Galaxy Note 3 (international variant) receives Download Booster, Kids Mode via update

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Samsung likes to push features from its flagship devices to other phones in its lineup to keep customers happy — and more importantly, coming back.

To continue the trend, the international Galaxy Note 3 (SM-9005) is about to receive an update (OTA) which brings version 2.0 of KNOX, Samsung’s mobile security platform, Kids Mode and Download Booster.

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Sony readying Android 4.4.4 update for Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra, rolling out to Z1 Compact

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The latest round of devices to receive Android 4.4.4 include the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, and Xperia Z1 Compact. The latter of the trio is already receiving the update to the latest version of Android as it has gone live in Russia, Italy, and Indonesia. The others have received certification to receive the update but there is no expected timetable for when that will happen.

Has your Sony device received the Android 4.4.4 update? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Xperia Blog

Google Maps updated to include Android Wear support

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If you were at Google I/O and got your hands on an Android Wear device already (Gear Live, G Watch, or perhaps even a Moto 360 if you’re lucky), you may have noticed that navigation commands to Android Wear devices didn’t work.

Until now…

Google was clearly aware of this, and just updated Google Maps to version 8.1.1, bringing support for Android Wear.

If you don’t yet see the update on Google Play, just be patient as it may be rolling out to devices in waves. Once updated, you can search for a location, start navigating, view directions and more, all from your smart watch. Hit the break for the Play Store download link and QR code.

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Check out a visual comparison of Android L versus Android KitKat

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android material design 2I don’t know about anyone else, but I needed a moment after the amount of stuff Google dropped on developers, bloggers and the rest of the world, yesterday. One of the most prominent debuts to come out of Google I/O, day one was Android L. The completely overhauled next version of Android is both enticing and beautiful, but how does it stack up visually with Android in its current form — KitKat? Well the folks at phoneArena put together a nice side-by-side comparison for the world to see.

We have the gallery for you after the break. One thing’s for sure, the attention to detail is extreme. Even so, it’s the most visually appealing Android to date. What do you guys think? As always, keep it locked here for more Android and Google I/O 2014 news.

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VIDEO: First look at Project Tango developer tablet at Google I/O 2014

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Project Tango has raised quite a few eyebrows since the rumors have started flowing just a few months ago.

It’s got a  7-inch display, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, WiFi, BTLE, and 4G LTE. Just like the Tango phone, the tablet will consist of cameras and sensors that give it the ability to map its surroundings.

Now it’s finally here, and we’ve got it all on tape for a first look video of the device. Hit the break for the video below.

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HTC “plans” to update its flagship devices (M8 and M7) within 90 days of receiving Android L from Google

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So now that Android “L” has been officially announced (although we do have some big questions about it, still — including its real name), everyone is of course wondering when it’ll arrive on their devices after its released in the fall.

Well HTC doesn’t want to keep its customers waiting. The company has already updated its official upgrade process page with a note for all HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) owners, seen after the break.

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LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live available today via Play Store, Moto 360 waiting in wings for summer launch

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Now that the full features of Android Wear have been officially unveiled at Google I/O 2014, Google thought it was time to let us know when some of the first Android Wear devices will be available to the public.

And you won’t have to wait — at all.

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‘Gear Live’ expected to be Samsung’s Android Wear device, information on device leaks

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Is today the day that we finally see Samsung’s first Android Wear device? It’s expected that the beans will be spilled (officially) at Google I/O today, possibly at or right after the keynote.

In just a few hours, we might know the full details on the device, including specs and release date… Or maybe we’ll know right now.

If the waiting game isn’t your thing, here’s what we know about the device. (Rumors only, of course.)

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