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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Twitter for Android Gets a Big Holo-Inspired Redesign in Version 5 Beta

Sep 13, 2013 - 9:49 AM - by dgstorm

On top of the big IPO that Twitter is planning, it looks like they are also planning an upgrade of the app for Android. They have a new version 5 in beta and it is getting a big redesign which seems very Holo-inspired. The new version also comes with a host of new features. Here's a brief bullet-point synopsis:
  • The four section menu at the top of the interface has been replaced with a text-based navigation bar. This one is more consistent with Matias Duarte's app design guidelines.
  • The new version also features a sidebar. It is found by clicking on the Twitter logo button.
  • The sidebar includes the four sections which were originally on the top menu bar. - It also comes with three new ones: Activity, Trending, and Find People.
  • The sidebar also has an intriguing new translucent frosted glass effect, which includes your profile picture as the background.
  • It is possible to rearrange the order of these sections in the menu by dragging them around.
  • Finally, it can display images and videos inline.

Over-all these new features aim to streamline the UI and the process, as well as offer enhanced functionality. If you have had a chance to play with this beta, sound off what you guys think of the new version.

Source: Engadget
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[Rumor] Android 4.4 KitKat Details Leaked; Plus Nexus 5 Might be Coming October 14th

Sep 13, 2013 - 8:29 AM - by dgstorm

We have some juicy news hot off the press! First, there is "rumint" that the Nexus 5 will be unveiled on October 14th. This intel is mostly speculative at this point, but it is definitely within the realm of possibility. Last year the Nexus 4 was launched in October, so it's not a huge logical leap to think they Google might do it again around the same time.

The other info we have to share outlines a few details about the new Android 4.4 KitKat. Here's a breakdown below of what was leaked:
  • Firmware availability to older phones
  • Fragmentation changes (screen resizing)
  • Miracast updates
  • New Gallery Visualisation
  • New APIs regarding animations
  • Change android default blue to other preset palette colours
  • New notification widgets

We can't imagine that this list above is exhaustive, but it makes for a good start. What else are you guys hoping to see in the next iteration of Android?

On a sidenote... doesn't Andy look yummy? Now I want a snack...

Source: TalkAndroid
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Asus Transformer T100 2 in 1 hybrid with Quad Core Bay Trail; Also TF701 in October

Sep 12, 2013 - 10:25 AM - by dgstorm

We have a couple of interesting news bites from Asus for you today. The first one isn't Android related, but it is tablet related and worth a gander. According to the video above (which is a bit painful to watch because of the heavy accent from the speaker), Asus will soon introduce a product called the Transformer Model T100, which is a 2 in 1 hybrid. This Windows 8 based device will supposedly come with the new Quad-Core Bay Trail processor from Intel. Furthermore, this new Asus-made tablet will likely sport an 11 hours run time with the dock. It could come later this month or in October.

It will be interesting to see just how much power the Quad-Core Bay Trail from Intel can dish out. (Incidentally, there is also word that Toshiba's Encore 8" Bay Trail tablet will come out by either end of October or early November and Dell is also coming out with a 8" Venue Bay Trail tablet in October).

The other bit of news from Asus today is that the new TF701 Transformer Pad Infinity they recently announced could also be coming in October. Nothing has been officially confirmed regarding this, but we will keep you updated if/when we find out more.

Thanks for the tip, zeo!
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