Android 4.4 KitKat http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android-44-kitkat/news en-MY Samsung Galaxy K Zoom http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A high-end Android phone with a 10x optical zoom camera, the Galaxy K Zoom hopes to send your compact to the scrapheap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Is it a phone? Or is it a camera? Phamera, anyone?" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SamsungGalaxyKZoom-Main.JPG?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you regularly leave home laden with a phone and a camera, the Galaxy K Zoom demands your attention.</p> <p>This mash-up of a smartphone and snapper combines the high-end specs and build quality of the Samsung Galaxy series with a retractable 10x optical zoom lens. In return though, it demands a lot more space in your pocket.</p> <p>So is it the perfect phone for the photo-crazy, or just another example of convergence gone mad?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuffs-guide-photography/feature">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big zoom </div> <div class="field-item even"> Excellent camera for a phone </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good build and general specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Very bulky </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not ideal ergonomics for a camera </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE BIG PICTURE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your first impressions of the K Zoom will be dominated by its size. We&#39;re used to large screens, and the dimensions of the 4.8in display are no problem at all. It&#39;s the thickness of the phone that&#39;s striking.</p> <p>With the lens fully retracted it&#39;s 20.2mm from front to back, which is about two and half times thicker than a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>. While we were out and about taking some test photos a passer-by commented &quot;Wow! Is that a phone?&quot;</p> <p>It&#39;s also heavy: 200g, compared to the 145g mass of an S5. The increase in size and weight is all down to the camera lens of course, and once you&#39;ve seen how far it extends at full zoom, you&#39;ll end up impressed by how well it manages to squash back down into the main body.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That lens pops out a long way..." alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SamsungGalaxyKZoom-3.JPG?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="...but once the camera is off, the lens retracts into the body neatly" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SamsungGalaxyKZoom-5.JPG?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> QUALITY CONTROL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The good news is that the camera is impressive - for a phone. You could pick up a very capable, very small compact camera with a 10x optical zoom for under RM600, so we tested the Galaxy K Zoom&#39;s snapper directly against the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nikon-coolpix-s6700/review" id="Nikon S6700 review" name="Nikon S6700 review" title="Nikon S6700 review">Nikon Coolpix S6700</a>. It turned out to be a very close contest. The Nikon sometimes found more detail where the Samsung was inclined to fill pixels with noise and smudges, but the Samsung was generally faster to focus and shoot. Then again, the Nikon was quicker to start up.</p> <p>The dedicated controls of the Nikon make it a lot easier to use. Because of the touchscreen and Android softkeys on the Samsung, it&#39;s easy to accidentally turn it on, off, exit the camera app or launch some other app when all you want to do is shoot. At the risk of running out of hypothetical extremities, on the other hand, the Samsung&#39;s connected nature makes it incredibly easy to edit and share photos directly from the phone. So purely as a camera, the Nikon wins, but of course the Samsung is a lot more than just a camera.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-camera-2/review">Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The zoom makes it easy to compose shots with a shallow depth of field, and take pictures of bees" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom sample picture" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bee-FlowersScaled.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Autofocus is swift, and indoors it maintains a reasonably fast shutter speed: this shot was taken at 1/30th second at 100 ISO" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom sample picture" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ChipShopScaled.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How many times is 10x? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That zoom is very useful, especially if you&#39;re taking pictures outdoors or at large events, or if you want more control over depth-of-field effects. The difference between what you can frame at the wideangle setting and at 10x zoom is major. Check out this side-by-side example to get an idea of how much closer it gets you.</p> <p>Controlling the zoom is done either by an onscreen pinch or slider, which feels quite precarious when you&#39;re trying to frame a shot, or with the hardware volume controls on the side of the phone. This allows you to keep a firm grip, although the midpoint of the rocker switch isn&#39;t well defined, so it can be a little unresponsive. There&#39;s also a dedicated shutter button below your right index finger which can be used as an alternative to the onscreen icon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">Sony Cyber-shot HX60V review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The shot on the left was taken at the wideangle setting, the one on the right at 10x optical zoom" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom 10x example" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ZoomSideBySide.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Here&#039;s an Airbus A380 on its way into Heathrow, captured at 10x optical zoom on the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom" alt="Galaxy K Zoom sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Flightpath2Scaled.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <ul> <li><strong>OS:</strong>&nbsp;Android 4.4 KitKat</li> <li><strong>CPU:</strong>&nbsp;Exynos 5 Hexa 8-core, 1.7GHz, 1.3GHz</li> <li><strong>Display:</strong>&nbsp;4.8in, 720x1280 IPS touchscreen</li> <li><strong>Memory:</strong>&nbsp;2GB + MicroSD up to 64GB</li> <li><strong>Camera:</strong>&nbsp;20.7MP rear, 2MP front, Xenon flash</li> <li><strong>Video:</strong>&nbsp;1080p @ 60fps</li> <li><strong>Connectivity:</strong>&nbsp;3.5mm headphone socket, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4 + 5GHz</li> <li><strong>Size, weight:</strong>&nbsp;138x71x20mm, 200g</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> APPY TALK </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The K Zoom&#39;s default camera app includes a range of filters and modes but the interface is confusing, requiring far too much guesswork regarding which bits of the display overlays are buttons and which are readouts. The result is a lot of tapping and bleeping, which is likely to see you returning to Auto mode most of the time.</p> <p>You can get straight into the camera app from the lockscreen, and if you&#39;d prefer to use an alternative app, that can easily be set up as a new default. The trouble with using alternative apps is that you&#39;re likely to kiss goodbye to the optical zoom. For example, it&#39;s supported by the Vine app, but ignored by Instagram and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/app-week-fotor/review" id="Fotor review" name="Fotor review" title="Fotor review">Fotor</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature">Smartphone supertest - HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Camera app Fotor works on the Galaxy K Zoom but the optical zoom is not recognised" alt="Fotor for Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Fotor-Android-2.