Images leak of what could be Samsung’s new smartphone user interface

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Early this morning, Twitter’s @evleaks leaked what could be an upcoming redesign of Samsung’s user interface for Android. Previously, the company used Nature UX; however, this looks comparable to their new UI being used with the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO series tablets. Samsung calls it Magazine UI. The font is much lighter and everything seems flatter, albeit not on the same level as iOS. If Samsung does opt for this change, we will likely see it when the Galaxy S 5 is announced. The key to @evleaks‘ tweet is that Samsung is “exploring” this new user inferface.
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LG launches Lifeband Touch

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We’re seeing tons of new products at CES today, and that will continue throughout the next few days— LG isn’t coming short, either.

The company is launching its Lifeband Touch fitness tracker (seen above) which tracks calorie output, steps walked, as well as many other fitness statistics. The device is water-resistant as well. It connects via Bluetooth 4.0 and an LG application to both Android and iOS phones, letting users see phone notifications, check exercise goals, and play music from a smartwatch.

A release date is still unknown, but expect a formal announcement relatively soon.

Be sure to check out our complete CES coverage.

Source: Social.LGE

HTC One, One Max, and One Mini to get Android 4.4.2 by February

HTC_One_Max_Back_Slanted_02_TAOne of the best sources for Android news on Twitter, LlabTooFeR, has some news for HTC users. A tweet was sent out explaining that the HTC One, One Max and One Mini are expected to get their Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates later this month, or next month. In addition to the new OS, the update will also include the new HTC Sense 5.5 UI.

For the Butterfly S, LlabTooFeR says that the test phase for 4.4.2 just began, so the update might appear in March or April of this year.

Source: @LlabTooFeR

KitKat update for DROID Maxx/Ultra/Mini is reportedly bricking devices

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Just two weeks ago, Verizon let us know that it was prepared to release the Android 4.4 KitKat update to its newest DROID line, including the Maxx, the Ultra, and the Mini. The company was true to its word, as many began receiving the update immediately. However, it seems as though the rollout has come to a halt, but some forum research reveals that nobody has received an update in the past few days.

It also appears as though the update has bricked many people’s devices. Although Moto hasn’t come out and said anything publicly regarding the matter just yet, the company is working within its Feedback Network to fix it all. It was certainly a good move to put things on hold for a bit, but as to the reason why this update got approved in the first place, we aren’t quite sure…

If you happened to get the KitKat update to one of your new DROID phones in the past few days, did it work out for you? Hit us up in the comments!

Source: Droid Life

Study reveals security flaws in Samsung’s Knox platform on Galaxy S4

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Researcher Mordechai Guri at the Ben-Gurion University’s Cyber Security Lab in Israel recently discovered a major vulnerability in Samsung’s Knox security platform on the Galaxy S4. The flaw “could allow malicious software to track emails and record data communications.”

While Samsung is still investigating the claims, a Samsung spokesperson said that the allegations are not as serious as they might seem.


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KitKat comes to Nexus Q in unofficial update from XDA developer forums

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Remember that bizarre orb-like device that Google unveiled with the original Nexus 7 back in June 2012?

Although we’ll most likely never see another version of that awkward little orb, the Nexus Q, there is some good news for those that actually own one.

While the device originally shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, there wasn’t another update for it as Google pretty much marked it internally as a failure— or at least marked it as a device that needed a bit more R&D.

Now, XDA forum member hharte has released a nearly perfect build of Android 4.4 KitKat based on CyanogenMod. Current issues include WLAN and audio w/ Google Music. Either way, there isn’t really any reason why you shouldn’t want to upgrade to this experimental version of KitKat. Hit up the developmental thread in the source link below to get going.

Source: XDA-Developers

Sony updating additional devices to Android 4.3, includes the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL

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If you own one of Sony’s recent Xperia devices, then you should be receiving a software update soon. While it is not Android 4.4 KitKat, it is a welcome update. The Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z are all being updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The update adds Sony’s Smart Social Camera app, updates to their own apps, a streamline set of media apps, a new battery management mode, and more enhancements. Of course, the arrival of the update will depend upon your market. To see the specifics of the update, hit the source link.

Source: Sony
Via: Android Central