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“Cast Screen” Button Now Works for Screen Mirroring to Chromecast

Posted by Kellex July - 9 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

This morning, Google announced that screen mirroring via Chromecast is now in public beta and would be available via the Chromecast app over the coming days. If you own a Nexus, you can start casting immediately without the Chromecast app. Thanks to built-in “Cast Screen” support that you have likely seen show up from time to time over the last couple of months in your Quick Settings Panel, a separate app isn’t needed.

Once Google announced that Chromecast mirroring was live, I watched as the “Cast Screen” button on both my Nexus 5 (running Android L) and Nexus 4 (running Android 4.4.4) went live. With a simple tap on that button, a menu appeared with nearby Chromecasts that were available to cast to. Once tapped, I was immediately connected and began mirroring my phone’s display through Chromecast. 

With native mirroring like this, you not only can mirror what’s on your screen, but audio seems to be coming through as well. There is some slight lag when flipping around your mirrored device, so gaming may not be an option. With that said, this is pretty solid screen mirroring. Good job, Google.

To test it yourself on a Nexus, connect to your the WiFi network that your Chromecast is attached to, and then either look for the “Cast Screen” button in your Quick Settings Toggle or jump into Settings>Display>Cast screen.

Google suggests that Chromecast mirroring is available on the following devices, though I would guess that only the Nexus and Google Play Edition devices listed will show this “Cast Screen” option without a Chromecast app.

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Nexus 10
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Google Play Edition)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  • HTC One M7
  • HTC One M7 (Google Play Edition)
  • LG G3
  • LG G2
  • LG G Pro 2
  • Support for additional devices coming soon

nexus 5 cast screen

“Cast Screen” Button Now Works for Screen Mirroring to Chromecast is a post from: Droid Life

Unofficial Android L port to Nexus 4 now available

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

It was inevitable, in a manner of speaking, that this would happen – what with all the Android L apps being ported from the system dump and getting them to work on specific handsets and devices. This time, the whole Android L developer preview – initially made available to Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 devices – has now been ported to work on the obviously older Nexus 4 device.

Again, kudos to all the good folks at XDA – this one posted by senior member “sykopompos” but credits a whole lot more whom he said worked with him with the port. The whole port is a big-ish 470MB download, and the thread starter has been kind enough to put in two alternate links for the download — check them at the source link.

As expected, one will have to go through the whole trouble of installing this port via custom recovery if you want to enjoy Android L goodness on your Nexus 4 device. The developer also warns that as this is a beta version of the port, there will be apps that do not work. The list (link included in the post) notably includes Firefox, Dropbox, video streaming apps Netflix and Hulu+, with some issues also found in the Facebook app. Check this thread for more information.


If you are a Nexus 4 device user, we feel your confusion. Admittedly, there are two ways to move on from here. You can say “oh to heck with it” and go jump into the unknown – and flash the heck out of your Nexus 4. If you do, you may enjoy Android L a bit earlier, but be ready for the updates to the port that will be sure to come. OR you can wait for the official update. There is solid information that Android L may indeed be coming to older Nexus devices including your Nexus 4. If it doesn’t, at least the port will likely be more stable at that point and you can flash anyways.


Android L Preview Hits AOSP for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 (Updated)

Posted by Kellex July - 2 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

When Google released the Android L Developer Preview last week to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), I can imagine that a number of you were disappointed – namely those with a Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012) or Nexus 10. While Google still hasn’t released flashable images for any of those devices today, they have pushed Android L code for each to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which means that your favorite developer will likely having something for you shortly in the form of a ROM

Once that happens and you get to flashing, you may want to cruise through the substantial list of Android L features we have already covered in a number of posts. You will find overviews of goodies like the new Quick Settings Panel, multi-tasking,  managing notifications, Heads-Up notifications, an improved Android Beam, Do Not Disturb mode, and more. To catch the full list, you will want to start here.

AOSP Links:  Nexus 5 | Nexus 4 | Nexus 10 | Nexus 7 (2013) | Nexus 7 (2013) LTE | Nexus 7 (2012) | Nexus 7 (2012) 3G

Update:  As has been noted in the comments, this is not full source, so no ROMs just yet. Meh.

Android L Preview Hits AOSP for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 (Updated) is a post from: Droid Life

Google posts Android L preview source code for various Nexus devices

Posted by wicked July - 2 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


The preview of Android L can now be tried on additional Nexus devices. Last week at Google I/O, the source code was made available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) while others were left out. Google has added the Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10, and Nexus 4 to the Android L preview. Older Nexus devices like the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S are obviously being left behind due to age.

Hit the break for individual links to each device.

Source: AOSP

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Nexus 7, 4, and 10 Android L update still possible

Posted by wicked July - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Google may probably have showed part of its hand regarding its Android L device update lineup when it sent binaries out today for devices. We already know that the Android L Developer Preview is available for the 2013 version of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 5. But does the binary rollout – which included the Nexus 4, the Nexus 7 (2012), and the Nexus 10 – mean that they are all getting Android L in the future?

That question is founded on a more than solid assumption, as Google usually sends binaries out to a range of devices which will have the same OS build. This week, it has also been confirmed that the latter three devices will also be getting a developer preview of Android L, although we will need to wait for the release of the build for download to confirm that.

