Remember App Ops? Back in Jelly Bean 4.3, the feature could be accessed by resourceful users to switch on or off permissions for individual apps. By KitKat 4.4.2, the feature was completely hidden from users. Google's explanation was that App Ops was never meant for public consumption - it was devised for internal debugging only. But users had gotten a taste of granular app permission controls and wanted more.
After some rumblings earlier this month, we've seen information suggesting that - with Android M - that wish may be fulfilled after all.
: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether.
The LG Watch Urbane is currently the best Android Wear device on the market, but it's also the most expensive at $350 direct from Google. You can save a few bucks by purchasing it from Expansys USA, where it's on sale for $50 off. This deal ends tonight, so hurry up.
Got a Nexus 6? Are you using it on Sprint? Then don't be surprised if you see an over-the-air update come sometime in the next few days. Sprint's support site had officially listed build LMY47Z, indicating that it's either going out to Nexus 6 owners now or will be in the very near future. The existence of this particular build was leaked last week.
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In the race to sell LG's latest flagship Android phone to Americans, T-Mobile wins by a nose. As promised, the carrier is now selling its own version of the G4 to customers. You can buy it outright on T-Mo's contract-free setup for $599.76, or split your payments into 24 monthly chunks of $24.99. T-Mobile is also giving away a free 128GB MicroSD card with new purchases while supplies last - according to Amazon, that's about an $80 value.
The G4 is a worthy adversary to flagships like the HTC One M9 and Samsung's pair of Galaxy S6 siblings. In his exhaustive review, David Ruddock praised the phone's excellent battery life, solid display, and competitive camera. Read More
If you're a patient deal hunter and you wait long enough, Amazon might just end up paying you to take the Fire Phone off its hands. If not, the price is pretty good at the moment: $179 for the unlocked 32GB model, without a contract to be seen. That's $10 down from where it was just a little more than a month ago, $270 off the original price, and a pretty awesome deal for a phone with a 4.7-inch 720p screen, a Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2GB of RAM... if you can stomach Amazon's Fire OS fork of Android. Read More
In a public presentation, Samsung has discussed some of the technical-oriented plans they have for the next few years. These can be summed up as all in the service of reducing the size of components and making them more efficient. Concrete goals include making batteries smaller but also more energy-dense, reducing charge time, and slimming down camera sensors.
According to their talk, their batteries now have a density of 700Wh/l (Watt-hour per liter). They're hoping to ramp that up to 750 by the end of next year and 780 by 2017, with the plan to begin shipping new products with these advances by then as well. Read More
The time has almost arrived when you can drop some cash on LG's new flagship. T-Mobile and US Cellular have both announced pre-sale dates this week, but the phone won't be available until next week. Read More
With Ice Cream Sandwich, Google introduced Roboto to the world. Since then, the family (designed by Googler Christian Robertson) has expanded to include a set of slab serif fonts, and has even seen a major revision introduced with Android 5.0 last year.
Today, Google has announced the next step in Roboto's history - making the entire family open source, and reorganizing its production toolchain around open source tools like ufo2fdk and FontTools.
According to Google, the effort to open source Roboto succeeded thanks to collaboration between material design, internationalization engineering, Google fonts, and Android teams.
For reference, the family now includes more than 40,000 total glyphs which span all Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek characters, making Roboto an immensely informative family to study. Read More