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Google announces upgrades to both Android Studio and Polymer

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Google today at I/O 2015 unveiled the next version of its development environment, Android Studio. At the same time, the company announced Poylmer 1.0, which is a web app toolkit designed to help developers bring apps and the web closer together.

Version 1.3 of Android Studio brings with it a whole host of hand features, such as native support for C/C++ development, faster build speeds, and a new memory profiler. Google’s addition of native support for C/C++ makes coding easier by eliminating the need for Google’s Native Development Kit (NDK). Instead, developers will be able to build software using the native coding language in Android 1.3. It removes a lot of hassle.

Google also announced Polymer 1.0, which has been rebuilt for “speed and efficiency.” It brings some handy features with it, such as allowing developers to simply drop in common features like toolbars and menus. It also now lets you add services like Maps and Charts and gives developers a way to build a mobile checkout flow within their apps. You can get the latest version of Polymer here.

Be sure to check out all of TalkAndroid’s Google I/O 2015 coverage.

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Developer Preview build of Android M will be available for Nexus devices later today

Posted by wicked May - 28 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Google is announcing many new things at I/O 2015 such as Android Pay, HBO NOW‘s imminent arrival on Android and Chromecast and statistics such as how many Chromecast customers it has. But, if you are the owner of a Nexus 5/6/9 or Nexus Player device, there’s probably only thing you are truly interested in hearing – whether there will be a developer preview build available for Android M.

Nexus 5, 6, 9 and PlayerWell, you are in luck. Google has posted a page with all the details pertaining to the Android M Developer Preview build. To get started, you need to follow these steps:

  • Update to Android Studio v1.3+ Preview
  • Visit the M Developer Preview site for downloads and documentation
  • Explore the new APIs and App Permissions changes
  • Explore the Android Design Support Library and Google Play Services APIs
  • Get the emulator system images through the SDK Manager or download the Nexus  device system images
  • Test your app with your supported Nexus device or emulator
  • Give us feedback

The Android M Developer Preview build download links aren’t live yet, although they should be available for download after the keynote finishes, just click the source link for them. You can follow the rest of our Google I/O 2015 coverage right here.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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Android M may bring along two-year update guarantee for Nexus devices

Posted by wicked May - 25 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Google Nexus 6Android M is due for an announcement very soon, but we’re still hearing rumors about what’s going to come with the latest version of Google’s mobile OS. The newest rumor has more to do with how Android M will affect certain Nexus devices than general software enhancements, but it’s still very useful information when considering which device to purchase.

This rumor suggests Google will be enforcing a hard cut-off for software updates for Nexus updates. Nexus devices will receive major software updates for two years, and security updates for three years from new Android version release dates. So a Nexus device that’s released in November of 2015 will receive Android updates through November of 2017 and security updates through November 2018. That’s still a pretty long time and probably longer than anyone is keeping a phone, but that should help those of you that are buying older devices to save money. Google will alternatively provide updates for 18 months after a device is purchased from the Play Store, which seems to indicate that Google will keep a steady schedule for how long they’ll be offering devices through the Play Store.

As for current Nexus devices, this policy means the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and 2012 Nexus 7 won’t be getting an Android M update. They’ll still be slated for security patches, but no more officially supported major OS updates from Google. The Nexus 5 will see updates up until the end of this year, then security updates for another year, and the newer Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are good until the fall of 2016.

Google will likely clarify this information soon, whether at Google I/O, with the release of Android M, or with the launch of whatever Nexus device they have planned this year.

source: Android Police

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T-Mobile Nexus 6 now said to be getting the WiFi calling update

Posted by wicked May - 22 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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T-Mobile’s popular social media figure, Des on Twitter has subtly hinted that the WiFi calling update for the Nexus 6 could be rolling out starting today. His tweet said the following – “This is shaping up to be a very Happy Memorial day weekend… #Nexus6

While he’s not making it obvious that the update is being sent out, the responses to the tweet mention that it is currently being sent out to the devices. Also the hashtag leaves nothing to the imagination.

