After sending out soak test invites last week, owners of the Moto X on Sprint are finally receiving Android 4.4 KitKat. While all of the KitKat goodies are being added, except for the Google Experience Launcher, Motorola is also enhancing some of their own features such as Touchless Control.
If you’re unaware of what this update will bring, hit the break for an overview.
Today an updated version of Google Hangouts began rolling out, adding a number of new features. Many of these features aren’t really that exciting, but they certainly fix a couple annoying little bugs that were introduced when SMS and MMS support was added to Hangouts.
One of the biggest problems of Hangouts 2.0 was that it automatically converted SMS messages sent to multiple people to MMS messages – something that could cost extra money for a lot of users. Users can now disable this and not use MMS when sending a text to multiple recipients.
Hit the break to read more and for a download link.
Nexus 5, 4, 7, or 10 owners should be receiving Android 4.4.2 (KOT49H) starting today. The update brings small changes that are all behind the scenes. Security enhancements and software fixes are included.
If you prefer to do things yourself, then you can manually install the update yourself. Just like the Android 4.4.1 update, instructions here, have the ZIP file for your specific Nexus device downloaded. But remember, you must have the previous update downloaded first.
Hit the break for download links.
Just about everyone with a Moto X has or is getting KitKat relatively soon. Verizon got the update first and AT&T followed shortly after. US Cellular’s update is even around the corner. And according to a tipster over at Phone Arena, Sprint is sending out soak test invites for the Android 4.4 KitKat update. If you’re part of Motorola’s Feedback Network, you are likely to have received the invite. Being a part of the soak test allows Motorola to have a sample size good enough to identify problems and fix them before a major roll out.
Sprint Moto X owners, have you received a soak test invite?
Source: Phone Arena
A new version of Google Play Movies now allows users to stream video in standard definition even if the user had purchased the HD version of the movie. Previously, users were forced to download the massive video file of HD content— now, more options are presented.
You’re most likely asking: why would I watch the standard definition version of a video after purchasing the HD version? Well now, having the choice of which version to watch lets you save storage space if it’s running low, especially if your device doesn’t support microSD storage.
There isn’t anything else too major in the update, but it’s still noteworthy that Google is providing another option to users looking to stream media to their devices. Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.
A diamond in the rough tends to pop up on XDA-Developers every week weeks, and this time it’s ddggttff3‘s PwnedCast ROM for the Google Chromecast. The ROM is based on the 13300 stock image, is rooted, and features its own OTA system. It also has a dedicated recovery and a custom kernel. If you have a rooted Chromecast, hit the break to link over to the XDA-Developers post with instructions and more details.
Remember last month when Jelly Bean climbed to claim more than half of the distribution on Android devices? Well, that figure has climbed again, from 52.1% to 54.5%. That includes Android 4.1.x, 4.2.x, and 4.3. Newly released KitKat is currently only on 1.1% of devices, but that number’s sure to continue growing.
Ice Cream Sandwich dropped to18.6% from 19.8%, Gingerbread to 24.1% from 26.3%, and HoneyComb and Froyo are down to 0.1% and 1.6%, respectively.
Source: Android Developers
Upon the official release of CM 10.2, the CM team has announced that they will cease development of CM 10.2 and mainly focus on CM 11 (KitKat). They will still provide nightlies and updates for 10.2, but will mainly just be bug fixes rather than new feature implementations.
While Jelly Bean is still alive in the CM world, the ICS branch will officially be retired and no longer continued.
If you have an LG G2 and are waiting to get Android 4.4 KitKat, we’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that LG Canada has told MobileSyrup that their device will receive the latest software update by the end of March 2014. The bad news is that March is four months away. The update could come as soon as January, but the G2 is the company’s first handset that can truly compete with others; therefore, this will be a good test to see how quickly they can push out a substantial update like KitKat. But remember, this is LG Canada we’re talking about. For now, we have no information on when G2 owners in the United States should expect to receive KitKat.
An IT administrator named Bogdan Alecu has discovered that Nexus phones receiving a flood of texts may start to function a little bit differently. The Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 are all effected by this new exploit that causes those phones to reboot, crash the messaging app, or even disable a network connection. While other devices seem to be safe, Alecu advises that he hasn’t tested many others. The bug is coming from Class 0 SMS messages that are not regularly stored on a handset.
A developer has already taken to the Play Store to release a fix. Class0Firewall is a free app that prevents the Class 0 SMS messages from sending your handset into a tailspin. Google has told PCWorld that they are looking into the issue; however, we have no timetable on when to expect a patch.
Source: DefCamp, Class0Firewall (Play Store)