Facebook Home pre-release APK leaked, works fine on Nexus 4

Turns out we don’t have to wait until April 12 to test-drive the Facebook Home. Paul at Modaco has posted the APK for Facebook Home (they are actually three APKs) to install on your Android phone. As this has been taken out from a pre-release HTC First ROM, it is quite buggy and Chat Heads don’t seem to be working.

Also, there is a specific set to requirements to runs this. It has been tested on Nexus 4, and if your Android phone satisfies the following requirements, you are good to go.

In order to use the leak, you need an Android device with a maximum resolution of 1280×768 and the ability to completely uninstall your existing Facebook app. This is important, as the leaked APKs are re-signed and can’t just be installed over the top of an existing installation. This will automatically exclude some devices which have Facebook installed in the base ROM.

You can grab the APK downloads from Modaco.com.

If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, the Facebook Home app is scheduled to be released in Google Play on April 12, which is just four days away. The app will initially be only compatible with select phones like HTC One X, X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II.

New Google Play design spotted on Google+

Looks like the redesigned Google Play app is very near, in fact we can see the officially release in the next few days. A YouTube employee Eileen Rivera today shared the following screenshot on Google +, suggesting the redesigned app is currently being tested internally.

If you can notice in the Google Play icon on the top of the screenshot, it shows the dogfood icon, further cementing that Google is “dogfooding” this new version of the Google Play among its employees. If everything goes well, we will see the roll-out very soon.

The new version screenshot looks similar to what we saw in a leak last month. Google certainly seems to be opting Google Now like cards design, although not much is visible here. But, the bigger app shortcuts look a lot like Google Now cards.

Google is also expected to redesign its official web page but we are yet to see any leaks about that. We hope that the search giant has improved the app discovery in the new version, as it still remains a big problem for consumers as well as developers.

As per the last leak, the new Play Store version will be known as 4.0.

Facebook Home UI screenshots leaked online

It is no secret that Facebook is going to unveil its Android home-screen replacement (or launcher) app – Facebook Home – tomorrow at a press event. The leaks have coming from all over and after the alleged press-render of the first phone to come pre-loaded with Facebook Home – HTC First, we have the first screenshots of this Android launcher.

As you can see in this image (more below), Facebook Home just seems like a Facebook-oriented launcher for Android. The social giant wants to completely take over home-screen of Android users with Facebook Home and aims to be in front and center.

EVLeaks, which has posted these screenshots at 9to5Google notes:

From the imagery we’ve seen, Facebook Home incorporates a minimal aesthetic with a lot of focus on full screen photography. As expected, there are hooks to the primary Facebook functions available from most menus, obviating the need to actually navigate to the dedicated app or site in many instances.

We will know more tomorrow, when Facebook showcases Facebook Home and HTC First smartphone. The phone is rumoured to come with 4.3-inch 720p display, dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, Android 4.1.2, Sense 4.5, 5MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera, No SD Card, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n.


HTC First, the rumoured phone to feature Facebook Home, appears online

We have been hearing about the rumoured HTC built phone that is going to be the first device to feature Facebook’s upcoming home-screen replacement. Well, it is likely to be known as HTC First, and not Myst, which was earlier rumoured, and was probably an internal code-name.

As per the press renders shared by EVLeaks, HTC First will be available in four colour options – red, white, black and light blue.

In the earlier reports, we have heard that HTC First will come with a 4.3-inch 720p display, Qualcomm MSM8960 Dual-Core processor, 1GB RAM, Android 4.1.2, Sense 4.5, 5MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera, No SD Card, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n.

The press event, where we are going to see the Facebook Home and HTC First announcements, is just over 30 hours away.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 wallpapers, ringtones, S-Voice APK, full dump leaked [Download]

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 official availability might still be a month away but if you want to get your hands on some of the Galaxy S 4 goodies now – you are in luck. Folks at SamMobile got their hands on a leaked system image of Galaxy S 4 and have extracted stuff like wallpapers and ringtones for public sharing.

They have also taken the out the APK for S-Voice version coming in S 4 for mass consumption. S- Voice latest version seems to be working fine on Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III, while it had some issues with AOSP based firmwares.

The site has also published the full system dump from which they have taken out the wallpapers and stuff. You can download it right now for your tinkering and extracting any cool stuff that you can find.

Download S-Voice APKWallpapersRingtonesFull System Dump

To remind you, The Galaxy S 4 will be going on sale at the end of April in select countries, while the broader availability will begin in early-May.

It seems most of the first batch of Galaxy S 4 shipments contain Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and not the Exynos 5 Octa, so you will wait to have to the actual launch in your country to get to know which version of the phone you will be getting.

Android 4.2 powered Huawei Ascend G700 leaked online

The press render and specifications of a new Huawei Android smartphone have appeared online. Dubbed as Huawei Ascend G700, the smartphone seems to be a part of company’s mid-range Android portfolio.

