In case you didn’t know, an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean ROM leaked this week and the most intriguing part of it was that it wasn’t for a Nexus device. The ROM was for the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, and was subsequently ported over to the standard GT-I9505 Galaxy S4 (after all they do share the exact same hardware). While some of us questioned the legitimacy of this leak due to the lack of user-facing changes, a few games of “Spot the difference” brought us to the conclusion that this was indeed an Android 4.3 build, at the very least an early one. First thing’s first, this is still Jelly Bean so for those of you hoping to get your Key Lime Pie on, you’ll have to wait. Secondly, there are very little user-facing changes in this build, however, since we don’t know how close this is to a final build, we could very well see some changes in the official Android 4.3 build when it comes out. The Camera Technically this camera came with the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One, but since it hasn’t flown over to the Nexus devices yet (unless you’ve downloaded the APK of course), we’ll include it here. Sadly, there aren’t many changes in the UI, with the big change being the settings bar, which has gone from a full circle design to a semi circle. Unfortunately the camera app still lacks some of the functionality found in overlays like Sense and TouchWiz. However, you can now use the volume button as a shutter, meaning Nexus devices now (sort of) have a hardware camera button. Always on Wi-Fi Buried in the Advanced Wi-Fi settings list is a peculiar setting which states “Scanning always available”. What this basically means is that your Wi-Fi […]

The FCC can be cruel sometimes, showing us devices we’re unlikely to see in the US without significant changes; this is one of those moments, unfortunately. A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has once again surfaced at the FCC, this time as the SM-T315 with built-in cellular access. However, it’s not optimized for American use — while there’s AT&T-friendly HSPA data, the LTE inside is only meant for a handful of other countries, like South Korea. As such, this model won’t be coming stateside unless there’s a frequency change. We’re not totally surprised at the lack of US-ready LTE when AT&T already offers the Galaxy Note 8.0, but it would be nice to have a little more variety in our 8-inch LTE slates. Filed under: Tablets, Samsung Source: FCC

Rumors of Apple switching its chip manufacturing from Samsung to TSMC have persisted for a long, long time. However, they may be more substantial this time around: the Wall Street Journal claims that Apple quietly signed a deal with TSMC earlier this month. The agreement reportedly has TSMC taking over some of Apple’s chip production in 2014. Technical setbacks kept the agreement from happening any sooner, according to the sources. Neither company is commenting on the accuracy of the story, although few would doubt Apple’s incentives to reduce its dependency on Samsung-made silicon — it’s not keen on funding a primary competitor. Filed under: Cellphones, Tablets, Mobile, Apple, Samsung Source: Wall Street Journal

Huawei must know that not everyone is keen to make phone calls on a tablet — that would explain why an unannounced WiFi-only slate, the MediaPad 7 Youth, has appeared at the FCC. The filing doesn’t reveal much by itself, although it shows that the Youth isn’t just a rehash of the MediaPad 7 Lite or other recent models. Besides the different antenna window layout, there’s no camera on the back; this is clearly a budget machine. We’re not expecting miracles from the Youth’s hardware, then, but those curious about Huawei’s next low-cost tablet can get an early look at the source link. Filed under: Tablets Source: FCC

Android phones and tablets are just like computers. They’re not as powerful, but they’re extremely portable. As portable computers, they can be used to send emails, browse the Web, watch YouTube videos, and all sorts of stuff that you can also do on your desktop or laptop. Yes — including printing. With the advent of cloud-based printing technologies and services, as well as cloud-ready printers and apps, printing is no longer an impossibility on your Android phone or tablet. In this post, learn how to print from your Android phone or tablet. For a video tutorial, you can skip to the end of this article. Connecting your classic printer to Google Cloud Print Some printers let you print from your Android phone or tablet over a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB connection. However, if your printer doesn’t have such capabilities, you can register your printer to Google Cloud Print, a technology and service that lets you connect your printer to the Web, making your printers accessible wherever you are. You can even make your printers accessible to your friends or print documents from your mobile devices. Google Cloud Print works with most printers. But, for the best experience, a Cloud Ready printer is recommended. These types of printers can directly connect to the Internet and don’t need a computer for it to work. Google keeps a growing list of Cloud Ready printers compatible with and supported in Google Cloud Print. If your printer doesn’t have cloud capabilities, you can still connect your classic printer to Google Cloud Print via your computer. For this to work, you will need a Google account and the Google Chrome browser installed on your computer. (If using Windows XP, make sure Windows XP Service Pack 3 is installed on your PC.) The steps below describe how […]

If you were hoping your BlackBerry PlayBook would get a taste of BlackBerry 10, think twice. Despite earlier plans, Thorsten Heins just revealed that the newer OS isn’t coming to his company’s tablet due to “performance and user experience” concerns. The executive didn’t discuss the long-term future of the PlayBook, but it’s clear that the current model is at the end of the road. When the company’s earnings are back in the red, devoting attention to a long-struggling device isn’t likely to be high on the priority list. Filed under: Tablets, Mobile, Blackberry

A new report from The Wall Street Journal claims Google is working on its own gaming console that will run Android as well as a smart watch that will also use the operating system. Read more…

The CyanogenMod team explained that while Exynos 4-based devices won’t get the general release CyanogenMod 10.1 version for the time being, they will still have access to nightly builds. The “affected” devices include the Galaxy S2 (AT&T and international versions), Galaxy S3 (international version), Galaxy Note (international version), Galaxy Note 2 (AT&T, T-Mobile, international GSM and LTE versions) and Galaxy Note 10.1 (Wi-Fi and international versions). Nightly builds will continue to roll out, so users will continue to receive “the latest bug fixes, security fixes and features,” but bug reports will apparently not be accepted. The team is not yet ready to offer a general release CyanogenMod 10.1 version to Exynos 4 devices, because there are plenty of issues still left to resolve, according to its recent Google+ post: That said, to those keeping an eye out for a CM 10.1 general release for Exynos 4 devices, there won’t be one. Supporting this family of devices beyond CM 9.1 (ICS) has proven difficult to accomplish, with various issues surfacing from the binaries and sources we have to work with. However, we are not going to be giving up on this platform, especially given that the i9100 and i9300 are in the top 3 of our user base (according; we know many of you are counting on us for support. Our maintainers thus far have done an admirable job getting these devices to work well in their current nightly form. There are still plenty of issues left to be resolved, and they aren’t the type of issues that will be solved in days or weeks. It is because of those issues that a general release has been withheld. The team mentioned that Exynos 3 and Exynos 5 devices will continue to be supported, and that it it’s also working to […]

Futuremark has announced that it will offer versions of its recently released Windows 7/8 PCMark 8 benchmarking software for Windows RT, iOS and Android platforms. Read more…

Ouya, the $99 Android game console that started as a Kickstarter project, went on sale at several retail locations in the US and UK today but some sources like Target and Amazon have already sold out. Read more…

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