Kyle Formeck

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[Hands-On] Floating Music Widget Makes The Standard Lock Screen Music Widget Usable Everywhere

Floating Music Widget, despite the name, isn't really a widget. It's an app that launches a floating window granting quick access to your currently …

Download: Latest Google Play Store 4.3.10 With New 'Recently Updated' Section, Combined Update Notifications, And More [Teardown]

Article Contents<p>1 What's New?<p>1.1 Recently updated section<br>• 1.2 Combined update notifications<br>• 1.3 Book sales now show full list prices<br>• 1.4 Minor tweaks<p>2 …

Nexus 7 (2013) Review: The Best 7" Android Tablet Ever, But Better

Article Contents<p>1 In a Nutshell<p>1.1 Specs<br>• 1.2 The Good<br>• 1.3 The Not So Good<p>2 Closer Look<p>2.1 The Hardware (Outside)<br>• 2.2 The Hardware (Inside)<br>• 2.3 The …

Android Device Manager to be implemented with Google Play Services version 3.2.25, download now

Yesterday Google introduced the Android Device Manager, which provides location tracking and remote wiping/locking of lost or stolen Android devices. …

Android News

Photo Sphere ‘Compass Mode’ included with latest Google Play Services update

We just posted that Google has released their latest version (3.2.25) of Google Play Services. One of the highlights is the implementation of the …

Getting the most out of Google Now voice actions

Google Now gets more and more powerful every day, which is aided by the fact that much of the processing it does is handed off to a Google data …

Appsi Adds Do-Everything Swipeable Shortcut Side Bars to Your Device

Android: Side bars are all the rage in apps right now, so why limit them? Appsi adds swipe-out side bar panels that can be triggered by hot spots.<p>The …

Appsi Adds Plugins And Customization To The Holo-Style Swipe-Out Sidebar Launcher

The latest trend in Android user interface modifications is the gesture-based meta-launcher, a way of quickly launching and switching between huge …

iOS vs Android, Great Balls of Fire

Smart people like John Gruber of Daring Fireball seem to believe that Android development takes 3x as many developers as iOS. He believes it so …

Why Google Play Services Are Now More Important Than Android

Last week, Google rolled out a new version of Android to very little fanfare and quite a lot of boredom. There's a reason for that: Google Play …

[Hands-On] Quip Seeks To Change Mobile Word Processing, Now Available For Android As An Early Preview

Word processors were designed for desktop computers. Given that many of us still sit down at laptops or desktops when it's time to type, that isn't …

Do we really need eight core processors?

With Samsung upgrading its Exynos 5 Octa to make use of all eight cores at once, and MediaTek recently announcing its own true eight core processor, it looks like octa-core processors could soon become the new norm in high end mobile devices. But do we really need all those cores?<p>There are …

Mobile

Aviate Launcher Review: One Of The Most Powerful Alpha Products I've Ever Used

Article Contents<p>1 The Helpful Home Screen<br>• 2 The Arranged App Drawers<br>• 3 The Drawbacks<br>• 4 Final Thoughts<p>Aviate Launcher, if you haven't heard of it, is a …

Clash of the titans: CyanogenMod vs Paranoid Android

It’s very easy to find yourself locked into a single user experience, especially with smartphones. As a long time CyanogenMod user, I thought that perhaps it would be a good idea to check out what else is available in the pool of custom Android ROMs, and Paranoid Android’s commitment to innovative …

Gear & Gadgets

Android Engineer Explains Why Some Apps Suddenly Have Persistent Notifications After You Upgrade To Android 4.3

Anyone who has made the jump to Android 4.3, which admittedly isn't that many people right now, may have noticed that some applications now plant …

App Ops: Android 4.3's Hidden App Permission Manager, Control Permissions For Individual Apps! [Update]

Android 4.3 has a hidden feature! It's called "App Ops" and it lets you selectively disable some permissions for your apps. Is some misbehaving app …

An In-Depth Look At The Big (And Small) Additions To Android Jelly Bean 4.3

Article Contents<p>1 Autocomplete On The Dial Pad, Keyboard Enhancements<br>• 2 Restricted Profiles<br>• 3 Location<br>• 4 Security<br>• 5 App-Specific Developer Options<br>• 6 …

More Moto X smart features surface, including active notifications and phone tracking

More Moto X features have been described by a publication with access to the device, some of them never discussed by previous leaks and rumors.<p><i>Android Police</i> has continued its Moto X “teardown” (after looking at specs, camera specs and posting a boot animation video) and revealed some of the …

Mobile Technology

NVIDIA Shows Off Upcoming Kepler Mobile GPU And Project Logan SoC With Impressive Video Demos

Most of you are probably familiar with NVIDIA's Tegra line of system-on-a-chip boards - Tegra 2 was behind most of the first wave of Honeycomb …

Google officially unveils Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

After weeks of speculation and leaks, the next version of Jelly Bean is finally official<p>Google has announced a new version of Android — 4.3 Jelly …

Android News

Download: Wallpapers From The New Nexus 7 [Updated]

Here are the wallpapers from the new Nexus 7 that is now available for pre-order and was shown off in full detail yesterday. From what I can tell, …

The bright, foggy future of mobile computing - Talk Mobile | Android Central

The smartphone of tomorrow: Harder, faster, better, smarter<p>The future of mobile hardware has two branches: the obvious, continuous push for faster …

Mobile

Edge, Jump, and Next: the "opt out" shell game, and how to win.

Digital Trends<p>Save for Sprint, every other major US carrier has some sort of “opt out early” plan. T-Mobile kicked things off with their “Jump” offer, which was followed by AT&T’s costly “Next” scheme. Verizon was late to the game, but had a very fair showing with their “Edge” plan.<p>Where do we go …

T-Mobile

A brief history of app pricing, and why most apps are free

We had a look at some of the app purchasing habits and statistics regarding the Google Play Store and Apple’s Appstore the other day, so to continuing in that vein, Flurry Analytics has done a little more digging into just why mobile apps are priced so low, often to the point of being free.<p>For this …

Apps

26 Best (And 1 WTF) New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (7/4/13 - 7/16/13)

Article Contents<p>1 Featured App<p>1.1 DigiCal Calendar & Widgets<p>2 Apps<p>2.1 Floating Touch<br>• 2.2 Flashify (for root users)<br>• 2.3 App Dialer–local T9 app …

Back To Basics: Android versions explained

Welcome friends to the “Back to Basics” series, where we run a fine toothed comb over each and every aspect of Android so that you can make an educated decision on which Android device is for you. This week’s edition is all about Android versions, and we’ll be releasing a new edition to the series …

Android News

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Android App Launching Made Gorgeous

I will never say it out loud enough: always do overwhelm your users with your mobile apps. One of the most important way to mind-blow your users is …

Android Performance Tweaking: ParseArray Versus Hashmap

One of the more recent Android ADT updates added Android Lint. Lint will check your Android project for simples things that you can change to improve …