HD Widgets Gets Updated To Bring More Widgets, Increased Functionality To Android 4.2

 

HD Widgets has recently been updated to include even more functionality for those of you on Android 4.2. Right off the bat, users of the product will be treated to a total of 11 widgets— 6 for smartphones and 5 for tablets. In addition to the new widgets, users will also be treated improved widget filtering and of course, some minor bug fixes which helps to alleviate any sort of minor annoyances and all.

The latest update can be found in the Play Store today for all Froyo+ devices and will run you about 2 bucks. Hit the Play Store link below or scan the QR code to grab it today.

 

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Nexus 4 Dot Live Wallpaper provides you with the ultimate Nexus experience

Perhaps you were lucky enough to score a Nexus 4 when it went on sale last week. Or, maybe you’re simply envious of those who did. Either way, Wasabi’s new Nexus 4 Dot Live Wallpaper is destined to give you an even heftier dose of that desirable Nexus 4 goodness.

The fresh animated background mimics the the excitable rear exterior of Google and LG’s new brainchild, offering a dazzling Nexus-esque experience. The entire feel can be tailored to your personal tastes, with a variety of color choices. In addition, you can also change the speed by which the dots fade in and out, as well as their size.
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Easy Nexus 4 Root Method Arrives via Toolkit

Nexus 4

What’s the first thing you’re going to do with your new Nexus 4? If you answered, “root that bad boy and unleashed the custom ROM hell hounds,” you’re in luck! XDA developer mskip posted the Nexus 4 Toolkit today to help get you there. If you’re so inclined, we highly recommend you follow our How to unlock and root the Nexus 4 Guide. Results tend to be more consistent with the so called “manual method” described in our guide, but the process is usually a bit tedious. If you’re looking for quick & easy, the Toolkit is for you.

Version 1.1.0, released today, will now let you flash a custom recover, which is essential in performing Nandroid backups and flashing a custom ROM. Hit the source for the full list of features and all important download link. Then you can take advantage of apps like Titanium Backup and One Power Guard for your newly rooted Nexus 4.

Source: XDA

Qeexo’s FingerSense technology adds “ears” to your touchscreen

Touchscreens, by their very nature, receive instructions by sensing touch. But what if you could add another “sense” to your smartphone’s touchscreen capabilities? Say, hearing? That’s what the good folks over at Qeexo have cooked up with their new technology called “FingerSense”. FingerSense uses a small acoustic sensor to pick up vibrations as you touch, swipe, and tap your phone, essentially allowing your smartphone to “hear” how you are interacting with your touchscreen and make adjustments as needed. For example, tapping an icon with your finger would open an app, but if you tap the same icon with your knuckle, it could open a contextual menu. The possibilities are endless. So far FingerSense is able to differentiate between finger, knuckle, fingernail, stylus, eraser, and more. Catch a glimpse of it in action in the video after the break.


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LG F240K Smartphone Outed In GLBenchmark, Comes Loaded With 1080p Display

 

Think that LG is content with releasing the Optimus G smartphone this year and calling it a day? Well think again as LG seems to have yet another superphone that’s likely on the way. Thanks to a leaked GLBenchmark score, we see that LG has a mysterious device called the F240K and looks to have all the major bells and whistles of a typical superphone. According to the benchmark, the F240K features a full 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, just like that found in the recently announced HTC DROID DNA smartphone. In addition to the noteworthy 1080p display, the F240K seems to feature a processor (most likely the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro) clocked at 1.5GHz and will run on Android 4.1.2— not the now-outdated Ice Cream Sandwich.

There are no additional details of the F240K like its display size or how much RAM it’ll have, but now that the device has been outed– we suspect that it won’t be long before we see additional leaks pop up and give us a better idea of what this puppy entails exactly.

source: Slash Gear

How to unlock and root the Nexus 4

Nexus 4 shipments are starting to arrive for the very lucky souls that were able to get an order in. If you plan on unlocking your bootloader (and subsequently rooting) you Nexus 4, we recommend doing it first thing since unlocking the bootloader will reset and erase everything on your device. If you’re ready to go, you’ve come to the right place, just hit the break to get started.


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Android 4.2 thinks there are just 11 months in a year, omits December

The newest iteration of Android, version 4.2 Jelly Bean, seems to think there are just 11 months in a year, effectively leaving out December altogether. No presents? No Santa? What ever shall we do?

The updated People application found in the stock AOSP version of the software doesn’t allow users to select the 12th month of the year, meaning people who have birthdays, anniversaries or any other sort of special event around Christmas time aren’t able to have it recognized.

The issue has been reported to the official bug tracker and has already been acknowledged by Google. We’re expecting an update to Android 4.1.2 soon. Perhaps, before non-existent December rolls around?

Via: AndroidPolice
Source: Google 

Google updates Play Store to include new UI features

Google has rolling out an update to the Play Store since late last night, and even though it doesn’t have any drastic changes, the UI and recommendations have been polished up, which is a nice touch. The most notable difference is the post-install screen after installing an app; it’s a clean looking screen with  a button to quickly enable automatic updates. There’s also improvements to recommendations, which connects to your circles on Google+ to suggest apps and media.

This brings the Play Store up to the version that’s shipping with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. Hit the link below for the download if you just can’t wait for your Play Store to update automatically.

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ZTE Grand X Pro gets rendered in new leak

Another day, another leaked Android device. This time we find the unannounced ZTE Grand X Pro in a render leaked by our friends over at evleaks. No information has been provided regarding the specs of this device, but considering the “Pro” moniker found in its name, we should expect it to be a refresh of the ZTE Grand X LTE that was launched earlier this summer. From the render, it looks like the device will be running a slightly altered version of stock Android 4.0.

There’s too little information at this point to really get excited about the device, but I’m liking the new design philosophy that ZTE is taking. Much cleaner lines, smaller bezels, and a bigger screen. Hopefully the improved design will be matched by improved specs. Maybe we’ll get some more details at CES or MWC in early 2013.

Source: @evleaks

Lenovo moves into the 1080p party with a 5-inch, dual-sim superphone

It looks like the era of 720p smartphone screens may already be behind us as manufacturers like Sharp, HTC, Oppo and others usher in a new era of 1080p displays for the next batch of superphones. My how technology advances!

According to Engadget, Lenovo has decided to join the 1080p party with a 5-inch, dual-sim superphone that runs on China Telecom’s CDMA2000 network and China Mobile’s 2G network simultaniously. Screenshots of the phone that were posted to Sina Weibo earlier in the week (but since taken down) seem to indicate that Lenovo’s offering will come with a slightly skinned version of Android (probably of the 4.0 kind). According to the source, the phone has been in testing for quite some time and could be set for release any day now.

1080p screens should have Android fans everywhere salivating, as even our own Robert Nazarian claimed that it’s truly a sight to behold. Now if we can only come up with the battery technology to feed those power-hungry beasts.

Anyone planning on getting a 1080p phone next year? Do you think 1080 pixels is overkill?

Source: Engadget