HTC originally claimed that they would release KitKat for the HTC One within 90 days of release, which falls on January 31. Unfortunately for HTC One owners, they won’t reach that self-imposed deadline, according to HTC America president Jason MacKenzie:
“We are currently in the certification phase across all of our carrier partners in North America, and they share our enthusiasm for getting this software in your hands. That said, the software development process does not always follow a linear path and we know today that we will miss our self-imposed target. The good news is that we won’t miss by much as, it shouldn’t be more than one to two weeks to complete each of the carrier versions of the HTC One.”
A delay of one to two weeks isn’t the end of the world, but it’s good to see HTC acknowledging and apologizing for their promise.
Samsung may finally be easing up on their software changes to Android. According to Re/code, a source claims Samsung and Google have come into agreement that will align the Android OEM’s software vision closer to the stock version of the operating system. Apparently Google executives were not happy with the Magazine UX found on Samsung’s upcoming range of tablets because it barely resembles Android in any visual way.
The move also comes after many manufacturers in China applying a skin over Android and leaving out Google services. By having Samsung on its side, Google may be able to sway other foreign OEMs to pack their services. Perhaps this agreement has something to do with their recent patent license.
Not only does Asia have access to some of the best mobile technology available on the market, but customers will soon be able to purchase bloatware-free devices as a standard.
A recent ruling in South Korea determined that OEMs can preload bloatware on its devices, but the apps must be able to be uninstalled. The new industry guidelines will begin in April of this year.
The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said this in a press release:
“The move aims to rectify an abnormal practice that causes inconvenience to smartphone users and causes unfair competition among industry players.”
There are also some major advantages that users will experience from the decision. Improved battery life and increased data storage are just a few of the many benefits.
Beats Music has been out for just a few days and barely even works— don’t tell me you forgot about Spotify already!
Today, Spotify released a new update to its app which adds a new section in Artist views. The section includes details on touring for artists, and provides full Google Maps integration for directions. You can also buy tickets through the app, essentially making Spotify your one-stop-shop for all things music.
Here’s the, uh, ehrm, change log:
Improved: Spotify Connect will be on its best behaviour when you play radio.
Fixed: We’ve tickled some pixels and dealt with some crashes.
Fictitious: This app was assembled from old clock parts.
Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.
In a surprise announcement on its Twitter account, HTC USA said that final KitKat software has entered carrier labs for final testing. They also noted that we should expect certification for all four major US carriers next week.
Certification is currently in the third of four stages involved in pushing out OTA OS updates to devices. Shortly after passing carrier certification, the update should start getting sent out to devices.
More progress should be announced next week, especially considering how transparent HTC has been with the update process as of late.
Motorola continues to push small updates to users of its newest line of devices by adding core apps to the Play Store that are compatible with the Moto X, the Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and the Moto G. The gallery app now features an entirely new user interface, including a slide-out side menu, larger thumbnails, a timeline of pictures, quick access to the camera roll, and albums in a more familiar layout.
You can get the new update in the Play Store— just follow the link after the break.
Photoshop Express is one of Adobe’s more popular apps in the Google Play Store, and for good reasons. The app lets users swiftly touch up the photos taken on their device, and it’s free.
Hit the break to see what Adobe had to say about the new release, as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.
Paranoid Android has locked itself in as one of the premiere Android custom ROMs, and we have some good news for those of you who are fans of the PA team.
The third Beta version has been released for Paranoid Android 4, which is compatible with a series of Nexus devices including the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), Nexus 10, and Nexus 5. You can find the download link for the ROM through the source link below.
The updated version brings a series of new features, which are included in the official changelog after the break.
Sony confirmed today that their Xperia SP, T, TX, and V will be receiving Android 4.3.3 “from end Jan / early Feb.” This is a relief for owners who thought they might never get the update, after waiting for it since Sony said it was expected in December. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we learn more precise release dates.
Source: Xperia Blog
The HTC One X+ is receiving Android 4.2.2 as we post. This will be the last update the device will receive, as we reported earlier. This update includes a Sense 5.0 user interface overhall, which has most of the features from the HTC One besides camera features and BoomSound. This is probably going to be a slow rollout, but you can try manually updating.
Here’s the changelog:
- Android Version: 4.2.2
- HTC Sense: 5.0
- NFC Fixes
- AT&T Address Book Fixes