Google assures everyone that ads are NOT coming to the KitKat Dialer

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According to Android Police, there were strings of code hidden inside the Android 4.4 KitKat Dialer that involved advertisements. The strings in question have to do with ads being enabled and disabled. Being that it is in the Dialer app, it would mean that as you search for a contact such as a business, you would get relevant ads. Another set a strings included Google’s AdMob advertising network. But don’t worry because a reader was quick to point out that this kind of stuff has been appearing in Dialer / Phone apps in the past.

Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo was able to get in touch with Google and the company assured him that advertisements are not coming to the Dialer app. The strings were merely old and left behind. So breathe easy move along with your day, folks.

Source: Android Police, Ars Technica

Jelly Bean is now on more than half of Android devices, Gingerbread still lingering

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Who says Android’s fragmentation isn’t going away! According to new distribution numbers from Google, Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean is now running on more than 50% of Android devices. Last month, Jelly Bean sat just under 50%; however, they have finally crossed that illustrious mark. Another good sign is that Ice Cream Sandwich declined from last month, likely meaning many OEMs are pushing software updates to existing devices.

There’s still one lingering problem. Android’s Gingerbread, what the operating system looked like before Ice Cream Sandwich’s overhaul, has a huge chunk of the pie. Gingerbread remains on 26% of devices. These are likely lower-end devices or older devices that just don’t have the power to run a fresher version of Android. But with Android 4.4 Kit Kat also aimed at devices with little RAM, Android’s fragmentation could become less of an issue.

Source: Google Developers Dashboard
Via: Android Police

Galaxy Nexus will not receive Android 4.4, Google will follow 18-month support window

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The Galaxy Nexus, the device that started the “Ice Cream Sandwich-age” of Android, will unfortunately not be receiving the Android 4.4 update. This actually comes as a bit of a surprise, as Google has stated (and will continue to state) that one of Android 4.4′s main goals is to put an end to Android fragmentation, bringing support to lower end devices.

Yes, Android has had an 18 month rule— if a device is over 18 months old, it will stop receiving support.

However, the Galaxy Nexus definitely has the RAM necessary to run the new OS version. (Google has stated that 4.4 will run smoothly on devices with 500mb of RAM, which is half the amount the Galaxy Nexus offers.)

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Only Moto X and current line of Droids will receive Android 4.4

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DROID_Ultra_Boot_Screen_Motorola_Logo_Google_CompanyPeople everywhere are wondering if and when they’ll get KitKat. We’ve already heard from HTC, and now Motorola gives us an update. According to Motorola’s online portal, it looks like only the recently released Moto X and current line of Droids — Motorola DROID Ultra, Motorola DROID Maxx, and Motorola DROID Mini — will be receiving Android 4.4.

This list could always be updated in the future, so we’ll have to wait and see if any other devices become slated to receive KitKat, but for right now, that’s all we know. Also stay tuned for a timetable on when the devices will receive the update.

Source: Phandroid

KitKat coming to HTC One within 90 days, Google Play edition within 15 days

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HTC_One_VX_Back_HTC_Logo_TANow that KitKat has officially been released, everyone is wondering when it will arrive on their devices. Jason MacKenzie of HTC America confirmed to Engadget that Android 4.4 will come to the HTC One within 90 days, while the Google Play edition One will receive the new software within 15 days. The Developer edition and unlocked versions will get it within 30 days. HTC plans to keep Sense at version 5.5, besides the Google Play edition of course, but MacKenzie didn’t specify how the new KitKat features will be implemented in Sense.

MacKenzie said that HTC is still working on a rollout plan for the company’s other phones, and will release a statement on those in the near future.

Source: Engadget

Android 4.4 KitKat design/development videos released

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If you’re a developer, you’re certainly interested in some of the changes being made in the latest version of Android OS, 4.4 KitKat— this includes new guidelines, orientations, and workflows for user interaction and experience. For development, this includes access to new tools or APIs. Check out some of the videos below!

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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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