For months now I’ve been complaining on Twitter about how bad the Facebook app for Android is. Really, it’s horrid. It’s a memory hog, slows down my otherwise still-spritely Galaxy Nexus, takes ages to open and load, and is just downright horrible to use. Fortunately, the great Zuck was listening, and today we’re being treated to Facebook for Android, version 2.0.
The biggest changes are all under the hood, so to speak. It’s being said that Facebook’s engineers rebuilt the app from scratch, and I believe them. It’s no longer laggy, load times are greatly reduced and the experience is just that much better. Facebook says the app is now “twice as fast”. We’ll see about that in a review later on, I suppose. More after the break. …
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Yep, Vodafone is now carrying the HTC Windows Phone 8X in Malta. Prices for the dual core, HD-screened beast start from €299 on the Smartphone 35 contract, go down to €199 on Smartphone 55, and is free from there on. Price off contract? A Not an unreasonable €599.
HTC 8X: The Phone
HTC’s flagship Windows Phone 8 device, the HTC 8X has earned stellar reviews with many considering it superior to the Nokia Lumia 920 despite the latter offering arguably better specs. Not to say the 8X’s specs are meagre or out of date, the Krait S4 CPU bests Nvidea’s quadcore Tegra 3 in some respects and is more than capable of handling the already smooth Windows Phone OS. The HTC 8X comes in a variety of colours, though it seems only black is available in Malta at this time.
HTC 8X: The Specs
- CPU: Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
- Screen Resolution/Technolgy: 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density); S-LCD2
- Camera: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash (rear); 2.1MP, 1080p video (front)
- OS: Windows Phone 8
- Storage Space: 16GB
- Antennae: WiFi, 3G, GPS
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Check it out at Vodafone here.
LG’s made good on its promise of being Android 4.0 to venerable Optimus 2X and the update is available through LG’s update tool at this very moment. While the update is most certainly late (it’s been more than a year since ICS was release on the Galaxy Nexus!), it is most definitely appreciated. At least by those who still have the Optimus 2X, I guess.
While almost two years old it’s important to remember that the Optimus 2X was the very first dual core phone that was brought to the international market, thanks to its Tegra 2 processor. A high end device, the Optimus 2X had a (standard back then 800×480 IPS screen and launched on Froyo. That might be quaint by today’s standards but it was a big deal back then.
So head over to LG’s website, download the update tool, and get you Sandwich on!
Google just made version 4.2.1 of its Gmail client available to all through the Play Store. This was initially a Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus exclusive. What’s new, you might ask? Check out Google’s statement after the break.
Easy resizing, swipe to archive and more added to Gmail on Android
Today we released version 4.2.1 of the Gmail app for Android, making it easier to both view and read your messages.
No longer will your favorite email newsletters get cut off at the edges; with this latest version, you can now choose to have the emails resized to fit neatly on your screen and pinch to zoom for a closer look. You can turn on auto-fit underSettings > General Settings.
When you are checking mail on the go, sometimes you just want to get through your inbox quickly. With that in mind, we’ve added a swipe feature that allows you to do just that. Swipe left or right to archive, directly from your inbox. Just visitSettings > General settings > Swiping conversation list if you prefer to delete from the inbox.
In addition, all of your great photos – from pics of your dad’s epic renovation project to candids of your dog napping – are easier to view at a glance. When you open a message with photo attachments, you’ll see thumbnails of each picture. Tap on a picture to go to a gallery where you can easily swipe through all the photos. And speaking of attachments, you can now attach videos that you’ve taken on your phone.
That’s it in a nutshell. Mind you, it’s only for devices that are on Android 4.0+. Get it from the Google Play Store here.