As per the details shared by Twitter user paopao0128, the new Ascend G700 will come with Android 4.2, Mediatek MT6589 quad-core processor, and HD LCD display of unknown size. The smartphone will be sold in two variants – W-CDMA and TD-SCDMA.

Huawei Ascend G700 is likely to replace G600, which is company’s current mid-range Android phone with features like 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 8MP rear camera and Ice Cream Sandwich.

There is no word on when we will see G700 in the market, but given the fact that it has been quite some time since G600 debuted, G700 should be coming soon.

In related news, Huawei is getting ready to launch Ascend Mate 6.1-inch phone in China, where it will be sold for ¥2,688 (about $430).

Update: A fresh leaked has revealed more details about the phone. Ascend G700 will reportedly come with 5-inch display and 2GB RAM.  Here is another image of the phone (via).

Leaked Google Play Store update shows a cleaner home for all your apps

The Google Play store has been the subject of constant change over the years. What started out as the Android Market with only a few apps, is now the Play Store, which has apps, books, magazines, games, music and movies to offer to its users.

While the Play Store’s success can be seen in the number of apps that are available for download – over 700,000 apps and games at last count – there is a feeling that Google could spruce up the UI to get it in line with the design of the company’s other services. Currently the Play Store’s landing page looks cluttered and busy.

However, an update is in the offing. Discovered by Droid Life, the Play Store 4.0.16 looks much more polished with the image-heavy front page being toned down to a large extent. More importantly, there are no more highlighted or featured apps being pushed on to the front cover. Instead, one gets a plain and simple stacked button layout where you can select whether you want to browse through apps, games, music, movies, books or magazines sections of the store. The fonts have been changed slightly too. And there’s a lot more breathing room for objects in the new layout.

Underneath this stack is a section called ‘App Focus’, which will seemingly feature a bunch of apps from a single developer. This is perhaps Google’s way of giving more of the spotlight to the top developers. App recommendations catered for you follow the App Focus section.

Inside each section too, the Holo theme is very apparent. Google has decided to brighten up the UI considerably and where grey accents were generously sprinkled in the old Play Store, the new version of the app brings a more sunny disposition. Category section titles get new fonts and inside each category, the items for sale get bigger images. Each item is stored in a separate Google Now-style thumbnail card.


The layouts of most other pages, including search results and settings, remain largely the same with a few aesthetic changes. The search results are laid out with more space between each app and results from each section are shown here, beginning with apps. Each section’s results can be expanded and under the title bar there’s a dropdown menu, which should allow users to easily navigate between sections. Overall, there is clearly an effort to bring some eye candy to the Play Store with each app or song or game getting a larger placeholder for its picture.

Another change is seen in the details section of each app; where once an “Allow automatic updating” checkbox was, now there’s a “Do not auto-update” checkbox. This could mean that Google might be enabling automatic update for all apps unless the user chooses otherwise. The website put up a video with a detailed look at the new Play Store.

There is no saying when we will be seeing the new version of the Play Store roll out, but it’s a safe bet to say that with a leaked APK floating around, the official version is not far off

Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue press render revealed


An alleged press render of Huawei upcoming MediaPad series tablet ‘Vogue’ has been leaked online. The image, which was posted evleaks on Twitter, looks similar to what we saw in a previous DLNA website listing.

According to DLNA website, the Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue packs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 1.5GHz quad-core Cortex A9 processor/ 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex A9 processor, 7-inch 1024x600p display, HDMI output, DLNA support, and Wi-Fi.

From the looks of it, MediaPad 7 Vogue looks like the successor to company’s MediaPad 7 Lite and most probably be priced in the same range. There is still no official word on the exact launch date, but we expect to see the announcement in the coming weeks.

Huawei hasn’t been much active in the tablet arena, but it has been slowly building up a portfolio of affordable but capable devices. The Chinese telecom giant currently sells MediaPad, MediaPad 10 FHD, MediaPad 7 Link and MediaPad 7 Lite tablets.

Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue key features

  • 7-inch capacitive display with 1024x600p resolution
  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor/ 1.5GHz quad-core processor (Depending on the region)
  • DLNA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • HDMI out
  • Android 4.1

Motorola XT912A leaked; packs 4.65-inch HD display, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon S4 Pro

An unannounced Motorola smartphone has appeared online. Dubbed as Motorola XT912A, the smartphone seems to be an upcoming RAZR series smartphone. There is currently no word on when can we expect the phone in the market or what will be its final branding.

Folks at Tinhte.vn got hold of a unit of this unreleased phone and have shared the details. The Motorola XT912A features a 4.65-inch (approx.) 720p edge to edge display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, Adreno 320GPU, and 2200 mAh battery. Given the display resolution, this is one step down from the rumoured X phone from Motorola.

The phone also sports rear camera with LED flash and a front camera, but details are currently unavailable about them.

As we can see in the images and video (below), the phone comes with non-user replaceable battery cover, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB port, two microphones, on-screen buttons, and Jelly Bean (the exact version is unknown).