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.
Even though you will find more detailed help on our forums when/if you are ever in the position of switching from iOS to Android, that doesn't mean that Google won't try to make it easier too. In fact, they recently published a new guide which is designed specifically to help users make that transition from Apple-land to Android heaven.
This guide includes quite a few handy tips including transferring photos, transferring all of your contacts, setting up your email and messaging and much more. The landing page for this guide is appropriately called AndroidSwitch, and here is a link below.
Remember though... if there is anything they missed (which is probable), be sure to ask here in the forums or do some digging, because we can answer just about any Android question you can fathom.
One of the slickest new features included in Android 5.0 Lollipop isn't really new at all. In fact, it is obviously inspired by something that the Moto X could already do. The feature is called Ambient Display and it is basically just a fresh version of the sleep screen from the Moto X.
Basically, with the Moto X, the sleep screen will pulse when the device is asleep. This pulse displays the time, notifications for messages, emails, missed calls and more. Ambient Display mimics this concept and will be included in the Nexus 6. Reports indicate it will also show up in all versions of Android 5.0 once that starts pushing out OTA.
The pics above are two examples of the feature. Pretty slick!
Samsung revealed a new version of their Galaxy S5 phone. It's called the Galaxy S5 Plus, and it is basically the same thing as the Galaxy S5 4G+ which was launched in Singapore. It is basically an enhanced refresh of the Galaxy S5, but this one is for European markets, and that's also why it has a different name. The only difference is that it includes the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, which not only boosts performance over the 801, it also allows for slightly improved 4G speeds.
Keep in mind, this is not the same thing as the Galaxy S5 LTE-A which was only released in Korea. It seems odd that Sammy would launch this device only a few months ahead of the Galaxy S6 launch which is expected in February, but you can't blame them for trying to stay fresh throughout the year.
If you own a Nexus then chances are you are pretty familiar with flashing a stock image to your device. Last week Google released an all new 5.0 Lollipop Preview build. There are several changes, especially in the Material theme. Installing this is actually pretty simple. You will need to have an abd/fastboot environment setup on your PC or mac. Normally this means having the adb.exe and fastboot.exe files stored in a folder. If you don't already have that set up you can find some pretty simple instructions here.
Once you have the adb and fastboot environment setup you can...
Everyone knows that the ViperOneM8 rom series by Team Venom is probably the most customizable roms for the HTC One M8. This rom has many fonts, themes, wallpapers, icon packs, and much more. There are also some really neat unique features like Venom Sidebar which is team venoms version of multitasking, sound enhancer, Venom Pie, status bar customizations, homescreen customizations, coloring options, lockscreen options, buttons options, Xposed options, cpu and kernel options and much more. The latest build includes an update to android 4.4.4. This is not currently available for Verizon and Sprint. As soon as these carriers release a 4.4.4 build ViperOneM8 3.0.0 will be available for these variants too. it should be noted that while this rom is extremely customizable it is based on HTC Sense not AOSP. You will also want to be sure to update your firmware (if not the phone won't boot). Head to...