Posts tagged with: Android 4.4
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    For the past week now, we've been telling you about some of the new stuff that's arriving with Android 4.4, already running on the new Nexus 5, the handsets of some custom ROM aficionados, and hopefully coming soon for the rest of us. Not everything about the KitKat experience is necessarily so tied to the platform, and we're seeing Google update a few of its apps to bring some of this new stuff to users still on previous Android builds. There's a new Hangouts in the Play Store today, implementing the SMS integration that's been so hyped. If you're running ICS or later, you'll be able to ...

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    Contest Update: We're in contact with the winner (Luca from Austria) and are in the process of shipping his Nexus 5 to him. Thanks to everyone who participated in our Nexus 5 giveaway! You know the old saying: sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug. Sometimes you're the Louisville Slugger, sometimes you're the ball. Sometimes you're a radio champ, sometimes you make a 90-minute podcast based entirely on leaks and rumors, only to have the subject of those rumors officially unveiled just hours later. Life's rough. Well, this week we're looking to correct that bit of poor ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Nokia Lumia 1520 reaching AT&T very soon at a very interesting price point. Samsung follows the news as we go through their plans for foldable displays, 4K displays and their custom CPUs for 2014 and 2015. We later talk about Microsoft's possible shortlist for their next CEO. Apple follows in the news, this time because apparently the company has increased production of the iPhone 5S and changed the supplier for the 5C. We end today's show talking about Android 4.4 KitKat reaching other smartphones and already being tested. All this ...

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    Google's ASUS-made Nexus 7 is one of the hottest tablets out there, and for users in the United States, Verizon offers some of the best LTE coverage around. With this year's Nexus 7 launching with an LTE option, the two seemed like a perfect match – until you try to go an activate the Nexus 7 with Verizon. Users attempting such feats have been met with frustration, with Verizon appearing either unwilling or unable to set up new service – on the other hand, moving an existing Verizon LTE SIM over to the Nexus 7 worked like a charm. We've been waiting for the carrier to get around to ...

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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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