Android L may be nigh upon us, hopefully accompanied by a few new Nexus devices, but work has reportedly already begun on the version to follow. Spotted first by myce, two commit comments in the Android source code reference an “M” release.
Neither note is particularly indicative of what we can expect from “M” – one refers to an experimental feature of the Android debugging tool Logcat, and the other a method of data exchange, but notably, they are the first mentions of a version of Android beyond L we have seen. (more…)
No matter how unviewable the results, it seems a growing number of people have an inexplicable proclivity to shooting portrait video on their smartphone. Whatever the reason (One-handed operation? Technical ignorance?), it’s a horrible practice that the developer of video app Horizon is trying desperately to stop. A worthy cause, indeed. (more…)
In a laudable move, Google will enable full-disk encryption in Android L by default. That’s according to comments made by a company spokesperson to the Washington Post yesterday, which conspicuously followed an open letter penned by Apple’s Tim Cook touting, among other iOS 8 privacy features and policies, whole device encryption. (more…)
There’s an unfortunate reason Motorola omitted mention of a Sprint variant during the new Moto X’s unveiling: it doesn’t exist. The company took to Twitter today to confirm that, indeed, the new Moto X won’t be available on the Now Network. (more…)
Wireless congestion is a problem in cities – concrete and steel, unforgiving topography, and a countless number of competing access points congeal to absolutely decimate your data rate. That’s why Verizon, under the XLTE moniker, continues to deploy LTE (band 4) service on the AWS spectrum in a growing number of municipalities. (more…)
At last count, the 7th Humble Bundle for mobile offered six games for your diversionary pleasure. Three new additions make it nine: Soda Drinker Pro, Alpha Wave, and Swordigo. (more…)
Depending on where you live, Wi-Fi calling may be more a necessity than an added benefit. Verizon, however, feels differently. Speaking at a telecommunications conference sponsored by Bank of America, Verizon Wireless CFO Fran Shammo told attendees that while Verizon plans to launch Wi-Fi calling in the middle of next year, it isn’t and never was a “top priority” for the carrier.
For comparison’s sake, that’s roughly in line with AT&T, which also intends to begin offering Wi-Fi calling sometime next year. (more…)
A growing number of TV providers are publishing apps for watching live and recorded content outside the home, but arbitrary viewing restrictions and intractable UIs make many of them an exercise in futility. That’s why for that purpose a lot of people rely on products from Sling Media, which seamlessly beam the video and audio from your cable box to the internet. And, starting today, there’s another reason to consider them: the Slingplayer app for smartphones now supports Chromecast. (more…)