to Android, users could remotely locate, ring, wipe out a device or even lock it but there was one thing missing, an app. Android Device Manager was only available on the web and while that may be convenient because you can access it from any device that has access to the internet, it was troublesome. Fortunately, Google has finally released an Android Device Manager app for Android devices, making it easily accessible on the go.
Available for download immediately on the Google Play Store, it works just like the web version allowing you to pick a device to locate and the location will be shown on Google Map. Check out Android Device Manager app for your Android devices now.
During the recent Typhoon Haiyan tragedy in Philippines, Viber announced Viber Out, a call service for the Philippines that allows Viber users worldwide to call landlines and mobile numbers in Philippines. Back then, the company partnered with several telcos across the world and even Globe Telecom to allow users to call Philippines for free. Today, Viber is announcing Viber Out for global users, allowing users from all around the world to call to any landline and mobile numbers using their Viber account. It’s not free for the rest of us of course, but Viber brags a “competitive” call rate with significantly lower price-per-call than other competing services.
Viber out is currently available for desktop, iOS and Android platform, with Windows Phone support to come soon. All you need to do is update to the latest version to get Viber Out. We can’t seem to get Viber Out for Viber’s iOS app at the time of writing, but it’s already available for Android and desktop. Viber Out will connect to your phone number, allowing recipients to easily identify your call. Credits can be bought via the conventional method using a credit card, and even via in-app purchases through Viber’s mobile apps.
It’s almost Christmas and as with previous years, Apple has got 12 apps to gift to its users starting from Boxing Day for 12 consecutive days. If you visit the App Store on your iOS device now, you’ll see the “12 Days of Gifts” app highlighted in the Featured tab.
Like last year’s “12 Days of Christmas” app, it’s available for download for free and from 26 December 2013 to 6 January 2014, it will feature one gift a day – songs, apps, books, films and more. Each day’s gift will last for only 24 hours and thanks to a new “pay now and download later” option, hopefully you’ll still be able get the app even though you’re away from any W-Fi and it’s too huge to download over cellular data.
Check out the 12 Days of Gifts app on iTunes now.
For all the loyal Nokia N9 fans out there, Jolla has just breathed new life into your device! In a thread posted on Maemo.org, titled “Porting Saifish onto an N9, there are step by step instructions on how to get the MeeGo successor up and running on your device. I know that there are many fervent N9 fans out there and this, surely is amazing news. Don’t forget, this is not an official solution and there are some bugs so porting should be at your own risk, but have fun and perhaps this is a good reason to get your N9 out from retirement!
Good news for those using the free version of Spotify, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that Spotify is working on bringing its free music screaming service to mobile devices. According to “people familiar with this matter”, the free Spotify for mobile will, like the free desktop version, come with advertisement. Spotify for Android and iOS is currently only available for Spotify Premium members paying RM15/month for an ad-free version, which also gives users the ability to save songs for offline listening.
Spotify is reported to have wrapped up deals with three major music companies – Sony, Universal and Warner, and could be launching this service as soon as next week at an event in New York City. Are you looking forward for free Spotify on your mobile or are you already a premium user? Maxis users can also enjoy further discount of RM10/month inclusive of 150MB of internet data.
No matter how many mobile messaging apps there are out there, nothing will ever be able to replace the regular old SMS function on your smartphone (where else will you get your verification code for those messaging apps?), so what better way to enhance a messaging app than to integrate SMS into it?
A couple of weeks ago, Google added SMS functionality to its Hangouts chat app and today, Samsung has done the same for its ChatON service. Available in selected countries only, the latest version of ChatON integrates both SMS and MMS support for all Samsung devices running on Android 4.0 and above. I haven’t gotten it on my Note 3 yet but according to Sammobile, SMS and MMS will be displayed shown along with those sent over the internet into the same chat list.
So Samsung users, will this encourage you to use ChatON, or do you prefer sticking to the good old SMS and mobile messaging apps you’ve been using all the while?
Benchmark scores may be just a bunch of numbers put together, but it is still a tool used by many to gauge the performance of a device and for phone manufacturers to brag how good their devices are compared with their competitors. We’ve seen before how Samsung and other phone manufacturers were found to be guilty of throwing in string of codes to help give them a little boost when used with popular benchmarking software and it looks like Futuremark will not be tolerating such “cheaters”.
Futuremark recently announced that they have delisted several devices from Samsung and HTC for breaking their rules. According to Futuremark, in 3DMark Android v22.214.171.1242, “devices with suspicious benchmark scores have been delisted from the Device Channel”. If you visit the Best Mobile Devices list in Futuremark, delisted devices have been unranked with their scores removed, and are placed at the bottom of the list.
The devices guilty of “cheating” include HTC One, HTC One Mini, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition both Exynos and Snapdragon versions, as well as both Exynos and Qualcomm versions of the Galaxy Note III.
On the same day as the arrival of Waze on Windows Phone 8 (much to the rejoice of WP users throughout the world), the company have apparently made a visit to Malaysia. One of their reasons to be here in the country is to announce their new partnership with Astro Awani.
Thanks to the collaboration, Astro Awani have now become the third international broadcast partner for the popular navigation and mapping company which is also part of Google. By utilizing Waze’s community-based mapping technology, the channel are planning to deliver daily traffic updates throughout all Astro Awani’s platforms in early 2014.
An example of how broadcasters used Waze for traffic updates in their news program.
Waze apparently have around 1.5 million users in Malaysia and more than 3,300 out of 110,000 map editors throughout the world that actively contributed to Waze’s Driver Generated Live Maps are actually Malaysians. With such a thriving Waze community here in Malaysia, Astro Awani have certainly got themselves a good real time traffic monitoring platform to help them deliver traffic updates to their viewers next year.
[Source: Astro Awani]