There was much hype around the unveiling of Ubuntu Touch, Canonical’s take on a smartphone OS. People who had been getting a bit bored with Android or were looking for a smartphone experience similar to desktop Ubuntu had their eyes on Ubuntu Edge, an exciting yet highly ambitious crowd-sourced project. Following its unfortunate failure, Canonical decided to soldier on, inking their first deal with a partner to ship smartphones with Ubuntu Touch.
As Canonical founder and product strategy leader Mark Shuttleworth revealed in an interview:
“We have concluded our first set of agreements to ship Ubuntu on mobile phones.
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Google’s on a roll, delivering updates to a few of its first party apps and updated Android versions to its current Nexus fleet. Now, they’re continuing this barrage with a massive update to Gmail 4.7, which brings quite a few desperately needed features.
First and foremost, this update brings full file attachment support. No longer are you forced to use workaround such as sending from a file manager in order to attach a file of any format. Furthermore, you can now download compressed archives such as ZIP and TAR files, again without any workaround or third party app. While . . . READ ON »
Just two days ago, we wrote about how Android 4.4.2 was rolling out to the most recent Nexus devices. This was only four days after the Android 4.4.1 roll out. And earlier today, we took a quick look at what changed from 4.4 to 4.4.2. Now, we’re glad to report that the Android 4.4.2 source code has made its way over to the AOSP, and factory restore images are now available for the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 10.
Ever since Android 4.4.1 was released, . . . READ ON »
It’s no secret that despite their previous successes in both the mobile and traditional computing spaces, Microsoft’s market performance as of late has been lackluster. And while sales for all of their platforms are currently suffering to a degree, it’s really only Windows Phone and Windows RT that are in serious trouble. Why have these two OSes struggled to gain any sort of traction? Part of this is due to the confusion of simply offering too many different versions. But that’s not the only reason. Though they generally offer optimized performance and a great user experience, industry adoption on either seems to . . . READ ON »
The storage capacity in our mobile devices is growing bigger and bigger every day. The amount of files that are stored on SD cards, either internal and external, is quite significant. Music, movies, photos, and other documents are often difficult to track.
This is why we need an application to tag our files. Thankfully, we have Fearch by XDA Recognized Developer lithid-cm,a file manager that gives users the option to tag their files. This app also recognizes file type and places your files into one of five categories (Documents, Downloads, Pictures, Sounds, and Videos). Files can be easily sorted by . . . READ ON »
Earlier today when we looked at the Google Play Books 3.1.17 update, we briefly mentioned how Google’s first party app updates often feel like Christmas a bit early thanks to all the new features that they inevitably bring. Now, Google is actually bringing us some more Holiday cheer thanks to a Holiday-themed update to the Androidify app. And not content with only updating one of their first party apps, they’ve also released a substantial feature update to their Translate app.
The Google Nexus 5 has only been out a short while. Our friend Jordan has reviewed it and even went so far as to show us how to root the device. During that time, the software developers at Google were coding so hard and so fast that the keyboard vending machines at Google started running dry.
Their efforts have been praised on the Internet. The Android 4.4.1 update fixed a lot of peoples problems, but Google didn’t stop there. They also released Android 4.4.2 KitKat. In today’s video, XDA Developer TV Producer takes a good hard look at . . . READ ON »
Every time we get a first-party app update from Google, it seems like Christmas a bit early. Today’s update to Google Play Books is no exception. The new update brings significant new functionality, as well as increased performance.
First and foremost, this new update brings the ability to manually upload your own EPUB and PDF files to the cloud, directly from your client device. It now works with the standard Android Intent system, and serve as a handler for those two file types. Once uploaded, the file can be viewed from any of your connected Google Play Books devices or . . . READ ON »
Increasing speed and efficiency is a normal process in our modern world. We have many things to do and only a little time to finish everything. That’s why applications like Tasker or Llama are so popular. It’s not new that Android devices are used as some sort of electronic calendars where you can write everything down.
If you are a part of the team or like to share a lot with your friends, you should take a look at an application by XDA Forum Member pytel. He created an app to help you with your to-do list. As an . . . READ ON »
Just yesterday, we talked about how the Google Chromecast just got a whole lot more useful thanks to ten new supported applications. Well as it turns out, that’s not all that’s going on in the Chromecast world. An update has actually been in the process of rolling out ever since last Tuesday, and it is now finally starting to make its way to most devices.
The new build comes in at version 14651 (replacing 13300), and it brings many new features. While the update bills itself as a bugfix release that also brings a new home screen, it seems . . . READ ON »
Omni is an interesting project, with a lot of original contributions. Recently we talked about OpenDelta, an innovative OTA system created by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire. Now it’s time to present you the built-in file manager with cloud integration: DocumentsUI by XDA Senior Recognized Developer XpLoDWilD.
The new file manager is integrated into the frameworks, so it doesn’t have to be installed as a standalone app. It’s a very interesting move, and it can be assumed that many other ROMs will incorporate this open-source project.
DocumentsUI allows users to perform simple file operations like copying, pasting, deleting, and . . . READ ON »
Frustrated Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 users, you’re about to receive a rather significant OTA if you haven’t already. Verizon has now begun rolling out an OTA update that promises major bugfixes for some of the most pesky issues plaguing the device so far. Unfortunately, the update also comes with a catch: It brings four new pieces of Verizon special issue bloatware.
The OTA takes the form of a “mandatory” update. Luckily it doesn’t update itself without your consent, but if you choose to not install the update when prompted, it will reappear every 30 minutes thereafter until . . . READ ON »
Two new devices have entered the Google Play edition family. They are the LG G Pad 8.3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Curiously, though perhaps indicative of Sony’s commitment to provide a true Google experience, they’ve dropped the Xperia moniker in the Z Ultra.
Both devices have landed in the Google Play Store, packing the same hardware that we’ve seen in their retail variants, but devoid of their typical OEM skins that normally obfuscate the Android experience. They both pack Android 4.4 KitKat, although it is unclear if they will have the newly released 4.4.1 or 4.4.2 goods.. . . READ ON »