The Dec. 8 Deal of the Day is the Mobi Products S-Line Case for HTC One. The S-Line is a slim, form-fitting TPU case that wraps around your HTC One to protect against drops and scratches while providing a better grip on your device. It even sports a unique "S" design on the back, giving your HTC One a personalized look with several colors to choose from.
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Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a cool Android or tech gadget each and every Sunday. This week we are giving away a the most popular Android tablet, the Google Nexus 7(2013).
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Well-known CyanogenMod developer and Cyanogen Inc cofounder Koushik “Koush” Dutta said in a Google+ post that Android mirroring may be coming soon to Chromecast, according to APIs seen in the recently released Android 4.4.1 KitKat code.
Display mirroring on Chromecast is only available on a PC, and only works with Chrome browser tabs, but Android tablets and smartphones may soon receive a similar feature. However, the mirroring feature may be limited for use with the Chromecast, while other devices (such as Apple TV or Roku) ready to offer similar features to users may not be supported.
Furthermore, the API discovered by Dutta is “not available to anyone but Google and the OEM,” at least for the time being.
This week in your world of Android: the possible release date of the next HTC One leaked, more Galaxy S5 rumors surfaced, the camera-focused Android 4.4.1 update rolled out to the Nexus 5, the first CM11 builds arrived, and Google updated its Play Store apps.
These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few words. It’s must read Android.
Judge leaks M8 release date. Wait, what?
The judge presiding over a Nokia vs HTC lawsuit in England wrote in a filing that Nokia estimated HTC would release the successor of the HTC One as early as February 2014. HTC’s lawyers didn’t disagree. So if you look forward to the release of a new HTC phone, that seems the safest bet.
What else we (think we) know about the next HTC One? It will have a 5-inch screen and a design that is similar to the current One. Expect more leaks over the next weeks.
It’s just the first week of December, and the rumors related to the Galaxy S5 are already coming in fast and hard. As usual, we have an assortment of shady leaks and speculation, but slowly we begin to make an idea of what’s ahead.
A new report added credence to the theory that Samsung is going metal for the next iteration of its hero series. A benchmark listing gave us an idea of the possible specs, while a report from Korean media talked about the other devices coming along the Galaxy S5 in Q1 2014.
All the reviewers agreed – the camera on the Nexus 5 was inconsistent at best, and the app itself was a slow, unintuitive mess. But the pleas of disappointed Nexus users didn’t fall on deaf ears. With Android 4.4.1, Google made the Nexus 5 camera faster and better, by improving autofocus speeds and tweaking the software to make images pop a little more. The app is now clearly faster, and Google promised changes are coming to the user interface.
Smaller changes, mostly bug fixes, came to the other Nexus devices.
While OEMs are taking their sweet time updating their devices to the latest version of Android, the CyanogenMod team is already pushing out CM11 nightlies for a number of popular smartphones and tablets.
Cyanogen started with the M1 milestone releases for all the actively supported Nexus devices and nightly builds for the HTC One, Galaxy S3, and the G2. More devices are coming, and stable releases can’t be far.
With winter taking over the northern hemisphere, it’s time to make yourself a hot cocoa, fire up the Play Store, and look up some great music, movies or apps. And just in time, Google released updates to its Play Store offerings.
The Play Store now has better social integration and app recommendations from friends, the Play Music app finally lets you store songs on the SD card, and Play Movies now lets you get your HD movies in SD format, for quicker downloads.
Just like with the other devices, you’ll have to manually install the KOT49E build on your Nexus 10 after downloading it (see Source link below). With the Nexus 10, you’ll have to be running its own stock ROM to move Android 4.4.1 – in this case it’s version KRT16S.
Obviously, we’re not recommending that you go forward with the procedure no matter whether you’re comfortable upgrading the software manually or not, and we’ll remind you that you’re the only person responsible for whatever happens with your tablet during the process.
Samsung has posted a short video teaser on its Taiwan YouTube channel in which in hints a new Galaxy handset may be launched in the region on December 9.
Entitled “Just for you,” the 20-second video clip teases a smartphone that’s “just fit,” “just simple,” “just elegant,” “just fast,” and therefore “just for you.”
The extensive use of the letter J may indicate that we’re looking at the Galaxy J here, which could be launched officially in the region on December 9, at 1:00 PM – the time is taken from the Galaxy Gear that’s also briefly shown at the beginning of the video (related to the “just fit” part).
But there’s also more evidence pointing in that direction, as Engadget has discovered around the 8-second mark “a small inscription on the lower-right side of the phone: SC-02F, which is the model number for the Galaxy J:”
The Galaxy J is a Samsung smartphone exclusive to Japan, featuring a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD support, 13-megapixel camera with OIS and 2600mAh battery.
We first reported on the arrival of the Android Device Manager a few months ago. Personally, I’ve used it more times than I can count when I’m trying to find my misplaced phone or tablet that may or may not have slipped in between a few cushions on our couch. However, asides from being great at finding misplaced Android devices, it also can double as a theft deterrent device, enabling you to locate, lock, and even wipe your device remotely should you need to do so. Of course, you need to first make sure this is set-up properly, so let’s take a look at how it is done.
