Any kind of app that is worth its salt would need to be refreshed and updated from time to time, as it attempts to woo its faithful users continuously. We have become such an app-centric society, that our smartphones and tablets alone come with a fair number of apps. Google has just announced that they will be revamping the Google News app for both iOS and Android platforms, making it easier for users of the apps to read and track stories which one is interested in. The refreshed Google News will boast of a card-like design which might remind you of other mobile apps from Google, and you will be able to change the font size accordingly, to check out a light or dark theme, or to enable a larger “story card” style so that you can take in more information at but a glance.
Google has also made it more convenient to head on to a particular section through tapping the “Google News” icon in the upper left corner, not to mention enjoying better integration via Google Feedback courtesy of the menu that is located in the upper right corner. It would be interesting to see how Google persists with their unified look in this Google News revamp for mobile devices. [Press Release]
Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer of smartphones that seem to be getting better and better, has just had its Ascend Mate 2 to receive certification so that it can go on sale in China. The body that regulates such certification is TENAA, which is more or less the equivalent of the FCC here in the US. It is always nice to see products go through the certification process, since we will more often than not, be treated to additional photos from various angles and perhaps more information on the upcoming specifications. The thing is, the latest round of news from the certification process point to a contradiction from hardware that was leaked last month.
TENAA claims that the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 will arrive in a couple of versions – one that will target China Telecom (MT2-C00), while the other will end up on China Unicom (MT2-U071). Rumored hardware specifications include a 6.1” 720p touchscreen display, a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB RAM, a microSD memory card slot, a 13-megapixel camera at the back, a 5-megapixel shooter in front, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, an FM radio, and GPS. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean shall be the operating system of choice, with Huawei’s Emotion UI 2.0 being a certainty, mostly. The previous leak pointed to a Full HD display, so things might pan out for the better or worse here. Only time will tell.