The Sprint HTC One (M8) was only released a few short weeks ago, but it has just received its first OTA update. No, it doesn’t update the device to some of those mystery Android 4.4.3 builds we’ve seen lately. Rather, it teaches the device a few new tricks.
The new firmware comes in at software version 1.54.651.8, and it features baseband version 1.05.20.0321_2. In addition to the claimed “Network acquisition enhancements,” this update brings a new Extreme Power Savings Mode. This new mode extends your battery life by “conserving CPU usage, reducing screen brightness, turning off vibration feedback, turning off . . . READ ON »
ART, which you can read more about in our story from February, is a hot topic in the Android world. This future replacement for Dalvik is still in the testing phase, and it contains some bugs that may pop up here and there. Hopefully, in the next release of Android, ART will be as polished and stable as it needs to be.
As ART still has a few lingering issues with certain apps, a number of you may encounter some problems with bootloops after switching runtime compilers from the default Dalvik. When your device refuses to boot, you can . . . READ ON »
A game changing device in the Android world, the renowned GPU designer Nvidia released their portable Shield gaming console in part to showcase the power of the mobile Tegra 4 chipset. Now, this handheld micro console joins the ranks of the many other devices to have KitKat available for them.
However, this update brings more than just Google’s break-me-off-a-piece-of-that-Android-bar to the Shield. Nvidia upgraded several of the Shield’s unique features. GameStream, which allows you to stream PC games over your home WiFi network, has been upgraded to allow you to stream from certain GeForce-powered laptops. They have also introduced Remote . . . READ ON »
Back on Friday, we talked about how the Verizon variant of the gargantuan HTC One Max had received technical approval and was set to receive its update to Android 4.4.2 some time today. Well folks, the update has now started rolling out to consumer devices.
Coming in at software build number 2.16.605.2 and baseband 1.36.60.0122, today’s update takes the Verizon variant of the HTC One Max up to Android 4.4.2 + Sense 5.5. Along for the ride, you get an improved location settings menu, which now offers a master switch for all location settings, as well as a list . . . READ ON »
Not content with simply being the world’s online retailer of choice, alternate Android Appstore provider, and wallet-friendly tablet maker, Amazon has decided to invite itself into your living room. I’m of course talking about the recently released Amazon Fire TV set-top box. And now, we’ve gone ahead and given the Fire TV a place here in our forums.
At its heart, the Amazon Fire TV is another entrant in the already populated world of Internet media streaming devices. But unlike competing options from Google, Apple, and Roku, the Fire TV packs quite a bit of horsepower and offers some unique . . . READ ON »
Do you think that Snapdragon 801-based flagship device you’re eying is high-end? Well, what Qualcomm has in store for early 2015 may make you want to wait for the next generation of mobile chipsets. Today, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors. So what do these high-end, 64-bit SoCs bring to the table? Let’s take a look.. . . READ ON »
Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 5.5 update is coming to the Verizon HTC One Max today! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews some of the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement that the Verizon LG G2′s KitKat update was leaked, as well as a story about how to convert your Carrier HTC One M8 to Google Play Edition! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
You may recall that a couple months ago, we reviewed the Lepow U-Stone power bank. The 12000 mAh U-Stone set itself apart from the sea of competing power banks thanks to its slim profile and stylish design, but not everyone wants such a large power bank. Instead, many would prefer something a bit smaller that still packs enough juice for a few full charges.
Today, we’re going to take a look at the U-Stone’s little brother, the Moonstone 6000. Is it worth its place in your pocket, backpack, or purse? Read on to find out.
Just a few days ago, XDA Forum Moderator graffixnyc showed us how to run the Google Play edition firmware on the standard model HTC One (M8). But while this allowed us to enjoy many of the GPe device’s software, it wasn’t exactly a full conversion. Now, thanks to S-Off being achieved by the Firewater team, graffixnyc has released an RUU to completely transform your vanilla HTC One M8 into a GPe device.
Before doing anything, you’re strongly suggested to backup everything on your device, including its internal SD card, as the contents will be wiped in the process. Next, you must . . . READ ON »
One week ago, XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase and Recognized Developer beaups managed to root the HTC One (M8) with their WeakSauce multi-device root method. Five days later, the Firewater dev team (XDA Recognized Developers beaups and Fuses) announced that they had achieved S-Off on the HTC One (M8) via Twitter.
The Firewater team’s Twitter announcement understandably left many wondering when the team would package and release this method for mass consumption. Well folks, the time is here, as Firewater S-Off is officially available for the M8.
Achieving S-Off with Firewater is relatively straight forward. First you must disable . . . READ ON »
Back in January, we took a quick look at Auto Answer by XDA Senior Member itayg. Intended to make answering the phone while driving a bit safer, this innovative app allows users to easily answer incoming calls with nothing more than a whistle. Naturally, this lead many to wonder what other common tasks can be more easily handled with a whistle. Now, itayg has released another whistling app: Whistle Camera.
Whistle Camera works in much the same way as Auto Answer—except now, whistling takes a picture. So why would this be of any use? Well, just think of how many times . . . READ ON »
Once you start mucking around with a device’s firmware to add all your favorite tweaks and whatnot, you’ll almost undoubtedly need to restore to stock at some point in the future. Luckily, there are various device- or OEM-specific tools out there for to help people accomplish this task. Samsung devices have Odin and Heimdall, Sony devices have Flashtool, and Nokia devices have a few different options including Nokia Care Suite.
Many of us don’t have unlimited texting plans. After all, why should we pay for something that essentially costs the carriers nothing? Plus, with practically everyone using some form of smartphone nowadays, it’s often more convenient to simply send an email or Hangouts message.
However, there are still times in which we must send a traditional text. For example, these messages can go through even when there is no standard data connectivity. When this happens, we either pay per SMS message or we eat at a given pool of messages that we purchased in our plan—unless, of course, we . . . READ ON »