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The AndroidPIT forum is busy bouncing between Android news, questions, predictions, rants, faves and raves, and completely unrelated stuff to soothe your aching gray matter when all those spec sheets, app permissions and update schedules get to be a bit too much.
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October was a great month for Android fans, with the official announcement of Android 4.4 Kitkat and the subsequent launch of the Nexus 5. As always, the updated Android OS introduces a host of new features and enhancements, that allow for a smoother and faster experience.
Today, we’ll be taking a look at some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Nexus 5!
Since the Nexus 5 runs stock Android , albeit with the Google Experience Launcher, some of these tips aren’t only particular to this device, but to Android 4.4 Kitkat. Granted, it may be a while before a lot of us see the latest of flavor of the OS on our devices, but if you have a Nexus smartphone or tablet, you should definitely check them out. Let’s get started!
#1 Lock Screen Quick Camera
The first tip doesn’t even require unlocking your device. To access the camera quickly, hence “Quick Camera,” all you need to do is put your finger on the camera icon on the lock screen, and swipe left to open the camera interface.
#2 Take Better Photos
The Nexus 5 camera has received its fair share of flak, and even with an update to Android 4.4.1 to improve camera performance (check out our review of the update here), so here’s a tip on how to take better photos using the Nexus 5. While the camera is good in decently lit situations, for better quality snaps in dim lighting, you may want to set the camera to HDR (High Dynamic Range) for non-motion shots. Make sure you update to Android 4.4.1, as the camera is improved quite substantially.
As you may know, HDR combines two images that are taken at lower and higher exposures, allowing for a picture that is more saturated, high-contrast, and rich in color. You can find out more about HDR photography here.
#3 Default SMS Application
One of the much-talked about features in the integration of SMS in Google Hangouts, with this feature being pre-configured in the Nexus 5. While many may find this useful, there are some who prefer a separate SMS application. If you fall in the latter group, this option is available as well.
You need to go to Settings -> More (under Wireless and Networks) -> Default SMS app. In that menu, you can pick the option that you wish to choose. Since the Nexus 5 doesn’t include a separate SMS app, you’ll need to download a third-party app from the Google Play Store.
#4 Quick Settings
Quick Settings is a very useful trick that was introduced with Android Jelly Bean, but is often unknown to users and overlooked. Sliding down from the top of the screen with one finger opens the notification center, but if you do so with two fingers, you can directly open the Quick Settings and Toggles menu.
#5 Business Look-Up
Instead of doing a Google Search to find the phone number of a local business, you can now do so directly from the Dialer. Using the search bar at the top, you can find the number of any local businesses such as restaurants, stores, and more. This also cross references with the Caller ID. So when you receive a call from an unknown number, Google looks up the number and when applicable, matches it with a local business.
#6 OK Google Voice Settings
We know that saying “OK Google” while on your homescreen opens up Google Now. Keep in mind that this only works if the language is set to US English. To enable this, go to Settings -> Language & Input -> Voice Speech (under the Speech section) -> Language. In the Language options, tap English, and then choose English (US). Now you can go back to your homescreen and say “OK Google” to activate voice search automatically.
#7 GPS Location Data Settings
It seems like more and more applications require GPS Location data to function properly, but keeping GPS enabled all the time also drains the battery quickly. Battery Saving GPS Mode minimises the number of reference points used to obtain your exact location, and reduces the amount of power required. To enable this, go to Settings -> Location -> Mode, and choose Battery Saving. You can also directly access Location settings from the Quick Settings menu (see #4).
#8 Lock Screen Controls
When the phone is locked and you’re listening to Google Play Music, Play Movies, or using Chromecast, you can press and hold the Pause button to skip ahead, or rewind the media.
#9 Developmental Feature – ART
With Android 4.4 Kitkat, users get to user ART(Android Runtime) for the first time, to replace the aging Dalvik. ART uses ahead-of-time compilation, which means that your apps are compiled in a ready-to-run state after the first time you install them. The end result is that ART launches apps much faster, and without the lag issues that are sometimes found in Dalvik.
For now, you can enable and test it out, although not every application currently works. To enable this, go to Settings -> About Phone, and tap the build number section multiple times until it says “you are a developer.” Now go back to Settings -> Developer Options -> Runtime, and choose ART. You can check out the difference in speed between ART and Dalvik here. ART is a developmental feature, and will certainly see marked improvements with future versions of Android.
#10 Background Process Stats
In the same Developer Options menu mentioned above, you can also find Process Stats. It shows you the background applications and background processes, and is a great tool to show you what the device is actually running.
Don’t forget to share your favorite tips and tricks for the Nexus 5 in the comments section below!
Kernel source and other OSS portions ready for third-party developers
If you're looking to have a go at OS and kernel development for the Moto G, everything you need (well, everything that's open-source anyway) is now available from Motorola's SourceForge page.
You'll find the source files for the kernel as well as other essential and GPL portions of the system, and a nice set of instructions about how to get it all to compile. Most of us won't have a need for these, but I have a feeling that the best budget phone on the planet will see some serious development, simply because it is so accessible.