Video: Google Play 4.9.13 Tour!

The new version of Google Play is rolling out today as version 4.9.13. Up front, it doesn’t look like a massive overhaul, since the category and main pages haven’t been touched, but individual listings for apps, music, books, and movies have all been given a Material Design-like makeover. In other words, they are now super pretty with new sliding animations, layout changes, big imagery that takes center stage, and lots of white space (if that’s a good thing). (more…)

Download: Google Play 4.9.13 Rolls Out, Features New Design in Listings

A new version of Google Play began to rollout this afternoon as build 4.9.13. The update doesn’t initially look like that big of a deal upon first launch, but once you jump into an individual app, book, album, or movie listing, you will immediately know that this is pretty major. The individual listings all appear to be designed with Material Design in mind. There are beautiful sliding animations, big imagery, and an overall cleaner layout.

We will have an overview video of the changes coming in a minute, but for now, get to downloading.   (more…)

Forget Passwords and PINs, Use a Digital Tattoo to Unlock Your Moto X

According to research, users spend a lot of time during the day unlocking their smartphones. As Motorola so elegantly states in its newest video (shown above), your phone is a very personal extension of yourself, so the way you unlock it should be too.

With a new partnership between Moto and VivaLnk, people can now attach NFC-powered “digital tattoos” to themselves, allowing users to forget their pass codes and PIN passwords for unlocking their devices.  (more…)

HTC Might Have Leaked Upcoming Android Wear Smartwatch in Official Video

Another leak out of HTC is making the rounds, this time surrounding its reportedly upcoming smartwatch powered by Android Wear. Android Wear is Google’s smartwatch platform, which is already available running on the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch smartwatches.

The leak is taken from an official design video which HTC released, focusing on the company’s unique take on hardware design. While a few narrators are going on about HTC’s craftsmanship, the camera focuses on a worker at his station, going over a few 3D images, with a smartwatch in plain view sitting next to him. Is it HTC’s upcoming Android Wear watch? It very well could be.  (more…)

HTC Begins to Break Down Firmware, Releases Sense Keyboard to Google Play

Like Google and Motorola before it, HTC has uncoupled a system app from firmware. HTC Sense Input, the default keyboard on HTC devices, made its unceremonious debut on Google Play this morning.

Predictably, Sense Input is only compatible with the HTC One (M7), HTC One (M8), and the latest phones in the Desire series. Sense seems to be a requirement, too – the keyboard won’t install on Google Play Editions of either One.  (more…)

Verizon Earns Record $4.21 Billion Q2 Profit, Gains 1.4 Million Subscribers

Patronizing and sleazy as Verizon can be, you’ve got to admit: they know how to make money.

The wireless carrier raked in the dough this quarter, earning a $4.21 billion Q2 profit on total revenue of $31.48. That represents an improvement of 7.5% and 5.7% year-over-year, respectively, which Verizon noted is the company’s highest growth rate in six quarters. (more…)