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Ever wanted an internet router that ran Android? Me neither, because the concept never existed in my mind. But now that someone actually introduced one, I’m salivating. Enter Soap, a router with a nice 7-inch display that runs Android.
Before you let your imagination run too wild, let me stop you right there: this isn’t some Android tablet / router combo that you can take with you and use for browsing the web or viewing videos. At least, that’s not how they intend for you to use it. They want this to be a supercharged home networking hub that is easy to use and powerful enough for any serious networking buffs to get excited for.
Soap’s touch-enabled interface is there for managing every part of the router experience in an easy, pain-free way. Gone are the days where you have to type in “192.168.0.1″ only to be taken to an ugly, cluttered and confusing user interface to change your network settings. Soap’s main goal is to give you easy-to-use settings and monitoring tools to make sure everything with your network is peachy keen.
Here’s a list of things you’ll be able to do with Soap:
- Parental controls to block sites and set time limits on a device-by-device level, so you can make sure your kids are only accessing content appropriate for their age.
- Block ads at a network-wide level, so there’s no need for plugins on each device you want to block ads on.
- Gives you a detailed breakdown of how much data you’re using.
- Ninja mode that allows you to connect to the router without broadcasting its existence (pretty much like hiding your SSID).
- Spy mode will let you see what each device is doing on the network, and can even stream their screen in real-time to Soap’s display.
- Built-in support for tons of popular automated home solutions.
- Access to all these settings and information from your mobile device. When paired up with Soap’s home automation features, you will get a pain-free way of controlling all aspects of your connected home through the same app (whereas most solutions typically require an individual app for each component in your system).
Soap’s Android Specs
Whew, that was a lot. Powering all of this is a Freescale quad-core processor, 2 USB ports, 32GB of storage that can be expanded with any drive with a SATA2 connector, an SD card slot, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and more. Soap says they’ll throw in an embedded battery if they can hit their stretch goal of $200,000.
And that’s not even the end of it. Soap will support an open ecosystem and invite developers to create apps for the router, making the possibilities nearly endless. Some of Soap’s ambitious dreams include enabling folks to know if their children or pets have entered or exited the home, turn your TV on when you enter a room, know whether your dog is barking too loud and more.
Soap’s Networking Specs
Of course, being a router means that its networking capabilities are more important than anything else. It features 802.11/ac and is completely backwards compatible with a/b/g/n, 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi channels with simultaneous dual-band capabilities, 4 Gigabit LAN ports, WPA2, WPA-PSK, and 128-bit and 64-bit WEP for security.
You’ll also get AOSS and WPS for secure and easy one-press setup. Finally, they’ll have built-in support for DLNA streaming and universal plug-and-play, built-in tools for configuring VPN networks and Samba servers, and full port forwarding and management options.
Backing Levels, Pricing and Availability
I’m no expert in networking, but it seems like they have all their bases covered from where I’m sitting. The only questions left are pricing, availability and any stretch goals they’re looking to reach. For starters, the cheapest option for getting a Soap Touch (there’s a non-touch option called Soap Essential without a display or Android as well) is a $150 package, but only 67 of them are left as of the time of this writing.
There’s another $150 early adopters’ option that will get you your unit well ahead of anyone else (July 2014), though you’ll have to put up with a unit that is potentially buggy as they work out the kinks ahead of the large scale rollout in the fall. Otherwise, you can opt for the $210 option to get both a Soap Touch and a Soap Essential. This combo saves you $90 off the price of both units if you were to buy them individually at full retail.
Unfortunately there are no other current options for getting a lone Soap Touch unit, as they have only listed a limited amount of them. That’s not good news for those who don’t need the Soap Essential, but if you really want one of these once they’re available that’s the only way to get it. Units from the stable production line will be targeted for delivery as early as August, with some options requiring waits into September and October
Of course, the more money they can raise, the more this thing can evolve. Here’s a quick look at what they’re hoping to accomplish at each milestone they’ve set:
- $100,000: Camera, Speaker, and Microphone for Soap Touch
- $125,000: Optical Audio connector for Soap Touch and Essential
- $150,000: Soap with Linux available
- $175,000: Quantenna QAC2300 WiFi chip for Soap Touch
- $185,000: Quantenna QAC2300 WiFi chip for Soap Essential
- $200,000: Internal battery for Soap Touch and Essential
- $275,000: Soap bubbles available as an upgrade
- $400,000: Soap with no rope built-in
We honestly have no clue what those last two stretch goals are supposed to mean, so we’ve reached out for further clarification. It sounds like there’s plenty incentive to at least get this project up to that $200,000 mark, so be sure to pledge if you want to help drive the funding up.