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The default camera app has some neat features but the combination of touchscreen and hardware controls makes it unwieldy in camera mode" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom default camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CameraApp.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VIDEO STAR? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If video is your thing you might not take a shine to the Galaxy K Zoom. Detail levels are very good, and if you&#39;re holding the phone still, filming a reasonably static object, all will be well.</p> <p>Once you start panning or zooming you&#39;ll highlight the shortcomings of the digital image stabilisation and object tracking, which results in footage that jerks and flits around slightly uncomfortably.</p> <p>While the camera app will automatically select 1080p @ 30fps, we suggest you dig into the settings and switch to 1080p @ 60fps, which keeps things a bit steadier.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moving objects, panning and zooming cause problems for the K Zoom in video mode, but when things are calm it takes smooth 60fps footage" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom video still" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KZoomVideoStill_0.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN TEST </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are better screens out there, but the 720x1280 display here looks rather lovely when you&#39;re in camera mode - way better than you&#39;d expect to see on any compact camera monitor.</p> <p>Colours are rich and there&#39;s enough brilliance to cut through the glare on a summer&#39;s day. The IPS technology used to create the pixels isn&#39;t to every eyeball&#39;s taste, though. It might be something you never notice, but once you have spotted the tiny honeycomb pattern in the background it can be hard to ignore. It&#39;s most apparent on large areas of white pixels and the edges of text.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3/review">Meet the LG G3 - the phone with the 2K screen</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The IPS screen lends everything a slight honeycomb pattern, although it&#039;s very bright and colourful" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SamsungGalaxyKZoom-4.JPG?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ALL THAT AND IT&#039;S A PHONE TOO? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As a phone, the K Zoom is close to the top of the tree, with a powerful 8-core processor running Android 4.4 KitKat. That&#39;s sufficient to crunch through the latest 3D games, occasionally peaking at a super-smooth 60fps in EA&#39;s <em>Real Racing 3</em>. Out of the box, it&#39;s rather cluttered, with just four homescreen pages populated by Samsung&#39;s own widgets and what-nots. It feels like moving into a new house full of someone else&#39;s furniture, but it&#39;s easy enough to clear out the junk and add homescreen panes for your own apps.</p> <p>Battery life is surprisingly good, and even after an extended photo jaunt it still had plenty in the tank to see it though the night and the following day without a recharge. Video playback is very satisfying, with the IPS grid much less apparent in live action footage than sharply rendered game graphics, icons and text. Allied to a speaker that goes usefully loud, it makes for a decent YouTube player.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5-prime/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime/review">Everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Power and battery life are sufficient to rip through plenty of games without constant recharging" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SamsungGalaxyKZoom-2.JPG?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Poppies and sunshine, as captured by the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom wide angle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PoppiesScaled.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy K Zoom verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s probably a long time since you owned a phone as chunky as this, so it will take a bit of getting used to. Because of its size, it feels like a step backwards in terms of design, but if it means you don&#39;t need to take a camera everywhere you go, perhaps that&#39;s not such a problem. We&#39;d still be inclined to opt for a slimmer phone and a pocketable compact camera, but if you can put up with the extra girth you might have just found your next phone.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best phones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Water Lane in Richmond, Surrey, as taken with the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WaterLaneSamsungScaled.jpg?1402741174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The best camera you&#39;ll find on a phone, but the extra bulk is a hefty trade-off</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy K Zoom review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;The best camera you&#039;ll find on a phone&quot; – Stuff gets snapping </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom/review#comments Android 4.4 KitKat Cameras Galaxy K Zoom Samsung Smartphones Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:05:19 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1438936 at http://www.stuff.tv Why it’s very, very good that Apple’s iOS 8 is borrowing from Android http://www.stuff.tv/my/why-it-s-good-apple-s-ios-8-stealing-android/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartphone owners want the best of everything, says Craig Grannell, and they’ll only get it if the major players keep pushing each other to innovate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 8" alt="Why it&#039;s good that&#039;s Apple&#039;s iOS 8 borrows from Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ios-8-review-03_2.jpg?1402797958" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple seemingly had the entire technology industry in its sights at WWDC 2014.</p> <p>What wasn&rsquo;t always apparent, though, was whether its gaze was that of a star sprinter, ready to zoom past its rivals while dosed up on innovation and confidence, or the beady eye of a tech-obsessed kleptomaniac, intent on pilfering anything within reach.</p> <p>Naturally, many people concentrated on the latter of those things, not least when it became very apparent that there was more than a little Android in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FAMILIARITY COMPLEX </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So, a quick recap of what&#39;s new to iOS 8: the QuickType keyboard with its predictive word row, along with third-party keyboard support; interactive notifications and third-party widgets within Notification Center; a proper file system via iCloud Drive; stats for battery-hungry apps; App Store video previews; a kind of plug-in architecture for sharing content; and improved app-to-app communication and integration.</p> <p>With such changes and Google&rsquo;s improving design smarts, you might argue there&rsquo;s now little to choose between the two systems. Sooner or later, you&rsquo;ll just pick up a smartphone, and it won&rsquo;t really matter who&rsquo;s made it, because they will all be much the same.