Posts tagged with: Android 4.3
  • by | July 26, 2013 10:48 AM

    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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  • by | July 25, 2013 9:00 PM

    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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  • by | July 25, 2013 6:59 PM

    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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  • by | July 25, 2013 10:52 AM

    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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  • by | July 24, 2013 9:00 PM

    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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  • by | July 24, 2013 6:18 PM

    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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  • by | July 24, 2013 4:41 PM

    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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  • by | July 24, 2013 3:37 PM

    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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  • by | July 24, 2013 12:39 PM

    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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  • by | July 23, 2013 7:22 AM

    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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  • by | July 22, 2013 4:07 PM

    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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  • by | July 19, 2013 9:00 PM

    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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  • by | July 19, 2013 4:44 PM

    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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  • by | July 18, 2013 9:00 PM

    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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  • by | July 18, 2013 11:11 AM

    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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