If you need to access a desktop or server computer from your Android device, you may be interested in news that TeamViewer has launched a beta version of TeamViewer 9, the next version of their remote control and online meeting software. This latest version includes a Wake-on-LAN function giving users the ability to turn on remote computers over the internet. To help IT support teams, the new version also includes a feature called Service Queue that gives users the ability to manage, share and assign support requests. The ability to join a remote support session using a unique session code has also been added to the application.
Along with the launch of the new beta, the TeamViewer team also announced the launch of its public API that will let companies build in support to their existing infrastructure and applications in a more integrated manner.
TeamViewer has versions available for Windows, Mac and Linux systems, though the specific features may vary slightly by platform. An Android app is available in the Google Play store that will enable users to access their desktop system using their Android device. Check out the full press release after the break, including information on how to download the beta of TeamViewer 9.
Archos just announced its newest 10-inch tab to hit their new Gen 11 range of devices. The device is sitting pretty with a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 res display and takes a design que from the HTC One by implementing front facing speakers. In addition, they’re complimenting the device with keyboard which also doubles as a front facing cover to protect the device’s screen dubbed the “coverboard”. The cover/keyboard sports magnetic clips which latch on to the device to feel like one solid unit. Innards include a 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB’s of on-board storage. Overall, the device is much like its predecessor only with a quad-core CPU upgrade.
The standard OS version should include Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and will bundle the OfficeSuite Pro 6 for allowing support with MS Office docs along with a slew of their own internal applications for an optimal media experience. We can expect the device to arrive in the UK next month for £249.99 ($401.13) and can be purchases on Archos’ website for added convenience. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Hit the break for the rest of the pics.
LG would really like to “inspire some great new apps” from developers that capitalize on the infrared remote sensor capabilities of their devices. To help bring that about, LG is making loaner devices available to programmers that want to work with LG’s new QRemote SDK in making those apps a reality. To take advantage of the program, developers will have to register at an LG Device Loaner Program website and complete an order form. If approved, the developer will receive the requested LG device, including the LG G2, for up to 30-days at no cost other than return shipping.
LG says the program was previewed last week at their LG Android Developers’ VIP event in San Francisco when the LG QRemote SDK was officially launched. Cecilia Son, LG’s mobile developer relations head says the response was very positive with several developers noting LG was “doing it right” in taking this approach.
Check out the full press release after the break for more details and information on how to sign up if you think you may qualify.
Google is making it easier to find and book a hotel using “Hotel Finder” in your mobile browser. You can search by price, hotel class, user rating, and distance. You can also get more information for each hotel such as photos, reviews, amenities, and its Maps location. If the hotel is highlighted in green, it’s considered a good deal.
Once you have made your choice, you can go ahead and book it with one of Google’s booking partners, and you can secure it using Google Wallet. So the next time you’re planning a trip, pull out your phone instead of using your desktop.
source: Google Commerce / Hotel Finder
Do you own one of Verizon’s latest Motorola Droid devices? If you’ve got the Droid Ultra, Maxx, or Mini, you should soon be getting a notification to update your device OTA. While it’s not KitKat, it still includes some pretty handy improvements for the device, including camera tweaks, connectivity enhancements, and a handful of other updated and improved features.
What really makes this device unique is that it installs Google Drive onto your device for you, and if you use it from your device, you’ll be given 50 GB of free storage space for two years. Considering major carriers like Verizon tend to block those kinds of promotions (like what we’ve seen with Dropbox on Samsung devices), it’s great to see this offer being made available to Droid owners on Big Red’s network.
Keep an eye out for the update on your device, and hit the links below if you want to check out the full changelog.
source: Droid Ultra and Ultra Maxx
It seems that the heavily talked about Google Nexus 5 is not only an incredibly nice phone for its price, but it is extremely repairable as well, as shown in iFixit’s latest teardown of the device. The Nexus 5 received a repairability score of 8/10 from iFixit, mostly because of the fact that it uses minimal adhesive and uses a lot of modular components that are easily replaceable.
In fact, it seems that almost everything about the Nexus 5 is easy to replace except for the screen assembly, which is all glued together in a rather secure yet hard to replace manner. In other words, don’t drop your phone, or if you think you might, then get a screen protector.
You can see the video of the teardown after the break.
It was back in August that we found out about Google Helpouts. It’s a new way for people to get help via Hangouts on a variety of topics such as repairs, cooking, photography, technology, and so on. We are talking real people helping real people over video. Well Helpouts was officially launched by Google today.
You have the power of choosing from whom you want to get help from based on their qualifications, availability, price, ratings, reviews. This isn’t like calling technical support at HP and getting any random person. You have the power to choose and it’s over video. You will even be able to record your session or share your desktop if necessary. And if you are unsatisfied, there is a full money back guarantee.
