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.
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.
Last week, the HTC One Google Play edition variant received the Android 4.3 update directly from Google and HTC. Considering there are no hardware differences between the Sense and the Google Play variant of the One, you can easily use the Google Play edition ROM on the Sense running One without any issues.
The only requirements to use the Google Play edition ROM on your One is that you should have unlocked the bootloader with a custom recovery installed on your One.
A couple of months ago, Yahoo announced a major revamp for its photo sharing service – Flickr – and offered literally unlimited (1TB) of storage space for even free accounts. While there are certain to uploading, 1TB of space even for free accounts, is an excellent deal.
Sadly, while the Flickr app for Android looks beautiful, it lacks the basic feature of uploading all your camera images automatically to Flickr. With mobile phones replacing cameras, it makes little sense not to have such a feature. Thankfully, Flickr Uploader on the Play Store is here to solve all your Flickr upload woes on Android devices.
Remote was among the first apps that was released on the App Store by Apple. The app allows iPhone and iPad users to control media playback on iTunes on their Mac or Windows based PC without any hackery or complex procedures. While many Android apps on the Play Store offer similar functionality, they need an application to be installed on your PC.
In comes Retune from SquallyDoc studios that works just like Remote from Apple for Android devices, and is free as well.
Earlier today, Google unveiled Android 4.3 Jelly Bean along with the new Nexus 7. The company also announced that it has started rolling out the Android 4.3 OTA update for the existing Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Galaxy Nexus and the 2012 Nexus 7.
If you own a device that is getting the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update from Google, and cannot wait for the OTA update to land, here is a simple trick to try and manually pull the update from Google’s server.
One of Android’s key advantage is its ability to seamlessly share data from one app to another using the share menu. This basically means you can easily open one word file from Dropbox via Google Drive or QuickOffice or any other office editing suite.
The downside of this implementation is that the share menu can quickly get populated with unwanted apps, making it slow and browsing through it very cumbersome. Here is how you can customize the share menu, and add more advanced features to it.