Here's another Android Wear smartwatch story for your morning pleasure. The latest Android Wear update, which is version 4.4W.2 is rolling out OTA. It contains a number of significant fixes and upgrades.
Here's a quick summary:
Smart Battery Saving - When your battery hits 15%, your Moto 360 will turn off ambient mode, so you don’t have to remember to.
Timely Time Checks - Moto 360 will synchronize the time with your phone more often to make sure it is up to the minute.
User Interface Tweaks - We observed with consumers that there are many times where you want to use your Moto 360 as truly a classic watch—a beautiful way to see the time. A new gesture now lets you see the full watch face without permanently dismissing a notification. Just touch the top of a notification and swipe down. You’ll see the notification again when you have another high priority notification.
You can now pick up the Qi wireless charger for the Moto 360 at the Google Play Store. It's priced at $39.99, which is at the upper end, but it is a solid and well built device to go with your solid and well built Moto 360.
As of the time of this article (10AM CTD, October 22nd, 2014), the charging dock is "in stock" and ships in 1-2 days from the warehouse. Here's the link below.
If you like lime green you will love the new YoYo Icon Theme from developer "OpenYourMind". This icon pack includes over 1020 custom hand themed app icons, and 10 wallpapers. If you need even more wallpapers no problem OYM has you covered with his free wallpaper app which includes 3800 custom walls. Each image is drawn at 200x200 pixels for a super High Quality look. The icons are compatible with custom launchers including Nova, Apex, ADW, Action, Smart, Go, plus other launchers that include support for app system filters. This particular app theme also includes icon masks so any icons that are not hand themed will still match the theme. There is a full comprehensive dashboard with a section to view every themed app icon, wallpaper picker, and an icon request tool. Head to the Play Store link for the download.
When you drop your device and shatter the screen it pretty much becomes useless. You could get the screen replaced for $125, but if you are carrying an Android device it may be hard to find someone with the correct parts to fix your device. Even if you could get your screen fixed it may not be financially practical to do so. A device that you could sell for $150 would not be worth paying $125 to fix the screen. While you won't be able to use this device you can pretty easily turn it into a full fledged media center.
Your device will need to be one that supports MHL. Requirements include A USB OTG and a mouse to use to control your device during setup, MHL adapter used to display your device's...
Nova Launcher is always pretty good at adding all the Google Now launcher features to their home screen replacement apps. Some consider Nova Launcher to be much better than the Google Now launcher because you get lots of extra customization options. Included in the v3.2 update are Lollipop Circle Folder Animation, Lollipop Scroll indicator, Lollipop icon theme for Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Downloads, Email, Dialer, Settings, and SMS, Preview of Scroll effects in settings, and optimizations and fixes. Grab the launcher from the links below.
High School and College Students Everywhere rejoice! I can remember the days of Algebra and Calculus. In those days if you had a high enough powered calculator you could get the answers to your equations, but that never did any good because of course the teachers would want you to solve out the equations by hand and show your work. PhotoMath is a new app set to release for Android in 2015 that allows you to take a photo of an equation. It will then solve that equation showing the steps involved to solve. There is a concern that this type of tool could be dangerous in the wrong hands. It makes homework too easy, and if you aren't really learning then tests and exams could be super difficult if not impossible when you arrive and teachers confiscate phones. At any rate you will want to use this app for only the most difficult of problems that you become stuck on.
Tomorrow Verizon is scheduled to release an OTA update for the HTC One M8. This update will add EYE software that was announced at the DesireEYE launch. This new software will enable some new settings in the camera app that will allow for simultaneous shooting from both front and rear facing cameras, face tracking for up to four faces, improved selfies, and crop me in options. This update is available to T-mobile users as of last night. Verizon can expect this update to roll out starting tomorrow afternoon.
If you have yet to s-off your HTC One M8 now would be the time. This update will patch the exploit that SunShine S-off uses to unlock the bootloader and S-Off...
Amazon has made the Folio and Magic covers for the HTC Nexus 9 available for pre-order. Although Amazon doesn't yet have these in stock, neither is the Nexus 9, but at least you can pre-order them. These are the HTC made covers designed specifically to match with HTC's new Android 5.0 super-tablet. Below are links and prices:
A tweet sent out from Samsung Mobile account hinted at an update to Android 5.0 for the Galaxy Note 4. We knew that Samsung’s newest flagship device would eventually receive an update to Lollipop, but the question was when.
Google has been loading up servers with its final code for Lollipop, Samsung, HTC, and LG will begin to get the latest updates for all of their top devices.
Samsung has a huge list of devices they support, their window is probably wider then others. With the Note 4 launching so close to the release of Lollipop, maybe us new Note 4 owners will not have to wait too long.
A great deal of energy has been focused in discussing some of the new features of Google's new mobile OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop. Most of the media and PR attention has focused on the "Material Design" UI, improved Gmail and improved apps & app support. It turns out there are some other pretty handy new things about Android 5.0 that are "less advertised," yet still deserve more than a courtesy eye-brow nod.
Here are five of the most notable features that you might not know are coming in Lollipop:
Kill Switch - this is something that has received some media attention outside of Android 5.0 specifically. We knew that Google was planning to bring this to Android, but Lollipop is the feature's grand entrance. Kill Switch will basically allow users can remotely disable and/or wipe the information on their Android 5.0 device. They can also require a password whenever someone tries to reset the device.