Posts tagged with: Android 4.3
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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the much-expected Nokia RX-114 tablet reaching the FCC, along with Nokia's first phablet, the Lumia 1520. We then talk about the leaked displays of the HTC Butterfly 2, and what to expect from this device. Sony is next as we've got some press renders that point to a smaller, but still powerful, Xperia Z1f. Google follows the news as we've got the company selling apps on vending machines in Japan. We end today's show talking about Android 4.3, and when we expect it to reach your device. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia tablet ...

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    Last week, both Android and iOS underwent changes. Android turned five-years-old, which we paid tribute to here, and iOS 7 officially received a major face-lift. (We also paid tribute to that with an extensive walkthrough, which you can find here.) In their most recent forms, both platforms look totally different from their original versions. What better time to compare them than now? We put both platforms under the microscope and compared them in design, functionality, user friendliness, ecosystem, and performance. Which one comes out on top? Well, we wouldn't want to spoil that for you, ...

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    Android 4.3's been out for two months by now, and 4.4 KitKat looms just over the horizon. So, when are we going to start seeing more phones make the update? We've been talking about a 4.3 update hitting the HTC One for a while now, and saw just such a ROM leak. That's well and good, but what about an official release? HTC's been talking a little about its timetable, as we hear about distribution getting underway in Taiwan. That 4.3 update sure seems to be hitting One handsets in HTC's homeland, weighing-in as a hefty 512MB download. The release keeps the phone on Sense 5.0, but introduces ...

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    Earlier this summer we saw Canonical take the ambitious step of attempting to crowdfund the production of a smartphone, its Ubuntu Edge. While the project ended up setting some crowdfunding records, it fell seriously short of its $32M target, and as a result, won't be getting manufactured. That was a big disappointment to backers, but even if the project failed, it still demonstrated that there was some significant support out there. Now we're hearing about another group trying to succeed where Canonical failed, starting the crowdfunding for their own Quasar IV handset. The Quasar's big ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Snapdragon 800, which is now slated for Europe in the next coming weeks. Then we go through the Microsoft Surface 2 and the new features that it'll include. We later shift focus to BlackBerry and their status as a company in the next coming months. We then talk about a new prototype of the iPhone being tested with a larger display. Verizon is next as pre-orders of the Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Gear have begun. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Galaxy Gear and its compatibility with other smartphones. ...

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    HTC's One Max phablet has been leaking in various forms for months now, and while HTC has yet to go official with this baby, we've already hear a considerable bit about the handset. Today, the most recent One Max rumors to make the rounds go into a little extra detail about the hardware and software configuration with which the Android could arrive. Like, remember that fingerprint scanner to surface on a leaked image? There's no mention of such a feature in this leaked spec breakdown, calling into question its existence (which was already pretty shaky to begin with). As for software, this ...

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    Software updates are on their way for users of Nexus devices. Android build JWR66Y started going out a little earlier this week, and is followed by JSS15Q for the new Nexus 7. The official release notes (especially for JWR66Y) are pretty light on details, so what's Google changing here? A quick look at the AOSP offers us some insight into exactly what's new. The big news is that JSS15Q for the new Nexus 7 fixes the tablet's issues with multi-touch performance, which we've mentioned earlier. The reason this device gets its own update is because these last-minute Nexus 7 fixes may not prove ...

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    Samsung may not be the best company this year when it comes to updating any of their last-year smartphones with Android 4.2.2, and we're sure that many of you holding a Galaxy S III or a Galaxy Note II understand this level of frustration, but still, there's no denying that the company is doing a good job in launching each new smartphone with the latest version of Android. We've seen it with ever smartphone that they've launched since last year, and if they keep that trend, that should mean good news for the Galaxy Note III. Samsung's press event to launch their new iteration to the Galaxy ...

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    When I first got my original Nexus 7, I loved it. Over time, however, it got slower and slower. As it turns out, I wasn't alone. These tablets that started out snappy got gradually slower over time, until they were almost painful to use. Then Android 4.3 came along, and much of that slowness went away. Why? Google sneaked in a feature that's slowly helping restore my sanity: Android TRIM support. Let's get some terminology and technology out of the way. When you think about how computers store files, you probably picture a hard drive (HDD), a rotating set of platters that stores data ...

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    It's not too difficult to argue that the Moto X is part of an important new direction for the company, a direction that's finally being guided by its relationship with Google. Ever since talk of an acquisition was first on the table we've been hearing the message that in spite of this association, Motorola Mobility wouldn't just become Google's smartphone manufacturing arm, and would continue to act independently in many respects. We're reminded again of this divide today, after hearing Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside explain why the Moto X is shipping with Android 4.2.2, rather than the ...

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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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