Pebble Android beta app updated with huge improvements

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Pebble just updated their Android beta app to version 11, which promises to be a huge improvement over Beta 10. Beta 11 will improve stability considerably among other things. Here’s the rundown of improvements….

  • PebbleKit JS localStorage is now sandboxed for each app
  • Many improvements to onboarding and FW installation
  • Issues with sideloading apps in some circumstances have been fixed
  • Some issues with loading JS configuration views after the app has been quit have been addressed
  • JavaScript app logs printed via ADB are cleaner
  • MyPebble now loads faster

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International version of Galaxy S 4 now receiving KitKat

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International users of the Galaxy S 4 have something to get excited about today. It appears the S4 is receiving KitKat in Belgium, Greece, Malaysia and Poland. The file size is different depending on the region, so you can expect anywhere from 362 to 424 MB.

This is probably a staged rollout, so don’t get upset if it’s not available to you right away. Let us know if you got it.

source: SamMobile

More leaked photos show off the All New HTC One, Now with benchmarks

Tout-Nouveau-HTC-One-2014-M8-01As we wind down to the inevitable launch of the All New HTC One, the once now trickle of “leaks” are now developing into a full on flood. Today’s leak doesn’t give us much in terms of new stuff to look at. However, we do get to see some benchmarks that put the new One above current competition. Although, benchmarks really don’t express real world use, it does show what you’d expect, a new generation phone out paces the current gen offerings.

The leak and benchmarks show a Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.3 GHz, 2GB of RAM, 5MP front camera, 16 GB of external storage,  and a microSD card slot.

We have a little gallery of the leaked photos for you after the break. March 25, can’t get here soon enough, so that these leaks can be put to rest.

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Nexus 5 camera is causing battery drain, fix on the way

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A lot of people have been complaining about their battery discharging a little too fast on the Nexus 5 ever since the 4.4.2 update. It appears the culprit is the camera, and more specifically mm-qcamera-daemon. It causes the CPU to run more than needed, which subsequently causes the battery to drain quicker. It seems as if other third party apps like Skype is accessing the camera too often. However, the problem isn’t with Skype or other third party apps. It’s something Google needs to fix.

If you have noticed your battery draining quicker than normal, you can head over to Settings/Battery and see if mm-qcamera-daemon is listed. Unfortunately there really isn’t anything you can do to alleviate the situation other than doing a reboot, which is basically like taking an aspirin since the issue will come back. You can also look to uninstall any apps that utilize the camera, but then again, if you make use of those apps a lot, that might be difficult.

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Paranoid Android developers re-writing code for their Android 4.x.x builds; Aims for a more ‘Google’ experience

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If you’ve downloaded and flashed Paranoid Android’s latest KitKat 4.x builds, you’ve quickly noticed that their famous features (such as Halo) are missing and it appears more “vanilla.” Turns out the team is in the midst of re-inventing themselves when it comes to their custom ROMs. While the ROM will still offer plenty of features, they plan on making it a more unified “Google” experience. They are also re-writing the code for all of their features and plan on doing much less “kanging,” or borrowing other features, from other ROM’s.

Any PA ROM users out there disappointed with this news? Let us know! For a full and more detailed explanation coming straight from the team, check out the source link right below!

source: PA Google+

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 4, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Apps

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

Carriers

Android 4.4.2 update for Sprint Moto X ready to roll out

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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HTC’s revenues for February continue a downward spiral

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We’re beating a dead horse at this point, but HTC has had another pretty awful month in terms of revenue. In February 2014, HTC’s revenues totaled roughly NT$7.22 billion, or $238 million in US currency, down 26% from February last year and down roughly 25% from what HTC reported just last month. In the first two months of 2014, HTC has made NT$16.89 billion in revenue, significantly down from the NT$26.9 billion it had generated at this point last year.

Things just keep looking worse and worse for HTC, and despite the HTC One being arguably the best device of 2013, they just can’t hold their own against the bigger dogs in the fight like Samsung and Apple. I don’t think things can get too much worse for HTC, so the All New One might be the only thing standing between a bankruptcy or a buyout for the company.

source: HTC Investors

QuizUp hits Android in private beta, public launch slated for next week

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QuizUp, an extremely popular quiz game on iOS, is finally, almost ready to make its Android debut. The game is fairly simple; you select a topic from over 300 choices, and QuizUp matches you with someone that’s judged to be about as smart as you are about that topic. It then quizzes both players with multiple choice questions, and the faster you select the correct answer, the more points you win. It’s a game of balancing intelligence, speed, and good guesswork, and it’s a ton of fun.

You can also challenge specific friends to quizzes, and even if they aren’t available to play immediately, QuizUp will record your answers and timing and your friend can catch up later. It’s a fantastic example of asynchronous multiplayer done right.  Read more

Motorola Spotlight Player updated with Buggy Night, the follow-up to Windy Day

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We knew Motorola was going to release their Windy Day sequel, Buggy Night, we just didn’t know when. Today, the Motorola Spotlight Player received an update, and of course, it included the latest interactive video from Motorola’s specialty team.

If you’ve got a Moto X and you’ve been anticipating this latest video, you can update your app to see the new little short. If you’ve managed to avoid Windy Day so far, now’s a good time to hit the download link below and get caught up. Read more

Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 and Note 3 KitKat updates removes the benchmark-boosting code

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Remember back in July when Samsung was caught boosting its benchmark scores? After this happened, the company responded with the usual defense. Now, thanks to the Android 4.4 KitKat update, Samsung took some time to remove the code that was causing the boosting. Through some testing, Ars Technica and Geekbench were able to find that the scores for both the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3 came up short when compared to the scores from when they ran Android 4.3 Jell Bean. And the difference was quite substantial. The single-core score went from 682 to 674 and the multi-core score dropped from 2114 to 1913.

Shortly after this news came out, developer Wanam was able to confirm this news. He told Android Police on Twitter that Samsung’s KitKat builds lacked the “com.sec.android.app.twdvfs” package previously present. So there you have it, Samsung its benchmark-boosting phantom to avoid further negative attention. Now let’s see how the Galaxy S 5 stacks up to the competition this year.

Source: Ars Technica, Android Police