The Google Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet are going to start selling in more countries across Europe from the Google Play Store. Around eight more countries will be selling the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 on the Google Play Store. The other countries include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden. Google currently sells the devices in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, and Japan. This news comes on the heels of Google Chromecast expanding to other countries.
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Following the success of the Facebook for Android beta program, Facebook has launched the Messenger for Android beta program, which will receive automatic updates scheduled for every week. The Facebook for Android beta program launched in June 2013 and over 1 million testers from over 150 countries joined to help fix bugs before the official app launched.
Instagram has released version 5.1 of its Android app. The redesign makes Instagram for Android faster and profiles now load in half the time. The size of the app is now half as big as before. The visuals have been simplified and the user interface has been flattened. The app is now supported on a wider range of hardware, including lower end smartphones and Android feature phones.
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Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android is the most used smartphone platform in the world right now and its adoption grew at a rapid pace. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, Google executive Nikesh Arora was quoted as saying this:
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Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android tablets have reportedly surpassed the Apple iPad in market share. Android tablets accounted for 61.9% in 2013, according to Gartner. This is the first year that Android tablets outsold iPads.
About a week ago, Nokia Corporation unveiled their first Android phones under the X line. The handset will be used for promoting Microsoft services instead of Google. Only a few days later, hackers were able to gain root access to the Nokia X and enable it to use Android apps and services.
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SugarSync is a popular cloud storage service that has been updated with several features. The app now lets you save files to your device or SD card, which makes it easier to read and write over files when you are offline. Folders and files can be renamed and exported to other apps. The SugarSync Android tablet app has been optimized for larger screens.
At Mobile World Congress, Nokia announced several Android powered devices. These devices are believed to have already been in the pipeline around the time that Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia took place. Microsoft will likely not have Nokia build anymore Android devices in the near future since they are investing a lot of time and money into the Windows Phone platform.