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Don’t worry, Nexus 7 owners – you are getting the Android 4.4.1 love today as well. This is first build of the newly-released Kit Kat OS available for an Android tablet, and only installable for owners of the Nexus 7 LTE 2013 model. If you have any other model, do not attempt to sideload this file. We have the direct Google download link for you below to bring you to build KOT49E.
Download Link (52.8MB)
In order to sideload this, you’ll have to be running stock KRT16S. Sideload instructions can be found here.
The Android 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 was halted recently due to some last minute issues that surfaced. Samsung issued a brief explanation about the delay and assured users that the update rollout would resume soon. The day has finally come as global variants of the Galaxy S3 have started getting the Android 4.3 update. Galaxy S3 units with the model number GT-I9300 are the lucky recipients of the update, although a little late in the day as Android 4.4 is already here. The Android 4.3 update is being rolled out via OTA and through Samsung Kies, so users can try getting the update manually if the update notification hasn’t been spotted yet.
The Galaxy S3 will reportedly get the Android 4.4 update by March or April and by then we will already have the next best thing in the form of the Galaxy S5. Which will be an ideal time to upgrade for many users as it will have been two years since the Galaxy S3 came out. So we’re not sure if owners of the smartphone are too excited about the update, although it’s reassuring to know that Samsung has an update in tow.
Via: Sam Mobile
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KitKat may be the new kid on the Android block, but it’s already faring quite well. Google’s latest OS dashboard reveals that 1.1 percent of active Android devices are running the new platform roughly a month after it became available. Not that its arrival is slowing down Jelly Bean’s growth, mind you. The older software now represents 54.5 percent of all Android use, thanks in part to a two-point surge in devices running Android 4.3. However well Jelly Bean is doing, we expect KitKat adoption to rise quickly — both the Nexus 5 and the first official KitKat upgrades have only been around for a few weeks at most, and there are more updates on the way.
Source: Android Developers
One message in The Droid Guy Mailbag that we received earlier reads, “After the Android 4.3 update, I have been experiencing a Galaxy Note 2 no signal problem. Is there a way to fix this issue?”
Possible Factor Causing the Galaxy Note 2 No Signal Problem
Looking at several forums and websites dedicated to Android phones, the most probable cause of the Galaxy Note 2 no signal issue is the Android 4.3 update.
According to a report posted by Android Police more than a week ago, AT&T even pulled out the update after several calls from irate subscribers who installed the said update. The bug appears to affect random Android devices. But most of the complaints coming in are from Nexus 4 users, claimed a related article in Softpedia.
In addition to the Galaxy Note 2 no signal problem, a number of users reported that a couple of their apps have disappeared from their phones.
Stable Android 4.3 Coming Soon
Another article in The Full Signal last week said that AT&T is now pushing the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3. Then, it hinted that other devices may follow in the near future or as soon as the carrier and Samsung fixes the problems.
So, for those who are affected by the bug and still itching for the newest Jelly Bean update, they may be able to get a more stable version soon.
Solution to Galaxy Note 2 No Signal After 4.3 Update
Users who have installed the buggy version of the update are advised to revert their firmware into its previous version or wait until their carrier releases a fix via OTA.
Softpedia also reminds users who want to install the update but are not sure whether the bug will affect their phones or not to backup their data before proceeding with the installation.
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ASUS has revealed that owners of its odd yet interesting ASUS PadFone smartphone/tablet hybrid will eventually be receiving Android 4.4. But while this won’t take place until the middle of next year at the latest, it will, at least, cover both variants of the device.
The older PadFone Infinity, with a model name A80, is scheduled to receive the update around the first quarter of 2014. This device was announced way back in February and sported a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 or 64 GB storage configurations. The smartphone ran Android 4.2 and had a screen size of 5 inches with a 1920×1080 pixel resolution. The tablet dock, on the other hand, sported a 10.1-inch 1920×1080 display and carried its own 5000 mAh battery.
