We’ve seen many leaks when it comes to Nexus 8/9/Flounder/Volantis tablet… it’s been called so many names we quite frankly don’t know which one to use and apparently neither does @evleaks from whom today’s leak comes from.
The known leaker posted yet another HTC Nexus 9 rumor:
“Besides the T1 Volantis/Flounder/Nexus 9, HTC is developing two other tablets: the T7 and T12″
He seems rather convinced HTC is working on the upcoming Nexus tablet and you can see its alleged specs here. Well, the Taiwanese manufacturer is allegedly working on additional tablet hardware next to the Nexus tablet. Codenames the leaker mentions are T7 and T12. Unfortunately we don’t get any additional information at this time, but this sure does sound interesting considering HTC has been out of the tablet business for a while now.
Do you think there’s any truth to this? Note that @evleaks is usually spot on when it comes to leaks. Would you be interested in a non-Nexus tablet made by HTC?
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There are a lot of goodies in the newest version of Google Maps, which just started rolling out to devices last week. However, some users are getting a bonus that didn't show up in the changelog. We've been able to get a few confirmations of a new Explore Nearby tool in Maps that offers much more fine-grained control of location-based suggestions.
Google Is Testing An Enhanced "Explore Nearby" Feature In Google Maps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Motorola did a great job with the Moto G smartphone. It was (and still is) an extremely capable device while being extremely affordable. That being said, Spanish website “Mellando no Android” just leaked images and specifications of an alleged Moto G refresh.
According to the website, the device will sport rather similar specifications to the first-gen Moto G (at least some of them, we don’t get a full specs list), with the exception of camera resolution. According to them the device will feature a Snapdragon 400 chip, 720p screen (320 ppi), Adreno 305 GPU and an 8MP camera. As far as the looks of the device go, this resembles an awful lot to Moto E, though it seems bigger of course. You may notice the front-firing speaker in the image above.
Take this rumor with a pinch of salt though, although the rumor is rather interesting. Do you think Motorola would do something like this?
One of the features LG pushed hard with the announcement of the G3 was its Knock Code screen locking feature. While the device is asleep, you can tap on the screen in predefined locations to wake it and unlock instantly. Knock Code actually debuted on the G Pro 2, but now Sprint's G2 is getting it as well.
Sprint's LG G2 Gets An OTA Update With Support For LG's Knock Code Security System was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Everyone is making a wearable thing now, but you can't buy Razer's Nabu smart band just yet. The device is still in limited beta trials, but once it's out, the newly released Nabu Android app will tie it to your phone. I guess until then you can stare longingly at the login screen.
[New App] Razer Releases A Companion App For The Upcoming Nabu Smart Band was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
On Friday, the proverbial whole kit and caboodle of NVIDIA Shield Tablet information leaked to the public ahead of the device's seemingly imminent announcement. It goes on sale, allegedly, in less than two weeks, and will cost $299 or $399, depending on which storage model and connectivity (Wi-Fi 16GB, LTE 32GB) you want.
It's also the first widely-available device to be released with NVIDIA's Tegra K1 chip, albeit a quad-core A15 CPU and not the upcoming Denver 64-bit dual-core architecture, and that's kind of exciting.
[Weekend Poll] Will You Buy NVIDIA's Upcoming Shield Tablet? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Right now it seems the hottest aspects of Android Wear surround either rockin’ custom watch faces for your smartwatch or going to extra mile and hooking up a custom band for your wrist computer. If you’re anything like me and you’re a fan of Google’s new Material Design language, you’re going to love Convergence Watch Face for Android Wear. This custom watch face is filled 8 different color pallets that mimic Material Design’s FAB (floating action button), allowing you to customize your watch face to your own liking all the while sporting color variations that complement one another in a pleasing manner. While the FAB is fabulous, the the most exciting feature of this watch face surrounds movement. The floating time elements move around the watch face based on your movements, thanks to the gryoscope inside your smartwatch.
To install Convergence Watch Face for Android Wear, just hit the link below and then select Convergence from your installed watch face gallery. There’s no companion app needed as all color pallets are selected through the watch face itself.Convergence Watch Face (Playboard) | Convergence Watch Face (Play Store)
Enjoy Material Design fans!
