T-Mobile customers with the Galaxy Note II, your day has finally arrived: the Jelly Bean 4.3 over-the-air update is finally rolling out, according to this XDA thread. Samsung's Galaxy S4, S III, and the Note II have been getting the same update on other American carriers, but T-Mobile is behind the leaked release schedule (though not by much). The Note II is the last Samsung phone on T-Mobile scheduled to get the update, at least for the moment.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
T-Mobile's Galaxy Note II Finally Gets Its Android 4.3 And Galaxy Gear OTA Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Today AT&T announced an agreement with Canadian wireless carrier Rogers that will enable its customers to have access to 4G LTE data speeds even when on the northern side of the border. This arrangement makes AT&T the first American carrier to offer international LTE roaming, but before some of you get too excited, know that this luxury still doesn't come cheaply.
AT&T customers can roam internationally by selecting a Data Global Add-On package, the same ones needed to access 3G.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
AT&T Customers Can Now Enjoy 4G LTE Roaming In Canada Thanks To New Agreement With Rogers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
It’s hard to believe that the hardware/software menu button is still around. Google made it absolutely useless a long time ago with a wonderful implementation of on screen buttons, yet manufacturers insist on putting menu buttons everywhere. HTC’s single menu button takes up as much room as software buttons at the bottom of the display, LG’s software menu button replaces a far more useful multitask key, and Samsung slaps a hardware menu button everywhere it can, whether it’s a phone or a tablet.
If an app detected that your device had a hardware menu button, the action overflow key that displays menus would disappear from Holo apps, forcing you to use the menu button and not giving any indication that a menu is even present. However, on phones with no menu button, it would appear and indicate that a menu is present.
Google was unhappy with that implementation apparently, because Google engineer Adam Powell changed this behavior in KitKat. Instead of appearing depending on the hardware of the phone, it will always be present in KitKat. I used to use a mod on my rooted Note II to show overflow menus despite the curse of a physical menu button, so this new implementation is actually incredibly useful to me. This change was paired with this comment:Always show overflow buttons on action bars
The menu button is not pining, it's passed on! This button is no more!
It has ceased to be! It's expired and gone to meet its maker! It's a
stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed it to a
flagship device it'd be pushing up the daisies!
THIS IS AN EX-BUTTON!!
It’s just sad to see how many devices still have menu buttons in this day and age. Google moved away from them starting back with Honeycomb, foregoing them completely with Ice Cream Sandwich. Why do manufacturers keep insisting on using them? Either way, this new change will be a big help to the many people who have devices with menu buttons. What do you think of this new change? Leave a comment!
The gang over at Dead Zebra have something really cool to help decorate your home or office this holiday season. Indeed, those guys are set to release limited edition Ornamental Android figurines. Okay, so not just figurines…but actual ornaments that look gorgeous in a tree.
Available in blue and red matte metallic finishes with silver glitter accents, these guys are going to be sold at $10 a piece tomorrow, December 10. Although quantities will be limited to 2 pieces per customer, you’ll want to be ready to purchase at 11AM EST and 11PM EST. We’re fairly certain that both colors will sell through in no time at all.Click to view slideshow.
A 10-piece “Tree Pack” will also be sold for $90 and include five red and five blue ornaments. Shipping is expected to begin at the end of the week and through the week after.
Should you not get your hands on one of these ornamental Androids you may wish to consider picking up a Series 04 collectible.
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Dead Zebra is the king of Android figurines, and soon we will also be able to enjoy the Android robot craze with the whole family. Dead Zebra has been working on a couple Android tree ornaments that will look great on your Christmas tree.
The ornaments will be available in blue and red for $10 each, starting December 10th. Sales start at 11 AM EST, followed by a second batch at 11 PM EST. These go fast, so Dead Zebra will be limiting sales to 2 ornaments per buyer. You can deck out your whole tree if you purchase their 10-piece “Tree Pack”, though, which includes 10 ornaments (5 of each) for $90.
Dead Zebra made sure to apologize for the delay, as only US residents are guaranteed to get these shipped by Christmas. But even within the US, they urge you to use Priority Mail instead of First Class mail. You may have luck with the latter, but there are no guarantees.
With all of that in mind, get your mouses and credit cards ready because these things always fly out of the shelves. They are quite adorable, if you ask me. I might get myself a blue one – how about you?