</p> <p>But that&rsquo;s only true if you put on blinkers, scream &ldquo;Apple&rsquo;s copying Android a year late - again&rdquo;, and ignore half the story. The other half concerns execution, design and privacy - all things Apple excels at - and the fact Apple remains entirely in control of hardware&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;software.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-45/review">Android 4.5 &#39;Lollipop&#39; preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Like Android, iOS 8 has widgets" alt="Why it&#039;s good that&#039;s Apple&#039;s iOS 8 borrows from Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-widgets_2.jpg?1402797958" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SAME FEATURES, DIFFERENT FOCUS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Regarding execution, Apple throughout its history has rarely been first; even Mac OS was in part based on pioneering work going on at Xerox. However, Apple&rsquo;s patience often pays dividends, and results in a superior user experience. On mobile, this was clear with its interpretation of copy and paste, and at WWDC 2014, you could argue the same with the &lsquo;Android&rsquo; features it demoed; to pick one example, the iOS 8 keyboard visually apes Android&rsquo;s equivalent, but is also aware of context, providing you with words specific to the current document you&rsquo;re writing and the person you&rsquo;re talking to.</p> <p>From a privacy standpoint, Apple repeatedly stated that, by default, everything was pretty locked down - even keyboards would not be network-aware unless the user agreed otherwise. And with its vertical integration, Apple can do things like Metal, a technology that provides staggering console-like game engines on mobile, and with a guarantee they will work across all of Apple&rsquo;s latest iOS hardware, versus the comparative &lsquo;bag of hurt&rsquo; found in the more diverse Android ecosystem.</p> <p>In addition, Apple did have plenty of new ideas of its own: a refined vision regarding connected computing (a streamlined cross-device experience rather than &lsquo;one device to rule them all&rsquo;); HomeKit and HealthKit that position the iPhone as a hub for home automation and health apps; and Family Sharing, for providing access to iTunes content and also stopping kids from buying a ton of IAP without permission.&nbsp;And then there was the new-to-Apple idea of making its platform a little more open, encouraging developers, rather than slamming the door in their faces.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/wwdc-2014/ios-8-gives-apps-more-power-ever-cupertinos-still-control/feature">iOS 8 gives apps more power than ever, but Cupertino&#39;s still in control</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple&#039;s new QuickType predictive keyboard" alt="Why it&#039;s good that&#039;s Apple&#039;s iOS 8 borrows from Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-quicktype.jpg?1402797958" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE NEW ARMS RACE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The important thing to remember is that Google doesn&rsquo;t stand still either; you can bet that for many of Apple&rsquo;s innovations and benefits on show at WWDC 2014, Android will have something similar announced at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Google I/O later this month</a>, along with a number of its own new toys on display. At which point the cycle repeats, with two amazing mobile operating systems simultaneously going at each other&rsquo;s throats while maturing at a rate unprecedented in technology&rsquo;s history. Everyone wins: Google, Apple, and, most of all, the users.</p> <p>In an alternate universe, the iPhone doesn&rsquo;t exist and Android still looks much like Windows Mobile; users are miserable. In another (full of ferocious and heavily armed lawyers), Apple and Google operate under a strict agreement to not copy any ideas from each other, and so both platforms are horribly lacking in key areas; users are miserable.</p> <p>But in our world, Apple and Google continue to echo that Picasso quote Steve Jobs loved so much, &ldquo;good artists copy but great artists steal,&rdquo; which, as he said, was all about exposing yourself to the best things humans have done and trying to bring it into what you&rsquo;re doing, potentially revolutionising it and your products in the process. Long may that continue.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Everything we know so far about Apple iPhone 6</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="759" height="569" title="A leaked Android 4.5 &#039;Lollipop&#039; screen" alt="Why it&#039;s good that&#039;s Apple&#039;s iOS 8 borrows from Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-4.5-leak01_0.jpg?1402797958" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple did a great job copying iOS 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-8-review-03_2_0.jpg?1402797959" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/why-it-s-good-apple-s-ios-8-stealing-android/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/why-it-s-good-apple-s-ios-8-stealing-android/feature#comments Android Android 4.4 KitKat Apple Google iOS 8 Opinion Smartphones WWDC 2014 Sat, 07 Jun 2014 11:05:41 +0000 Elissa Loi 1438809 at http://www.stuff.tv Video preview: Samsung K Zoom – part mid-range smartphone, part high-end camera http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/video-preview-samsung-k-zoom-part-mid-range-smartphone-part-high-end-camera/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung has ventured into smartphone-camera hybrid territory before – only this time you won’t feel as embarrassed when holding it up to take a call </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video preview: Samsung K Zoom – part mid-range smartphone, part high-end camera" alt="Video preview: Samsung K Zoom – part mid-range smartphone, part high-end camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-29%20at%2013.49.01.png?1398820743" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3518757647001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3518757647001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/video-preview-samsung-k-zoom-part-mid-range-smartphone-part-high-end-camera/video#comments Android 4.4 KitKat Cameras Samsung Smartphones Zoom Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:53:30 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1436366 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet Samsung's new camera-focused range, the Galaxy K http://www.stuff.tv/my/meet-samsung-new-camera-focused-range-galaxy-k/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Its first Android-powered Samsung Galaxy K Zoom blurs the line between cameras and smartphones with its 10x optical zoom </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="348" title="Meet Samsung&#039;s new camera-focused range, the Galaxy K" alt="Meet Samsung&#039;s new camera-focused range, the Galaxy K" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung_galaxy_k_zoom_silver.jpg?1400232815" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are days when we are just astounded at how Samsung is trying to make life harder for us with more choices. The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is one fine example.</p> <p>The imaging-centric Android smartphone isn&#39;t the first of its kind (think last year&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s4/samsung-galaxy-s4-zoom-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom</a>). But at least its successor is no longer as chunky and awkward-looking as the kid who sits at the back of the class anymore.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Its 10x optical zoom lens is now more inconspicuous. So much, that when you flip it one way, it looks very much like your usual Galaxy smartphone. Look at it from the other end and it looks exactly like a camera. Talk about deceiving looks.