Late yesterday, Google began rolling out an update to the Android Wear companion app. Despite a sudden growth of over 2 MB in size, the app only seemed to change the text of a warning, and there were no visible changes on our watches. We knew there had to be something great hidden under the covers, and we were right. The companion app certainly has some interesting changes of its own, but it also acts as the delivery mechanism for a Wear-customized version of Google Play services, and there's a bit to talk about in there, too. Read More
The newest Snapshot build of CyanogenMod 11 is starting to roll out to devices right now. If you're wondering what's in this update, you're going to need to wait on that.
There's no changelog as of yet, but we'll update as soon as there's something official.
Update: Here's the official changelog:
* New Devices: Galaxy S4 Active (jactivelte), Galaxy S4 SK I-9506 (ks01lte), Galaxy S5 GSM (klte), Galaxy Tab 10.1 (picassowifi), Galaxy Player 4.0 (ypg1)
* Re-introduce Samsung Galaxy Relay 4G (apexqtmo) support
* Fix signal strength showing ’2147483647′ on certain devices
* Frameworks & Core Apps: CAF and other upstream updates
* Lockscreen: Do not play sounds while a phone call is active & MSIM updates
* Frameworks: Add base & MSIM APIs for SEEK (Secure Element Evaluation Kit) support
* Frameworks: Fix volume button changing two ‘steps’ per click
* Frameworks: Add ‘Screen Off’ action for double-tap/long-press configuration options
* Show devices connected to your WiFi (tethering) Hotspot
* Fix bug related to ‘switch to last app’ action while in Recents view
* Fix Navigation Bar arrow keys in RTL locales
* Translations updates from CyanogenMod CrowdIn team
* Adjustments to ‘Glove Mode’ (High Touch Sensitivity)
* APN Updates for various regions
* Camera: Add support for all available Slow Shutter speeds (hardware dependent); Improve shutter button
* Dialer/InCallUI: Fix smartcover always showing answer fragment
* LG G2: Address GPS and NFC issues
* Base support for HTC Desire 816 & HTC One Mini 2 (pending nightlies)
* Various security updates
* General bug fixes
Excitement over products like the Ouya, nVidia's Shield line, and even numerous gamepads proves that gaming on Android has entered the mainstream. Developers have been jumping at the opportunity to build games that work across many of the different operating systems; and thanks to the Cross-Platform SDK, they're able to integrate most of the Play Games services into their products on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Until now, this SDK has lagged behind the SDKs for Android and iOS on one specific feature: real-time multiplayer support. Read More
We usually like to wait for a few more deals to build up before burdening you with yet another thing to read, but there are a few discounts that just appeared you should know about before they're gone. These are usually short-lived sales, so get your wallet ready.
For anyone looking for another means of streaming music to their Android device without having to use an app with a UI that would make a Nexus cry, 8tracks is worth a look. The interface keeps things simple, which these days means it's pretty white. Existing users will be pleased to know that following the latest update, 8tracks now comes with Chromecast support. As long as your connected TV or monitor is on, you will see the familiar icon in the action bar at launch. Read More
Nearly a year ago, this company called Coin came to the Internet with a product, also called Coin, that it promised would store all of your credit, debit, and loyalty cards inside of a single nifty replacement. People could pre-order this Bluetooth-connected card for $50, and they were told they would receive it by summer of 2014, otherwise known as the season that just ended. Where are their cards? Well, they're still available for pre-order, and orders placed now aren't expected to arrive until the summer of 2015. Read More
Google has been wrestling with a series of strange and not too uncommon bugs with a part of the camera subsystem on the Nexus 5 called mm-qcamera-daemon. Without this component, the camera on this device won't function, but sometimes it goes wonky and drains the battery. A Googler has just marked this issue as "future release" in the AOSP issue tracker, meaning it should be fixed when Android L rolls out. Read More
I hear you. The upcoming Nexus 6 is simply too big. Don't get mad at me, I happen to agree with you. I don't think of it as an issue of hand-size, it's a matter of pocket space. Fitted pants and giant phones just don't mix.
So what's a Nexus lover to do? Pick up a Nexus 5. They're going for less and less these days. Today you can get one on eBay for $315 that will ship to nearly anywhere in the world. Read More
Amazon has pushed out an update to its Kindle app for Android that might pique your interest if you're into audiobooks, speak Dutch, or like to highlight things. Yes, that's an admittedly eclectic mix of traits and interests, but that's the way these updates work. Developers aren't particularly invested in making sure we bloggers have a theme to categorize each new version under.
- Start playing narration before audiobook download is complete
- Localized support for Dutch
- Tap on highlight to edit
- Several bug fixes
So let's just tackle this list of changes in order. Read More
One of Samsung's claims to fame is a feature meant to improve productivity on mobile devices. One that users of stock Android and manufacturer skins alike have been yearning for for a while. That feature is multi-window, which allows users to run two apps on the screen at once, dragging and dropping between the two.
The problem is no one has been able to get it right yet. A company in the mobile space - in this writer's opinion - has yet to perfect the balance between utility and intuition when it comes to multi-window functionality on tablets (or phones, though I haven't used the Note 4 yet), but a post to Android Internals in March confirmed that Google had been working on the programmatic side of multi-window in stock Android. Read More