Samsung sends out invites for Unpacked event at MWC 2014



As of today, we are a scant three weeks away from the start of the 2014 Mobile World Congress, and as those weeks start falling off our calendars, you had better believe that we’re going to be hearing a lot about what we can expect from the show. Some manufacturers have already started sending out invitations for their own MWC events; Nokia’s, for instance, arrived quite early, about a week-and-a-half back. Today we get word of another big name and its own MWC event, as Samsung begins distribution of invitations to its Unpacked 5.

CyanogenMod 11.0 M1 Released for Current Nexus Devices

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Ever since the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, we knew that it was only a matter of time before custom ROM developer teams started incorporating the goodies into their own builds. Accordingly, the CyanogenMod team stated their plans to release their Android 4.4-based CyanogenMod 11 once work on CM 10.2 had finished. Approximately one month later, the CyanogenMod Team has now reached the M1 Milestone in their Android 4.4-based CyanogenMod 11 ROM for certain Nexus Devices.

Android 4.4.1 Will Improve The Nexus 5′s Camera, Update Expected To Roll Out Over The Next Couple Of Days

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Android 4.4.1 is scheduled to roll out over the next couple of days, and when it arrives, expect an improved Nexus 5 picture-taking experience. In an interview with The Verge, David Burke, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android, confirmed what we already knew, that the Nexus 5 takes longer to focus than it should. In an effort to produce a higher-quality image, the team opted to “make the shutter time longer, reduce the gain even longer, and get better shots.” This resulted in slower-than-expected shooting speeds, a drawback the next version of Android is aimed at fixing.

Samsung Galaxy Gear takes on an HK 417 rifle


In the past, we have seen tech enthusiasts taking the popular gadgets for a spin in a drop test to check out the durability of the product. On the other hand, we have Richard Ryan, who blasts the devices with military weapons from his armory.gsmarena_001

The latest victim to undergo the horror is the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which takes on the HK 417 battle rifle.

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear came out unscratched, when it was dropped in water, dirt and against the pavement. However, is it possible for the device to survive a bullet from a HK 417 rifle? Let’s find out.

VSCO Cam is now on Android

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Popular iOS photography app VSCO Cam has made its debut on Android. The application launched on iOS earlier this year and a few months back the developers started beta testing with Android version with a small group of people who signed up for it. Now the app is finally available on the Play Store.gsmarena_001

For the uninitiated, VSCO Cam is an app that lets you capture, edit, store and share photos from your phone. It has a completely custom and minimal UI that is neither native to iOS nor Android and looks identical on both platforms. The UI takes some getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it really is as simple to use as any other photography app.

Moto G will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat in the India and U.S.

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We found out earlier this week that Motorola’s new budget handset, the Moto G, will be updated to the new Android 4.4 KitKat by the end of January. However the manufacturer has now confirmed that in the U.S., India and other countries launching the device early next year, it’ll actually arrive with Android 4.4 out of the box.