Last week, we mentioned that “Windy Day” was coming to the Moto X through the Spotlight Player app. It’s an animated interactive short story that is also somewhat of a game. It was created by Jan Pinakava and a team of engineers at both Motorola and Qualcomm. Jan Pinakava was actually a co-director for the Pixar hit Ratatouille.
You don’t have to do anything to get “Windy Day” on your Moto X. It’s an automatic download, and you should already have it. You may have noticed a little red hat floating around and/or fixed at the bottom near the on-screen navigation buttons. When I saw it yesterday, I thought it was some sort of a Google push that had to do with Halloween, but it was just a teaser for this clever app. Tap on the hat, and the story will open.
The release of Android 4.4 KitKat continues to bring us new goodies as folks get their hands on the code and compile bits for us to use on our existing devices. We have already seen the release of the new Hangouts, wallpapers from the Nexus 5, and the Google Experience launcher, and now the latest is the new keyboard that comes with KitKat. There are a couple new features incorporated into the keyboard that users may find useful. The first is an awareness of when one word ends and another begins using “space-aware gestures” which Google has named “phrase gesture” in the settings. By dragging your finger down to the space bar, the keyboard will insert a space so you can keep on typing using the swipe method without lifting between words.
The dominance in the smartphone industry continues to be lead by Google. In new numbers estimated by Strategy Analytics, Android has more than 80% smartphone market share in Q3 of 2013 (April – June). That’s an increase over last year’s 75%. Apple is undoubtebly in second 13.4%, down from last year’s 15.6%. Microsoft has also seen growth, chiming in with more than 4%. And BlackBerry continues its struggles and is hanging on to just 1%. With the Nexus 5, Galaxy Note 3, and Moto X all being launched recently, it should be interesting to see how future quarters fluctuate with Apple’s release of the new iPhones. Hit the break for shipment numbers. Read more
The Sprint Galaxy Nexus is starting to receive Android 4.3. This update wasn’t as quick as the Play Store GNex, but I guess they didn’t do too bad here.
Unfortunately, this will be the last major update as Google already announced that Android 4.4 will not hit any Galaxy Nexi. The build for this update is JRO03U.L700GJ04 and will rollout over the next 10 to 21 days.
source: Sprint Community
With Hangouts receiving its largest update yet, it left users with one question: where’s Google Voice integration? Google employee Nikhyl Singhal took to Google+ to say that it is on its way, but you’re going to need some patience. For now, only Sprint users can have the two services work with one another. But for everyone else, it should be ready by early next year. The major hindrance is that third party apps are using Google Voice and violating the terms of service, causing a potential security threat. For the full post by Singhal, hit the break. Read more
We now take a break from all this Nexus nonsense to talk about the Moto X’s camera app.
When certain pieces of hardware on devices need to be upgraded, we usually see OTA software updates. However, Motorola is now updating the Moto X camera app through the Play Store.
The device’s camera was one of the weaker features of the phone at launch, and the last OTA update to all Moto X variants greatly improved the performance. But now, Moto has decided that if they want to update the camera (and maybe some other things) more frequently, the faster way to do so is through the Play Store. (Basically, the carriers are constantly getting in the way.)
This is a very welcome change, as maybe other manufacturers will catch on and do the same with many features of the phone that don’t really require an OTA update.
Here’s what the update brings:
- Brightened camera viewfinder so it’s easier to see
- Enabled Quick Capture for more Enterprise users IT policies
- Bug fixes
Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.
According to a press event invite, the LG G Flex will be showcased on Tuesday, November 5. Following the event, a Korean news source says that the device will be released in mid-November in South Korea. The G Flex has a curved 6-inch display with a 720p resolution and a meager pixel density of 245; however, the Snapdragon 800 is likely to be powering the handset. On the back will be a 13 MP camera. And juicing the G Flex will be a 3500 mAh battery. Stay tuned for news out of the event next week.
Source: Yonhap News
Via: G 4 Games
According to a study conducted between March and August by J.D. Power, owners of a Samsung tablet have bested iPad and Kindle Fire owners in terms of satisfaction. The study utilized performance, ease of operation, styling and design, features, and cost. Based on those five factors, Samsung scored an 835 out of 1000. This led Apple by two (833) and Amazon by nine (826). They can thank the wide distribution with their devices for scoring so high. Along with many commercials, Samsung has a strong presence in stores like Best Buy which show off their Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition and Galaxy Tab 3. Read more
You have to love when factory images get released. You get all kinds of goodies. We already have the new Hangouts with SMS, the Google Experience launcher, and now the wallpapers that come preinstalled on the Nexus 5. You can download each of these individually by clicking or tapping on each image to get the full resolution version or you can download all of them at once with the link for the Zip file. Enjoy!!