Several Android 4.4 KitKat Features & Pics Leak as Well as an Easter Egg

Oct 03, 2013 - 10:33 AM - by dgstorm

Here's a fun Android 4.4 KitKat leak for this morning! Not only have a host of pics hit the web for the new OS, but we also have a list of some of the new features, and we even already have an Easter Egg. First, here's a list of new stuff found within the OS:
  • NFC payments
  • Native printing built-in
  • Printing is now an option in the Gallery when editing pics
  • Save any image as a PDF or print directly to a wireless printer
  • Includes options such as paper size, color, black & white, orientation, etc.
  • The Gallery editor now includes extra options like Tilt-Shift, Center Focus, and Negative & Posterize effects
  • Can now find “Manage Wireless Plan” in the settings under Wireless & Networks
  • Animations a bit smoother
  • Icons in the notification area are now white

The Easter Egg occurs when you tap on “About Android” in the Settings. It brings up a large "K" along with a lime wedge. This is obviously a funny homage to the Key Lime Pie previous internal name of this version.

We only included the Easter Egg pic above, but have a random assortment of more here: Leaked Pics of Android 4.4 KitKat
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Square Enix Brings Classic 2D Final Fantasy V to the Google Play Store for $15.99

Sep 27, 2013 - 10:07 AM - by dgstorm

Although it's a bit on the pricey side for an Android game at $15.99, for fans of the JRPG genre, this classic 2D game will be worth the price of admission. Square Enix just ported the iOS version of their classic Final Fantasy 5 over to Android. You can now pick it up in the Google Play Store in all its 2D glory.

That's not exactly accurate... In fact, the game should have a bit more "glory" this time around. According to the video trailer above, there have been quite a few refinements and improvements. Yes, it is still 2D, but they have supposedly optimized the UI to match a touch-screen interface, and the graphics are also enhanced/tweaked to match as well. That's not all. Several new features have been added including some new character jobs (classes). Other than that, the same combat and storyline are all present.

Whether you just want to relive a little bit of your gaming past, or you want to check out how good some of the older classic games could be "back-in-the-day," the price seems worth it. What do you guys think?

Source: Google Play Store - Final Fantasy V from Square Enix
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Google's QuickOffice Mobile App is Now Available for Free

Sep 20, 2013 - 9:06 AM - by dgstorm

Google just made their QuickOffice Mobile app free to download and use for anyone. Prior to yesterday, if you wanted to get Google's QuickOffice Mobile App, you had to pay either $14.99 for the pro version or $19.99 for the pro HD version. You could also get it for free if you were a Google Apps for Business subscriber.

Google is also offering a nice bonus if you sign up your Google account for the new QuickOffice app by September 26th. If you sign up by this date you will get an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage for the next two years. For those rare few out there who are unfamiliar with the product, it allows you to create, view, and edit Microsoft Office Excel, Word, and PowerPoint files on your mobile devices.

This is actually an update to the app as well and includes a few new features. Here's a quote with a few more details,

Google added a few new features to the app as well, including the ability to create ZIP folders and view charts in PowerPoint and Excel. Google said people already using Quickoffice for Google Apps for Business can update to the new app.

Google acquired Quickoffice in June 2012 and has been expanding its availability ever since. While the company is clearly investing resources in the software, its long-term goals still appear aimed at transitioning people to using its Web-based productivity tools.
Sound off if you are an avid (or soon to be) user of this product.

Source: CNET
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German Android 4.4 KitKat Team Spills Beans on October Launch

Sep 20, 2013 - 8:44 AM - by dgstorm

Here's one we missed from late last night. It looks like the rumors of an October launch for Android 4.4 KitKat are true. The German team of developers working on KitKat confirmed on their Facebook page that the new Android OS would be coming in October. It seems fitting that the German Android team leaked an October launch of a chocolate flavored Android OS, considering Germans are famous for great chocolate as well as Oktoberfest!

