content top

Android N Developer Preview is Official [Hands On Video]

Android N Developer Preview is Official [Hands On Video]

Google surprised everyone when they launched the preview build for their next Android operating system, “Android N” two days back. So, we grabbed our Nexus 6P and gave it a whirl. Android N has brought with it a number of cool new features, including a visual overall of the notification panel and the systems settings. Even though the OS is in beta, it is very snappy, which to be honest I’m surprised, but really happy about. So rather than you guys reading what’s new, watch the hands on video below: Android N Developers Preview from Talk Android Phones on Vimeo. So, guys what do you think about Google’s next Android OS? Any guesses on what the “N” stands for? If you think I missed anything in the review. Do let me know in the comments below....

Read More

The next Android OS is called Android 6.0 Marshmallow [Official]

The next Android OS is called Android 6.0 Marshmallow [Official]

We are just a month away from Google showing off its new Android 6.0 operating system code named Marshmallow.  They will do so, with the launch of the two new Nexus devices. One is made by LG (Nexus 5 2015) and its brother will be bigger like the Nexus 6 but built by Huawei. Google had kept a lot of people guessing what their next Android OS will be named, when early this year, Android M as introduced. If the preview builds are to be considered. Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings with it a number of changes, visual and internal. The first thing you will notice when you turn on an Android 6.0 running device is the new boot animation, next you can see that the app launcher  has changed, it now comes with a search option which could turn out to be very handy, if you have many app screens. Home screen rotation is finally here (though some app launchers have done this job for us in the past). Also, Quick settings tab can now be arranged. Now talking about internal changes, Android 6.0 will let users give the power to choose which permission you want which app to have. So, if you do not allow an app to use your mic, it wont be allowed to use it. Finger print scanning is also built in the OS’s architecture, which means improved finger print scanning in supported devices. Lastly there is a cool new function which lets you decide what notifications to show on the status bar. For example if you always have your bluetooth on, and do not want the icon to take the space then simply remove it.  This means a much cleaner looking status bar. Now it is just a matter of waiting until Google shows off the final build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the world in...

Read More

Android 5.0 Lollipop – A Sweet New Take on Android

Android 5.0 Lollipop – A Sweet New Take on Android

Google has finally made it official, the much awaited “Android L” is…*drum rolls please*… Android 5.0 Lollipop. Not only that but Google also announced the Nexus 6 made by Motorola, Nexus 9 made by HTC and Asus’s Nexus Player. We had received a glimpse of the new operating the system at Google I/O earlier this year and couldn’t wait for it to get officially released. Now that it is finally here, lets get straight into the nitty gritties! Material Design Android 5.0 Lollipop, as its called has visually been modified quite a bit (much to our hearts content) thanks to the Material Design language used. A lot more bolder colors, new icons and animations breathe new life to the look and feel of Android. The multitasking has been given a very nice overhaul, resembling the Tab switching in Google Chrome. Not only does it look more beautiful, it has become much more fluid. Notifications Next in the list of changes is the new notifications, specially found on the lock screen. It includes the ability to hide sensitive content for these notifications. You can control which apps are allowed to pop up notifications, either you can prioritize them, hide sensitive content or turn them off completely. If you are watching a movie or playing a game, incoming calls are no longer a bother, a notification will slide down where you can either accept the call or ignore it. This way you will not get disturbed from what you have been doing. Project Volta It helps better manage batter life, with Android 5.0 Lollipop you now get a nifty battery saving mode. This function extends the battery life for 90mins longer. Also, the time left for the charge to be completed is also shown, which is quite handy, if you are like me looking at the percentage every 15mins. New Quick Settings The quick settings panel which was introduced with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, has received a much needed change. Now the quick settings toggle displays the most frequently used settings first, then the rest if the list. Now straight from the quick settings menu you can control the flash light, hotspot and cast screen controls. Pretty handy no? Device Sharing Google has taken the use of cloud storage to a whole new level. Now as Google does back up, your contacts, photos and messages, you can access them from any device running Android 5.0 Lollipop. You just need to log in to your own profile on nay phone and you access all your info which has been backed up. There is a nice little feature called “Guest User”, where you can just allow the content...

