Snapdragon 820’s Adreno 530 GPU Detailed by Qualcomm, Coming in 2016

This morning, Qualcomm provided early details on the GPU and ISP that will be featured in their next flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 820. When the 820 arrives next year (1H 2016) it will sport a new Adreno 530 GPU and 14-bit Spectra image signal processing (ISP) unit that show solid improvements over previous generation products. Qualcomm also announced that another new GPU, the Adreno 510, will be featured in upcoming Snapdragon 620 and 618 processors, both of which should arrive in phones before 2015 ends.  (more…)

Download: Nexus OTA Stagefright Patches (Updated)

Update 8/13: We now have all available files below.

Last week, Google released factory images for most of its Nexus devices that were supposed to address Stagefright vulnerabilities. While those images are there for the flashing and will get you all patched up, we know that many of you like to wait for over-the-air (OTA) updates to hit your devices. If you are still waiting for those and are willing to sideload the updates instead, we are compiling them in a list below.

Before long, we should have .zip files for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi, Nexus 9 WiFi and LTE, and Nexus 10.

We will continue to update this post as we have more URLs.  (more…)

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Question of the Day: Thoughts on Hangouts 4.0?

Now that you have spent a solid 24 hours with the new Hangouts 4.0, we want to know if it is all that you ever dreamed of in a messaging application. Or, did it at least address any number of issues you had with it to help give it some consideration in your daily life?

I feel like we had been talking about this version of Hangouts 4.0 for weeks upon weeks leading up to yesterday, thanks to an early Android sneak peek followed by the official release of 4.0 to iOS. We have really known what to expect, but it’s all a reality now. The newly polished Material Design exterior, the simpler conversation view with FAB, improved group messaging for Google Voice users, outbound caller ID in the Hangouts Dialer, voice actions support for Android Wear, etc. are all here. (more…)

theScore FINALLY Gets Accounts and Multi-Device Syncing

As a massive sports fan, I can’t go more than an hour or so without grabbing my phone to check the latest top news stories. After ditching ESPN’s (whatever-they-are-calling-it-today) news app years ago, I settled on theScore, because it was quick with alerts, had a decent UI, was constantly updated, and again, wasn’t a part of ESPN’s hypebeastness/Tebow/Manziel/(insert other obnoxious, non-headline-worthy story) agenda. (more…)

Pushbullet Adds End-to-End Encryption for Notification Mirroring, Universal Copy/Paste, and SMS

Pushbullet announced this morning that its file-sharing/messenger/notification-mirroring application now supports end-to-end encryption. That means your data is encrypted “before it leaves your device, and isn’t decrypted until it is received” by another of your devices. In the past, Pushbullet used https to help create a secure connection, but this E-2-E solution makes your data about as private as it can be. Now, not even Pushbullet gets to see your unencrypted info.  (more…)

Hangouts 4.0 for Android Rolls Out Today! (Updated: APK)

Oh boy, Hangouts 4.0 is official and rolling out today on Android. Google decided that Monday morning would be a great time to announce the big news and we couldn’t agree more.

The update introduces Material Design to the app, makes it simpler with a FAB compose button,  allows you to attach pictures and stickers and fun things easier, and should be faster all around.   (more…)

Don’t Miss These Android Stories: August 8, 2015

We had a blast this week debating the importance or usefulness of NFC, sharing our experience with Project Fi, and taking a look at our exclusive Galaxy Note 5 pictures, which are the best you have seen to date. We also sat down for another DL Show, cringed at all of the security news relating to Stagefright, saw a bunch of leaks (Nexus, Xperia SZ5, etc.), and even laughed at a hilarious video involving Apple fanboys getting excited about Android.

It was a busy week, but things are only going to get busier in the coming weeks. Be sure to catch up everything that was through the handy list of the best stories below. If you couldn’t follow along during the week, this is the best way to recap.  (more…)