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Friday, 20.12.13
CHANGE: Facebook rolls-out all new Flat Design to Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:02 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday evening, Facebook pushed out its new Facebook for Android design to a broader audience, bringing a new look and feel to an Android device near you. Following its first Beta appearance in November, it seems that Facebook is now ready to give the new flat and somehow more Holo design to the public. Compared to the previous design, things changed a little bit. For instance has Facebook removed the slide-in menu on the left, only the Facebook Chat stays on the right, right next to the new search button. With the design change it's now possible to slide through the main menus in an Android Holo way, starting on the left with the News Feed, followed by Friend Requests, Messages, Notifications and More which includes Favorites, Pages, Groups, Apps and Settings.

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Thursday, 19.12.13
UPDATE: HTC rolls-out Firmware Update for the HTC One max - Brings Bug Fixes and Enhancements
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:46 CET under 04 - Android News

HTC just began to rollout a software update for its HTC One max which was launched back in fall this year as the first HTC One device with Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5. The software update v1.54.401.1 is said to contain a couple of important enhancements and bug fixes including system improvements for touch responsiveness, SIM card detection, WiFi connection and the general stability. Furthermore is the update featuring a HTC Sense Gallery fix for issues when posting HTC Share to Facebook. Last but not least the update will finally shows a battery status indicator for the HTC Power Flip Case, so far there was no info about the battery status, as well as it's said to improve the charging performance.

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AVAILABILITY: Jolla opens Online Shop for Europeans
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:14 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

This morning, Finnish smartphone manufacturer Jolla announced via Facebook that it's finally accepting public orders of its first Sailfish OS-based smartphone, the Jolla 1, by opening its online store for all residents of Europe - or more precisely opening it for for all residents of the EU, Norway and Switzerland (if you are not sure if you are living within the EU - because I saw questions what about certain countries - check Wikipedia here). Initially, Jolla will have the Jolla smartphone in store, which comes with the white "The Other Half" (which is the battery cover). Other items, such as other halves and batteries, are said to be included at a later stage.

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Wednesday, 18.12.13
STORE: Pebble announces upcoming Pebble Smartwatch Appstore for Android and iOS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:00 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

As Pebble announced today, the smartwatch pioneer will be ready to launch its Prebble appstore in early 2014 for all Pebble users around the world. As Pebble said, the appstore will integrate seamlessly into the Pebble smartphone app for Android and iOS and providing a one-stop shop for Pebble customers to search, browse and install a wide array of awesome Pebble apps. The Pebble appstore will feature 7 categories for Daily, Remotes, Games, Notifications, Tools & Utilities, Sports and Fitness apps - and of course - Watchfaces. In each category, Pebble said it will also feature a selection of the best apps as well as new apps to the category. If a Pebble app requires a companion Android or iOS app, links to Google Play or the Apple appstore will be included as well, to help users find the appropriate app.

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SERVICE: Microsoft releases Xbox Music for Windows Phone 8
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to today's Xbox Video release for Windows Phone, Microsoft has also released Xbox Music for Windows Phone 8. With the Xbox Music app and the required Xbox Music Pass, users can finally explore, stream and download millions of songs to their Windows Phones. Xbox Music allows to see artist details with pictures, bios, album lists, and related artists, manage the personal music collection, shared across all of compatible devices and PCs, explore top songs, featured artists and recommended albums to easily discover new music, download songs for offline playback, create and manage playlists that automatically sync across your PCs, tablets, Xbox and the web as well as it features Radio which instantly creates playlists based on favorite artists.

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