When a new version of Android drops, it's Nexus this and Google Play that. But for a lot of advanced users (especially those who don't have the choice to go Nexus), custom ROMs are their first taste of the latest and greatest. In the tradition of independent developers and tinkerers delivering the goods, the relatively new OmniROM team has released nightly KitKat builds for no less than fifteen devices.
Here's the full list of phones and tablets:
Galaxy S II (i9100G)
Galaxy S II AT&T (SGH-i777)
Galaxy S III (i9300)
Galaxy S III LTE (i9305)
Galaxy Note (N7000)
Galaxy Note II (N7100)
Galaxy Note II LTE (t0lte)
Galaxy Note II LTE AT&T (t0lteatt)
Galaxy Note II LTE T-Mobile (t0ltetmo)
Nexus 7 2012 3G
Nexus 7 2012 WiFi
Nexus 7 2013 WiFi
Oppo Find 5
If you haven't heard of OmniROM, it's a new family of custom ROMs that's quickly gaining steam among Android power users and enthusiasts.
Google has been building up to something big with YouTube, as indicated by our recent APK teardowns. It looks like yet another version of the YouTube app is rolling out to devices all over the world, and we've got the file for you to check out. It's not a huge update at first glance, but maybe there's something beneath the surface.
The first really obvious visual change is a slight reorganization of the slide-out navigation menu.
Google's voice search feature has been slowly but surely working its way into more mobile products recently. First the hotword came to the search app, then to the search results. The Moto X launched with always-on listening, and the Nexus 5 now has voice commands from anywhere on the homescreen or in the search app. Now the "OK Google" command is coming to the desktop via a new Google Chrome extension.
The popular - and absolutely absurd - Ridiculous Fishing made its Android debut as part of the current Humble Mobile Bundle just last week, and now it's available in the Play Store. If you've been looking forward to getting your hands on this addictive, tilt-controlled, vaguely-fishing game but have no interest in the other titles offered in the bundle, this is a cheaper way to do so.
Many of the games we see enter the Play Store are just plain weird, but few can hold a candle to the premise behind Ridiculous Fishing.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a runner game with some Portal inspiration, another runner that should please physics buffs, and a game that delivers exactly what it promises.
One of the greatest features that sets Android apart from most of its mobile counterparts is the highly versatile sharing system that allows apps to declare themselves as targets for different types of media you might want to send from one app to another. All of this is accomplished with the familiar Sharing dialog, also known as the Chooser. Unfortunately, since people began using KitKat, a strange bug has turned up that may randomly cause your last chosen action to be reused automatically instead of allowing you to choose something different each time.
The Humble Mobile Bundle 3 was launched last week with the debut of two big games on Android, Ridiculous Fishing and Swordigo. As is traditional with the Humble Bundle, paying above the average price gets you the full selection of games, as well as additional content in the future. Well, the future is now and Humble Bundle has added three more titles and soundtracks to the deal.
The popular game Hundreds is in the new set, which if you're not aware, is a puzzle game that requires you to tap on floating circles to make them grow.
Google would love for you to put a Nexus 7 under someone's tree this holiday season, but they also don't want anyone who can't part with $229+ at the moment to feel left out - so they're now offering customers who purchase a Chromecast from Google Play with a free HD movie rental. If Play Movies isn't quite your cup of tea, you're also free to take $6 in Play Store credit instead.
The Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition started its Android 4.4 update yesterday, a little later than many of its owners would have liked. For those who are eager to get KitKat on their expensive AOSP phones and don't want to wait for the rollout, we've got a download link for the manual OTA update ZIP file.
Those of you who are Nexus veterans know how this goes: download the file on your PC and use ADB to reboot into recovery, copy the file over, and then flash it.
The ranks of Android tablets continue to swell, and for the first time Lenovo is making a play for some market share. Granted, it's coming in at the low end of the market, but the new Yoga tablets are on sale through the company's corporate perks site with some solid discounts.