Moto X Active Display now available on any Android 4.3 device

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One of the best new features on the Moto X is its Active Display Functionality, which periodically displays critical notifications on the lock screen without any user input. If you’re not planning on getting your hands on a Moto X, you’ll still get a chance to try out the new feature thanks to developer niko001 from XDA-Developers, who has developed “ActiveNotifications,” which simulates the Moto X feature on Android 4.3 devices.

Here’s what niko001 had to say about his app:

It uses the new “Notification Listener” service introduced in 4.3 and therefore has minimal impact on your battery. If you own an AMOLED-phone, the “battery saving” feature should work automatically, since black pixels are simply not turned on. The app comes with similar features as the Moto X Active Display (such as not turning on when the device is inside your pocket, purse, or lying face down). Unfortunately, relying on the 4.3 Notification Listener also means that you need a device running Android 4.3 (which are pretty scarce at the moment)…I’ll think about creating a version for older versions of Android if there is enough interest.

So basically the application will currently only run on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play Edition and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but if you’re using custom firmware you can make use of “ActiveNotifications” as well. Check out the link to the app in the Play Store after the break as well as a gallery of screenshots.
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Images of Oppo N-Lens N1 appear, could be the best camera-phone ever

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We haven’t heard much about the upcoming Oppo N-Lens N1 phone, but it could end up being the next best thing to come to market in the camera-phone industry.

Pictures of the phone recently leaked, which suggest that the phone will come with Xenon flash and a 13-MP camera powered by an “Owl” image chip which contributes to better low-light shots.

The phone is expected to sell in China for $480 off-contract, which is pretty expensive for a Chinese phone. There aren’t too many other details about the phone, but you’ll certainly hear it from us when they come around.

Via: PhoneArena
Source: Weibo

MoDaCo.Switch for Galaxy S 4 passes original funding goal

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The MoDaCo.Switch for the HTC One is awesome, there’s no denying that. Seamlessly switching between a carrier skinned ROM and vanilla Android on the fly is a feature that most people would love to have on their phones. Considering it was done on the HTC One, though, it would only be fair to extend that to the Google Play Edition of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4, right? If you’re an S 4 owner, your wait is (almost) over. The MoDaCo.Switch developers started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funding to bring the switch to the S 4, and in less than five days, they hit their £1,000 goal.

There’s still a few days left to go in the campaign, so if you want to chip in a bit extra to get early access to betas as they come available (or a cool T-shirt) you can hit the link below to throw some money at your computer monitor. Who’s excited to get this running on their S 4?

source: Indiegogo

New Chromecast app developed allowing for streaming of local media

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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.
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A couple small Android 4.3 features have been unearthed

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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

With root enabled, Gameboy emulator running on Chromecast

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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!


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Lack of “multi-user” support on Android phones explained by Dan Morrill of Google

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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

“My device slowed down with age” may no longer be in our vocabulary with Android 4.3

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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.

Source: AnAndTech

Android ready to support displays in 640 DPI range

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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.
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Is Key Lime Pie powered Nexus 10 next device in Google’s pipeline?

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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