</p> <p>The device sports a 20.7MP BSI CMOS sensor and a Xenon flash. Stripping all that geek talk aside, that means you can blow up images without worrying about pixels and capture better night shots. Oddly, while its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">flagship cousin</a> has 4K video recording, the Galaxy K Zoom is only capable of 1080p full HD.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="My, that&#039;s a long zoom lens you have there" alt="Meet Samsung&#039;s new camera-focused range, the Galaxy K" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%20%281%29_0.JPG?1400232815" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New camera features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In addition, it runs the latest&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android 4.4 KitKat</a>, which you&#39;ll be fiddling with from its&nbsp;4.8in Super AMOLED display. By the way, it&#39;s a 720p display (boooo) but at least it&#39;s powered concurrently by a&nbsp;1.3GHz quad-core and 1.7GHz dual-core processor</p> <p>Sorry, we forgot to mention, you can use it for phone calls and text messages too, silly us.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android 4.4 KitKat review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="550" title="Have a break, have an Android 4.4 KitKat" alt="Meet Samsung&#039;s new camera-focused range, the Galaxy K" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%20%282%29_1.JPG?1400232815" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;The K Zoom is not just a camera, it&#39;s not just a smartphone, it&#39;s a camera-specialised smartphone, and is a totally new category that you&#39;ve never seen before,&quot; Samsung senior vice-president and head of the imaging business, Sung Hong Lim, said at the Singapore launch.</p> <p>The South Korean electronics giant has thrown in some cool rear camera features for camera noobs. It has an auto-focus/auto exposure separation feature that lets you tap to focus on a subject, after which you can tap once more on a different darker area to re-adjust the exposure level.</p> <p>Narcissists, or if you&#39;d prefer the term selfie lovers, will adapt to the selfie alarm mode like a fish to water. It beeps when you are perfectly aligned within a pre-allocated image frame, and the rear imaging sensor will take a timed selfie.</p> <p>Sounds delicious, but unfortunately, it&#39;s not up for grabs yet. Samsung hasn&#39;t revealed local pricing and availability details, but we&#39;ll be hounding them for the information, so check back soon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/meet-samsung-new-camera-focused-range-galaxy-k/news#comments Android Android 4.4 KitKat Cameras Samsung Smartphones Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:11:40 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1436338 at http://www.stuff.tv Video review: Google Nexus 5 – a remarkable phone for a staggering price http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/video-review-google-nexus-5/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With impressive specs and a price tag to match, Google&#039;s Nexus 5 sounds almost too good to be true </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video review: Google Nexus 5 – a remarkable phone for an impressive price" alt="Video review: Google Nexus 5 – a remarkable phone for an impressive price" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202013-12-10%20at%2001.30.44.png?1398392636" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2915880808001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2915880808001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Video review: Google Nexus 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/video-review-google-nexus-5/video#comments Android 4.4 KitKat Google Nexus 5 Smartphones Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:11:50 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1436146 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/mwc-2014/video-lg-g-pro-hands-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG’s gigantophone is back and it’s bigger, better and even has a few neat tricks up its sleeve </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review " alt="Video: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-02-28%20at%2010.15.54.png?1393639526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3269361997001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3269361997001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/mwc-2014/video-lg-g-pro-hands-review/video#comments Android 4.4 KitKat G Pro 2 LG MWC 2014 Smartphones Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:32:42 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433085 at http://www.stuff.tv LG readying haul of Android KitKat phones for February? http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/lg-readying-haul-android-kitkat-phones-february/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Benchmarking site reveals five new handsets running the latest version of Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="940" height="705" title="LG G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg%20g2.JPG?1389811131" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Seems like there are about to be a lot more Android 4.4 KitKat phones in the world. And at least five of them might come from LG.</p> <p>PhoneArena has come across benchmarks from the HTML5Test site revealing the existence of several previously unknown LG handsets. These are called the <a href="http://html5test.com/s/a80dee1c8fa21c3f.html" target="_blank">LG D830</a>, <a href="http://html5test.com/s/8b1eaa1c6d84b5b8.html" target="_blank">LS740</a>, D410, D320 and MS323. According to the test info, all were running Android KitKat.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looking set for a February launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These codenames will likely be swapped for snappier monikers (things like the LG G Pro 2, perhaps?) come launch. And when might that be? Well, Mobile World Congress is in February, so that could well be the ideal time to unveil them.</p> <p>Sadly the HTML5Test browser benchmark reveals very little about the phones other than their model names and browser test scores. But we&rsquo;ll keep our eyes open for more rumours in the run-up to MWC because, if any of the new models is anything like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">utterly superb LG G2</a>, we&rsquo;re going to want one in our hands very soon indeed.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.phonearena.com/news/Unannounced-LG-D830-LS740-for-Sprint-and-others-caught-running-Android-4.4-KitKat_id51310" target="_blank">PhoneArena</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/lg-readying-haul-android-kitkat-phones-february/news#comments Android 4.4 KitKat LG Smartphones Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:41:08 +0000 Elissa Loi 1431267 at http://www.stuff.tv Android 4.4 KitKat lands on the Motorola Moto G http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/android-44-kitkat-lands-motorola-moto-g/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Moto G sinks its teeth into the latest chocolate-covered version of Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Android 4.4 KitKat lands on the Motorola Moto G" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat lands on the Motorola Moto G" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-g-main.JPG?1389982455" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Moto G will be the first non-Nexus smartphone to be upgraded to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android 4.4.2 KitKat</a>, providing users with even more bang for their buck.