Otherwise, take solace in the fact that we know we’re at least getting the base units promised as they have already surpassed their original goal of $80,000 by $18,000. Head right here for all the nitty gritty details (including a ridiculously detailed explanation on how it was made), and to take it all in and decide if you want to get behind this very interesting idea.
Quick heads-up to those of you with a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Magenta’s cellular airwaves: a new, tasty treat is available for your device right now. We’re talking about none other than Android 4.4.2 KitKat, of course. Many users are reporting that notifications have popped up prompting users to download the KitKat upgrade over-the-air. You should be on the lookout for version KOT49H.N900TUVUCNB4.
Samsung’s KitKat upgrade didn’t add much to the Galaxy experience, though that’s because most meaningful changes came in the upgrade to Android 4.3 that went out late last year. We do get a few minor UI and camera tweaks, though, and all the other goodness that typically comes with KitKat. Said goodness includes NFC host emulation, the ability to specify which SMS app you want to use, and more.
As always, we recommend charging your battery up at least halfway, and getting on a WiFi connection as this upgrade will likely be quite hefty in size (around 500MB according to T-Mobile). Get that taken care of and enjoy being stepped into the present.
For those who haven’t received a notification? You can alway scheck for it manually by going to Settings > About Phone > Software Update. T-Mobile also mentions that it should be available over-the-wire using KIES, which you can grab right here. Let us know what your impressions are after you’re able to pull it down.
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile, your Android 4.4.2 (Kit Kat) update is ready today. You can pull it over-the-air or via Kies, but understand that the file is roughly 500MB in size. It’s a big one.
The build once finished is N900TUVUCNB4 and Android 4.4.2, so you will be running the newest version of Android available.
Unfortunately, T-Mobile hasn’t listed a changelog other than “user improvements.” Once we have the list from Samsung (which could be here today), we’ll be sure to update this post. Until then, get to updating!
To grab the update, head into Settings>More>About device>Software update.
UPDATE: Here is the changelog from Samsung -
- OS upgrade to Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
- New Lock Screen Access
- Media Controls – full-screen album art and media controls when listening to music
- Camera Shortcut – access the Camera application right from the lock screen
- SMS App Chooser – select a default application for sending and receiving SMS text messages
- Restyled Status and Navigation Bars – status and navigation bars are translucent and can sit on top of apps, along with simplified status bar icons
- Consolidated Location Settings – location services are integrated and more detailed by new Location menu
- Expanded Emoji Icons
- Wireless Printing – supports printing over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Cheers @bmt626, @ThePhillipBee, @xHyDDRo, @ilostchild, Thomas and Laurel!
The Galaxy Note 3 smartphone on T-Mobile is now getting the coveted Android 4.4 update. This will bring forth quite a few changes compared to conventional KitKat updates as Samsung has to take the S-Pen specific updates into mind as well. The UI has received minor tweaking with some updates to core Android. It will change the software version to N900TUVUCNB4, so make a note of that if you’re on the lookout for an update.
As is the case with any OTA update, this one too could take its time in reaching devices, so maintain patience and you should have it by the end of the week. If you’re particularly impatient, you can try pulling the update manually through the settings. It is said that looks wise, the update doesn’t change a lot, so don’t get your hopes up. But be assured that there will be quite a few changes on board and that’s because Google has made a lot of changes to stock Android with KitKat.
Let us know if you’ve gotten the update already on your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3.
Via: Tmo News
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Controlling Masses Of Malware-Infected Android Devices Will Apparently Cost You Just $300, Lifetime Support Included! Meet Dendroid
Malware is a problem for Android, but that problem almost exclusively exists outside the confines of the safety of the Play Store. Like any platform where the sharing of pirated, cracked software occurs, if you’re downloading something you didn’t rightly pay for, there’s a risk it might be carrying a little something “extra” you hadn’t counted on being included. For the most part, this is how Android malware spreads – but what do malware distributors do once they’ve got a device infected?
