Koushik Dutta, a developer for CyanogenMod, has been key in expanding the capabilities of the Google Chromecast ever since it was first released. His latest update to his Mirror Android app allows the user to be able to mirror whatever is being displayed on the users devices screen. This feature has been in the works for a while, but was finally released today.
The feature is still in its very early stages, and is in beta. Because of that, it is currently only supported on the Google Nexus 5 as that’s the only device with the required video decoder on it. Not only that, but the user must have root access to the phone and have the SuperUser app installed. Hit the break for more and to see the app in action!
Samsung had a field day at Mobile World Congress, announcing a number of new wearable devices, including the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit.
Details regarding specs and availability were shared, but pricing remained a mystery. But now, we’ve received word regarding how much money the new wearables will cost.
Nothing is set in stone, but this should serve as a pretty good benchmark for how much you can expect the devices to cost when they are released.
Flipboard has been busy and the results have surfaced over the past couple days as they announced their acquisition of Zite, a partnership with CNN, and even released an update to their app that adds better support for Google+ users. The purchase of Zite and the addition of CNN content to the app are likely linked to each other as Zite was formerly a part of CNN.
Another update from Google, joining an update to Google Play Music and Google Play Games, brings some enhancements to Google Text-to-Speech as it ratchets up to version 3.0. Perhaps the most significant change included in this latest release is support for high quality voices. The files are significantly larger for new voices with the female U.K. voice weighing in at 276MB. The larger files sizes do create some delays loading the voices and getting output in certain situations.
Google began rolling out an update to Google Play Music today that will be especially helpful to users who find themselves without any kind of connection to the Internet. Radio stations can now be pinned and can be listened to even if you are offline. Other items included in the update should make the interface a little easier to navigate.
Motorola just updated Touchless Control for the Moto X and DROIDs. Among bug fixes and improved accuracy, they added two new commands which do the same thing. You can say “What’s Up” or “Read Notifications” and you will hear the time and information about any new notifications that you have. From my limited time with the new update, it appears to only work with notifications that are present in the Active Display.
It’s fully launched for U.S. English, Spanish, and Italian. It’s in beta for other languages and regions.
If you have a Moto X or one of the new DROIDs, download the update now. Links after the break.
A couple of new Asus Transformer Pads have been leaked, the TF 303 and TF103. Both will look identical to each other except the 103 will be the lower-spec’d version of the 303. The 303 is expected to don Intel’s new Bay Trail processor paired with Android 4.4 KitKat. Both devices will also have a 10.1″ screen with speakers on the front. Not much else is known about these two devices, but you can expect more to come out as time goes by!
Google’s Play Games application has been updated to v1.5. You are now able to view invitations and see what the people in your circles are playing. The settings have also moved from the Action Bar to the sidebar. Lastly, you can view invites in “Matches” and “Find Games” (formerly “Recommended Games”) will show recommended games.
APK download link is available below thanks to Android Police.
APK File: Google Play Games v1.5
via: Android Police
In the past, LG G-series devices have served as the outline for Google Nexus devices. The latest LG G-series flagship device, the LG G3, is rumored to have a release date of sometime in June. Will it serve as the backbone for the Google Nexus 6? Rumors suggest that it will, but there will be a few differences in the two devices.
The Nexus 6 will likely drop a few features from the G3, as other Nexus devices have done in the past. However the fact that the Nexus 6 will be a “lightweight” version suggests that there might be some more drastic changes, such as a different processor.
In case you were unaware, HTC’s upcoming flagship, The All New HTC One, will feature dual cameras. In fact, we have gotten a clear look of the entire device when it leaked in gray, silver, and gold. But courtesy of @evleaks once again, we have the image above. It is a clear close-up of The All New HTC One’s dual cameras. In addition to the two cameras, we have dual LED flash.
HTC is holding an event on March 25 in New York City and we will keep you updated on any new developments.
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.
Our favorite note-taking app for Android, Evernote, received a massive update today. Handwriting has arrived. The ability to take handwritten notes has long been a much requested feature for the client. “When we started working on a way to bring digital handwriting to Evernote for Android, we knew that our approach needed to extend the current Evernote experience rather than simply provide an alternate input method,” Evernote’s Andrew Sinkov wrote in a blog post today. “It took us a long to time to figure out exactly how to make this work.”
Inside any note, you can tap the pen icon to start writing freely. If you need more room, click on the plus symbol at the bottom of the screen. Also, you can choose different colors and levels of thickness for your script, and just tap on the checkmark to immediately return to typing, add an attachment, record audio, or drop an image into the note, all in one place. Check out a video and download link after the break.
Ever since Google opened up the Google Cast SDK, we have seen a number of apps that allow you to stream your own content. Plex is probably the most popular and widely used one, but the fact that the Chromecast feature still comes at an extra cost has turned a few off. If you’re looking for an alternative, you might want to check out MediaBrowser. They just updated the Android app and desktop server with Chromecast support.
MediaBrowser works much like Plex in that you install the server software on your Windows desktop. Just like Plex, it will go through all your media and add rich metadata and cover art. You can then access your media from anywhere using your Android phone or tablet. MediaBrowser will handle all transcoding on the fly. You can also access your server from other devices like the Roku, and as of yesterday, you can cast your videos and music to the Chromecast.
The Android app costs $4.53 and the server software is free. There are no other charges to use the Chromecast function. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.
We have good news for the people interested in pickup up the HTC Desire 610 in the United States. According to @evleaks, AT&T will be carrying the device when it reaches here. As of now, it is unknown if other carriers will elect to offer the Desire 610. This mid-range handset will have a 4.7-inch qHD display and a Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 1GB of RAM. There are 8MP/1.3MP cameras and the Desire 610 will be available in multiple colors.
Samsung has just announced that their new Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 tablet will be on sale in the US starting on March 9. The device comes with a 2560×1600 resolution display and Android KitKat out of the box. The device won’t come cheap though, with a price tag of $649.99.
The new tablet will be available through a number of retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct, Newegg, and so on. Not only that, but Samsung claims that the device will come with over $800 worth of extras through the “Galaxy Perks” program.