Posts tagged with: Android 4.3
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    Android 4.3 may not have arrived with much in the way of big-name new features, but it did introduce the eagerly awaited support for low-power Bluetooth Smart accessories. By all accounts, this should have made Android Bluetooth support better than ever before, but as more and more users start upgrading to the new build, we're hearing about a number of them who have discovered that their Bluetooth keyboards no longer function properly in Android 4.3. The issue seems to manifest as users being able to successfully connect to and pair their keyboard with the Android device, but then keyboard ...

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    Android 4.3 is still very new and some Nexus owners are probably still waiting to get their update OTA (you don't have to wait, by the way). Owners of other devices may have to wait a while before the latest flavor of Jelly Bean arrives on their handsets. In the meantime, some security methods have changed, and there may be some valid reasons why you don't want to root Android 4.3 -- not yet anyway. Android 4.3 introduces some new security features. Without getting into the technical details (of which there is a lot of misinformation floating around), put simply, the changes make your ...

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    Android 4.3 wasn't announced all that long ago, and it's still making its way across the internet to update phones and tablets over the air. Some of us hoped we'd see some mention of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie when Android 4.3 was announced, but we didn't -- or did we? On the surface, Android 4.3, "a sweeter flavor of Jelly Bean", could easily be mistaken for any other version of Jelly Bean. However, a lot has changed under the hood. What's new? What has been improved? And what does this tell us about Key Lime Pie? Let's dive right in! Multi-user support with restricted profiles If you're ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Android 4.3, some hidden features discovered, and we also walk you through how to get it early on your Nexus device. The Samsung Galaxy Note III is next as it seems that Samsung is still not sure of what screen size they'll provide on it. The Sony Honami is next as it now gets compared to the Xperia Z and they do seem very much a like. Steve Ballmer takes the stage next as he states his disappointment over the Surface RT and the lack of sales of Windows 8. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 7 hitting retail stores a couple of ...

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    Android 4.2 introduced support for multiple user profiles, and while that was great for tablet users, a similar feature didn't arrive for Android smartphones. Last fall, there was a rumor going around that Nokia might be to blame for this decision, upon the discovery of a Nokia patent outlying just such a system for phones, but not necessarily tablets. With the release of Android 4.3 and its new multi-user enhancements, this disparity is once again in the public eye, but this time we get some useful insight from Google as to what's really holding it back. Google's Dan Morrill took to ...

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    Android 4.3 was announced and released earlier this week with an OTA update promised to start rolling out immediately. Like many of you, I still haven't gotten my OTA update, and I'm getting antsy. Luckily, Google has released the system images for all the Nexus devices that support Android 4.3, and with just a little bit of tech-know-how, you're on your way. Here is how to get Android 4.3 on your Nexus today! How-to get Android 4.3 The first thing you'll want to do is backup anything that you don't want to lose, this process will return your Nexus 7 to factory defaults. After that, ...

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    Back in May, during a Google I/O event, we heard Google discuss the idea of giving users more finely-grained control over app permissions, letting you install an app but selectively block certain access, like refusing to let a game with no apparent need read your text messages. We'd seen CyanogenMod experiment with something like that in the past, but it ultimately backed away due to technical issues and developer opposition. Would Google actually follow-through on the idea? With Android 4.3 now here, users have discovered that such a framework has already been put in place. The hidden ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about some more launch-date plans for the LG G2, which you already assumed after so many leaks. Then let's continue with Samsung as it seems that the Galaxy Note III won't have the fingerprint scanner after all. More rumors of a Nokia 6-inch phablet resurface and we hope it's great. We later talk about the Consumer Reports verdict on the camera of the Nokia Lumia 1020, which we don't agree with. We end today's show talking about the Samsung, HTC and Sony plans for upgrading their smartphone line-up to Android 4.3. All this and more after the break. ...

