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Android Wear Update 4.4W.2 Rolling Out to Moto 360

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

It appears as though the same update which hit the G Watch from LG today is now rolling out to owners of the Moto 360. Inside the update, which is numbered 4.4W.2, users should expect to see support for offline music playback, GPS support (for compatible devices), and bug fixes. 

Motorola has posted a full changelog through its blog, which we have placed right below. Included are a few cool features, such as an auto turn off of Ambient Mode, Mood Lighting, tweaks for the user interface, and much more.

  • Smart Battery Saving – When your battery hits 15%, your Moto 360 will turn off ambient mode, so you don’t have to remember to.
  • Timely Time Checks – Moto 360 will synchronize the time with your phone more often to make sure it is up to the minute.
  • User Interface Tweaks – We observed with consumers that there are many times where you want to use your Moto 360 as truly a classic watch—a beautiful way to see the time. A new gesture now lets you see the full watch face without permanently dismissing a notification. Just touch the top of a notification and swipe down. You’ll see the notification again when you have another high priority notification.
  • Mood Lighting – Moto 360 will adjust to the lighting of the room while charging, so that it isn’t too bright or too dark.
  • Readying the wires for Bluetooth – There are a couple of under-the-hood enhancements that will pave the way for connecting Bluetooth headsets to the watch.
  • Bug Squashing – As usual, bugs are squashed to enhance the overall user experience.

If you own a Moto 360 smartwatch, be on the lookout tonight.

Via: Motorola
Cheers John and Zach!

Android Wear Update 4.4W.2 Rolling Out to Moto 360 is a post from: Droid Life

Notif Widget lets you access notifications from any screen or app

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Notifications should be plain and simple but there’s no stopping developers from improving on them. Why should notifications be boring when you can have fun with them? This NotifWidget is a new app that let’s you interact with notifications right on the lock screen, DayDream screen saver, or home screen. This is pretty much like the Notify! app we featured a few months ago.

The NotifWidget app allows you to customize the colors, clock sizes, background colors, and filter notifications. The app also provides full control of all media players and actions to you can use them directly within the app. The main feature of the NotfiWidget is to allow the user to create many widgets as needed. You can make one for your lock screen, for DayDream, or on your home screen–so you can access your notifications from any app.

To create a lock screen widget, go to System Settings>Security>Check Enable Widgets. Turn screen off then turn on. Swipe the left of your lock screen and touch the + icon you see. Choose the app as your primary one to replace the default clock setting.

The app was earlier released but the developer recently posted an update to include new settings button on the widget, fix some bugs, and the clear all button added without the clock.

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Download NotifWidget from the Google Play Store

DL Deals Giveaway: Pick Your Android Phone of Choice, Now Includes the Nexus 6

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Update:  We wanted to point out that the contest now includes the newly announced Nexus 6.

Over at the DL Deals site, you will find a contest running that (in about 2 months) will reward one of you with a free Android phone of choice. It’s as simple as ever to enter – create an account there and click the “Enter” button. That gives you a single entry, but you can grab another six entries if you share the contest through social sites. 

The phones to choose from should you win are:

  1. The Galaxy Note 4
  2. The Moto X (2nd gen, newest model)
  3. The HTC One (M8)
  4. The LG G3
  5. The Galaxy Note Edge
  6. The Nexus 6

The contest ends on 11/9 with a winner being chosen on 12/8.

Contest Link

DL Deals Giveaway: Pick Your Android Phone of Choice, Now Includes the Nexus 6 is a post from: Droid Life

Shots of Google Calendar material design overhaul surface

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The calendar app on a smartphone may not be the most interesting app users access, but it is typically one of the core functions of our mobile devices. Although they may not be “sexy,” calendars play an important role and people are interested in attempts to make the data contained within their calendars easy to access. With the updates rolling out for a host of Google apps to implement their new material design guidelines and appear as part of Android Lollipop, the calendar app is on the list. Some new screenshots of the updated app have been obtained that reveal some of the work Google has done to refresh the calendar.

The main view for the new Calendar app is called the “Schedule” which puts the month on top with a bottom pane displaying weeks or days with events embedded therein. Users can quickly pull down the month to see a small display of the entire month similar to how some third-party calendar apps display things.  Using the overflow icon, users can access other views for days or weeks as well as a search option.

Using the hamburger icon, users can select the calendars to be shown and figure out which colors go with which calendars. Speaking of colors, users will likely notice the abundant use of colors and headers throughout the app, consistent with other material design based apps. Like much of what Google has been pushing for, things like the event creation function feature a clean, concise interface. Sources indicate some of the fields will include an auto-suggest type feature that brings up suggestions as users are typing things like a name or a location.

We will be on the lookout for this latest update to appear in the Play Store and start hitting devices sometime in the next couple weeks leading up to the Android Lollipop official release.

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source: Android Police

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Love The Simpsons? Every Episode Now Available Online, Streamable Through FXNOW App

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

For fans of Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, Maggie, and Santa’s Little Helper, you can now access every episode of The Simpsons directly online or through your mobile device through the FXNOW app on Google Play. 

The launch of Simpsons World has been a pretty big deal online, given that access to every single episode has really only been possible by purchasing DVDs, or subscribing to Hulu, but that only allowed access to select seasons.

If watching all of those older episodes interests you, and you have a cable subscription that allows for using the FXNOW application, go grab it off of Google Play.

Play Link

Via: Simpsons World

Love The Simpsons? Every Episode Now Available Online, Streamable Through FXNOW App is a post from: Droid Life

Tuesday Poll: Nexus 6 on Which Carrier?