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Controlling Masses Of Malware-Infected Android Devices Will Apparently Cost You Just $300, Lifetime Support Included! Meet Dendroid was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
With our Internet routers doing not much other than keeping us connected, there’s much room to expand. Enter Soap, the world’s first smart router. This Kickstarter project looks to make conventional routers a thing of the past.
With soap, you’ll be able to hide your WiFi network, block online ads, control various electronics around the house, i.e. your garage door, lights, locks, etc.
“The concept behind Soap was rather simple – we wanted to come up with an innovative, all-inclusive device that could help simplify the lives of countless people who are not accustomed to the latest technologies and the complex software that they are based on.”
Currently as it stands, the project is almost $17,000 above its initial goal of $80,000. With each milestone it reaches in terms of money past the 80k needed, more features will be added. The caveat of the router is that regardless of these added features, the only thing limiting the device is what developers make for it.
If you’re interested in an Android powered router, and let’s face it, if you’re here on our site, you want Android in everything, then hit the source link below. Backer’s will potentially start seeing this ship in October.
source: Soap on Kickstarter
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Pebble just updated their Android beta app to version 11, which promises to be a huge improvement over Beta 10. Beta 11 will improve stability considerably among other things. Here’s the rundown of improvements….
- PebbleKit JS localStorage is now sandboxed for each app
- Many improvements to onboarding and FW installation
- Issues with sideloading apps in some circumstances have been fixed
- Some issues with loading JS configuration views after the app has been quit have been addressed
- MyPebble now loads faster
There is also a known issue in which pairing a Pebble during onboarding might not succeed. If you run into this, exit the Pebble app, remove the pairing entry from Android Bluetooth settings and the Pebble, then re-pair manually using the Bluetooth settings on your phone.
Also, as a reminder, you need to remove previous versions of the Pebble beta app before you can install Beta 11.
Come comment on this article: Pebble Android beta app updated with huge improvements
[New App] Nickelodeon Releases Official Android App Complete With Full Episodes, Games, And Original Content
Nickelodeon has released no shortage of apps into the Play Store, but the kid-targeted network’s latest offering is more of a one-stop shop. Inside the new Nick app, youngsters can find full episodes available for streaming, bite-sized games to occupy their time with, the ability to vote in polls, and other forms of original content. I grew up watching Nickelodeon, and if your kid is doing the same, this might just pique their interest.
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[New App] Nickelodeon Releases Official Android App Complete With Full Episodes, Games, And Original Content was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
As an Android-specific site, you might say we’re a bit biased when it comes to some of the non-essential services built into apps. Seeing an app that allows a universal Facebook sign-in option, but not a Google alternative, really gets on our thungas. Case in point: popular magazine-style news reader Flipboard. Before the latest update, you could only access the service by signing into a new account the old-fashioned way or using Facebook.
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- Pocket Version 5.2 Finally Implements Google+ Sign-In, Makes Signing Up And Logging In Much Easier
- Flipboard 2.0 Released, Brings Magazine Creation Tools, Web Interface, And Native Sharing Integration
Flipboard Update Finally Adds A Google+ Option For Signup And Login was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Wider rollout for Android 4.4.2 on Samsung’s 2013 flagship
At Mobile World Congress last week we were somewhat surprised to see a bunch of European Galaxy S4s on the show floor running new Android 4.4-based firmware — and now it appears Samsung has deemed the update ready for the masses. This morning we’re seeing reports from GS4 owners in Poland, Malaysia and the Philippines indicating that over-the-air updates between 350 and 400MB are now pushing out, bringing Samsung’s 2013 flagship up to the latest version of Android. Other countries, too, are sure to be included in the initial rollout.
As we saw in Barcelona last week, there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of outward differences between the new firmware and the old Android 4.3-based ROM, besides the presence of new, white status bar icons. And certainly we’re not yet seeing any of the visual changes from the Galaxy S5 trickling down to older Samsung devices. Nevertheless, KitKat brings a bunch of system-level improvements from which S4 owners can now benefit.
If you’ve got a European or Asian Galaxy S4, now would be a good time to check for updates. Be sure to drop by the commends after you’re done and let us know if you’re seeing KitKat on your device.
