We’ve got to give credit and praise where credit and praise are due. When Google announces a new update version, such as KitKat, it can often take third party developers to catch up with the changes and get their application up to speed. So we’re tipping our hats to the developer behind Nova Launcher, a third party home replacement app that allows you to customize your home screen in a variety of ways. Since the announcement of the Nexus 5, we’ve seen the new “translucent” look that comes with 4.4 and well, we want it. As for several selected devices the new look has been added by the dev to Beta version of Nova Launcher and also takes advantage of custom icon packs. And though the selected devices, as we’ve mentioned, are slim, there are some big hitters (see changelog for full list on Kevin Barry’s G+ page at source link). » Read the rest
Samsung has set their deadlines for updating the current crop of Galaxy devices to Android 4.3, and so far we’ve already seen the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S 4 already receiving the update. There’s just one device that hasn’t gotten any attention; the Galaxy Note II.
According to a lucky user in India, he managed to get his Note II updated to 4.3 at a local service station. This means that Samsung is busy loading the 4.3 update onto their services to prepare for an OTA rollout, which means international and unlocked users should see the update by the end of the month. On the carrier side of things, that also means that it’s very like that most carriers should hit their deadlines by the end of the month. AT&T and Sprint are slated for a November 20th rollout, with Verizon following on the 29th and T-Mobile right on their heels with a December 2nd update.
The update should bring a few extra features to the Note II, similar to what we’ve seen in the SIII update. Since it does have the S-Pen also, we may see a few features trickle down from the Note 3 as well.
We’ve been getting confirmation as well as timetables from manufacturers regarding Android 4.4 updates to their devices, and today we’re getting the information from Sony.
According to Sony’s blog, the Xperia Z series will be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat— timing information was not included in the announcement. The full device list includes the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra, and Xperia Z1. It’s not expected to come in 2013, though.
This isn’t the complete list that will be updated though, as Sony described this as the “first raft of Xperia products that we’ll make Android 4.4 Kit Kat available for.” It would be a surprise if the Xperia ZR and Xperia SP are not included in the future list.
For now, the Google Experience Launcher will remain available only on the Nexus 5. Google has told The Verge that its exclusivity could extend to last year’s Nexus 4, but for now they’re analyzing how users handle it on the newest Nexus device. Another possibility is for the Google Experience Launcher to be made available in the Play Store; however, that is likely far off as they would rather like to see devices get upgraded to the latest software version. So if you don’t have the Nexus 5, hang tight or see if there’s a KitKat ROM or leaked build available for your device. They’re showing up quite frequently. Hit the break for the full quote on what Google shared with The Verge. » Read the rest
If you’re in the US and you’ve recently purchased an LG G2, we’ve got some good news for you. It’s been revealed that our overseas counterpart will most likely be receiving the new KitKat 4.4 update sometime in Nov/Dec per a leaked screenshot from french mobile operator, SFR’s software update page. And while there’s not a specific date in tow, we’ll take it as Nov/Dec is close enough. And though this a french mobile site, we’re extremely hopeful that the US and other regions will receive the update around the same time or shortly after. In the meantime if you’re not familiar with what the update entails , check out our previous post “Everything you need to know about Android 4.4 KitKat“. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Do you own one of Verizon’s latest Motorola Droid devices? If you’ve got the Droid Ultra, Maxx, or Mini, you should soon be getting a notification to update your device OTA. While it’s not KitKat, it still includes some pretty handy improvements for the device, including camera tweaks, connectivity enhancements, and a handful of other updated and improved features.
What really makes this device unique is that it installs Google Drive onto your device for you, and if you use it from your device, you’ll be given 50 GB of free storage space for two years. Considering major carriers like Verizon tend to block those kinds of promotions (like what we’ve seen with Dropbox on Samsung devices), it’s great to see this offer being made available to Droid owners on Big Red’s network.
Keep an eye out for the update on your device, and hit the links below if you want to check out the full changelog.
source: Droid Ultra and Ultra Maxx
Last week when Android 4.4 KitKat was announced, a lot of people rejoiced, but one select group of people didn’t. Those who own a Galaxy Nexus got the shocking news that they wouldn’t be getting the new chocolate treat, at least officially. Google’s reasoning is their policy to support devices for only 18 months. That policy is really meant for manufacturers, this is a Google product folks. Some say it really isn’t about the 18 month window and it’s more about drivers from Texas Instruments not getting updated.
Whatever the real reason is, Galaxy Nexus owners aren’t happy and I don’t blame them. The phone more than meets the specs and you would think Google would want to “show other manufacturers” how it’s done. Max Duckwitz isn’t sitting back and started a petition. He has well over 13,500 signatures and nearly 3,500 comments. He isn’t wasting anytime as he already sent all the signatures, comments, a quick letter, and petition text to Sundar Pichai at Google.
Late last night, we posted about the leaked Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S III (GT-I9300), but now it’s official. Since this is a jump from Android 4.1.2, there are quite a few changes. Unfortunately Samsung didn’t offer a changelog, but SamMobile put together an extensive list. One thing to note is the absence of Samsung Knox, but that is expected with a future update. Also, the core UI has changed, but you will still find the old GSIII launcher and widgets.
As of now, the update is available to those of you in Ireland, but other countries will follow soon. You will be able to get the update via KIES or over-the-air. Only unlocked non-carrier versions are getting the update for now. Carrier branded versions will have to wait, hopefully not longer than a couple of months.
Hit the break for the changelog.
Previous versions of Android offered a pretty good photo editor, but Android 4.4 KitKat is going to take it up a notch with more control. It now works on both phones and tablets and you will find more powerful tools such as graduated filters, per-channel saturation controls, local adjustments, etc. Advanced users can even save presets for faster processing.
The best part is that it’s non destructive, meaning that you can easily revert back to original. Check out the video demo after the break.
The Sprint Galaxy Nexus is starting to receive Android 4.3. This update wasn’t as quick as the Play Store GNex, but I guess they didn’t do too bad here.
Unfortunately, this will be the last major update as Google already announced that Android 4.4 will not hit any Galaxy Nexi. The build for this update is JRO03U.L700GJ04 and will rollout over the next 10 to 21 days.
source: Sprint Community