The new PadFone Infinity was unveiled last September and carried the model name A86. While this model did have a higher CPU, boasting of a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, ASUS made up for it by shrinking the internal storage options to 16 or 32 GB. The rest of the specs are mostly the same for both models, including the Android 4.2 OS installed by default. The Android 4.4 update for this model, however, is expected to come much later, around the second quarter next year.
It is believed that one reason why ASUS has been quite slow in outing Android updates for the PadFones is due to the fact that the devices both function as a smartphone and a tablet, so software must be adjusted and checked to work well on both sizes. But considering the update will be skipping Android 4.3 entirely, it might be worth the wait in the long run.
With not a single explanation on why it was halted in the first place, the Android 4.3 update for AT&T‘s version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is rolling out once more to owners. While this is, of course, good news, it does make us wonder what went wrong so that we could keep an eye out for problems.
The Android 4.3 update for a number of Samsung’s devices, both recent and not so recent ones, has been having a rather rough journey as it rolls out to the devices in different parts of the globe. Among other things that the update includes is the addition of support for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. While Android updates are almost always welcome, it seemed that for some, it might have not been worth the trouble.
Last week, Samsung halted and pulled out the Android 4.3 update for an older model, the Galaxy S III, in international markets due multiple issues reported. These ranged from increased battery drain to WiFi connectivity issues to random freezing during phone calls. AT&T, however, still pushed through with the update for US owners. Ironically, it was the update for the Galaxy S 4 that AT&T halted, with no explanation other than that it’s waiting for “potential improvements”.
It seems that those potential improvements have finally materialized now that the carrier is pushing out the update again. Indeed, the notes only say that the update “includes multiple improvements” and nothing more. For such an almost insignificant description, the update comes at a large 727 MB file size that can be downloaded only over a WiFi connection.
VIA: Android Authority
After AT&T temporarily suspended the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S4 recently, we wondered whether the T-Mobile variant would see the same fate. But that’s clearly not the case as the smartphone is now on its way to getting the second latest version of Android (behind Android 4.4 of course).
The update is rolling out as an OTA in batches, so you might have to be a little patient if you haven’t received the update yet. Users can manually hit the search for updates button in the settings to try their luck. Flashing the update through Samsung Kies is possible as well, which is a PC tool to download and flash updates directly from Samsung.
As usual, the Android 4.3 update on the Galaxy S4 means security upgrades, bug fixes and most importantly, support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The update also brings support for Samsung Knox security suite among other things. Hit the source link below to check out the complete details regarding the update.
Via: Android Guys
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If you have the Android 4.4 update for your Nexus 4, and are experiencing issues, you’re not alone. Some users are reporting that the Home button isn’t working properly, and the Settings toggle is also acting up. Even worse, there seems to be a broken dialer, too, rendering the device dangerously useless in some circumstances.
This doesn’t affect all devices, or updates, but it’s happening. While the above issues have yet to make an appearance in the Nexus forums, we found some other issues reported like a faulty microphone. The microphone issue has been noticed during search, video capture, and calls.
There are also a myriad of other issues being reported, like the camera not working. Android Police believes this stems from the OTA update from the latest version of Jellybean to KitKat, though we haven’t realized those issues with our Nexus 4. They’re reporting that the update from factory images that was posted last week is unaffected, though it’s not clear what leads them to that conclusion.
The fix? Total Recall. Doing a complete factory reset is the only way to effectively get things back on track, but that’s pretty inconvenient. While the tech-centric folks out there will have no issue with that, some who are less than savvy will have major issues, and may not be aware of how or what to do. Of course, we would wait for a patch from Google, but if the dialer is unusable, it’s best to simply hit Settings>Backup and reset>Factory data reset. Make sure your pics and other locally stored files are backed up to cloud storage or another method if you choose that, though.