Remember earlier this year when Sony said that the Xperia Z2 would go on sale in the U.S. during the summer? Well it’s now summer and the Xperia Z2 is now available for purchase, just like Sony promised that it would be.
The Xperia Z2 recently made its way onto the virtual shelves of Sony’s online store. Available in black, white and purple, the Xperia Z2 is priced at $699.99. Unfortunately for anyone interested in giving the Xperia Z2 a home in their pocket, the device is currently backordered with no expected ship date available.
This unlocked Xperia X2 includes 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz HSPA+ support as well as LTE connectivity on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17 and 20 bands. Also included are the following features:
Sony sure took its sweet time making the Xperia Z2 available to U.S. consumers, but because it’s still not available on any carriers in the States, this is the first chance that many folks will have at owning one. What do you all think of the Sony Xperia Z2? Are any of you thinking about making it your daily driver?
So, a tiny little screen thing that's kind of like a phone but not a phone and is also strapped to your arm screams for a few very specific uses, and one of them is a remote control for your phone's camera. We've already seen at least one Android Wear camera remote, but that one was more of a proof of concept than a full-fledged tool. PixtoCam takes the basic idea that's been around for longer than mobile phones and adds some notable improvements.
[New App] PixtoCam Allows You To Use Android Wear As A Remote Viewfinder / Shutter For Pictures Of Lego (And Also Other Things) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The beauty of Android is in the ability to customize it, do whatever you like and use it as such. In other words you’re not nearly as limited as you are in other mobile platforms. Of course there are some limitations on Android as well, but even those disappear once you root the device. I haven’t rooted the devices I use for a long time now, I just don’t feel the need to although I can get numerous advantages by doing that. EIther way, we’re not here to talk about rooting or anything of the sort.
I am however going to talk about the way I use my device(s) and what my current setup looks like, who knows, maybe I give you an idea or two and you do the same in return via comments down below.
I’ve used tons of launchers, widgets, icons, wallpapers and general customization-oriented apps for tweaking every certain part of my device(s). I used to have 5+ home screens full of widgets out of which every one of them served a specific purpose. As time passed by I got bored by all that and have used all sorts of launchers which don’t support widgets (or didn’t at the time), at least not regular ones, like Smart Launcher and WIndows Phone-like Launcher 7 and 8. Those lacked productivity, at least for my taste, so I got back to Nova Launcher Prime along with some others, I just can’t seem to stick with one. Considering I didn’t want to go back to using a bunch of home screens I found a way to use just one and keep the productivity in place. Which brings me to my current setup(s)…
I currently use Action Launcher Pro on my smartphone even though I always go back to Nova Launcher Prime (my setup is rather similar though and I constantly switch between the two), I just wanted to change things up a bit. Anyhow, as I said, my setup looks rather simple, even though there’s lots of productivity hiding behind this screen. Starting from the bottom you can see I use a dock similar to basically every other Android layout, this is where some of Action Launcher’s features come in handy. You might notice that three icons (1st, 3rd and 5th) have a little transparent square in the bottom right corner, Chomp SMS, Chrome and Phone. This is symbolizing one of Action Launcher’s features called “Covers”. These are basically folders which offer more functionality, instead of sticking a bunch of icons inside and taping on the folder to open them, you swipe the icon up to open it and if you tap it the 1st icon inside a folder will launch. So you can basically place whatever you want inside a folder first and not only will that open if you tap on the folder but the folder icon will look like the 1st icon inside of it. So let us take Chrome for example, you can see Chrome folder (or “Cover” if you will) opened in the image below. First place in that folder is Chrome app icon and everything else are bookmarks. I’ve done that very same thing with my SMS contacts (hiding in the Chomp SMS folder/Cover) and my Phone contacts (Phone folder/Cover). So all I have to do in order to send a direct SMS to someone for example is swipe up Chomp SMS folder/Cover and tap who I want to send it to, same goes for a direct call. The widget containing Wi-Fi, data connection, bluetooth, flashlight, screen rotation lock, sound toggle and sound settings comes from an app called Power Toggles which lets you add lots of things here and make it suit your needs, it’s also easy to use. One more thing to note is that I also use gestures, swipe up for recent apps and double tap in order to turn off the screen.
