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Two members of the Android team – engineering director David Singleton and VP of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer – sat down with CNET this week for a quick Q&A about the current and future status of Android Wear, the company’s wearables platform, likely because we are about to see a handful of new devices running it this week at IFA. In the chat, both Singleton and Lockheimer talk updates that are direct from Google, new use cases, and most importantly, new features that we will see very soon. 

In terms of updates, the Android team plans to push out “several” before the end of the year, with one coming this week. We aren’t sure what will be highlighted in this week’s update other than improved navigation and voice actions, but at some point this year (my guess is this week), we will see Android Wear be able to pair with Bluetooth headsets, so that in theory, you could load up music on your watch, take off for a run, and listen to music without your phone (or wires). The Android team will also introduce GPS support for watches that have the correct GPS hardware inside. If you were to take off for that previously mentioned run without your phone, thanks to GPS, your data will be tracked and saved for syncing once you return home and your watch can be re-connected to data. Finally, the watch face API could be here sooner than you think. David Singleton mentioned that we could start to see watch faces that include hiking or running info, sports scores, or even stock information in real time, very soon.

In case you missed our coverage on this during the Android Wear launch, these updates will come directly from Google. The Android team has full control over Android Wear updates, because for one, the platform is so new that they want to be able to iterate faster than they would with a phone OS. There is also less at stake and less players involved, so the quicker they can improve Android Wear, the better (and easier).

To read the full Q&A, hit up the source link below.

Via:  CNET [Q&A]

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Pocket Lock locks your phone automatically when you put it in a pocket

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

If you have ever dialed someone accidentally when you were trying to put your phone into your pocket, you know how embarrassing that can be. An app called Pocket Lock can help you be sure that you never butt dial anyone again. Pocket Lock is an intelligent lock and unlock application.

One of the things it can do is lock your phone automatically when you put it into your pocket. The app will keep your phone locked until you pull it out of your pocket when it can unlock your device automatically.

Pocket Lock has been updated recently and the update adds back in the ability to start the app on boot, which was accidentally removed in a previous update. Gravity and proximity sensors are used by the app for the automatic locking and unlocking action.

The app is disabled during phone calls and can be disabled when the screen is rotated. The app measures 317KB and has been installed 10,000-50,000 times according to Google Play. Pocket Lock is free with no ads and is on version 1.4.2, Android 4.0 or higher is required for the app to function.

SOURCE: Google Play

NVIDIA Shield high-end gaming tablet gets first big update

Posted by Tom August - 30 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

The NVIDIA Shield gaming tablet has gained top reviews not only for its gaming capabilities, but as a great all-rounder too.

It’s just got a little better thanks to the first big update, which fixes camera performance, WiFi stability, improves Shield HUB and Gamestream functions, and more.

In full, the update improves the following:

 

  • Improved WiFi stability in certain scenarios
  • Improved camera performance
  • NVIDIA PRISM feature toggle
  • Stability improvements to SHIELD Hub and Gamestream
  • ShadowPlay performance optimizations
  • Localization improvements
  • Audio optimizations
  • Misc. stability improvements

Via geeky-gadgets

NVIDIA SHIELD update brings tablet to v1.1

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

NVIDIA has released a new update for the SHIELD tablet that brings the device to version 1.1. Contained in the update are enhancements and bug fixes for the operating system that makes the tablet perform better and be more stable. WiFi stability is improved in the update in certain use scenarios.

A PRISM feature toggle has been added and stability improvements for SHIELD Hub and Gamestream have been added. Performance optimizations for ShadowPlay have been added along with improvements in localization.

New audio options are available with the update along with several miscellaneous stability improvements. Users can download the latest update of the tablet by going into the Settings > About SHIELD> System updates section.

If you are unfamiliar with the SHIELD tablet, check out the article we have on the five highlights of the slick gaming device. It packs in an NVIDIA Tegra K1 Chipset with 192 CUDA cores and Kepler graphics. One of the best aspects of the tablet for gamers is the wireless controller that makes gaming more like console gaming than mobile gaming.

SOURCE: NVIDIA

AT&T Galaxy S5 software update weighs in at 142.8MB

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Samsung Galaxy S5 users who are on AT&T have a new software update for their phones to download and install. The update is a big one and you will have to be on WiFi to download its 142.8MB bulk. The update is available for people to download via FOTA.

In the update are security patches, application installation enhancements, and a fix for an accidental emergency dial issue on the lock screen. The update also brings with it fixes for several lower layer modem crash issues and improvements for sluggish performance in some instances.

Email UX fixes are included along with a fix for S-View cover errors along with improvements to the re-activation lock to round out the new features in the latest update. AT&T recommends that S5 owners back up their devices to SD card or other method before applying the update.

Once the update is finished installing users can verify the update by looking in the About device section of the System category. After the update, the information found there will reflect Android version 4.4.2, Baseband version G900AUCU2ANG3, Kernel version 3.4.0-2178781, and build number KOTH49H G900AUCU2ANG3. Check out the review of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone here for more details on the device.