We haven’t heard that much about the Android 4.4 KitKat update to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition lately, though we always assumed that it would be released in a similar time-frame to the HTC One Google Play Edition, and as it turns out, that is probably just about right. Following in HTC’s footsteps in making their kernel source and framework files available for excited developers to download, Samsung have also made a similar package of source files available.
The download comes in at 399MB and of course will be of most use to developers who want to examine what’s changed in the new build of Android, but as with the HTC One’s version, this is hopefully a sign that these files are final and will be incorporated into the Android 4.4 update that will be emerging over-the-air in the very near future.
If you’re interested in picking up the files, hit the source link below.
The AT&T Moto X is now getting the Android 4.4 update in the U.S., just as the T-Mobile and Verizon variants got the update earlier this week. The update will bring a completely new UI and all new icons. Since the Moto X runs a relatively stock version of Android, it features most of the changes which we saw on the Nexus 5, barring the Google Experience launcher of course.
It’s not a surprise that the Moto X is getting the Android 4.4 update this soon, given the company’s association with Google. The smartphone runs on its custom X8 chipset, which comes bundled with some neat software features like the Always-on Mic and Active Notifications. These features have gotten even better with the Android 4.4 update.
Motorola has announced the update for other smartphones as well, so it’s not only the Moto X which is getting KitKat love this early. The recently announced Moto G smartphone will actually launch with Android 4.4 in some regions.
Via: Talk Android
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The T-Mobile Moto X is the latest among the Moto X variants to get the Android 4.4 update after Verizon started seeding the update a couple of days ago. Motorola gave out the good news through social networking site Twitter. The rollout will be made in stages, so users might have to remain patient before they exhaustively start checking for an update in the settings menu. This leaves AT&T and Sprint variants which are yet to receive the newest Android update, but that should be on the horizon. This is one of the perks of owning a Motorola smartphone since it is now owned by Google, which is responsible for everything Android.
The update brings usual changes we saw from the Verizon update, including a new camera app. Since the smartphone runs a relatively stock version of Android, most of the changes we saw on the stock Android 4.4 ROM will be prominently visible here too, so don’t expect a whole lot as far as looks are concerned.
Source: Twitter (@Motorola)
Via: Talk Android
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Nexus 4 owners, your time has come. Users are reporting that the Android 4.4 update is hitting the last Google flagship phone, starting today. With the update, you’ll get access to all the minor tweaks and changes Google has made, as well as the newest runtime for Android.
Android 4.4 is a shift in Android theory as much as it is an update, as we saw with the Nexus 7 and 10 having issues that needed a fix before getting the upgrade. The Nexus 4 doesn’t seem to have run into any issues ahead of the upgrade, so users should be just fine. This should set into motion a wider update for Nexus devices, too.
Now that the Nexus 4 has begun receiving an update, and the flagship tablets have seen a mystery bug fix prior to the Android 4.4 switch, we expect to see a rapid expansion of the newest OS. Of course, this still doesn’t solve the matter of the Galaxy Nexus not getting KitKat, but that’s just not going to happen, save for a custom ROM elsewhere. The Nexus 4 seeing Android 4.4 also closes the door on a potential can of worms for Google.
The Moto X, with Verizon of all carriers, has already started seeing the update. That’s an OEM device (even though it’s Motorola, a Google company) getting the update on the strictest of carriers ahead of Google’s almost-current flagship. By rolling this one out now, Google ended an uproar before it began. The OTA update is rolling out now, so be on the lookout… or just mash the “check now” button under “System Updates”.
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Nexus 4 users…it is that time. Well we hope it is that time. It seems that the Android 4.4 KitKat update is heading out to you right now. Some users have reported that the update has starting rolling out to Nexus 4s, so you might want to keep checking those system updates.
