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How to Remove Google Search from Your Custom Home Screen on Android 4.4 Kit Kat

Even after installing a custom launcher in Android 4.4 Kit Kat, you are still left with a Google search widget that is now a permanent fixture taking up precious screen space. Here’s how to get rid of it. The Google Search bar has traditionally been a widget on the Android home screen, easily removed just like any other widget, but with the development of Android 4.4 Kit Kat came an all new home screen and app launcher that is powered by Google Now. As Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo points out: “Google Search isn’t just integrated into the home screen, it is the home screen. Everything you see on the home screen—the wallpaper, the icons, the widgets, and the app drawer—are all drawn by the Google Search app.” Users who enjoy a higher level of customization may notice that even after installing a custom launcher you are still left with a Google search widget that is no longer removed by the … Continue reading How to Remove Google Search from Your Custom Home Screen on Android 4.4 Kit Kat

Verizon LG G2 Kit Kat Update Now Available via Upgrade Assistant

The LG G2 Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat update has finally arrived for Verizon customers. This particular update comes from the mobile carrier ahead of the OTA release exclusively through the “Verizon Upgrade Assistant” as build VS98024A. Note: this software is only available on Windows for LG phones. Mac users will have to run a Windows virtual machine to install this update. In order to get the latest version of Android, all you have to do is plug-up your LG G2 via USB and wait for the AutoPlay prompt or look for the Verizon/LG drive to appear in My Computer. In that drive, look for the SWUpgradeLauncher which will walk you through the process to Kit Kat glory. As of now there is no official word from Verizon on when we might see the update over the air, but this process is simple enough so give it a try!

How to SIM Unlock the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for Free

This guide will teach you how to SIM unlock your carrier specific Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for Free so you can use your device on other networks or with local SIM cards. If you have purchased a Galaxy Note 3 from a mobile carrier, chances are that your device is locked and will only work on that particular network. Even though you may own your handset, if you ever decide you want to use that same device under a new carrier, or purchase local SIM cards to avoid roaming fees, you will first have to unlock your Galaxy Note 3 SIM. While there are many cell phone unlocking services available, this guide will teach you how to successfully unlock your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SIM for Free. This method comes to us via Android Geeks and does not require rooting or installing custom ROMS, but please note this guide should be followed by advanced users only. Phablist, and Android Geeks, … Continue reading How to SIM Unlock the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for Free

Sony Announces Android 4.4 KitKat Update for Xperia Z Ultra

The latest Android operating system is now available for various Sony Xperia devices including the 6.4-inch Z Ultra, the company announced Wednesday on its official blog. According to Sony, some of the changes included are performance and UI optimization; more intuitive Status Bar and Quick Settings; and the new Xperia Themes, which are downloadable UI packs from Sony Select. Media apps such as Walkman, Album and Movies, are now integrated with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service. Sony has also added a sleek launch animation and live wallpaper which resembles the Sony PlayStation 4 across the home and lock screens. In addition to the Z Ultra, Sony is also rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Xperia Z1 and Z1 compact, though as usual, the timing and availability of the update for the three devices will vary by market and carrier. The company also revealed that the latest Android update for Xperia Z,Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet … Continue reading Sony Announces Android 4.4 KitKat Update for Xperia Z Ultra

Oppo Find 7 Unveiled as Worlds First Phablet with a 2K QHD Display

Chinese manufacturer Oppo finally unveiled its latest flagship device on Wednesday; the Oppo Find 7, a cutting edge phablet that features specs many had initially hoped to see on the Samsung Galaxy S5. If you have never heard of Oppo, you might want to give them a closer look. The Oppo Find 5 and Oppo N1 were both highly praised by Chinese and western critics, and now the company is looking to capitalize on that reputation as they expand into more markets. The high-end variant of the Find 7 features a 5.5-inch QHD display, with a resolution of 2560×1440, beating LG and every other major OEM to the punch. Aside from the gorgeous display, this phablet is powered by the slightly improved Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset clocked at 2.5 GHz with an Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The device comes standard with 32GB of storage, expandable up to 160GB via MicroSD. So what about that controversial 50MP camera … Continue reading Oppo Find 7 Unveiled as Worlds First Phablet with a 2K QHD Display