Side-screens, Action Launcher style
Now that we’ve covered the home screen looks and functionality we can jump in the rest of it. As I already mentioned, I like to have only 1 Android home screen when using my device, that doesn’t mean I can’t have side-screens though. Those of you who haven’t used Action Launcher might be a bit confused, let me explain.
In Action Launcher, when you’re on your home screen and swipe from left to right you get a list of your apps (you can of course hide the ones you don’t want there) and widgets, what is called a “Quickdrawer”. When you do the opposite, swipe from right to left you get what the developer calls a “Quickpage”. This is basically additional space or an additional screen in which you can place your icons/widgets in. The functionality is basically the same as if you have an extra screen on the side. Now you probably wonder why don’t I just add an extra screen instead of this, well… it looks better and I like it this way. Kind of a stupid reason, I know, but hey, to each its own. You can however get some extra use out of this if you enable a feature which lets you call upon this screen from wherever you are on your phone, but I opted not to use this.
As you can see in the right image below, I use four widgets on my “Quickpage”. From top to bottom: Google Keep, Play Music, Cal (calendar) and Pocketcasts widgets. I can live without the “Quickpage” screen though, I actually do that rather often when I switch to Nova Launcher Prime.
Notification tray and icons
I use a few apps on top of my vanilla 4.4.4 KitKat notification tray (first image below). From top to bottom: Lux, Weather and a persistent Facebook Messenger widget which makes it possible to call on Messenger chats in a pop-up window (Chat Heads) overlaying whatever I’m currently on. You may also notice my Google Now cards pop-up there from time to time, so I have 2 weather notifications there at times. I used only Google Now for weather for a long time but it was inaccurate a few times on my location recently so I decided to search for an alternative. Weather is working just fine for now and I really like the design of the app. Lux is probably one of the most useful apps I’ve purchased, that one thin line in the notification tray helps a lot when it comes to tweaking your screen’s brightness and what not. I’m not going to go in too much detail here, though I might do a “What’s on my Android” or something like that in order to show you all the apps I’m currently using.
As far as icons go I used to switch between different icon packs a lot. Lately however, I’m using only two, Stark and Aloha icons. Both of these icons are flat in design and I really dig both of them. You can check out Aloha icons on the second image below this paragraph, and Stark in all the images above. Regarding wallpapers, I choose the one I like and I tend to stick with it for a long time. Like the one I’m using now for example, blurred rain drops, fits me perfectly. It’s pretty and easy on the eyes, I generally tend to pick blurred wallpapers or blur them myself.
In short, this is how I use my device. I could of course go step-by-step and tell you about my usual day and usage scenarios, but we’ll leave that for some other time. I just wanted to show you how my smartphone looks and functions for me on a daily basis. Other than my Nexus 4, I also use a Nexus 7 (2012) tablet. My launcher of choice over there is Nova Launcher Prime and the setup is pretty much the same as it is here, except there are no Action Launcher features over there. I did however set up the folders to act the same way as they do here and I take advantage of Nova Launcher’s gestures while still using one home screen.
There you have it, that’s basically it. From heavy customizations and root to simple but productive ones. How about you? What does your phone/tablet looks like? How do you use it?
I must confess to a near-total ignorance in all things Minecraft. My basic understanding is that you punch trees, dig, run from exploding zombies, and out of that somehow comes a full-scale digital model of the starship Enterprise or the entire country of Denmark. But I do know that "crafting" is a big part of all that, and in order to effectively craft, you need to know what to start with and what tools to use.
[New App] Craft With Android Wear Support Puts Minecraft Recipes Where They Belong: On Your Wrist was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
If you've got an unlocked/international version of HTC's One M8, you might be wondering when your next Android update is coming. According to HTC Vice President of Management Mo Versi, the answer is "late next week." The company is planning an update to Android 4.4.3.
