Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

05
Nov
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Google has been fiddling with the way lockscreen media controls should work since Ice Cream Sandwich, and they've gotten yet another makeover in KitKat. When a supported app like Google Play Music, Netflix, or Play Movies is running in the background (Chromecast-only in the last two instances) you get a full screen display of the artwork associated with the content on the lockscreen. It offers some new functionality too.

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You can still navigate around to other lockscreen widgets and the album art will still be there – it essentially takes the place of your background.

05
Nov
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One of the many footnotes that came with the announcement of Android 4.4 KitKat was the inclusion of native screen recording. This was pitched as a tool for developers to easily make video demos of apps, but we at Android Police were obviously pretty pleased as well. Google was a bit vague about how the functionality would be accessible, except to point to the developer tools. Now that the Nexus 5 is in the wild, we can take it for a spin and see what this feature can do.

04
Nov
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Google finally unveiled KitKat last week, but you may have noticed something was missing. Yes, there was no news on the so-called Google Experience Launcher. Earlier leaks led us to suspect that Google's homescreen experience was coming to more Android devices, but the big day came and went with no mention. Recent revelations about how the Android 4.4 homescreen works breathe new life into the possibility of a more Googley experience for all.

04
Nov
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Perhaps you've got a new Nexus 5 speeding toward your door or already in your hands. Well, you're going to need some apps to fill it up, right? It just so happens we've found some stuff on sale. Sometimes life is convenient like that.

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04
Nov
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Now that KitKat is finally out in the world, we're finding all sorts of little tweaks that make the new OS nicer to use. Google didn't give this particular feature a big headline on the Android site, but maybe it should have. Android 4.4 now lets you access your notifications from any full-screen app. This is a feature Samsung has included in TouchWiz for a while, so it's not entirely new to the world of Android.

04
Nov
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If you're still rocking a DROID RAZR M on Verizon, get ready for a little OTA update action. This phone may be last year's news, but it's not forgotten. Well, at least not completely. No, it's not getting an update to 4.2 (let alone something newer). Instead, this is mostly a maintenance update.

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Nov
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When you need to get access to a remote computer quickly, TeamViewer is a popular solution. The app has long had a solid feature set, but the newly released update has a lot more goodies. And of course, it's still free for personal use.

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04
Nov
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It's not just HTC's latest and greatest that's getting some update love these days. The international HTC One SV is finally getting that rumored update to Android 4.2.2, and it's packing Sense 5.0. It's not a small update, so make sure you've got some WiFi handy.

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02
Nov
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Google has been talking up Snapseed and it's enhanced HDR mode in recent blog posts and events, but the Gallery-based photo editor is getting a boost in Android 4.4 as well. This new editor will be shipping with KitKat, but it's also part of AOSP.

The layout of the editor has been tweaked a bit and has support for both phones and tablets. A lot of the filters and effects were already present in the Gallery, but it looks like you have much finer control over things now.

02
Nov
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Google kicked off the Nexus program back in early 2010 with the Nexus One. It was a fine phone for the time, but it's vastly different than the most recent iterations of the Nexus flagship. That's illustrated quite well by this quick GIF.

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