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Today Google made a big surprise announcement that the next version of Android will be called KitKat after there favourite sweet treat.

Android KitKat

Quote from Google

“It’s our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody”

Previous versions have been called Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. Its been known for a long time that the next version of Android was going to be called Key Lime Pie but it’s no more.

Twitter is launched its Vine video application for Android devices. The software landed on Google Play today (3rd June ) in a move that sees it go multi-platform roughly four months after its iOS debut.

Vine on Android

The Android version of Vine launches with many of the same features as its iOS counterpart, but front-facing camera support, hashtags, search, mentions and Facebook integration will be added in the coming weeks.

Twitter has pledged to regularly update the Android edition of the software to bring it in line with the build available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Exclusive features of the Android app include the ability to zoom on devices that support it and improved offline browsing.

Vine is now available for tablets and smartphones running Android 4.0 and above today.

The DVBLink app for Android has been updated to version 1.1.5.

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Watch Live TV, browse EPG, view program details, manage timer recordings from your Android mobile phone or tablet.

This app requires DVBLink Connect! Server installation on the server computer.

What’s in this version:

– Fixed compatibility with the older (4.0.x and 4.1.x) versions of DVBLink Connect! Server
– Fixed incorrect time calculations for the time zones with large offset from GMT
– Disabled displaying of recording timers from the past

Download DVBLink from Google Play.

The DVBLink app for Android has been updated to version 1.1.4.

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Watch Live TV, browse EPG, view program details, manage timer recordings from your Android mobile phone or tablet.

This app requires DVBLink Connect! Server installation on the server computer.

What’s in this version:

– Application UI restyling
– Added support for stream playback using external video players

Download DVBLink from Google Play.

Plex for Android, version 2.2.1.6 has been released bringing with it improvements and various fixes.

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Here is what is included in this update:

Fixes related to Plex for Android

The first bunch are related to connections to Plex Media Servers. The first two issues in particular were causing some seriously frustrating problems where some people could only get to their media servers when AWAY from home:
FIX an issue where unauthorized remote connections were incorrectly categorized as reachable.
FIX an issue where local connections aren’t chosen over remote connections when detected and reachable.
FIX an issue where sometimes servers would be listed with name of section rather than server.

And some fixes for the newly introduced remote control feature:
FIX remote controlled Androids now properly resume video in progress.
FIX when video started from remote control ends – return back to original view.
FIX when navigating to remote control Loading dialog never dissappears.

And more…
FIX where network logging failed to work on some devices / in some cases.
FIX about a dozen assorted field reported crash conditions.

Extras for Google TV

Google TV users pick up all the fixes above and:
FIX myPlex Queue and Shares now load properly again.
FIX always refresh the last selected flyout when returning to Home – so that you can finally see updates to onDeck and channels and so forth without having to reload the page.

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Today saw the launch announcement for the new XS range of Android tablets from Archos. We had some hands-on with the 101 XS tablet and accessories.

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The 101 XS Tablet

The 101 XS tablet has a 10.1 inch screen which is very clear, with a resolution of 1280 x 800. It also has a microSD slot that currently supports up to 64GB of expansion but Archos tell us it will also support up to 128GB too. It also has HDMI out for connecting to a television or monitor, and the quality is excellent (the presentation we were given was using this feature). There are also all the usual ports you would expect.

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The Coverboard

The Coverboard is light-weight and easy to use and is only 5mm thick. The keyboard is very nice and easy to use and it feels very natural. It is a proper Android keyboard with Android shortcut keys rather than just a keyboard Archos has added. It is magnetic and feels very sturdy and secure.

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Plex for Android, version 2.2.1.2 has been released bringing with it improvements and various fixes.

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Here is what is included in this update:

NEW a number of optimizations and performance improvements around especially around page and image load times.
FIX an issue where loading dialog was not being dismissed properly.
FIX connection and reconnection logic to cope with failure to connect issues, network outages and transient network issues.
FIX to allow the audio player to seek backwards.
FIX eliminate progress indicators and option to resume audio.
FIX duration was sometimes not being calculated correctly.
FIX quit followed by a quick start no longer closes immediately on those nimble enough to have noticed this.
FIX don’t reload/rerender the home screen every time. Feel free to push the nifty refresh button in the upper left corner of the app to your heart’s content!
FIX a number of field reported crash conditions. Thanks for keeping those reports coming!

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Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to test a few different smartphones, and so it’s time to the review the HTC One S Android Ice Cream Sandwich powered smartphone.

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HTC One S boasts a head-turning design on our thinnest phone yet. With beauty both inside and out, our new display delivers a rich viewing experience like you’ve never seen before. You’ll love the camera that captures every moment (even in low light) with crisp, vivid, beautiful photos.

Specifications

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What’s in the Box?

We didn’t have the full retail box, so what we got was the HTC One S, a set of earphones and a charger.

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A Closer Look

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The phone has three buttons on the front – I just spent a few weeks using a Samsung Galaxy S3 so it took me a little time to get used to the buttons being the other way around on this phone.

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If you have the Samsung Galaxy Note, you can get an update taking it to Android 4.0.4.

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A number of people have reported the update was available to them this week.

So I tapped the Check for Update and got the usual message:

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I thought I would check via KIES as well, I was rewarded with this message:

Galaxy Note firmware - 1

After the update, the Kernal build date shows Mon July 16 and the version of Android at 4.0.4.

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Have you updated yet? Tell us if you have noticed any improvements by leaving a comment below.

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Earlier in the week we took a visit to the Olympic Park, and while we were there we saw the ZTE Grand Xperience showcasing ZTE’s new Android smartphone, the ZTE Grand X.

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Back at the launch a few weeks ago, CDW was told that ZTE would be showing off the Grand X at the Westfield Strartford Olympic area as part of their ZTE Grand Xperience, giving people the chance to see and try one for themselves, and win some prizes at the same time.

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Specifications

  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core (AP20 Dual Core 1GHz)
  • Display Size: 4.3” – 16M QHD (960 x 540)
  • Modem: NVIDIA i450 (HSDPA Cat14, 21Mbps)
  • Weight: 110g
  • Dimensions: 127mmx64.6mmx9.9mm
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, DLNA
  • Camera: Dual Camera 5MP AF Flash/0.3 MP
  • User Memory: 4GB + up to 32GB Micro SD
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Storage: 4GB, expandable to 32GB (Micro SD)
  • OS: Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • Battery: 1650 mAh Li-Ion
  • Others: Dolby Mobile Sound / HD Voice / HD video capture and playback / Facetones / Evernote / Documents to go / Tegra Zone (Gaming Marketplace)

Virgin Media will offer the ZTE Grand X on prepay for £189.99, or on contract from £24 a month all the way up to £37 depending on your chosen package. Phones 4u are offering it on contract from £20.50.

The ZTE Grand X will be available sometime during August, although Phones 4u seem to have it in stock already.

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Have you seen or tried the XTE Grand X? have you visited the ZTE Grand Xperience? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Plex for Android, version 2.2.0.5 has been released bringing with it improvements and various fixes.

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Here is what is included in this update:

NEW Android devices can now be remote controlled.
NEW Network logging for troubleshooting
NEW Media Info displayed at top of screen when playback controls are visible.
NEW Experimental Transcode method (Quicksilver)
FIX an issue where sometimes Plex would get stuck on ‘Loading’
FIX playback issues on some ICS devices (e.g. HTC One)
FIX an issue where hints in setup screens were not appearing on some devices
FIX weird seekbar skipping behavior

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