Google to release Chromoting remote desktop apps – release

As per a Chromium code review, Google Chrome team is working on an Android app which will bring the functionality of  Chrome Remote Desktop app to Android. This was first spotted by Francois Beaufort, the app is still in its very early stages. Which means we have to wait for some time before it reaches Google Play.


According to the review, the app currently performs the following actions:

  • Authenticate using Google on the phone
  • Query and display the host list from the Chromoting director server
  • Connect and communicate with the host service over XMPP/ICE
  • Establish peer to peer channels for communicating with the host service
  • Notable missing features are: Display the host’s desktop . Handle any kind of input.

While Google Play is still full of apps that offer similar functionality, it is always good to see an offer from Google.

ZTE to launch 4G phones with Airtel & Reliance Jio –

ZTE India has reportedly told DNA that it expects to launch 4G smartphones with Airtel this year. These smartphones, which will most probably be powered by Android, will reach Indian shores as early as September.

They are already in talks with Bharti Airtel and expect to launch ZTE- branded 4G handsets in India. Latest by September. This is according to Xe Dejun, the CEO of ZTE India. Dejun did not reveal details about the phones but we might see devices like ZTE Grand Era that supports TD-LTE network  coming to Airtel.

Just an add on, Airtel currently sells only one 4G smartphone and that is the Ascend P1 LTE. This was announced last year.  Then, no more releases from the company afterwards.  In some related news, ZTE also revealed that it will be providing 4G LTE phones to Reliance Jio when the service goes live in the country.

Android this week: Android 4.3 leaked; new Nexus 7 hinted – GigaOM

In the week before a Google press event, Android 4.3 and the new Nexus 7 data started leaking out on a daily basis.

Now that more Androids run on the Jelly Bean version than any other, it appears Google is ready to improve the software. Over the past few weeks builds of Android 4.3 have appeared for Google Experience and Nexus devices, indicating that an update is on the horizon. The leaks also coincide nicely with a planned Google press event on July 24.

What do we expect in the Android 4.3? Well, most of the changes will not be seen directly as it doesn’t show heaps of changes to the interface. Instead the improvements will be on how Android works. The new software will now support Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy devices such as wireless health monitors or smart watches.

Why are there no major changes? With Android 4.0 and up, Google seems to be happy with the user interface itself. A big step up from the Android 2.3 version for sure. Handset makers and carriers have not pushed Jelly Bean to some devices as well. By slowing the pace of change , Google is allowing more phones and tablets to get caught up with a common interface.

Motorola X specs confirmed: device will feature 4.5-inch screen

Just like the other leaks that we have read about, Motorola X specs were found online way before it was confirmed by the manufacturer.

Boy, we sure can’t wait for that rapidly approaching August 1st holiday, but in the meantime, the minor wait for the Motorola X’s unveiling won’t stop us from getting important deets on the intriguing new smartphone. According to sources with The Verge, the CDMA version of the smartphone features a 4.5-inch screen, a dual-core Snapdragon processor, Android 4.2.2 (for now), the super-cool “always-on” listening mode and a wrist-flicking gesture which opens the camera app for good measure. While the confirmed specs are based off the CDMA version, it’s probably a safe bet the GSM version will likely have the same specs as well. I mean sure, we still don’t know other important details such as what specific battery will be used, but hey— at least the phone will probably be easy on our wallets and pocketbooks, right?

Another Android 4.3 leak surfaces for the Samsung Galaxy S 4

The Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone may not be a Nexus in name, but it certainly is a Nexus in spirit and as such, will probably get early builds of important software updates before other devices. After seeing an earlier Android 4.3 build leak out last month, another build of the imminent update pops up, which naturally has been obtained by the boys at XDA. The build— identified as JWR66V— was concocted on July 11th and turned into a sweet ROM that can be flashed onto the device. It’s unsure of what exactly this build brings, but users are reporting there’s at least an improved battery charge, which also includes an improved wireless battery charging feature. Of course there may be a bug or two (or three), but we’re sure that won’t stop a few of you from trying out some of that sweet, sweet Android 4.3 glory before the rest of us.

How to side load and install Android applications [ANDROID 101]

Having troubles side loading and installing Android applications? Worry no more. Just follow these steps that will help you do this tricky Android thing. Just FYI- ‘Sideloading” is just another term for installing an Android application onto your phone from somewhere other than Google Playstore. Not suggested for beginners as this may come with viruses from unknown sources.
To make it easier, I also included photos for the instructions.