We’ve been wondering what the next Nexus Tablet would end up being. Google has yet to reveal a new 10-inch offering to replace the Samsung-made Nexus 10, so we were starting to worry that they wouldn’t be bringing us a bigger tablet at all. Fortunately, a glimmer of light exists at the end of the tunnel. That light comes by way of @evleaks, who suggests we should be seeing an LG-made Nexus tablet at some point in the future.
The tablet’s model number is tipped to be the V510, with the most popular guess being that this will debut as an 8-inch device. That’d be a tad weird considering the ASUS-made Nexus 7 isn’t that much smaller. Perhaps we’ll be getting the same 8.3-inch form factor LG brought with the G Pad 8.3. Of course, those are only predictions, so we’ll have to wait for more information to surface to see if there’s still a chance for the more traditional 10-inch form factor we’ve all been waiting for.
Heads up, T-Mobile Galaxy Note II owners, because you’ve got some Jelly Beans headed your way on this fine Monday morning. Several T-Mobile Note II owners are now reporting that the device’s update to Android 4.3 is rolling out over the air, weighing in at 614.55MB in size and bumping the device up to baseband version T889UVUCMK7.
Neither Samsung nor T-Mobile have posted any support documents for the Note II’s update yet, so for now the full changelog is still a mystery. Obviously a bump up to Android 4.3 is included, and Samsung announced back in October that this Premium Suite update would also include support for its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, updated versions of Easy Mode and Multi-Window, advanced camera options and more.
Ready to treat yourself and your T-Mobile Note II to some fresh Jelly Beans? The update is now rolling out over the air to users, and it’s likely available through Samsung’s Kies computer software as well. Over the air updates usually take some time to hit all users, so if you’re really jonesing for some new software to play with, it might be worth looking into Kies or manually checking for the update on your phone by going into Menu > Settings > About device > Software update.
The physical Menu button is an interesting holdout from an earlier age of Android. While Google's devices and those manufacturers that roughly follow Google's guidelines (like Motorola and LG) don't use it, Samsung and a few others do, leaving app developers in a tight spot when it comes to implementing an overflow button. Today a Reddit user found this change to the Action Bar Policy file for KitKat in Google's Git repository.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
Google Engineer Unifies The Menu And Overflow Buttons In KitKat, Makes Monty Python Jokes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The coupon codes were completely distributed in under 10 minutes last time, so today is your last chance to save $150 on a off-contract Moto X. The website just went live with the promotion a moment ago. Don't waste time – gogogo.
PSA: Motorola's Final $150 Off Moto X Coupon Offer Is Now Live [Update: It's Gone] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Moto X was one of the first devices to get Android 4.4 KitKat, but not everything was joy and rainbows for the device’s owners. The latest Android version brought along some problems with Motorola Active Display – there was a lag of 1-2 seconds after selecting a notification. The issue has been fixed, though!
1-2 seconds may not sound like much, but it makes a huge difference when trying to perform a simple smartphone task. This is why Motorola has updated Motorola Active Display to version 1.00.01.
The update doesn’t bring much more, but this shows how having these apps in the Play Store can be much better. An issue like this would normally require a system update to be fixed, because it’s more of a system app. By putting it in the Play Store, Motorola/Google can fix issues much sooner!
You can get the update straight from the Google Play Store to make your Moto X work just as it was meant to!
Just a quick, friendly reminder that the second opportunity for getting a code to get Moto X for $150 off starts at noon today. The process is simple: submit your email and get signed up to receive a code that can be used for $150 off an off-contract Moto X through Moto Maker. The code will give you a window of one week to submit your order, so you’ll have time to think about how you want your phone designed.
Stock from the last opportunity — which happened last Wednesday — was exhausted in just 9 minutes, so you’ll want to be quick on the draw if you happened to miss out last time. And please, for the sake of everyone looking to get in on the deal, try not to get more than one if you don’t plan on buying more than one.
Many folks missed out because of this the last time around, so be courteous and let others get an opportunity to get a code. This’ll be the last opportunity you have to take advantage.The link should be going live here at about 12pm Eastern. Here’s the full list of instructions:
Don’t forget to use the sale code THANKS to take 30% off any accessories you buy with it. Good luck!