Those artificially inflated benchmark scores Samsung devices were getting last year? They’ve been patched. According to new tests run by Ars Technica, Samsung devices running Android 4.4 no longer boost CPU speeds during benchmark tests. In July, Exynos variants of the Galaxy S 4 and Note 3 were caught running their CPUs at an unsustainable max speed during benchmark programs, bolstering their total score by as much as 20 percent. Samsung suggested this was normal, claiming that varied processor frequencies were designed to provide an “optimal user experience.” The firm never clearly explained if the phenomenon was a feature, fault or foul play, but it’s over now: devices updated to the latest version of Android are apparently running clean.
Via: Android Police
Source: Ars Technica
QuizUp, an extremely popular quiz game on iOS, is finally, almost ready to make its Android debut. The game is fairly simple; you select a topic from over 300 choices, and QuizUp matches you with someone that’s judged to be about as smart as you are about that topic. It then quizzes both players with multiple choice questions, and the faster you select the correct answer, the more points you win. It’s a game of balancing intelligence, speed, and good guesswork, and it’s a ton of fun.
You can also challenge specific friends to quizzes, and even if they aren’t available to play immediately, QuizUp will record your answers and timing and your friend can catch up later. It’s a fantastic example of asynchronous multiplayer done right.
As of right now, QuizUp is in private beta. Like similar Android betas, you can sign up by joining the Google+ group then installing the app from the Play Store. If you aren’t a fan of beta testing things, you fortunately won’t have to wait long for the app’s official release, as the developers are planning on getting the app available to everyone on the Play Store within a week.
If you’re interested, you can check out the Google+ group and Facebook post from QuizUp below.
Come comment on this article: QuizUp hits Android in private beta, public launch slated for next week
The Sprint variant of the Moto X is set to get the Android 4.4.2 update as build 161.44.32. This update will include the same changes as the T-Mobile and Verizon Moto X models.
The features that will be brought to the device include improved battery life, the ability to cloud print, and a fix for email sync. You can check for the update yourself by going to Settings > About phone > System updates.
Come comment on this article: Android 4.4.2 update for Sprint Moto X ready to roll out
Private photo sharing app syncs with Photoshop Elements, as well as friends and family
Adobe has finally brought their Revel app to Android. Available on iOS since 2011, the app has become a favorite way to share photos with a select group for quite a few people with Apple products. Now Android users can join in the mix.
The app is very much like the old Pool Party app, which was itself a precluder to Google+ image galleries in a shared folder for Hangouts. You build an album, add the people you want to be able to participate, and everyone can upload and enjoy each others photos. There are some rudimentary editing tools on board, which is handy, and the app is also integrated with Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12, giving users an easy way to upload pictures and video they have edited on the computer to the cloud for easy sharing.
We imagine anyone who has needed a solution for this problem has already found one of the many others available in Google Play, but if you’ve been waiting for Revel, you now have the fully featured app for your Android.
After last week’s soak test tipped us off to the impending update, Android 4.4.2 is now officially available for the Sprint Motorola Moto X. The update isn’t a huge bump from the previous Android 4.4 update, but does manage to squash a few bugs while managing to increase battery life. Here’s what Moto X users on Sprint can look forward to when the 156.5MB update hits their device:
Software build: 161.44.32.ghost_sprint.Sprint.en.US
- Printing documents and pictures - Added support for printing photos, Google Docs, GMail messages, and other content via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hosted services like Google Cloud Print and HP ePrinters.
- Improved battery life - Fixed bugs which caused a small number of users to experience shorter battery life after upgrading to Android 4.4.
- Fixed email sync delays - Fixed a bug that could cause email services like Microsoft Exchange to experience intermittent delays in data synchronization.
And now we wait on AT&T, the only US carrier left to update the Moto X to Android 4.4.2
If you haven’t been prompted yet, you can manually pull the update by jumping into your Settings app, scroll down to “About Phone,” then select “System Updates” > “Download” > and finally, “Install.” Just be careful when using Skype or other apps that utilize your phone’s camera, we hear there was a nasty camera bug that managed to find its way into Android 4.4.2. Cheers!
There’s a nasty little bug some users have been experiencing since updating their Nexus 5′s (and other devices) to Android 4.4.2. The big involves the camera application in Android 4.4.2 that when either opened by the user or triggered in the background from another app (Skype for instance), causes the device’s CPU to max out, resulting in abnormally high battery drain.
