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Android has done a decent job with multitasking. The recent apps menu included in Android helps you switch from application to application with ease, but it could be better. With the current Android recent apps menu you are still limited to running one application at a time. Samsung has done one better than stock Android by including Multiwindow which allows you to run two applications, but even that is limited to just a few apps. The new app by developer "OryonCorp" seeks to bring multitasking to every device. Multitasking is composed of a settings menu, a sidebar and floating tools. You use gestures to swipe through the sidebar and tools. Windows can be resized, they can be moved anywhere on the screen, they can be used in full screen mode, and minimized into the notification bar. Head to the play link for more info.
Mar 05, 2014 - 9:28 AM - by dgstorm
Several users have reported that their Nexus 5 bug which creates abnormally high CPU usage and battery drain. Apparently, it's related to the camera app in some way. For some reason certain apps are trying to access the camera continuously even when not in use. This is causing the steep overhead problem. Luckily, Google has acknowledged the issue and is already working on a fix, which they will push out pretty soon.
Here's a quote with a few more relevant details,
Sound off if you have experienced this issue. We will keep you informed as to when the update drops.
If youíre noticing battery issues and want to find out if your device is affected, you can check by heading on over to Settings > Battery and see if mm-qcamera-daemon is eating up your battery percentage. If you are affected, the only real solution at the moment is to simply reboot your device once you notice the battery draining. You could also try uninstalling third party apps which make use of your handsetís camera.
Mar 05, 2014 - 9:18 AM - by dgstorm
We wondered when we would start seeing new "rumint" regarding the Google Nexus 6, and today answered that question. Not too long ago we first started hearing rumors about a new type of Nexus device from Google, dubbed the Nexus 6. We shared a few details about it including the 64-bit CPU. Today's new rumor sheds new light on the device.
Supposedly the Nexus 6 will be another LG made-device and will be based on the LG G3. This new rumor suggests that the internals of the Nexus 6 will be nearly (or completely) identical to the G3, but the outer shell will be different. If true, (and if the previous rumors about the G3 are true), then this would mean the Nexus 6 will have a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display, a 64-bit processor, and a 16MP rear camera. The other primary detail which was hinted at in this rumor was that it will be a more "lightweight" design compared to the G3.
The other obvious inference we can make from this is that the Nexus 6 may not be a 6-inch display device after all. The G3 is rumored to be a 5.2-5.5 inch phone. Does this mean that the Nexus 5 is being replaced with the Nexus 6? What does that do to the nomenclature of future Nexus phones? Nexus 7 is already taken...
It's also possible that the Nexus 6 does not exist and this will simply be the next (2014 Edition) of the Nexus 5. We will update you when we find out more.
Mar 05, 2014 - 9:02 AM - by dgstorm
Look what happens... I'm out sick for a day and I come back to a spam-fest of KitKat updates for multiple devices! The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the next device to report the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. So far, (as of the original source of this report) the update has only been rolling out to users in Belgium, Greece, Malaysia and Poland. The file size for these folks is between 362 to 424 MB depending on what software they are currently on.
It's possible it is rolling out to other regions as well. Sound off in this thread if you have the update and give us your impressions of it.
Mar 05, 2014 - 8:56 AM - by dgstorm
Sprint users with the Moto X will soon get the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. It started rolling out yesterday. Not only does this update include all of the tasty goodness of KitKat, it also manages to squash some bugs and add a few other things as well.
Here's a breakdown:
- Printing documents and pictures - Added support for printing photos, Google Docs, GMail messages, and other content via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hosted services like Google Cloud Print and HP ePrinters.
- Improved battery life - Fixed bugs which caused a small number of users to experience shorter battery life after upgrading to Android 4.4.
- Fixed email sync delays - Fixed a bug that could cause email services like Microsoft Exchange to experience intermittent delays in data synchronization.
Not bad Sprint! As it turns out, nearly every carrier with the Moto X has received the 4.4.2 KitKat update for their device. Ironically, the only one left without it is the first carrier to get the Moto X... AT&T. Time to get in action Ma Bell!
Mar 05, 2014 - 8:47 AM - by dgstorm
The Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for T-Mobile's version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has starting rolling out OTA now. Don't forget that these rollouts go out in batches, so you may not see it on your device for a few days. If you want to try and grab it manually, you can tap Settings > General > About device > Software update (of course that doesn't always work either).
Regardless, when you do eventually get the update you will be on software version N900TUVUCNB4. There's nothing really unusual in this update beyond what you get in 4.4.2 KitKat. Sound off if you are one of the lucky folks who have received this update.
It appears that the latest Beta build of Chrome for Android includes the ability to stream Youtube videos and any other HTML5 video with your Chromecast to your TV! This feature however is not front and center and is actually buried inside the update. It isn't all that hard to enable it though. The guys at Android Authority have posted a quick tutorial. To turn on the functionality just type chrome://flags/#enable-cast into the URL bar, this will pop up a notification where you can enable the experimental feature. Just check that it is enabled and restart the browser. Now Chromecast support should now be activated.
Apparently this will be hit and miss for now. If you go to the Youtube website in Chrome you should see the chromecast option, you will also get this option on other videos but you may have to do some finagling to get it to work (IE you may need to place videos in full screen mode before the chromecast icon will appear). Still yet not all videos will work with Chromecast. Hopefully this is a sign that Google is actively working on getting Chromecast fully functional with the Chrome browser. Most videos these days are in HTML5 but there are still some Flash videos out there that obviously won't work since they aren't supported by the Chrome browser.
Via Android Authority
Icon packs have become the easiest way for unrooted users to customize their Android devices. It seems that custom Icon packs are even becoming more popular than Roms these days. One of the latest Icon packs to arrive on the scene is the Vibe icon pack by developer "StealthyChief". The Vibe icons feature a vibrant color palette, subtle shadowing, and dimensional effects. Your app icons will remain very recognizable while also looking totally different. Each app icon appears to be a bit raised thanks to an outer rim which extends to the bottom of each icon making the icons appear button like. The subtle shadowing also adds to this effect. There are over 1,350 uniquely designed icons, 10 HD wallpapers in a custom wallpaper app, and a theme dashboard making this theme incredibly simple to apply. This app is updated every friday with new icons. The app is supported by many of your favorite launchers including Nova, Apex, Action, ADW, Next launcher, Go, Smart, Holo, Atom, TSF Shell, Unicorn, Desktop Visualizer and more! Head to the Play Link below for the download.
Yesterday tech sites were flooded with a dramatic story of a young man that made a very unfortunate decision. Apparently his father was an HTC employee who had the privilege of carrying around a prerelease version of the upcoming HTC One M8. The kid posted his very own review video which cost his parents their job. We now have some great intel on the HTC One M8 and have learned that the phone even includes an Sdcard slot which is great news I only wish it included a removable battery as well. Last month a few of the wallpapers from the HTC One M8 were leaked and you can use them on your device now thanks to a new wallpaper app by developer "Mars Developerz".
This app includes the two confirmed 1080p wallpapers along with many other wallpapers that may or may not be actual M8 wallpapers. You can head to the Play Link below to grab this wallpaper app.
Via Play Store
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