Good news for Samsung Galaxy S III owners on Sprint or US Cellular. You can now go ahead and grab the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for your device! There’s no detailed information on what US Cellular’s update brings with the exception of a software update. The Sprint variant, however, will also gain compatibility with the Galaxy Gear. While it may not be Android 4.4 KitKat, it is certainly welcome for a handset that was released almost two years ago. And if you are wondering if the handset will get KitKat, a leaked schedule points to March or April.
Here’s some good news if you own Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3. Android 4.4 KitKat should arrive in just under three months. According to a leaked schedule obtained by iTechAddict, Samsung plans to update those two flagships in January. They list the Galaxy S 3 and Galaxy Note 2 to receive KitKat as well. Those two are scheduled to receive the update in March or April. Samsung is likely pegging their flagships for a January update due to HTC announcing its plans to have KitKat ready by then for the HTC One.
If your KitKat device or Nexus 5 is experiencing an issue signing in and syncing with corporate Exchange, you’re not alone. Over on the Google Product Forums, many people are reporting the problem on the Nexus 5 and Moto X. And it doesn’t seem that the new KitKat build fixes the issue. Right now, more than 178 people have discussed the matter, not finding a workaround or fix just yet. Google has yet to comment, but we assume they’re working on a fix.
Google has started to push out updated code for Android 4.4 KitKat on Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices. The build, KRT16S, replaces the version that was released last week, KRT16O. Google indicates that factory images and proprietary binaries will also be available shortly. No details have been released about what is different in this latest version or what specific bugs are addressed that required such a quick release. There is no indication that the Nexus 5 is being impacted by this new build.
source: Android Build group
The shift from blue to white icons in the status bar was one of the many visual changes to Android 4.4 KitKat. Another change was the location of your connectivity’s status. Prior to KtiKat, a gray internet or WiFi icon meant you had no internet connection; however, this is now orange and in a new location. Pulling down the status bar, you’ll see your usual notifications. Tap on the top right icon and you’ll see Quick Settings. If your connection is orange, you have no connectivity.
Google engineer Dan Sandler explained the reasoning on Google+. The white icons are much easier to see on a transparent background and blue could clash with a user’s wallpaper. The connectivity indicators were sent over to Quick Settings because of confusion among users. They had no idea what the change from blue to gray meant. And the up/down arrows for data are also in Quick Settings because it was using a fairly good amount of computing power just to display that information every time data was used.
Did you pick up the Android 4.3 update for your AT&T Galaxy S 4 last week? Consider yourself lucky. Android Police has confirmed that the update is no longer being distributed. There is no known reason for the update being pulled, so sit tight; however, Android Police heard that Samsung and AT&T could be looking into “potential improvements.” Perhaps there was a bug found. We’ll let you know when the update resumes rolling out.
Source: Android Police
Oppo is one of the most forward thinking smartphone companies out there. With their N1 that features a rotating camera, and their eagerness to use 3rd party ROMs, they are definitely a company to keep an eye on. We already know that Oppo will launch a version of the N1 that runs CyanogenMod in December, but Sohu IT reports that that won’t be all for Oppo and CyanogenMod.
Oppo plans on creating an entirely separate brand for CyanogenMod phones that feature the highest product specs, and use their own marketing, sales channels and development processes. Definitely something to keep an eye on.
Source: Unwired Review
The race to release the first smartphone with a flexible screen is over. The LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Round have been released
in all their glory. Now, the race begins to create an a smartphone that actually utilizes the flexible screen correctly.
Some Samsung sketches just leaked, which show exactly what they’re trying to do here with their next generation of smartphones. These ideas aren’t anything new, as Samsung showed us a prototype with a bent screen on the side of the device, creating a control/information bar.
Bloomberg brings us today’s leaked plans. Hit the break to see just a few things that could be done with such a phone:
According to a Nexus 7 owner over on Reddit, that device and the Nexus 10 do not have the Google Experience Launcher after receiving today’s update to Android 4.4 KitKat. As we noted last week, Google said that the Google Experience Launcher would remain exclusive to the Nexus 5 because they want “to see how users take to the Launcher on Nexus 5 before it offers it on other devices.” This Nexus 7 owner says the only changes he notices are the different icons for apps like Settings and Camera and the switch from blue to white in the notification bar. The update did not bring Google Now on the far-left of the home screen and still has the home screen count at five.
We’ve got to give credit and praise where credit and praise are due. When Google announces a new update version, such as KitKat, it can often take third party developers to catch up with the changes and get their application up to speed. So we’re tipping our hats to the developer behind Nova Launcher, a third party home replacement app that allows you to customize your home screen in a variety of ways. Since the announcement of the Nexus 5, we’ve seen the new “translucent” look that comes with 4.4 and well, we want it. As for several selected devices the new look has been added by the dev to Beta version of Nova Launcher and also takes advantage of custom icon packs. And though the selected devices, as we’ve mentioned, are slim, there are some big hitters (see changelog for full list on Kevin Barry’s G+ page at source link). » Read the rest