SOURCE: AT&T

ESPN SportsCenter update: watch and listen to live streams

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

With the NFL season starting next week (that’s American football, not the other kind of football to you), sports fans for sure will be enthusiastically logging on to their various sports app to keep updated with their favourite teams. The ESPN SportsCenter app for Android will not be left out in the cold as the latest update now includes the ability to listen to the radio streaming and watch the latest videos from the sports channel.

It’s been proven that sports fans love to consume digital content as much as they love to watch their favourite teams duke it out on the field or court or pitch or wherever they play. One of the foremost updates in the ESPN SportsCenter app is bringing football fans better NFL and College Football mobile coverage. And if you choose which teams to follow in whatever sports you’re interested in, they are now grouped at the top of the SC scores panel.

But probably what would interest users more is the OnAir feature which gives them one-click access to the latest radio streaming of whatever sporting event is being covered and also access to WatchESPN videos. This will become crucial if you’re stuck at work or at a party while an important game is ongoing and you have no access to a TV. The alerts will also now take you directly to the stories and videos that you are interested in.

So to prep yourself for another season-long of excitement and/or heartbreak for your football team, go and install the newly updated ESPN SportsCenter app on your smartphone. You can download it for free from the Google Play Store.

T-Mobile Galaxy S 5 gets a small software update

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Samsung_Galaxy_S_5_Back_TAT-Mobile is pushing out a small software update to their Galaxy S 5. There are no new features, but the change log states the update brings improved audio and software stability. Bug fixes never hurt, right?

This update brings the T-Mobile GS5 up to software version G900TUVU1BNG4, and you can snag the update OTA or through Kies.

source: T-Mobile

 

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OnePlus One XNPH33R update addresses touchscreen issues

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

It’s only been a couple weeks since the last update for the OnePlus One smartphone landed back on August 12. Despite the short time span since the last update, the new update is one that many OnePlus One users have been clamoring for because this one aims to fix issues some users have been having with the smartphone’s touchscreen.

This update is XNPH33R incremental and is a maintenance release with critical updates inside. Other than packing a fix for touchscreen issues, it has some other stuff inside that users will appreciate. One of the other issues addressed in this update is poor battery life that some are experiencing.

The change list also shows a new radio image and some unspecified audio fixes. The update decreases power consumption in idle state and the update brings other unspecified audio fixes. A CVE-2014-4943 security update is also included for a serious security issue that could allow nefarious users to gain privileges with the phone.

Unfortunately, early users of the update are saying that it doesn’t completely fix the issues with the touchscreen. Reports indicate that the screen is still jumpy making it hard to unlock the phone using trace patterns. A video of the multitouch issues with the phone can be viewed above.

VIA: Android Police

Make contact with latest Google Glass update

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Google is rolling out an update to Google Glass this week that includes some improvements to the way users access their contacts. The update, version number XE20.1, incorporates these changes based on user feedback indicating they wanted a better, easier way to access and contact the people in their address books.

The first change Glass users may notice is that they now have access to all of the contacts in their Google account. The current list of contacts that users have in their MyGlass app will be starred in Google Contacts, making them accessible via voice command on Glass. These can be edited using the People app on a smartphone. Non-starred contacts can be accessed through use of the touch pad.

Once a contact is accessed, users will find they have some new options. They can choose to reach out to the contact via email, SMS or through Hangouts. Like other devices, the contacts accessible through Glass will be updated whenever a user updates them via any device.

Along with the changes to contacts, Google has added a few other minor changes. Users can now delete a picture they have taken using voice commands. Google also made some new Google Now cards available including a currency converter and some nearby events cards. Google also makes it possible to turn off the “head nudge” feature, which normally gives users the ability to turn Glass on based on a head movement.

Glass owners can get the update by plugging their charger in and making sure they are connected to WiFi.

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source: Google Glass Community

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Mobile banking app Simple rolls out version 2.0

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It may not yet be as popular or accepted as PayPal, but online bank Simple has had a steady and growing customer base, which led them to redesigning from the ground up their mobile app to serve their users better. They have started rolling out Simple 2.0 which brings to your smartphone some features that were web-based only, as well as a new look and feel for the banking app.

Probably the biggest feature to be added with v2.0 is bringing Simple Instant, something that has been available on the web version, to the mobile format. The feature allows immediate funds transfer between two Simple account holders, without having to go through the typical holding period and additional fees that some banks charge. It’s as, well, simple, as adding another account user as your contact and then transferring your money to them. This is a good way for couples, families or housemates to transfer money for shared bills and expenses.

The Goals feature of the app has also had a major overhaul. Previously on mobile, you could just move money in (or out, but that defeats the purpose) the section to save up for a big purchase like a new gadget, a vacation, or even a car. Now you can track your progress towards your goal, like how much more you need to add to finally get that brand new TV HD flatscreen you’re saving up for, how much you need to add daily to reach that by a certain date.

The new design of the app has been simplified, with a minimalist feel that focuses on basic colors and typography, which makes it easier to use on the mobile format. Simple Version 2.0 is now available to download for free from the Google Play Store.

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SOURCE: Simple

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