Google Play Services updated to 4.0

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With the Nexus 5 comes new software. And with new software comes an updated version of Google Play Services. Today, Google Play Services has been updated to version 4.0. In this new version, changes have been made to Mobile Ads, Maps and location services, Google+ and Google Wallet, and new advertising controls. Hit the break for details and the link from the official Android Developers Blog. » Read the rest

Nexus 5 now available in the Google Play Store, starts at $349 for 16GB

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Here it is. The Nexus 5 is available in the Google Play Store. Available with your choice of a black or white backing, the Nexus 5 costs $349 and $399 for 16GB and 32GB, respectively. On the surface is a gorgeous 4.95-inch True HD IPS Plus screen with a pixel density of 445 with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 covering it. Powering the newest Nexus creation is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz. The 8 MP camera has the same optical image stabilization technology found on the G2 (LG makes both of them). The Nexus 5 relies on a 2300 mAh battery for power and supports wirless charging. Hit the break for a commercial and the full rundown of the specifications. » Read the rest

Google Updating 17 Different Apps. A Sign That KitKat is Fast-Approaching?

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While we all know KitKat is around the corner, the question still lingers. How soon around the corner, right? Well, this could be an indication that the search giant is about to bring forth some KitKat goodness or it could just be one heck of a coincidence, that over the past few days 17 different Google applications have either received or will be receiving an update. We’ve seen Vic Gundotra intro some pretty cool stuff with Google + and Hangouts in what we hope to be for Android 4.4 accompanying the Nexus 5. As usual, we’ll have to practice extreme patience for an official word, if Google decides to give one.

At this point there’s some serious speculation that the company may just spring the device upon us with no warning at all. The speculation comes from the fact that Google has yet to release any kind of official invite or announcement of a press release for the new device and OS. And while we’re still in the dark as to when and where Google will make the announcement, the fact remains that 17 different applications have received an update within the span of a few days. I think it’s safe to lean towards the premise that it’s all for the sake of KitKat. Check out the list of apps receiving updates on Google’s roster. And while some of the apps aren’t major players, you’ll find there are few big hitters in the mix. If you haven’t received an update yet for any of these, don’t fret, they tend to roll out in phases. Feel free to add to the speculation in the comments below. At the very least, if all of the speculation is wrong and we’re nowhere near the new OS, you’ll still have a few new updates to play with.   » Read the rest

KitKat teases a short animation video for Android 4.4

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We’re still waiting on some kind of announcement about Android 4.4, and KitKat knows that. Today they posted a short animation video on their official Google+ page in another tease for the elusive version of Android. The video stars two little Androids, one of which is trying to eat a KitKat. The second Android is dressed as a magician and “borrows” a piece of the KitKat to use a wand to perform a magic trick. Unfortunately, the magician’s magic “trick” is really to just eat the KitKat and disappear.

Maybe there isn’t really anything to read into here, and it’s really just a small ad for KitKat to run. They could be trying to hint that KitKat will be announced on Halloween, which seems to be the latest rumor since the 28th has come and gone, but even that isn’t supported by many details from the animation. The video is pretty short and fun to watch either way, and you can check it out below.

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Android 4.3 for Verizon HTC One needs another month

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HTC_One_Back_TAOver the weekend, we told you that information on the status of Android 4.3 for the Verizon HTC One would be provided today, and it seems there was a setback in development. Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC America, just sent out a tweet saying that they “need more time to spin” the new software and re-test the 4.3 update. He gives a new release date of approximately a month from now.

Most other carriers already have 4.3, so this news is definitely disappointing for Verizon HTC One owners. Hopefully things will get sorted out soon and 4.3 will be arriving on your phones in the near future.

Source: @JasonMacHTC

Does bowling ball tweet hint at October 28 KitKat launch?

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android_kitkatThe Android community is going crazy trying to predict when KitKat will launch, and KitKat is having some fun with it. They have sent out numerous vague tweets and photos that have gotten people going mad trying to predict a release date. The latest tweet is a photo of a bowling ball with seven Kit Kat shaped pins, with overlaying text saying “Have a break, Have a Kit Kat.” A bowling ball has three holes, meaning that Kit Kat will launch in three days, right?? At least, that’s what some people think.

