Android 4.3 Shows Up on Lucky Nexus 4, ROM Pulled and Available for Download

Nexus 4 Android 4.3

Last night during the DL Show, a reader tipped us to a G+ user who was claiming to have picked up a Nexus 4 from a Googler. Normally, this wouldn’t grab our attention except that he claimed the device was running Android 4.3 and proceeded to post the screenshot you are seeing above. Towards the end of the show, we continued to follow along and then jumped in an IRC channel with the G+ user as the development community worked for hours to try and coach him through a full backup of his system. At around 11:00PM west coast time, they were able to successfully perform a full backup.  (more…)

Download: New Stock Camera App From Google Play Edition Phones

New Android Camera

After posting the new boot animation and SunBeam live wallpaper from the new Google Play Edition phones, we made mention of the camera app with its new UI being the next on our list to get a hold of. At that time, it wasn’t available, however, we knew it wouldn’t take long with this good of a community. Late last night, the camera .apk from the GPe phones was made available, and appears to work on any phone without root. I installed it on my HTC One without issue (pictured above). In fact, I was able to snap a Photo Sphere, Panorama, video, and regular photo like you would hope.  (more…)

Google Play Edition Boot Animation and SunBeam Live Wallpaper Available for Download

SONY DSC

The new Google boot animation and SunBeam live wallpaper that are currently exclusive to the Google Play Editions of the HTC One and Galaxy S4 have already been pulled and released for our tinkering pleasure. Thanks to the release of the GPL files (similar to factory images) for each phone by JBQ, members of XDA were able to get inside and pull out these two goodies. We’re still awaiting the arrival of the new Camera app, but we’ll take these two for now.  (more…)

Download: Samsung Apps Store With Access to Photo Editor, Wallet, and Others for the Verizon Galaxy S3

samsung apps

When Verizon updated the Samsung Galaxy S3 yesterday to include Multi Window and other new features, they left out the Samsung Apps store that most Samsung devices ship with these days. In the Samsung Apps store, you’ll find things like Samsung’s Photo Editor, Video Editor, Game Hub, Samsung Wallet, etc. Many of these apps aren’t in the Google Play store (or they may not work if they are), so Samsung Apps is your way of experiencing many of Samsung’s own apps. Thanks to a direct link to a download of Samsung Apps from a reader, you can experience all that Samsung has to offer with a couple of clicks and a download.  (more…)

Video: HTC Sense 5.1 and Android 4.2.2 Leak for the Butterfly

notification toggle shtc

An Android 4.2.2 build that features Sense 5.1 has leaked for the HTC Butterfly. The entire dump is actually available for download if you’d like to start playing around with it. I know I’m curious to see if devs can do anything with it for the HTC One and DROID DNA (brother phone of the Butterfly), though there are no guarantees that that will happen.  (more…)