Android 4.4 KitKat and LG Nexus 5 appeared yet again before hitting officialdom. Android’s next major release got caught running on the upcoming Nexus smartphone in live photos.
The images reveal new features coming our way (click to enlarge)
The leaked images allow us to catch a glimpse of the Android 4.4 KitKat settings menu, which reveals some new features coming our way. They include a “tap & pay” option, as well as new location settings menu which offers high accuracy, battery saving, and device sensors modes. The high accuracy mode is said to use a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile networks, while the other two rely on GPS or mobile networks alone.
Furthermore, the images also give us a look at the UI of Android 4.4. In line with previous reports, the status bar is transparent and with white icons.
There’s also a camera shortcut placed in the lower right corner of the lockscreen – much like on iOS 7. The ability to access the camera via a swipe gesture is also available.
The homescreen has a few new icons, including Google Photos, which comes to replaceme the Gallery app. A rearranged, transparent app drawer grid which lacks direct access to widgets is also present. A couple of new wallpapers are also coming with the next Android release.
Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5 availability is expected to be officially detailed before the end of this month.
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We reported couple of days ago that Apple will be holding an event on October 23 for the iPad mini. That information came courtesy the sources at AllThingsD.
Now Reuters have chimed in as well, confirming the exact same date for the next Apple event. The information comes from sources ‘familiar with the matter’. The sources did not mention what the event will be about exactly but it is fair to assume that it will be about the iPad mini.
Back when AllThingsD reported about the event date, Jim Dalrymple of The Loop added his signature “Yep”, certifying that the news indeed is true. Dalrymple, who has sources very close to Apple, has a history of being accurate with these things, so him confirming it makes it pretty much certain that the date of the event and its purpose is true.
With Apple usually sending over media invites one week in advance, you can expect news of the invite confirming the event on the coming Tuesday.
After teasing us with a few images every other day, Belarusian website Onliner.by has now uploaded a full review of what has come to be known as the LG Nexus 4.
We can see from the images just how similar the Nexus 4 is to the Galaxy Nexus. The all-black, featureless face has become a signature of the Nexus line of phones since the Nexus S. The Nexus 4 looks practically identical to the Galaxy Nexus from the front, save for a chrome ring around the bezel. It even has the notification LED in the same place as the Galaxy Nexus.
On the back, LG has dumped Samsung’s matte grey back with the typical bump near the bottom for a flat glossy back with a peculiar dotted pattern. The back of this phone still says ‘with Google”, but then it also says ‘NOT FOR SALE’, so it could change by the time the phone goes for sale.
As mentioned before, the display uses an LCD panel, but the review mistakenly states the resolution as 1280 x 720, when the actual screenshots are in 1280 x 768 resolution. This particular device was running Android 4.1.2 but it is expected the final version to run on Android 4.2.
There are some images taken by the 8 megapixel camera on the back but the quality of these images is very mediocre. The details are all smudged and the colors and white balance in particular seem off. These images don’t seem particularly better than those from Galaxy Nexus. If anything, they seem worse.
Another area where the Nexus 4 disappoints is in the synthetic benchmarks department. The AnTuTu and Quadrant scores are way low for something with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 and 2GB of RAM under the hood and even slower than the scores of the international One X with the Tegra 3 processor.
All of this can be put down to this being a prototype device and things could improve considerably in the final version. That could also explain why this particular unit had just 8GB of internal memory. With the launch of the next Nexus being said to be on October 29, we don’t have to wait long to find out what the real deal would be like.
To read the full review of this prototype, click on the source link below.
Google has pushed out a new update for their Google+ app on iOS and Android. One of the key new features in the iOS version is support for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. Another new feature is Google+ page owners now being able to view, post and comment from the mobile app.
Lastly, you can also edit your posts, save photos to camera roll and search for people and posts on the iPad.
The Android version also gets the ability to let page owners view, post and comment and along with that there is also a new ‘Find People’ option to discover people and topics more easily. There’s also a new homescreen widget.
You can download the apps from the respective links below.
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Apple is experiencing a slowdown in the iPhone 5 production as the company is trying to enforce a tighter control over the manufacturing process. The company is working with Foxconn to lower down the number of devices shipped with nicks and scratches.
According to an anonymous source who spoke to Bloomberg, the build quality issues and chips of the iPhone 5 are due to the special aluminum Apple has decided to use for the smartphone, which allows the construction of the thinner and lighter body.
That’s why senior Apple managers have forced stricter quality control policies on Foxconn’s manufacturing locations. The implementation of the new benchmarks has even resulted in idle factories, which in turn should lead to iPhone 5 shortages in the near future.
According to Bloomberg supply concerns have already cost Apple about $60 billion in market cap since the iPhone 5 debut.
This report gives some credibility to the story about Foxconn Zhengzhou workers going on strike. We’ll see if Apple manages to take the scratching problems of its premium flagship smartphone under control.