You Nexus 4 users were starting to get a little impatient given that the rest of the Nexus family started getting their Android 4.4, and I don’t blame you. Luckily though, the new update should run awesomely on your phone, given that it has taken them this long to roll it out. So keep checking your system settings you Nexus 4 users, and let us know if you have gotten the update. Also let us know how great it is.
Source: Android Headlines
It is probably a testament to Android 4.4 improved resource management, not to mention the Android community’s dedication, when the latest and greatest Android version is successfully ported to much older devices. Such is the case of the very first Amazon Kindle Fire tablet announced back in 2011, which can now run Android 4.4 KitKat.
By today’s standards, the first Kindle Fire belongs in the low-end device spectrum. It runs on a 1 GHz dual-core processor with 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. It’s 7-inch IPS screen only supports a resolution of 1024×600 pixels. The specs sound almost perfect for Android 4.4, which boasts of the ability to run even on low-end devices in the market today. And it seems that it indeed runs quite well, with just a few caveats.
Thanks to the hard work and persistence of XDA member FuZZ__, a build of CyanogenMod 11, which contains Android 4.4, is now available for the device. Overall, it seems that performance is quite acceptable, which is pleasantly surprising given the age of the device and the relatively complexity of a modern Android version. Things aren’t perfect though, as there seem to be some graphical glitches, not to mention a non-working stock browser. But there is a good chance that these kinks will be worked out in due time, if technically possible.
The Android 4.4 port is definitely a work in progress and, as such, is not for the faint of heart to try out. Those that still want to move forward will need to use a custom recovery, such as the latest TWRP, in order to flash the ROM. The usual disclaimers, of course, apply.
The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the year-old Samsung Galaxy S III was almost seen as a blessing until users started experiencing critical problems after installing it. Samsung UK has just issued an official statement that doesn’t give much information about the issues but at least acknowledges it and promises to look into it.
Like most press releases of its kind, Samsung isn’t really saying much. It does say that it is investigating the issues reported, though doesn’t give details on what those issues are. But so far, users have reported several annoying and critical problems with their devices, ranging from WiFi and Bluetooth audio issues, to random freezing especially when taking calls, to performance problems like poor RAM management, battery drain, and delays in waking up from standby.
The latest Jelly Bean update started rolling out to Galaxy S III owners early this month. News of the update was met with anticipation as it breathes new life into Samsung’s previous flagship, updating not only the Android version but also adding compatibility with the company’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which might not be something worth waiting for after all. It is rather unfortunate, if not unacceptable, that problems of this number and magnitude have passed unnoticed by Samsung’s QA.
In order to prevent the damage from spreading further, Samsung is temporarily halting the rollout of the Android 4.3 update but promises to resume it as soon as possible. Of course, that doesn’t really give much comfort to users who have already installed the update and are left with an almost unusable device until Samsung fixes things on their end.
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Did you pick up the Android 4.3 update for your AT&T Galaxy S 4 last week? Consider yourself lucky. Android Police has confirmed that the update is no longer being distributed. There is no known reason for the update being pulled, so sit tight; however, Android Police heard that Samsung and AT&T could be looking into “potential improvements.” Perhaps there was a bug found. We’ll let you know when the update resumes rolling out.
Source: Android Police
Come comment on this article: AT&T pulls Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S 4, reason unknown
Google has always equipped Nexus devices with underwhelming cameras – image quality has mostly been rather average (my Nokia N79 from 2008 had image quality as good as my Nexus 4′s), while the pure Android camera app also lacks most of the useful add-on features that have become so common on manufacturer skins. However, according to a few snippets of code found inside the Android source code, Google might be looking to change that.
Discovered by Ars Technica, the code was initially added in December last year, but was pulled by Google in early October, with the reason given that the features were not yet ready. The code reveals that Google is looking to add support for RAW images to the Android camera (something only Nokia’s Lumia devices are capable of at the moment), a fact that would make serious photographers quite happy. Also included in the code are features like face detection, a burst mode, and even support for a removable camera (possibly for camera modules like Sony’s QX100 and QX10, and maybe even official support for connecting DSLRs and other dedicated cameras).
