Gmail for Android Update Brings Easy Recent Conversation View

The official Gmail app for Android has been updated today, bringing a new recent conversations view with your contacts.  The update version will vary by device but on my KitKat driven BLU VIVO IV it is version 5.2.93061572 (say that three times real fast) for those keeping score at home.  The update also has some other new features including some that will benefit those of you who are on Lollipop.

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Nova Launcher Releases A Major Update for Android Phones

The popular Nova Launcher for Android has received a major update today that brings an all new material look and feel.  The update, version 4.0 for those keeping score at home, also brings a host of new features and improvements that add to an already impressive launcher.  One of the beautiful things about Android is you can change the overall look and feel of your device using an alternative launcher that gives you a more personalized experience.  There are a lot of launchers in the Play Store but Nova Launcher is consistently one of the higher rated.

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Windows 10 Editions Announced

Microsoft has announced on the Windows Blog the editions of Windows 10 that will be available later this year and unfortunately, it is as confusing as ever.  While Microsoft has made it clear that Windows 10 will be on every device – Phone, Tablet, PC and even Xbox – they have broken it down into multiple editions with different feature sets.  This is the same thing they have done since the Windows XP days and while I get it, it creates unnecessary confusion for consumers.

The biggest news is probably the fact that Windows 10 on phones will be known as Windows 10 Mobile.  There has been a lot of debate on what Microsoft would call the phone edition but it seems now it is locked into this name.  And to add to the fun, there is a Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise.  Oi….

Microsoft Updates Outlook for Android With Improved Email Composition Tools

Microsoft has released a big update to Outlook for Android, bringing substantially improved email composition capability to the app.  The update, version 1.2.8 for those keeping score at home, also bring improved performance and other minor update to give a better user experience with the app.  The biggest edition though is the improved email composition where you can now attach files and send users your availability or create an invitation from the app while in email.  These updates will make the app far easier to use especially those who use corporate Exchange accounts.

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Lumia 1020 on AT&T Finally Receives Lumia Denim Update

File this under the category of better late than never.  AT&T has finally released the Lumia Denim update for the popular Lumia 1020 today.  The update brings things like Cortana and other improvements into arguably one of the best smartphone/camera combinations on the market.  Be sure to check out my Field Guide to Lumia Denim for a run down of all of the updates that are in the release.  Frustratingly the Lumia 1020 has received the Lumia Denim update through many carriers globally, most notably O2 in England.  AT&T, who exclusively sold the phone here in the US, has been painfully slow in rolling out Denim as a whole and many questioned if the 1020 would actually get the update.  In a positive way, it has been answered.

Lumia 640 Coming to Cricket Wireless on Friday May 15

The Lumia 640 is making its way to Cricket Wireless this Friday, May 15th for those in the United States.  Announced at Mobile World Congress in February, the Lumia 640 is one of two devices launched at the event (the larger Lumia 640 XL being the other) and Cricket becomes the second US carrier behind T-Mobile to announce they will be selling the 5″ Windows Phone.  Currently only AT&T will carry the Lumia 640 XL in the US.

The news is good for those who are wanting to pick up the 640 as Microsoft has been clear that it along with the 640 XL will be amongst the first phones to receive Windows 10 for Phones when it is available later this year.

Lollipop 5.1 Coming To The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge This Summer

Canadian carrier Rodgers is reporting that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be receiving the Lollipop 5.1 update later this summer.  In a post on Android Central today, the carrier is slating the June time frame for the release of the update which will bring several new features including a guest mode and the ability to shoot photos in RAW format.

For those scratching their heads, yes, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge did ship with Lollipop but it was the 5.0 version.  The 5.1 update, in addition to the features I mentioned, brings other substantial improvements to the platform including better security and battery performance.

How Online Algorithms Actually Work

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Wake up the following morning forced to sift through 45 spam emails received between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6:03 a.m. “You have asked to receive emails from Victoria’s Secret. If you have received this email in error, please unsubscribe here.” I DID NO SUCH THING!

But where is the information you actually want to receive? Silly you – you’ll have to go spelunking for the desired “promotion” under the filtered eponymous tab in the user un-friendly interface that is the Gmail web login.

BLU Announces Lollipop Coming To A Wide Range of Devices

BLU over the weekend announced that Android Lollipop will be coming to a wide range of their devices over the course of this summer.  In a post on Google+, the Florida based company posted that they will have the latest version for their devices in the May and July time frame depending on the device.  The news is good for those who have the devices, especially those on the mid to lower end where Lollipop upgrades from many OEMs are coming few and far between if ever.

AT&T Announces The Trek HD 4G Android Tablet

While they carry a wide range of Android tablets already, AT&T has decided to enter the fray properly with their own device.  The carrier announced yesterday that starting May 12th online and May 15th in stores, they will be offering the Trek HD 4G tablet in their stores.  The Lollipop based tablet will be available for $49.99 on a two year contract or $10 per month on the 20 month installment plan.  The non-contact price is $199.99 which for the specs is about where it should be price.  The move is a bit of a surprise but goal of the carrier is to provide a premium device without the premium price.