Monthly Archives: October 2013

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Android 4.4 KitKat Features Finally Revealed

Android 4.4 KitKat official

While the Nexus 5 was like an open book to us way before the official announcement, Android 4.4 KitKat was a very well kept secret and we are glad to announce you that there are way more feature than the ones you’ve seen in the leaks that went live over the past couple of weeks. […]

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Intel debuts 4G LTE modem for tablets and ultrabooks

Intel has officially announced the commercial rollout of its latest multimode, multiband 4G LTE chipsets. Intel’s XMM 7160 is already getting a global rollout after debuting on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

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Motorola teases upcoming Android 4.4 announcement

Android 4.4 just made its debut with the Nexus 5 – and right now it is the best Android can get. We just heard that Google will update the Nexus 4, 7, 10 and Google Play Edition of HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 in coming weeks. Also HTC said that Android 4.4 is coming to One within 3 months, but it seems Motorola also got something up their sleeves. Motorola just shared this picture below on Google+ and said “We hope you’re as excited about this Halloween treat as we are! More to share soon…”

KitKatAndroid_10.31Our Android guts says that this is Motorola’s way of saying ‘coming soon’, and we all know that Motorola Mobility is now under Google, so Droid devices and especially Moto X might be one of the first devices to receive Android 4.4 update. Although, nothing is written on stone, but apparently this is what Motorola is pointing at.

So Motorola fanboys, are you excited about Android 4.4? Tell us in the comment box below.

Source: Google+

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Nexus 5 Specs Officially Announced

Nexus 5 release date and specs

After months of waiting the Nexus 5 is finally official and the even better news is that its technical specifications match the leaks that made the headlines lately. With a starting price of $349, the Nexus 5 is now live in Google Play Store and if you are living in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, France, […]

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Case Logic 7-Inch Tablet/eBook Sleeve (37% OFF)

Own a Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab, or some other 7-inch tablet? What are you using to protect it when on the go? Surely, you’re not simply carrying it around exposed to the elements.

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Sundar Pichai: The Nexus 5 will not be on Verizon

Verizon customers must be devastated after hearing this, but its true. Google’s Senior VP of Android Sundar Pichai said that Verizon wouldn’t be getting the Nexus 5 – the new Android flagship device. It seems the cold war between Google and Verizon is still on, as we didn’t see the Nexus 4 on Verizon and also Big Red said they will launch Nexus 7 – but no one ever heard anything about it again. Although it seems Google and Verizon are trying to sort it out – because they both know that they have to co-exist.

Verizon is the biggest US carrier, and Google on other hand, is one of the strongest tech giants in the world. Mr. Pichai said that Google is working with Verizon on a set of projects for 2014. He further said:

” Whether Verizon’s collaboration with Google is a modified version of the Nexus 5, a new tablet, or something else entirely remains to be seen — but we’ll have to wait until next year to find out.”

I smell a modified Nexus 5, do you? Anyway, let’s wait and hopefully we might see something. So Verizon users, are you planning to grab the Nexus 5 from T-Mobile or Sprint or you want to wait?

Source: The Verge

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Nexus 5 Is Official: Release Date, Specs, and Price Revealed

Nexus 5 Google Play

After months of Nexus 5 rumors, leaked photos, and leaked FCC documents, we are finally able to tell you that the highly anticipated smartphone is officially official. But the good news don’t stop here, as the Nexus 5 will have a starting price of just $349, just like it was indicated in the latest reports. […]

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Galaxy Nexus to miss on Android 4.4 KitKat

Google officially announced its newest Android OS – the 4.4 KitKat. The latest version of the Android will debut on the Nexus 5 and as tradition dictates, the upgrades for the other Nexus devices will come shortly after that. Android 4.4 KitKat has been designed to run smoothly even on devices with 512 MB of […]

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Android 4.4 to hit Nexus 4, 7, 10, and Google Play edition devices in coming weeks

Officially making its debut today, Android 4.4 KitKat will make its way to older devices in the next few weeks. Specifically, the Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices area already promised from Google. What’s not, however, is the 2011 flagship Google handset, the Galaxy Nexus.

Android 4.4, KitKat, which comes on Nexus 5, will also soon be available on Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.

While this does sound crappy and unfortunate at first blush, we might hope for support in due time. Even by Google’s own admission, Android 4.4 KitKat is optimized to work on lesser-powered models.

…now Android can run comfortably on the 512MB of RAM devices that are popular in much of the world, bringing the latest goodies in Android 4.4 within reach for the next billion smartphone users.

So what’s it going to be, Google? Are you going to work on an official 4.4 build for the Galaxy Nexus or do we need to flash something of our own?

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Notable features in Android 4.4 KitKat

Now that Google has finally made the inner workings and features of Android 4.4 KitKat public, what can we expect?

Google has posted a lengthy list of features for consumers and developers alike. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

KitKat Emoji

As we reported this morning, KitKat will indeed include better memory management for devices running on as little as 512MB of RAM. The new memory management techniques all allow both OEMs and app developers to target these lower-end models, and ensure the app or operating system runs as smooth as possible.

Some features will be limited to the Nexus 5 for the time being, such as the Always On feature already found in the likes of the Moto X. While not identical the premise is the same. Any time you’re viewing your home screen, or even when already in Google Now, you simply say “OK Google” and give a voice command. Tasks such as play a song, get directions or send a text are all available.

Messages KitKat

Speaking of texts, as Google announced earlier this week, Hangouts and the Messaging app are now the same. On KitKat you’ll no longer have two separate apps to manage your Hangouts and SMS conversations in. Instead Hangouts will handle both for you, similar to how Messages on iOS handles iMessage and text messaging.

A new immersive full-screen mode, better multitasking, a smart contact list organized in order of who you talk to the most and a Smart Caller ID feature that will display business names when you receive a call from a number not currently in your contacts are also listed as features to be found in KitKat.

I know this next feature is going to excite a lot of people, so I won’t delay it any longer: Android 4.4 KitKat is finally bringing native Emoji to Android. YES!

The ability to print from within any supporting app, a new file picker and improved support for Quickoffice are all sure to make business users happy.

The list goes on and on, especially for developers. Developers can start digging through the changes here, or watch the video below to learn what’s new. Either way, you’re going to be pleased.

As for consumers, Google will be shipping the Nexus 5 starting next week. There’s no word on when the KitKat update will land on existing Nexus devices, but we can’t see it being too far off. You can read through all of the goodies in Android 4.4 here.

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