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How To Get Android L On Your Nexus!

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20140626-android-l-preview-google-io-001Android announced a big update to Android KitKat as the new Android L. What was great for enthusiasts and developers is that Google announced that anyone would be able to download the system images to make apps or just try the new OS out.

To start off, these images are only available for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 WiFi model. There are over 5000 new APIs incorporated into the new Android log so it’s definitely worth a shot. If you have either of the nexus devices then you should head over here and download the image, necessary drivers and the SDK itself.

The above procedure is detailed on the page and we do not recommend you do this if ou are not confident. We cannot be held accountable to any damage caused. PS : it’s worth the effort, you should try it out.

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June 27th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

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Android One Is Here To Revolutionize Low-End Smartphones!

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37209671Sundar Pichai took over stage at Google I/O and one of the first announcements he made was Android One – A Design reference platform so that all low end hardware for developing countries has a unified standard approach.

So recently mid-range and low-range smartphones have taken over by storm in developing countries in Asia and Brazil. This obviously has caught Google’s attention. Android One will be a platform where Google takes the burden to unify the experience across these devices and keep it updated and stock like.

Companies like Micromax, Spice and Karbon which are famous Indian manufacturers are partners for this programme and Pichai says that he sees tremendous potential in this. All these devices will have will have a 4.5-inch screen, dual sim functionality, microSD card support and FM radio priced under $100. Are you excited for such devices?

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June 26th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

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New Android Update Released By Google!

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header-640x347If you recollect properly, it has hardly been a month since Google started rolling out Android 4.4.3 and now, we already have Android 4.4.4 rolling out. What’s new? Everything is bug fixes and improvements under the hood.

This update has been out only for Sprint as of yet and the changelog says that it is meant to fix a major security issue. Sources say that the security bug was actually a patch to the OpenSSL which would allow a man in the middle attack. If you want to update your phone at the earliest, you will have to deal with a few things, first you will have to visit the official android site where Google has posted factory images so that you can download them and flash them.

The Nexus 4,5 and 7 have gotten this update of yet. Check them here

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June 21st, 2014 at 5:57 pm

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Amazon’s Fire Phone Wants To Catch Your Eyes, Literally!

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gsmarena_002After selling their Kindle Fire line of tablets with a tremendous amount of success, Amazon introduced the Fire TV and now the Fire Phone. So much to make you buy all that you see around yourself, from Amazon?

The Amazon Fire Phone is something that was rumored since a long time, and according to Jeff Bezos, it was highly requested by journalists. The Fire Phone is all about consuming content from the Amazon ecosystem, like movies, songs, etc. There is no access to Google Play services or any of the system apps from Google.

You will be tightly bound to Amazon’s ecosystem of apps. Dynamic Perspective uses those 4 front cameras to track your eyes and give you a in-screen depth effect everytime you move your smartphone. The Fire Phone boasts a 4.7-inch IPS 720p touchscreen with 590 nits of brightness, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with a 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and Adreno 330 GPU, and 2GB of RAM. It has support for 4G LTE.

The unlocked price is $629 and $199 on a contract. Do you think it’s worth it?

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June 19th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

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Google Diving Into Fitness At Google I/O 2014!

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google-glass-fitness-appApple recently announced it’s iOS 8 with a new consolidated fitness tracking app called HealthKit. With other major players trying hard to capture the fitness trackers space, what makes you think Google won’t come down on the field?

Google Fit is the rumored name of the service that would be collecting data from your sensor-filled wearables, probably running Android Wear, and collect and analyze them to serve you in a sophisticated fashion, or to help other apps make use of the available data.

While Apple has their smartwatch or iWatch, under their sleeves quite literally, it’s wise to wait for the I/O happening later this month.

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June 14th, 2014 at 5:19 pm

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Google’s “Nearby” To Provide iOS Like Handoff For Android?!

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nearby-bannerBack in WWDC, Apple announced one of it’s highlight features for iOS and OS X – Handoff. This would allow devices around you to communicate in continuity.

nearby-shotsWe usually have mocks from our source but this time around, what we see is a full blown screen grab. This is happening and coming to Android very soon. Google I/O is just around the corner, and a with a new version of Android may also be headed to the Nexus devices.

Nearby would be essentially tapping inside the devices that are able to sense peer devices inside a particular virtual periphery. Nearby gathers information, and it’s interesting that in addition to GPS-based sensor data, Google’s reaching out to things like Bluetooth and even your phone’s microphone. This information would be then used to verify that the devices are indeed in the same area.

Do you think this is something that is essential for an Operating System to have? Would you want to see something else too?

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June 7th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

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Possible Nexus 8 Spotted!

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nexus-8-leaksGoogle Nexus is a hot hot product line that is dormant since quite a while now, specially the tablet segment which pretty much hasn’t seen a change since the Nexus 7 2013 edition.

The Nexus 8 is in a gray area right now, lots of leaks state that there does exist a model in testing right now. The Nexus 8 is rumored to be manufactured by HTC, and codenamed the Flounder.  According to this source, the Nexus 8 will run a 64-bit Qualcomm SoC, arrive with Android 4.5, and feature 3GB of RAM. 

Honestly with those large bezels and everything, this thing looks ugly. But again, if the specs are top notch, we do not mind a bit bulk at all.

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June 5th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

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Android 4.4.3 KitKat Rolling Out, Updated System Apps!

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dialer-4-4-3-3The above screenshot was leaked more than a month back when Google started testing out Android 4.4.3, there were strong rumors about a complete UI revamp, turns out we get optimizations under the hood.

According to T-Mobile’s software support page, the build number of Android 4.4.3 for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2013) (Review | Pictures) tablet is KTU84L, while the Nexus 5 has build KTU84M. This update fixes camera issues and loss or drop of data connectivity and such other bugs. There is also a camera related bug that is fixed that leads to better management of battery power.

People and Dialer seem to be the apps that see a visual change, for a complete log check Source . This update comes just a day after Apple announces it’s iOS 8, timing enough?

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June 3rd, 2014 at 7:08 pm

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The Nexus 5 Is The Last Of The Nexus Series!

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nexus5hardware3There were rumors about a new line of devices called the ‘Android Silver’ rumored since quite a while, but until today it never gave us a sinking feeling. A new leak by the infamous @evleaks suggests that Google is planning to make do with the Nexus series and there won’t be any more Nexus smartphones.

The Nexus series would be instead replaced by the Android Silver line of devices. At the same time there was a ray of hope expressed with the tip, that silver lining may actually be the Android Silver of phones that should be rocking an Octacore MSM8994 processor. That is crazy right, but will Google keep the affordable price tag or will Silver come at a price tag as expensive as the metal itself?

We do wish to see a Nexus 6 before a new line of devices turn up, tell us what you feel about it!

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May 17th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

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Canada, Google Play All Access Is Now Available for You!

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all-access2Users of Google Services in the US have always been having an advantage since they get to go hands-on with them at the very launch of the product.

Today, Google marks the launch of All Access in another huge region – Canada! Another treat coming your way is that the fee is now discounted from $10 per month to $8. Everyone shall have one month of free access to try out the service in case you just want to be sure.

We’re just around the corner to witness the one year anniversary of All Access, maybe a flat $8 for everyone?

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May 5th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

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