Pebble App Challenge launches, will provide $5,000 to top developer

Pebble App Challenge

Pebble’s standalone app store has officially launched, and the company is doing a lot to help developers begin producing useful apps for the up and coming smartwatch platform.

In fact, Pebble is starting its own “Pebble App Challenge,” which will award $5,000 to the first place app developer, and a Pebble Steel for each of the top 16 finalists.

The contest will accept submissions from today, March 10, until 5 p.m. PST on March 23. The public, developers and Pebble owners will be able to vote for their favorite apps between March 24 and March 27, with the top 16 moving onto the final rounds.

In April, Pebble users only will be able to vote for a different “app matchup” each day until one app, the winner, is left.

If you think you could do well in the competition, think about signing up at the link below.

Source: Pebble

Samsung Galaxy S 4 on T-Mobile receives Android 4.4.2 today

Samsung_Galaxy_S_4_Back_Bottom_GS4_Logo_TAT-Mobile recently began pushing out Android 4.4.2 for the Galaxy Note 3, and now its the Galaxy S 4′s turn. The update for the S4 is beginning to roll out over the air and through Samsung Kies with build number M919UVUFNB4.

The update is a hefty 388 MB and brings improved stability, and major features include white status bar icons, improved performance, reduced memory usage, improvements to Samsung’s onscreen keyboard in landscape mode, inbuilt wireless printing support, ability to select the default launcher and messaging app from the settings menu, a  camera shortcut and full-screen album art on the lock screen, and new emojis.

Source: T-Mobile

HTC Butterfly S now receiving a software update with Android 4.4.2 in tow

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HTC Butterfly S owners, fire up the System Updates menu. HTC is pushing the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to that device. Rather than going to an earlier version of KitKat, HTC is heading straight to the most recent version. The update totals more than 736MB, so make sure you have ample storage. Also, make sure you connect to WiFi to avoid any data overages.

Source: XDA
Via: Android Spin

Nexus 5 has low-core functionality for “always-on listening” voice recognition

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If you didn’t know already, the Nexus 5 actually has a low-power audio processor for “always-on” listening (OK, Google) functionality. However, due to the limited functionality of the feature and its closed-source nature, it only works on the home screen and not when the device is asleep.

However, developer Guillaume Lesniak from the OmniROM team has managed to access the dedicated low-power audio core on the Snapdragon 800 chip to make use of this feature. The functionality is only a proof of concept for now, and although we could see it in later ROMs, it is unlikely because of Qualcomm’s re-distribution licensing issues. Hit the break for a video of the feature.


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Sprint announces which other Samsung devices will receive KitKat

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Sprint already began KitKat rollouts for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Note 3, and today the carrier announced which other devices will receive the new operating system. Sprint still has plans to update the Galaxy Note II, S 4 mini, S III,  Mega and  Tab 3 7.0. Timing for these releases has not yet been announced. Some of the features the update includes are Location Menu, Enhanced Messaging, and Updated Lock Screen Features.

Source: Sprint

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

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