Enable “OK Google” on 3rd party launchers on any device


One of the cool features of the Moto X is the always listening “Ok Google” feature which allows you to prompt a voice command in Google Now without even having to touch the device.

Now a mod for the Xposed Framework has been created over at XDA Developers to enable “OK Google” on all 3rd party launchers on KitKat and above, and also on a per app basis.

The requirement is that you need the Xposed Framework and also version 4.4+ of the Google Search app for it to work properly.

The developer has said it has been tested on the following stock devices/launchers with no issues, and mentions that pretty much every 3rd party launcher is supported:

  • Xperia Stock Launcher
  • HTC Sense 6 / Blinkfeed
  • TouchWiz (S5 has this built in)
  • LG (untested – G3 has this built in)

So if you want to implement “Ok Google” on your device with a 3rd party launcher then just download the .APK package from here, run the App, and enjoy the handsfree Google Now control.

Change your Android system font with Fontster


Modifying your system font usually requires flashing complicated packages or completing change the ROM you’re running, but with an App called Fontster you’re able to quickly and easily change your Android system font.

Fontster allows you to browse hundreds of fonts and enables you to apply them replacing your entire Android system font. Your device must be rooted and works best with ROMs that are as close to AOSP as possible.

The simple Holo UI allows you to quickly browse fonts, preview them, and finally install the one you like. With a quick reboot, you’ll see all the typed elements throughout the Android system changed to your desired font.

Fontster is open source and available for free on the Google Play Store.

Lenovo to launch wearable device by end of 2014


Face it, the wearable industry is about to get real crowded by the end of the year/early next year. We’ve got Samsung and Pebble already off to a head start, Qualcomm is a newcomer to the game, LG and Motorola to launch high-end smartwatches in the summer, Apple to release an iWatch this fall (hopefully?), HTC is expected to launch a watch this fall and now Lenovo has expressed interest in wearables, with President of their mobile division Liu Jun stating their wearable device should launch by the end of this year or next year.

Lenovo has had its eyes on the wearable industry for a while now, but has merely observed where it is going. Jay Parker, President of Lenovo America, said that while wearables may not be a mainstream product in the next couple years, Lenovo is “interested to see where is goes and what we can do with that.”

It is likely that when Lenovo does decide to launch their product, it will be for the Asian region only. A smart move, I’d say, considering they now have a way to reach the American markets with the newly acquired Motorola, and the highly anticipated Moto 360 smartwatch.

Microsoft announces Windows 8.1 With Bing for lower cost devices


Microsoft have announced via a blogpost that they are launching a new version of Windows called Windows 8.1 with Bing specially for lower cost and low power devices. Microsoft has been drastically changing its policies over the past few months by offering Windows for free for devices smaller than 9inches.

The latest Windows 8.1 with Bing comes with the latest Windows 8.1 update and offers Bing as a default search engine inside Microsoft’s very own Internet Explorer. However, users will be able to change that option inside the settings, so the point of naming it as Windows 8.1 with Bing is kinda lost.

Microsoft has also said that the Windows 8.1 with Bing will be available only as preloaded OS on devices from their hardware partners. They had also mentioned that these devices could come with Microsoft Office or a 1 year subscription to Office 365. With the latest release, Microsoft hopes to get more touch users on Windows platform.

Microsoft updates OneNote for iPhone with iOS 7 redesign and other features


Microsoft has released much needed updates to its note taking app OneNote for iPhone. The latest update enables users to create new notebooks and sections from an iPhone and share. Prior to this, users could only read the documents and not create them. Users can also add, delete and rename sections.

Along with the iPhone, Microsoft has also updated OneNote for Mac that was first launched last month. Along with the ability to print notes, users can drag and drop images and copy or paste formatted content. It also allows them to organize hyperlinks with short descriptions. Finally, OneNote for Mac provides users to access the Format Painter tool that allows  to quickly apply the same text formatting throughout your notes.

