Google has been pretty slow in rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat OTA update for the Nexus 4. While the OTA started rolling out a couple of days ago, majority of the Nexus 4 owners are yet to get the update. The good news is that the download link of the OTA update has been grabbed by a samaritan on the Internet, giving impatient Nexus 4 owners the chance to install the KitKat update on their device right away.
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If you’re a forgetful smartphone owner who likes to leave their device in cabs and coffee shops, then why not make it easier for people to return your handset to you by adding your contact details to the lock screen? It’s quick and easy to do, and it’s a feature that built right into Android, so you don’t even need a third-party app.
Lock screen widgets were first introduced to Android last November with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but in Google’s latest KitKat release, they’re disabled by default. But don’t worry — they haven’t been killed off altogether; you just need to enable them again if you want to use them.
Now that Hangouts has SMS integration, it’s the default SMS client in Android 4.4 KitKat, which means traditional text messages and instant messages are now all thrown in together. But if you don’t like it like this, there is a way you can change it.
If you recently picked up a new Nexus 5, and you live outside of the United States, you may have noticed that saying “Ok Google” to activate its voice-controlled assistant doesn’t work — no matter how loud you shout it. That’s because it isn’t designed to work internationally yet, but there is a really simple way to enable it.
Google started rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 today, and it quickly became apparent that the rumors claiming the “Google Experience Launcher” would be exclusive to the Nexus 5 were true.
Although older Nexus devices have received some user interface improvements, the big changes — transparent status and navigation bars, larger app icons, Google Now on the home screen — are only available on the Nexus 5 for the time being. At least officially.
But there is a way to install it unofficially.
I don’t know about you, but I was hoping Google would finally give us a battery percentage indicator in Android 4.4 KitKat. Sure, there are plenty of third-party apps that’ll do this in Google Play, but none are as clean or as simple as the baked-in solutions provided by the likes of Samsung and HTC.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be — but there is a way you can add a battery percentage indicator without rooting under Android 4.4. Just follow the steps below.
Everybody is outraged — OUTRAGED! — that Google will soon start using their names and faces in advertising.
The pundits are screaming bloody murder over the move, suggesting that Google is now as bad as Facebook. The more constructive critics are scrambling to give instructions for opting out.
But all this gnashing of teeth and ripping of hair over Google’s new social ad policy is misguided, in my opinion. I’ll tell you why Google’s new “shared endorsements” is probably a good thing, but also how it could turn out to suck.
But first, let me tell you what this is really all about and why “shared endorsements” is probably a good thing.
Reddit is — undoubtedly — the most popular community on the Internet right now. The community has led to some aww moments, to some holy shit ones as well.
Being a Reddit-addict, I keep checking Reddit constantly, whether I am on my PC, phone or tablet. There is no shortage of Reddit clients on the Play Store, but a handful of them stand above the competition, thanks to the features and the beautifully designed UI they offer.
With root access on any Android device, comes great power and even greater customisation options. Once you have root access on your Android device, you can not only enter the world of custom kernels and recoveries, but also use some very powerful and unique apps.
If you recently rooted your Android device and are looking for some awesome root apps, below is a small list to quench your thirst and make the whole trouble of rooting your device worth it.