It’s not a good time for anyone, but try not to worry too much because Google is hot on the case. They’ve officially acknowledged the issue in their bug tracking forum and have promised to address this issues (and others) in a future maintenance update (likely Android 4.4.3).
Keep in mind that Google was only able to verify this issue on the Nexus 5 and recommends that Android users with other devices report the bug to their respective manufacturers. This has to due to with custom Android software (Sense, TouchWiz) that could also be triggering the camera bug, and will need to be addressed separately.
To find out if you have the bug, you’ll need to jump into your Settings > Battery and check to see if “mm-qcamera-daemon” is consuming a good chuck of your battery percentage. If it is, a reboot is said to help but it’s only a temporary fix. Also, uninstalling apps like Skype, Tango, etc. that use the camera may also help. It’s not the best solution, but it might be your only option until Android 4.4.3 is pushed out sometime in the future.
Anyone notice camera hijinks affecting their device after updating to Android 4.4.2?
With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!
Come comment on this article: TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 4, 2014
After a soak test late last month, now the general population with a Moto X on Sprint can get Android 4.4.2. The minor update adds new printing options, improves battery life, and provides other general bug fixes. Now that the Sprint Moto X has Android 4.4.2, we are just waiting on AT&T to release their update.
But if you’re on Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, or using an unlocked device, you can now download Android 4.4.2 OTA and get all its improvements. So go ahead and grab it.
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Are you tired of downloading those free Android games that come with a lot of ads but don’t want to spend a lot on the premium version of a game? Humble Bundle has just the solution to your problem as it is running a new sale called Humble Mobile Bundle 4 which comes with 6 exciting Android games. You get 4 games by paying whatever amount you like while paying above the average price gets you two additional games.
Here’s how the system works. You can pay any amount you want to get the games and even set how the amount is going to be divided. You can split your payment to charities, the developers, or tip Humble Bundle. If you pay above the average price of $3.47 you get to access two additional locked games. Sounds good right?
Here are the games you can get by paying any amount.
Catan: This strategy game is sure to provide you with fun and excitement wherever you are. This is basically a game where you must compete to have the largest army, the longest road, and the most settlements. You will meet worthy opponents in the game such as pirate Jean who does not compromise, Vincent the Merchant who has never been cheated, and Sean the Knight who takes what he wants.
Vector: This is an arcade style game where you play the role of a runner in a totalitarian world where freedom and individuality is gone. You use your parkour skills as you run, climb, vault, and slide across the urban landscape as “Big Brother” chases you.
Riptide GP2: If you are into online multiplayer races then this game is definitely for you. You get to control rocket powered hydro jets as you race around futuristic tracks. You will be able to perform several stunts and tricks while the new career mode will definitely keep you coming back.
Zombie Gunship: You get to be a gunner in a mean looking AC-130 ground attack aircraft. Your job is to fire your gun on the onslaught of zombies making sure to protect the remaining survivors on the ground. This is definitely one of the reasons why you should be subscribing to this bundle as the game has been given a 9/10 rating by IGN.
Here are the two extra games you can get by paying above the average price.
BADLAND Premium: This version comes with all in-app purchases unlocked. This award-winning side-scrolling game takes place in the forest. Players take control of a forest dweller to discover what’s going on in the area. The game follows a physics based system and has beautiful graphics and audio.
Breach & Clear: This is an intense tactical strategy game where you get to assemble your own special operations team. You will then need to plan and execute several missions using your selected team.
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It seems fair to say that many Android users want to be running Kit Kat. But the truth of the matter here, not all that many are actually getting that wish. In fact, according to the latest Android ‘platform versions’ report released by Google — only 2.5 percent of users are on Kit Kat. Furthermore, even though Kit Kat has been available for roughly four months, it remains at such a little percentage that Google has yet to split the percentages between 4.4 and 4.4.2.
While we aren’t trying to be super sarcastic, or cause anyone to get upset — it also seems fair to believe that it could be years before some users see Kit Kat. If at all. This comes due to the bit about the current percentages for the older versions. Gingerbread, which was released in February 2011, still maintains 19 percent of the Android usage.