The source of the “will-we-get-it-will-we-not” arguments regarding the older Nexus devices is actually Google’s own doing, when it announced the Android Update Alliance promise at Google I/O in 2011 where the mothership guaranteed support and updates to devices 18 months after their release.


Well, we know where that leads. The Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 were both released in November 2012 – that’s 19 months, 1 month over the promised limit. The 2012 iteration of the Nexus 7 was released June of that year, making it the oldest device in the discussion at 23 months after delivery. Google’s update policy will say that these devices might well be left out of the Android L train, but the binary releases tend to say otherwise. The bottom line – there is still hope for the older Nexus devices.

VIA: SlashGear

Android L developer preview now rooted on Nexus 5 and 7

Posted by wicked June - 28 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Well that was fast. The Android “L” test firmware – a developer preview for the Android version that was revealed at the Google I/O keynote and the one that we will all probably get the full version by later this year – was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 devices yesterday. And today, root access is delivered by the good folks at XDA (hooray!).

Brought to you by XDA Recognized Developer “savoca” just a few hours after its release, root access will now be available for your Android L Developer Preview. The Google keynote gave us a good view of what the “L” version would look like, and it’s mostly good. Our review will give you an idea of what it looks like, but it will not be that big of a departure from Android 4.4. The keynote hints at subtle changes and new features, not far removed from what Android 4.4 Kitkat users are used to today.

The procedure to gain root is fairly straightforward, but there are a few prerequisites. Your Nexus 5 or 7 needs to have a custom recovery installed. Then you flash, flash Chainfire’s SuperSU. The pick your device’s bootloader and fastboot from the list and flash the appropriate boot.img for your device. Easy, right?

Chainfire does warn that root access in the “L” version doesn’t work quite like as it did in the past. There will be apps that can write to /system and there will be others that cannot. Chainfire attributes this to previous root app breakage and the need for new security contexts. But other than this, root access will be available to you for Android L preview, which should be pretty useful moving forward. Grab the links from this XDA post.


Android L Preview now has root

Posted by wicked June - 27 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


If you own a Nexus 5 or a Nexus 7 (2013 WiFi), then you might have already taken the plunge and flashed the Android L Preview factory images. If you have, you might be happy to know that root has been achieved thanks to XDA developer savoca.

It doesn’t appear to be all that hard. Let’s put it this way….If you can flash the factory images, then you can probably root your device with this method. You will need a custom recovery installed, then flash Chainfire’s SuperSU. Finally, fastboot flash the appropriate boot.img. Not all that hard is it?

One thing to note is that root access with the L Preview is a little different regarding system write access, most likely due to the report from Chainfire. So you will find that certain apps can write to /system, while others cannot.

source: XDA

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Android L Developer Preview is live, Studio IDE in Beta

Posted by wicked June - 27 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

As promised, Google has let out the Developer Preview of the next version of Android, still dubbed as “Android L“, for programmers, enthusiasts, and curious cats to play with. This preview includes both the SDK tools and emulator images for testing Android L on your desktop as well as actual system images you can install, with great care, on a Nexus 5 or 7.

For developers, or those who are extremely curious but don’t have the two mentioned Nexus devices, the SDK route is the only option to go for a first-hand look at Android L. If you’ve already got an Android environment set up, it’s as easy as going to the Android SDK Manager and installing the necessary stuff for API level 20. There are 2 images available, one for Android targets and one for x86 machines, though whatever you choose doesn’t depend on the computer you are using but on what you’re developing for. If you don’t have the SDK yet, you’ll have to follow the rather involved process of downloading stuff like Java, Eclipse, and the Android SDK itself.

For the more adventurous people in the crowd that have their hands on a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi-only), there is an option to get Android L installed direct to the metal. Google is providing system images for these to download and flash on the devices. You still need to have the Android SDK installed as the process will use ADB (Android Debug Bridge) to flash the images. Do note that these are developer previews and not stable releases. Proceed at your own risk. If you do decide to revert to a more reliable version, simply download the proper factory image and binary drivers and flash them as well.

Google is also taking the opportunity to announce the beta release of Android Studio. This IDE or Integrated Development Environment will soon replace the multi-step process of installing the Android SDK on supported operating systems. So instead of downloading pieces one at a time, you’ll just need to get one package to install. Care to take Android L for a spin? If you do, let us know what you find, like, or dislike in this upcoming Android incarnation.


SOURCE: Google

Android L

Well folks, it’s finally here.

Want to grab the Android L developer preview factory images? Just hit the break. (For the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7.)

But first, heed this warning from Google.

The Android preview system image is not a stable release, and may contain errors and defects that can result in damage to your computer systems, devices, and data. The preview Android system image is not subject to the same testing as the factory OS and can cause your phone and installed services and applications to stop working.

Grab the download link in the source, and as always be careful.


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Google issues Android 4.4.3 update for Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE

Posted by wicked June - 24 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


While many Nexus devices are already receiving Android 4.4.4, Google is making sure one of its tablets don’t fall too far behind. The Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE is receiving Android 4.4.3. Google has posted the factory images and binaries, ready for your consumption. We do not know how far behind Android 4.4.4 is for this tablet, but we would have to assume it will not be to long. Just hit the links below to grab everything as the over-the-air (OTA) update has yet to go live.

[Factory images] [Binaries]

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