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Nexus 4, Nexus 9 to miss out on some Android 5.0 Lollipop camera features

Posted by wicked December - 21 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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As Android device makers continue to work on bringing Android Lollipop to legacy hardware, one of the issues we will see is the inability of older devices to take advantage of all features available in the new operating system. This is a result of some older hardware simply not being capable of supporting newer technologies that did not exist when originally produced. A good example of this is the Nexus 4 and the camera hardware that will not be able to support some features of the new Camera2 API.

According to a posting in the Google Code Issue tracker, the Nexus 4 will not be able to access full manual controls or full RAW output in DNG format. Along with the limitations placed on the Nexus 4, the Nexus 9 will also be limited a bit in not getting support for DNG output.

Google says adding support for these newer features to older hardware will be up to device manufacturers, but they warn it is not an easy process. The retrofit usually requires a complete rewrite of the camera HAL module, which is basically the driver for the camera. Even if that is done, some hardware may not be capable of supporting some features.

source: Google Issue Tracker
via: Ausdroid

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Moto X (2014) now receiving Lollipop update in the UK

Posted by wicked December - 21 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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If you own a Moto X (2014) and reside in the UK, you may want to listen up, as Motorola has just started pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of the handset located in the region.

All the changes you’d expect to find in Lollipop are bundled into this upgrade, 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 distributed in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device, you can search for the update manually. To do so simply follow the four steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”
  3. Hit “System Updates”
  4. Tap on “Check for update”

If you own a 2104 Moto X and you’re situated in the United Kingdom, why not drop us a line in the comments section below letting us know when you receive the update?

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Major Update for the Sony Smartwatch 2 Brings DND and More

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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With the wearables landscape now dominated by Android Wear and Pebble, it’s understandable if it seems that other wearable devices have faded into the background, and perhaps even forgotten. And with Sony pushing their newest smartwatch, the Smartwatch 3, which runs Android Wear, the Smartwatch 2 and its Sony-developed OS seem to have been put on the back burner. No updates for the device in the last few months certainly makes it seem this way.

But it looks like the Smartwatch 2 hasn’t been forgotten by Sony, as quite a major update has arrived for the device introducing some useful features. One of them is the ability to customize the order of apps in watch’s home screens, a function which, in all honesty, should’ve been available since the beginning. You can now also choose up to three watch faces which you can swipe between on your SW, a neat feature for quickly switching watch faces for different occasions, or for folks who find themselves getting bored of their watch face easily. And the final feature introduced with this update is a ‘Do not disturb’ feature in the settings.

So if you’ve been waiting for an update to come to the SW2, wait no more. You should be receiving an update notification very soon, if not already. And if you have, share your thoughts about the update with us in the comments below.

[Via Xperia blog]

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Deezer update: lyrics you can read or sing-along to

Posted by wicked December - 20 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

With the continued popularity of Spotify (despite Taylor Swift’s break-up with them) and Google creating YouTube Music Key, competition in the music streaming service has never been tougher. Another competitor, Deezer, is stepping up its game in the latest update as it gives users the chance not just to listen to songs they like but sing-along to the ones they love with the new lyrics feature.

If you’re a true blue music lover, you will always have the urge to sing along to your favorite songs, but not all of them have clear cut lyrics. Deezer has partnered with LyricFind so that you have the option to look at the lyrics while you’re listening to a song. No more mishearing Starbucks lovers in a Taylor Swift song (yes, she’s on this music streaming service) or thinking Jennifer Lopez is expressing love for her puppy instead of her Papi.

You have the option to display the entire song at once, or if you feel like doing a little karaoke, you can view it in sing-along mode. Not all songs however have the lyrics already, only those that have a microphone icon will be able to display the words. But they are working on having this for all 35 million songs in their library. This feature is available in all of its platforms like smartphones, tablets and even desktops.

While some of the other music streaming services like Spotify can also do this through third-party apps. Deezer is probably the first to have it built-in to the app. This feature is available in both the free and premium services when you update your app. If you don’t have it yet on your device, you can download it from the Google Play Store.

Minuum update: multiple languages at once, material design

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

With the global community becoming smaller and more connected due to the Internet and digital technology, more and more people are becoming bilingual or even multi-lingual, in either business and/or in their personal lives. Sometimes, when communicating with other people, they even use two or more languages at the same time. Virtual keyboard Minuum is giving this kind of users an easier time by giving the app simultaneous multilingual capabilities.

Version 3.0.1 of Minuum now sports an experimental feature that allows you to use multiple languages simultaneously when typing on the virtual keyboard while using any app. When you type on the single row of letters (which is one of the unusual selling points of the app), you will receive recommendations from the multiple languages that you activated in the settings. The update will also show you a status bar for the other language packs that you’re adding so you know how much time is remaining for the download to finish.

The newest version of the app also has a Material Design make-over, to keep it looking at par with other Google apps and (if your smartphone is already updated or will soon) with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Other minor updates shown in the changelog includes option to enable bonus panel shortcut, better compound words prediction, quicker secondary character selection, and a fix for the fonts in the mini keyboard.

There are also new themes available in the in-app purchases for the Minuum store. You can either choose the free version of Minuum or upgrade to the full version for $3.99, which of course has more features.

