Google Offering 25-50 GBs Of Google Drive Space On Select HTC Devices

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It would seem the war on free cloud storage has begun and Google is trying to take the lead passing Dropbox on the inside lane. The popular search giant is now offering, for eligible HTC devices (primarily the One and One Max) the ability to snatch a whopping 25-50 GB’s of space on Google Drive for two years. The 50 GB’s is good for all One Max versions out there however, it’s a little confusing when it comes to the regular One’s offerings.

It’s been noted that when the HTC One upgrades to Sense 5.5 (as we’ve seen yesterday with the international version) both the Drive application and BlinkFeed should notify you and could possibly show an upgrade offering to 40 GBs (15 GB’s default + 25 GB’s of free storage). google-driveIn addition, it’s being reported that this excludes the developer edition of the One for now nor does it allow you to get the upgrade with an unlocked bootloader. If you’re looking to bank on the offer, it’s good until January 1, 2016 so you should have plenty of time, especially if you’re thinking of upgrading to a new HTC device in the next several months or more.

source: Google

+ KitKat Team is Holding Android KitKat Count Contest, Prize Is Still Unclear

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Didn’t we say “to those who wait, good things will come?” No, well we meant to. And for all of your hard earned patience here’s a little tidbit of joy for you while you wait for 4.4′s release. And though it’s not so much informative as it is fun, we still believe it’s an indication that KitKat and the Nexus 5 are still just around the corner. As of now, if you head over to KitKat G+ page you can be a part of the count down tease their holding in which you can try to guess how many android plush toys you can see in the pic with KitKat branding on them. Winner gets…….? No one knows at this time. It could be a giant android plush toy or dare we say it, a Nexus 5? And while that’s pure conjecture at this time, it sure would be cool as hell if it were the case. Well, there’s only one way to find out right? Hit the source link below and give it a go. The team will be picking the first 10 correct answers. Feel free to speculate as to what you think the prize might be in the comments below.

source: @KitKat (G+)

Android 4.3 now rolling for the Galaxy S 4 (GT-I9500)

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Yesterday, Samsung started rolling the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S 4 (GT-I9505) and today they have released it for the GT-I9500. It’s already available in Russia, but more countries will follow quickly. Those of you with carrier versions of the Galaxy S 4 will have to wait a bit. Hopefully it won’t be too long, but I suspect it will take at least a couple of months. The changelog is the same as the GT-I9505, but we have it again for you after the break.


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Google Play Music Update 5.2.1233L Now Available, Adds “I’m Feeling Lucky Radio” Feature

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It wasn’t long ago that Google rolled out a version of the Play Music app which allowed genre-based radio on our Android devices and now they’ve just kicked off another phase of the application offering an “I’m feeling lucky radio” feature.  The apk, version 5.3.1233L, will slowly be rolling out to all devices (if not already) and will allow one to have the app suggest and play music based on your previous selections. The auto generated radio station will be a welcomed addition as many who aren’t sure what they’re in the mood for can allow the app to choose for them based on what they like most. As of now, it’s being reported that a “mix of everything” functionality is kind of missing and it tends to only play mostly from the genre you play most but we have high hopes for the app and that the functionality will be quickly integrated. Do you think the app has what it takes to be a Slacker and Pandora killer? With the All Access feature and now the I’m Feeling Lucky Radio functionality, we think it certainly has the potential to claim a stake in the market. Feel feel to drop your opinion in the comments below.

Update: The apk should be available for updating via the Play Store now if you haven’t received it already.


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Samsung Galaxy S 4 (GT-I9505) officially receives Android 4.3

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Android 4.3 for the global Galaxy S 4 leaked a few days ago, and Samsung is now officially rolling it out. So far it’s hitting The LTE version of the Galaxy S 4 (GT-i9505) in Germany.

Kudos to both Samsung and HTC for getting Android 4.3 out to their flagship devices faster than other OEMs. Even Motorola hasn’t delivered Android 4.3 to the Moto X, and they are a Google company.