</p> <p>We found the latest version of Android (which launched on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 5</a>), to be the cleverest mobile OS in the world in our review, and Moto G owners can look forward to super-charging their handsets from today.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From integrated SMS and chat messages in Hangouts to cleverer Google Now integration and wireless printing, there&rsquo;s plenty for Moto G users to get excited about.</p> <p>The update will continue to be rolled out over the coming week, and Vodafone will also add the Moto G to its roster in the very near future too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Read our Android 4.4 KitKat review here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Android 4.4 KitKat lands on the Motorola Moto G" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat lands on the Motorola Moto G" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kitkatmain_1.jpg?1389982455" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/android-44-kitkat-lands-motorola-moto-g/news#comments Android 4.4 KitKat Moto G Motorola Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:38:53 +0000 Nigel Yap 1431203 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One will bite into Android KitKat in January http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/htc-one-will-bite-android-kitkat-january/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC&#039;s flagship will take a chunk out of the latest version of Android early next year </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="891" title="HTC One will bite into Android KitKat in January" alt="HTC One will bite into Android KitKat in January" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-kitkat.jpg?1383667820" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a> will receive&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android 4.4 KitKat </a>in January, along with an update to HTC Sense 5.5 to boot.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/htc-one-will-bite-android-kitkat-january/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/htc-one-will-bite-android-kitkat-january/news#comments Android 4.4 KitKat HTC Smartphones Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:42:54 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1428767 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 5: hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/google-nexus-5-hands-review/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;The attention to detail is stunning&quot; – we get up close and personal with Google&#039;s KitKat-powered smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 5" alt="Google Nexus 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-nexus-5-hands-on-main.jpg?1383285989" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s without doubt the worst kept secret in technology, but Google has finally fessed up to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a> handset, and revealed the five inch flagship will go on sale today. With a full HD 1920 x 1080 display and a 5in screen, it’s a really impressive bit of kit.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First bite of KitKat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 5 is our first look at KitKat, and it’s a great improvement - not a radical overhaul, but a real spit and polish that makes everything seems faster and easier than before.</p> <p>It’s significantly more responsive, and Google's integration of Search and Google Now is, unsurprisingly, brilliant - with the search bar appearing instantly when you tap on it, and voice search also getting an overhaul - if the phone is on, you can simply say "OK Google" to trigger a search. Now has also been improved, with new cards and a new way to access it: simply by swiping left from the homescreen.</p> <p>There’s also a range of new accessories, including some new induction chargers, and a range of eye-wateringly bright cases.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 5 hands on: Play Store" alt="Nexus 5 hands on: Play Store" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-5-play-store.jpg?1383285989" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 5 hands on" alt="Nexus 5 hands on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-5-hands-on.jpg?1383285989" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android KitKat – new features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Translucent menus</p> <p>New dialler - one click access to calls</p> <p>Enhanced lockscreen controls</p> <p>Smart favourites for calls - which adapt over time</p> <p>Hangouts includes SMS</p> <p>Aggregated cloud services - Box and other third parties appear alongside local and Google Cloud content</p> <p>Wireless printing capabilities</p> <p>"OK Google" now trigger search - although it has to be switched on</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">For more, read our Android KitKat preview</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a clear contender for most desirable Android handset on the market (particularly where the Moto X isn't available). The attention to detail is stunning, and this feels like an incredibly well though out product, in terms of both the hardware and the changes to KitKat.</p> <p>We'll be delivering our full review as soon as we've had more time with the Nexus 5 – so stay tuned to Stuff.tv for that.</p> <p>Until then, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">read our full Google Nexus 5 preview here.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/google-nexus-5-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/google-nexus-5-hands-review/feature#comments Android 4.4 KitKat Google Nexus 5 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 01:19:45 +0000 Nigel Yap 1428632 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 5 announced and on sale tomorrow! http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/google-nexus-5-announced-and-sale-tomorrow/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google reveals official specifications and price for its new flagship smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 5" alt="Google Nexus 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-5-press-image-1.jpg?1383268048" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all knew it was coming, and now we have official confirmation: the Google Nexus 5, running Android 4.4 KitKat, will be available from tomorrow, priced from US$349 (RM1049).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5in screen, wireless charging and quad-core processor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 5 is powered by a 2.26GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Adreno 330 GPU, backed up by 2GB of RAM. It sports a 4.95in 1080p screen with a pixel density of 445ppi, weighs 130g and is 8.6mm thick.</p> <p>There’s 4G LTE support (a first for a Google Nexus phone), as well as an 8MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. 16GB and 32GB storage options are available, and the 2300mAh battery gives a quoted talk time of 17 hours and standby time of up to 300 hours. Wireless charging capabilities are built-in.</p> <p>Connectivity-wise, there’s microUSB, SlimPort compatibility, a 3.5mm jack, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi.</p> <p>The Google Nexus 5 is &nbsp;priced at US$349 (RM1098) for the 16GB version and US$399 (RM1255) for the 32GB version. Black and white colour finishes available.