The said tweet was sent out yesterday, so we’ll wait anxiously to see if anything Kit Kat tweets today hints at two days remaining for a launch. Stay tuned.

Source: @KITKAT
Via: PhoneArena

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update schedule for Samsung devices leaks online

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While many of us wait for the official release of Android 4.4 KitKat, most are still waiting on their OTA update of Android 4.3 to their devices, namely the Samsung Galaxy S 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy S4 Active.

Blind waiting will no longer be necessary, as a document leaked earlier today which listed the update schedule for the aforementioned devices.

  • Galaxy Note 2 (Verizon): November 29
  • Galaxy Note 2 (AT&T): November 20
  • Galaxy S4 (Verizon): October 28
  • Galaxy S4 (AT&T): November 13
  • Galaxy S3 (Verizon): November 22
  • Galaxy S3 (AT&T): November 13

Note 2 owners, Galaxy Active owners, and owners of any of these devices on either Sprint or T-Mobile should check the image above for specific dates. With these 4.3 updates to these Samsung devices, Galaxy Gear support comes as well.

Keep in mind that the document states that these dates are subject to change, so nothing is set in stone.

Source: Droid-Life

“Call of Duty: Strike Team” Now Available In The Play Store, Sports $7 Price Tag and Demands 2GB for Download (Video)

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Well, after waiting for quite some time (one month) since the game was released to iOS fans, Android is now getting its long awaited taste of Call of Duty: Strike Team. With a vigorous focus on mobile gaming for phones and tablets, the game offers a ton of action packed sequences with some extra features never before seen in the Call of Duty brand.

Call of Duty: Strike Team delivers an all-new, first-person and third-person Call of Duty experience built from the ground up for mobile and tablet devices. Fully customize your squad’s loadouts and abilities before leading them into combat in diverse gameplay environments. Call of Duty®: Strike Team features the revolutionary ability to dynamically switch from run-and-gun first-person view to reconnaissance and coordinated squad attacks in third-person view.

The year is 2020. Tensions run high amongst the world’s superpowers. In a surprise attack, the U.S. finds themselves in a war with an unknown enemy. Your mission is to lead a Joint Special Operations Team in a global effort to hunt down those responsible.

Play your way. Switch between first-person and third-person action at almost any time. Strategically customize the members of your squad with weapons, perks or body armor.

New Controllers and Ouya 2.0 Geared Up For Next Year’s Release

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Ouya, the popular game console manufacturer is at it again with what appears to be a follow through on promised new Android powered gaming devices. Announcements of Ouya 2.0 are already in the works and is geared up for a release to the masses some time next year. In addition, the company is in favor of updating the look of their consoles with a whole new design leaving previous models behind. CEO Julie Urman made the following statement to further corroborate:

Our plan is to have Ouya 2.0 sometime next year, we haven’t finalized the date of that. We’re still determining what exactly we want that to be. For the hardware, we are looking at different chips. We are looking at what type of performance we want.   » Read the rest

Google Offering 25-50 GBs Of Google Drive Space On Select HTC Devices

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It would seem the war on free cloud storage has begun and Google is trying to take the lead passing Dropbox on the inside lane. The popular search giant is now offering, for eligible HTC devices (primarily the One and One Max) the ability to snatch a whopping 25-50 GB’s of space on Google Drive for two years. The 50 GB’s is good for all One Max versions out there however, it’s a little confusing when it comes to the regular One’s offerings.

It’s been noted that when the HTC One upgrades to Sense 5.5 (as we’ve seen yesterday with the international version) both the Drive application and BlinkFeed should notify you and could possibly show an upgrade offering to 40 GBs (15 GB’s default + 25 GB’s of free storage). google-driveIn addition, it’s being reported that this excludes the developer edition of the One for now nor does it allow you to get the upgrade with an unlocked bootloader. If you’re looking to bank on the offer, it’s good until January 1, 2016 so you should have plenty of time, especially if you’re thinking of upgrading to a new HTC device in the next several months or more.

source: Google