It’s Monday, which means it is time to kickoff the week with a profile of a compelling Kickstarter project for Android owners. This week’s project is the Snooperscope Night Vision module from PSY Corporation.
Android Tips and Tricks
Back in 2012, the Galaxy Note 2 set the benchmark in the battery life department for all Android phones to follow. The Note 3 this year is no different, with a beefy 3200mAH removable battery. While the jump in battery capacity compared to the Note 2 is only 100mAh, the Note 3 has a much more power efficient display and chipset which helps in offering it class leading battery life.
Although I was in the camp thinking that the LG-made, OIS-equipped camera in the Nexus 5 was actually pretty good, I will acknowledge that the software sometimes got the focus completely wrong, images were sometimes slightly dark, and that focussing itself was often interminably slow, with the tracking seeming to happen up to three times, depending on light conditions. The new Android 4.4.1 update claimed to significantly improve these aspects, so I investigated.
Google Voice Search in combination with Google Now is one powerful tool. Google has been steadily improving the service ever since it introduced the feature last year at Google I/O, with the latest update bringing conversational search support.
One seemingly minor feature that Google still has not added in Android, even in KitKat, is the ability to show battery percentage in the status bar. This feature has been present in iOS and other OEM Android skins since quite sometime now, so its lack in stock Android even after all these years is somewhat embarrassing.
The new Google Experience launcher, that is available exclusively to the Nexus 5, but is already available to other devices via an extracted APK, allows for quick access to Google Now with just a simple left-to-right swipe.
In Android 4.4 KitKat, Google has disabled the ability to place widgets on the lock screen by default. Instead, users will first need to enable an option, before they can start using widgets on their lock screen.