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Motorola oulines the features coming for the Moto 360 in Android Wear update 4.4W.2

Motorola oulines the features coming for the Moto 360 in Android Wear update 4.4W.2

As we reported last night, Google and LG at least are apparently rolling out Android Wear v4.4W.2 to the LG G Watch, but it’s on its way to other smartwatches, and Motorola has advised that the update will hit the Moto 360. Not only has Motorola confirmed the update, they’ve even gone into further detail on what’s included in the release, at least for the Moto 360. On their blog, Motorola has announced the list of changes, which generally matches what other Android Wear watches will receive – of course with no GPS, that part of the update isn’t mentioned,[Read More...]

by 9:35 PM on October 22, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, OS Update
New update rolling out to LG G Watch bringing updated music cards and Bluetooth headset support

New update rolling out to LG G Watch bringing updated music cards and Bluetooth headset support

Google announced back in September that they would be rolling out a new update to the Android Wear platform that would bring some brand new features. According to reddit users, an update has begun hitting the LG G Watch, which brings at least a couple of the features promised. The new update, 4.4W.2 (Build KNX01Q) updates the G Watch from 4.4W.1 (Build KGW42Q). The update brings a new set of Music cards, as well as a new control interface and ability to Play Music from the menu, which you can see in the pictures below. Users who’ve received the update[Read More...]

by 8:14 PM on October 21, 2014 4 comments Android Wear, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: WebView

Android 5.0 Tour: WebView

We’ve written a lot about what’s new in Android L from an end-user’s perspective, and there’s an awful lot. However, there’s a lot of changes behind the scenes as well, and while a lot of them aren’t really very interesting, this one certainly is a breath of fresh air. Google has unhooked quite a bit from the actual operating system itself, and one of the best examples of this over time has been the Play Services being removed from the core OS, and being moved into an updatable application, meaning faster updates to core Google services without needing an OS[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on October 20, 2014 2 comments OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Security

Android 5.0 Tour: Security

Android 5.0 promises to add a few extra pieces of security to the Android and indeed Google eco-system as a whole. From encryption to trusted Bluetooth devices, your Android device will be even more secure than it has been previously as well as being easier to access. Further down the track you will even be using your Android device as a trusted device for your Chromebook, if you use one. Unlock In Android 5.0, the usual unlocking options: Swipe, Pattern, Pin or Password are present, although people used to the Face Unlock will have to check in the ‘Smart Lock’[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 20, 2014 12 comments OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Notifications

Android 5.0 Tour: Notifications

Android Notifications have always been the best; they’ve been copied or at least mimicked by almost every mobileOS currently in use. In Android 5.0, they’ve been refined thanks to the introduction of Material Design, so they look different, but offer mostly the same functions. In Lollipop, the notifications now appear to ‘float’. But overall, they look pretty much like they have previously, a rectangular notification which appears in your notification panel. There are exceptions to the ‘Normal’ notifications. Some notifications, like those from Google+ will actually arrive as a floating notification, called a heads-up notification and sit atop whatever you’re[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on October 20, 2014 6 comments OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Accessibility Options

Android 5.0 Tour: Accessibility Options

One part of Android which has been lagging behind the competition has been in the accessibility options for vision impaired users. In Android 5.0, Google has addressed this adding in accessibility options for people with ‘low vision’ or who are colour blind. The accessibility options introduced in Android 5.0 include an option to boost text contrast, or ‘invert colours to improve legibility’ and ‘Adjust display to improve color differentiation’. All of these options are stored under the Settings > Accessibility menu. At this stage, whether it’s just in the developer preview or a foreshadowing of what will come in the[Read More...]

by 2:35 PM on October 19, 2014 0 comments OS Update
Oppo begins offering KitKat based ColorOS v2.0 for the Find 7/7a

Oppo begins offering KitKat based ColorOS v2.0 for the Find 7/7a

Oppo has finally announced that their current flagship phone – the Find 7 – and it’s smaller sibling – the Find 7a – will receive the update to KitKat based ColorOS 2.0, updating the existing Android 4.3 based ColorOS V1.2.6i currently installed on the Find 7/7a. Oppo announced the update in a Tweet, pointing owners fo the phones to the OppoForums for further information on the update. There’s a fair bit included in the update, but the featured updates from the changelog include : Refined UI Design The ColorOS 2.0 has inherited the UI design of ColorOS 1.0, by removing[Read More...]

