Google expected to unveil Android for your car at I/O dev conference next week

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Android coming to your car’s dashboard was inevitable.

The plans have been pretty much laid out already, and the market is definitely clamoring for it. Apple is even releasing CarPlay to rival the upcoming system from Google.

As of now, it’s going by the name of “Auto Link OS,” (possibly a developmental-stage name — we say this because it doesn’t sound as pretty as “CarPlay”) and Google will be unveiling it at its I/O developers conference in San Francisco next week.

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Android 4.4.3 update causing bugs with a multitude of Nexus devices

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Experiencing problems with the Android 4.4.3 update on your Nexus device? You are not alone. While just about every Nexus device with the update is being affected by bugs, the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 have apparently been hit the hardest. Issues being reported included WiFi connection drops and lagging within the Dialer app. The Nexus 4′s rebooting issue has even returned despite supposedly being fixed with the update. The Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are also experiencing issues in the form of battery life and notification woes.

Hopefully Google moves quickly and releases a patch or promises some changes with the next version of Android. That could be a long wait, though, as Google I/O is just over one week away. Some of these issues are not minor.

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Google Play Fitness to be backed by Play Services, organizes fitness data in one place

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With Apple unveiling HealthKit at WWDC a few weeks ago, Google is readying a fitness solution of its own to introduce at Google I/O at the end of this month. We recently heard about Google Fit, a place for an organized pool of data regarding your health. It will actually be called Google Play Fitness, according to Android Police. Like Google Play Games, it will be backed by Google Play Service. This would ensure deep integration with your entire Google profile while running in the background from its syncing within Google Play Services. » Read the rest

Did Google subtly tease Android 5.0?

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Google is the kind of company that does not completely hide things behind the curtain. They throw hints and tricks into the public for everyone to speculate about. Prior to Android 4.4 KitKat’s official announcement, there was so much chatter about what it would entail and when it would actually arrive. It now seems that Google may be doing something very similar with Android 5.0, the next major release of the operating system. » Read the rest

For non-stop World Cup coverage, Google’s got your back

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Google has become better and better at providing contextual cards at the top of search results based on queries made by users. If you don’t know what I mean, just search “What’s the weather?” and you’ll find a nice-looking card with the current temperature, precipitation, humidity levels, wind speed as well as the week’s forecast.

Similar cards appear for various queries, including sports data.

Now, Google has added some really great looking cards for World Cup information, including team lineups before matches, schedules/brackets, standings, stats, and even a timeline of plays from the game. Just search “World Cup” or “World Cup USA” and you’ll see what I mean.

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OnePlus One delayed again due to CyanogenMod issues

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It was all too good to be true, wasn’t it?

OnePlus, a small start-up which planned to release its first mobile device this summer, has delayed the project, dubbed the “One,” once again.

Invites for the OnePlus One were supposed to be sent out in May, but there were software bugs that held back the device from release. It looks like there’s been another bump in the road — there are more problems with the software. The device will come running CyanogenMod, the popular Android-based operating system.

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Samsung, Barnes & Noble announce Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

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Just when you thought you’d heard of the Barnes and Noble Nook for the last time, here it is again, but in the form of a co-branded tablet with Samsung.

The two companies announced the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook today, which will come with a customized Nook UI. The interface prioritizes reading as a top use for the device and emphasizes the availability of content.

It obviously doesn’t offer any truly new content though, since any Android user can simply download the existing Nook app.

We’re expecting to see an improved software package though, so it’s just a matter of time before we get our hands on it to truly check it out. The tablet will have a 7-inch display, but other specs are not yet available. Hit the break for the full press release.

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Motorola DROID line (2013) going directly to Android 4.4.3

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Owners of a DROID Ultra, MAXX, and Mini on Verizon no longer have a reason to be discouraged about the software. The latest version of Android, 4.4.3, is coming! David Schuster, part of Motorola’s Software Product Management team, says that some issues with Android 4.4.2 rollout led to a delay and when it was resolved, the company opted to just wait for the next version (which they new was on its way).

So now the company is focused on Android 4.4.3 and plans on pushing it out to the DROID line of 2013 as soon as possible. With how quick other Motorola devices are being updated to Android 4.4.3, do not expect to be waiting very long.

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Samsung files for “Galaxy Wear” trademark, could this be its upcoming Android Wear smartwatch?

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Samsung made the switch to Tizen OS from Android today when it changed the current operating system on the Galaxy Gear  in an update.

Samsung previously noted that a future smartwatch from the manufacturer would be running Android Wear, Google’s specially-developed OS for wearable devices.

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Samsung rolling out KitKat update to international Galaxy S4 Active

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Galaxy S4 Active (international version) owners will be receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat on their devices this week after Samsung began rolling out the update.

The software version, I9295XXUCNE5, will include faster performance, the white status bar icons, improved battery life, full-screen album art while playing music, a camera shortcut on the lockscreen, wireless printing support, ability to set default messaging/launcher apps and more.

The update is out in the Netherlands now, and expect it to come to other counties gradually. Give it a week or two before worrying about getting the update. If you want to give it a shot, you can try to manually get the update by going to Settings >> General >> About phone >> Software updates menu, or go through Kies.

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