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3 years ago

Using Quick Memo for notes and annotations on the LG G2

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Jot a simple note or circle and clip a portion of your screen

Along with other nifty software features like Slide Aside and QSlide, LG has included an app called Quick Memo on the G2 that makes it simple to annotate screenshots and write notes with just one tap. You can access Quick Memo simply from the notification bar quick settings menu, where by default it is in the leftmost position. Tap it and you'll be taken to a simple interface that lets you write on the screen with a variety of drawing tools.

By default Quick Memo takes a screenshot of whatever app or home screen you were on when launching it and lets you draw on top of it, but you can also toggle over to a plain old notepad if you'd prefer. You can select between four different pen tip styles or a snipping tool as well as 16 different colors for the pens. Of course you don't have access to a stylus for precise input like you would on a Galaxy Note 3, but for quick jots your finger does just fine.

Once you've drawn your next masterpiece or circled an interesting portion of a web page, you can instantly share the image out to any app in your sharing menu that can handle pictures. You can also choose to save the note to your Notebook app or into your Gallery for use later. Quick Memo is a simple tool that will be useful for those who think and remember things visually, and can easily be hidden for those who don't. Stick with us after the break for a quick video showing off Quick Memo on the LG G2.

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3 years ago

BBM for Android not coming this week

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Head of BBM at BlackBerry Andrew Bocking has sent out an updated statement about the launch of BBM for Android and iOS.

Hi Android and iPhone users,

This is Andrew Bocking, head of BBM at BlackBerry. As a follow up to our first blog post on Saturday, I want to take a moment to provide you with an update on the rollout of BBM on Android and iPhone.

Last week, an unreleased, older version of the BBM for Android app was posted on numerous file sharing sites. We were aware of an issue with this unreleased version of the BBM for Android app. This older version resulted in volumes of data traffic orders of magnitude higher than normal for each active user and impacted the system in abnormal ways. The version we were planning to release on Saturday addressed these issues, however we could not block users of the unreleased version if we went ahead with the launch.

We attempted to address the problems caused by the unreleased version throughout the day on Saturday, but as active users of the unreleased app neared a million – and accelerated – it became clear that the only way to address the issue was to pause the rollout for both Android and iPhone.

The team is now focused on adjusting the system to completely block this unreleased version of the Android app when we go live with the official BBM for Android app. We are also making sure that the system is reinforced to handle this kind of scenario in the future. While this may sound like a simple task – it’s not. This will take some time and I do not anticipate launching this week.

Thank you for your patience while we take the time needed to deliver the experience you expect from BBM. We will continue to provide you with updates here on InsideBlackBerry.com and through @BBM on Twitter. We will notify everyone who has pre-registered on BBM.com when BBM is available on Android and iPhone.

Andrew Bocking

EVP, BBM

Not this week, and no new speculative dates were given. I guess we'll know more when we know more.

Via: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

QSlide on the LG G2: A quick way to access frequently-used tools

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Simple access to functions that usually sit in a 'tools' folder on your home screen

LG is using the G2 as a platform for launching many new software features, one of which is QSlide — a new way to use small utility apps quickly without pulling you away from whatever else you're doing. Not to be confused with "Slide Aside" (that's a full-app multitasking feature), QSlide is a collection of apps launched from the notification shade that pop up over your current activity so you can multitask in a different way.

Simply pull down the notification shade and tap one of the handful of available options under the quick settings: Richnote, Videos, Email, Phone, Voice Mate, File Manager, Calendar or Calculator. A small windowed app will pop up without exiting your current app, letting you quickly get a task done and go back to the first. If you need to reference something else while you have a QSlide app open, just use the slider at the top of the window to change the transparency.

Once you've set the app to be transparent, you can interact with anything that is "underneath" it just as if it wasn't there. Go copy text, reference a web page or whatever else and then come back to your Richnote or Calculator entry. The apps can also be expanded to a full screen with just one tap. QSlide is an interesting feature that can save you from having a "tools' folder on your home screen for these common functions. Hang tight after the break for a video walkthrough of using QSlide on the LG G2.

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3 years ago

Focal camera app finds release on Google Play

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The past week saw a bit of drama come out of the launch of Cyanogen Inc., with the Focal camera app seemingly becoming a casualty when it was removed from the CM builds. It has, however, reappeared with a proper release in Google Play.

Labeled as a beta product, it's an improved (but not finished) release of the open-source camera app that sports just about every feature you could want in a smartphone camera. Photos, video, filters, controls, panorama — even its own version of PhotoSpheres. Some features work better than others at this point, but it's good to see work continuing.

You can download for free at the link above.

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3 years ago

Global rollout of BBM for Android on hold

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Leaked version caused issues, BB working hard to get things back on track

BlackBerry has finally given a statement on the status of the BBM rollout for users on Android and iOS, and it looks like things are on hold for the time being. BlackBerry is saying the leaked versions people were using have caused "issues" and that they are hard at work to get things back on track.

Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already – more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app – is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.

Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it’s ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should visit www.BBM.com to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability.

As soon as we are able, we will begin a staggered country roll-out of BBM for Android and continue the roll-out of BBM for iPhone. Please follow @BBM on Twitter for the latest updates and go to www.BBM.com to sign-up for updates about BBM for Android and iPhone. These issues have not impacted BBM service for BlackBerry.

If you're one of the folks using the leaked version you'll probably want to uninstall it before BlackBerry does whatever they are going to do to disable it. And of course, if you're wanting to get up and running with BBM on Android, follow the directions above and register for updates.

Source: BlackBerry

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Pivvot, Health and Nutrition Guide, WhatSong and more!