[Update]: Annnnd that’s a wrap. Only took about 12 minutes this time around. Didn’t get one? Be sure to ask around on Reddit or AndroidForums.com. Some folks like to request multiple codes to make sure they get at least one, so it wouldn’t be crazy to think you can find a soul or two willing to offload their code to someone who plans on actually using it.
A week after Amazon took $50 off the price of the Kindle Fire HDX 7 for Cyber Monday, the company is back with another deal that will save customers nearly just as much money. For one day only, the 7-inch version of this year's Kindle tablet is available for 20% off, a savings of $45.80 on the version with ads and $48.80 on the one without.
[Deal Alert] Get The Kindle Fire HDX 7 20% Off For One Day Only Via Today's Amazon Gold Box Deal was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google could someday unlock a feature that provides Android users with the ability to stream their display to Chromecast. According to a key member of the Cyanogen Inc. team, Koushik Dutta, Android 4.4.1 KitKat has code relating to video output. Reportedly, all signs are that the APIs will lock things down to specific, approved apps and devices. As some of you know, Chrome browser mirroring works well on Chromebooks and laptops but the mobile experience is not as great.
We’re anxious to see what sort of ideas Google has for the Chromecast, mirroring, and the future of Android. At $35, the Chromecast is one of the best devices you can buy for the money. Various software updates continue to see new companies and services adding support and it becomes ever more valuable. Heck, even TIME named it the top gadget of the year! Why don’t you own one of these yet?
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Time Magazine has put out another one of their influential lists, with the outlet highlighting the top gadgets of 2013. It’s always interesting to see where different devices end up on this list. There was a time when Apple’s mobile products were automatic winners, but the tide has shifted in recent times. Folks seem to have figured out that a little company over in Mountain View is also coming up with some extraordinary gizmos and gadgets.
So who won 2013′s best gadget accolade? None other than the little HDMI key that could (also known as the Chromecast). This $35 bundle of joy enables folks to stream multimedia to their televisions in an easy-to-use, no nonsense fashion. It uses your home’s WiFi connection to set up an ad-hoc network for streaming content in ideal network conditions, giving you stutter-free HD playback from various different sources (such as HBO Go or Netflix).
It’s like Roku, except in stick form. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and it works, which would make it a very nice holiday gift for anyone looking to upgrade their home entertainment experience. While it’s not quite as open as we’d like it to be just yet, Google promises that they are working on bringing the tools that will help facilitate third-party development. You’ll find all of the details on the Chromecast in our official review, so be sure to check that out if you want to know more about what this little guy can do. Don’t forget to mingle with the rest of the Chromecast community over at AndroidForums.com.
Other big winners
Of course, the Chromecast wasn’t the only device on this 10-item list. A couple of other Android and Android-related products made the cut. The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX (check out the forums) came in at #7, with Time giving props to instant remote control support system Mayday (which they consider to be a ground-breaking feature).
At #4 was the Pebble smart watch, an e-Ink wrist dweller that can connect to your smartphone and display social updates, notifications and messages. We’ll also give a nice nod to the Nest Protect, a smoke detector and carbon monoxide monitor in one which can alert you to potential life-threatening dangers inside your home while you’re away. Here’s the full list of products which made the list:
No matter what you like and which side of the mobile wars you stand on, one thing can’t be argued: 2013 was a great year for tech. Let’s hope 2014 brings us even more innovative ideas. Let us know what you think about the list in the comments below!
One of the Moto X's defining features is Active Display, which lights up the phones screen to display notifications such as messages, missed calls, and the like. That functionality is now the latest Motorola feature to enter the Play Store, where it's easier for the Google-owned company to distribute timely updates and fixes. Speaking of which, the version to land in the Play Store should remove the 1 - 2 second delay some users started encountering when swiping to unlock following the KitKat update.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
[New App] Motorola Active Display Latest Stock App To Enter The Play Store, Moto X-Exclusive For Now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Samsung has a big year planned for 2014, but maybe not quite as big as they had initially expected. A few weeks back we learned that Samsung was shooting for 360 million smartphones over the next twelve months. Today, however, we’re hearing that Samsung is planning for 330 million smartphones in 2014. It’s worth noting that the reports come from the same source (ETNews) and does not come officially from Samsung. With that said, either figure would be a sizable boost over the current year.