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Next Nexus 10 Could be Made by Asus Instead of Samsung

Sep 19, 2013 - 9:14 AM - by dgstorm

Today seems to be a day for curious anomalies in the Android world. According to a leaked pic of a PC World computer database, the next Nexus 10 may not be coming from Samsung, but could instead be made by Asus. While it isn't too surprising that Asus would be Google's next best choice, (especially considering Asus' success with the Nexus 7 lineup), it is still an unusual move considering the Samsung version of the Google Nexus 10 is such a premium device. Samsung really nailed it with the feature-set.

Of course, Asus knows how to nail down a quality and feature-packed product too. They have continuously proved that with the Transformer series. Perhaps Asus proved to Google that they could do it better than Samsung, and/or could do it cheaper...

As you can see in the pic of the Tweet above, the intel also reveals that it will be hitting the UK at a price of £349.99.

Source: Twitter - @evleaks
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64-bit Support Likely Coming Soon for Android; Maybe Even in Android 4.4 KitKat

Sep 18, 2013 - 10:18 AM - by dgstorm

Despite the very limited usefulness currently for the technology, the big surprise from Apple during their iPhone 5S announcement was the inclusion of 64-bit technology in their newest A7 chip for the phone. This basically amounts to no more than bragging rights at the moment, since there is almost nothing which can take advantage of this tech. Still, it makes Android fans wonder when they will get a taste of the newly improved "future-useful" tech. A new report suggests it may be coming sooner than we thought.

According to a tiny bit of sound deductive reasoning, mixed with a healthy dose of "jumping to conclusions," several folks in the industry are speculating that 64-bit processing will soon be coming in Android, and may in fact show up in Android 4.4 KitKat. The pic you see above was snapped at an Intel Developer's conference in which Chipzilla was discussing their new Bay Trail mobile processor. As you can see, the Intel Bay Trail chip shown in the pic is certified as a "64-Bit" platform. Of course, Intel could simply have been pointing out that their chipset technology will already be 64-bit when it finally makes it to Android, but it is also possible that they know something we don't. Why would they specifically call out the 64-bit tech if it weren't even being worked on at Google for the Android platform?

It's tough not to jump to the conclusion that Google is working toward making Android 64-bit. It is after-all, the next logical evolution of Android, and the Linux OS, which is the core of Android, has already been 64-bit compatible since 2004. Maybe it won't be ready as early as Android 4.4 KitKat, but you can bet good money that some version of Android will include the 64-bit capabilities sometime in the near future.

Source: GigaOM
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Asus Unveils New PadFone Infinity; Includes Snapdragon 800, microSD Slot & More

Sep 17, 2013 - 8:55 AM - by dgstorm

Asus just launched their newest version of the PadFone Infinity. The new tablet docking smartphone device introduces some design tweaks as well as several hardware improvements. First up, the new phone has a slew of new upgrades (and strangely one downgrade):
  • Display = 5-inch - 1,920 x 1,080 Super IPS
  • Battery = 2,400mAh Battery
  • Internal storage = 16GB / 32GB (previous generation was 32GB / 64GB)
  • External storage = MicroSD
  • Rear camera = 13MP f/2.0 (with enhanced software features - PixelMaster, "turbo mode" burst of up to 35fps, )
  • Front-facing cam = 2MP f/2.0
  • Video capture = 1080p
  • Radios = WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100/LTE 800/1800/2600, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
  • CPU = Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz (previously was Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz)
  • RAM = 2GB LPDDR3 (previously was 2GB LPDDR2)
  • Operating system = Android 4.2.2 versus Android 4.1.2
  • Colors = Titanium Black / Platinum White (previously was Titanium Gray / Hot Pink / Champagne Gold)
  • SonicMaster audio technology

We aren't sure why the storage capacity was downgraded, but it was probably a cost cutting measure. At least the device now has a microSD slot to make up for it.

Initially, the PadFone Infinity will sell for the equivalent of $640 off-contract in Taiwan. The new tablet dock will run for $240 with converted price. Interestingly, the new PadFone will supposedly work just fine with the tablet dock of the previous generation, so if you already have one of those, you only need purchase the new phone. So far, Asus has not revealed any info regarding the availability of the device, either in Taiwan or in the rest of the world. Of course, we will update you with that info just as soon as it hits.

Thanks to our tipsters for sending this in!

Source: Engadget
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