More Details On Google’s New Android TV

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More Details On Google’s New Android TV

More Details On Google’s New Android TV

On the weekend The Verge broke the news that Google were working on some new TV software, which will be called Android TV.

Android TV has been described as more of an entertainment interface rather than a software platform, and the focus will be on simple applications for Android TV.

The guys over at GigaOM have received some more information on Android TV, and according to the report, Google intend to provide a standardized look and feel for all apps on the platform.

At the moment apps on smart TVs look and function very different, for example the Netflix app and the YouTube app are completely different.

With Android TV, Google are looking for app developers to use a standard set of templates for their apps on Android TV, which would give all of the apps a more unified look and feel, as well as more unified controls.

This will apparently work by content providers providing Google with data feeds, rather than full applications, the data would then be used in a specific app for the content provider and would include things like box cover art, movie or TV show titles and more.

What this would do is allow all of the apps on the Android TV to perform in a similar way, it would also make it easier to add new features to all of the apps at the same time as they would all conform to the same standards.

It certainly sounds interesting, and this uniform approach to all apps would enable Google to build a universal search platform for Android TV, where uses could search through all of the apps at once for a particular piece of content, rather than each one individually.


WhatsApp Messenger for Android 2.11.206 Now Available for Download

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WhatsApp Messenger for Android 2.11.206 Now Available for Download

WhatsApp Messenger for Android 2.11.206 Now Available for Download

The team of engineers at WhatsApp have just released a new beta version of their Messenger application for Android devices. As expected, they did not provide any information regarding the changes included in this updated iteration of WhatsApp Messenger.

Nevertheless, those who already have the beta version of WhatsApp installed on their Android devices may notice some changes that haven’t been mentioned by developers.

For the time being, we must assume that the new WhatsApp beta for Android brings minor bug fixes and small improvements, but new features may be tested as well.

It would have been nice if developers had released a short changelog for the update, so that Android users who opted for the beta knew what they needed to test and offer their feedback on.

Anyway, those who already have a beta version of WhatsApp Messenger installed on their devices won’t find the newest version on Google Play Store. The application should be fully compatible with all devices powered by Android 2.1 and up.

Keep in mind that this beta version of the application may contain bugs that will affect your user experience, so don’t install it unless you plan on offering feedback.

From Softpedia


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Getting Android 4.4 KitKat

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat

Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 starts receiving Android 4.4 KitKat update in many parts of the world, for both the LTE-support SM-N9005 and 3G-enabled SM-N900. Users in Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, Hungary, India and Korea are getting the update for both the LTE and 3G variants of the device. Many users suggest that it doesn’t bring many advance changes to the OS, except the Android 4.4 KitKat goodies such as white status bar icons, transparent taskbar, improved memory optimizations, improved keyboard, and more. The update is sized at around 380MB and updates the build number to KOT49H. The update is available over-the-air and via Kies as well. If you’re too impatient for the notification to pop up on your screen, you can manually check for the update by navigating to Settings, and go to About phone > Software Update.


Polaroid Adds Q Series to their US Tablet Line at CES Featuring Quad-Core Processors & Android 4.4, KitKat OS and Many More

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Polaroid Q Series Tablet

Polaroid Q Series Tablet

Polaroid is pleased to announce the newest addition to their robust tablet offering, the Polaroid Q Series. The sleek new series will be on display in the Polaroid booth #13613 at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, and is comprised of the Q7 (7” tablet), Q8 (8” tablet) and Q10 (10.1” tablet). All three sizes are Wi-Fi enabled and feature super-fast Quad-Core processors, and the new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

The Polaroid Q Series tablet line is perfect for media and sharing on-the-go. Each tablet features an extended battery life, HDMI Bluetooth and front mounted speakers for hours of entertainment anywhere. The front and rear cameras allow users to capture their favorite memories, and share them via email and social media channels through the tablets’ built-in Wi-Fi. Users also have access to a plethora of apps, games, movies, music and more to enjoy on their Q Series tablet through the Google Play Store.

Designed and manufactured by Southern Telecom, an authorized Polaroid licensee, the Polaroid Q Series line of tablets have a suggested retail price of $129.00- $179.00 and will be available spring 2014.  For more information on all the Polaroid products that will be launched at the 2014 CES show, visit: http://www.polaroid.com.