— Mo (@moversi) July 19, 2014
HTC: Unlocked One M8 Phones Will Receive The 4.4.3 OTA Next Week, Next Release Will Be Android L was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Motorola's sale to Lenovo doesn't seem to have dampened its resolve for speedy Android updates. After upgrading the 2013 DROID line to the latest version of KitKat earlier this week, it looks like the Moto X and the Verizon-only version of the Moto G are getting ready for the same treatment. We've been sent alerts that some users are being invited to a "soak test" for Android 4.4.4, which means that a full rollout is probably a few weeks away at most.
Verizon's Moto X And Moto G Are Getting Soak Tests For KitKat 4.4.4 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
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One of the cool things about owning a device with an AMOLED display is to see that deep true black. It is a thing of beauty, but also functionality. AMOLED displays, like those on Samsung phones, achieve the deep black by not lighting up the pixels that make up the color. This means you can actually save battery by using dark themes in apps, and of course, dark colored wallpaper.
This week we are dedicating all of our wallpaper to those of you with AMOLED displays. We have chosen six HD wallpapers that should look awesome on your Samsung Galaxy S5, or any other AMOLED device. The blacks will be super dark, and the colors will really pop. To get one of these on your phone, tablet, or even PC simply tap or click the download link underneath each image. Let us know which one is your favorite!
Push new Android Wallpaper to your Android device with this IFTTT recipe.Dark City
We already had a nice clean shot of NVIDIA’s upcoming SHIELD tablet, but the latest leak courtesy of VideoCardz.com strips away any remaining mystery surrounding the “newest member of the SHIELD family” just days before NVIDIA’s scheduled July 22nd announcement.
The spec highlight reel for the SHIELD tablet includes:
All of this will run you $299 for the 16GB WiFi model or $399 for the 32GB LTE model. You are also probably going to want to pick up the new SHIELD Wireless Controller for $59 and perhaps the SHIELD cover for $39. If you total the base model up with the controller and the cover you will come to $397, which as chance would have it is the retail value of the prize for the contest that NVIDIA is running right now, so you may want to try your luck there if you aren’t going to have the cash together for a SHIELD tablet next week.
I wouldn’t blame you if you dismissed the SHIELD when it first launched last year as it was fantastic hardware, but the software was a bit lacking. That is far from the case today.
Back in October NVIDIA launched a massive update to the software that brought along with it a couple features that completely changed the SHIELD experience.
Gamepad Mapper was perhaps the most significant of these as it solved the issue of games that didn’t support a controller. Now you can easily map the on screen controls onto your hardware controls, and better yet, in many cases you don’t even have to because there is an ever-growing library of games that others have already mapped the controls for and you can simply download their work.
For PC gamers the GameStream feature was always one of the most compelling aspects as it brought many of your favorite titles from the PC to your SHIELD. I’ve played hours of Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed 4 and Tomb Raider among others on the SHIELD, and the frame rate and responsiveness are basically flawless on my home network. In April they enabled Remote Play so you can enjoy these games anywhere that you have a high-speed connection (Yes, LTE works fine), and while it isn’t always the equal of my home connection, it is consistently playable.
The NVIDIA SHIELD tablet will naturally support all of these software features and given the updated internals will no doubt run them even better than its predecessor.
Given the specs, this price point seems quite reasonable and, unlike the original SHIELD, the tablet isn’t pigeonholed into only serving as your gaming device.
Do you find the idea of a SHIELD tablet to be more compelling than the original hardware, and most importantly for NVIDIA, would you consider making this your next tablet?
Remember those awesome mini-drones that Parrot showed off at CES way back in January? It looks like the Rolling Spider and Jumping Sumo are on sale now, at Brookstone and the Apple Store at least, for $100 and $160 respectively. And if you bought the drone, you'll want something to control it with. Enter the FreeFlight 3 app, made specifically for controlling Parrot's new toys. It's a free download, though you'll need an Android 4.0 device to install it.
[New App] Parrot Releases FreeFlight 3 Control App For Its Jumping Sumo And Rolling Spider MiniDrones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
A Nandroid backup is a process which is performed in recovery mode to take a snapshot of the current state of your Android Operating System, along with data, settings, and a whole bunch of other information to create a backup file. This backup can then be used to restore to if you flash a bad ROM, or install a bad App, restoring with it not only a known-working Android Operating System, but all your data and Apps with it.