VIA: Android Police

Android 5.0.2 LRX22G Factory Image for Nexus 7 (WiFi) Randomly Shows Up

Posted by Kellex December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Don’t bother getting comfortable with Android 5.0.1. Google just posted a factory image of Android 5.0.2 (LRX22G) for the Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi (“nakasi”).  Yep, they did.

This should mean that an OTA update is on the way for this device, but it could also mean that the rest of the Nexus family could see a jump to 5.0.2 as well. As always, we will be on the lookout for OTA .zips and will pass those along as they come in. 

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For instructions on flashing factory images, hit up this tutorial.

Via:  Google

Android 5.0.2 LRX22G Factory Image for Nexus 7 (WiFi) Randomly Shows Up is a post from: Droid Life

Android 5.0.1 Update Starts Rolling Out to Moto G (2nd Gen), Maybe Original Moto G Too

Posted by Kellex December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The Moto G (2nd gen) appears to be one of the first non Nexus or Google Play Edition devices to receive the newest update to Android 5.0.1, according to a reader of ours who picked up the update within the last hour. The build showed up on his phone as system version 22.21.25 and build number LXB22.46-25. It’s tough to tell if there is a wide rollout on the verge of happening or if he is simple a lucky early receiver. 

In case you weren’t familiar with the current Lollipop-Moto G (2nd gen) situation, just know that Motorola announced the update back in early November, except many never did receive it. It’s almost as if they discovered a last minute bug, pulled the update, and decided to go silent until the next build was ready. That time may have finally come.

We are also seeing at least one Moto G (1st gen) owner as having received a similar Android 5.0.1 update. According to images posted to Google+, the original Moto G is looking at system version 220.21.25 and build number LXB22.46-25.

Moto G owners, be sure to check your devices for updates!

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Cheers Shemar!

Android 5.0.1 Update Starts Rolling Out to Moto G (2nd Gen), Maybe Original Moto G Too is a post from: Droid Life

[APK Download] Google updates Opinion Rewards app with Material Design

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Google has just updated its Opinion Rewards application in the Play Store. The app now has a new ‘card view’ and a completely redesigned user interface, which complies with the company’s recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

For those unaware, the app allows its users to take part in quick surveys in order to earn Google Play credit and, believe it or not, some of the survey’s are rather fun and are a good way of passing the time. Users can earn a maximum of $1.00 in Play credit for completing each survey, which asks questions like, “Which logo is best?”, and “When do you plan on traveling next?”

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being distributed in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device, you can search for the update manually. To do so simply head into the Play Store,” then “My Apps,” and select “Opinion Rewards.”Alternatively, you can scan the QR code below to initiate the procedure.

If the update’s isn’t ready for your device just yet, don’t worry. You can always navigate to this page to manually download and install the APK on your handset.

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Play Store Download Link

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Sony publishes changelog for recent Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact update

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Just over a week ago, Sony started rolling out an over-the-air update to unlocked models of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact located in the US. At the time of release, we didn’t know exactly what the upgrade consisted of, but, thankfully, we do now as the Japanese company has posted an official changelog on its website.

Hit the break below to see what you can expect from build 23.0.1.A.5.77.

  • Enhanced audio volume in notifications and ringtones
  • New Xperia™ camera app: Portrait retouch
  • Improved Exchange ActiveSync performance
  • Fine-tuned audio for speakerphone
  • Stability and performance improvements

So it’s mostly bug fixes, but we’re not complaining. In our eyes, any update, big or small, is a step in the right direction as it shows that manufacturers are committed to making their devices the best they can possibly be.

If you haven’t downloaded the upgrade yet, head into ‘Settings’, ‘About Device’, then tap ‘Check for Updates’ to manually install it.

Source: Sony

 

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LG G3′s in India now receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop update

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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LG is currently in the process of pushing out an update to all unlocked variants of the G3 located in India. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop build, together with a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

The full changelog can be seen below.

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 most timely 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.

Ambient Display: While your phone’s display is off, Ambient Display can show notifications without turning on the full display. This will be triggered when a notification arrives. You will see notifications similar to that shown on the lock screen.  You can turn this feature on in the Display menu in Settings, and note that it will increase the power consumption of your device.

Motorola Assist and Downtime: Motorola Assist integrates the new Downtime settings to control when you don’t want to be disturbed.  Motorola Assist also now uses the new Interruptions settings so that you can customize exceptions, such as letting only people on your starred contacts list get through.

Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).

Share your Device: You can now set up multiple user accounts on your phone.  Guest mode is enabled by default.  You can give calling and text privileges to other users of your device, or restrict them as you like in the Users menu under Settings. Note that the personalized Motorola experiences (Motorola Assist, Motorola Connect)  are for the owner account only. The Motorola Camera, Motorola Gallery, and Motorola FM Radio applications support multiple user accounts.

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.

Smart Lock (Trusted Devices): Android Lollipop adds native support for allowing trusted devices to keep your phone unlocked (such as your Moto 360, a Bluetooth car kit or headset, etc.).  Smart Lock replaces the prior trusted device capability in your Motorola phone.  Note that you will need to add your trusted devices back after the transition to Lollipop in the Security settings menu under Smart Lock.

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.

If you have not yet received a push notification prompting you to download and install the update, simply head into ‘Settings’, ‘About Device’, then tap ‘Check for Updates’ to manually scan for it.

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