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    One of the new features Google introduced with the launch of Android 4.2 was its Photo Sphere, an extension of the normal sort of 360-degree panoramic shot, breaking free of that 2D plane and capturing a full sphere of imagery surrounding the photographer. It was fun when it worked, but its ambitious capabilities also could bite it in the foot, making neatly stitching together scenes a chore at times. That's why we're excited to learn of improvements present in the Android 4.3 Photo Sphere release, just detailed on Google+ by Photo Sphere Project Manager Evan Rapoport. Thankfully, the ...

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    You knew this discussion was coming: with yesterday's formal launch of Android 4.3, all you Android users with non-Nexus devices are wondering both if your hardware will be seeing 4.3 updates of its own, and when such updates might actually become available. It's still quite early, so not everyone's talking, or even giving much detail, but we have heard from a few OEMs about what they've been thinking. Let's start with a company that's actually committing to something: Sony has confirmed that it will release Android 4.3 updates for its Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's quarter results and how these vary significant to last year's. We later go through the HTC Zara once more as we've now got some leaked specifications. Android 4.3 is next as Google has finally announced it in their breakfast with Sundar Pichai. Later it's all about the Chromecast and some rumors on the Nexus 10. We end today's show talking about Google's Nexus 7 for 2013, which definitely is the tablet most of us have been waiting for. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple Q3 numbers: 31.2 million iPhones, 14.6 iPads sold ...

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    Some companies just know what they're doing. Have you ever faced a situation where a product is just such a no-brainer, which you have to have it even if you don't need it? The reason why I mention the word need is because if it's a product you need, then it's really tough to call it a no-brainer. Need is something easy to serve for a customer. If you're in college and there's a specific book you need for a class, you could say the product has a guaranteed market regardless of what it is. Desire is a very different ball game. For a product to be desirable, surely it has to satisfy a need, ...

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    When the original Nexus 7 was announced, I was eager to get my hands on it. I already owned the Motorola Xoom -- the very first "official" Android tablet, and felt that it was simply too big to be practical. The Nexus 7, in its compact shell, just felt better in-hand. Sure, the screen isn't as big, but it's not supposed to be. This device is meant to go with you, rather than lugged around behind you. I love my old Nexus 7, but I can't wait to get the new Nexus 7. Over the time that I've used it, I've become aware of some of the old Nexus 7's shortcomings. Android 4.1 ran like a champ, but ...

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    Android 4.3 is upon us. It's no game-changer by any means, but it still has a number of interesting things to offer, and any Android fan worth his or her salt is going to be itching to try out this latest build. Google announced that updates would be on their way for the Nexus 4, old Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and the GSM Galaxy Nexus, but at least here in the US, tapping away at the "Check now" button on a Nexus 4, we haven't seen any arrive just yet. We know it should only be a matter of hours, but if you just can't wait, some Android 4.3 factory images have hit Google's Android Developers site. ...

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    The new Nexus 7 isn't the only Android news out of today's Google event, and alongside the new tablet, Google has just launched the new Android 4.3. We've been seeing this build pop up in leak after leak over the past few weeks, wondering when it would finally go official. Sure enough, it's shipping on the new Nexus 7, and updates to the original Nexus 7, as well as the 10, 4, and Galaxy Nexus are on their way out today. Google Play edition models will get it "soon," but there's no hard ETA. So, what's new? Well, there's the new Bluetooth support we've been looking forward to, supporting ...

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    Android 4.3 has been teasing us for the last several months. We originally thought this build may be the mythical "Key Lime Pie" release, but as we've gotten more information, it looks like it's just "another flavor of Jelly Bean". Finally we're starting to see leaks, and in those leaks we're beginning to get a picture of what's included in the next version of Android. A few builds have surfaced for the Nexus 4, and we've managed to get our hands on a couple. Watch as we go hands-on with the Nexus 4 and see what's new in Android 4.3. 1. Auto-complete in the Dialer These are, after all, ...

