Google Play web interface redesigned with look similar to Android app

Google has just updated the design of its desktop Play Store. The interface is very similar  to what Android users have come to know on their mobile device’s Play Store, which was updated earlier this year, as well. The interface is focused heavily on images now, which is evident by the much larger screenshots supplied for apps.

Along the side of the site are quick links to Apps, Movies and TV, Music, Books, Magazines, and Devices. Clicking them will take you to a page specific about whatever topic you selected. The devices section is centered around Nexus and Google Play edition devices, as well as Chromebooks, just as you’d expect. The other sections show things like sales, top sellers, apps for certain people, and more.

The redesign was originally rumored last month, but only now is it available to everyone. Head over to play.google.com to check it out for yourself and look below for more screenshots… Read more

Similar to T-Mobile’s new plans, Verizon to launch ‘Edge’ upgrade service Aug. 25

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In a move that follow’s T-Mobile’s recently launched “un-carrier” initiatives, Verizon Wireless plans to debut a new “VZ Edge” program aimed at retaining its customer base, according to a leaked presentation slide posted by Droid-Life.

Specific details on the new approach are currently slim, but, based on the slide, it seems that the essence of Verizon’s plan is to merge T-Mobile’s new JUMP and pay-for-a-device-overtime programs. T-Mobile’s JUMP program, with a $10 monthly fee, allows users to upgrade to a new handset twice a year...

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Rumored Galaxy Note III now has rumored competition from the HTC One Max

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With Samsung’s rumored 5.7-inch Galaxy Note III seemingly confirmed, it now appears the notepad-sized device may have competition from a similar-sized HTC One Max.

German site MobileGeeks (via The Vergeclaims the Max will also be launched in September, and lists the specs as:

  • 6-inch 1080p Super LCD display 3
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800@2.3Ghz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB Internal Memory
  • 3200mAh Battery …  Read more

Microsoft pays its first ‘bug bounty’ … to a Google engineer

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Microsoft has just paid its first ‘bug bounty’ – a payment for discovering and reporting a critical vulnerability in Windows 8.1 – to a Google engineer, for a bug found in the preview version of Internet Explorer 11.

The security community has responded enthusiastically to our new bounty programs, submitting over a dozen issues for us to investigate in just the first two weeks since the programs opened.  I personally notified the very first bounty recipient via email today that his submission for the Internet Explorer 11 Preview Bug Bounty is confirmed and validated. (Translation: He’s getting paid.)

Microsoft hasn’t yet named the engineer in its post on the BlueHat Blog, but PCWorld names him as Google’s Ivan Fratric …  Read more

Moto X appears in leaked Rogers video w/ always listening voice control, ‘Active Updates’, August release date

There’s a lot we already know about Motorola’s upcoming Moto X smartphone, and just the other day we got a glance at the device in white as Google’s Eric Schmidt appears to have already made the switch from his BlackBerry. While a leaked Verizon roadmap suggested the device would be arriving on August 23, today we get solid evidence with a leaked video from Canadian carrier Rogers (via Ausdroid) that not only confirms an August release in North America, but also shows off some of the unique features of the device.

As you’ll see in the video above, it appears Motorola will be making a point of highlighting the device’s always listening voice controls. Unlike other Android devices that require you to launch Google Now or hit a small microphone icon in order to initiate voice commands, the new Moto X appears to always be listening for voice commands, allowing users to initiate Google Now or other voice controlled tasks without ever touching the device. It will even apparently learn your voice, which will presumably make it so others can’t easily shout commands at your phone.  Read more

New Switch app lets you seamlessly change between Sense 5 and Google Experience Android on your HTC One

Now that there are two variants of the HTC One floating around, one with Sense 5 and one with near-stock Android, customers have a decision to make. Do you want the unsubsidized, $650 Google Play Edition model or the subsidized model variant with Sense 5? A new app from the longtime Android developer Paul O’Brien aims to get rid of that problem by making it easy to switch between the two software builds on either variant.

The video above demonstrates the Switch app that does just that – lets you switch between Sense 5 and stock Android. It’s incredibly simple. All you have to do is launch the Switch app and choose which experience to boot into. Because the apps and data are stored in a central environment, all your data is accessible in both ROMs. Read more

AT&T agrees to acquire Leap Wireless (Cricket) at $15/share to expand spectrum

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AT&T has announced that it has come to agreement to acquire U.S. carrier Leap Wireless (which operates the Cricket brand) for $15 per share. The acquisition will cover all of Leap Wireless’s assets, expanding AT&T’s coverage to Leap’s 5 million subscribers. This move enhances AT&T’s spectrum, retail store count, employee number, and more, so it is likely a positive move for its wireless customers. It’s possible that this announcement is related to the upcoming press event that AT&T has scheduled for July 16th.

Press release below:

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Microsoft lawsuit accuses U.S. Customs of not enforcing Motorola import ban

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Following an import ban awarded to Microsoft last year that saw the ITC impose a block on imports of Google’s Motorola devices, Microsoft today filed a lawsuit accusing U.S. Customs of not enforcing the ban. Bloomberg reports Microsoft claims Google had “secret meetings” with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to ensure the device continued to flow over borders: Read more

Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition – Less is more


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Way back at Google I/O 2013, it was announced that Samsung would be partnering with Google to release a Galaxy S4 variant running stock Android. Nearly two months later, the device is finally available to the masses and I’ve been using one as my daily driver for about a week now.

When the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 was originally announced, I was really intrigued by the idea. Google has been releasing Nexus devices for the past few years, but I’ve never really fallen in love with one. They’ve all been good, but not great hardware. Nexus devices generally don’t feature top-of-the-line specs and are meant, in Google’s eyes, purely for developers to test apps their apps on.

Seeing how I had loved the original Galaxy S4, but couldn’t stand the bloated TouchWiz overlay, the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 seemed like the perfect device for me. Near-stock Android paired with high-end, future-proof ‘resistant’ specifications. A match made in heaven, so to speak. Read more

Revolv demonstrates the future of home automation with Google Glass

Back in May, we reported on a new piece of Glassware that controlled your Nest thermostat via Google Glass, and last month we saw GLASSTESLA, an app that lets you manage your car with Glass. Now home automation company Revolv has taken it a step further. The company has released a teaser video of a new technology developed by their Sr. Engineer that lets you control all sorts of things via Google Glass. Specifically in the video you can see office lights, Philips Hue lights, Yale Lock, and a Sonos player all being controlled with Glass. In addition to simply turning the Hue Lights on and off, the video also shows how you can change the color of the lights.  The app can be controlled with either gestures or voice commands.

It’s unclear when or if this technology will be released to the public, as it is simply the “side project” of Revolv’s Sr. Engineer.  Read more