However, there’s no telling when these improvements and new features will make it into the OS and be made available to users. The Nexus 5 does feature a respectable camera compared to previous Nexus devices, and here’s hoping Google is able to make the camera experience on Nexus devices and stock Android even better as soon as possible, ideally through a software update (Android 4.5 or 5.0) instead of making us wait a year for the next Nexus smartphone to arrive.
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The AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 is now getting the Android 4.3 update right on schedule with the T-Mobile variant slated to follow suit in the coming days. This pretty much completes the rollout of the update on all major American carriers with Sprint and Verizon getting the update in late October. The update introduces the build number JSS15J.1337UCUEMJ9 and features quite a few changes compared to Android 4.2.2. Perhaps the most notable of these features is the Galaxy Gear support which has been missing on Android 4.2.2 running Samsung devices. The update also brings the Samsung Knox security features onboard which is a much needed addition for Samsung flagships.
We’re not sure if the update has gone live to the entirety of the American population, but it’s fair to assume that the carrier will finish rollout by the weekend. Now that AT&T and Samsung have gotten the Android 4.3 update off their back, speculations have already begun regarding the Android 4.4 update which could take until February next year to finish rollout.
Via: Android Central
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Right on queue with the leaked projected date, the AT&T variant of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is now receiving the Android 4.3 update. While it may not be Android 4.4 KitKat, it’s still an update. Make sure you’re connected to WiFi when downloading the file because it is a hefty 719MB. Isn’t it interesting that the AT&T model has been updated after Verizon and Sprint? Maybe all of the carriers are finally understanding that consumers want updates in a timely fashion.
Via: Android Central
Come comment on this article: AT&T’s Galaxy S 4 receiving update to Android 4.3
Sony was among the first to express interest on the Android 4.4 update for its devices. And now the company has detailed the list of devices which will be the first to receive the update. Sony has also given out details on the Android 4.3 update which is yet to hit most of its handsets. While Sony will start rolling out the Android 4.3 update starting from next month, it’s yet to give out rollout dates for the Android 4.4 update.
Below are the smartphones which will get Android 4.3 update next month:
- Xperia Z
- Xperia ZL
- Xperia ZR
- Xperia Tablet Z
- Xperia SP
- Xperia Z Ultra
- Xperia Z1
The Xperia T, Xperia TX and the Xperia V will apparently jump the Android 4.2.2 update and get the Android 4.3 update directly.
Smartphones like the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL and the Xperia Tablet Z have been confirmed to receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update, but without a specific time frame.
Via: Cult of Android
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Remember the kinder, gentler YouTube comments powered by Google+? Well, they’re finally rolling out across the internet, and the Android app is no exception. Like it or not, Google+ is all up in your YouTube.
If you go to make a comment on a video, you’ll now see your Google+ avatar next to the field. The default setting is also to share to Google+, but you can uncheck that box.
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Google+ Comments Are Live In The YouTube Android App, No Update Necessary was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
It seems like everyone is gearing up for the 64-bit mobile computing game. In September at Intel’s developer conference, Intel announced their contributions to the Android Open Source Project, adding support for their upcoming 64-bit Bay Trail processors. Not wanting to feel left out when competing with Apple, Samsung announced in October that they too planed on bringing 64-bit processors to the Android game with their Exynos line. Even Qualcomm recently backpedaled on their original stance on 64-bit mobile processors, announcing that Apple’s A7 processor is no longer a gimmick.
While digging through the Android Open Source Project, we happened to come across some interesting code from mobile microprocessor juggernaut, ARM.
If you aren’t aware, ARM doesn’t manufacture any ARM-based products themselves. What they do is: license their instruction sets to third party companies, allowing them to design their own products implementing ARM’s architectures, System-on-Chips, memory, interfaces, and radios. Guess who just happens to license this technology from ARM? You guessed it. Samsung and Qualcomm. (For what it’s worth, Apple does this too.)
