If you've already got your hands on the Nexus 5 or just want to get a head start on the latest Android OS, you might want check out Google's quick-start guide for Android. You can download the free guide from Google's Nexus support site, or from Google Play Books. The guide is broken down into six chapters and gives you a … Read more
When Google first launched Android 4.2 Jelly Bean one of the features included in the update was lock screen widgets. With the launch of Android 4.4 KitKat last week, there's a change to lock screen widgets you need to know about.
Users of Android 4.2 and 4.3 know that lock screen widgets were enabled by default on any compatible device. The option to have lock screen widgets was there whether you wanted them or not; that's not the case with KitKat.
When you first go to access or add a lock screen widget on … Read more
With Android 4.4 KitKat having launched with the Nexus 5 we are still digging through the new features for developers and users alike. One of the features included in the latest Android OS is the ability to record the screen of your device. This feature is intended for developers who want to spruce up Play Store listings with a video walk-through of an app. But I see no reason that developers should be the only ones to take advantage of this awesome feature.
Before I dive into how to record the screen of your Android device, you need to … Read more
KitKat, the most recent version of Android, brings features as sweet as its namesake to the new Google Nexus 5. Among these, you'll find a new phone dialer, Caller ID, true full screen, a new Hangouts app, and printing abilities.
To use all of these new features, KitKat also has an updated Google Keyboard. This keyboard is very similar to the version released on the Google Play Store, except the swiping line color has changed, you can glide over space to insert it between words, and some upgraded emoji are included.
If you have Android 4.… Read more
On Thursday, Google finally announced the Nexus 5 and revealed more details about features we will find in Android 4.4 KitKat.
With the release of a new operating system and a new device there's bound to be new wallpapers and background images. Luckily, Google posts the system images for Nexus devices and some very kind members of the XDA forum have pulled the Nexus 5 wallpapers and have made them available for download.
The recent update of Google+ to version 4.2 came with a handful of new features. The primary focus of the update was on photos -- both editing and sharing them -- but the update also added a location widget.
This Google+ Location widget gives you quick access to the whereabouts of friends or family from your Android Home screen. It's also a lot faster than navigating through the Google+ app, which involves: opening the app, going to Locations, opening the list of friends sharing their locations, and then finding the person whose location you want to see.
Here'… Read more
Twitter recently updated its Android and iPhone apps to include inline previews of Twitter photos and Vine videos. What this means is when using the official Twitter app on your smartphone you'll now see a preview of some media, instead of a simple link to said media.
For some this is a welcome change, making it easier to view a photo or Vine without having to tap a few extra times. Of course that's if you want to see more of the photo, or watch the Vine video.
With the new previews taking up space in your timeline … Read more
One of the many new visual effects added in iOS 7 is a blur effect. You have no doubt seen it on a daily basis if you use an iOS device running the latest version of iOS. By pulling up Control Center, or using the keyboard in most apps (especially Messages) you've seen how objects in the background are blurred out by the graphics being layered on top.
It's a neat magic trick, and definitely adds a bit of depth to iOS. But not everyone is going to be amused by seeing app icons or chat bubbles blurred … Read more
The fingerprint sensor feature on the iPhone 5S, called Touch ID, is a convenient security tool that makes it easier to unlock the iPhone, compared to using a 4-digit PIN code. It also allows purchases from iTunes and the App Store without having to type in your Apple ID password. If you already use a 4-digit PIN, you'll likely find Touch ID to be more convenient. If you don't use any security at all, Touch ID might finally be the security measure you've been looking for.
Setting up Touch ID is fairly straight forward. Just go to … Read more
Apple released an update to iOS 7 after it's iPad event on Tuesday. The update, iOS 7.0.3, fixed a long list of bugs and issues, including the random inability to send or receive messages using iMessage.
One feature listed in the changelog is the addition of the familiar Search feature previously found in Spotlight. When iOS 7 was first launched last month, the ability to search the Web or Wikipedia was surprisingly missing. With the release of iOS 7.0.3, users will be able to search from Spotlight once again.
As you already know, you can … Read more