You can download the OneNote for iPhone from App Store and OneNote for Mac from Mac Store

Acer Iconia One 7 with 7-inch HD display, Intel Atom Z2560 processor announced


Acer has just announced the Iconia One 7 (B1-730) at an event in New York. It was leaked recently and packs a 7-inch (1280 × 800 pixels) HD display, powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS that is upgradeable to Android 4.4 (KitKat). . It has a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730) specifications

  • 7-inch (1280 x 800 pixels) HD IPS display
  • 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, upgradeable to Android 4.4 (KitKat). 
  • 8.9 mm thick and weighs 320 grams
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB /16GB internal storage and expandable memory up to 32GB with micro SD
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, micro USB
  • 3700mAh battery

The Acer Iconia One 7 comes in a Red, White, Black, Blue and Pink colors. It is priced starting at 139 Euros (Rs. 11600 approx.) and would be available in Europe, Middle East and Africa in middle of May. It is priced at in the US starting at $129.99 (Rs. 7860 approx.) and would be available in June. This definitely seems to be a promising successor of the Iconia B1-720

Jump around with GravyBot HD


Ever dream of being a robot that just jumped around, free-styling it through levels? Well, GravyBot HD has the answer to fill that void in your life.

Daft Monkey Games just released a new challenging arcade game that is based on realistic physics while using unique game mechanics to create a fun and addicting game.

Basically you are a robot. You start the game by choosing your color and then you must jump your way through various levels. The robot is able to jump off the floor and certain obstacles, however, you must be sure to land on your feet. If you crash out and land awkwardly, you die and must restart the level.

Sound easy? Yeah it’s not. The unique controls for the game are two buttons. One is on the right, one is on the left and they are pretty much like spin buttons. Pressing the right one spins your GravyBot forward, while pressing the left one spins it backwards.

The goal of the game is to jump your GravyBot through the entire level reaching the teleport-like looking object at the end of the level using only the front and backward spin buttons.

GravyBot HD is a free, ad-supported game on the Google Play Store. Future updates will add more levels.

GameStop is treading into smartphone territory


As much as we love to go dig through pre-owned games, we may be going to GameStop for something a little different soon. Their new plan of action is to open up several locations that sell Android and Apple products. They are naming this new project “GameStop 3.0.”

Having recently bought out AT&T’s Spring Mobile, GameStop is no stranger to the cell phone industry. Not only that, but they currently operate around 30 Cricket stores across the country as well. They are looking to broaden their horizons on both of these fronts, and open hundreds of Spring Mobile locations throughout the nation.

Trying to break from their gaming roots, and cater to more types of people may be one of GameStop’s greatest decisions yet, in our opinion. It could help in that period of time when those current generation consoles are starting to become outdated, and games begin to sell less. It will also be a great opportunity to offer avid smartphone users (like us) another place to shop for the latest and greatest tech gear. This is something I’m sure everyone can be glad about.

Hale Dreamer Alarm Clock review


Up for review today we have the Dreamer Alarm Clock, by Hale. Billed as a “full-featured sleep system for your Android phone”, it’s a device that turns your smartphone into an alarm clock, charging it at the same time.

I am willing to bet that you plug your smartphone in at night and set it next to your bed before sleep. I am also guessing that you use the phone as an alarm clock, too. Chances are good you also like to play music or listen to podcasts in bed, right? Why not enhance that experience with something better sounding and more robust?

If you’re the type who can’t sleep through the night without being bothered by texts or alerts you might like the SmartSilence feature. Users can configure settings to allow for only select contacts to ring through to disturb your slumber. Anyone who isn’t on your white list is blocked and receives an automatic reply. Not to worry, though, the message does ask if it’s an emergency and provides steps on how to ring through to you. This way, you’re not getting random text messages from people trying to get you out at all hours of the night. Unless, of course, you want only those people to contact you. Otherwise, you can also set it so nobody gets you on the first attempt, not even mom.

The Hale Dreamer Alarm Clock is $79.99 with availability through Amazon and Hale Devices.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is coming to soon to Google Play


XCOM just took to their Twitter page to announce that the awesome game that is XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be hitting the Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore very soon.

Whilst the extend of the tweet only mentions that it’s coming and nothing regarding a timeframe, the fact the you will soon be able to enjoy the awesome XCOM: Enemy Unknown experience on an Android device is awesome news in itself.