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A handful of apps that stay on our devices week after week

Few things are constant in the Android world, but we hope to bring some consistency with our Apps of the Week column each Saturday. We take a little bit of time each weekend to show off the apps that each of the folks here at AC have been using in the previous week.

This week's edition has a new game to try out, a few different tools and a way to keep up on your favorite sports when you're out of the house. Read along with us after the break and see how the picks stack up this week.

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3 years ago

These are all fake BBM apps — don't download them

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Since everyone's asking, yes. There are a bunch of "BBM" apps in Google Play at the moment. Like, a whole pisspot full of them.

None of them is real.

We get that folks are excited about BBM for Android. We are, too But we also need to be a little patient as BlackBerry works out the launch-day kinks and gets the official version rolled out. 

That means staying away from these fake apps in Google Play. (Be sure to report them if you have a minute. And, damn it, Google, it can't be that hard to squelch fakers, right?)

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3 years ago

Engage in massive online tank battles with Tanktastic

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Free to play title now available on Google Play

World of Tanks Blitz, the mobile version of the popular PC and Xbox 360 tank combat game – won’t be coming out until 2014. But tank/shooter enthusiasts can play something a lot like it right now. Tanktastic comes from Ukrainian developer G.H.O.R. Corporation. With 12-player online tank battles, a promised stream of updates, and Heyzap Achievements, Android gamers will be hard pressed to find a better way to get their tanks on.

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3 years ago

Verizon's FIOS app updated, now you can stream away from home

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Network news and weather also added to select markets

Verizon has updated their FIOS app for Android, and now users are able to stream select channels while not on their local Wifi. Folks with the correct configuration — FIOS Internet and TV service, and a set-top box — can now watch live TV from BBC America, BBC World News, EPIX, NFL Network (tablet only), Tennis Channel and networks from Scripps Networks Interactive including Food Network and Travel Channel. In addition, customers in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. can watch local network news and weather at home from ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates, as well as Spanish-language channels UniMas and Univision.

You can get the updated FIOS app from the Google Play link above.

Update: The app link seems to be no longer available. We've verified it is the same link that previously worked, and is the same link given at the original source. We're investigating.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Samsung releases open-source bits for new Galaxy Note 10.1

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Code for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 '2014 edition' published ahead of October launch

Samsung has released the kernel source code and other open-source bits for its latest high-end tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. A retail release for the tablet isn't expected until next month, but developers can now get their hands on code for the Wifi-only, Exynos 5 Octa-powered version, which carries the model number SM-P600. (There'll also be a Snapdragon 800-powered LTE version, SM-P605.)

The new Note 10.1 is the highest-specced Samsung tablet we've seen so far. Aside from the high-end CPU, it packs 3GB of RAM and a 2560x1600-resolution display, as well as the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a new version of Samsung's TouchWiz software. For more on the Note 10.1 2014 edition, check out our hands-on feature from IFA 2013. Developers can find the source code at the link below.

Source: Samsung Open-Source Release Center; via: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Madden 25 for Android now available

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Looking to get your fix of Madden 25 on Android? It's now available for the low, low price of free — and a little more than a free gigabyte of space on your favorite tablet.

It's a pretty monstrous download, but the gameplay is smooth, the graphics are tight, and there are a whole lot of options to keep things interesting. 

And in case you're wondering how so much game is available free of charge — yes, there are some opportunities for in-app purchases. You'll need "Madden Cash" to unlock more plays — with bundles starting at $3.99 for 25 Madden Bucks — or $$74.99 for 700 bills from the big guy. We'll see how long the game holds our interest before we break out our wallets.

Thanks, Ted!

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3 years ago

Quickoffice now free for all, courtesy of Google

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10GB of free Google Drive storage for installing the app before Sept. 26

After acquiring the app over a year ago, Google has just announced that Quickoffice is now free for everyone on both Android and iOS. The app, which is optimized for both phones and tablets, lets you edit and view Microsoft Office documents that are stored locally on your device without compromising formatting. The latest versions now let you work on documents that have been saved to your Google Drive as well, which is a huge deal for anyone that is used to dealing with Google Docs.

Better yet, if you install Quickoffice from Google Play by September 26th and link up your Google account, you'll be offered an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage for two years. This is a great service, and we're going to assume that we'll continue to see more Quickoffice and Google Drive integration going forward.

Source: +Google Drive

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3 years ago

Are you going to use BBM on Android?

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Let's just make this simple, shall we? After the break, a straight up or down vote on whether you intend to use BBM on Android once it's available this weekend.

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3 years ago

Zombie Gunship lays down covering fire on Google Play

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Protect the bunker, wipe out zombies, help survivors, and upgrade your ship

A massively popular shooter game from iOS, Zombie Gunship, has found its way to Android today. Players man the guns in a military aircraft which is circling a zombie apocalypse survivor bunker.

From thousands of feet in the air, you've got to lay down a withering hail of fire on hordes of zombies as they move in towards your bunker, and provide cover for survivors fleeing for safety.

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3 years ago

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing arrives on Android

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SEGA kart racer now available on Google Play

SEGA has today launched its popular kart-racing game Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing on Android through the Google Play Store. The title stars SEGA's spiky mascot himself, alongside friends (and foes) and characters from other SEGA titles. There's AiAi of Super Monkey Ball fame, Ulala from Space Channel 5 and Ryo Suzuki from Shenmue, among others.

The gameplay should be familiar to anyone who's played Mario Kart or any similar racers — race around a bunch of tracks from various game worlds and use power-ups to get ahead of the pack. Naturally, there's also a multiplayer mode allowing you to pit your skills against your friends.

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is available now on Google Play, priced at $1.99 in the U.S. and £1.60 in the UK.

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