If you've already got your hands on the Nexus 5 or just want to get a head start on the latest Android OS, you might want check out Google's quick-start guide for Android. You can download the free guide from Google's Nexus support site, or from Google Play Books. The guide is broken down into six chapters and gives you a … Read more
Android phone users may soon be able to see the Google+ photo of a caller due to a new feature in KitKat.
Google engineering director Attila Bodis announced in a Google+ post late Tuesday that the photo feature is part of the new Caller ID found in the latest flavor of Android. Once the feature launches in early 2014, Android users will be able to see who's calling them, and vice versa.
A couple of conditions do apply.
Users have to verify their phone number with Google and make sure that discovery is enabled.
Bodis didn't indicate if … Read more
When Google first launched Android 4.2 Jelly Bean one of the features included in the update was lock screen widgets. With the launch of Android 4.4 KitKat last week, there's a change to lock screen widgets you need to know about.
Users of Android 4.2 and 4.3 know that lock screen widgets were enabled by default on any compatible device. The option to have lock screen widgets was there whether you wanted them or not; that's not the case with KitKat.
When you first go to access or add a lock screen widget on … Read more
With Android 4.4 KitKat having launched with the Nexus 5 we are still digging through the new features for developers and users alike. One of the features included in the latest Android OS is the ability to record the screen of your device. This feature is intended for developers who want to spruce up Play Store listings with a video walk-through of an app. But I see no reason that developers should be the only ones to take advantage of this awesome feature.
Before I dive into how to record the screen of your Android device, you need to … Read more
For Android fans who don't have a Nexus 5, when they'll get KitKat is a serious and angst-inducing question. Some handset manufacturers like Samsung and HTC have already promised the update for their flagship devices, but others haven't been so forthcoming. Here's what we know so far; we'll keep updating this post as we get more KitKat news.
When will your phone break off a piece of that delicious KitKat?
Google has revealed that Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone will not receive the Android 4.4 update. But one Nexus owner isn't taking that lying down.
An enterprising Galaxy Nexus owner named Max Duckwitz recently launched a Change.Org petition urging Google to reconsider its decision. Apparently, others feel the same way. The petition has garnered more than 14,000 supporters.
On Monday, Duckwitz said he printed and mailed all of the petition signatures and comments along with a brief letter and the text of the petition. The entire package is addressed to Google Senior Vice President and Android … Read more
Google's newest version of its mobile operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat, doesn't deliver a huge list of transformative design and feature changes, like what we saw when Ice Cream Sandwich was introduced. Instead, KitKat's main purpose is to usher in a strategy from Google to get the latest Android version on all Android devices, both premium and low-end.
That's a big deal because every year, lower-end handsets come out running old … Read more
Finally, we have an Android handset that deserves the Nexus name. The Nexus 5 is fast, gorgeous, and stocked with features (including LTE) and it is the device for showing the true power of the Google universe and the Android operating system. And, at $349 (16GB) or $399 (32GB) at the Play Store -- about $250 less than other top-tier flagship smartphones -- it's a great deal whether you're on a budget or not (and whether you're an Android fan or not).
Yes, with a fast Snapdragon 800 processor, a sharp 1080p touch screen, and a competent … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Finally, the Google Nexus 5 is here...unless you're on Verizon.
- Android 4.4 KitKat brings a little OS equality.
- Google to Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners: No KitKat for you.
- Those comics in your basement are probably worthless.