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    We've been seeing a fantastic amount of info concerning this year's hardware refresh of the Nexus 7 tablet turn up lately. That's started to include some official-looking press renders of the tablet, and earlier today we saw its appearance in a leaked retailer circular. In those, the wallpaper displayed matched what we're used to from the Nexus 10; that's led to a few questions about Google's M.O. for launches, since especially if we're seeing Android 4.3 arrive with this guy, we'd expect to see it get a new, fresh-looking wallpaper. Ask and ye shall receive, for this latest round of new ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Moto X event finally becoming a reality on August 1st. Nokia's Lumia 521 is next, as it may not be hot in specs or features, but it sure is hot for its $100 price tag on T-Mobile. New Nexus 7 leaks show hardware details, and another look at Android 4.3 on the Nexus 4 show significant improvements in performance. VLC for the iPhone and iPad is next, as Apple has finally approved it again, but hurry up and download it before Apple changes its mind. We end today's show talking about Sony's new idea of bringing their Alpha department together ...

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    For all the rumors about Android 4.3, the leaks that have surfaced in recent weeks, and the hope that it's nearly about to go official, it's been difficult at times to get particularly excited about this release. Maybe it's because so many of us are still thinking about Key Lime Pie and Android 5.0, or because the feature set we know of for Android 4.3 – things like enhanced Bluetooth support and some updated Google apps – aren't the most attractive. Well, here's at least one reason to be anxious for Android 4.3 updates to finally arrive: evidence of faster phone performance. We know, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about LG's confirmation that the G2 is coming soon, and that they're dropping the "Optimus" name. Android 4.3 makes the headlines next as it was spotted running on a Google Nexus 4. The Nexus 7 is next as leaked photos and video show us how the tablet will look when it gets announced, hopefully next week. Apple takes the spotlight next as their new patent points to a full display that's capable of fingerprint scanning. We end today's show talking about the launch of the HTC One mini, and what this means for HTC fans. All this and more after the ...

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    With that Google event scheduled for next week, and following all the leaks we've seen so far, there's a decent chance that Android 4.3 is about to go official. While we already had that 4.3 ROM ripped from a Google Play edition Galaxy S 4 to play with, it may soon be time for Nexus 4 owners to have a chance to check out the latest Android themselves, with the discovery of another of the handsets running Android 4.3. But haven't we already seen 4.3 on a Nexus 4? Sure, in pictures, but this time there's access to the software. As the story goes, the owner supposedly bought the handset from ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recently leaked renders of a possible red Nokia Lumia 1020, and the carrier it might be going to. Then we talk about the Nokia phablet that's been rumored for the last couple of months, and you won't like the news about it. The future Nexus 7 is next as it seems that it might become more expensive in its future iteration. Verizon's Motorola Droid Ultra takes the spotlight next as it seems they might get announced next week. We end today's show talking about the Google event scheduled for next week as well, and what we might get from it. ...

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    Ever since Google I/O, we've been wondering when Google might get around to all the announcements that didn't happen: a new Nexus tablet, maybe the Moto X, and Android 4.3. While it's not quite a lock, Google just began distributing invitations to an event next week that sure has the trappings of an Android-related announcement. Google invites the press to attend breakfast with Sundar Pichai next Wednesday, July 24. Of course, when you ask a bunch of tech journalists to come around and hang out with the head of Android, the subject matter is bound to extend beyond crullers, and with a ...

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    Our apology for the delay in today's upload due to technical difficulties. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the HTC One mini an a teaser that the company has already made public. The HTC One max is next as reports claim that the device will be launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note III. The Sony Honami takes the spotlight next as some debates have surged over its camera sensor. We later talk about the leaked video of the BlackBerry A10. We end today's show talking about the leaked Rogers video of the Moto X, but more specifically due to the new version of Android being ...

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    Last week's leak of an apparent Android 4.3 ROM has become the source for a whole wave of news revealing features Google's added to this latest build of its mobile platform. Today, we back away from that a little, as while we do have word of some possible new Android 4.3 functionality, this time the news comes to us by means of a slightly different path. Some code recently posted on the Linux Foundation Labs site appears to reveal new functionality for the default Android launcher. Beyond simply listing all your apps alphabetically, there are signs that Google may be letting users display ...

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