Android 4.4.2 update for Sprint Moto X ready to roll out

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The Sprint variant of the Moto X is set to get the Android 4.4.2 update as build 161.44.32. This update will include the same changes as the T-Mobile and Verizon Moto X models.

The features that will be brought to the device include improved battery life, the ability to cloud print, and a fix for email sync. You can check for the update yourself by going to Settings > About phone > System updates.

Source: Motorola

Adobe Revel, a new photo and video management app, is now available in the Play Store

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Adobe’s new photograph management service Revel now has an official application ready to download in the Play Store. In addition to just having a singular place for photos and videos, Adobe Revel encourages users to share photos the albums of their friends or family. On the Play Store page, Adobe says Revel is “the private place to view and share your everyday photos.” Both the application and service are free to use.

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Ashton Kutcher is working on tablets, not smartphones, with Lenovo

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If you were worried about Lenovo releasing an Ashton Kutcher-inspired smartphone, we have some good news. Despite a previous report, Kutcher will not be working with the company on smartphones; however, he will actually be working with Lenovo on tablets. Ray Gorman, Lenovo’s President of External Communication, tells Pocket-link that “the development agreement Lenovo has with Ashton Kutcher is for tablets only, and not for smartphones.” So get ready for some Ashton Kutcher-inspired tablets later this year.

Source: Pocket-lint

Xiaomi tablet specifications leak, includes a 9.2-inch display and a Snapdragon 400 processor

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According to Webtrek, Xiaomi’s upcoming tablet may be a formidable budget tablet with a large screen. Also, you can see a shot of the device’s backside above. This 9.2-inch tablet is slated to have 1280×720 resolution and run Android 4.3 out of the box; however, Xiaomi’s own overlay will likely take precedent of the software. Running the show is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM. This processor will be clocked at 1.6GHz. And internally is 8GB of storage. The rear camera has seven megapixels and the front has one and a half megapixels.

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Verizon will release the LG G Pad 8.3 on March 6 for $99 with a two-year contract, $299 without

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After experiencing some leaks, LG’s G Pad 8.3 is finally heading to Verizon on March 6. From that date through March 10, the tablet will be available for $99 with a new two-year contract. It will then cost $199. And if you are not interested in signing away two years of your life, Verizon will have the LG G Pad 8.3 available for $299 without a new two-year contract. In case you forgot, the G Pad 8.3 has gorgeous full HD IPS display and a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM.

Source: Verizon Wireless

Humble Mobile Bundle 4 arrives with four games with a donation, two extra if you pay the more than the average

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Time to get some great games and give money to charity in the process! Humble Mobile Bundle is back with its fourth go around. For any amount, you can get the following games: Catan, Vector, Riptide GP2, and Zombie Gunship. Now, if you are feeling very charitable, donating more than the average will earn you an additional two games. They include BADLAND Premium and Breach & Clear. Currently, the average is $3.48 and the proceeds will go to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play Charity.

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Latest Android distribution numbers show KitKat rising at a slow pace, gets 2.5% of the pie

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Compared to last month, the latest Android distribution numbers are something to be proud of in March. In all of the right areas, there were increases and decreases. Most importantly, Android 4.4 KitKat grew .7% to 2.5%. This will likely ramp up next month as many flagships are now starting to receive KitKat. And in two or threw months, it should gain some significant traction as newer flagships will ship with the latest version of Android.

Now it is time to talk about the rest of the versions. As for Gingerbread, it thankfully continues to fall. Last month it had a 20% stake and that has dropped to 19%. Jelly Bean, however, experience very slight growth. Somehow Honeycomb, Android’s initial tablet operating system version, is clinging on to dear life at .1%. By the release of next month’s numbers, I fully expect Honeycomb to be a thing of the past.

Source: Android Developers

Unexpected Android builds are starting to appear

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Android build numbers generally start with the same letter as the name of the current version of Android. For example, the latest build of KitKat is KOT49H (technically KVT49L for only the Nexus 7 LTE). However a couple of builds are appearing that start with the letter “A” as in ACU50C and ACU56E. This information comes from the idea133-weekly-release, which is for developers.

At this point, you would expect the next version of Android to start with the letter “L” since they have been going in order since Cupcake. Is Google planning something different? We’re not really sure, but here is how the build numbers break out.

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VUDU announces Chromecast support on its way

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VUDU has announced they will be adding support for Chromecast to their service enabling casting from Android, iOS, PCs and Macs. According to their blog post, support for VUDU on Chromecast will be enabled via the Chrome browser on computers while the mobile device apps will be updated to add the capability.

VUDU says they are currently accepting registrations for people who want to be part of the beta testing program for the new feature. It does require a new sign-up separate from a user’s regular VUDU account. You can hit the source link for instructions on how to sign up if you are interested.

source: VUDU

Samsung donates $3 million to charities chosen by Ellen

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Most of you already saw the celebrity-packed photo that Ellen Degeneres took during the oscars using a Samsung Galaxy Note. There was a lot of speculation about whether Ellen was paid to use it or not, however Samsung has since released a statement that even though the event was sponsored by Samsung, Ellen decided on her own to “organically incorporate the device into the moment.”

 

Despite the fact that Ellen decided herself to use the device, Samsung has been happy enough with the results to donate $1.5 million each to two charities of Ellen’s choosing, which will be the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Humane Society.

Source: Tech Crunch