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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...

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Google Android One – Affordable Smartphones for the Masses

Google Android One – Affordable Smartphones for the Masses

  Google’s Android One initiative is aimed specifically at developing markets. Low budget phones are available in abundance but they do not give the user the same fluid android experience their expensive counter parts tend to deliver. This is mostly due to the fact, the OEM’s put their own skins on the device which takes up the major chunk of internal memory available. This leads to lag and low performance of the devices.  Google has planned to rectify this issue with their Android One initiative. Google after listening to the cry’s of the people came up with the specifications for its Android One devices. The first generation Android One devices will all have the minimum following specs: MediaTek Quad-Core Processor 5MP Back and 2MP Front Cameras 24 Hours running Battery Micro SD Card Slot (upto 32GB) Dual Sims     In the software departments all Android One devices will be running on Google’s latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat Operating System. Best part is Google will handle the software updates themselves, which means as soon as a new android update gets released from Google all Android One devices will get the update , though first priority would be given to the Nexus devices. The devices will be priced around $105 to $165. Google has joined hands with a number of OEM’s giants for the development of the Android One devices, including HTC, Acer, Lenovo, ASUS and Panasonic. Though the first Android One devices have been developed by OEM’s you have probably never heard about, they being Karbonn, Micromax and Spice Mobile. Google has also partnered with the likes of Intex, Alcatel One Touch, Lava, XOLO, Airtel, Qualcomm and Mediatek. Google has initiated its plans from India and will continue to make available affordable Android One devices for Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka in the coming...

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The all new Google Play Store 4.9.13 with Material Design

The all new Google Play Store 4.9.13 with Material Design

Today Google has started rolling out the new version of the Google Play Store which has now reached version 4.9.13. We got this news from Googler Kirill Grouchnikov as he made this announcement on his Google+ Account. The Play Store has received quite a face lift with this update, though still in its first phase of its roll out. So, could be a while until everybody’s android market has been updated. The Play Store now has the much awaited Material Design on it, which means tons of visual changes. First of all each app, game, movie, book or music has the big banner on the back which looks really nice. Embedded videos are also present in place of the banners, like game or movie trailers. It now has an all new button layout, which shows the rating, genre and your Google+ friends who have “+1’d” the game or app. Overall the app has become much cleaner, so if you really can not wait for it to get automatically updated. There is a download link below for manual installation. Download Google Play Store...

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Google starts rolling out Android 4.4.3 for Nexus and Google Play Devices

Google starts rolling out Android 4.4.3 for Nexus and Google Play Devices

Google has started pushing out the Android 4.4.3 update for its Nexus devices as well as its Google Play Edition smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S4 GE (GT-I9505G), HTC One M7 GE, HTC One M8 GE and Sony’s Z Ultra GE have already started getting the update over the air (OTA).  The roll out as always will be in parts so if you are a proud owner of any Google Play Edition device, then you might start checking for the updates via the settings menu. The Android 4.4.3 update is mainly for  performance improvement and bug fixes. The main issue which it deals with is the massive battery drain, when using the camera. This was one major issue which alot of users were experiencing, and thankfully Google listened to those cries and sorted the issue. On the UI front you get a new dialer and peoples app. The new look of the dialer with a white background and light blue keys compliment the overall white KitKat theme. According to sources, the 4.4.3 update will come to standard smartphones as well, but that will take long because each OEM has to modify the OS as per their own UI theme respectively. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S4 LTE-A are already being tested by Samsung for the update as the LTE-A variant of the Galaxy S4 never got the KitKat update in the first place, so Samsung are most probably jumping from Android 4.3 to Android 4.4.3 directly. The updates might not be as far away as expected though considering Google I/O 2014 is just around the corner and Google is most likely going to introduce its new OS Android 4.5/5 codenamed...

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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...

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Galaxy Note 3 starts getting Android 4.4.2 KitKat update in Pakistan

Galaxy Note 3 starts getting Android 4.4.2 KitKat update in Pakistan

Everybody is talking about Samsung’s latest  flagship the Galaxy S5, so we thought we should show some love to the an old friend the Galaxy Note 3.  There is good news for all our followers in Pakistan, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has finally started to get the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update Over the Air (OTA). The 379.61 Mb update brings with it a bunch of nice upgrades for the Note 3 with mostly under the hood performance tweaks. A few note able upgrades include: Music Album gets displayed on the entire lock screen when playing music. Camera shortcut now on the lock screen. A launcher setting menu has been added in settings, so you can easily swap between launchers. Performance and stability has been improved Less RAM consumption. Samsung Keyboard gets smoother to type.     We have also noticed that the text has become much sharper after the update, and the battery life has slightly improved. So if your device is still running on Jelly Bean then go to settings > about > software update and download it...

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