Sony’s Xperia Z1 MotionShot camera app available on any device with Android 4.0 and up

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Need to get your hands on the Sony Xperia Z1 camera app? Thanks to XDA Forum Member xperiaZ2, you can. Android devices running at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher can download the app that allows users to snap a photograph with motion. This merges the motion into one single image for your viewing pleasure. To download, hit the link below. Just make sure you have at least 500MB available to install the MotionShot camera.

Source: XDA Developers [Download Link]

Epic Launcher brings some KitKat sweetness to Android 4.0+ users

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In the world of launchers, a frequent strategy developers use is to mimic the look and feel of the latest stock launchers. In the case of developer Nikao, they have released a new launcher called Epic Launcher that is based on the AOSP for Android 4.4 KitKat, but will run on any device with at least Android 4.0 or higher. If you have an older device not scheduled to get an update, you can at least get some of the look and feel of KitKat even if you can’t get all the under the hood improvements. » Read the rest

Smartwatches gaining speed in industry, inWatch One now available with Android 4.0

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There was once a time when smart-watches were merely a concept out of Dick Tracy and Bond films, but these days, they’re more than just real— they’re practical, and becoming more and more popular, as manufacturers continue to jump in with their own versions.

An “inWatch” wristwatch has just been released which features GSM connectivity and even runs a custom build of Android 4.0, which is a huge step up from it’s little brother, “i’mWatch.” The device also ships with a 1.54-inch 240 x 240 capacitive display, a dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU, a 2 megapixel camera and a 500mAh battery. Sounds like the specs of a low end phone from just a few years ago! (Obviously withholding the screen size and battery.)

Alternative connectivity options include WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS radios. The custom Android build is known as “inDroid,” and is created to fit the device’s smaller screen, which works with some of China’s most popular applications including WeChat, Sina Weibo, QQ, and Baidu music.

If you’re interested in this handy little device then head over to the company’s website— price is RMB 1,788 (around $293 USD).

Source: Engadget  

 

Tasker’s New Holo Redesign Graduates to the Play Store, Brings It to Android 4.0+

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Back in January we told you about an automation app that looked to redesign itself with the Holo look in mind. That app, Tasker, has graduated from its beta phase and is now available with the new theme in tow. The kicker however, is that it’s only available for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. Those of you running anything below that will see the same interface as before, but you’ll at least get various bug fixes. Here’s what’s new:

v4.0
* UI updated for holo look-and-feel with selectable light and dark themes
* 200 built-in icons each in holo light and dark
* internal cleanup of deprecated APIs
* several new states, events and actions
* many incremental improvements and bugfixes
v1.6
* various incremental improvements and bugfixes
More: http://tasker.dinglisch.net/changes.html

If you’re looking for a great automation app that automates almost everything, and one that looks great in the process, then you can’t do wrong with Tasker. Hit the break below to get your QR code and download link. We also included a gallery of the app’s nice, new look. Enjoy!

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AT&T Galaxy S II receives Android 4.0.4 update

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If for some reason you’re still rocking a Galaxy S II on AT&T (and haven’t already installed a custom ROM), you’ll be excited to know that the carrier is rolling out a minor update to Android 4.0.4. Keep in mind this is for the original Galaxy S II (i777), and not the Galaxy S II Skyrocket.

Considering the device already received an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich during summer, we had thought the device reached the end of its update life cycle. Thankfully, Samsung hasn’t forgotten about its 2011 customers. The update is now available for download exclusively through Samsung’s own desktop-based Kies software. While we still don’t have an official changelog, users will need to be running a recent build in order to flash the upgrade.

