If you didn’t know already, the Nexus 5 actually has a low-power audio processor for “always-on” listening (OK, Google) functionality. However, due to the limited functionality of the feature and its closed-source nature, it only works on the home screen and not when the device is asleep.
However, developer Guillaume Lesniak from the OmniROM team has managed to access the dedicated low-power audio core on the Snapdragon 800 chip to make use of this feature. The functionality is only a proof of concept for now, and although we could see it in later ROMs, it is unlikely because of Qualcomm’s re-distribution licensing issues. Hit the break for a video of the feature.
Thanks to XDA developer memnoc, you can now modify the home launcher “OK Google” hotword to work with any device and any language. Currently this only works with the Nexus 5 and sort of the Moto X; however, this modification opens it up to everyone. All devices running Android 4.4.2 work and non-AOSP ROMs are supported. This means if you have a Galaxy Nexus lying around loaded with KitKat, you can get this feature to work. All you will need is to have your device rooted and a file manager ready to go.
Hit the source link for full directions.
Source: XDA Developers Forum
Geeksphone, a Spain-based OEM, will be releasing the “Revolution,” an Android and Firefox-based device on Feb. 20, just four days before Mobile World Congress.
The device will feature a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, a 4.7-inch 960 x 540 screen, 1GB RAM, an 8MP rear shooter, and a 2MP front camera.
Its main feature, obviously being able to switch seamlessly between Firefox OS and Android, is certainly a nice addition to the device.
It can be purchased for 289 euro ($395) at launch. An early bird sale will have the phone for sale online-only for 269 euro.
We’ll keep you posted with more information as the release date approaches.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series processors are known to be some of the best CPUs on the market for mobile devices, but the company isn’t known for manufacturing any other internals for phones and tablets. Qualcomm will look to change that this year.
The company plans to dominate the market for internal components for smartphones, and it’s expected that a fully-built Qualcomm phone will be unveiled by the end of the year.
The RF360, a new RF device by Qualcomm, will reside between the baseband and the antenna in new devices. Qualcomm says that it consumes less power, takes up less space and supports the rapidly proliferating number of LTE bands used throughout the world.
This device, alongside the RF Pop, a power amplifier, will make it into handsets this year and should mark a major change in mobile technology. We’ll just have to wait and see how all of this pans out and see whether OEMs embrace Qualcomm’s new RF devices or not.
Apex is a top of the line home-screen launcher, and includes a ton of great features that can instantly upgrade your device. It’s new update adds to the list of features, including the ability to sort apps in the app drawer, and some notifications tweaks. Unfortunately, the app sorting feature is only included for Pro users.
Hit the break for the full change-log and a link to the app in the Play Store.
Last January, Samsung took a few of its phones and added a more feminine look to the hardware, changing the color and outer design as well as adding a new wallpaper to match. Samsung will be doing the same this year before Valentine’s Day, with three newer devices, the Galaxy Core, the Galaxy Fame Lite, and the Galaxy Trend.
An internal Sprint document notes that a red Nexus 5 will be available through the Google Play store on Feb. 4.
We’ve already seen plenty of fake colored Nexus rumors, and plenty of ones that also seemed very real (and here). There’s definitely more to come on this, so stay tuned for now.
Source: Android Central
Not only does Asia have access to some of the best mobile technology available on the market, but customers will soon be able to purchase bloatware-free devices as a standard.
A recent ruling in South Korea determined that OEMs can preload bloatware on its devices, but the apps must be able to be uninstalled. The new industry guidelines will begin in April of this year.
The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said this in a press release:
“The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players.”
There are also some major advantages that users will experience from the decision. Improved battery life and increased data storage are just a few of the many benefits.
Yesterday, a video of color options for the Nexus 5 in the Play Store appeared online. Since, it has been discovered that the photos are fake and have been Photoshopped. There are some other hints in the video as well, as the Play Store behaves differently in the video. When you go to the real product page and try to switch between colors, a separate page opens, with a different URL— nothing changes in the video, signaling that it is fake.
Source: Phone Arena
Paranoid Android has locked itself in as one of the premiere Android custom ROMs, and we have some good news for those of you who are fans of the PA team.
The third Beta version has been released for Paranoid Android 4, which is compatible with a series of Nexus devices including the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), Nexus 10, and Nexus 5. You can find the download link for the ROM through the source link below.
The updated version brings a series of new features, which are included in the official changelog after the break.
The Nokia Normandy has appeared in multiple leaks over the past few weeks, and today @evleaks showed us what the UI might look like.
Running a modified version of Android, the device also seems to sport a very similar Windows Phone-style interface as well. Of course none of this is confirmed, but this is all we have for now.
The handset will also supposedly support dual-SIM capability, and there will be options to significantly change the aspects of the home screen. Personally, I think it looks a bit too busy and crowded, but that’s just me.
If you haven’t heard of Nextbit, we won’t blame you. However, you might want to keep an eye on the up-and-coming company in the future.
Supported by a team of former tech giant employees including Google, Apple, Amazon and Dropbox, the company just received an $18 million dollar investment from Accel and Google Ventures as it looks to “build something bigger.”
Ubuntu Touch, the popular operating system’s mobile version, will be stopping support on several high-end Nexus devices— the 2012 Nexus 7, the Nexus 10, and the Galaxy Nexus. Canonical, the commercial entity behind Ubuntu, hopes to scale down focus in order to improve Ubuntu’s current version, 14.04. Making one operating system work seamlessly on multiple devices is a lot of work, and for a project so early in its life, this may be a good idea.
Plans for support on the Nexus 5 have also not been announced, so don’t expect that to come any time soon either.
Although support is being dropped in the short term, this marks an effort by Canonical to continue pushing for the long-term growth of Ubuntu Touch. The more solid and stable the product, the better.
Meizu’s upcoming phone, the MX3, will apparently run Ubuntu as well as Android. This dual-boot feature will be extremely useful especially for developer-types who like to make use of both operating systems for programming.
How do we know this? The Meizu Weibo website recently leaked photos of the device running Ubunto— the information comes just a few days after Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said that there is a Ubuntu device in the works that would be coming from a high-end manufacturer.
The device is expected to come to the United States in Q3 and will also run Android 4.2.2.
Source: Phone Arena
Smart Stay and Smart Pause are just two of Samsung’s interesting and unique features that are included on many of their devices, but the functionality of these tools have sometime been questioned. Although the concepts are great, they sometimes do not work as well as advertised…
Either way, the addition of these features have proven to be successful for Samsung, especially in the marketing department, and the company is showing no signs of slowing these additions down. According to a recent patent application filed by Samsung, the Galaxy S5 will reportedly include head-tracking gesture controls. The device will be able to carry out functions determined by a wink or nod of the head. SamMobile offered an example: the phone could be able to go to the last webpage in a browser if the phone detects a head movement to the left, or the browser could go to the next page after a move of the head to the right side.
It all seems a bit silly, and I’d have to guess that people would look a bit ridiculous jerking their heads around and winking at their phones to control their devices. The idea is cool, but is it practical? We’ll just have to wait and see.