After being leaked in almost every way possible, Google has finally released the LG Nexus 5 for purchase from the Playstore. For those countries lucky enough to have access to that, orders have already started shipping and we will soon have reviews of the phone. Malaysia is still not one of those lucky countries to have access to purchasing devices directly from the Playstore and will have to wait patiently for LG to bring them in (at inflated prices most probably but here’s to hoping they do not). The LG Nexus 5 is listed at USD349 for the 16GB version while an extra USD50 (USD399) gets you the 32GB version. More after the break.
Recently I was asked a question by a friend who wanted a way to control their Android phone using the PC. My friend was originally using VMLite but was looking at another method. One search led to AndroidScreencast project. While it was (reasonably) easy to get my PC to display what was on my phone, it didn’t respond to any mouse click or keyboard keys. Digging through the internet forums, I’ve found an alternative, MyMobiler.
Unlike the AndroidScreencast project which only required ‘root’ access on the phone and executing a Java app on the PC, MyMobiler requires installation of the MyMobiler android app, which is free, and also a Windows program. After installation of the app, I was able to connect my phone to my PC but I was not getting any display.
Reading through the setup guide from their website, I found that I needed to change the display option to ‘other’ from the Android app and then hey presto, I was able to get my phone to be displayed on my PC monitor.
While the program isn’t perfect, it is pretty much usable. The only thing that I find slightly annoying is the refresh rate of the phone display on the PC monitor, which is slower than the phone itself, leading to the appearance of lag.
This was tested on LG Nexus 4 running stock (rooted) Android JellyBean 4.3.
For those interested, here are the links to the downloads:
Android APK (Play Store)
Anyone having issues with this program can contact the developers or post a comment below and I’ll see if I can help. This is a wonderful program for those who are looking to use their keyboard and mouse on their PC to control their Android device.
Once again, we’ve reached October and as expected, Nexus rumor and leak season is going full swing.
This year I’ve been following less of the rumors and leaks (not to mention posting less too) since I’m not really in the market for a new phone at this moment. Of course, I’m trying to convince my better half to get her phone changed but resistance is strong!
Back to Nexus season. All indications and leaks have more or less confirmed that the next Nexus phone, rumored to be Nexus 5, will again be manufactured by LG. This would be consistent with Google’s trend of giving each manufacturer a couple of the years manufacturing the same device (phone, 7-inch tablet, 10-inch tablet). Samsung had 2 phones released in the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus and LG has gotten the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5. This may not be a bad thing as the Nexus 4, while being a little disappointing to some who did not like the glass back, was a pretty solid phone experience for its price.
In a surprising announcement by Google, the next Android version will be 4.4, instead of the 5.0 that has been long awaited since Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 was all Jellybean). Even more surprising is the code name change from Key Lime Pie to KitKat.