Developers love getting their hands on a kernel source code, primarily because it allows them to develop some great new custom ROMs with awesome features you don’t usually get as standard. Starting today, the official Android 4.3 kernel files for the Moto G can be downloaded directly from Motorola’s official SourceForge homepage.
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This weeks Apps Of The Week is solely dedicated to launcher applications. Launcher apps allow users to completely customize and add a touch of personality to their Android-powered smartphones and tablets. As you can imagine, there are tons of them on the market, ranging from overlays which are specifically produced to emulate a past or present version of Android, to “smart launchers”, which are designed to increase a user’s productivity when operating their device. Today we are bringing you a roundup of 5 of our favourite launchers that we’ve been using over the course of this past week.
Earlier today, Google launched its Google Play Music All Access streaming service in Germany, just four months after it extended its reach to Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and the U.K — thus meaning that the search engine giants European rollout is now considered “complete.” The service can be enjoyed on both the web and via the official Google Play Music app for Android and iOS, and to sweeten the deal you can also sign up for a free 30-day trial.
If you prefer to read the news in a browser window instead of through an RSS reader or news app, such as Newsstand or Currents, then you’ll be glad to hear that Google is in the throes of launching a mighty much-needed makeover for its official news reader mobile website.
Earlier today, Google started rolling out the Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 5 and other devices from the Nexus series. While the Android 4.4.1 update is mainly aimed at improving the camera performance of the Nexus 5, there are still a lot of changes and bug-fixes for all the other devices that makes the update worth it.
If you have still not received the OTA update on your Nexus device, use our quick guide below to side load the update on your Nexus device.
A seemingly harmless flashlight application built for Android has tricked tens of millions of users into handing over personal data, the Federal Trade Commission has revealed. Developed by GoldenShores Technologies, the Brightest Flashlight app took device ID and location data without informing users, then passed it on to advertisers.
Late last night, Google officially announced the expanding availability of its Google Search service, Google Now to include an additional 3 new languages, Japanese, German and French. Obviously, you’ll need the latest version of the Google Search app installed on your device to use the service, but once that’s done you’ll be able to ask questions in these three newly implemented languages, as well as English and receive spoken results.
As I’ve mentioned before, I have few complaints about the Nexus 5, but I have been hugely disappointed with its camera. It’s lacking features that are now commonplace on other flagship smartphones, and it’s so slow that unless your subject is completely still, it’s impossible to take a clear photo.
Fortunately, Google has acknowledged these issues and promised a fix, and it’s coming in the form of Android 4.4.1 which will roll out over the next few days.
If you’re a Google Glass Explorer who paid $1,500 to get your hands on the device early, then you can expect to receive an email from Google inviting you to upgrade to the latest model free of charge. The design of the new wearable remains the same, but it’s not more durable and slightly faster.
Last week, Acer announced the successor for its flagship laptop in the Chromebook series, the C720P, and now Amazon has started shipping the device with a budget-friendly price tag of $299.99.