• Step 1
Simply jump into your phone’s Settings application, scroll down and select the “Security” option. Scroll down again and press “Unknown sources.” As the description states, this will allow the installation of apps from unknown sources — i.e., somewhere other than the Google Play Store.

• Step 2
When you have found the app to download/side load and it offers a link. Simply click on it. There your viewing in our app, or in your Android web browser, click the link and the app will begin downloading.

• Step 3
In most cases, the app will be placed in a “downloads” folder, stored inside your phone. You can easily access all downloads by jumping into the Downloads application located in your app drawer (where all your other apps are). From there, simply click the application that was downloaded (apps always has and end with “.apk” in their file name.

Depending on your Android device, you may see a pop up asking if you want to verify with Google. Always choose the first option and proceed with the installation instructions. Always make it a habit to jump back to your settings and turn on/off the unknown sources option. Now that you have the easy steps, enjoy downloading! 

Deal: Get 6 months of Google Play Music All Access with Sonos purchase

If you’re looking to grab yourself a Sonos sound system soon you’ll want to be made abreast of this deal going on. You can grab six months of Google Play Music All Access for free with purchase of any Sonos product, which is a pretty good offer that stands to save you about $60 (based on regular pricing of $9.99 per month).
Google Play Music All Access will not only give you room to store up to 20,000 of your own tracks, but you can also get instant streaming access to millions upon millions of songs that you don’t already own. It’s an incredible value even without getting it for free, so there’s no reason not to cash in on this offer if you were thinking of buying a Sonos system in the near future.
The deal lasts through July 5th so you have a bit of time to decide if you want to take advantage. Head over to the Sonos website

Sprint HTC One M7 gets Sense 6 update today

The Sprint HTC One M7 is receiving a great upgrade today. It’s the Sense 6 update that everyone has been waiting for. Sense 6 brings Android 4.4.2 KitKat and some nice enhancements to the overall user experience. Namely, you’ll be treated to new design tweaks, an improved BlinkFeed experience, an improved gallery and an improved HTC TV app.

There’s no word on how big this upgrade is just yet, but it’s safe to hop onto a WiFi network and charge your battery to a reasonable level. You’ll be looking for version 5.03.651.3. You can head to the settings menu and check for it yourself, though note that this might be a staggered update and there’s a chance you won’t be able to pull it down right away

Apple buy Beats for $3 billion

After murmurings earlier this month that Apple was looking to drop a few billions on acquiring Beats, Tim Cook n’ friends are finally making things official. Figures are a little smaller than first rumored with Apple reaching into their pocketbook and pulling out $3 billion ($2.6 billion at first, then $400 million over time) for the honor of having full access to the Beats empire

First Android ‘Silver’ phones tipped to replace Nexus line in early 2015

Current LG Nexus 5 could be the last Nexus-branded handset

Update: A subsequent post suggests LG could be making one of the first Silver devices, running a Qualcomm MSM8994 chip.

Original story: Prolific phone leaker @evleaks has teased that Google is likely to launch the first so-called Android Silver handsets in February 2015. What’s more, the company’s Nexus program could be coming to an end earlier than expected, as an additional tweet claims that there’ll be “no Nexus 6.” The usually accurate leaker is the latest source to talk about the demise of the Nexus family, tying it into the launch of the rumored “Silver” line of premium smartphones early next year.

A few weeks back, The Information reported that Google was set to unveil Android Silver as a new standard for premium Android hardware, similar to the current Google Play edition lineup, but backed by a substantial in-store presence with carrier partnerships. Silver devices would be built to Google’s specification, with speedy updates and a limit on bloatware. It’s been suggested Android Silver would enable Google to have more control over high-end hardware, which is dominated by Samsung, while bringing a Nexus-like software experience to a wider audience.

There are still many questions posed by the potential evolution from Nexus to Silver — not least how it’ll affect tablets, what’ll replace Nexus as a reference device for developers, and how it’ll impact Google’s OEM partnerships. But if today’s reports are accurate, the line that started with an HTC-built Nexus One in 2010 might well end with the Taiwanese company’s second Nexus device, the rumored HTC Nexus tablet, later this summer.