Not unless you’re a developer type, the above image won’t really mean a whole lot to you. Basically, David Butcher of ARM, has been submitting code patches into AOSP to add support for 64bit ARM-based processors. These additions could allow Android to successfully run on 64bit ARM-based processors, such as those from ARM’s licensees Samsung and Qualcomm. Some code has already been merged, while some others are still pending approval.
Does this mean that Android is now 64bit? No. All this mean is that Android could one day run on 64-bit processors as a 32-bit or 64-bit OS. A quick example: Some of you might be running Windows 7 32-bit on a 64-bit processor. Stuff like this has been done for the past decade in the desktop PC world. This is the same thing. The good news is, hardware manufacturers are future proofing themselves, preparing for the day when 64-bit Android becomes a reality.
Source: Android Open Source Project
Meet ART, Part 1: The New Super-Fast Android Runtime Google Has Been Working On In Secret For Over 2 Years Debuts In KitKat
It’s fair to say that Android went through some chaotic years in the beginning. The pace of development was frantic as the operating system grew at an unprecedented rate. An as-yet undetermined future led to decisions that were made to conform to existing hardware and architectures, the available development tools, and the basic need to ship working code on tight deadlines. Now that the OS has matured, the Android team has been giving more attention to some of the components that haven’t aged quite as well.
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Meet ART, Part 1: The New Super-Fast Android Runtime Google Has Been Working On In Secret For Over 2 Years Debuts In KitKat was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
It’s no secret that there is an abundance of Android smartphones and tablets in the market, with manufacturers pushing the envelope designing lightweight, narrow, big screened and powerful gadgets. ADVENT is the newest entrant in the Android market as it launched a new 7 incher with a twist today. The ADVENT Vega Tegra Note 7, as the name hints, is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra processor, the same chip that powers HP’s Slate 21 and Microsoft Surface 2. Compared to these two in pricing, it is safe to say this is a powerhouse at a budget.
The Vegas Tegra Note 7 boasts of a 7 inch 1280 x 800 (215 ppi) display that promises a mesmerizing display and performance although it is not a full HD display thanks to the 72-core GeForce GPU in the SoC. It comes with NVIDIA’s Cortex-A15 Tegra 4 processor, effectively making it the fastest 7 inch tablet in the market. The tablet has 1 GB RAM (I feel for such a processor it should have been 2 GB), 16 GB internal storage, 5 megapixels rear and 2 megapixels front cameras and the standard connectivity features including Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, microHDMI and microUSB. One more notable feature is the inclusion of the DirectStylus by NVIDIA, something that most tablets do not come with.
Advent’s 7 inch tablet will launch with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system and will have other bonus resources including NVIDIA’s PureAudio that pairs with the dual front-facing stereo speakers, a battery that promises up to 10+ hours of HD video playback as well as TegraZone gaming. According to the folks at Android Communityhttp://androidcommunity.com/advent-vega-tegra-note-7-unveiled-with-tegra-4-and-7-display-20131106/, this tablet is also likely to bring Camera Awesome for Android, but this is unclear.
Advent and the Android Market
The Android device market is becoming saturated but it is still competitive as tablets gradually edge out laptops from the scene. This release, however, is limited to customers in the UK via PC World and Currys but there is a high chance that the manufacturer will get it to other markets, including North America, in the near future.
The Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 is an impressive device that is fairly priced at £179.99 (about $290) considering that the 16 GB version of the refurbished Nexus 7 sells for £199. I think if or when Advent decides to join the Chinese in conquering the US Android market, this should be the first gadget they should launch.
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A few simple changes to make your pictures look a little better
There's a great grouping of user-facing features in the latest update to Android 4.4 KitKat, but one has been generally overlooked. Although it hasn't received much of a visual refresh from what was available in 4.3, the built-in photo editor in the Gallery app has received a bit of a facelift, with a few new features to boot.
