BBM for iOS and Android updated – say hello to ‘new dynamic emoticon / sticker picker’

We’ve got good news for BBM users on iOS and Android. The Canadian phone maker has updated BlackBerry Messenger to version 2.6, which comes with a “new dynamic emoticon / sticker picker.”

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Blackberry announced:

Send Stickers in Group Chat

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One of your most requested features, stickers in groups, is now available. Tell your group what you’re really thinking with a big, bold sticker. (My favorite is Lil’ Frenchie). Speaking of stickers, don’t forget about our current promotion – All BBM sticker packs are $0.99 USD for a limited time.

Yours to Control

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Timed messages are the best way to send messages and pictures that aren’t meant to last forever*. I use it for sending and receiving gift ideas for the holidays! You told us that every now and then you need to send a longer timed message, so we’ve increased the length of the timer option – you can now set a timer that lasts up to 60 seconds. As well, these timed messages and pictures can now be viewed multiple times until the timer expires.

iOS 8 and iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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BBM now looks more at home than ever before on iOS 8. A fresh new look and feel has been applied to BBM for iOS, and we’ve updated the app to support the new screen sizes of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. You can’t help but notice the sleek and modern design updates like a flat UI and attractive transparencies. These adjustments make BBM look sharp across supported Apple devices.

Lollipop

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BBM for Android now supports Android 5.0 Lollipop and a brand new landscape mode. How about D’s and R’s on pictures? Yup – we added that too.

Are you now enjoying the new BBM for iOS and Android? Let us know through a comment on our Phones LTD Facebook page.

Sony Pictures allegedly leaks XPERIA Z4

Gizmondo  has allegedly gotten its hands on an email that details Sony Pictures’ new James Bond movie, starring Daniel Craig. The email was sent by George Leon, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Executive VP of Consumer Marketing, to Sony Pictures CEO, Michael Lynton. Aside from detailing the new 007 movie, it also mentions the XPERIA Z4. Attached are photos of what seem to be the smartphones’ design or at least early renders of the deivces.

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Here’s the alleged email:

Sony Electronics is now combing the production request list and will shortly tell us what they can provide. Sony MOBILE has now provided us with the needed visuals of the new Z4 Phones. These phones are the planned phones for MAY/NOVEMBER of 2015. I’m attaching the visual for you to see.

Barbara has it and will be meeting with SAM/DANIEL shortly to discuss and to come back with their design for the phone. Mobile is fine and is waiting to hear from us.

Barbara wants to get a PLACEMENT FEE for putting the phone in. She understands that Sony is willing to commit to a marketing/advertising campaign of 18MM, but she wants an additional placement fee. In the past, Sony Electronics/Mobile has not paid a fee…but has paid the following:

• $18MM Above-the-Line Advertising commitment

• $ 5MM Production Budget/Cost including TV, Print, Digital, etc.

• $ 5MM Daniel Craig FEE

• $ 1MM License Fee to EON for a limited edition Bone phone (which by the way…

Sony Mobile never recouped, but paid)

Today…Sony Electronics has so far budgeted the following:

• $18MM ATL Advertising commitment

• $ 5MM Daniel Craig FEE

• $ 5MM Production Budget

What if we take the Daniel Craig fee and convince Sony just to pay Barbara directly 4MM for a placement fee. NO Daniel this time. We walk from him. The remaining 1MM (or LESS!) of this budget can be used to hire “Q” instead? Her fee would have to include the right for Sony to use the 007 marks including the barrel, but no Daniel.

Of course, since this is a rumour, take it with a pinch of salt.

According to reports, Sony will officially unveil the Z4 family of devices at CES 2015.

Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.

Apple now requires app updates to include support for 64-bit architecture

Apple warned iOS app developers that apps submitted to the Apple App Store  must include support for 64-bit architecture before the 1st of February. Furthermore, submitted apps must be made using the iOS 8 SDK. Apple has now warned that the same requirements should be applied with app updates starting on the 1st of June. Apple says that updates should use the default X code build setting “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

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Here’s Apple announcement:

64-bit and iOS 8 Requirements for App Updates

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As we announced in October, beginning on February 1, 2015 new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. Beginning June 1, 2015 app updates will also need to follow the same requirements. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

If you own an iPhone that was launched before the iPhone 5S, your handset will not be affected by these changes. The said iPhone model was the first to come with 64-bit support.

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Microsoft rolls out Lumia Denim update in China

If you own a Lumia device that runs Windows Phone 8.1 in China, rejoice as Microsoft China has just rolled out the Lumia Denim update. The Lumia Denim update has rolled out to the the Nokia Lumia 520, Nokia Lumia 525, Nokia Lumia 526, Nokia Lumia 625, Nokia Lumia 720, Nokia Lumia 720T, and the Nokia Lumia 1320 in China.

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The update includes major changes to the Lumia Camera app. It helps the camera boot up much faster compared to its previous boot up time. Furthermore, capturing multiple shots one after another now takes less time (just a fraction of a second in between). With some models, Moment Capture allows 4K video recording and HD image capturing from videos. Last but not the least, the update allows the adding of Bing Weather or Bing Health and Fitness data to the Glance screen.

Another feature included in the update is a new way of activating Cortana. To activate her, you can now say, “Hey Cortana.” A  Qualcomm Snapdragon 8xx processor is required for this to work.

The Lumia Denim update has rolled out in Chine, but what about other regions? Microsoft said, “The Lumia Denim update has started rolling out to a limited number of devices in selected markets, and will continue arriving in waves by device. A wider rollout of Lumia Denim to all Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to begin in early January, following partner testing and approvals.”

Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge to skip Android 5.0 and jump to Android 5.0.1 update instead?

The Android 5.0 (Lollipop) update has begun to roll out to Samsung Galaxy S5. With the Lollipop pushed out for the Korean tech giant’s flagship, reports said that devices such as the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge would be next. A new report is saying that the Note 4 and Note Edge will not be updated to Android 5.0 but Android 5.0.1 instead.

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This is according to SamMobile, a reputable source of information on Samsung-made devices. It reports, “Following the Galaxy S5 LTE-A (SM-906S), Samsung is in the works to update two of its premier phablets to Android 5.0.1. These devices are the Galaxy Note 4 and its rounded screen sibling, the Note Edge. The Android 5.0.1 update on the Galaxy S5 LTE-A holds up quite well, which is perhaps why Samsung believes its time to roll out the update for other more popular devices that we’re talking about here. What this also means is that both these devices will ditch the Android 5.0 update, since we already have builds for the devices running on Android 5.0.1.”

Although SamMobile has a reputation of being right on the button, since Samsung is yet to confirm the report, treat it like any other rumour for now.

Can’t wait to get the latest version of Android running on your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Samsung Galaxy Note Edge? Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.