Along with that already aged version, Ice Cream Sandwich is holding strong with 15.2 percent. And for those looking to make the combination here — that means Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich hold 34.2 percent. More than a third of Android users are using a version released in 2011.
Sure, there have been security updates and such, but it just goes to show that users simply wait, and then wait some more to get the latest and greatest. This just goes to bring one of the key selling points for the Nexus line. Like it or not, that is the best way to stay current with Android. Or in recent times, go with Motorola and either the Moto X or Moto G.
So far we mentioned how Kit Kat is suffering with 2.5 percent, and the older versions command a third overall. The top remains Jelly Bean, which was first released in July 2012 (Android 4.1.x). At present Jelly Bean combined between 4.1.x, 4.2.x and 4.3.x commands a total of 62 percent. Nicely, we can at least say that is (almost) double what Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich account for. Otherwise, Froyo 2.2 and Honeycomb 2.3.3 – 2.3.7 are still holding on with 1.2 percent and 0.1 percent respectively.
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Those of you rocking a Moto X on the Sprint network should have a nice surprise hitting your notification tray today, or shortly. Sprint is currently in the process of rolling out the Android 4.4.2 update across the carrier supporting devices. The update will carry a version of 161.44.32.ghost_sprint.Sprint.en.US and offers up some enhancements that you are sure to be happy to see.
The support document says it should be available for everyone right now. If you don’t see it, or haven’t picked it up yet, head into the settings, About Phone, System Updates and proceed to download and install it. You will want to make sure you have over 50% battery life and are able to stay connected to Wi-Fi until the process is over.
Small improvements to printing, battery life and email sync included
Following up behind several other variants, the Moto X on Sprint is receiving its small bump to Android 4.4.2 (161.44.32.ghost_sprint.Sprint.en.US). The update, which is now rolling out to all users, brings just a few small fixes:
- Printing documents and pictures: Added support for printing photos, Google Docs, GMail messages, and other content via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hosted services like Google Cloud Print and HP ePrinters.
- Improved battery life: Fixed bugs which caused a small number of users to experience shorter battery life after upgrading to Android 4.4.
- Fixed email sync delays: Fixed a bug that could cause email services like Microsoft Exchange to experience intermittent delays in data synchronization.
This is pretty much the exact same changelog that we saw with the 4.4.2 update on U.S. Cellular, as well as others. Nothing groundbreaking here, but we’ll never turn down an update that fixes and improves even small aspects of a device. Time to start hitting “check now” if you’ve got a Moto X on Sprint.
Too many files? No problem – RAR them. You can do that now that there’s an official RAR app on Android. This is a fabulously useful app on Windows, where it costs cash money. On Android, it appears to be completely free.
The RAR app for Android lets you create ZIP and RAR archives, but you can unpack RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ, BZ2, XZ, 7z, ISO, ARJ archives. There are also options to repair damaged archives and it supports encryption for creating and unpacking archives.
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[New App] Official RAR For Android Arrives To Archive All The Things was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
It’s time once again for Google to update us on the current state of Android. Posted today to the Android Developers page, these stats are a way for Android devs to see the percentage of Android devices — and the versions of Android they’re running — that have recently visited the Google Play Store. No point in building an app optimized for Froyo when nobody is using it, right?
To make things easier to view at a glance, here are this month’s numbers as compared to February (previous month).
Android versions February –> March
- KitKat: 1.8% –> 2.5%
- Jelly Bean: 60.7% –> 62%
- Ice Cream Sandwich: 16.1% –> 15.2%
- Gingerbread: 20% –> 19%
As we can see, KitKat made a sizeable jump as more and more Android OEMs continue upgrading many of the last year’s flagship devices to Android 4.4 KitKat. We’re still in the process of watching that play out, so we’ll more than likely need another month before the Ones and GS4′s of the world are completely updated. Don’t forget all those new flagships scheduled to launch over the next few months should have that number spiking, so watch out.
Looking at Jelly Bean numbers, we hate to lump them in with each other as there are some pretty big differences when moving from 4.1.x to 4.3. We did see that 4.1.x had a slight dip from 35.5% in Feb, to 35.3% this month. We’re sure this was likely due to devices being upgraded to later versions of Jelly Bean, as 4.2.x and 4.3 continued to rise.
