In pursuit of your living room is a brand new line of smart TVs and a set-top box from Hisense. The H6 smart TV line will have Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 PLUS HD Media processor to run Android 4.2.2 behind the scenes. This new smart TV line will come in 40-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch sizes. Other specifications include Energy Star 6.0 and 1GB of RAM. In true smart TV fashion, the H6 line can run Hisense’s Social TV and Cloud Services apps. The remote that ships with the TVs has voice control and an air mouse give you that PC feeling you desire.
If you’re not in the market for a new television, then the Pulse PRO set-top box is what Hisense is offering. All of the same features from the H6 line come over to this set-top box and can be plugged into any television. Your run-of-the-mill media apps are available, too. Also, USB, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and WiFi connections are all available. Hisense has yet to show the hardware to consumers and have not made the prices public either. Read more
Last month, HP Chromebook 11 sales came to a halt when a defect with the charger was found. The device was immediately pulled from retailers across the country and left without a return date. The charger was reportedly overheating after the first few charges and Google urged owners not to use the charger any longer. But now a new one has arrived in the Play Store that will cost $19.99; however, it is currently listed as “coming soon.” The new charger is stamped with the Chrome logo and should be arriving shortly. Those affected by the recall will be able to pick one up for free.
Source: Google Play Store
The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 10 started rolling today. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, hit the break for full instructions.
Courtesy of @evleaks, we’re getting a good look at the Asus Padfone Mini. It looks fairly similar to the original Asus Padfone, although a bit more refined. The phone piece of the Padfone will sport a 7 inch screen, and the tablet looks like it’s roughly 7 inches. Unfortunately, no word on specs, but we’d heard that the Padfone Mini would have a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU. We should hear an official announcement from Asus about this phone/tablet hybrid fairly soon.
Motorola’s ambitious Project Ara, the customizable, modular smartphone dream, is being taken very seriously at Motorola according to CEO Dennis Woodside. He believes that consumers will eventually want to be more hands-on with building their smartphones similar to how they build PCs, and MotoMaker is the first step in making that happen. Read more
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. As we head into the winter, all eyes will be focused on the Galaxy S 5 and the successor to the HTC One (M8). What does Samsung and HTC have in store? Google already updated KitKat to 4.4.1 fixing the Nexus 5 camera among other enhancements. Speaking of KitKat, thanks to Cyanogen, more users can now get a taste of it with CM11 Nightlies. Google is readying a new Nexus TV box that we hope is a lot more successful than Google TV. Will Chrome apps take over Android and what the hell has been keeping Andy Rubin so busy. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
Vuzix M100 smart glasses up for preorder, not much cheaper than Glass
Replace your rear view mirror with this Android version that includes a 5-inch LCD display
Apps – New
VSCO Cam for Android appears in Google Play
Any.do officially releases Cal for Android
Collaborative word processing client Quip arrives for Android
Samsung Taiwan has posted a video teasing a product that is coming soon. Not much is known about the new product except that it is supposed to be simple, elegant, fast and fit.
This description could fit a number of new products including the Galaxy S 5, or even the Galaxy J for Taiwan.. Could the device be released on December 9? That’s the date that’s showing on the Galaxy Gear at the start of the video! Whatever is coming next from Samsung, it’s sure to be big! Hit the break for the teaser.
A couple days ago CM11 M1 was released to most Nexus devices, but we didn’t see nightly releases enabled for others. Well CyanogenMod has now enabled nightly releases of CM11 for every device that supports it!
Android 4.4.1 has also been merged into the code stream of CyanogenMod 11, so CM updates are up to date. Device maintainers for CM will perform these updates for their respective devices. You can find a full list of devices supported by hitting the source link.
New images of the Moto X‘s wooden back option have been leaked courtesy of @evleaks. The timing of this leak coincides with a report that the wooden backs will be available just in time for the holiday season. In the image above, you can see two variants of wood. The left seems more natural like a tree while the other has more of a refined look. These specific ones are stamped with Verizon’s logo, but the option will be available to all through the Moto Maker site. Who knows, maybe it will arrive Monday for the next Moto X sale? Read more
Android director of engineering David Burke announced just the other day that the team was working on Android 4.4.1, an update largely filled with bug fixes involving the Nexus 5 camera.
“All of this gets a boost with an update to Android 4.4.1 rolling out to Nexus 5,” Burke said. “It improves the camera with faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors, the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode and less shutter lag.”
However, the 4.4.1 update is more than just camera fixes since it’s going out to other Nexus devices (post Galaxy Nexus). Hit the break for the full changelog.