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/google-nexus-5-announced-and-sale-tomorrow/news#comments Android 4.4 KitKat Google Nexus 5 Smartphones Fri, 01 Nov 2013 01:05:54 +0000 Nigel Yap 1428629 at http://www.stuff.tv Google could reveal the Gem and Sauron – a smartwatch and NFC ring – alongside the Nexus 5 http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/google-could-reveal-gem-and-sauron-smartwatch-and-nfc-ring-alongside-nexus-5/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google could have a handful of mysterious treats in store for us during Nexus 5 reveal day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" title="Will Google reveal the Gem and Sauron – a smartwatch and NFC ring – alongside the Nexus 5?" alt="Will Google reveal the Gem and Sauron – a smartwatch and NFC ring – alongside th" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-5-bak-flash.jpg?1380955176" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google could be unveiling more than just the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-kitkat-real-actual-name-android-s-next-update/news" target="_blank">Android KitKat 4.4 </a>on launch day.</p> <p>Droid Life's <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/118128230387412768670/posts/WhHpRy3pHzK" target="_blank">Kellen Barranger</a> has spilled a number of tantalising details about a handful of potentially huge Google products, which up until now have slipped past the tech world's radars.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One ring to rule them all </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The second big mystery product is purportedly codenamed 'Sauron', and that's all anyone knows about it. There have been murmurings online that this could refer to a Google ring with NFC capabilities which will automatically unlock the Nexus 5 when you pick it up.</p> <p>It's not quite the same level of security as Apple's excellent Touch ID fingerprint recognition tech, but it's still an appealing alternative to wiping your pattern to unlock your phone each time.</p> <p>It's a similar idea to the Motorola Skip (shown above), which is an NFC-enabled clip which instantly unlocks the Moto X when it comes in close proximity with it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 5" alt="Google Nexus 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-skip.jpg?1380955176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your guess is as good as ours </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And finally, we have three more product codenames: 'Molly', 'Leep' and 'Shining'.</p> <p>Molly could be Siri's super-smart arch enemy. Or it could be a new widget. Or the codename for a Google BBQ. At this stage, no one but an access-all-areas card-carrying Google employee knows the real truth.</p> <p>Barranger mentions that Leep and Shining could be a sign of an Android@Home revival (could we see a Philips Hue-like Google bulb?), but goes on to stress that these are all rumours.</p> <p>And there you have it. Google could wow us all with an Apple-like 'one more thing' at the Nexus 5 launch, showering us with rings, watches and who knows what else.</p> <p>It'll be Christmas come early for the tech world, and we for one can't wait to see what the Big G will reveal come launch day. Assuming the rumours come to fruition of course.</p> <p>[<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/118128230387412768670/posts/WhHpRy3pHzK" target="_blank">Google + (1)</a>, <a href="https://plus.google.com/107797272029781254158/posts/ccAHguudNop" target="_blank">(2)</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Google Nexus 5" alt="Google Nexus 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips-Hue_0.jpg?1380955176" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/google-could-reveal-gem-and-sauron-smartwatch-and-nfc-ring-alongside-nexus-5/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/google-could-reveal-gem-and-sauron-smartwatch-and-nfc-ring-alongside-nexus-5/news#comments Android 4.4 KitKat Geek accessories Google Nexus 5 Rumour Smartphones Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:24:30 +0000 Nigel Yap 1427506 at http://www.stuff.tv Why Android KitKat 4.4 doesn’t need all four fingers http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/why-android-kitkat-44-doesn-t-need-all-four-fingers/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google&#039;s next update to Android might not be quite the shake-up people are expecting – and here&#039;s why </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This is still sitting in the Stuff office. We can&#039;t decide whether to eat it or save it." alt="Android KitKat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-kitkat-02.jpg?1379964941" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In just a few weeks, if the rumours are to be believed, the latest version of Android –&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-44-kitkat/review">KitKat 4.4</a>&nbsp;– will be unveiled in all its glory.</p> <p>Expectations for a seismic response from Google to Apple’s release of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/ios-7/review">iOS 7</a> are high. And since the last Android update – 4.3 – consisted mostly of under-the-bonnet improvements, we have every right to expect fireworks from 4.4, right?&nbsp;</p> <p>Maybe not...</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Services provider </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At its I/O developer conference back in May, Google did something sly and remarkable that at a stroke diminished the need for KitKat 4.4 to be the final word in mobile operating systems. In effect, Google snapped off the parts of the OS that can be quickly updated with new features and put them in the Play Store for everyone to download, rather than have to wait for an update to the entire operating system. &nbsp;</p> <p>Key to all of this is Google Play Services, which is silently updated in the background. Play Services is a conduit between the operating system and the apps installed on the device – and since Google can update Services with new features at will (chances are, you won’t even know that it’s happened), there’s no reliance on hardware manufacturers or network providers.</p> <p>With <a href="http://blog.flurry.com/bid/95723/Flurry-Five-Year-Report-It-s-an-App-World-The-Web-Just-Lives-in-It">recent research</a> suggesting that mobile users spend 80% of their screen time in an app (and not looking at the home screens or mobile web), those components have a serious influence on your perception of how the system looks and works.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android 4.4 KitKat" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-kitkat-pics.jpg?1379964941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="604" height="453" title="Google I/O" alt="Google I/O" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-io-01_0.jpg?1379964941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Taking control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Since the I/O conference, more and more Android interface elements and core apps are now available as stand-alone downloads from the Play Store. So if your handset is stuck on a certain point release until the manufacturer updates, you just download the bits that make your experience closer to the latest release.&nbsp;</p> <p>It also allows Google to subtly wrest back control of the Android look – a big issue when HTC Sense and Samsung’s TouchWiz visually differ so widely from Android stock.</p> <p>So it's looking increasingly like Android 4.4 KitKat won't be the radical overhaul some are expecting – and that the days of numbered Android updates bringing big changes could be... well... numbered.