NVIDIA pushes software update full of enhancements and fixes to Shield Tablet

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On the same day it releases the LTE version, NVIDIA is rolling out a software update to its tablet. The Shield Tablet is getting a bunch of enhancements and fixes to improve the user experience. Perhaps the most important part of the update is the improved touch performance. For games requiring a touch, this is great. It is even better for the stylus included with the Shield Tablet due to precision getting a boost.

The software update, upgrade 1.2, includes the following:

  • Enhanced SHIELD Hub Features
  • Network Test capability
  • User Customizable ‘My Android Games’ and ‘My Media Apps’
  • Share ‘News’ items, swipe between articles
  • Improved Touch Performance
  • Misc. Stability and Localization Improvements

Source: NVIDIA

AT&T now rolling out connectivity update for Galaxy S4 Active

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AT&T is currently pushing out a relatively minor over-the-air stability update to all its carrier-branded Galaxy S4 Active smartphones currently located in the United States. Sadly, this upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, but it does include an updated edition of Google Maps, some security improvements and a handful of ‘system stability developments,’ aimed at enhancing connectivity when using voice calling and SMS.


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Android L will enable device encryption by default for better security

Nexus_5_Android_L_Developer_Preview_Home_Screen_01_TAWe’re still waiting on an official Android L announcement from Google, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep an eye out for new features that the update will have. The latest report comes from the Washington Post and states that Google will enable device encryption by default on all Android L devices. Phone security is a huge deal lately, so this is a welcome change. This encryption will primarily deter law enforcement or government from pulling any data or personal information off of an encrypted device, unless the owner of the device willingly consented to a search. 
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Amazon announces version 4 of Fire OS, codenamed ‘Sangria’

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Along with a slew of tablets, Amazon introduced Fire OS 4 Sangria. Fire OS 4 will come pre-loaded on the all new Kindle Fire HD (6 and 7), Fire HDX 8.9, and Fire HD Kids Edition tablets. It’s built from Android 4.4, and it’s the usual fork that we have come to expect from Amazon.

Fire OS 4 brings Firefly, Profiles, and Family Library among other software tweaks.


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Google’s Material Design takes home the Gold Prize at the User Experience Awards 2014

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Material Design was introduced at Google I/O, and we all  fell in love with it instantly. It’s by far the biggest visual change for Android since Ice Cream Sandwich.

The User Experience Awards 2014 took place last week and Google received the Gold Prize for the “Best Contribution to UX” category. Other Gold Prize winners included Volkswagen for Best Brand Experience and SAP Consumer Insight 365 for Best Enterprise Experience. The Grand Prize went to Virgin America for Most Significant Industry Evolution.

Congratulations Google!! Just in case you aren’t familiar with Material Design, we have a short video after the break.


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Google rolls out Google Play Services 6.1 update, packs multiple API enhancements

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Google Play Services received an update today, bringing the software version up to 6.1. Nothing too wild here, but there are some updates to the Google Analytics API, Google Drive API and Google Fit API.

The update is slowly rolling out, so be patient. Unless you’re a developer, not much is relevant here, but some solid enhancements nonetheless.

Source: Android Developers Blog

Verizon HTC One Update Delayed a Day

HTC_ONE-updateBad news for Verizon HTC One users today: according to HTC’s VP of product management, the HTC One M8 OTA update has been delayed until tomorrow due to an un-revealed issue. However, this is hardly anything to get too worried about, since the update should be released tomorrow without any issues. This update is the same one that was released last week to the M7. A highlight of the update is the new Extreme Power Saving Mode.

Source: Twitter