Posts tagged with: Android 4.4
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    Every smartphone has a camera in it these days. That camera may be great, or it may be mediocre -- sometimes it might even be laughable. What happens once you get the pictures on your smartphone? Most of the time they just sit there. Now, thanks to the new Android 4.4 KitKat photo editor, your pictures not only look good, you can do all kinds of cool stuff with them. Let's take a look at a couple of less-than-perfect pictures, and see how to turn them into something amazing. KitKat Photo Editor Nicolas Roard and his team have been working on the new AOSP Android KitKat Gallery app for ...

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    Wireless carriers have a great thing going for them. We all need their services if we want to get online with our smartphones outside the WiFi-shrouded comforts of our homes and offices, and so we pay through the nose each month in order to access a sliver of the RF spectrum (which is already a publicly owned good, but that's another rant). The sheer amount of power they've been able to wield as a result has been nothing short of detrimental to the mobile industry, as I've recently written about at some length. But there's hope! Over the past week, we've seen Android 4.4 go official, and ...

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    The Motorola Moto Maker is making its way, reportedly, to T-Mobile, allowing future customers to get the exact color option that they want for their Moto X. However, those who already own a Moto X on Magenta, and are feeling brave and adventurous, might want to check out this leaked Android 4.4 KitKat build for the phone. You'll have to have an unlocked boot loader in order to flash this bit, but, you should also read through the thread for feedback and impressions, because it really looks like a mixed bag. You can find all the instructions you need at the source; some issues with calls ...

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    If you're one of the few to reside in a market where both Google's Nexus 5 and Motorola's Moto X occupy store shelves, consider yourself lucky: you've got access to two of the best Android smartphones the world has ever known. But as always, there's a dark side to that kind of luck. Because if you're in the market for a new smartphone, you're stuck with a pretty tough choice between these two capable rivals. In a world where "Nexus" doesn't mean what it once did, Motorola calls itself "a Google company," and phones with top-tier processors go for $349 off-contract, how can you trust ...

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    If you've noticed something different about the Nexus 5, compared to Nexus devices in the past, you're not alone. While the Nexus 4 put on a new facade, it was still essentially an Optimus G under its skin – a fact taken advantage of by modders interested in activating its dormant LTE support. But this Nexus 5 – while still based on an LG model – takes some much greater liberties, and ultimately feels more like a device that exists in its own right. The Verge recently sat down with some Android bigwigs to learn just how they designed this model the way they did, and hear about some ...

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    I can't quite say when it started, but for the past couple years or so, I've been hearing the same sentiment repeated over and over: developing markets are key to where smartphones are going next. Budget devices are where the money's at. The next smartphone giant will be the one to dominate low-to-mid-end sales. As often as the idea's come up, it doesn't really feel like anyone's truly taken advantage of it. Sure, we've been seeing more and more devices from a number of manufacturers that attempt to tackle these markets, but no one OEM has really emerged as the king of the budget space; in ...

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    Android 4.4 KitKat is literally days old, so how can you get it on your Android-powered smartphone or tablets? Luckily, Google released the code into the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and developers have been working non-stop to bring the latest goodness to otherwise unsupported devices. Are you feeling a little daring and want to give KitKat a try on your device? If so, here's what you'll need to do: 0. Assume the risk Doing this sort of thing could render your device useless -- or awesome -- but don't continue unless you're willing to assume the risk. 1. Prerequisites Next, you'll ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent BlackBerry shake-up, which includes a new CEO, and more funding. Samsung is next as we talk about their smartphone strategy plans for 2014. Nokia follows the news as we go through their future 8-inch tablet project. Then the Google Nexus takes the spotlight as we go through our unboxing, our giveaway, and some probable reports of another Nexus tablet. We end today's show talking about the Moto G event, and the future of the wooden Moto X. All this and more after the break. - Google Nexus 5 Giveaway: Stories: - No BlackBerry buyout: ...