For now, you will only find a few categories, but over time they will increase, as well as the amount of “helpers.” You will even find top brands like Sephora, One Medical, Weight Watchers, Redbeacon, and Rosetta Stone.
Helpouts seems more suited for desktop use, but Google did release an app in the Play Store. We have download links along with a quick demo video after the break.
Yesterday we heard that Samsung is going to put a bigger focus in the tablet market since it’s becoming more difficult to grow in the smartphone sector. In a followup story, it appears Samsung wants to sell 42 million tablets in 2014.
This means you can expect a healthy dose of offerings next year, which will probably include just about every screen size imaginable. They are already offering 7, 8, and 10.1-inches, and we know a 12.2-inch Galaxy Note is on the way. Today we are hearing that a 13.3-incher is also in the works. This size screams at a Windows / Android dual boot setup, but that’s just a guess.
I am sure Samsung will unveil some goodies at CES in January, but I am also sure we will see a leak or two by then.
Last week when Android 4.4 KitKat was announced, a lot of people rejoiced, but one select group of people didn’t. Those who own a Galaxy Nexus got the shocking news that they wouldn’t be getting the new chocolate treat, at least officially. Google’s reasoning is their policy to support devices for only 18 months. That policy is really meant for manufacturers, this is a Google product folks. Some say it really isn’t about the 18 month window and it’s more about drivers from Texas Instruments not getting updated.
Whatever the real reason is, Galaxy Nexus owners aren’t happy and I don’t blame them. The phone more than meets the specs and you would think Google would want to “show other manufacturers” how it’s done. Max Duckwitz isn’t sitting back and started a petition. He has well over 13,500 signatures and nearly 3,500 comments. He isn’t wasting anytime as he already sent all the signatures, comments, a quick letter, and petition text to Sundar Pichai at Google.
One of the reasons why nobody seems excited for the new flexible display phones from Samsung and LG is because they really aren’t flexible, they are just curved. Well guess what? The LG G Flex actually does flex. Problem is that it really isn’t the kind of “flexible” you are thinking because you can’t fold it up like the future concepts we saw yesterday, but this video shows us that it’s not as rigid as we thought. I’m not sure I would try this one at home though. Hit the break for the very quick 15-second video.
For many people, Android 4.4 KitKat will be an ease to use being a system that is very similar to its predecessors. For some however, Android 4.4 will be the first Android operating system that they use. In case that’s you, or you just want to know a little more about the new operating system, Google has recently released a quick start guide for Android 4.4, with information on all you need to know to get the most out of your Android experience.
The Android 4.4 quick start guide is free, and any Android user can download it provided they have Google Play Books installed on their system. The guide is a rather comprehensive volume, and features 53 pages of KitKat goodness. In fact, even if you’re a seasoned Android professional you might still discover something new because it details everything from Google Now to using notifications and everything in between.
Hit the break for download links.
Since announcing plans to offer consumers up to 200MB of free data if they buy a tablet device as part of their “Uncarrier” campaign, the company has had to address a few problems with the strategy. The latest is an admission that new customers will actually have to sign-up for at least a $20 per month plan if they want to buy their new tablet device with no money down. If there is any silver lining to this clarification it is the fact that the $20 per month plan includes 500MB of data in addition to the base 200MB of data T-Mobile is providing for tablet devices.
HTC has released some information regarding their plans to provide an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat for the HTC One throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but defers on any details regarding the upgrade schedule for the HTC One Max and HTC One Mini. According the HTC’s press release:
“Across EMEA, HTC will work with local carriers to begin the roll-out of Android 4.4 with Sense 5.5 for the HTC One from the end of January. The Google Play edition will start to receive the update earlier, starting from the end of November. Details regarding the HTC One Max and HTC One Mini will follow.”
As you may note, specific dates for the HTC One Max and HTC One Mini are not mentioned, but we would anticipate the update for those devices should follow shortly after the HTC One.
Google recently showed us what appeared to be a Nexus 8 on the official Android website, but they’ve quickly corrected their mistake. Thanks to some quick photo editing, Google has edited that image to show their newly released Nexus 7 instead of the rumored 8-inch tablet.
Truthfully, this doesn’t reveal anything about the device aside from telling us that Google didn’t want anyone to know about it just yet. It’s possible that Google wanted to adjust the mysterious tablet to squash any false rumors before they gained too much steam, but since we’ve already seen a possible 8-inch Nexus by LG get Bluetooth certification, it’s pretty unlikely that the tablet in the original photo was just a mock device. We’ll probably know more soon, but right now it’s clear that Google isn’t going to say anything.
source: Phone Arena