</p> <p>[Images: <a href="http://9to5google.com/2013/09/21/new-leaked-shots-show-redesigned-android-4-4-kitkat-phone-messaging-apps/">9to5Google</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android 4.4 KitKat" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-dialling-screen.jpg?1379964941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Examples of those components? Try… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.inputmethod.latin&amp;hl=en_GB">Google Keyboard</a>: </strong>the latest and greatest keyboard in all its cyan, grey and black glory, ready to restore your HTC One or Galaxy S4 to that stock look.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox&amp;hl=en_GB">Google Search</a>: </strong>… which is now also the way to upgrade Google Now. Powers in-app search on your phone, along with location-aware, personalised web search.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox&amp;hl=en_GB">Google+</a>:</strong> Google’s social network, which is slowly morphing into a desktop for the cloud generation.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.music&amp;hl=en_GB">Google Music</a>:</strong> Recently redesigned, Music now looks great and - thanks to the launch of its All Access subscription service - easily competes with Spotify, Rdio and iTunes.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.play.games&amp;hl=en_GB">Google Play Games</a>:</strong> Social gaming network, similar to Apple Game Centre.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.maps&amp;hl=en_GB">Google Maps</a>: </strong>Also recently redesigned, Maps is now prettier and smarter than ever, with really intuitive local search for services and landmarks.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.talk&amp;hl=en_GB">Google Hangouts</a>:</strong> video calls meets photo sharing and messaging, all tightly bound with the Google+ social network.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/why-android-kitkat-44-doesn-t-need-all-four-fingers/feature#comments Android Android 4.4 KitKat Google Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:35:42 +0000 Nigel Yap 1426993 at http://www.stuff.tv Android 4.4 KitKat http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-44-kitkat/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Given some latitude, KitKat will soon know you better than you know yourself – and that makes it the cleverest, scariest smartphone OS yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="940" height="705" title="Android 4.4 KitKat review" alt="Android 4.4 KitKat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kitkatmain_1.jpg?1384052139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What was all the bloody fuss about? After months of leaks, rumours and false dawns, you boot your new Nexus 5 for the first time, and... well, what was the bloody fuss about?&nbsp;</p> <p>KitKat, the newest version of Android, doesn't look all that. There's bigger icons (think Early Learning Centre big). The wallpaper's different. The menu bar icons have changed from neon blue to milky white. Other than that: nothing.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FORM: LESS SKIN, MORE CONTENT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let's start with the skin, shall we? KitKat 4.4 is very pretty. So what, you say: JellyBean was pretty (the first iteration of Android to be able to make that claim for itself without blushing). You'd expect its successor to be easy on the eyes, especially when it has been so long in the making.</p> <p>But while KitKat 4.4 may not represent the same canyon leap in interface design as iOS6 to iOS7, it is a fairly dramatic overhaul.&nbsp;</p> <p>Throughout the OS, the design has fallen away, leaving the content to come to the fore (is this ringing any bells, Apple fans?). The blue hinting that defined stock Android has been ousted in favour a slightly off white (in fact, much of KitKat is now monochromatic). It shares a minimalist meme with iOS7 - anything between you and the words, pictures, videos or animations is Evil.</p> <p>The newly-whitened menu bar icons are the most ever-present example, but it runs throughout the Settings and widget selection screens.</p> <p>KitKat's graphic polish should raise a few alarms in Apple's design studios. For example, study that new Camera app icon for a moment on the Nexus 5's stunning 445 ppi screen. It's so well finished that you wonder how the design team justified the months spent polishing it, right down to the subtly shaded shutter button. It shows where Android's Holo design movement is heading, and we like it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kitkat1_1.jpg?1384052139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FUNCTION: ONE BIG SEARCH TOOL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And here's the bit where we explain why KitKat 4.4 is so remarkable. As you probably know, Google Now - the company's personalised, predictive search service - has been steadily improving in functionality: every month or so, it gains another feature that tries to intelligently predict what you need to do next (and it taps into everything - from your location to your recent searches to your email).</p> <p>With the launch of KitKat, Google has effectively reversed the Android experience into Google Now.&nbsp;</p> <p>The screens you look at when you use the phone are all extensions of Now (whereas in the past, Now was the bolt-on), and search has been integrated into every aspect of the phone's use in a way that makes rivals look Old.&nbsp;</p> <p>As the team at&nbsp;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/11/google-just-pulled-a-facebook-home-kitkats-primary-interface-is-google-search/" target="_blank">ArsTechnica</a>&nbsp;revealed, most of the files that previously existed in Android's launcher (GoogleHome.apk) has been shovelled into the Google Search app - the launcher is now a shell that won't launch.&nbsp;</p> <p>You'll be ahead of us in realising the far reaching implications of this: in theory, the Google Search app you download from the Play Store can transform any Android handset (hello, Samsung and HTC...) into the full KitKat experience.</p> <p>When you first launch 4.4, you'll find Google Now permanently fixed to the left of your home screen. You can turn it off in Settings, but you'll be neutering the phone's capabilities.&nbsp;</p> <p>Take the dialler. Diallers make calls: they show contacts, and have numbers you tap. They've done this for years. But with KitKat 4.4, the dialler is now also a search engine.&nbsp;</p> <p>Try typing 'pizza', and look at the results. Yes, there's the entry for 'Pizza Hut' around the corner that you manually saved a few months back. But now there are also entries for the three other local pizza places. Then get an unsolicited call from another local pizza place - go back to your call history, and notice that Google has recognised the number, and added the Caller ID details. Pick up that iPhone 5s lying around the house, and try the same trick. Android 1, iOS 0.</p> <p>Elsewhere, widget and home screen obsessives will instantly fall in love with KitKat 4.4: you can create as many screens as you like. Yes, we know, we sobbed gently at the news, too. However, we'll admit to struggling to work out how to create new screens in the first hours with the OS (Google's usually faultless at including overlay tips when first using a stock Android device - not in this case).&nbsp;</p> <p>For the record, it couldn't be more straightforward - hold an app in the drawer, drag it to the right of the last existing home screen, and a new one is created. If you want to get rid of a screen, just drag all of the icons off (there should really be a way to delete an entire screen at a swipe, but maybe that's in the next release).</p> <p>You'll also notice that the widget drawer has upped and moved home: instead of living in the App Drawer, it's now a prod of a screen away, alongside the wallpaper selector. It's a design that's reminiscent of HTC's Sense 5 (and now we come to think of it, the positioning of Now next to the main home screen isn't that far removed from HTC's Blinkfeed philosophy).