When Google refreshed Android to bring in version 4.4, KitKat, it added some new features to the mix while also redesigning some of the platform’s existing ones. Music playback was one example of something that got a lick of paint in KitKat, with a new lock screen widget being at the center of it all.
As tech fans, we're often sucked in by the glamorous new features of a firmware update. The release of Android 4.3, while perhaps not a lot to write home about in all, offers quite a few intriguing implementations, but while a control center for individual app permissions doesn't sound particularly exciting, it's certainly something many Droidsters have been waiting on for a long time. And now, a new hidden App Ops feature within Android 4.3 has been discovered, that allows the user to set individual app permissions, and in the tech world's constant demands for more control over its mobile devices, this is most certainly a tick in the box. And enabling it is a piece of cake, here’s how you can do it.
The big day is finally here, with Google finally announcing Android 4.3 Jelly Bean as being the latest operating system for smartphones and tablets. The good news this time around is the fact that Google has not delayed the availability for Android 4.3 for its users - heck, you don’t even have to wait for an OTA update to show up on your Nexus device, as the factory images for all current Nexus devices - the ones to receive the update first and foremost - are available for download officially. We’ll provide the links right after the jump.
We've been waiting quite a while for Google's latest and greatest flavor of Android to get its big update, although it's not the Key Lime Pie (5.x) as some initially suspected, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean does bring a whole host of useful changes and enhancements.
If you are a user of a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 with a GSM chip, you might be happy to learn that a software update should be arriving on your phone soon. According to multiple users, Android 4.2.2, a minor update to Android Jelly Bean, is being rolled out to all users.
Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III smartphone is beginning to see an update to Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2, and although this may not, on the face of it, sound all-that riveting, there are plenty of exciting new features to behold. Among them arrives the very handy multi-view function, which was first introduced with the Galaxy Note II, and vastly improves the multitasking capabilities of your device by allowing you to see more than one app running at a time.
Flash has been one of the largest building blocks of the internet. Maybe not fundamental, but it’s hard to argue that Flash didn’t play a very vital role in creating and shaping the web as we’re used to it now. From Macromedia to Adobe, and from MiniClip games to catchy animations on websites, Flash technology outlived its days of glory when Steve Jobs declared a war on the platform by not supporting it on iOS – so much so that Adobe, the curators of Flash, finally decided to pull the plug on it, themselves.
A large number of Android users have been plagued by a rather annoying bug in Android 4.2 that caused the month of December to go missing from the native date picker in certain apps. Thankfully, it looks like Google has stepped up just in time to save the day with an update to Jelly Bean, taking it up to version 4.2.1.
Scarcely a week goes by without significant developments in the continual Apple vs. Samsung legal battle, and with Samsung forewarning Apple it would immediately bring the iPhone 5 into the dispute upon release, the Korean company has stayed true to its word. Both Samsung and Apple have recently requested newer devices be added to the fold, and US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal has today given the Galaxy maker the go-ahead to include the iPhone 5.
After a great deal of toil, the CyanogenMod 10 stable ROM has now been made available for those running the LG Optimus Black, along with owners of the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III. In addition, those in ownership of the Samsung-made Google Galaxy Nexus, the ASUS-manufactured Nexus 7 slate and the HTC EVO 4G can also join in the fun; more details below.