Our favorite number? Watching the now ancient Android 2.3 Gingerbread drop down to 19% of active Android devices using Google Play. Once again, these numbers do not account for off-Androids like the Nokia X or Amazon HDX tablets which use alternative app stores and services than Google’s own.
Compared to last month, the latest Android distribution numbers are something to be proud of in March. In all of the right areas, there were increases and decreases. Most importantly, Android 4.4 KitKat grew .7% to 2.5%. This will likely ramp up next month as many flagships are now starting to receive KitKat. And in two or threw months, it should gain some significant traction as newer flagships will ship with the latest version of Android.
Now it is time to talk about the rest of the versions. As for Gingerbread, it thankfully continues to fall. Last month it had a 20% stake and that has dropped to 19%. Jelly Bean, however, experience very slight growth. Somehow Honeycomb, Android’s initial tablet operating system version, is clinging on to dear life at .1%. By the release of next month’s numbers, I fully expect Honeycomb to be a thing of the past.
Source: Android Developers
Come comment on this article: Latest Android distribution numbers show KitKat rising at a slow pace, gets 2.5% of the pie
KitKat jumps to 2.5 percent of active devices, up solidly from February
Google has just released its monthly report on the number of active devices using each Android platform version, and march 2014 looks very similar to last month. On the legacy end, Android 2.2 Froyo has dipped to just 1.2 percent of active devices, while 2.3 Gingerbread has finally dipped under the 20 percent mark. Honeycomb somehow holds on to that 0.1 percent share it has held for several months now.
On the upswing are Android 4.x (Ice Cream Sandwich and above) builds, which are now 79.5 percent of all active devices. 4.0 and 4.1 actually dipped in the month to hold 50.5 percent of usage, while Android 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 all rose to claim the other 29.2 percent. KitKat makes up just 2.5 percent of all active Android devices, but that’s up pretty solidly from 1.8 percent in February.
Source: Android Developer Dashboard
The Android team updated their platform distribution numbers for the month of March this morning, showing slight growth for both Jelly Bean (Android 4.1-4.3) and Kit Kat (Android 4.4+). Jelly Bean has now reached a flat 62.0% (from 60.7%), while Kit Kat is up to 2.5% (from 1.8%).
Ice Cream Sandwich dropped to 15.2% (from 16.1%), Honeycomb remains on the list with 0.1%, Gingerbread still commands a fifth of Android at 19.0% (from 20.0%), and Froyo still actually exists at 1.2% (from 1.3%).
February’s distribution numbers can be found here.
Not a lot of changes, but that’s the news.
Via: Android Developers
One of the biggest advantages of Motorola’s latest phones is that they’ve been rapidly updated to Android 4.4. But at least some owners of the low-cost Moto G are having serious issues after updating to 4.4.2. Many posters on the official Motorola support forums are saying that their phones are intermittently dropping all cell signals, and in some cases even losing connection with the phone’s SIM card. These issues were not reported before the Android 4.4 update.
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Some Moto G Owners Are Constantly Losing Connection After The Android 4.4.2 Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
XBMC v13.0 ‘Gotham’ Beta Adds Hardware Decoding For Android, Support For KitKat’s Immersive Mode, And More
Roughly a year has gone by since XBMC 12 hit metaphorical store shelves, and the time has apparently been well-spent. The upcoming version introduces hardware decoding, so your device can actually utilize more of its power to push those pixels. The beta has has been streamlined enough to run on a Raspberry Pi, so you know you can expect a zippier experience on a more powerful gadget.
When using XBMC on a touchscreen, the app will now recognize gesture controls during video playback and swiping controls when navigating around.
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XBMC v13.0 ‘Gotham’ Beta Adds Hardware Decoding For Android, Support For KitKat’s Immersive Mode, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Sony’s Socialife is an attractive app, but it has thus far only found its way into the hands of a limited number of users. This isn’t an indictment of its quality. Rather, it speaks to the app’s previous exclusivity. The news reader and social network aggregator has only been available for Xperia phones, tablets, and Sony VAIO PCs. Now it’s open to any Android device running Jelly Bean or higher. Here it is running on a Nexus 5.
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Sony Opens Up Its Socialife News Reader App To Non-Xperia Devices Running Android 4.1 Or Higher was written by the awesome team at Android Police.