With this new tool you’re able to perform a Nandroid backup without having to turn off your device to enter recovery mode – perfect for backing up on the fly before installing a questionable App or changing a developer setting. That means no more missed calls or messages whilst you’re booting into recovery and performing the backup.
Do not get confused with the naming of the App however, since an online backup here is referenced not in the uploading or downloading of a backup connected to the internet, but instead in the ability to perform a backup with your phone live.
* Creates backups in the CMW 5 and 6 style or TWRP!
* Full support of the onandroid script.
* Create custom names for your backups.
* Choose what partitions get backed up.
* Scheduled backups.
* Tasker support.
* Upload backup to FTP after creating backup.
1. Rooted android phone
2. Latest version of Busybox
Online Nandroid is a free App in the Google Play Store based off a script originally developed over at XDA.Online Nandroid Backup * ROOT (Playboard) | Online Nandroid Backup * ROOT (Play Store)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most anticipated devices this year. There are many people out there who just can’t wait to get their hands on Samsung’s new phablet, I know a bunch of them who belong in this category. We’ve seen some leaks when it comes to this device, but that is nowhere near over it seems.
This time we have Note 4′s leaked APK list, courtesy of @evleaks. Alongside the list in form of an image, the leaker wrote the following: “Some interesting Samsung Galaxy Note 4 APKs”. If we take a closer look we can find some interesting stuff here. SStudio_WQHD_K suggests the device will have a 2K screen, this was to be expected though. SHealth3_5 confirms S Health will be once again a part of TouchWiz, with some new features probably. The list also mentions a fingerprint service and a few APKs which suggest all kinds apps/features to make your inner photographer happy.
Check out the list for yourself and see if anything appeals to you. Unfortunately this list also suggest another heavy version of TouchWiz, we’re still hoping that won’t be the case, but… Anyhow, are you one of those people who’re waiting for this device to launch? That will probably happen at this year’s IFA in Berlin this September.
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In an interesting announcement earlier today, Chinese smartphone maker ZTE announced the impending arrival of a still unnamed premium handset and the reintroduction of a mid-range device dubbed the ZTE Blade Vec 4G (already available in China and Europe).
Where you’re probably not too excited to hear about another mid-range handset, here’s where things get really interesting: the Blade Vec 4G (as well as their unnamed premium Android device) will be the first Android smartphones (outside the Google Nexus/Google Play edition devices) to offer the Google Experience Launcher out of the box.
In a new partnership with Google, ZTE will now pre-load the Blade Vec 4G with Google’s launcher for its Hong Kong debut later this year and says it’s the first of many of their new devices to feature a stock Android experience free from the UIs that normally muddying up the user experience. This will help give ZTE’s devices the added benefit of having GEL’s hands-free hotword detection.
Custom manufacturer UIs have long been Android’s greatest strength, as well as its greatest weakness and something many Android enthusiasts have taken issue with since their introduction. With ZTE making a commitment to keeping the UI free from excessive customizations, it just might be the little something they need to help give them the edge over the competition.
No word on when ZTE plans on updating existing ZTE Blade Vec 4Gs with the Google Experience Launcher, but we’re sure to learn more come July 24th when both devices are scheduled to be officially unveiled/re-unveiled.
If you’ve been dying to experiment with My Little Pony, but were simply too embarrassed everyone on your Netflix account would think less of you, hope may loom on the horizon.
In an interview with GigaOM, a Netflix spokesperson revealed the streaming video service is currently testing a new feature tailored to those who wish to keep their viewing habits private. It’s called “Privacy Mode” and the option will prevent recently watched movies or shows out of their recently viewed list. It’s hard to imagine how Netflix didn’t think of this sooner. Just keep in mind selecting the option also means Netflix will no longer be able to recommend videos based on what you watch, a perk we’re sure many of you wouldn’t mind forfeiting.
Of course, this new feature is only in its testing phase and could be scrapped altogether depending on feedback. In an age where everything we do online is being watched and tracked, having the option for added privacy is always a good thing.