Monthly Archives: July 2013

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Google’s Chromecast receiving its first OTA update

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In the next few days Google plans on giving its Chromecast its very first update and will be provided via OTA. You won’t even know it’s being updated as it’ll automatically download and apply the update without you needing to do anything. According to Google, the update will provide improved reliability, security and performance. Always nice to have, right?

For you early adopters out there, how are you liking the Chromecast thus far?

source: Google Chrome Releases

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More X8 Chip Details Revealed by Motorola

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With the newest DROID line came news of a new processing system running under the hood. The X8 system isn’t a processor in itself. It’s a combination Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC with two digital signal processors. One of these can be used as a low-power CPU. At the very heart it’s a Snapdragon S4 Pro but with a custom firmware. Iqbal Arshad, Motorola’s senior vice president of engineering, had this to say:

“We’ve done additional optimizations on top of that such as optimizing the entire Linux user space to move it to an ARM instruction set, cache optimization, Dalvik just-in-time optimization, and we’ve changed the file system. It’s full hardware-software integration to deliver best-in-class performance.”

Motorola is playing it close to the chest though as they aren’t saying where the “contextual computing processor” and “natural language processor” are from or who actually manufacturers them. Arshad did mention that they had a hand in its design:

“It’s done by Motorola, a lot of design in the entire system. The actual silicon is specified by us but we don’t go ahead and design and fab it. It’s not an ARM processor, it’s a very low-power separate processor.”

In standby mode, the contextual computing processor looks to control showing the status and notification information on the display; on top of being in control of display and touch interaction. Audio, noise cancellation and estimation are handled by the language processor. Here’s the kicker though: Motorola isn’t using outside noise-cancellation technology.

This separation from the CPU will afford Motorola the ability to build X8s based on other CPUs. According to Arshad:

“We can with with any Qualcomm processor. We can work with anybody’s CPU. That’s the beauty of it; all of our technology and experiences are decoupled from the legacy CPU processor.” 

He also commented on how this combination of custom firmware and processors improves performance while also extending battery life of the device. He said:

“If we did not have the contextual computing processor and our natural language processor in place, we would need two additional batteries. The X8 also performs 50 percent better than ‘our competition’ on gaming battery rundown benchmarks and can push higher graphics frame rates.”

Arshad also commented on the fact that Motorola is able to do this without altering vanilla Android or throwing a custom skin on top. While the DROID line will have a small bit of customization the Moto X is rumored to have the pure Google OS on it.

We can assume that the Moto X will run with the X8 system in place but we won’t know for sure until tomorrow. We’ll have full coverage of the event tomorrow with our very own Robert Nazarian on scene. So keep it locked here as we bring you news of the least hyped device since the Galaxy Nexus. Stay tuned!

source: PC Mag

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Google aware of current Netflix bug on Android 4.3 devices; Fix is on the way

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Currently, running Netflix on your Android 4.3 device causes the device’s power lock button to become unresponsive once it’s put to sleep. Definitely an annoying bug and you can be sure Google and Netflix are currently working on a fix ASAP. According to Google’s own Dan Morrill, “top men” are currently working on a fix that will be pushed as soon as it’s finished.

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Until then, the only way to revive the device is to hold the power button until it restarts. We’ll let you all know once the update is pushed!

source: Android Police

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Verizon HTC One launch bumped to August 15th?

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It’s no secret that Verizon customers have been waiting quite sometime for HTC’s flagship One device to finally hit the Big Red. Sadly, it’s launch seems to be continuously delayed. It was supposed to be August 1st, but it looks like is has been pushed back to August 15th.

How many of you Verizon customers have been patiently, or impatiently, waiting for this device to finally drop?

source: Droid Life

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UNUS SMART-X memory stick review

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Today we’re looking at a recently released piece of hardware that provides additional external storage for your Android smartphone or tablet. It’s called the UNUS SMART-X and it comes in a variety of storage capacity options and colors.

unus_smartxIn a nutshell, the SMART-X functions like a flash drive that you can plug into both a microUSB port or traditional USB port. More specifically, one end goes into your computer and the other can plug into your phone. This way, you can easily load a bunch of pictures, videos, music, and other files onto the external unit. Want to move a gallery of birthday pictures from your phone to your mom’s computer? Presto.

The model we tested was a 4GB unit; additional sizes include 8GB, 16GB,and 32GB. Likewise, we used a green model however other colors include black, white, violet, and pink.

There’s essentially no setup to worry about for the SMART-X, just plug it in and your phone recognizes the additional storage. What’s really nice is that you don’t need to mess with installing additional apps or removing your microSD card.

Transfer speeds were as fast as we expected, playing music was no problem and copy/paste was a breeze. As practical as any other flash drive, this one adds flexibility in the microUSB function. I like the small size and portability however I would love to see a keychain loop.

Pricing for the SMART-X breaks down as follows:

 

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Flash CM 10.1.2 Stable ROM build for Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus

CM 10.1.2 Stable ROM now available for download

CyanogenMod team has launched the official CM 10.1.2 ROM for the Sprint Galaxy nexus device. Use this tutorial and learn how to successfully update your smartphone using the new Android 4.2.2-based custom ROM. If you wish to update your device successfully then you should read the preparation guide below: use this post only with the […]

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Google reportedly testing hyper-local cards for Google Now

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Google is currently testing new ways to deliver localized news reports, some of which could become part of the Google Now experience. Reportedly, Google is working to bring even more relevant information to users which pulls from personal interests, time of day, and location. The beta project may ultimately find a way into the settings for Android and iOS apps.

“One thing we’re testing right now is a very local hyper-local news card,” says Wright. “Which is really useful—it teaches me things about my neighborhood. For example, I found out Miss Mexico came to my son’s school, I saw that [the local] Chipotle was giving out burritos, and someone was stabbed in the park near my house. It’s very, very targeted to you and your interests.”

Have any of you encountered any new or weird Google Now cards in your travels? Did you find them helpful? What would you like to see implemented in future releases?

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Official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OTA Update now available for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 updated to official Android 4.1.2 JZO54K OTA firmware

While the Nexus devices are receiving the latest Android 4.3 JB update, AT&T has only managed to release the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OTA Update for the Galaxy S3 today. Yes, that is true, the AT&T SGS3 device is being updated right now with the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 JZO54K firmware. The new firmware update will bring […]

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Update Samsung Galaxy S3 to Android 4.3 JB with Unofficial CM 10.2 Test Build ROM

Update Galaxy S3 I9300 to Andoid 4.3 via CM 10.2 Unofficial Test build ROM

The Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone has received its own version of CyanogenMod 10.2 Unofficial ROM, which is why you need to use this post if you want to install it on your smartphone. Read all the info that I’ve listed below and you should be able to apply the update in no time without bricking […]

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Sony Xperia Honami and Sony Xperia Z Compared in New Leaked Photos

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The Sony Xperia Honami was caught on camera once more, the alleged camera phone being compared in a new batch of leaked photos with the Sony Xperia Z flagship. The new Sony smartphone, also known as Honami i1, that will reportedly pack a 20 megapixel camera, will not come with water and dust protection, according […]