Traditionally, Google has stuck with generic names for Android versions: Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean. Thus, when the big unveiling of 4.4, codenamed KitKat, happened out of nowhere this morning, the web was abuzz with questions. How can they do this? Is this a joke? I thought the name KitKat was "trademarked!" Well, there's a very simple answer to all these questions: it's a mutual partnership.
If you missed out on the ruckus Google caused this morning, here's a quick briefing: the upcoming version will not be 5.0, nor will it be called Key Lime Pie. Instead, it's 4.4 KitKat. No joke – this is legit. Sundar Pichai even put a picture of the new statue up on Twitter and G+. This is happening.
The question is, though, what new features can we expect? KitKat itself has taken to YouTube with just that information.
A few weeks ago, we caught a glimpse of a new camera attachment from Sony that appears to put an entire camera on the back of your mobile device, in addition to the existing camera. I have to admit – it's kind of a neat concept, if properly executed. Today, a few new images – as well as some details about how the lenses will work – have surfaced over at Sony Alpha Rumors.
If you're into the idea of a smartwatch but haven't quite been swayed by the current offerings, Samsung's Galaxy Gear is likely on your radar. If you thought that's the only watch tech to look forward to, however, think again. Word just broke that Google purchased a smartwatch manufacturer about a year ago, right under everyone's noses.
That manufacturer was called WIMM, and it created an Android-powered watch called the WIMM One.
My first Android phone was the original Motorola Droid. The day it was released I happened to walk into Verizon to get an issue with my bill cleared up; I had been following the Droid leaks for some weeks before, so I was really excited to check it out in person. I walked in, picked it up (along with the Droid Eris), and played with it for a few minutes before explaining to the salesperson what Android was.
If you haven't yet picked up the stunning puzzle game The Room, then you're missing out on one of the best games to hit Android in the last year or so. It's still on sale right now, and for a single, solitary dollar, it simply cannot be beaten. I grabbed it a couple of days ago and was almost immediately absorbed into its captivating world of puzzle and mystery. Yep, it's great.
If you're a SHIELD early adopter, you may want to head into the settings menu and grab the latest update – it's a good one. Update 59 brings improved PC streaming stability, along with support for more PC Games, like FIFA 13, Call of Jaurez: Gunslinger, Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition, and several other. There are now 31 officially supported PC titles. Not bad.
Aside from that, it also adds support for Tegra developer tools and possibly the most anticipated feature: the ability to move apps to the SD Card.
While Twitter may be doing certain things to kill third party applications (or at least slow them down), it's also making strides towards bettering its own application, too. Take today's update, for example – it brings a few goodies to the table, most notably an improved conversation experience.
If you're familiar with Twitter in the slightest, then you're probably pretty used to seeing a tweet with an @mention and getting curious as to what the involved parties are discussing.
The biggest brother of the One family has once again smiled for the camera on Chinese site ePrice, showing off a few things that we've yet to see on the 5.9-inch beasty. For starters, this model feature a removable back, but before you get too excited about that, we'd like to throw out the reminder that most HTC devices for the Chinese market have removable backs. That's just a thing over there.
Wow – Google just dropped the price of both Nexus 4 variants by $100.
The powerful and affordable smartphone from Google — now at an even lower price. Was $349, get it now for just $249!
Update #1: This price drop is live in Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, Korea, the U.S., and the UK.
— Google Play (@GooglePlay) August 28, 2013
Update #2: And now in France.