A recent Google+ update brings features that seem to draw influence from the HTC One and the HTC Zoe toolbox. With new photo features to enhance smartphone photos and a few other tools like an awesome video maker complete with transitions to the beat and filters, Google+ has given HTC …


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Android Central

Source code is coming and computers will soon be crunching

Google's Ed Heyl has announced on the Android Building Google group that the source code for Android 4.4 in now available from Google. We'll have two branches — one for the open-source contribution and one for the Nexus 5 itself, per Heyl.

  • kitkat-dev for kitkat open source contributions
  • kitkat-release the kitkat release build (KRT16M) for the Nexus 5–which will be tagged with android-4.4_r1. 

The code is available for download, as well as the factory images and proprietary binaries for the Nexus 5. You can find the images here, and grab the binaries if you're going to do a bit of code crunching yourself right here

Prepare for the ROMs.

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Nexus 7 Sleeve

Google expanding its accessory options, but they can't be ordered just yet

While the Nexus 5 and its associated accessories hit the Play Store today, Google quietly also updated the case offerings for the Nexus 7 and HP Chromebook 11. The Nexus 7 Sleeve, which was released back in August and works with either generation of the tablet, has picked up a neon yellow and subtle grey color. The sleeve will still set you back a hefty $29.99, but you're getting a well-made case for the money. We're still seeing "coming soon" for both new colors, unfortunately.

On the larger side of things, the newly-announced HP Chromebook 11 Sleeve is getting a new color — a red inside with white outside combination. It's the same $49.99 price as the other colors, and again is still "coming soon."

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If you have not heard, Google released its Android 4.4 KitKat update today. Since the HTC One has just received its Android 4.3 update, you might think that it’ll be months before HTC is able to  push out the update to its flagship device. While some devices will have to …


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Ingress now available to the public

Ingress is finally available to the public. Since its release it has required invites from friends; that restriction has now been lifted. It is good timing as Niantic recently announced a worldwide tour for devoted Ingress fans and players. 

If you have been waiting patiently for an invite or just haven't checked it out yet, now is your chance. You will have to choose whether to join the Resistance or the Enlightened. Once you choose, get ready for an amazingly intense, fun and time consuming experience. Ingress has been quite the hit and removing the invite restriction will surely draw many more players in. Click the link if you want to check out Ingress.

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Sprint Galaxy Nexus

Well, it's better late than never

It's been a good nine months since the Sprint Galaxy Nexus received its last OTA to Android 4.2.1, and now the jump to 4.3 is beginning its rollout. In a bit of awkward timing with the expected launch of Android 4.4 for other Nexus devices, Sprint has just posted on its community site that the update is rolling out now.

As is usually the case you'll have to wait somewhere in the range of two weeks to get the software update as the rollouts happen both gradually and at random. The latest software version is now "GJ04" if you want to make sure you're on the latest build — keep an eye on your phone for that update.

Source: SprintThanks, d14racer24!

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Sprint isn’t quite ready to announce when the HTC One max will be available on its network, but it has revealed that the phone will carry a $249.99 price tag and will also be one of the first phones in Sprint’s lineup to feature Sprint Spark, allowing the phone to …


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Kit Kat

More last minute leaks point towards Kit Kat features

Another to add the the list of rumors about what's next for Google has magically surfaced tonight. According to ex-WSJ reporter Amir Efrati, Kit Kat will focus on unifying Android and making he OS run better on low-end hardware.

Specifically, he says it was designed for devices with 512MB of RAM, like the millions of devices in the wild running older versions of the OS. Google using a phone with a Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM — if rumored specifications are to be believed — as a lead device for software designed for devices with old hardware is a bit puzzling though. This would be best done using the Nexus S, which Google surely has access to.

Additionally, Google has provided support for sensors such as a step detector and step counter, and and added what they are calling a geomagnetic rotation vector. This would enable Android to run as a fitness tracker as well as have more accurate and detailed location reporting. Bluetooth HID over GATT and Bluetooth MAP are additional services that would seem to suggest better wearable support.

Finally, It's said that there will be native support for IR controllers, such as the types used for televisions. We've seen these on devices before, though without support at the OS level.

Really, there's nothing here that hasn't been rumored for months. We'll know how much of it all is true, and what is just rampant speculation soon.

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spooky

Google is getting in the Halloween spirit, and they've got a page full of games with special Halloween promotions to celebrate. Titled "Spooky Savings", here's a list of what's available:

It may not be the candy bar you want right now, but these games should help pass the time. Give 'em a try!

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Galaxy Tab 3

7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 free with Galaxy S4, S4 Active, Note 3 or Note 2 on contract

AT&T's hoping to pick up a few extra subscribers in the run up to the holidays by offering a free Samsung tablet to buyers of four of the company's leading Galaxy smartphones. From today customers picking up the Galaxy S4, S4 Active, Note 3 or Note 2 on a two-year plan (or through the AT&T Next installment program) can claim a complementary 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 tablet. The deal is available from participating stores today and will be extended to AT&T's online presence in the near future, the carrier says.

The Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch isn't Samsung's highest-end tablet and we weren't exactly blown away by the Tab 3 series when reviewed the them earlier this year, but you can't really argue with free. The promotion runs until Jan. 9, 2014.

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