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The British courts have granted HTC’s request for an urgent appeal of the injunction against the HTC One mini that took effect on December 6. HTC will have an opportunity to sway the court’s decision regarding the HTC One mini’s injunction on December 12. In the meantime, retailers will be allowed to continue selling the HTC One mini.HTC is pleased that an urgent hearing with the Court of Appeal has been scheduled for Dec. 12. Until the Court of Appeal hearing on Dec. 12, the court’s injunction against HTC is stayed. Until the hearing on Dec. 12, our U.K. customers will be able to sell all HTC devices which are already in their inventories.HTC
This may be a short-lived victory for HTC, but European regulators are taking a closer look at Nokia and how the company handles its patent portfolio now that it has sold its handset business to Microsoft. Nokia has a massive library to standards essential patents, which EU Commissioner VP Joaquin Almunia is hoping Nokia will not use to ”extract higher returns” as it would result in an ”illegal advantage” over the competition. So far, Nokia’s patent lawsuits appeal to be well thought out, but it’s reassuring to know that European regulators will be keeping an extra eye on Nokia as the company’s business model shifts next year.
Google and LG may further develop their relationship with an 8.3-inch tablet. Rumors hitting the internet over the weekend suggest LG may introduce a Nexus 8 before too long. Specifications are alleged to be identical to the LG G Pad 8.3 and include a 1920×1200 display, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a 4600mAh battery.
The model number of the G Pad 8.3 is V500; the newly-leaked “Nexus 8″ bears a very similar V510.
The LG V510 tablet is indeed a Nexus device. [via tip] pic.twitter.com/hhKZ2B9NtQ
— @evleaks (@evleaks) December 8, 2013
There’s plenty of uncertainty surrounding this LG tablet, however we’re probably not going to wait long for more details. We’re guessing pricing, availability, and the other goodies will be here before you know it. Presumably, this guy runs Android 4.4.1 KitKat when it debuts.
When we first heard of Motorola’s Project Ara, a modular phone concept that would seemingly allow folks to upgrade different components of their phone independently of others, we were a little skeptical. It isn’t that we thought the idea wasn’t possible — technology proves that anything is possible as each year passes us by — but we didn’t wholly believe that we were close to seeing anything practical.
Thankfully, Dennis Woodside assures us that isn’t the case. In a Hangout session that the CEO did with prominent tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee, Woodside revealed that the team is close to producing its first prototype. The general public obviously won’t be able to get their hands on it, but a prototype means that we’d be one step closer to seeing this exciting idea become reality.
Of course, a prototype alone is no guarantee that the team is close to offering a consumer product, but what will happen when that time eventually comes? Woodside suggests Moto Maker could be the perfect destination for getting your phone made the way you want in more areas than design alone:
Ara is much further out, but you can see how those two things tie together and how, as we introduce new materials into Moto Maker, we’re going to pursue that theme across our product line going forward.
Imagine being able to craft your own smartphone. Perhaps the camera isn’t that important to you, so you opt for a cheaper 5 megapixel shooter instead of tricking it out with a 13 megapixel beast. And maybe that 32GB of storage isn’t enough, so you get a 64GB module that can also be expanded using a microSD card slot. And, well, who won’t want to spring for the most RAM and most powerful chipset they can get?
Dreaming aside, it’s a future that could soon be very real, and it’ll be extremely exciting to see what Motorola ends up coming with after the exhausting research and development process eventually brings us something tangible. Watch the full Hangout above.
Been on the fence about whether to get a Kindle or Kindle Fire for yourself or a family member? Did you miss out on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday stuff? Well, you’re in luck! For perhaps the last time this year…
Today sees Amazon slapping a 20% discount on their entire Kindle line. This means the standard e-reader Kindle, the Kindle Fire HD, and the Kindle Fire HDX.
Today only, save 20% on select Kindle e-readers and Kindle Fire tablets. Choose Kindle, from $56; Kindle Fire HD 16GB, from $136; or Kindle Fire HDX 16GB Wi-Fi, with a perfect-color HDX display, ultra-fast processor, and the revolutionary “Mayday” button from $184.
Do not delay! Last week’s sales ended quickly for the Kindle Fire HD as Amazon ran out of stock in but a few short hours.