Nova Launcher Beta Gets Updated, Includes KitKat’s 4.4 Transparent Nav Buttons and Notification Bar

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We’ve got to give credit and praise where credit and praise are due. When Google announces a new update version, such as KitKat, it can often take third party developers to catch up with the changes and get their application up to speed. So we’re tipping our hats to the developer behind Nova Launcher, a third party home replacement app that allows you to customize your home screen in a variety of ways. Since the announcement of the Nexus 5, we’ve seen the new “translucent” look that comes with 4.4 and well, we want it. As for several selected devices the new look has been added by the dev to Beta version of Nova Launcher and also takes advantage of custom icon packs. And though the selected devices, as we’ve mentioned, are slim, there are some big hitters (see changelog for full list on Kevin Barry’s G+ page at source link).    
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Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Limited Edition to begin shipping internationally in December

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The upcoming Oppo N1 will start shipping internationally this December, and one of its key features is that it will come with support to easily flash the CyanogenMod ROM. News also came in that there would be a limited edition version of the phone that would be pre-installed with CyanogenMod, and will be available at the same time as the regular variant.

A news release sent out today also mentioned that special features such as O-Touch and the O-Click Bluetooth remote will also be included. Elements of Oppo’s ColorOS will also be built in, with the ability to wake the phone by double-tapping its screen, much like LG’s “Knock-On” feature.

The limited edition variant will also come with some CyanogenMod extras, including a special edition case, stickers, and some other things. The best part of all this? The limited edition variant costs exactly the same as the standard version.

Anyone interested in picking one of these bad boys up?

Source: Oppo

Motorola files patent for “smart tattoo” on throat

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We’ve seen some pretty crazy patents filed in the past few months, and simultaneously, wearables are becoming more and more popular in the mobile device industry.

But it still may be a bit surprising to find out that Motorola has just filed a patent for a “smart tattoo” which would be placed on one’s throat, and would act as a microphone to improve voice quality so well that you would be nearly crystal clear on the other end.

Most of these far-out patents don’t go into too much detail about how they will work, but Motorola’s filing actually gets pretty extensive. Hit the source link below for more information.

A lot of people think this idea is extremely ridiculous, and this could never possibly reach the market and be successful, but we have certainly been surprised before.

Via: Android Guys
Source: US Patent and Trademark Office

Layouts For Living Now Available For Download To New And Existing SwiftKey Users (Video)

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Personally, of the many options of keyboards one can have on the Android platform, SwiftKey is my absolutely favorite due to its uncanny accuracy and its ability to learn your various typing styles. So it’s my pleasure to announce that the much awaited “Layouts for Living” by SwiftKey is now available. The 4.3 update is available for download on the Play Store and the Amazon Appstore for those ready to dive in. The new layouts aim to assist with a more comfortable and seamless typing experience no matter what device you’re on. Whether it be a smartphone, tablet or any MID in between, Swiftkey has individually tailored the user experience.  And if you’re an existing customer, the app is available to you free as an update, so just head on back to the Play Store and retrieve it.


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Leaked screenshot of Moto Maker shows wood backing option, should come in next two months

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You can always count on @evleaks to answer the questions.

We haven’t heard about the legendary wooden backing on the Moto X in quite a while now, but we knew that at some point it would be coming. While the hype surrounding the Moto X is starting to die down a bit, expect it to get a little noisier…

A recent tweet from @evleaks shows Moto Maker offering “Wood” as a backing option for the device.

The Wood backing will cost you an extra $50 and comes in Teak, Ebony, Rosewood, and Bamboo wood tones. Expect the new option to hit Moto Maker sometime in the fourth quarter, which began in the beginning of October…  You’ve got two months to go, Motorola.

Source: @evleaks

Massive updates to Google Now to come alongside Android 4.4 launch

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Google constantly updates Google Now, tweaking small things under the hood, normally without us even knowing it. But with Android 4.4 and the Nexus 5, we’ll see some major changes brought to how the app works, which Android and Chrome OS chief Sundar Pichai explained at a press conference this afternoon.

The plan is the seamlessly blend search results with the apps already installed on your device. For example, when searching for a restaurant, instead of Google Now bringing you to the clunky OpenTable mobile site, you’ll have the app opened with exactly what you’re looking for, right then and there. Same goes for the AllRecipes app when looking for recipes, and a select number of apps. The new features should roll out by mid-November, and an API will also be released which will allow all developers to enable their apps for this functionality.


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MotoMaker Moto X Now At $479.99 Off-Contract, A $100 Price Drop

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Hey, who doesn’t love a good discount nowadays? Well, you’re in luck. The MotoMaker Moto X has now dropped to a mere $479.99 for a no-contract version of the handset. If you want to own your device right out, we think this is a pretty fair price to go the hassle-free route of not being locked into a carrier. The original drop to $99 for the on-contract device is still available should you want to go the subsidized route. However, at this time the offer for the non-contract device only extends to the AT&T version through the MotoMaker site. The off-contract price is good for the 16GB model while the 32GB will run you $529.99. Stay tuned as we’ll keep an eye out should the offer extend to T-Mobile customers which would be ideal since the device is currently a whopping $599.99 for a 16GB (Dev Edition $649.99/32GB). It would probably be in Magenta’s best interest to get the ball rolling on a price drop to take advantage of the upcoming holidays. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: MotoMaker

New Controllers and Ouya 2.0 Geared Up For Next Year’s Release

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Ouya, the popular game console manufacturer is at it again with what appears to be a follow through on promised new Android powered gaming devices. Announcements of Ouya 2.0 are already in the works and is geared up for a release to the masses some time next year. In addition, the company is in favor of updating the look of their consoles with a whole new design leaving previous models behind. CEO Julie Urman made the following statement to further corroborate:

Our plan is to have Ouya 2.0 sometime next year, we haven’t finalized the date of that. We’re still determining what exactly we want that to be. For the hardware, we are looking at different chips. We are looking at what type of performance we want.  
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Recent Samsung patent filings reveal possible ‘sports smart-glasses’

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It looks as though Samsung’s got their version of “rec specs 2.0″ coming down the pike, as recent patent filings by the company reveal designs for new sports smart-glasses, which connect to your device via micro-USB.

This new device, if it comes to fruition, will of course join the Galaxy Gear smart-watch as part of Samsung’s new line of “wearables.” It isn’t exactly a Google Glass “copy,” especially because it’s got micro-USB connectivity attached, and it is also meant for a separate demographic, athletes.

The patent also describes the device as having integrated earphones for listening to music and taking calls hands-free. It will also be able to display notification alerts while you’re exercising. Hopefully they’ll be compatible with more than one smartphone, unlike the Galaxy Gear at launch…

If Samsung plans to continue with the ‘Galaxy’ brand name, expect the device to be called “Galaxy Glasses.”

Hit the break for more pictures.


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