This is one of those "tightening the screws" kind of updates that brings the experience up a notch or two, making it just a little easier to edit and tweak your photos to your liking. This isn't going to rival anything you can do with a true photo editor on your desktop, but then again that process isn't as easy as using the Gallery.
Hit the break for a closer look at the new features and capabilities of Gallery in Android 4.4.
Gameloft appears to be working on porting their PS3 title Tank Battles to the Android and iOS platforms. Reports indicate Gameloft is working on an update of the title to add more firepower and thus, more fun for players. Some screenshots appear to be similar to the PS3 version in being a top-down game where players battle in a virtual arena.
It is not clear, but it seems likely multiple player capabilities will be present so that friends can battle online for supremacy. Other details like possible gameplay modes, levels, or power ups are unknown. A release date is not even projected at this point, only “coming soon.”
Come comment on this article: Gameloft bringing Tank Battles to Android platform
PushBullet just recently updated their Android app to make their easy-to-use sharing service a two-way street, pushing images, links and other files not only from a desktop computer via a Google Chrome extension but from an Android device to any other registered device as well. True to its promise, the developers have now pushed a new major feature that will make it so much easier to do the same thing with the people in your addressbook as the recipients.
There exists many and myriad ways to share amusing photos, interesting links, and important files with others or even with one’s self, but not all of them are quick or convenient. From sending empty emails to copying and pasting over instant messaging to, lately, uploading and then sharing through services like Dropbox, a lot of these procedures involve multiple steps that are inconvenient to both sender and recipient. PushBullet’s mission is to make that process simpler and it may have just achieved that with this most recent update.
While the service has previously been limited to sending to a user’s own devices, now they can quickly share the same supported items to other people as well. Once the updated Android app has been installed and run, the user will be greeted with a one-time setup asking the user which of the people in the Android contacts list he or she would like to register as PushBullet recipients. Once confirmed, these people will be added to the app’s own contacts, and those who don’t have a PushBullet account will be sent an email inviting them so sign up, which, of course, they can simply ignore. Users can later add more contacts to the list if they wish to do so. Once that has all been done, sharing files, links, photos, and other things becomes no different from sharing it to your own computer via the Android app.
On the receiving side, things are equally convenient and doesn’t even require having a PushBullet account or the app installed. Those that do, however, will receive a notification which they can simply tap in order to view in the appropriate app. Dismissed notifications will also be dismissed on other registered devices to avoid nagging the user multiple times. Those that don’t have a PushBullet account will simply be sent an email and will be able to view what was pushed without having to sign up first.
The new sharing features in PushBullet are now available in the updated Android app as well as in the Chrome and Firefox extensions. The Chrome extension will be of particular interest to iOS users as it is currently the only way they can received pushed items, albeit only on their computers.
It’s always interesting to see what Google decides to do in terms of the bootup animation for the latest Nexus devices. It’s even more interesting to see the easter eggs they plant within the OS (often activated by double tapping some menu option). You know we just had to get a look at all of that once we were finished groping our Nexus 5 units for the first time.
The boot-up animation in the latest Nexus handset is quite simple and elegant, with the Google-colored swirls separating and coming together in continuous fashion. The orb turns completely white when they come together, and return to their respective colors when pulling apart. Nothing complicated or exciting, but nice, simple and elegant. I like it.
Of more importance is just how fast it takes this device to go from hitting the power button to seeing the home-screen — about 6 seconds, by my count. Is it the Snapdragon 800 processor? Android 4.4 KITKAT optimization? Combination of both? No one can say for sure, but we’re impressed no matter what’s at play here.
Onto the subject of easter eggs, we’ve already found the most obvious one — tapping the Android version number in Settings > About Phone. As you’d expect, Google decided to do something special for KITKAT, with the company displaying the version of Android with the candy bar’s styling. Holding that logo takes us to a pretty cool grid of illustrated treats (touching a treat makes it fly away for something else to take its spot). It’s nothing mind blowing, but always neat.