We’re yet to see anything on the company’s site at the moment, but we’ll update you with more information as we have it. There shouldn’t be any other changes bundled with the update as the carrier is only enabling the WiFi calling feature.

So T-Mobile Nexus 6 users, are you seeing the update yet?

Source: @askdes – Twitter

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Samsung starts pushing out Android 5.0.2 update for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Brazil

Posted by wicked May - 21 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Today, Samsung started rolling out the Android 5.0.2 update to all unlocked variants of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge located in Brazil. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.

All the changes you’d expect to find in this upgrade have been bundled into it, including support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and the recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device, you can always search for the update manually.

Source: SamMobile

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iHeartRadio gets an update with some minor UI tweaks

Posted by wicked May - 21 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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The iHeartRadio application on Android has just received a new update which brings a minor UI change with the addition of a colored status bar. There are no other notable changes with the app, so you won’t find anything else new onboard here.

iHeartRadio is a free to use service which will come across as a decent alternative for many other paid services out there. If you’re new to the app, make sure you head over to the link below and download the app.

Are you an existing user of iHeartRadio? What do you make of this new update?

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Verizon employee confirms mid-June for DROID Turbo Lollipop update, then pulls post

Posted by wicked May - 21 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

DROID_Turbo_Back_TAWe have good news and bad news for DROID Turbo owners. Earlier today, a Verizon employee confirmed a mid-June release date for the Lollipop update on the device. However, not long after that post on Google+, it was deleted and is no longer accessible.

If the post was accurate, then we’re barely a month away from Lollipop rolling out to devices, but having it deleted so quickly could mean many things. Maybe the employee jumped the gun and made the announcement before he was sure that they could hit their target launch date, or maybe they found some crippling issues that are going to push it back even further.

As of right now, there’s no word from Verizon or Motorola on what the situation looks like, so we’ll just have to keep an ear out for any more news related to the Turbo. However it goes, we’ll know one way or the other in a month.

source: Google+

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Download and Install the Android 5.1.1 OTA update for the Nexus 4

Posted by wicked May - 20 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Android 5.1.1 update is now rolling to Nexus 4 devices, but who the hell wants to wait 2 to 3 weeks for it? You can manually download the actual and official over-the-air (OTA) update from Google and flash if yourself.

I know what you’re thinking. You think you need to be a rocket scientist or you need a rooted device. Well you don’t. If I can do it, you can do it. Just hit up our very extensive guide that will walk you through each and every step. If you happen to be a seasoned pro and don’t need the guide, just grab the OTA update from the link below.

Nexus 4 (ossam) From LMY47O to LMY47V (5.1.1)

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Verizon starts rolling out Lollipop OTA for the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE

Posted by wicked May - 20 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Verizon is currently in process of rolling out the Android 5.0.2 update to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE in the U.S. This upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop to the handset, along with a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the mosttimely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

 

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your LG G Pad 8.3, you could always search for the update manually.

 

 

 

 

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 shipping this week, company comments on software updates approach

Posted by wicked May - 20 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Customers that pre-ordered the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 will soon begin to see the handset arrive on their doorsteps. The company notified us this evening that orders placed through the Alcatel OneTouch site and Amazon will ship on May 21. The Idol 3 was announced in April with an impressive price of $249 that should capture the attention of people looking to unlock themselves from carrier restrictions.

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Steve Cistulli, Senior Vice President and General Manager of North America for Alcatel OneTouch, commented on how software updates will be approached with the Idol 3:

“We’re committed to ensuring that we always have the very best user experience possible and plan to have IDOL 3 software updates available to consumers via over-the-air updates. Timing on these updates will be on a rolling basis as needed.”

As long as Alcatel OneTouch remains true to delivering consistent updates, customers will see huge benefits as being unlocked means that carriers cannot get in the way.

Stay tuned for our review of the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3.

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