by 2:34 PM on October 19, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Android 5.0 Tour: Screen Pinning

Android 5.0 Tour: Screen Pinning

We all know the scenario: a friend needs to make a quick call, and asks to borrow your phone. Your younger sister has asked to play Angry Birds, but you don’t want her browsing your photos. Your parents are checking into a flight, but you don’t want them to accidentally open your SMS. Few smartphone users would have avoided this fear, and for us, Android 5.0 has a solution. Now, you can lock your device to a particular app by use of the screen pinning option found under security settings. By default, you just use a shortcut key to disable[Read More...]

by 8:32 AM on October 19, 2014 2 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Flappy Droid

Android 5.0 Tour: Flappy Droid

Did you miss out on the Flappy Bird craze? Fear not – Android 5.0 (or at least, the updated developer preview) has a Flappy Bird clone built in, taking over from the Webdriver Torso easter egg in June’s preview build. It’s actually a double easter egg – the first is a cute interactive lollipop decorated with the word “lollipop” in the new Android logo lettering. It changes colour when tapped, but it’s kind of tame compared to the previous easter eggs we’ve seen in Android releases. To access it, go to Settings > About and tap the Android version number[Read More...]

by and 5:57 PM on October 18, 2014 3 comments OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Setting up a new device, in pictures

Android 5.0 Tour: Setting up a new device, in pictures

Android’s new device setup process has long been in need of a visual overhaul to make it friendlier and less daunting for non-technical users. Since the day of Ice Cream Sandwich, we’ve had a dark skin in line with the Holo theme of the time that, while straightforward, wasn’t particularly inviting. This has changed with Lollipop. While the setup process itself hasn’t changed much, it’s now decked out with bright, friendly colours. Here’s the setup process for the updated developer preview, running on a Wi-Fi Nexus 7 (2013). The process on the Nexus 5 is pretty much the same, but[Read More...]

by 4:35 PM on October 18, 2014 4 comments Competition, Google Play, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: On-device privacy with Users and Guests

Android 5.0 Tour: On-device privacy with Users and Guests

Android has long had the ability to manage multiple users on a single device, but it’s been hidden from phone users and only exposed on tablets. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, this changes. Google’s rationale for the restriction of this feature in the past was that phones are a personal device that you don’t really pass around to others, while tablets would often be passed from parents to children and the whole family. This argument didn’t really hold at the time – we’ve known anecdotally that parents let their kids play with their phones all the time, for example – and[Read More...]

by and 3:44 PM on October 18, 2014 2 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: A look at the new, refined Quick Settings menu

Android 5.0 Tour: A look at the new, refined Quick Settings menu

Ever since the introduction of the Quick Settings screen in Android Jelly Bean, we’ve been complaining about the feature. Google’s original vision of Quick Settings was a confused mish-mash of toggles and shortcuts to settings screens, and offended the Android world for one main reason: the settings couldn’t be customised, you were stuck with them whether you liked them – and they served your preferences – or not. In this respect, many OEMs have been besting Google with their Android customisations for a while. HTC chose to extend the base AOSP settings, while Samsung and other manufacturers have been doing[Read More...]

by and 1:18 PM on October 18, 2014 13 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Battery Saver adds precious minutes to your phone’s life

Android 5.0 Tour: Battery Saver adds precious minutes to your phone’s life

One of the areas in which the “stock” AOSP Android platform has fallen behind OEMs’ customisations in recent years is in preserving your battery. Google has been seeking to tackle battery life across the board in Android 5.0, but for those times when you’re running low on power and just need your phone to last that little bit longer, there’s now a Battery Saver mode that claims to eke out an extra 90 minutes of battery life. The Battery Saver screen gives you the option to turn the feature on directly, or set a rule for when it will kick[Read More...]

by and 12:26 PM on October 18, 2014 5 comments News, OS Update