Android 4.4.2 test firmware for Galaxy S 4 leaked

Samsung_Galaxy_S_4_Back_Bottom_GS4_Logo_TAMotorola devices began getting Android 4.4.2 a few days ago, but Samsung users were still waiting. Lucky for S4 users, SamMobile has gotten their hands on an exclusive Android 4.4.2 test firmware – I9505XXUFNA1 – for the Galaxy S 4. The firmware is expected to officially launch in February or March, but thanks to SamMobile, you can test it out now.

4.4.2 has minor UI changes, with the most noticeable being that all of the status bar icons are now white, instead of the old Ginerbread green. There’s also a little bump in performance and benchmark scores. A few other fixes include better landscape keyboard performance, and a camera shortcut on the lockscreen. Click through the source link to get instructions on how to try it out yourself.

Source: SamMobile

Hands on with the Intel-powered Fuhu DreamTab at CES 2014

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Fuhu is definitely the leader when it comes to kids tablets. From toddlers to tweens, there is a Nabi tablet for everyone. If that isn’t enough, now Fuhu is readying the launch of the DreamTab which is a collaboration with DreamWorks. I had a chance to play with it at CES 2014, and I was quite impressed to say the least.

Lets talk specs. The DreamTab might be for kids, but it’s no “kids toy” if you know what I mean. You will have your choice of either 8-inches, 12-inches, 19-inches, or a whopping 24-inches. All will be IPS and at 1080p resolution. Under the hood, it’s powered by a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 processor (Bay Trail), 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, front-facing stereo speakers, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Android 4.4 KitKat. Plus, it’s Google certified, so you will have access to all the apps available in the Google Play Store, at least the ones you allow your kids to use.

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Full specs of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo leaked

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The so called “lite” version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 looks to be actually called the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, according to a couple of internal product positioning documents acquired by GSMArena.

The specs of the device include an 8MP camera, 720p Super AMOLED display, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Going by those specs, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo looks more like a refreshed Galaxy Note 2 rather than less powerful Galaxy Note 3. What’s a little more interesting is that the device features a 1.7GHz dual core + 1.3 GHz quad core processor.

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Snapchat apologizes for leak, offers users a way to protect themselves

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The huge breach of information that Snapchat suffered through a couple weeks ago was pretty embarrassing for them. What makes things worse is that Snapchat actually admitted to knowing about the flaw in their security months before the breach happened. Well Snapchat has finally apologized for the leak, and they’ve offered users a way to protect themselves.

Users can now opt out of the “find friend” feature, which disconnects their phone number from their username, allowing their information to be kept much more safe. In a blog post detailing the new update, Snapchat said that the option “is available in Settings > Mobile #” and that the update “also requires new Snapchatters to verify their phone number before using the Find Friends service.”

Source: Snapchat

Gmail now letting users send email to Google+ connections

Gmail connectionsToday, Google continued its efforts to integrate many of its products— Gmail users will now be able to send email to Google+ connections.

If you want to turn the feature off, you’ll be able to in just a few steps. You’ll also be able to set whether you want to let anyone (or nobody) from Google+ email you at all.

It’s also important to note that while people from Google+ will be able to email you, they won’t actually be able to see your email address through Gmail— just your name. Privacy is still most important here, and it’s good to see that Google recognizes that. 

Source: Google Blog

Google+ may be getting Chromecast support

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In the latest Google+ apk, there are apparently some image files for Google’s Chromecast icon. Generally you only see these when you’re able to cast something to your Chromecast, so having them suddenly appear in Google+ could mean a few things.

Obviously, this likely means casting will be coming to Google+ content. Whether that’s just photos, videos, Hangouts video calls, etc. remains to be seen, but there are several possibilities there. Although considering Google is pushing for integration between your photo gallery and Google+, there’s also the possibility that this could lead to casting local content, which is something many users have been asking for. It could also be a mistake or some feature that Google may eventually cut, but that’s no fun to speculate about.

Hopefully we’ll see some kind of announcement from Google about this soon.Keep your fingers crossed!

source: Google+

via: Phandroid

Google Play Services sees update to version 4.1 with several new features

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Google has updated their core Play Services to version 4.1 which includes a handful of nifty new features. They’ve added in turn-based multiplayer for Google Play games with support for up to 8 players and a new transition splash screen for when games ask to connect to Google Play. Developers will also now have access to a Google Drive API which they can use to allow apps to read and write files saved to Google Drive so apps and programs can remain synchronized across devices. That’s something that will definitely take the headache out of switching devices in the future.

There are also some minor tweaks, including updates to Google’s Mobile Ads SDK and improved Google+ integration. Nothing major in this update, but there are enough cool new tricks to stay interesting. Like all of Google’s new updates, this Play Services update will likely roll out over the next few weeks to your devices.

source: Android Developers Blog

Huawei takes a stab at the Android video game console market with Tron mini-console

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Android video game consoles are a popular trend lately as we’ve seen with the OUYA console and the Mad Catz MOJO console. And of course, anything that’s worth doing is worth overdoing, so Huawei is going to throw their hat in the ring with their latest mini console titled Tron. It’ll run a slightly tweaked version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Huawei’s own digital store for content. That probably means no Play Store, unfortunately.

The actual hardware isn’t bad, with a Tegra 4 CPU, 2 GB of RAM and standard WiFi radios. The Tron will be available in 16 and 32 GB storage variants, as well as black and white color schemes. The console itself is cylindrical and looks pretty basic with no LEDs or anything. The controller sticks out the most looking like an Xbox 360 controller with a touchpad crammed between the buttons. That touchpad will likely come in handy when trying to play touch-screen only games, though, so you can’t fault Huawei for trying. Read more

Hands on with the Epson Moverio BT-200 augmented reality smart glasses at CES 2014

Moverio_BT-200_Smart_Glasses_01Epson unveiled the second generation of their Moverio augmented reality smart glasses at CES 2014, and we came away quite impressed. The BT-200 is the successor to the BT-100 that was released about a year and a half ago. Since then, Epson has come a long way in not only the design, but also attracting key developers.

Now the first thing we need to get straight is this is NOT a Google Glass competitor. This isn’t a product that you will wear while you are driving, grocery shopping, or any other like activity. This is meant for your personal time, when you can kick back and play an augmented reality game or watch a movie. It can also be used for certain business applications.

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Motorola now offering free Chromecast with purchase of off-contract Moto X

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With most of the sweet holiday deals on the Moto X having already ended, you may have decided to move on from the idea of buying one. However, Motorola isn’t stopping their awesome offerings anytime soon— the company will now throw in a free Chromecast with the purchase of an off-contract Moto X. Combine that with the permanent $100-off price reduction, and you’re getting a very nice deal.

Be sure to purchase the phone before January 14th because the deal ends at midnight on that date. Add a Chromecast to your cart after putting in a 16 or 32GB Moto X and enter the code “STREAM.” The only way to make use of the deal is through the Moto Maker and with Developer edition phones.

Source: Motorola