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    Last year's Nexus 4 was a great Android, but the smartphone wasn't without its flaws: the excessive use of glass was damage-prone, storage maxed-out at 16GB, and the phone's battery struggled to keep the handset powered. With the Nexus 5 we've seen Google take a few steps to avoid some of those issues, but the question of the phone's battery life remained; even with the slightly larger 2300mAh component this time around, and the power efficiency of the Snapdragon 800, would the Nexus 5 outdo its predecessor, or fall victim to the same middling battery life? As you've seen, the first Nexus ...

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    For a whole lot of people, using smartphones means sharing. We share status updates, private messages, photos, videos, and more on a daily basis. When we want to share something we're doing in an app, like maybe a high score or other achievement, Android offers a very handy built-in screenshot ability. Over the past several days, we've been learning more and more about the new features arriving in Android 4.4, and the latest to grab our attention is a big expansion on this existing screenshot functionality, now allowing phones to directly record video of their screen contents. The base ...

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    Take a look at the homescreen on your smartphone. I don't care who makes it or what OS its running, they all share this similarity. It's not just today's phones, tablet's suffer the same malady -- and they're not alone. Even from the days when our phones weren't "smart", they all had one thing in common -- one thing that we don't need, at least not all the time: status indicators. That's right, those icons that are across the top of almost every screen on your phone or tablet take up a dozen or so pixels in height that you can't use for anything else. Until recently I thought they were a ...

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    We're still learning about all the goodies included with Google's latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat. Google touched on a couple of software features but probably the most interesting one, if you're a fan of taking and manipulating pictures, is the non-destructive photo editor. Google's own Nicolas Roard is making a short demo in the video below showing off the potential of the editor. We're looking at filters, effects, adjustments, and even reframing -- as a concept, similar to Nokia's Camera app. The editor will be included in the Android KitKat Gallery, as well as AOSP, so as long as ...

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    Android 4.4 KitKat is the long-awaited upgrade to Google's Android operating systems for smartphones and tablets. Although it doesn't bring huge changes like many of us had hoped, the modifications are elegant and profound. Finally, the waiting is over, and Kitkat has been officially released, but unless you already have a Nexus 5 in hand, you probably don't have it. Luckily there are some builds out there that you can put on your own device, like we did with our Nexus 4, to get the KitKat experience there. Hit the play button, and let's go hands-on with Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 4. ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's positive growth in the US market, and what this means to Windows Phone as a platform. Then we talk about Android 4.4 KitKat, and some new security features that spell danger for those wanting to root it. HTC is up next as the company gives us all the good and bad news about their Android 4.4 update. We then talk about the Google Nexus 5 and our giveaway to one lucky winner next week. We end today's show by talking about the iPad Air, and its performance on the first day of retail. All this and more after the break. Nexus 5 Giveaway ...

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    There's an interesting relationship that plays out between Android security and Android openness. This shouldn't be surprising, since device security is based around the notion of “preventing certain things from happening,” and it's difficult to achieve both that and offer unfettered do-as-you-please access to the system. As a result, we get a balancing act between the two, and sometimes that means needing to choose sides, like a tool that exploits security holes, yet gives users the root access they're after. With Android 4.4 now arriving, that balance could start shifting, as we get ...

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    If you've found yourself frustrated by all the disparate messaging apps you need to keep up with on your Android phone, yesterday's Android 4.4 launch probably came as great news to you, integrating text messages sent through your wireless carrier with your chats in Google's Hangouts app. For others, though, it didn't go quite far enough, and users of Google Voice were left a little let-down, with Voice SMS not getting the same Hangouts support. Why can't two Google services just play nicely together? Luckily, rather than leave us hanging, Google's Nikhyl Singhal took to Google+ to explain ...

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    How tolerant are you of ads on your smartphone? We put up with them in free apps, and on mobile websites, because – well – somebody's got to pay the bills, and living with advertisements here and there helps keep our mobile experiences both content-rich and affordable. But is there a line that maybe shouldn't be crossed, where advertisements start encroaching on really basic, essential, phone system-level stuff? We're wondering about that today, after seeing evidence that suggests ads may be coming to the new KitKat dialer in Android 4.4. As you might know by now, Google's really ...