Posted by Kellex October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Google has done something with the Nexus 6 that we weren’t sure we would ever see – compatibility and availability with every major wireless carrier in the US. In case you missed the wildness of last week’s Nexus 6 announcement, just know that you should be able to buy the new Nexus phone and use it on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon. Yes, that says “Verizon.” We don’t have pricing or launch dates from many of the carriers (T-Mobile says November 12), but all have confirmed in some way or another that they plan to carry the phone. Verizon confirmed directly to us, even though they didn’t issue a press release.

So now that you got your wish – carrier choice with a Nexus phone – it’s time to tell us which carrier you plan to use the Nexus 6 on.

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

Tuesday Poll: Nexus 6 on Which Carrier? is a post from: Droid Life

T-Mobile HTC One M8 Gets Selfie-Friendly Android 4.4.4 OTA

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The T-Mobie variant of HTC One (M8) just now received an over-the-air update bumping the Android version to 4.4.4, the final revision of KitKat. While this version of Android is overall considered a rather small update, the Taiwanese OEM added the HTC EYE Experience, which is a huge step in pleasing all selfie lovers.

From now on, taking a self-shot photo is extremely easy. You can take a perfect snap by holding the phone still for two seconds or saying, “Say Cheese.” The new firmware will also allow you to use both front and back camera to take a photo at the same time. There are plenty other, photo-related functions that have been introduced with this update. This feature maybe is not too innovative, but some of you folks may find it useful.

The update is quite heavy as for minor revision. The 256 meg update contains loads of patches for apps and the system frameworks to make the firmware even more polished. If you own T-Mobile’s HTC One M8, we have good news for you. XDA Recognized Contributor Rydah805 managed to capture the OTA package for your sideloading pleasure. Remember to revert to stock recovery if you want to install it. It’s the only requirement to get the OTA update working.

The post T-Mobile HTC One M8 Gets Selfie-Friendly Android 4.4.4 OTA appeared first on xda-developers.

Samsung teases Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Samsung recently published a tweet teasing an upcoming Lollipop update for its flagship phablet of 2014, the Note 4. As you’d expect, updating their devices to Android 5.0 is a priority for any manufacturer, but what’s a little strange is that the South Korean company is already publicizing its plans to roll out the upgrade even though Google is still in the process of loading its servers with its final code.

This leaves one question on the tip of our tongues: How close can Samsung really be to rolling out the update? Unfortunately, there isn’t an answer to this question, but it is important to bear in mind that HTC is currently the only OEM to promise a delivery date, which is 90 days after they receive final code from Google. Seeing as the search engine giant hasn’t published this information as of yet, neither manufacturers could have possibly started on development.

So, understandably, we’re a little confused as to what exactly Samsung is teasing here. Is it just announcing that the update is on the way? Or is it actually revealing that it will be here sooner rather than later? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below.

Source: Twitter

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Paranoid Android 4.6 beta 5 “Playful Pitaya” goes live

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Paranoid Android has made another beta release of the 4.6 branch of their custom ROM, and this time they’re back on track at hammering out the feature set for Dynamic Status Bars, or DSB in the ROM’s parlance. But although the dev team just ironed out some pretty major showstopper bugs, they seem to be inviting even more headache by letting users fine tune the DSB animation just the way they want it right down to the last millisecond.

Dynamic Status Bars try to mimic the new Material Design convention in Android L which matches the notification and navigation panels’ colors with that of the underlying app’s color scheme. This gives an Android Lollipop feel to PA version 4.6, which remains squarely on Android KitKat’s turf. DSB, however, doesn’t just simply swap out colors but instead animates the transition from one color to the next, which might be too slow or too fast for some.

PA devs will let users decide for themselves how fast or slow they want it, at least for now. The setting is labeled as a power feature and in fact, you’ll have to know a bit of ADB command line to do it:

adb shell su -c ‘settings put system experimentaldsbfrequency 2′

2 is the default and 20 is the absolute fastest, but PA doesn’t recommend going below 0. The devs also warn users not to get too attached to this feature, as they might remove it later on before the final release.

As to when that final release comes, PA isn’t saying yet. Paranoid Android 4.5 didn’t get as many beta rounds before 4.6 took over, so we’re hoping PA could close this door really soon before they starting making preparations for an eventual Android 5.0 shift. That said, the biggest question in mind right now is why is Paranoid Android starting to name its releases ala Ubuntu now?

SOURCE: Paranoid Android

PhotoMath Coming to Android in 2015, Does Math Homework for You and Shows Work

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

A new application called PhotoMath is making the rounds this morning, as it is now available for iOS and Windows devices. Sadly, it won’t launch onto Android until sometime in 2015. But until then, kids and adults of all ages who struggle with math can look forward to its release, as the PhotoMath app is set to do all of your homework for you. 

The app could not work more simply. If a math problem is written on a piece of paper, just point your camera at the problem, then PhotoMath will solve it instantly on the display. Not only does it show you the answer, but you can have the app display exactly how it got to the answer, breaking down the steps it takes to solve it. So, in some way, at least it can be a teaching tool with that feature.

While many problems could arise from an app like this in the classroom, it will be up to the schools and teachers to be more vigilant when it comes to students and cellphones.

Will every child download this immediately? Yes. Will this app be the bane of every teacher’s existence? Undoubtedly.

Via: Engadget | TechCrunch | PhotoMath

PhotoMath Coming to Android in 2015, Does Math Homework for You and Shows Work is a post from: Droid Life