As expected, the recently released Chromecast was taken apart, put back together, rooted, hacked, and investigated deeply by tons of developers this past week, as the device became available to the public in limited quantities.
It looks like some good has already come out of it, as Koushik Dutta has already built an application that will allow users to stream local media from their phones straight to their TVs via Chromecast.
He made the announcement yesterday on his G+ page.
Wrote my first Chromecast app. Send anything in your gallery to your TV via the standard share button. Images and movies (at full framerate). It works like magic.
Also looking at sending music and playlists.
He later reveals that he is looking into working on a desktop application or Chrome extension which will allow for the same streaming of local media, but on the computer.
This definitely makes Chromecast even more useful for a ton of people, however the application cannot yet be distributed to the public because of Google’s policy with its Beta SDK, which states that written permission from Google is required before releasing the app. If Google sends it through to the Play Store, this will be good news for everyone.
Check out his demonstration video after the break.
With Google releasing Android 4.3 recently, we’ve viewed it as more of an intermittent update rather than new features being added. With some digging it looks like a small SMS feature has been unearthed with the ability of 3rd party SMS applications being able to send “quick responses” upon rejecting an incoming call. Although for this to work, the 3rd party application that’s in use has to be updated first in order to take advantage of this new feature.
Another added feature is that Android 4.3 now allows notifications to be read easier by applications such as Light Flow. While Light Flow works wonders for a lot, it is also quite buggy due to Android failing to read the notifications correctly. Once Light Flow and other apps like it update with Google’s new fixes, things should be a whole lot smoother.
source: Android Central
We’ve previously reported that root has been achieved on Google’s Chromecast. With that in tow, it looks like someone on Reddit has found a way to run a Gameboy emulator on it. The news is not so much that a Gameboy emulator is possible, but it certainly opens up the possibilities of what one can do with a rooted Chromecast. Seems like the possibilities could be endless. Check out the video below after the break!
There has been some speculation that a Nokia patent has been blocking Google from adding “multi-user” support on Android phones— however, Dan Morrill of Google has taken to Reddit to explain the decision publicly.
Apparently, the problem stems from the phones themselves and the nature that we use them. While tablets receive emails and instant messages, something like a phone call may be too important to just “hold off” or send directly to voicemail while another user is logged in. What does Android do when a phone call comes in for another user? What about a text?
These kinds of questions are what’s keeping Google from adding “multi-user” support. Do any of you have an idea of how this could work? Personally, I always thought that multi-user support on phones would always be a luxury, but not a necessity. I, for one, would never use it, but bragging to my iFriends about the feature would always be nice…
Source: Android Reddit
It’s an amazing feeling when you open up that great looking box, break out your new device, install your favorite apps and get going. The performance is just as snappy as you expected, the graphics move smoothly, and there are absolutely no problems in sight.
However, a few months down the road, all traces of your brand new device are lost forever, as a sluggish, laggy and bug-filled one replace it.
Android 4.3 has an answer for that, with TRIM support— “garbage collection.” Supposedly, it had been included in Android 4.2, but was not yet enabled. While everyone looks forward to all the great new features in upcoming versions of Android, all of this “under the hood” work is especially awesome to hear as well.
Discovered in the Android source commit is a new DPI category, XXXDHPI, which has been established for devices with a DPI of 640. According to Android engineer Dianne Hackborn, this density would typically be used for a 4K television screen which runs at 3840×2160 resolution. Like some others, you may be wondering why this would even be needed. Although the hardware and bandwidth may not be ready for such a high resolution yet, not to mention wallets and pocketbooks, the day may get here eventually and Android plans to be ready for it.
With the new Nexus 7 tablet and Google’s Chromecast device dominating much of the buzz coming out of Sundar Pichai’s “breakfast” event today, some people are already wondering what may be next from Google in terms of hardware. Wall Street Journal reporter Amir Efrati managed to follow up with Pichai after the event and squeeze a few extra bits of info out of him. One of those items may be a new Nexus 10 tablet to be manufactured by Samsung running Key Lime Pie.
Based on previous product announcements, it is expected a new Google Nexus smartphone will be announced sometime in October or November. Even though Google just officially announced Android 4.3 today, Google’s next device is expected to launch with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. If Google does release a new smartphone during that period, the launch of a new Nexus 10 tablet at the same time makes some sense as both would be on a yearly release cycle then.
Pichai also indicated new Google TV devices were on their way to market, despite the interest in the Chromecast device. This could put Google hardware buyers in the position of choosing between similar devices, whether it is Chromecast versus Google TV or Nexus 7 versus Nexus 10.
What do you think about a new Nexus 10 tablet? Is it worth waiting for or does the new Nexus 7 meet your tablet needs now?
source: Android and Me
Samsung has always been know for setting its sights pretty high, and it’s certainly paying off right now as they’re pretty much dominating the top of the mobile industry. But what about the future? Well yesterday at the MobileBeat conference in San Francisco, Samsung strategy chief Young Sohn displayed a video showing what kind of potential the future holds in their industry, and more specifically, their own products. The video features flexible displays, unique wearable technology, and even a health-sensor that pairs with your smartphone which immediately sends if off to the doc. Check out the full concept video after the break.
It’s that time of the month when we get to see how well different versions of Android are doing, and the numbers look pretty good for Jelly Bean. Last month, Jelly Bean devices accounted for 33% of Android devices, which has improved about 5% to 38%. Ice Cream Sandwich devices slipped a bit over 2% to account for 23.3%, and Gingerbread devices are holding strong at 34.1%, although it’s worth mentioning that Gingerbread devices on API level 9 have disappeared completely.
Overall, Google holding out on Android 4.3 is definitely helping Android manufactures slowly catch up their devices to current software, which I’m sure has been the intended effect. Hopefully we’ll see this trend continue next month, too.
source: Android Developers
Developers have been getting more and more creative with how they look at widgets, constantly thinking up new functions and designs. A couple months back we told you about a slick new app called Overlays that brings widgets front-and-center no matter what application you are running. An excellent idea, Overlays is only available for Android 4.0 and above. Thanks to XDA Senior Member sak-venom1997, an alternative to Overlays called Widgets Everywhere has been released.
Currently in public beta version 2.32, Widgets Everywhere is a very useful application with some innovative features. Incorporating XDA Senior Member pingpongboss’s StandOut libraries, users are able to float and move widgets over any running application using pinch-to-zoom gestures to resize. Widgets can overlap each other, and users can float as many widgets as they can fit on their screen.
Planned features for the future include a custom widget-picker, independent of Android’s built-in tool and enhanced resizing options. Widgets Everywhere is compatible with any device running Android 2.1 or newer and is ad-free and free to download at the link below.
Source: Original XDA Thread