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Spotify for Windows Phone 8 gets refreshed, drops beta, adds track scrubbing, and installs more languages
This morning, Spotify released an updated version of its app for Windows Phone 8 which removes the service from beta testing and moves it into full production. This latest update not only includes the removal of the beta version, but it improves offline playlist and builds in more support for different languages.
The announcement comes from Windows Phone Product Design Manager Joe Belifore via Twitter. In an attempt to go heads up with Xbox Music and Nokia's free streaming service, Nokia Music, Spotify has added in track scrubbing which was missing from the first version of the Windows Phone 8 app. The update is around 2MB and users can push it through their phone, or head to Source # 2 below for the full download.
Kim Dotcom's secure cloud storage MEGA, has been available for a while, but not on mobile. Today, it has launched on Android, and is available for download from the Google Play Store. We can expect MEGA for Android to include the following features:
- Browse your MEGA cloud storage account
- Fast upload and downloads on the move
- Camera sync: automatically upload photos and videos to the MEGA cloud
- Export and send file and folder links
- Image thumbnails
- Create, delete, rename and move files and folders
MEGA for Android works on all Android devices, so you're not just limited to your Android-powered smartphone. You can grab MEGA for Android from the Google Play Store right here.
Instagram for iOS has been updated, which now includes the ability to use landscape mode for both video and pictures. Instagram for iOS is now sitting at version 4.0.2.
Instagram for iOS v4.0.2 also includes Cinema stabilization support for front-facing cameras. You can grab the updated Instagram for iOS from the App Store right here, or you can do the update manually on your iOS-based device.
RumorTT: Android 4.3 might include notification listening service, would let third-party apps take control of notifications
Google kept the chains on Android 4.3 during their Google I/O conference a few weeks back, but that hasn't stopped the news from flowing about the next iteration of their mobile OS.
Kevin from TeslaCoil Software might have found one of Android 4.3's big features, where he noticed that there's a notification listening service buried in Android 4.3. This feature would allow third-party apps read notifications and perform common notification-level tasks.
We won't know how it will exactly work until Google officially take the wraps off of Android 4.3, but for now, it's a nice feature that we should expect in the coming months when Android 4.3 finally arrives.
It was not even a week ago that we reported that Microsoft were reaching the edge of 100,000 apps on their Windows Store, but they've announced through Twitter that they've now broken through this milestone.
Microsoft don't have the most apps, or the best apps, but they got there the quickest - in just 8 months. Comparing them to Apple, who saw 18 months go past before the App Store got there, and Google's Play Store took over two years. But, the Windows Store is here to stay and with Windows 8.1 coming soon, Microsoft are putting themselves in a better position with each day that passes.
Skype for Android has been updated today, a major release by the looks of things as we're hitting version 4.0 with a major redesign. Skype has passed 100 million downloads on Android, and has now been totally redesigned to look like other platforms' versions.
Skype 4.0 for Android includes a cleaner "conversation-first" UI, which shows the instant messaging part of Skype in a brighter light. It's no longer thrown to the side like previous versions of the app. You can now tab through different parts of the app, and change tabs using swipe gestures. Skype have said that underneath, it has been "rebuilt from the ground up" in order to be more reliable, and most of all, faster.
Until today, the most popular live radio streaming app was only available on iOS and Android devices, fortunately that ends today. Microsoft announced today that iHeartRadio has finally landed on Windows Phone 8 and is available for immediate download through its app store.
For those unfamiliar with the app, iHeartRadio allows users to tune in to more than 1500 live radio stations across the United States. Additionally users can create commercial free, custom stations from a pool of more than 15 million songs and 400,000 artists.
To celebrate the launch the folks over at iHeartRadio are giving away a bunch of Nokia Lumia 920 smartphones, so check out Source #2 to find out how to win one for yourself. The new Windows Phone 8 app brings forth several other unique features which I have listed below.
- Recommend stations - Find the soundtrack for studying, driving-even cleaning house.
- Sleep Timer - Doze off to your favorite station.
- Lock screen album art - Displays album art on the lock screen
- Bookmarking - Pin favorite stations to your Start screen.
- Universal search - Now you can search across the app.
Facebook for Windows Phone gets complete makeover, now features high-resolution photos, post sharing and more
In what seemed like a landslide of app announcements, Microsoft has chimed up and announced a major update to Facebook for Windows Phone. This new release brings a plethora of new features and improvements that Microsoft claims its users have been asking for for months.
The user interface has been completely overhauled and is now skinned in a more Windows Phone-esque skin that Microsoft says improves navigation. Also implemented is support for high-resolution photos, post sharing, as well as Facebook Timeline view. This app overhaul is the direct result of the beta program Facebook and Microsoft implemented a while back. To check out the new and improved Facebook for Windows Phone App, head over to Source #2. To join the beta program so your feedback can be heard, Source #3 is your destination.
This morning, Redbox announced that it has finally released its mobile app into the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem. The app appears to be identical to the Android and iOS version and will allow users to find the nearest Redbox kiosk via Bing maps.
Redbox says that with the app you will be able to browse and reserve movies as well as games at any Redbox kiosk you choose, which is very similar to how Redbox online works. Additionally, users will be able to sort their searches by release date, genre, rating, and title, as well as watch trailers straight on their mobile device. The app is available now for download at Source #1 below.
Microsoft announced today that the OneNote app for iOS and Android is getting a complete ground-up reboot that will provide users a more feature-rich experience and will better integrate into the Windows 8 ecosystem. The company says that the most noticeable update is the better editing experience.
Microsoft says that the new editing experience brings forth features like formatting text, tables, and layouts carrying over from platform to platform. The redesign also brings forward the ability to sync files across Sky Drive Pro and SharePoint and it removes the 500 note limit imposed by the previous iteration of the app. Additionally, users who download the updated app will receive access to the Office Ribbon UI.
The brand-new, fully featured OneNote app is available for iOS devices via the Apple App Store, as well as the Google play store for Android users. Microsoft says the app is currently available in the US and other "select" markets. Additional details and screenshots can be found by clicking Source #1 below.