Android 4.4.2 for T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 3 now available

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A few days ago, Samsung released the source code for Android 4.4.2 for the  Galaxy Note 3, and today the update is available for everyone. If you have a Note 3, you should receive a notification when the update is available for you, but if not, head to the settings and check manually.

You might not notice much new on the surface, but performance improvements should be dramatic.

Source: TmoNews

Paranoid Android developers re-writing code for their Android 4.x.x builds; Aims for a more ‘Google’ experience

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If you’ve downloaded and flashed Paranoid Android’s latest KitKat 4.x builds, you’ve quickly noticed that their famous features (such as Halo) are missing and it appears more “vanilla.” Turns out the team is in the midst of re-inventing themselves when it comes to their custom ROMs. While the ROM will still offer plenty of features, they plan on making it a more unified “Google” experience. They are also re-writing the code for all of their features and plan on doing much less “kanging,” or borrowing other features, from other ROM’s.

Any PA ROM users out there disappointed with this news? Let us know! For a full and more detailed explanation coming straight from the team, check out the source link right below!

source: PA Google+

Latest Android distribution numbers show KitKat rising at a slow pace, gets 2.5% of the pie

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Compared to last month, the latest Android distribution numbers are something to be proud of in March. In all of the right areas, there were increases and decreases. Most importantly, Android 4.4 KitKat grew .7% to 2.5%. This will likely ramp up next month as many flagships are now starting to receive KitKat. And in two or threw months, it should gain some significant traction as newer flagships will ship with the latest version of Android.

Now it is time to talk about the rest of the versions. As for Gingerbread, it thankfully continues to fall. Last month it had a 20% stake and that has dropped to 19%. Jelly Bean, however, experience very slight growth. Somehow Honeycomb, Android’s initial tablet operating system version, is clinging on to dear life at .1%. By the release of next month’s numbers, I fully expect Honeycomb to be a thing of the past.

Source: Android Developers

Android 4.4.2 for T-Mobile’s LG G2 now available

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LG_G2_Back_Camera_Lens_Power_Volume_Buttons_TAThe latest device to get Android 4.4.2 is the T-Mobile variant of the LG G2. Technically, it was available a few days ago via the PC Utility app, but it is now available via an OTA update. If you haven’t received a notification prompting you to update just yet, follow these steps:

  1. From Settings, tap General.
  2. Tap About phone.
  3. Tap Update center.
  4. Tap System updates.
  5. Tap Check now.
  6. Follow on screen prompts.

The update should make your device much faster, in addition to bringing new features and improvements.

Source: T-Mobile

 

Samsung Galaxy Gifts giving over $500 worth of stuff to Galaxy S 5 Owners

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When the Galaxy S 5 is available for purchase, consumers will have a bunch of free stuff waiting for them. While the specs may not entice you, maybe over $500 of stuff will.  Galaxy Gifts as it’s called is more oriented towards the healthy lifestyle that Samsung is pushing with the S 5 and its new Galaxy Gear Fit. Even so there are a few non-health related gifts thrown in the mix.

We have a break down of just what exactly you’re getting after the break.

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AT&T’s LG G2 currently receiving KitKat

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LG_G2_Back_TAKitKat is currently rolling out for LG G2 users on AT&T. According to the carrier, KitKat will make the G2 17 percent faster than Jelly Bean, and improve battery life dramatically. Among the improvements:

  • Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, improved closed captioning support, and stronger security.
  • Improved battery efficiency: the phone plays music more efficiently and supports the battery-saving location mode, extending battery life.
  • Faster processing speed: The latest version of Android provides a noticeable speed boost that runs applications 17 percent faster than before and web-browsing speed is mproved with the Chromium engine.
  • Printing in the Cloud: Google Cloud Printer makes it simple to print documents via Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth connection.
  • Enhanced “Knock On” feature: The responsiveness of LG’s Knock On feature has been improved.

To download, make sure your device is more than half charged, and head to Settings > General > About phone > Software Update > Update now to get started.

Source: AT&T

LG promises 17 percent performance increase after update to KitKat on G2

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International models of the LG G2 are set to receive the Android 4.4.2 update before the U.S. models, but it won’t be long before the phones finally get to have a taste of KitKat.

As we already know, KitKat brings a series of some really nice updates to the Android operating system, and improved performance on devices.

In fact, according to recent testing from LG, the update from Jelly Bean to KitKat on the G2 provides a 17 percent increase in performance when applications are running. These tests are obviously preliminary and aren’t confirmed by any third parties yet, but if the numbers are anywhere near true, it will be a great time for G2 owners come mid-March.

Hit the break for LG’s video showcasing the OS performance comparison.

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Here’s another glimpse of what Project Tango can do

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Google has unveiled Project Tango, a 3D sensing smartphone, which can make computer vision and perceptual computing solutions like software that maps and creates 3D reconstructions of indoor spaces.

Matterport, the company behind Project Tango’s software (and now working with Google), will be present at Mobile World Congress next week, so we’ll be hearing a lot from them in the next few days.

The software is brilliant, and as you’ll see in the video, pretty accurate as well as it maps an actual room using a Project Tango prototype. There is certainly some room (no pun intended) to grow for this project, but it’s an enormous start. The possibilities are nearly limitless for this type of software, so it’ll be exciting to see how Google and Matterport move ahead here.

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TuneIn Radio Pro updated, includes recording to SD card, redesign for car mode

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With TuneIn Radio Pro, you can record radio and listen to it at a later time or date— but with today’s new update, you can save these sound files to an SD card to save yourself some internal storage. Pretty handy, right?

The app’s car mode also has a new look with an improved user interface. Alarm issues and other bugs were fixed, and the size of the Google Play logo in the app for purchasing music was reduced for convenience. Hit the break below for a link to the app in the Play Store. If you’re a first-timer, it’ll set you back only $3.99.

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