With Google Play Music All Access coming to more and more countries around the world (though obviously still not all of them), Google is expanding the reach of its all-you-can-eat music platform into regions where services like Spotify reign supreme. Listening to music on your smartphone (or tablet) is probably an activity all of us partake in, too, so I'm curious to know what kind of services our readers actually like enough to pay for.
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With a new Android release comes another one of Funky Android's crazy-detailed AOSP developer changelogs, this time detailing every commit made between Android 4.4 (build KRT16M) and Android 4.4.1 (build KOT49E).
As usual, it's really long, and for the most part full of fairly cryptic comments you may not understand unless you have a pretty deep familiarity with the Android OS on a technical level. That said, there are always some interesting, readable tidbits people manage to pull from these logs, so if you can make the time, it may be worth perusing through for some unadvertised goodies packed in Android 4.4.1.
Google's been on a roll when it comes to sending former AOSP apps to the Play Store for everyone to enjoy (and Google to close the source on), we've already seen properties like Google Keyboard and Calendar, but now it looks like the newly-refresh Email app could be on the way.
A seemingly small and somewhat vague code commit in AOSP to said app clues us in, revealing that Google has likely been testing the app on its internal Play Store.
While we're not entirely sure what changes Android 4.4.1 will be bringing across the host of Nexus devices it's currently rolling out to (aside from an improved camera on the Nexus 5), we do know that the latest release of Google's mobile OS is hitting the repositories of the Android Open Source Project as we speak.
Just head to the kitkat-mr1-release branch and you'll see the build number KOT49E. Update: The relevant tag for the update is android-4.4.1_r1.
Android 4.4.1 is rolling out for a number of devices today, including the Nexus 5, but as with most Nexus device updates, it's happening in stages. As such, it could be a few days before you get the OTA if you choose to wait, and we all know what that's like: annoying. So, here's the Android 4.4.1 OTA for the Nexus 4.
What's new in Android 4.4.1? We know the Nexus 5's camera has been improved, but not much else, so we're working on figuring that out at the moment - expect a post in the coming days.
Android 4.4.1 is rolling out for a number of devices today, including the Nexus 5, but as with most Nexus device updates, it's happening in stages. As such, it could be a few days before you get the OTA if you choose to wait, and we all know what that's like: annoying. So, here's the Android 4.4.1 OTA for the 2013 Nexus 7 LTE (must be the LTE model - this will not flash on the Wi-Fi version).
Imagine your perfect full-sized tablet. It's light, thin, has a gorgeous high-resolution display, multiple-day battery life, powerful speakers, and a cutting-edge processor. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is all these things and more. From a hardware and engineering standpoint, it is truly a marvel. And, for a certain class of buyer, it may very well be that "perfect" full-sized tablet.
When I reviewed the Fire HD (7") last year, I came to a similar conclusion - I was wowed by the hardware (perhaps excepting the processor, which was a laggardly dual-core TI OMAP), but the software made it difficult to recommend for enthusiasts like you and me.
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Hard to believe, but 2013 is drawing to a close. And with the end of the year comes that same arbitrary question we ask in so many consumer product segments: who did it best? This is a hard question to answer in a truly objective sense, so that's why we're leaving the voting to you.
We've tried to whittle down the list of devices to the major, high-end (and high-profile) Android releases in the current calendar year, though undoubtedly some of you won't find the answer you're looking for in that list.
Put this one in the "deal alert with reservations" basket, but if you're really keen on getting a Nexus 5 at a potentially steep discount (and don't mind waiting for it), you may want to take advantage of Dailysteals' current eBay deal for the handset.
They're selling 32GB Nexus 5s - in white or black - for just $394 shipped, and with sales tax applied only in New York and New Jersey.