Mobile software articles

Skype updates its Android app, introduces new UI for tablets and Microsoft account login

Skype has just launched version 3.0 of its Android app for both tablets and smartphones.

The app comes with a redesigned user interface for tablets, which enhances the overall user experience. However, the interface is locked to landscape mode, which might come as a disappointment to some.

In addition, Skype now also features the option to log in with a Microsoft account, which doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Call audio is also improved thanks to the new SILK...

The Amazon Android AppStore gets updated

Even though for most Android users the Google’s Play Store is the go-to place for downloading new apps, the Amazon Appstore has its share of steady followers too. There may be many reasons for this, but among the most important ones (besides owning a Kindle Fire), is its daily paid-app-for-free promo.

Anyway, if you are already using it, you’d be happy to know that Amazon has just updated their app, fixing a bug under Android 4.2 and bringing a handful of other...

Nokia HERE Maps land on iOS, brings voice guidance and maps caching

Nokia have released its HERE Maps on iOS. The app is free and brings along voice guided navigation (English) and the option to save maps for offline use.

You can also get traffic information, where it’s available.

The HERE Maps app uses Nokia’s map data and as you could expect is pretty accurate and works really well.

There’s a neat feature called Collections where you can save places you’ve visited. You can also create multiple...

Opera adds resumable downloads for J2ME and BlackBerry phones with Opera Mini 7.1

The Opera team has a long history of trying to improve the experience on less capable phones and its latest target was the poor file downloading experience on J2ME and BlackBerry phones.

The developers updated Opera Mini to version 7.1, which has a brand new download manager. Its key feature is resumable downloads – something we’ve come to take for granted but doesnÂ’t work on J2ME and BlackBerry phones.

Resumable downloads can be paused and then resumed...

Firefox for Android adds support for ARMv6 based devices

Firefox for Android has so far been exclusive to device running on ARMv7 processors but this limited it to mostly recent, high-end device. However, with the latest update, Mozilla has expanded the number of devices that can now support Firefox.

Firefox for Android can now be installed on devices with ARMv6 processors, which includes phones such as HTC Status, HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola Fire XT and LG Optimus Q. Considering almost half of the 500 million Android...

Updated Twitter app (v5.1) for iOS and Android opens new search possibilities

Hot on the heels of Facebook’s mobile app update, Twitter updated its native mobile apps for iOS and Android, too. The changes concern mostly search and Discover on the mobile platforms.

Discover is Twitter’s auto-generated stream of tweets, suited to your interests and generally coming from outside your regular network. The latest developments to Discover are now available to the mobile apps with “a completely re-done the back-end and user interface”....

Native Google Maps app for iOS getting closer to release, WSJ reports

We’ve all heard the rumors that Google is working on a native third-party version of Google Maps for iOS 6.x devices. It seems there has been lots of substance to these rumors, as reportedly, the app has already been distributed for testing to interested parties outside Google’s labs.

According to “a person with direct knowledge of the matter”, who spoke to Wall Street Journal, Google is already putting the finishing touches on the app and should be...

New leaked firmware for Galaxy S3 (I9300XXELK4) brings split-screen view mode and other new features

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been enjoying Jelly Bean for some time now. But a handful of features that we first saw on the Galaxy Note 2 have been out of reach so far.

The split-screen view mode, for instance, allows big-screen smartphones with plenty of oomph to display too apps at the same time. Today’s good news is that you can now get this and other new features on your Galaxy S3 via a pre-release official firmware.

Rumors suggest these...

Here are some interesting things you may have missed about the Lumia 920

Nokia’s official blog Conversations has posted an article detailing 10 things you might have missed about the Lumia 920.

Did you know that the camera decoration and side buttons are made out of zirconium? Or that the LED flash on the back is a higher-powered dual one? Hop after the break for more.

Unlike the rest of the Windows Phone smartphones (even those Beats flaunting ones) the Lumia 920 features...

Google releases Android 4.2 source code to AOSP

As usual after it releases a new Android version to the general public, Google contributes its source code to the Android Open Source Project.

As of now Google has made the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean source code public so that developers can download it and start developing ROMs based on it.

Google has also released the factory images to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Additionally the factory image for the “takju” Galaxy Nexus is also available.