New benchmark scores have surfaced on the GFXBench site showing the Nexus 5 is ready to jump into the fray against the top performing smartphones in terms of graphics capability. Currently only two scores have been posted, one for the T-Rex HD offscreen test and one for the Egypt HD offscreen test. These tests are designed to to determine how the device will perform under a heavy load, with the T-Rex test being the more intensive of the two. The score for the Nexus 5 on the T-Rex test was 23.1 frames per second. On the less intensive Egypt HD test, the unit scored 59.2 frames per second.
The scores put the Nexus 5 on par with the PowerVR chipped iPhone 5S and either on par with or slightly edging out leading Android units. The Nexus 5 is shown as being equipped with the Adreno 330 gpu for the tests. Hopefully it will not be long before we can get some results for the onscreen tests.
Since Google’s acquisition of YouTube ages ago, it hasn’t seen an insane Google takeover in terms of design and features until relatively recently when Google+ profiles began merging with YouTube usernames. This week, Google is going to be changing things up a bit more as YouTube comments will change from those that are the most “recent” to those that are most “relevant.” We must not forget that Google is a search engine, of course, focusing on high-quality results— this business model has crossed over to nearly all of their products in recent years, and is expected to continue in the future. It has been successful, after all.
So, what does “relevant” mean when you’re talking about a YouTube video? We’re talking about full-on Google+ integration here with your circles. Comments from your Google+ friends will appear at the top of the comments section on videos, so that you can reply, engaging in meaningful conversation with people that you actually know. I’m sure Google looked long and hard at all the terrible things going on in the comments section on videos, including full-fledged arguments, name-calling, and outright stupidity. Rarely have I seen a meaningful and intelligent debate on a YouTube video regarding a serious topic. Maybe (probably not) this will change things.
Well would you look at that! It seems as though HTC has made good on their promise of getting the latest versions of Android to their top-line devices as fast as they can. A leaked version of Android 4.3 for AT&T’s HTC One has appeared, and has been tested by Android Central’s Kevin O’Quinn— so far so good, they let us know. He hasn’t found any bugs, and fluidity is great.
If you want to test it out for yourself, an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery is required to flash it, of course, head on over to the source link.
Hopefully it won’t be long after that other carriers will start to have their own versions nearing release. Of course we’re all thinking Verizon here, but I guess I wouldn’t expect them to have it for a while considering it wasn’t too long ago that they actually started offering the HTC One to customers.
Source: Android Central
All good things must come to an end— but sometimes, it’s for the better. The Paranoid Android team has announced that they’ll be making some changes in the way that they design/distribute their ROM for Android 4.4 KitKat.
First up is an availability change, with stability in mind. In order to create a highly stable ROM, Paranoid Android (or any developer for that matter) should focus on fewer devices. By now, we all know that all devices are not created equal, and because of that, we’re going to see Paranoid Android’s ROM on higher-end devices that they choose to develop around. This is not to say that their ROM won’t work on your device, but it just won’t be specifically designed for it, and may be less stable than it is intended to be. (Nexus 5 is quite clearly the focus here.)
CyanogenMod’s update to version 10.2 will bring plenty of welcome improvements, and one of them is an updated Privacy Guard app to version 2.0. This app currently allows users to manage app permissions, not only displaying what apps have access to what information, but letting the users control which information they will voluntarily share with their apps.
Privacy Guard 2.0 will integrate “AppOps,” which lets the system remove permissions and return empty data sets when permissions are denied for an app. You will be able to easily switch on/off individual permissions for things such as location, reading contacts, SMS/MMS, etc. A notifications feature has also been added which will let you know when you are using an app that has permissions blocked that it requires to run. It’s definitely a good troubleshooting tool for when your app suddenly doesn’t work anymore after it doesn’t have the ability to use your device’s GPS, for example. The UI has also been changed a bit to make it simpler to navigate the app. It’s definitely a nice addition to CM 10.2 and we’re looking forward to seeing what other goodies are in store from the CM team.
The Android Device Manager has added the new remote lock device option to the desktop version of Google Play, and can be found under the “gear” icon at the rightmost part of the screen. Once in the module, you’ll be given the option to either make your phone ring at full blast (no matter the current volume setting on your device), lock it with a new lock pattern (overriding the current lock pattern/PIN), or doing a complete factory reset— all without touching your device.
This will certainly make users feel a lot more comfortable when misplacing their device, especially if you have important information on your phone, for your eyes only. If your phone is in airplane mode, the changes will take place as soon as the device is connected to a network.
KitKat recently released a video showing a contest they held which involved winners sitting on a KitKat-branded bench at a certain time in order to win a Nexus 7. Great idea by the company, as they continue to do their part to market the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat OS. It’s a pretty simple concept, although the video may have overdone it a bit. Check it out for yourself below.
Google has recently filed a patent for a type of online, interactive book club. It sounds weird, but the way Google is apparently thinking about implementing it sounds really interesting. When a user buys a new book, they’ll automatically be prompted to join a “club” for that book with other readers. It will supposedly limit those clubs to people who buy the book around the same time so they won’t be several hundred pages apart. These clubs are assigned based on your age, location, interests, etc. All that neat information Google has on you will help to pair you up with others who you’d enjoy reading a book with.
It’ll all be managed through a social network, probably Google+. Duh. Book clubs can have scheduled activities, which is probably just going to be group Hangouts to discuss books. There’s also the possibility of financial rewards for participation.
This is just a patent, so it doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll turn into anything. But hey, if you’re a fan of book clubs and Google products, you’ve got something to look forward to.
We fully expect the Nexus 5 along with Android 4.4 Kit Kat to be released next month, and if you need further confirmation, then take a look at the German Facebook page for Kit Kat. They posted the above image and the 11th comment (from Kit Kat) says, “Hi Tim, Android 4.4 KIT KAT ist ab Oktober verfügbar.” If you don’t know German, no problem, a quick Google translation yields, “Hi Tim, Android 4.4 KIT KAT is available from October.”
Of course I don’t know if I would really classify this as an “out” since Google doesn’t usually put statues on their lawn for a new version of Android unless they plan to release it soon. The statue went up on September 3 and they announced the Nexus 4 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean last October. Thank you for the confirmation Nestle, but we didn’t need it.
According to a tweet from @Rage06, which was then retweeted by famed leaker @evleaks with a comment saying “seems legit,” the new Nexus 10 will be made by Asus. @Rage06, or Ray, works at Curry’s PC world in the UK and found a line in the system that suggests that the Nexus 10 will indeed be made by Asus instead of Samsung, the current manufacturer.
This tweet does go against Sunday Pichai’s statement earlier this year that said that Samsung would be the manufacturer. Regardless, hopefully we’ll hear the official details soon enough. With rumors going either way, it sure will be interesting to see the real manufacturer.
Sources: @Rage06, @evleaks