</p> <p>Lastly, Google has burned the midnight candle in attempts to make Android leaner - to the point where they claim that KitKat will run on a device with as little as 512MB of RAM. We have no way of testing the claim, of course, but it's good news for owners of older handsets.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kitkat2_1.jpg?1384052139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="280" height="498" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KitKat%20home%20screen%20selector_1.png?1384052139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VOICE ACTIVATION: OK, GOOGLE, I&#039;M IN BRITAIN... GOOGLE? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Say 'OK, Google' to KitKat, and it will act. At least, it will if you're in the USA. The cool voice activation function first debuted with the US-only Moto X is baked right into KitKat 4.4. But if you launch the OS in the UK, you'll wonder if your phone is broken. Say 'OK, Google', and nothing happens (Android forums are currently packed with Brits factory resetting their Nexus 5s, in the hope that it'll bring the feature to life).</p> <p>There is a way round it, you'll be jolly pleased to hear. You just go into Google Now settings, and switch to 'US English'. Wait a second or two, and the 'Speak now' help tip appears in the search bar - voila.</p> <p>Quite why the feature is set to Off for UK users is beyond us. And bafflingly, the Nexus 5 advertising promos for the Nexus 5 on this side of the water mention the feature.</p> <p>But enough grumbling - does the voice activation work? Yes. It's awesome, in fact. So good that a week with KitKat changes everyday habits. Shouting 'OK, Google' in public didn't get any less weird as time went by, but when you're either out of earshot or alone, giving the command followed by 'Text Lady GaGa, What the hell is that new album about?' is perfectly natural.&nbsp;</p> <p>Opening Hangouts and typing away on the keyboard feels Old after only a few days. And 90% of the time, the voice recognition is accurate - even with our painfully plummy English accents and Google Now set to US English. It's reason enough all by itself for upgrading to KitKat, or rushing out to buy a Nexus 5.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kitkat3_1.jpg?1384052139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> APPS: HANGOUTS STEALS THE HEADLINES </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just about every Google app in KitKat gets a point release update, although we'll wager that you only notice the difference in four of the apps - Play Books, Quickoffice, Gallery and Hangouts.</p> <p>The Play Books app is the showcase for KitKat's new 'immersive' mode - a pretentious way of saying that the content fills the whole screen, displacing the menu bars top and bottom (you can get them back if you need navigation, simply by tapping the screen). 'Immersive' is simple but effective - we can't wait for the World Of Third Party apps to begin exploiting the feature, especially readers such as Flipboard and Feedly.</p> <p>Quickoffice has been upgraded, with the aim of seducing Microsoft Office fans into the Android fold (and the threat to Microsoft runs deep: every KitKat device in future will come with Quickoffice, making you question why you'd need to buy the Office suite).&nbsp;</p> <p>Not only can you open Word, Excel and PowerPoint files with the app, but you can also create them. Further, the app is tightly integrated with Google Drive, your device's local file system and cloud services. It may not be glamorous, but it's powerful and it works.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, it's the changes in the Hangouts app that really steal the headlines. Google has now added SMS to the chat and video calling client, and given you the option in Settings of choosing it as the default for text messaging.&nbsp;</p> <p>It works well, although you may need to concentrate: we run two Gmail accounts (work and home), and tied ourselves in knots in the first few days, with messages popping into the less-used account. We eventually discovered that you can switch the profile associated with text messages in Settings.</p> <p>The Gallery app on first acquaintance is identical to its predecessor - until you go to edit an image. Up pops an advanced photo editor that's deceptively simple in design, but awesomely powerful in use. You can crop in seconds, pick any one of dozens of filters and effects and change the exposure in moments.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kitkat-hangouts_1.jpg?1384052139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TAP AND DON&#039;T PAY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your phone will become your credit card. Promise. In America, they have a thing called Google Wallet.</p> <p>It's an app that lets you pay for stuff, using the handset's NFC chip. Back here in ancient Britain, with our lack of electricity and absence of wheels and fire, we have no such marvels. Undeterred, Google has built Tap and Pay into KitKat's settings screen. Only now, without Wallet available in the UK, it's an interesting empty space with a 'Learn more' button. One day; one day.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kitkat4_1.jpg?1384052139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. DID WE SAY LOCATION? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google Now relies on knowing what you're doing, and where you're doing it. So it's no surprise that KitKat has a lot of location settings, and most of them would like to be left on, thank you.&nbsp;</p> <p>Aside from the privacy issues, they also raise another, more practical problem: location services eat batteries.&nbsp;</p> <p>So it's good news that KitKat marks a revamp of the Location Settings screen, with clear indications of which services are calling on your location and how much power they're consuming. You can also quickly switch between three location modes - High accuracy (GPS and wifi), Battery saving (wifi and mobile networks) and Device accuracy (GPS).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kitkat5_1.jpg?1384052139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There's a chance that after a month or two of living with it, we may end up feeling much the same way about KitKat 4.4 as we have iOS7. For all of their party tricks, design flourishes and architectural overhauls, neither OS redefines how a mobile operating system works.</p> <p>But while that may be true, it's KitKat that comes closest to moving the game on. It's clear what Google is aiming for - a system that knows you intimately, and is smart enough to predict your next whim (or tell you what it should be...). KitKat is all about Google Now, and it's a gamble that pays off.</p> <p>We'd stick by our view that for tablets, iOS7 is the superior life form (helped no end by an app arsenal to die for). But for now, at least, KitKat 4.4 is the world's best mobile platform.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KitKat-app-drawer_1.jpg?1384052139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Beuautiful to look and with brains to boot, Android KitKat 4.4 is the world's best smartphone OS</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android KitKat – all the details </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What Android 4.4 will do for your &#039;Droid – and what we want to see </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-kit-kat_0%20%281%29.jpg?1384052139" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-44-kitkat/review#comments Android Android 4.4 KitKat Google Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:58:10 +0000 Nigel Yap 1426986 at http://www.stuff.tv