Posts tagged with: KitKat
  • by | April 16, 2014 7:26 PM

    "Once we’ve got the 3D pose of each photo, we compute the depth of each pixel in the reference photo using Multi-View Stereo algorithms. MVS works the way human stereo vision does: given the location of the same object in two different images, we can triangulate the 3D position of the object and compute the distance to it. How do we figure out which pixel in one image corresponds to a pixel in another image? MVS measures how similar they are -- on mobile devices, one particularly simple and efficient way is computing the Sum of Absolute Differences (SAD) of the RGB colors of the two ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 11:34 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the AT&T announcement of the Galaxy S5 for pre-orders, along with the Samsung Gear line-up as well. Then we talk about HTC and its countdown to the announcement of the All New HTC One. The we go through the rumors of a new build of Android 4.4 KitKat. Amazon follows the news as we go through more rumors of a possible smartphone. We end today's show by going through the rumors of Christian Bale possibly playing Steve Jobs in the Sony biopic. All this and more after the break. Stories: - AT&T announces start to Galaxy S5 pre-orders, ...

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  • by | March 20, 2014 12:19 PM

    When are we likely to see the release of the next version of Android? We got 4.3 last July, 4.4 in October, and the latest, 4.4.2, in December. Will we be sitting around until summer before new updates are on their way, or could a release come much sooner? Earlier this month we talked about Google acknowledging high-CPU-usage bugs with the Nexus 5 and its camera, and plans to address these in a future update. We can't say if that's necessarily what we're seeing here today, but some new evidence does point to Google testing a very recent KitKat build. This find comes to us from Chrome's ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 1:03 PM

    So far this year, Sony's introduced us to plenty of new hardware, including the Xperia Z2, the Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z2 Tablet; that's all well and good, but what's cooking over on the software side of things? Sony's been working at updates for a number of its Android models, and today announces the start to distribution of KitKat updates for the Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra. Android 4.4 is on its way to all three of those handsets beginning today, but expect the usual regional delays as carriers get involved. You can look forward to a UI refresh, tweaks to Quick Settings and the ...

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  • by | March 13, 2014 11:59 AM

    There's a certain minimum threshold that a product should be required to meet before it can rightfully wear the "pro" label. It should offer high-end specifications and enhanced capabilities over its more mundane, "non-pro" counterparts. Ideally, it should appeal to the consumer looking for a more versatile, more capable product. Above all, it should offer a top-notch customer experience. With the Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, Samsung gets some of that right. This Galaxy Tab is far and away the most powerful yet produced, with capabilities never before offered on the company's midrange tablet line. ...

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  • by | March 5, 2014 2:52 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Google Play deals due to its anniversary celebration. Then we talk about Microsoft's Cortana, which just got featured on a leaked video. Samsung follows the news as we discover that the company is removing benchmark boosters from its phones. Apple follows as we expect iOS 7.1 to be launched very soon. We end today's show talking about Nokia and its plans to provide us kinetic charging for our smartphones. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Play two-year anniversary deals incoming - Cortana gets featured in video ...

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  • by | March 4, 2014 3:48 AM

    While some versions of the phone have already received the HTC One Android 4.4.2 KitKat update (like the Google Play Edition, some US versions, as well as Indian and European variants), others are just now getting a notification that the firmware is available. This was the case with our UK unlocked HTC One the other day, and it looks like HTC is pulling the plug temporarily. An official statement from the manufacturer says: "we are aware that a limited number of HTC users are experiencing difficulties with the KitKat update. As a result, all FOTA updates have been temporarily suspended. ...

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  • by | February 18, 2014 7:18 AM

    Ever since the advent of the modern personal computer, the promise of a "paperless" office has been omnipresent. To-date, that promise hasn't been fully realized. Even with tablets, which are excellent reading devices, there are still times when we need to get the information from our screens and put it on to paper. Until recently, that hasn't been very easy. Let's go hands-on with printing support, one of the lesser known features that comes built-in to Android 4.4 KitKat. Android Printer Support What we're showing you here should work on any device running Android 4.4 and up. In this ...

