What, did you think only the Nexus 5 was getting the Android 4.4.1 love today? Not so fast. The 4.4.1 update file for the Nexus 4 is now available as well. We have the direct Google download link for you below to bring you to build KOT49E.
Download Link (51.9MB)
In order to sideload this, you’ll have to be running stock KRT16S. Sideload instructions can be found here. (more…)
With the Android 4.4.1 update now available for the Nexus 5, we took its updated camera for a spin, but also compared it to the 4.4 camera on a non-updated Nexus 5. It’s pretty obvious through a few simple tests that the 4.4.1 camera is indeed improved. Google told us that we should expect to see “faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors,” and “less shutter lag.” I’d say all of that is true.
We’ll try to put together some camera comparison shots here in a few, but for now, take a look at this quick video to see the differences. (more…)
Well, here you go, the Android 4.4.1 (build KOT49E) update is now available for the Nexus 5. We are flashing now, and will update this post in a minute.
Download Link (56.6MB)
In order to sideload this, you’ll have to be running stock KRT16M. Sideload instructions can be found here.
Update: We put together a comparison video of the Nexus 5 with the 4.4.1 camera vs. the 4.4 camera.
For a piece of technology that most mobile devices use nearly every day, Bluetooth has not seen a major upgrade since 2010. That will be changing in the near future with the announcement of Bluetooth 4.1 today. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group took to their site to tell us that soon devices will soon be a lot smarter about energy use and information sharing. (more…)
Even though we probably have a Moto X or three lying around the house and could probably outfit a small army with them, there were two models we still had yet to get our hands on as of the beginning of this week – the Developer Editions. So the minute we heard that Motorola would be slashing $150 off of their prices on Cyber Monday, we knew that our credit cards would be salivating. Yes, we bought both the GSM and Verizon Developer Editions of the Moto X. But you know what? We really like to give sh*t away here at Droid Life. Rather than keep these hacker-friendly devices all to ourselves, we want you to put them to use. Tinker. Unlock. Root. Flash. Everything.
Today, we’ll run our first of two contests that will give you the opportunity to win one of these Moto X Developer Editions. Since we know how much you love Verizon, we are putting the CDMA variant up for grabs first in today’s contest. Either tomorrow or Monday, the GSM model will be up for grabs.
Who is ready? (more…)
This morning, Google Music received an update to build 5.3.1316 which brings with it the option to store cached music to your external SD card and share music with the world. Other than that, they made a slight UI tweak to the slideout menu (you’ll see bold letters instead of grey backgrounds). Not a big update, but good stuff none-the-less.
To access the store-to-SD option, you’ll have to have a phone with a microSD slot (obviously). Once you confirm that you do (please tell me you can confirm this by yourself), head into Music Settings and you should see the option at the bottom of the “Downloading” section. If you’d like to share songs, tap the action overflow menu while viewing or listening albums/tracks and you’ll see the option to “Share.”
We have a download link for you below for sideloading, since this is more than likely a staged rollout. (more…)
Pingdom, a service that almost any website owner should be quite familiar with, released an Android app this morning to support their website uptime monitoring service. If using with your site(s) or server(s), Pingdom will show you reports on which is up or down, allow you to resolves outages with root cause analysis, view statistics on each site, and most importantly, will notify you with alerts. (more…)
In mid-October, popular to-do and task app Any.Do, opened up a beta for its calendar app that had been making moves over on iOS. The app is called Cal, of course, and is a service that takes all sorts of design ideas and beautify from Any.Do, only puts it into calendar form to replace whatever other service you are using to manage your daily schedule. As of this morning, Cal is now out of beta and on Google Play. (more…)