Instagram today updated its Android app to introduce a long-awaited design refresh, with “simplified” visuals that match those made available to iOS users last September. The update also brings performance improvements that promise to make the app noticeably faster than before.
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Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai has confirmed plans to bring Chromecast to “many more countries” over the coming weeks. The popular $35 dongle has officially been available only in the U.S. since it was launched last July, but Google has always said that the device would eventually be available internationally.
You can now create radio stations based on your favorite playlists in Google Play Music for Android. The feature has been added to the Play Music app in a new release rolling out this week.
Asus has reportedly postponed the launch of its new, dual-booting Android+Windows notebook following pressure from Google. The Transformer Book Duet TD300, which was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas back in January, was scheduled to go on sale in March — but it may not go on sale at all.
Like the Moto X, the Nexus 5 also has a dedicated low power audio processor for always-on “Ok, Google Now” functionality. However, the feature is only partially implemented and works only on the home screen. Many users had hoped that third party apps or custom kernels would enable this feature even when the device is sleeping but the closed source nature of the dedicated audio processor acted as a big roadblock.
The Google Play Store recently kicked off its 2nd year anniversary promotions in Australia. Today, the American Play Store has received the same set of deals.
Google devices are always in the rumors, regardless of what time of the year it is. Similarly, the Google smartwatch has been rumored for quite a while now, but very little is known about it. A new rumor however claims that this wearable could be made by LG. It has been rumored that the company is working on its own smartwatch soon, so maybe that will be used as a reference design for Google’s version, much like the Nexus smartphones usually are.
A couple of days ago, Samsung released the Android 4.4 kernel source for the T-Mobile Note 3 which indicated that the update should not be far away. Less than two days later, the ‘uncarrier’ has started rolling out the update for the latest and greatest flagship from Samsung.
Has your smartphone’s battery life been draining unusually fast since you updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat? It’s likely its camera is at fault. A nasty bug introduced in Google’s latest Android update can cause the camera app to continue running in the background after you’ve closed it, maxing out your handset’s CPU and eating up power.
Android’s Latest Distribution Figures Show That Android 4.1+ Is Now Running On Almost 80% Of All Active Devices
Today, Google published the latest distribution figures of the Android operating system. The numbers reveal a consistent growth in the amount of Android users running Jelly Bean, whilst older versions of the OS continue on their path towards extinction. As expected, these latest results show a significant increase in the amount of users running the most recent software version, 4.4 KitKat.