September 5th 2013 9:11 am

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by GF

Users of Android Kitkat, how would you change it?
I like most of Android 4.4, however I would change a few things that annoy me. 1. Alarms, I would like a short cut to be in the control panel as I use it every day 2. Headphone volume warning, this one annoys me no end, I know what's good for my ears an I have to unlock my phone to deal with the warning sign far too often 3. The slide up for Google now feature, when scrolling through test and websites I end up on Google now. However, it's useful to be able to get to fast. I would like to see it...

by sas786

mobile operating systems
Hi all, seeing as most users on here have a good understanding of tech, i was hoping for a small request in getting some feedback through my questionnaire.
Im currently doing research on mobile os as part of my final year dissertation in computing and would be extremely grateful for those who could fill it out. Ive approached companies head on and they don't seem to have the time to spare 5 minutes (less than that even) to fill it out. No personal details are required, just simple information on... Read more →

by frankspin

How do you find new apps and software to check out?
While we all probably have the pieces of software we've come to rely on day-in day-out, I think we all can agree we're always open to finding new apps and software to try out. Aside from relying on news sources, like here at Engadget, app store suggestions and Twitter, where do you go to get recommendations for apps and software?
My favorites sites of late are the following:
The Sweet Setup ( -- this is a site started by Shawn Blanc where the focus is to pick the best... Read more →

by groovechicken

Leaving Google - Eternal annoyance is the price of liberty
[if you are impatient, just scroll down to the bottom to see the links to the articles in this series]
Forgive the adaptation of the popular 19th century quote, but it really is the best summation of the series of articles I am going to put together about my Exodus from the land of Google. Before I dive into how I have managed to replace Google services, though, I want to clear up why I decided to start breaking the chains of convenience.
Given Edward Snowden's recent disclosures of the universal... Read more →

by groovechicken

Sending Gmail to the Spam Folder
Of all the Google services I am kicking to the curb, I actually expected Gmail to be the most painful before starting this experiment (see the meta article for the back story on this series of articles - Surprisingly, though, it has turned out to be the least painful. In fact, I am even liking my new scenario for mail even better than the old "Gmail everywhere" strategy.
The reason I dreaded this... Read more →

by groovechicken

Replacing Google Voice
I knew before going into this exodus from Google (see the meta article for the back story on this series of articles - that finding a replacement for Google Voice was going to be painful, and might not even be possible. I have sung the praises of this service since I first joined it when it was still GrandCentral. At that time, I had recently been through 2 different work-issued cell phones, with... Read more →

by sirijo

Wearables...priced as tech or as fashion?
We've seen some examples of wearable tech hit the market over the last few years and rumors continue to swirl out of nearly every major electronics manufacturer about some development or other. We've seen examples that technically work but aren't quite 'there' yet (the Sony Smartwatch comes to mind), some brave attempts to set a standard by which others a judged (Pebbles entry), some failures (from Samsung) and of course, the buzz generating devices that make us dream of a far flung future... Read more →

by overidemehra

Samsung Galaxy S4 S-View Flip Cover - Alarm Clock Problem
Hi guys,
[I have no idea if this topic has been discussed before here or not, if it has, sorry about the repeat.]
Ok, the problem what I am facing here is that I just updated my Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 (Indian Model) to 4.4.2 Android OS via Smasung Kies as it was not showing up through the settings options.
After a long while (3hrs) of downloading (1.2GB or firmware file, very slow internet at my place), everything was updated to my phone, new white colored icons on the status bar and all.
At the... Read more →

by Will5204

Xperia z 2 tablet or Samsung Galaxy Note (2014) or Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro?
Hi everyone, I am in the market for a new tablet. I currently have the Asus Tf700, though it is still a contender amoung what's out now, I still have find myself getting tired of the lag and am ready for a change. Now for the topic at hand, which would you choose?