Google doesn’t often include more than one easter egg in each Android release (unless you count tapping the build number 5 times to enable developer options), but if we come across any more you can bet we’ll be looking to show them to you. Watch the quick video above.
Does anyone remember how long it took for the Android team to include native screenshot taking without root in Android? I believe it wasn’t until Android 4.0 that one could take a screenshot without needing root and a 3rd party application or the Android SDK. We never really could figure out why it lacked such functionality, but now you can take one on most phones by hitting Volume Down + Power at the same time for a couple of seconds. On Samsung devices, I believe it’s Volume Down + Home. Either way, it’s there and has been there for some time now.
Guess what? You now have even more screenshot power thanks to Android 4.4 and its new “screenrecord” functionality. It’s glorious, by the way.
Google has introduced “screenrecord” as a way for app developers to produce better app overviews that can be loaded into their app listings on Google Play. But for you and I, it’s a way for us to help friends better use their phone, show off hilarious footage, or simply mess around as the tinkerers we are. It records in whatever screen resolution your phone displays with a default bit rate of 4Mbps. As you can see in the video above, set to default settings with screen touches on, it does a pretty incredible job.
At this time, in order to perform a screenrecord, you’ll need the Android SDK and a familiarity with adb commands. I’m sure before long, developers will create awesome screen recording apps, but for now, this is the cleanest way to do it. Actually, there is an app already available, but it seems to be pretty hit or miss at the time. We’ve talked to the dev, and he’s definitely working on making it awesome.
For now, you can screenrecord by typing in a simple “adb shell screenrecord” command, which will tell your phone to record a 90-second clip and then store it to your internal storage. There are parameters that can be adjusted, including length, size, and bit rate, however, there isn’t currently a way to stop the recording other than setting a time limit and hitting that limit. If you know of a way, feel free to let us know in the comments.
Here is the adb command (with phone plugged in, USB debugging enabled):
adb shell screenrecord <insert file name and location>
(ex: adb shell screenrecord /sdcard/test.mp4)
If you want to step it up another notch and specify video length and other parameters, here are some other options to include in your adb command:
An example of an adb command using the time-limit command would look like this:
adb shell screenrecord –time-limit 30 /sdcard/test.mp4
And that’s pretty that. Depending on where you told the screenrecord to save to, you can retrieve it, watch it, and then share it with the world.
Pretty neat, right?
More on screenrecord can be found at the Android Developers site.
When we hear the name Android we immediately associate it with the popular mobile operating system. Google however does not have a monopoly on the Android name as there are also other companies using it. One such company is the Android watch company that has been manufacturing quality timepieces since 1991.
With all the smartwatch models being announced in the market today it would only take some time before the Android watch company made an announcement of their own. That time has finally come as the company announced on their website that they will be releasing a smartwatch model for the Android platform this coming December.
The device which the company calls as the Android SmartWatch will have the ability to take phone calls, allows for music playback and even has a voice memo recorder among others. As far as the physical design of this wearable device goes we’ve seen better looking watches however what it lacks in design we’re hoping it will make up in features as well as in pricing.
Some of the listed key features include
- Alarm Clock
- Call & Message
- Music Control
- World Clock
- Voice Memo
This device pairs with a smartphone using a Bluetooth connection. A video presentation of the device shows it being paired with the Samsung Galaxy S4. After pairing you can keep your smartphone inside your pocket and use the SmartWatch to control it.
The Android SmartWatch will be available in multiple colors such as orange, black, red, blue, and white. So far the pricing information has not been revealed yet.
It’s going to be interesting to see how this upcoming smartwatch stands up against the competition. Right now we have the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Sony SmartWatch 2 just to name a few that are being sold in the market.
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