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  • by | February 12, 2014 8:06 PM

    Last week, we saw the first Android 4.4 KitKat updates start heading out to owners of the Galaxy S 4. With international distribution underway, out thoughts turned to what the situation might end up looking like for North American GS4 owners; would the carriers drag their feet, or would our own GS4 KitKat updates be swift to arrive? We heard from Rogers in Canada that the update was “coming soon” but today we finally see a carrier attach a hard ETA to things, thanks to a new leak out of Sprint. As you can clearly see below, Sprint seems to be anticipating that the Android 4.4 update ...

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  • by | February 6, 2014 2:49 PM

    After a brief lull in news about KitKat updates for some of our favorite Android flagships, new tidbits started arriving earlier today, as we learned about the first Galaxy S 4 Android 4.4 updates to reach South Korea. Aside from the GS4, the other Android model that's been demanding a lot of attention for its own KitKat update status has been the HTC One. Late last month, we heard from HTC about the delays it was facing, and how despite delivering updates to US carriers for certification, it could still be a few weeks before everything was approved and on its way out the door. Sprint got ...

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  • by | February 6, 2014 1:04 PM

    Itching to get Android 4.4 KitKat on your Galaxy S 4? Unless you have a Google Play edition GS4, you've been waiting for a while now. Last fall, a few weeks following the release of KitKat, we got to look at a leaked schedule that appeared to reveal Samsung's plans for making Android 4.4 updates available to several of its both current and past flagship models, including the Galaxy S 4. According to that info, the update would launch in January, but that clearly hasn't happened. Despite that setback, we did see some progress last month, with screenshots from a leaked 4.4.2 build surfacing. ...

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  • by | January 31, 2014 7:15 PM

    Mere hours ago we told you about the unexpected availability of HTC One Android 4.4 KitKat updates in Canada, despite HTC's apology earlier this week that it wouldn't be able to deliver the software in the US and Canada within the 90 day window it had set out to. The company won points for being open about its failings, and it's not like the update was supposed to take that much longer to arrive. Earlier this evening, when we got word of that Canadian release, we wondered if any of the US carriers might follow suit with some unexpectedly early availability of their own. As if it was ...

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  • by | January 31, 2014 5:20 PM

    No, we're not having Canada Fridays here at Pocketnow (is that a thing? That should be a thing), but we've got a little follow-up to a story from earlier this week that hails to us from the Great White North, as we check out HTC's ongoing progress to make Android 4.4 KitKat updates available for its 2013 flagship, the HTC One. As we told you on Wednesday, HTC announced that it wouldn't be able to quite hit its goal of having HTC One KitKat updates out everywhere by the end of January. It made a good effort, but as things came down to the wire, it became clear to HTC leadership that the ...

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  • by | January 31, 2014 3:08 PM

    With the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, we saw Google introduce a new virtual machine, giving users the opportunity to switch from the just-in-time compilation of the familiar Dalvik VM to one using ahead-of-time compilation, the Android Runtime ART. With KitKat, ART was added as a bit of a preview – it wasn't the default VM, and while our experiments with it revealed a lot of promise, initial load time and the threat of compatibility issues were still factors that gave us pause. Hopefully Google has taken the past couple months to polish ART up a little, because some new evidence ...

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  • by | January 30, 2014 4:57 PM

    When you can kick off a tech podcast with a string of expletives taken right from your publication's teamwide chat records, you know it's been a crazy week in the news. The Lenovo Motorola deal, announced late yesterday afternoon, threw our whole week -and perhaps our whole world- into disarray, and we're grateful for the chance to sit down and talk it through on today's show. But the news doesn't stop there. Galaxy S 5 speculation is still coming fast and furious, with details like Samsung's rumored fingerprint scanner beginning to take shape; we're starting to catch wind of Nokia's plans ...

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