by GregOnslaught

Google Music in Canada
I'm not sure if this is a common opinion but I'd like to find out: if Google Music was fully available in Canada and was competitive with iTunes Match I would have an Android phone. I wouldn't even have to think twice about it. However as it stands I'm simply too invested in the Apple ecosystem with an iTunes music library over 100GB which I access using iTunes Match everyday on my 64GB 4S on an unlimited data plan (I keep about 20-30GB on the phone and stream the rest). If I could do this on an... Read more →

by frankspin

What are your favorite alternatives to Android's default apps?
One of the strongest features with Android is the ability to set third party apps to be the default app of choice for certain actions. Don't like using Hangouts? Install Textra and you're good to go. Need more features from your camera? Don't worry because CameraZoomFX has loads more.
Today on Engadget we offered up some of the best alternatives to default apps... Read more →

by frankspin

How do you handle tracking your daily routines and journaling?
Something that I have been trying to get into more is logging daily activities, work related duties, photos and just general journaling. This has become far easier thanks to smartphones and there is no shortage of tools to make this possible. I have a few different ones that I use to accomplish specific tasks, but I'm always open to hear how other people go about handling their daily journaling.
  • Daily Journal - I can't speak highly enough of DayOne and everything it...
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by adjacency

Possible Verizon Nexus 5
The team behind Field trip is at Google. On this post on their G+ page I noticed that the Nexus 5 in the picture has a 4G LTE indicator in its statusbar that's only found on Verizon phones. With the Nexus 7 now available on Verizon this could be evidence the N5 is on its way too.

by Halifax50

On the Nexus 7 3g and 2013 Lte version SMS is disabled. Overnight we have lost the ability to send SMS messages. This worked on Jelly Bean. So those of us who paid extra to be able to use a sim card and have happily used Sms have had an important feature removed. I can no longer sign up to use a banking service as it requires authentication via a sent and received Sms for example. Sadly Google are ignoring the complaints of many customers and not acknowledging the issue even though it has been... Read more →

by swin1974

What's your most effective and satisfying app experience?
I have bitched and complained about iTunes a lot. But I have to say some apps just deliver a cool experience. Like iMovie on iOS. iMovie on the iPhone or IPad, is quick, fun and easy to use. Slow motion is cool too. I make simple 2 or 3 minute videos with music and effects of my 3 yr old son enjoying a snow day or learning to ride a bike and share them with family on Vimeo, iMovie Theater, or Google+ Also, I started the year wanting to get healthy, so I bought a Fitbit Force, began faithfully... Read more →

by chaitu9speaks

android 5.0
since google has not released any update after kitkat,we are briefing when we can expect the next update may be "key lime pie".well,to name the next update as 5.0,google has to do something like revolutionise its own OS to the next level.unless they are not able to do it,they can't name it as 5.0 .The main reason for it is if we rewind the history of android we can identify that google had brought a lot of change from cupcake to eclair to jellybean.whenever they beleived that they had done... Read more →

by peterto

Context sensitive vibrations in Android?
I recently switched back to Android from an iPhone and one thing that I found really useful when using the iPhone was that my phone would vibrate differently if I had an email vs an SMS/phone call. It would allow me to just know whether or not I should check my phone for an SMS/phone call or ignore my phone if it was an email and check it on my computer. Is there anyway I can do this with Android or the Moto X specifically?

by ilovemy911

Google Drive .GIF Issues
I recently purchased a Nexus 5 and, for some reason, .GIF files will not animate via the Google Drive application. Oddly enough, they work just fine if I access my drive from within Chrome. Whenever I try to view .GIFs, I get an "animated image could not be loaded" error.
I have tried clearing the cache and the app data and I have tried both the updated and non-updated version of the app.
Despite a thorough search of the good, old interwebs, I haven't encountered anything concerning this issue....

by johncolucci

What do you think of Engadget Mini?
As you might have heard, Engadget Mini is now available for download in the iOS and Google Play store as well as on the web. As our Executive Editor Marc Perton explained that Mini " an app that features headlines from Engadget; the best of our social media content from Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other sources; exclusive headlines, photos, and videos; and our picks for the best tech news from around the web and the social universe."
We'd like you to try out Mini and tell us what you... Read more →