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    We may still have a number of weeks to go before Google makes with some official release of Android 4.4 for the Neuxs 4, Nexus 7, and the other Nexus models that will be seeing support for the software, but since the KitKat code has already been pushed to the Android Open Source Project, some independent developers have been rushing to give us an early taste of this latest Android build. If you've got a Nexus 4, and don't mind doing a little bit of flashing, you can get started playing with this AOSP-based Android 4.4 ROM before Google's own release drops. ClockworkMod is the recommended ...

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    Click this link to join the hangout!   Topic There's no doubt about it: yesterday's news was probably the most important for the tech world, whether your a fan or not of certain brand, and anticipated, by many enthusiasts. After a marathon of leaks, rumors, and alike, Google finally decided to make the announcement. We thought, and maybe some others too, that it will be a real event; instead, Google just went with a silent announcement, a Press Release-only thing, just like last year (but back in 2012 a hurricane had a lot to do with it). We'll talk about the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the FAA, and how they've finally changed their flight rules to allow the use of mobile devices through a full flight, even though the airlines now have to change their procedures to match it. Nokia is next as we talk about their patent lawsuit against HTC, and how this could ban the HTC One in the UK. Rumors of a Nokia Lumia 525 are back, for those of you who remember project Glee. Verizon is next as we have leaked renders of an Ellipsis 7 tablet. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 5, the official launch, and what to expect ...

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    In the last month and a half, we have come face to face with major updates to the three most popular mobile operating systems: first iOS 7, then Windows Phone 8 Update 3, and now Android 4.4 KitKat. The question we're left wondering, however, is: which of these major updates is the most innovative, warranted, and necessary? That's no easy question to answer. Each update brought dozens of new features and capabilities to each platform, both in terms of hardware and software. We've parsed all the change logs and broken down each update into several different categories.   Hardware ...

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    After far too much speculation, lots of waiting, and a surprise name-change in the middle of things, Android 4.4 KitKat is official. It's not the huge card-based UI overhaul that we thought it might be, and it doesn't introduce a Pie-like launcher, but it is filled with sweet goodness. So, sit back and let's break off a piece of that KitKat bar OS and see what new KitKat features Android 4.4 brings. Tighter Google Now integration We've been asking for tighter integration with Google Now since we first saw it. Android 4.4 KitKat finally brings that. Similar to the Moto X, Android ...

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    Say goodbye to the waiting, goodbye to the rumors, goodbye to the speculation; after months and months of waiting, with October just about to give way to November, Google has finally gone official with the Nexus 5, ushering-in the era of Android 4.4 KitKat along with it. Just like last year (following the Sandy cancellation), there's no grand event, no big media circus: just a simple blog announcement and placing the phone in the Google Play Store. So, just what do we have here? It's not like there was much we didn't know about the Nexus 5 by now, but for those of you who have been ...

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    The Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 launches should be just hours away, if the latest (and very loud) rumors have finally got it right. While that makes it tempting to just sit back and wait for official word to arrive, we've still got some more last-minute leaks to check out, and after word of that Android 4.4 cloud backup business, we're hearing a bit more about what to expect from the platform. The big news could be a new way to use NFC, no longer relying on the “secure element” in NFC chips to conduct mobile payments. It's access to this element that carriers used to block deployment of ...

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    You ever get that feeling that everyone has a certain phone, except you? The Nexus 5 hasn't even launched yet, but from all the leaks we've been seeing, it's pretty clear that there are a whole lot of them out there already, teasing away at us. As we wait for Google to flip the switch on this baby, reports on the handset continue to pile up, one of the most recent of which taking the form of an AMA on Reddit. In the course of the discussion, we got to learn a little more about Android 4.4, and it sounds like there could be a big new cloud backup feature. While you can already sync your ...

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