As to carrier versions of the Galaxy S 4, you might not see it for a couple of months. Hit the break for the changelog.


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Play Store update to bring slide-out navigation

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Android might be moving to version 4.4, but coincidentally, the Play Store will also move to version 4.4. This version will bring slide-out navigation. The slide-out menu will have the following options: Store home, My apps, My wishlist, and Redeem. You will also get “Shop” at certain times. The current version of the Play Store (4.3.11) has these same options, but within the three-dot menu button at the top left. That option will still exist with 4.4, but only Settings and Help will remain.

More than likely Google will change the Play Store to the card style layout that’s being utilized in Google Now and Gmail. It’s unclear whether that will happen with this version or not. Play Store 4.4 could be updated at the same time as Android 4.4 rolls out, but we could see it sooner since Kit Kat isn’t required.

source: Android Police

Android 4.4 KitKat website has JavaScript file with code for countdown clock

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The official Android 4.4 KitKat and Nexus 5 announcements will most likely come hand in hand, and it won’t be long before they’re outed to the public. While we don’t know for sure when it will happen, (although October 28th has been pointed to quite a few times) we do know that Google will have a countdown timer on the KitKat website to let us know when all the magic is going to happen.

The KitKat website references a JavaScript file named kitkat.min.js— in that file, you can find code for a countdown timer. The code doesn’t have any specific date in it yet, but we’re sure Google will add it in when the time is right to get the countdown started.

Be patient, friends. The chocolaty goodness will come soon enough.

Via: PhoneArena
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Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Kit Kat appear to now be on tap for October 28

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Yesterday, the Google+ Kit Kat page posted what many people thought was a hint that Android 4.4 (and the Nexus 5 ) would be announced on October 18. The post referenced the C&C Music Factory song, “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”, which was released on October 18, 1990 and happened to be exactly 4 minutes and 4 seconds long. It appears Google was really trying to tell us something, but we needed to dig a little deeper.

The Kit Kat Twitter account posted “Sometimes you have to look for the signs…” with an image of “This Is It.”  “This is it” is a movie dedicated to Michael Jackson and was released on October 28, 2009. I should also point out that this tweet was sent out before the Google+ post. Okay, but how do both of these clues tie together? The original name of C&C Music Factory was “28th Street Crew”. So now we have the number “28″ involved with both clues. I do think the 28th is the actual date and here’s why….


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Is the official Google+ Kit Kat page hinting at an October 18 release?

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Leave it to the Android community to come up with this one. Yesterday the official Google+ Kit Kat page posted the above picture and stated, “Everybody dance now! #AndroidKITKAT” Did Google try to give us a clue as to when Android 4.4 Kit Kat would be released? In examining the comments, the theory is that this post hints at this Friday, October 18. How on earth could anyone get October 18 out of the post?

It just so happens that C&C Music Factory released their hit song “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” on October 18, 1990. To make things even more interesting is the fact that the song is 4 minutes and 4 seconds long (4.4). I’m not sure how the community figured it out, but I am trying to figure out what was harder: sleuthing this supposed “clue” or Google coming up with a popular song that was released sometime in October that’s exactly 4 minutes and 4 seconds long? Of course, that’s assuming this is actually a clue, but it has to make you think twice right?

source: +Kit Kat

 

Moto X on Verizon finally receiving camera update, soak test invites begin

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Verizon has been getting plenty of negative feedback because it has been taking them so long to get the Moto X’s most recent update out to customers. Heck, even US Cellular was able to push it out last week.

Today, we have information suggesting that Verizon may finally be sending out soak test invitations for the new update, which will enhance a few features, fix some bugs, and improve the camera enormously. If this is the big one everyone’s been talking about, they’ll join AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular as the carriers that have pushed out the update.

If you are a Moto X customer on Verizon and a member of the Moto Feedback Network, you should be receiving an invitation relatively soon. Let us know when you get it and if it’s the update we all have been waiting for.

Source: Android Central