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BlackBerry has to do something to get into the limelight with Microsoft announcing its acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division, and Google with its unveiling of Android 4.4 KitKat, don't they?
Before it's launch, we now have a look at BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android, with a leaked video, above. The interface definitely looks nice, but is it enough to have people flocking to the messaging platform in the midst of apps like WhatsApp, and others? I don't know... tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
Those of you though been waiting diligently for BlackBerry to launch a BlackBerry Messenger will not have to wait very much longer. BlackBerry has just launched a new landing page for BlackBerry Messenger for Android, on the company's corporate website.
Judging by the information giving on the landing page, it appears that BBM will only feature text messaging at launch and it will slowly roll out voice and video messaging later this fall. While there is still no official launch date, the release appears to be imminent in should only be a few days/weeks away now. With Android being the dominate Mobile OS for quite sometime now, it makes on wonder why BlackBerry took so long to come to their senses and release the app.
Today Digg launched its first Android App, which very closely matches its iOS counterpart. The new app features support for Digg's new Reader service, a RSS feed importer designed to replace the now defunct Google Reader. The app is available for download now in the Google Play Store.
The new app also allows users to share their Diggs, and RSS stories on read-it-later apps as well as social networks. Unfortunately those who like to use the "unread-only" filter will be a little disappointed as it is not present in the android application. Personally I feel that this Digg is a little too late to the party with its App as Feedly is doing a wonderful job on my PC, Tablet, and HTC One at serving up content from my 100+ feeds.
This morning Yahoo rolled out an update to its Flickr for iOS app that ushers in several new photo filters as well as the ability to customize filters and tailor them to suit your taste. Additionally the application has a new feature which the Flickr team is calling "Live Preview"
Live Preview is a new concept that we have not seen on many apps in the past. This feature allows you to preview the selected filter in real-time before taking the photo. This allows you to see which filter looks best for the scene you are composing before you press the shutter button. Rounding things out, the app now includes a few handy features such as a grid, focus and exposure locks, pinch-to-zoom, and even includes new tools like sharpening, color balancing, and levels adjustments.
The popular Internet-based television service Aereo will be headed to Android devices next month if a report from the International Business Times is correct in which Aereo's CEO Chet Kanojia confirmed the pending Android launch. By expanding to Android, Aereo would greatly expand its reach to US viewers as android has a significantly larger market share that Apple's iOS.
Aereo works by using an array of small antennas to capture broadcast TV signals and then stream them for the Internet to its users. Of course as you can imagine, this business model has not done much to please the broadcast TV industry. Nevertheless Aereo has managed to become successful in New York City, Boston and Atlanta, and is expected to be a hit in Miami, Houston, Dallas and Chicago when it launches in those markets later next month.
Everyone's favorite leakster is at it again! This time the infamous @evleaks has posted a pair of screenshots that show off the new management app for Samsung's upcoming smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. The images show that the smartwatch will pair to Samsung Galaxy devices via near field communication (NFC) instead of the assumed Bluetooth 4.0.
As expected the Apple also let users change the clock face, manage their Samsung apps, and even help users find their misplaced or lost watch. This system is quite similar to that on Sony smartwatch, as well as be quite successful Pebble smartwatch. Not much else is known about the Galaxy Gear, but all will be revealed in just a few days when Samsung launches the Galaxy Gear at the IFA trade show in Berlin Germany. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of IFA 2013 and the Galaxy Gear from Samsung.
After an outcry in UK over rape and bomb threats sent to female journalists and a member of Parliament, Twitter has updated all of its platforms with a 'report abuse' button. The social networking/microblogging site is also adding more staff to help go through the flagged tweets from the rape and bomb threats.
This all began with UK activist Caroline Criado-Perez, who successfully lobbied to have novelist Jane Austen featured on a UK banknote. People seemed to be completely outraged at this, after which she was slammed with multiple rape threats over Twitter.
It culminated in one of her followers opening up a Change.org petition pressing Twitter to make it easier to report abuse. Before Twitter implemented this change, users needed to search the site in order to find out how to report abusive messages. The Change.org petition was a huge success, taking in over 139,000 signatures.
Facebook for Android has just been updated, with some big Facebook Home changes. Facebook Home for Android now includes music controls on the lock screen during playback, which is nice.
But, it doesn't end there: there's also animated stickers now available in messages. Not a huge update, but the music controls in the lock screen is definitely a nice addition. I've tried out Facebook Home on my Galaxy S4, and I don't know what to think. If your life centers around Facebook, which many do, then it might be nice to check this out.
Today, Evernote updated their app for Windows Phone 8, bringing it more in line with its Android and iOS versions. The update ushers in several new features, including a new multi-shot camera that allows users to take multiple snapshots per note without exiting camera mode.
To complement this feature, Evernote has also included a new slideshow that can be accessed by tapping on a photo while looking at the note. This will pop up the slideshow, which you can then swipe to view the other images. Speech-to-text is now also featured in the phone. Simply tap on the speech bubble from within a note and begin talking. The app will then transcribe your words into notes and add an automatically generated title so that users no longer end up with a bunch of untitled notes.
Google has pushed out an update on Gmail for iOS, which now includes a few new improvements. First off, Gmail for iOS has reached version 2.4, with the latest version including improved integration for Drive and Google+.
This means you can open links to the respective apps by tapping on them, which is nice. Google has boosted up the attachment system, which now sees larger image thumbnails that can be opened in full-screen mode. If you want to grab the latest Gmail for iOS app, head on over to the iTunes Store, or manually update from your iOS-based device.