Source: Samsung

How to disable unwanted system apps and bloatware from your Android phone (Android 4.0 and up)

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A very handy but underrated feature in Google’s Android 4.x operating system is the ability to disable apps. Disabling apps is a way to basically freeze and hide any unused, unwanted, or unruly system apps that came on your phone (ie: ones that you can’t uninstall). This feature might come in handy if your phone came stocked with a bunch of unwanted bloatware that you never use. If you’re sick of looking at those unused icons cluttering up your app drawer, you can simply disable them and they’ll disappear for good.   Another reason you might want to disable an app is if it is causing problems for your system, whether it be battery drain or lag. A perfect example was Google’s Currents app that was causing lag for Nexus 7 users after the Android 4.2 update. Users simply disabled the app, and the lag immediately disappeared. Whatever the reason is that you might want to disable an app, it’s a pretty straightforward procedure. Read on after the break for instructions. » Read the rest

Indian President announces low-cost Aakash 2 tablet with Android 4.0

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Earlier today the President of India announced the government-subsidized Aakash 2 tablet, a follow up to the country’s unsuccessful original Aakash tablet that was announced a couple of years ago. The second iteration of the device has been completely redesigned, effectively allowing for a decent low-cost tablet alternative for college students.

What exactly qualifies as “low-cost”, you ask? Well, when the 7-inch tablet hits the market in the coming months, it will be priced at  2,236 INR, or about $40 US. Moreover, the Indian government will be offering the Aakash version 2.0 to students at a subsidized price of 1,132 INR, which equates to around $20 US.

Don’t think you’re getting a complete pile of garbage for that price either. Datawind, the Canadian-based manufacturer responsible for producing the device, has managed to pack in some adequate hardware, including a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 7-inch capacitive display, 512MB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery, 4GB of internal storage, as well as a MicroSD slot for further expansion. Additionally, the device will run Android 4.0 at launch.

Sure, it isn’t the most powerful device by any means, but considering the inexpensive price point and the targeted customer base, this tablet could prove to be incredibly beneficial. The new slate is expected to make its way to over 220 million Indian students over the next few years, with 244 select engineering colleges to receive first access as a part of the country’s “Aakash in Education” program. Jump past the break for the official PR. » Read the rest

Hisense jumps into 4K TVs with the XT880, promises Android 4.0

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In a surprising move, Hisense is entering the “large” big screen TV market with it’s upcoming XT880 line’s of 50, 58 and 65 inch TV’s deliver that 3,840 x 2,160 picture resolution. Hisense also promised a full-fledged, 3D-capable smart TV based around Android 4.0 with WiFi internet access, a remote with voice commands and a removable camera for gesture control or Skype chats.

More details of this should surface come CES, but certainly seems interesting thus far. Hit the break below for Hisense’s full press release!

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Best Buy to launch 9.7-inch Insignia Flex Tablet with Android 4.0 November 11th

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In an announcement made earlier today, Best Buy has revealed plans to launch its first in-house tablet. The company unveiled the Insignia Flex Tablet in a photo on its Facebook page, noting that the slate would launch with a a 9.7-inch display, a dual-core 1GHz processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich next month.

Unfortunately, the big-box retailer failed to mention any specifics, including pricing or storage capacity. Although, considering it’s being branded as an Insignia product, it will most likely be marketed at the lower-budget tablet market. The device is set to launch November 11th in brick and mortar Best Buy stores across the globe.

Source: Insignia (Facebook) 

Sony Tablet S gets Android 4.0.3 update in the U.S.

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Fear not U.S. owners of the Sony Tablet S. Sony didn’t want to alienate you by not offering some of the sweet options that Xperia Tablet owners are enjoying. If you own a Tablet S, you may have noticed a software update notification. Once acknowledged and downloaded, the update will bring you up to version 4.0.3. You can then begin enjoying such features like:

  • Guest Mode
  • New media player applications (WALKMAN, Album, Movies)
  • New Small Apps
  • New macro functionality on the Remote Control App
  • New widgets, including Topics
  • Socialife
  • Watch Now

You’ll also find additional features such as new icons and a more robust copy/paste feature. That’s a nice little list of new features to breath new life into the Tablet S.

 

source:  Sony