Android 4.4.4 factory images now live for Nexus 7 LTE (2013)

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The latest build (KTU84P) of Google’s recently updated operating system, 4.4.4 KitKat Release 2, is now officially available to download for the Nexus 7 LTE 2013. However, this update doesn’t use Android’s standard over-the-air (OTA) upgrade process. Instead, you’ll need to download the 4.4.4 factory images and install them on your device manually.


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NVIDIA pushes software update full of enhancements and fixes to Shield Tablet

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On the same day it releases the LTE version, NVIDIA is rolling out a software update to its tablet. The Shield Tablet is getting a bunch of enhancements and fixes to improve the user experience. Perhaps the most important part of the update is the improved touch performance. For games requiring a touch, this is great. It is even better for the stylus included with the Shield Tablet due to precision getting a boost.

The software update, upgrade 1.2, includes the following:

  • Enhanced SHIELD Hub Features
  • Network Test capability
  • User Customizable ‘My Android Games’ and ‘My Media Apps’
  • Share ‘News’ items, swipe between articles
  • Improved Touch Performance
  • Misc. Stability and Localization Improvements

Source: NVIDIA

Google requiring expanded presence of its apps for Android manufacturers

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When an Android manufacturer wants to include Google applications on devices, they must sign the Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA). This agreement is why Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and a bunch of others can use things like Google Play. Without something like Google Play, users would be left with meager alternatives. Google has made some changes to the MADA that expands the company’s software presence on Android devices this year.


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Android M chatter starting before L has been released

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To some, Android L is already old news. Google engineers discussing things on the Android Open Source Project thread mention an upcoming version of Android multiple times. Unsurprisingly, the said version was called Android M. This follows Google’s alphabetical order for labeling Android versions.

We have yet to find out Android L’s sweet name, but that does not stop anyone from speculating Android M’s. Names being tossed around right now include mint and marshmallow. If Google wanted to go with the branded route, like KitKat, they could target Milky Way or Mallomars.

What do you think Android M should be called?

Source: Myce

Google rolls out Google Play Services 6.1 update, packs multiple API enhancements

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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

Boost Mobile’s Moto G receiving Android 4.4.4

Moto_G_Back_Camera_TABoost 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.

Source: Motorola

Sony now rolling out Android 4.4.4 to Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z

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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:


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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Sprint receiving Android 4.4.4 soon

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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.

Source: Samsung