Cortana app gets update with quick homescreen widget and better load time

Cortana has been around for Android devices for about two months now and soon after its launch it received an update where the “Hey Cortana” hotword was removed in order to avoid conflicts with Google’s own “OK Google” trigger. The hotword is still available on CyanogenOS though.       The new update to version 1.4.0 brings about a homescreen widget that would make the app easier to use in a rush. You get a big ASK Cortana button that will launch a voice search immediately, a button for reminders and a list of upcoming events and reminders.   Cortana update 1.4.0 changelog:   new widget for quick launching Cortana and set reminders reduced app load time better loading experience for low speed and unstable network conditions more stable voice interactions.   Cortana app is free but it is limited to the US and China at the moment. If you are in one of the two areas and you want to try the app, you can do so via the widget below:      

HTC One A9 from Sprint gets Android 6.0.1 OTA

HTC One A9 will get an update to Android 6.0.1 very very soon. This is the luckiest single Android device on the market at the moment because it is getting an update that only Nexus devices are enjoying at the moment. This smartphone is hooked up to Google somehow because it is getting updates sooner than most other OEM devices and it is receiving the monthly security patches well ahead of other flagships.     HTC One A9 unlocked was the first to get Android 6.0.1 at the end of 2015, and now the Sprint carrier version is getting the same treatment. This brings A9 to version 1.57.651.1, which brings about the new Android 6.0.1 emojis with some improvements and the following enhancements: Marshmallow 6.0.1 update Battery life improvements addition of Wi-Fi Calling functionality camera feature improvements system enhancements.   The OTA should already be on route to HTC One A9 devices. Just in case you’re not seeing the notification on your device yet, you should be patient because the release could be somewhat slow. Of course, you can grab the 1.86GB RUU file and flash it manually. If you do this you will lose your data forever, so be cautious. Or you can just wait for the update to reach you.   Source: HTC Support via AndroidPolice  

WiFi Camera – make your phone a live feed source via IP anytime!

You need a cheap solution to supervise your home, a baby monitor or a mini live streaming setup you don’t have to pay a lot for? You can now try WiFi Camera on your smartphone. This free app can be found on the Google Play Store and all you need for it to work is a compatible phone and a router.       This app allows your Android phone to become a WiFi-based IP camera. There is no difficult setup to go through, all you have to do is download and install the app on the phone you want to use as a camera, then you leave it wherever you want or you simply use it. You will be able to see and hear the phone’s video and audio feed on your PC or tablet if they are on the same network or on the same internet provider feed.   In order to get live feed from your phone to the PC, you will need to get the phone IP and you can log into the router network and the phone’s live feed. This will help you supervise your home while you are away for example, and you wouldn’t have to spend that much money on a surveillance camera. It works very well as a baby monitor as well; you can spend time down stairs while you can check up on your baby via WiFi feed. It can also work as a secret camera you can use to check up on other members of […]

CyanogenMod 12.1 snapshot build released for select Motorola devices

A CyanogenMod 12.1 snapshot build is finally here and we can sigh in relief at last. Many-a-user has already moved along to the Marshmallow nightly builds whereas some still prefer the more stable ROM versions which are still based on Lollipop. It has been two months since the last snapshot build was released, but things are starting to pick up again.       CyanogenMod snapshot builds are the closest to a stable release you can get. They should have fewer bugs and imperfections and the best hardware support. Because they are more stable than nightlies (which are launched every now and then) snapshot builds take longer to be released.   The build has been released for some Motorola devices such as the 2013 Moto X, the Moto Maxx and the Droid Ultra/Maxx variants. Support for more devices should arrive soon.   Source: CyanogenMod  

Moto G 2nd gen gets soak test for Android 6.0 in India and Brasil

Do you have a second gen Moto G? Then you should start jumping up and down with joy because there is a soak test of the Android 6.0 update that has just begun rolling out on devices in India and Brazil. Only a small number of users will get to test the OTA and if everything goes well, the update will come to ALL of the devices.       Dave Schuster of Motorola was nice enough to keep us posted with what devices are getting updated. Both the 3G-only and LTE versions of Moto G 2nd gen are getting the update soak test. Motorola will monitor the feedback received from the handful of users who are lucky enough to test it and if the update is free of bugs and problems, it should go live in about a week.   The OTA has the usual Android 6.0 stuff like doze mode, better permissions and granular control over features plus do-not-disturbed, among others. You can check the source link for more details on the changes.   Source: Motorola  

Motorola Moto G Turbo Edition (Indian version) gets update to Android 6.0

Motorola Moto G Turbo Edition in India is getting an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Most of Motorola’s recent smartphones are already up to date, and it’s time for the underdogs to get some love too. This update is destined for Moto G Turbo from India, even though there is also a Mexican version sold out there (that one will not get an OTA any time soon).       Moto G Turbo is a third-gen Moto G that has dual SIM support and a better Snapdragon 615. The update is about 603MB in size and it is rolling out as we speak. If you have one of these devices you should know you are getting all the Android 6.0 goodness: doze mode, granular permissions and Now on Tap included.