Latest Android distribution numbers show KitKat slowly climbing towards 10% of all devices

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The latest Android distribution numbers for May show that KitKat keeps climbing at the expense of older Android software. The numbers for 4.4 put it on 8.5% of all Android devices, showing over a 50% improvement from last month. Jelly Bean is still holding strong, but 4.1 took a dip to make room for newer versions of Jelly Bean, which all saw some slight improvements. Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread both fell about 1%, but Honeycomb didn’t change at all, and Froyo still accounts for 1% of devices. It’ll disappear completely one day, right?
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AllCast app will soon be able to stream to devices from Google Music app

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Super-developer Koushik Dutta is back with another awesome update to his AllCast application.

According to a Google+ post on his page, in the app’s next version, root users will be able to cast to any device that AllCast supports, through Google Music. The Fire TV is on such device.

The Google Music app will be able to see all of the user’s casting devices, which can be selected and streamed to from there.

Dutta said that the update is “coming soon.” Hit the break for his demonstration video.


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LastPass updated, adds biometric security on Galaxy S5

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The Galaxy S5′s fingerprint scanner isn’t only useful for its users to unlock the device — many app developers have taken advantage of the technology as well, the latest being LastPass.

The popular password storage system has added biometric security in its latest update for the Galaxy S5, leveraging the device’s fingerprint scanning abilities.

Now, users can swipe their finger on the screen for a faster and more secure way to log into accounts (instead of using the master password each time).

The update is available through LastPass’ Premium Service and is available for download now. Hit the break for the Play Store download link.


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Sprint’s LG G Flex to receive Android 4.4 today

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For the Sprint owners out there who bought the LG G Flex, there’s some good news for you today. The carrier announced today that KitKat will be rolling out for the device beginning today, April 28.The update (version LS995ZV6) is rolling out in batches, so you may have to be patient to receive your update. Everyone should have the update by May 7.

It’s till to be seen what UI tweaks 4.4 will bring to the G Flex, since Sprint lists “OS upgrade to Android 4.4 (Kit Kat)” as the only improvement in the OTA.

Source: Sprint

Google Camera APK teardown reveals hidden modes and features

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With Google’s camera app finally hitting the Play Store earlier today, it wasn’t long before the APK was dissected to reveal a little more than what was initially announced. In what has become tradition every time software is released or updated, Android Police took a closer look at Google Camera in order to get a complete understanding.

While we already know the features the software is initially launching with, the APK file has revealed some possible features that have not yet been announced.


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Android 4.4 now available for AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active

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AT&T announced today that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active will be their next device to receive Android 4.4. The device launched last summer at Android 4.2.2, before it received an update to 4.3 in January. The 4.4 KitKat update brings all of the regular UI, system, and app enhancements.

If you haven’t already received a notification to download the update, head to the Settings icon in the apps menu > Select the More Tab > Tap About Device > Select Software Update > Select Check for Updates and follow on screen instructions.

Source: AT&T Blog

 

HTC One (M7) will receive Sense 6.0 next month

HTC_One_Back_Slanted_Camera_Lens_HTC_Logo_TAThe next version of the HTC One (M8) was just released, but jealous owners of the previous version (M7) have something to be excited about. The company announced today that will push out an update to the original HTC One (M7) that’ll include Sense 6, the same user interface that’s running on HTC’s newer One (M8). HTC executive Jason Mackenzie confirmed that the update will make its way to devices by the end of May.

There are a lot of new features in Sense 6.0, but its unclear which ones will be compatible for last year’s device. Surely the UI will receive a pretty big improvement, and apps like BlinkFeed and the camera will be updated, but all of the gestures are probably unlikely to make its way to the One (M7).

Source: @JasonMacHTC

 

NVIDIA Shield receives Android 4.4.2 software update with new features

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The NVIDIA Shield, which is the company’s Android-based gaming console with an analog controller and an attached 5-inch screen, received the April software update today that takes the gaming console from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 4.4.2.

The April update comes with new features such as Remote GameStream and Notebook support beta, an updated TegraZone, a keyboard and mouse support in console mode, Multi-PC pairing and many more features which you can find out at the end of this article.


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Android distribution numbers for April proudly display KitKat breaking 5%

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The latest version of Android is on the rise. Last month, Android 4.4 KitKat sat around 2.5% and that number has doubled since to 5.3%! As more flagship devices running KitKat have yet to be released, May and June will likely see rather large increases. Also, some older devices are going to be getting KitKat as well. Its predecessor, Jelly Bean, saw just a minor drop in percentage points.

Thankfully, older versions of Android are seeing declines. Gingerbread dropped 1.2% and somehow Honeycomb is clinging on for dear life. At some point this year, I do expect Honeycomb to let go. A version like Ice Cream Sandwich can stick around a little bit longer since its core does resemble more recent versions; however, updates to Jelly Bean are still expected.

Source: Android Developers

Android 4.4.3 changelog (incomplete) leaks

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We recently reported that the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 were spotted running the new Android 4.4.3 version. This new Android version is not going to bring a change in the UI or new features but will fix most of the bugs present on the current Android version.

A changelog of the upcoming Android 4.4.3 has been leaked with many fixes, which again reassures us that we will surely see the new update soon. Along with the changelog, the source also posted a screenshot from a Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.3. Below is the list of the changes expected in the new version though there might be more changes as well.
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