Yesterday, the CTIA (America's wireless carrier consortium / trade group) and the FCC announced that they'd come to an agreement on network unlocking of cell phones. Hooray! So, we're all getting unlocked phones from here on out, right? Obviously not - the CTIA has no interest in giving you that much freedom, so instead it's released a plodding, incremental evolution of most carriers' existing device unlock policies to satisfy people in Washington who apparently don't really understand the absurdity of network locking in the first place.
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LG G Flex is just like a lot of modern, high-end smartphones. It has a fast processor, lots of RAM, a big battery, and a large display. Using it isn't particularly different from any other Android smartphone. And yet, hand the G Flex to almost anyone, and they will immediately notice there is something very different about it, and I'm not talking about the buttons on the back.
The G Flex is one of two phones currently on the market to use a flexible OLED panel, the other being Samsung's Galaxy Round.
After having been beta-tested for the last couple months, the new Twitter v5.0 app for Android has finally been released to all users, with a very mixed critical reception.
If you've been participating in the Twitter alpha or beta programs on Android, this is really nothing new - the latest update adds new features like photos in DMs and the ability to filter your notification timeline, but otherwise, this is the same app you've been using for a while.
Google recently added a color descriptor to the URL of the black Nexus 7 on the Play Store, and we thought something might be up - turns out we were right! A White (and black) Nexus 7 has just been announced, though you can only order one version of it at the moment - 32GB, Wi-Fi only, meaning a retail price of $269 in the US. Behold:
Not bad, right?
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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.
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.