Google Play Services received an update today, bringing the software version up to 6.1. Nothing too wild here, but there are some updates to the Google Analytics API, Google Drive API and Google Fit API.
The update is slowly rolling out, so be patient. Unless you’re a developer, not much is relevant here, but some solid enhancements nonetheless.
Source: Android Developers Blog
Wi-fi calling has been all the rage recently, due to T-Mobile’s improvements on the feature and Apple’s implementation of it on the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, along with iOS 8. Read more
Google has re-released its public playlist search feature that lets you search for other users’ playlists in order to find new music that meshes with your personal tastes. Read more
Boost Mobile Moto G users, it’s your lucky day. Android 4.4.4 is on its way to your devices. The update includes the newest version of KitKat, an update to the camera which allows you to pause video with a new button on the viewfinder, an updated dialer user interface, and the new Motorola Alert app, which sends periodic alerts with your location to your selected contacts.
To download the update, you need at least 50% battery and Wi-Fi once you get the notification to download.
According to a tweet by Sony from earlier today, the manufacturer’s Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z will be soon receiving the Android 4.4.4 update.
The new software, in addition to the usual bug fixes, brings improved battery life, WiFi and email improvements and more.
Hit the break below for Sony’s official changelog:
According to Samsung’s website, the Galaxy Note 3 on Sprint will be soon receiving Android 4.4.4 in an OTA update.
With the update comes HD voice Icon support, international wi-fi calling support, Google Security Patches, Knox 2.0 and Kids Mode.
This is all pretty basic stuff by now — you can check the software updates section on your device to see if the update has hit your phone yet. If not, just sit tight.
Samsung’s WatchON app is relatively popular — in addition to its ability to control set-top boxes and TVs, it can also play on-demand content (both free and paid).
Today, Samsung released WatchON Plus to the Play Store, but is only available to Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 owners. The app features an updated UI, but doesn’t appear to have any added functionality.
To download, hit the break.
EMT Leaks revealed a specs list that claims to be for the 2014 iteration of the Google Nexus 5. Originally thought to be a Nexus 6 or Nexus X, it could very well keep the same name as last year’s model. Although this is purely a rumor and should be treated as such, the list raises some questions. Read more
For users of the original HTC One, HTC’s latest hustle and bustle over its latest devices may cause some feelings of being left behind. If you’re in that boat, here’s some news to brighten your day: Verizon is currently rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the One M7 which brings improvements from mild stability tweaks all the way to Extreme Power Saving Mode, which allows you to go maximum time on each charge. Read more
Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S smartwatch is now official, so it’s up to the company and third-party developers now to begin making apps available for the device.
Samsung recently announced a new partnership with Nike in a press release — Gear S owners will be able to download the Nike+ Running app, which utilizes the device’s GPS and 3G connectivity to track fitness data.
The app comes pre-loaded on the device and can track their runs and record data all while their phone remains at home.
The features appear to be the same as the usual Nike+ Running App, except this is optimized for the Gear S.