Read More

Cyanogen Inc releases the CM11 M8 ROM packed with cool new features

Cyanogen Inc releases the CM11 M8 ROM packed with cool new features

Cyanogen Inc have yet to disappoint us, as they had promised they have delivered. Their latest stable ROM “CM11 M8” has been released and most of the handsets have started to get the update over the air. Cyanogen Inc have stopped making “RC” (Release Candidate) builds and have shifted their concentration to”M” (Monthly) builds. CM11 M8 is built on the Android 4.4.4 ROM, with it comes almost all the bug fix and security patches. Patches and bug fixes are not the  only thing you get with this update. The stock launcher, Trebuchet has been given a custom sliding panel to the left of the home screen. Similar to Google Experience Launcher. Last month Google announced their upcoming Android L OS, with it came a new notification option called “HeadsUp Notificaion”. The Cyanogen team have ported this feature in this build, so you do not have to wait for Android L. Security has also been increased with folder lock, so you do not need to individually unlock similar apps just unlock the folder and you are good to go. This makes it easily accessible as well protected from prying eyes. Here is the full changelog if you want to read. According to Cyanogen if you are using nightlies, and it is any nightly before June 29th, then you will have no problems in installing this ROM. If by any chance it is after that date, they you probably should download an older nightly before applying this ROM. Here’s the link to Cyanogen’s download page, grab the ROM for your device...

Read More

HTC One M7 getting Sense 6 update in a few days

HTC One M7 getting Sense 6 update in a few days

HTC on their official software update page have confirmed that the International  version of  last year’s HTC One (M7) will be getting the Sense 6 update very soon.   The new version of the sense is the one which you find the HTC’s 2014 flagship device the HTC One (M8), which improves the overall look of the device as well as adding some interesting new features. Here is an overview of what are the changes: Overview Blinkfeed The new and improved Blinkfeed  now has continuous scrolling, a new sidebar and even shows nearby restaurants. Not only that, but  the interface has been changed so that you can now even add your content as well. Apps Tray The apps tray on the HTC One M7  is now full screen, you will not have the intrusive looking dock coming in your way any more.Overall it looks very clean and smooth. Camera The camera app has been given a UI overhaul and looks much  more sleeker. A new Zoe camera mode has been added which really captures those important moments. Gallery The Gallery has also been given a UI change, which looks a bit similar to one found in stock Android devices. The Gallery app now has improved picture searching options and well as a new feature called Point of Interest (POI) locations. Excluding the above mentioned changes, the new Sense 6 UI brings with it color coded apps for easier navigation. Customizable fonts, Enhancements to music, messaging, email, calendar and phone apps. The HTC Sense TV app has also been given a UI change, it now has live social feeds  and sports scores integrated in it.  So, if you are one of those people still rocking a HTC One M7, then keep on checking your device’s software update menu for this...

Read More

A First Look at CyanogenMod 11S running on the One Plus One

A First Look at CyanogenMod 11S running on the One Plus One

A lot of people are getting excited about the upcoming One Plus One Cyanogen powered smartphone. It is a beast of a device with very impressive specifications. For those who do not know about the it, then here’s a quick review. The One Plus One has a 5.5 inch 1080 HD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM a 13MP Sony Exmor shooter and 3,100mAh battery. There are a lot of rumors floating around of the device and Carl Pei of OnePlus took to the official OnePlus forums to give a few rumors a rest:   There has been a lot of speculation and excitement about the operating system of the One Plus One. As you know, we’ve been working with the Cyanogen team on this product for quite some time, starting from when One Plus was just an idea. Both teams have been deeply involved in both the software and the hardware parts of the experience, and it’s been an amazing ride so far. Although we’re still running pre-production versions of Cyanogen Mod 11S, I’d still like to share with you some of the things that the Cyanogen team has been working on. The new stuff is pretty cool, so here’s a taste of what’s to come.   The One Plus One is running on Cyanogen Mod 11S, which is specifically built for the One Plus One at this moment. The UI has changed quite a bit including the lock screen. Here are a few official pictures of the UI of the Cyanogen Mod 11S.     So there you have it, folks the next look of CM11, if you do not like though you can always revert back to the standard CM theme form the setting...

Read More
content top